KL NEWS NETWORK
International Film Festival of Kashmir (IFFK) 2015 Wednesday concluded with award ceremony in which Iranian and Spanish movies bagged maximum awards in different categories.
‘Absolute Rest’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Abdolreza Kahani won ‘Best Feature Film’ award while another Iranian film ‘Waskat’ received ‘Critic Award’ in International Category.
Among J&K select, Best Feature Film award was given to Ibtida directed by Ali Emran, Best Short Film was given to Stunning Gilgit-Baltistan by SM Bukhari while Gul was declared as Best Debut Film. Gul has been directed by a Kashmiri filmmaker Gul Reyaz.
The ‘Best Feature Film in Indian Panorama’ category was given to Gour Hari Dastaan by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan.
The top award in Best Short Fiction Film category was given to ‘Day Dreams of Wilderness’ of Philippines.
Other awards include ‘Best Experimental Film International’ which was given jointly to Estonian film ‘Mouldy Memories’ and ‘Dystopia’ from Spain.
Rupstre, another film from Spain received award in ‘International Best Animation/New Media’.
Best Documentary film in International Category was given to Icons Make Miracle and Best Sports Film in International category was given to Russian short movie ‘Sprint to the Past’.
The awards were given by Chairperson XMITA, Yaqout Mushtaq while leading film and Television professionals attended the awards.
Those who spoke on the occasion were Zameer Ashai, Ayash Arif and Shabir Mujahid. Others who were present at the award ceremony include Zahid Manzoor, Shafiq Qureshi, GM Wani, Azad Shah, Raja Bilal and Abdul Rashid.
The festival was organized by Kashmir based socio-cultural NGO, XMITA in collaboration with HOTICE, an event management company, a statement by XMITA sais late Thursday evening.