Child Poverty wins IFFI Short Film Award

Panaji, Dec 1 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) A short film ‘Another Planet’ on child poverty in India grabbed the “Golden Lamp Award” and cash prize of Rs 4 lakh in the Short Film Section as the Short Film Centre of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 concluded today.  

The 28-minute movie directed by Smita Bhide and produced by UK-based Jamie Nuttgens was chosen as the best film in the international competition section, the jury which was headed by Indian filmmaker Basu Chaterjee.

Another Planet is a touching and delicate fable about a young girl trapped in an impossible predicament. It presents a fresh and different vision of Child Poverty in India.

Nine-year-old Chandi turns to a black magician who passes through her village each year, to save her ailing mother. But he asks a price, a terrible task for Chandi to undertake.

The “Silver Lamp Tree Award” with a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh was awarded for the film “Crazy Beats Strong Every Time” directed by Moon Molson. 

The 27-minute long movie tells about a Nigerian community in the US.

A Special Jury Award and cash prize of Rs 2 lakh was awarded for the film “Khule Darwaaze” (Open Doors), directed by Ashish Pandey.

The short film section, for the first time introduced Special Jury Award for Goan film, which was awarded to Ashok Rane’s directed “Anthony Gonsalves – The Music Legend”. The movie was also awarded Rs 50,000 cash.

– John Edwards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *