3rd NIFF 2020 closes with awards going to various national and international films. The closing program and the awards ceremony was attended by industry guests and delegates, including members of the NIFF 2020 juries, headed by Prakash Jha (feature segment) and Anomaa Rajakaruna (shorts and documentary segments)

Awards for the short and documentary film programs were announced under both the international and national competition. The jury for the feature film programs, comprising of Anomaa Rajakaruna (jury head, Sri Lanka), Thibaut Bracq (France) and Karun Thapa (Nepal), comprising of 3 people was unanimous in selecting the winners. Below is the full list of awards at NIFF 2020, short and documentary film programs.  

The Mt. Everest Award for the Best Documentary Film went to

Co-Husband (directed by Ganesh Pandey, Nepal)

For poignant exploration of a traditional social issue called polyandry, unknown in many geographical locations

For questioning individual inner selves and bringing out emotions out of their situation inside their community

For it’s traditional yet contemporary way of approach

For its creative and elegant mise-en-scene

The Bagmati Award for the Best LIVE ACTION Short film went to

Nooreh (directed by Ashish Pandey, India)

For its moving portray of a young Kashmiri girl, growing up in a conflict ridden village on the India-Pakistan border.

For the way it depicts the everyday life fears and war background reality, through off-camera sound elements and subtle details

For the patterns and repetitive creative frames, giving us access to the rhythm of life in war time, through the children’s perspective

For its positive and poetic ending,

The Award for the Best National Short film went to

Kalam (directed by Prabin Kumar Rawat, Nepal)

For telling a story of shattered dreams of children and youth who had to left the country because of the Maoist insurgency 

For highlighting the psychological impact of the conflict on children and the society with subtle story telling

The Manjushree Award for the Best Animated Short Film went to

Spirit of the Drowning Girls (directed by Runze Cao, China)

For its beautifully made drawing animation, inspired by graphic novel and comics,

For its strong characterization of a woman fighting for girls rights, focusing on a very important hidden issue of abortion of female fetuses

For its full creativity, gathering great and fluid animation with a good and relevant storytelling,

The Special Jury Mention in national competition went to

Junu Ko Jutta (directed by Kedar Shrestha, Nepal)

The Special Jury Mention in national competition went to

Anna (directed by Dekel Berenson, Ukraine)

NIFF 2020 Short and documentary film awards

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