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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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