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Glittering awards ceremony held for Durgapur International Film Festival in Kolkata

The Durgapur International Film Festival (DIFF) is making its position among the film festivals of India. The festival has screened over 1,0...

The Durgapur International Film Festival (DIFF) is making its position among the film festivals of India. The festival has screened over 1,000 films from various parts of the globe in its seven seasons so far.

Started by Solis Institute of Acting & Arts – Durgapur under the ownership of Debolina Modak Sadhu and Tiyasha Movies – Kolkata under the ownership of Kajari Modak, for the last two consecutive years, this event has become very popular. It started off as the Solis Short Film Festival (Durgapur). In its 3rd year, it became Durgapur International Film Festival going on to take an international form. This year at the 8th Durgapur International Film Festival apart from India 19 countries including Turkey, UAE, USA, Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Myanmar, Philippines, Greece, Mexico, Sweden and UK participated. From more than 300 entries, 73 official selections were screened from October 9 to 11 at Muktangan near Rash Bihari crossing.

All the judges were present at the closing ceremony on October 11 along with many artists and technicians including Chhanda Chatterjee, Krishna Kishore, Shankar Ghosh, Avrajit Chakraborty, Sushil Majumder’s grandson Sanjay Mishra.

The jury for the 8th season included Shila Datta, documentary filmmaker, former Film Censor Board member, jury member for Film Festival 2014 (Indian Panorama) and Selection committee member, MIFF Films division; Siddharth Sankar Ray (Sidhu) singer, lyricist, composer, playback writer, and actor; Ashok Vishwanathan, award-winning director, actor, professor and dean, films at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute; Hiren Bora, national award-winning stage actor turned filmmaker, story & scriptwriter and Sabyasachi Biswas, cinematographer, filmmaker, international dramatist and writer.

A host of awards were given in the Indian category. Among them, the Life Achievement Award went to Chhanda Chatterjee. The winner for  Best Documentary Feature Film Winner was “Sushil Majumdar The Doyen’s Journey Through Time” which was directed by Indranil Sarkar and produced by Sanjay Mishra. The Best Feature Film winner “Grinding Humanity” directed by Ruchin Veena Chainpuri and the Best Short Film winner “Kameez” directed by Dhrubajit Baishya. The Best Critics Choice Film was “The Ralapse” directed by Naren Singh Nayak and “One Step To Change” directed By Manish Dev. The Best Debut Director was Nithya Gopala Krishnan for “Two Worlds”. Best Actor (Male) was Vikram Dey for “One Step To Change“ and  Kashyap Harsha Shangri for “The Relapse”,  ​Best Actor (Male) Critics Choice Apratim Chatterjee for “Termite”. The Best Silent Film was “The Life” directed By Prasun Chatterjee. Special Appreciated Film was “Ghashir Banshi” directed by Somnath Mondal. Best Actor (Female) was Moon Dey for “MaaTumi”; Best Actor (Female) – Critics Choice was Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi for “Ripple”. The Best Music Video winner was “Dekhechi Rupsagore” by Dibyadoot Roy Chowdhury, Best Music Video Singer was Malabika Chakraborty 

Among the winners in the foreign category were Best Documentary “Maa” by Roma Sur from USA;  Best Feature Film  “Eliida” by Leon Mitchell from the USA, Best Short Film “Zero Coordinates” by Nima Valibeigi from Iran, Best Actor (Male) Peter Masten for
"Enter The Room" and  Ali Reza Firoozi for "Zero Coordinates";  Best Actor (Female) Camila Arnulfi for “La Victima”.

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