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Documentary on poet ‘Vidrohi’ wins top honor at MIFF 2012

By NewsDesk • Published on February 10, 2012

Nitin Kumar Pamnani’s  I am Your Poet won the Best Documentary Film (upto 40 minutes duration) award comprising the Golden Conch and Rs. 5 lakh at the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films.

Pamnani’s film in Hindi and Bhojpuri is about the poetry of Rama Shankar Yadav ‘Vidrohi.’

Shape of the Shapeless by the New York based film maker Jayant Cherian was adjudged the second Best short Film with Silver Conch and Rs. 250,000/- in cash.

Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris won the Golden Conch for Best Documentary Film above 40 minutes duration.   The British film maker’s documentary tells the story of the ‘Gulabi Gang’  which is active in Uttar Pradesh, empowering women.

The Silver Conch for Best Documentary above 40 minutes duration is shared by Dreaming Taj Mahal by Nirmal Chandar and the Russian entry Home by Olga Maurina.

The Golden Conch for Best Fiction film went to Music in the Blood by Alexandru Mavrodineanu from Romania.

Anand Tharane and Krunal Rawal won the Golden Conch in the Best Animation Film Category for Prince.  The film is about a taxi named Prince and how it finds outdated when new sedans arrive on the streets of Mumbai.

The International Jury Award was shared between two films Moni Bency’s Mahashwetadevi -Close-up and Mamta Murty’s Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and Premier Show dealing with the alternative cinema tradition in Manipur.

Anand Patvardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade won the Best Film of the Festival Award for Producer.  The award carries a prize money of Rs 200,000.

Pankaj Johar’s Still Standing has won the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Award for Best Debut film as a Director.  The award instituted by the Government of Maharashtra comprises a trophy and Rs. 1 lakh (Rs 100,000) in cash.

Rajesh Jala’s Hindi-Bhojpuri documentary At the Stairs won the Best Documentary Film Award fetching him the Golden Conch and Rs. 5 lakh (Rs 500,000) in cash.  The film examines the lives of widows in Banaras seeking Moksha – liberation from the cycle of life and death.

Ashwin Kumar’s Inshah Allah, Football is the second best Documentary winning the Silver Conch..

Tuhinabha Mazumdar’s Midnight Bioscope was adjudged the Best Fiction Film winning the Golden Conch.  The film is based on Ismat  Chubhtai’s controversial short story ‘Lihaf’ about the sexual awakening of a young girl.

Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT)’s production’s Journey to Nagaland by Aditi Chitre won Golden Conch for the Best Animation Film.

FTII entry One, Two by Prantik Basu won the Indian Jury Award worth Rs. 2,50,000/- in cash.

Amalan Datta’s film on the unique democratic structure of a remote Himalayan village, One Day Ahead of Democracy got the Special Mention Documentary Certificate

The film by Anup Satyam A Dream called America got the IDPA Trophy plus Rs. 1 lakh (Rs 100,000) in cash  for the Best Student Film.

In all 101 films including 41 films in the International Section were in competition during Mumbai International Film Festival 2012.

International Competition Jury comprised David Bradbury of Australia, Sayoko Kinoshita of Japan, Michael Glawogger of Australia, N. Manu Chakravarthy of India and Beena Paul, of India.

Indian Competition Jury comprised Kumar Shahani, Reena Mohan, B. Narsing Rao, Adela Peeva of Bulgaria and Stefanie Dinkelbach of Ireland.

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