Manipuri Film Phum Shang won Golden Conch Award At MIFF
“Phum Shang “ A Manipuri Film Won the coveted Golden Conch Award at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for the Best documentary film Category which ended on Wednesday 3rd January 2016.
An Indian Film “Placebo” and Swiss film “My name is Salt “ shared the Golden Conch Award for the best feature length documentary film.
The Film “Phum Shang “ directed by Hao Bam Pabankumar specially focused the serious ecological problem at Loktak Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in entire North-East India.
Loktak Lake is considered a doomed lake due to the rampant activities of human, it is characterised by it’s floating Biomass called “Phumdi”
The Director Pabankuman ,won THE Golden Conch Award and an amount of Rs 3 Lakh in Cash . He is a Student of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata
Mumbai-born but Zurich-based Farida Pacha directed “My Name Is Salt”, the saga of the journey of thousands of families in the Rann of Kutchh in Gujarat to extract the whitest salt in the world.
The film also won the best cinematographer award for Lutz Konermann.
Chandigarh-based filmmaker Abhay Kumar’s “Placebo” explored the stress and pressures faced by medical students in the country.
The film also bagged the best editor and the most innovative film award in the competition section.
In the animation category of international competition, Debanjan Nandy’s film “Chhaya” bagged the top prize.
Mumbai filmmaker Devashish Makhija’s “Agli Baar” shared the best short fiction film honours with British entry by Ingo Putze “Solo Finale”.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best Debut Film of a director went to Denmark-based filmmaker Nitesh Anjan for his film “Far From Home”.
In the national competition category, Vadodara-based filmmaker Hardik Mehta’s documentary “Famous In Amdavad” bagged the best documentary award.
Bengaluru-based filmmaker Chandrashekhar Reddy’s “Fire Flies In The Abyss” bagged the best feature length documentary award.
The best short fiction fgilm award was shared by Mumbai’s Payal Kapadia for her film “Last Mango Before The Monsoon” and Chennai’s Satinder Singh Bedi for his film “Alice”.
The IDPA Award for best student film went to Jharkhand filmmaker Niranjankumar Kujur for his presentation “Going Home”.
The international jury for the MIFF included renowned filmmakers like Don Askarian (Germany), Jesper Andersen (Denmark), Mathiue Roy (Canada), Siddharth Kak and Gitanjali Rao (India).
The national jury comprised Mike Pandey, Uma DaCunha, Biju Dhanapalan, Audrium Stonys (Lithuania) and Jane Yu (Taiwan).
The week-long MIFF showcased over 385 films under the international and national competition categories, MIFF Prism, Indian Premiers, Jury Retrospectives, Animation and Award winning films, Children’s documentary Films, North East Package, Films Division, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, films, homages, etc.