Curtains down on Guwahati film festival

Guwahati: Curtains came down on the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival on Wednesday, in which 100 films from 65 countries were screened.
In the competition segment of the GIFF, Gajendra Ahire-directed ‘Dear Molly’ (Hodi) was adjudged the Best Feature Film while Arjunn Dutta received the Best Director award for ‘Unsaid’ (Abyakto).
At the closing ceremony of the seven-day extravaganza, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award-winning actor Mohan Agashe said a film that does not force a viewer to think passes on adulterated information. The difference between good and bad movies is that good films provide authentic information, while bad ones pass on information laced with ‘masala’, he said.
The closing film of the festival was ‘To The Desert’ (Al Desierto) by Argentinian director Ulises Rosell.
This year, the competition segment was extended to national level after containing it for only state films in the earlier two editions. The Special Jury Award was given to Sumitra Bhave for Art Direction in ‘Seeing’ (Dithee), while Philip Sangma for his acting in ‘Ma Ama’ by Dominic Sangma and ‘Jwlwi – The Seed’ by Rajni Basumatary bagged the Jury Special Mention certificates. European film personality Nenad Dukic was the chairman of the Jury, while the other two members were Abu Sayeed and Santwana Bardoloi.
An important feature of the festival was Open Forum sessions on topics related to films and the region as well as Master Classes by film personalities. (PTI)

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