Guwahati: Director Romi Meitei The stained mirror from Manipur won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the fifth edition of the Chalachitram National Film Festival here.
The stained mirrorwhich depicts consumerism’s grip on the value system, was also awarded for best short fiction film, festival director Utpal Datta said on Friday.
The Film Critics Circle of India Special Mention Award for Best Child Artist was awarded to Yaikhomba for his excellent portrayal of the emotion and complexity of childhood in The stained mirror.
Zachary Coffin was recognized in the Best Director category for his English film Issuance. Amogh Deshpande won the Film Critics Circle of India Special Mention Award for Best Cinematography for the film.
The Grand Jury Special Mention was awarded to the Marathi Film Bhet.
The fifth edition of the festival was virtual with films made public on the Chalachitram website from August 10. They will continue to be on display from a week on, Datta said.
The 2021 edition had films in Hindi, English, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Assamese and Manipuri.
“We made the process as simple as possible. Anyone from anywhere in the world can watch movies just by clicking on the links shown on the official website,” he added,
The artistic director of the festival, Dalton, said that as it is the golden jubilee year of Manipur cinema, the festival has commemorated it with the screening of Aribam’s film Shyam Sharma. Binodini: a tribute and Imagi Ningthem; At Haobam Paban Kumar The first jump on the pioneering film Manipuri; and 50 years of Manipuri cinema: an overview.
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Additionally, Assamese filmmaker Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s magnum opus “Kolaahal” was screened from August 13 on the anniversary of his death.
The Grand Jury included Adeep Tandon (chairman), Akashaditya Lama and Abha Khanna.
Juries were set up by the House of Illusions, an independent film studio founded to encourage emerging filmmakers; and the Film Critics Circle of India (FCCI), a group of 50 film critics, essayists, academicians, scholars and authors from across India, Datta said.