Fipresci-India has successfully conducted the ‘International Seminar on Film Criticism’ on 25th Feb. 2019 as per schedule at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival-BIFFES. Mr. Nachum Mochiach (Israel), Mr. Siraj Syed (India), Mr. Kaj Van Zoolen (The Netherlands) and Mr. Ashok Rane (India) delivered their paper/talk in the seminar. Eminent filmmaker Mr. Girish Kasaravalli, Artistic Director of BIFFES Mr. N Vidyashankar, Former Presidents of Fipresci-India Ms. Aruna Vasudev and Mr. Narahari Rao graced the occasion chaired by the President Mr. V K Jospeh.
1st Fipresci Jury was installed in the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival held from 21 to 28 February with Kaj Van Zoelen from The Netherlands, Nachum Mochiach from Israel and Siraj Syed from India as its members.
This is the first time Fipresci-India Critics’ Jury was installed in the 2nd South Asian Short Film Festival organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India (Eastern Region) at Nandan from 18 to 31 March to conferChidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award for the Best Short Fiction and P K Nair Critics’ Award for the Best Documentary with Cash, Trophy and Citation. Siraj Syed, Meena Karnik and S Viswanath were nominated by Fipresci-India (Link: http://www.sasff.online/jury/). Following Awards were decided by them:
P K Nair Critics’ Award for the Best Documentary (Cash, Trophy and Citation): Displacement and Resilience (India, 60M) by Chandita Mukherjee (Citation: Homeless and country-less, refugees pay the price for wars and purges. The film takes us deep into their psyche and focuses on the humanitarian work being done for their rehabilitation!)
Chidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award for the Best Short Fiction (Cash, Trophy and Citation): The Stitch (India, 8M) by Asiya Zahoor. (Citation: A trivial incident in the life of a Kashmiri school-girl is used as a metaphor for the predicament Kashmiris find themselves in. Brilliantly understated, the film uses the short film format judiciously!)