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NIFF announces its 2021 lineup

Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) is back for the fourth year now and the International film fest is packed with much exciting things to look forward to. NIFF since the beginning year has been supporting all kinds of films to compete for different awards and this year it’s no different.

NIFF 2021 has recently announced this year’s film lineup; a list of diverse, fresh and exemplary films has been selected by the NIFF selection committee to provide an artistic cinematic experience for the audience. Our committee NIFF has lined up 63 films from 31 countries, each one of them carrying vastly meaningful subjects.

There are four different film programs for :

 

  1. World Panorama (feature films)

For the ‘World Panorama’ category we have lined up 10 exciting, dramatic, inspiring feature-length films for the audience. Our viewers will get to have an extensive foray into the vast caverns of film making getting to explore new avenues of the cinema art. Our movies for the World Panorama category are as such;

 

  1. Docs @ NIFF (documentary films)

Docs @ NIFF category has 11 different documentaries, full to the brim with excitement, learning and real life conflicts is to be featured. The documentaries carry some of the most important issues that needs to be addressed in the current scenario. Documentaries for ‘Dos @ NIFF’ categories are as such;

 

  1. NIFF Shorts (Live Action, Animated and National short films competitions)

The NIFF shorts categories have 3 different sub divisions according to the genre of the films.
The Short live action has 21 beautiful and though provoking films from all over the world to be featured
Animated shorts has 5 enlightening and artistic animated shorts which are cinematically captivating films
And National shorts has 9 from seasoned film makers and students to be featured. Competing for made-in-Nepal short films.

 

  1. Pandemic Film Exhibit (shorts and documentaries on COVID and other pandemics)

COVID being the burning issue in the present time, NIFF has a separate categories for films portraying pandemic through cinema. We have the ‘Pandemic Film Exhibit’ for all COVID related films, which will be very interesting for the audience to see. For this category we have 8 films lined up.

 

NIFF 2021 lineup has more indie films and less well – produced (films having a great production value, generally made by larger studios and production houses) due to the current pandemic. However, this is surely good news for the indie film makers selected for NIFF 2021.

All the films listed for this year’s festival has their own subjective significance. The audience will get to see a wide range of film and filmmakers from Debutant filmmakers to women filmmakers to award winning filmmakers, NIFF 2021 consists of a diverse package of content. The films this year is a mixed bag of multiple different issues and topics narrated from different perspectives. Our audience this year will get to experience a range of different issues and subjects through a beautifully crafted cinematic experience.

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NIFF 2020 Short and documentary film awards

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)

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NIFF 2020 Feature film awards

  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 feature film programs were announced under both the international and national competition. The jury for the feature film programs, comprising of Prakash Jha (jury head, India), Yuni Hadi (Singapore), Gauri Malla (Nepal), Joao Paulo Macedo (Portugal) and Manju Kumar Shrestha (Nepal) of 5 people was unanimous in selecting the winners. Below is the full list of awards at NIFF 2020, feature film programs. 

Gautama Buddha Award for the Best International Feature Film went to

TRAP (directed by Seyid Colak, Turkey)

A strong narrative served by a poetic cinematography challenging the sensibility of the viewers

Jury’s Choice Award for the Best International Feature Film went to

THE OTHER HALF (directed by Lalith Rathnayake, Sri Lanka)

For giving us insights into a world we need to see, supported by a convincing performance and strong visual narrative

The Award for the Best National Feature Film went to

BULBUL (directed by Binod Paudel)

A Nepalese story that brings us to the Kathmandu streets reality with a social and visual construction of a coherent film.

The Jury’s Choice Award for the Best National Feature Film went to

GOPI (directed by Dipendra Lama)

Nowadays political and economic reality explored in a fluid narrative through a metaphor of a Nepali rural story

The Award for the Best Director in a Nepali feature film went to

BINOD PAUDEL, for Bulbul

For mixing directorial competency with a cinematographic language that stands out as a beginning of a new age on Nepalese cinema.

The Award for the Best Cinematographer in a Nepali feature film went to

SHAILENDRA D. KARKI, for Gopi

For building ambiances that bring the story to a new level with a beautifully elaborated visual narrative.

The Award for the Best Screenwriter in a Nepali feature film went to

BINOD PAUDEL, for Bulbul

Successful in constructing characters that come to life in a naturalistic acting and the strength of a storytelling with a personal view that stands out on the films in competition.

The Award for the Best Male Actor in a leading role went to

BIPIN KARKI, for Gopi

Bringing a real everyday man to the screen with a creative and empathic acting.

The Special Jury Mentions for a Male Actor in a Nepali feature film went to

MUKUN BHUSAL, for Bulbul

From a secondary role to a remarkable presence in the film.

The Award for the Best Actress in a Nepali feature film went to

SWASTIMA KHADKA, for Bulbul

Playing the struggle of a young woman in a challenging role that, in the end, may not be very different of the ‘real world’ created in the film, make the Jury acknowledge the courage of a talented actress.

The Special Jury Mentions for a Female Actor in a Nepali feature film went to 

LAXMI BARDEWA, for Bulbul

Shinning in a supporting role where she builds a complicity and mature relation with the character

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Gauri Malla to be a part of the jury at NIFF 2020 feature programs

Gauri Malla is a Nepali actress who has worked in leading female roles in more than 20 films, and has bagged various acting awards at prestigious film events in the country.

Veteran actress and a national heartthrob, Gauri has decided to again be back into the spotlight, but this time as a member on the jury, NIFF 2020 feature programs. 

NIFF team is extremely happy, and we hope that with guidance from veterans like Gauri Malla on the jury, NIFF can definitely look towards immense success inside the country’, says the Festival Chair, K.P. Pathak. 

Anyways, welcome Gauri Malla, on the NIFF 2020 juries. 

The five member jury for the feature programs and the three member jury for the shorts and documentary program involves a string of film makers and professionals from outside and inside Nepal. 

For more details, visit www.niff.org.np/jury/ 

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Announcing the NIFF 2020 Forum

NIFF announces a string of masterclasses, sharing sessions and panel talks as a part of its industry forum. The activities are intended to involve the Nepali and international film community, facilitate the sharing and exchange of ideas (and business cards!). 

As a part of a special push towards making films for online and streaming purposes, and exposing Nepali film and Nepali narratives to the global audience, a sequence of panel talks, workshop and a masterclass with film makers and producers from Nepal and abroad. 

More information on the Forum programs can be accessed at www.niff.org.np/programs

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Juries at NIFF 2020 announced

NIFF 2020 has recently announced the jury for its feature film programs; World Panorama and Nepali feature competition, and another jury panel for its documentary and shorts program (both national and international). 

The five member jury for the feature programs and the three member jury for the shorts and documentary program involves a string of film makers and professionals from outside and inside Nepal. 

For more details, visit www.niff.org.np/jury/ 

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Lineup announced for NIFF 2020

NIFF 2020 film lineup has been announced on 31st November 2019. Coming up with a diverse lineup for 2020, NIFF selection committee have watched and chosen 79 films from 40 countries, in six different film competition categories summarized below:

World Panorama (International Feature Competition): 10 films

Nepali Feature Competition: 5 films

Documentaries at NIFF: 8 films

Shorts Live Action Competition: 35 short films

Shorts Animated Competition: 6 short films

National Shorts Competition: 15 short films

Full lineup can be accessed at www.niff.org.np/niff-film-2020

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