'Goddesses' wins 'Golden Conch' at MIFF'08

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Mumbai, Feb 9 (UNI) Leena Manimekalai's 'Goddesses' was adjudged the Best documentary film upto 60 mins in International Category and won the 'Golden Conch' award for it at the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for documentary, short and animation films, which concluded here tonight.

While 'Kramasha', directed by Amit Dutta, also received the same award in the Best fiction category upto 75 minutes in the International Competition. Produced by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune, it also won the Best Film / Video of the Festival award.

Both Manimekalai and Dutta received a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh each.

'Undertakers and Bare Handed', directed by Emannuel Quindo Palo of India and Thierry Knauff of Belgium, shared the 'Silver Conch' for the second Best Fiction Film / Video upto 75 minutes.

Stalin K's 'India Untouched-Stories of a People Apart' won the top award for documentary in the National Section and a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh. The film, produced by Dristi Media Arts and Human Rights, also won the Best Film/ Video of the Festival award which consisted of a cash prize of Rs one lakh.

Veteran film-maker from Manipur, Aribam Syam Sharma, received the V Shantaram award for Life Time Achievement from Kiran Shantaram.

The award consists of Rs 2.5 lakh cash and a memento.

Two Polish films 'One day in People's Poland' by Maciej J Drygas and 'Beyond The Walls' by Vita Zalakeviciute, both produced by Maciej J Drygas, shared the 'Silver Conch' for second best Documentary upto 60 minutes.

'Salata Baladi' by Nadia Kamel of Egypt got the 'Golden Conch' and Rs 2.5 lakh cash for Best Documentary above 60 minutes and the International Critics award.

'Ink' by director Bharani Thanikella won the Best First Film/Video of a Director award in the International Category. The two American films to win the awards were 'Flow: For love of water' by Irena Salina and 'View from a Grain of Sand' by Meena Nanji.

While the former got the International Jury award, the latter was adjudged the second Best Documentary film above 60 minutes. It won the 'Silver Conch'.

In the Indian section, Rahi Anil Barwe directed 'Manjha' was given the 'Golden Conch' and a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh in the fiction category upto 75 minutes. He was also awarded with the Best debutant director for film/video by IDPA.

'Myths About You' by Nandita Jain and 'Three Little Pigs' by Bhavna Vyas and Akanito Assumi were awarded with the Golden and Silver Conchs in Animation Category and a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs one lakh respectively.

'The Lost Rainbow' by Dhiraj Meshram won the 'Silver Conch' award for the second Best Fiction Film upto 65 minutes. 'I'm The Very Beautiful' by Shyamal K Karmakar and 'Thousand days and a dream' by P M Baburaj and Saratchandranand shared the Indian Jury award.

Special mention and certificates of merit were awarded to two films -- 'Our Family' by Dr K P Jayashankar and Dr Anjali Monteiro and 'Raga of River Narmada' by Rajendra Janglay.

The awards were given by eminent film-maker Shyam Benegal and Jahnu Barua, along with renowned actress Nandita Das and Films Division Chief Producer and Director MIFF '08 Kuldeep Sinha.

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