The International Film Festival of India, Goa 2016 was inaugurated on the 20th of November with the presence of several esteemed dignitaries like the Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Venkaiah Naidu and the renowned Indian director Ramesh Sippy as the Chief Guest for the evening. A majority of the evening’s entertainment was choreographed by Ganesh Acharya; complemented by the delightful comperes for the evening – Suhasini Maniratnam and Surveen Chawla.
AWARDS AT THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY
Towards the end of the ceremony, Two special awards were given to film personalities as a way of appreciation for their exceptional contributions to the Global Cinema.
Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year: S.P. Balasubramaniam
Legendary singer, actor and music director S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was felicitated for his contribution to Indian Cinema with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year. Having made his debut in 1996 in a Telugu film, he has rendered his voice to over 40,000 songs and holds a Guinness Record for having recorded the highest number of songs.
The Lifetime Achievement Award: Im Kwon Taek
South Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-taek, was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The famed director talked briefly, even owning up to some of his work that wasn’t as well-received. Director Ramesh Sippy, Regarded as the father of Korean cinema for his long and prolific career and his work on Korean themes and subjects, Im Kwon Taek has received several other national and international awards.
AWARDS AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY
The festival ended a few days back on a glittery note a with several noteworthy film personalities present for its Closing Ceremony. The director of the National Award-winning film Baahubali, S.S. Rajamouli was the Chief Guest for the evening. The announcement of winners from different Competitive Categories was the major highlight of the ceremony. The International Competition section had a total of 15 movies of which two were from India. A special International Jury headed by Czech writer- director Ivan Passer was brought together to judge the films under this category. The Panel members included Larry Smith (UK), Lordan Zafranovic (Croatia), Leila Kilani (Morocco) and Nagesh Kukunoor (India). 8 other movies were selected to compete with each other for the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award.
The winners of various categories under International Competition are listed below:
Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film: Iranian film Daughter directed by Reza Mirkarimi
The Highest Honour of the evening “The Golden Peacock” was taken home by Reza Mirkarimi for his exceptional family drama Daughter. Set in Iran, the film revolves around the issue of the generation gap between a daughter and an uncompromised father. The Peacock statuette and a cash prize of Rs. 40 lakh were awarded to the winner by the Chief Guest and Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The Best Director Award: Soner Caner and Baris Kaya for Turkish Film Rauf
The Turkish Drama Rauf is the story of a young lad who seeks for love amidst the chaos of the war-stricken Kurdish village. Co-directors Soner Caner and Baris Kaya shared the Best Director award for this film. The award includes Rs 15 lakh, a citation and Silver Peacock Trophy. Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief minister of Goa, and filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor presented them with their award.
The Best Actor (Male) Award: Farhad Aslani for Iranian film Daughter
The movie Daughter bagged yet another award in addition to being the Best Film. Actor Farhad Aslani from Iran was announced as the Best Actor (Male) for reprising the role of an Authoritarian father in the film. Prize money of Rs.10 Lakh was given to the awardee along with the Silver Peacock Trophy.
The Best Actor (Female) Award: Elina Vaska for Latvian film Mellow Mud
Latvian Lass, Vaska was applauded her performance in the movie Mellow Mud. The Drama had so many dialogue-free portions that made it reliant almost entirely on the actors’ eyes and body language. She too received the Silver Peacock and Rs.10 Lakhs as the award.
Special Jury Award: South Korean movie The Throne by Lee Joon-Ik
Like the Best Director Award, this one too comes with a special citation, a Silver Peacock and a cash prize of Rs.15 lakh. Lee Joon-Ik received this honour for his South Korean historical period drama film The Throne. The movie speaks of an aspirant who aims to become a perfect king due to his tarnished background.
The ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award: Mustafa Kara for Turkish film Cold of Kalandar
The International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Award was given to filmmaker Mustafa Kara by for his Turkish-Hungarian film, Cold of Kalandar. He was awarded for his poetic portrayal of a villager’s life in a remote hilly region of Turkey. The film was chosen for its ethical values and for retaining its rustic nature.
The ICFT UNESCO Special Mention Award: Tiffany Hsuig for The Apology
The multi-lingual film The Apology by Canadian filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung received a Special Mention in the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal Competition. The medal which was awarded to the winner bore a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, etched alongside his message ‘in the midst of darkness light prevails.
Centenary Award for the Best Debut Film of a Director: Pepa San Martin for the Spanish film Ra Ra
Pepa San Martin’s Spanish film from Argentia/Chile Ra Ra won the Centenary Award for best debut feature film. This short film is about a woman who loses the custody of her children for being a lesbian. The story is told from the perspective of her elder’s daughter Sara.
Check out the list of films which were selected to compete in International Competition here