'Documentaries reflect society'
By S.R. Ashok Kumar

(Taken from THE HINDU)


MUMBAI, FEB. 9. The ideas and the trouble of the filmmaker reflected more of the social themes which he sees in the society and in the life of the people, Ramesh Bais, Minister of State for information and Broadcasting, said here today.

He was speaking at the concluding day function of the Seventh Mumbai International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation (MIFF). Mr. Bais said documentaries reflected society. ``They speak the language of universal brotherhood.''

In all 16 awards worth Rs. 23.5 lakhs along with golden conches, a separate trophy instituted by the Indian Documentary producers' Association and certificate of merit were presented by the Governor of Maharashtra, P.C.Alexander.

Announcing the awards, the chairman of the international jury, Krzysztof Zanussi, said the films in the competition section were less in animation category. The award for the best film/video of the festival in the international category carrying a cash prize of Rs. one lakh was given to Anand Patwardhan for his film War and Peace, which also got the best festival film award, which has a cash prize of Rs. one lakh.

The award for the best documentary with a Golden Conch in the national category was bagged by Tell them, The Tree They had Planted has now Grown directed by Ajay Raina. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 lakhs.

The Golden Conch for the best fiction film up to 75 minutes went to Sunil Bhatia and Zakir Chinde for the film Connected which also received Rs.1.5 lakhs. The Golden conch for the best documentary film/video up to 60 minutes went to Frances Key Philiphs from the U.S. for his film A Match Made in Calcutta. This film received Rs. 2.5 lakhs as cash prize.

The Golden Conch award with a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakhs went to The Chinese Dog. This film got the award for the best fiction film up to 75 minutes.

In the animation category, the best film award in the international section went to Pum Pum directed by Yashna Maya Padmsee. This film got the Golden Conch and a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

In the national section, Freedom Song won the Golden Conch and the cash prize of Rs.1.5 lakhs. The film was directed by Narayan Shi.

The silver conch for the documentary up to 60 minutes in the international section went to Images of a Dictatorship directed by Patricio Hanriquez who also got Rs. 1.5 lakhs as the cash prize.

The silver conch in the international section for documentary film/video above 60 minutes this year went to Facing the Music by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson from Australia. The cash prize is Rs. one lakh.

In the fiction film category of the international section up to 75 minutes, the silver conch was bagged by the Tamil film Aayeeshaa. The creative director and producer of the film Bhuvana received the award from the Governor of Maharashtra. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

In the national section for documentary film/video, A few things I know about her by Anjali Punjabi got the silver conch and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000.

The silver conch and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 went to In the Month of March by Kranti Kanade in the fiction category.

The film Bhor directed by Gunhjan Sharma received the silver conch award and Rs. 75,000 for the second-best animation film in the national category.

The national jury award went to Vipin Shaw for the film The Razor's Edge which received Rs. 1 lakh.

The best film/video for the festival in the national category was for the film Two Assassinations and an Accident and Mechanics of Change. Both these film were produced by Moving Picture company (India) Limited. The cash prize is Rs. 1 lakh.

The Indian Documentary Producers' Association award for the best first film of the director in the international section was bagged by The Moment of Accepting Life by Robert Maclean. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh. The same award in the national category was received by A life in Dance directed by Antara Kak. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000.