12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival
Ajay Bahl's "BA Pass", a story looking at the fatal promise of a new life, was ajudged the best film in Indian competition at the conclusion of the 12th Osian's-Cinefan film festival here today.
Shadab Kamal won the best actor award for his role of a young man who turns into a gigolo by turn of events in the film.
Ajita Suchitra Veera won the best director award for "Ballad of Rustom", a film about a young government servant with imagination sans aspirations.
Rii was awarded the best actress for her role in "Cosmic Sex", while "Patang", directed by Prashant Bhargava, was lauded with the special jury award.
At the closing ceremony this evening prizes were given out in four sections - Indian competition, First Features competition, Asian and Arab cinema and Short in Competition.
In the First Features section, Thai film "In April the Following Year, There Was A Fire", directed by Wichanon Somumjarn, was given a special mention by the jury, while "Beyond The Hill" by Emin Alper from Turkey was named the best film.
Debutante director Manav Kaul's "Hansa", a stark film about the seemingly simple lives of two children in Himachal, was given two honours - a special audience and a jury award.
Turkish movies emerged triumphant in the short films section. "Silent" by L Rezan Yesilbas was given the top honour while Olgu Baran Kubilay's "The Bus" was given a special mention by the jury.
This year the theme at Osians was freedom of creative expression and the focus was on showing landmark films in cinema history that had at one time or the other been banned by authorities.
Among Asian and Arab cinema, "Milocrorze: A Love Story" from Japan was given a special mention by the jury, while "Inside" by Zeki Demirkubuz from Turkey was ajudged the best film.
The best actress award went to Taraneh Alidoosti for her role in "Modest Reception" (Iran) and its director Mani Haghighi won the best actor award for his role in the film.
The best director award in the section was given to Faouzi Bensaidi for his film "Death for Sale" (Morocco), while Indonesian film "Postcards From The Zoo", directed by Edwin, won the special jury award.
The closing ceremony, hosted by actors Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak, saw Delhi CM Sheila Dixit, actress Lilette Dubey, Rome festival director Marco Mueller, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Muzaffar Ali attending.
"This festival has been a herculean task by Neville Tuli (festival director). We welcome his plans to make Delhi India's second film city," said Dixit.
The 12th Osian's-Cinefan film festival came to a close with the screening of Rituparno Ghosh's "Chitrangada" based on Rabindranath Tagore's dance drama of the same name. The national award winning director, alongwith the film's stars Raima Sen and Jishu Sengupta were also present.
"Ten years ago my film 'Chokher Bali' premiered at IFFI when Raima was standing by my side as a little girl. Today she is here with me for the Indan premiere of this film and Tagore is also the common point between these two films," said Rituparno.
The 10-day film festival, held after a gap of two years, began on July 27. Events like the first ever film memorabilia auction and the screening of both parts of "Gangs of Wasseypur" consecutively for the first time in India saw an overwhelming response.