Monjurul Islam Megh, Return to GIFF, Assam : The 7 days 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) ended 6 November, 2019 in the capital of Assam, India. The closing film of the festival was ‘To The Desert’ (Al Desierto) by Argentinian director Ulises Rosell.
In the competition section 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).
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 Filmmaker Santwana Bardoloi and Bangladeshi Prominent Filmmaker Abu Sayeed.
For the first time, 3rd GIFF also screened short films of debut filmmakers under the competition segment. ‘Aharor Duporiya’ was adjudged the Best Short Film. ‘This is Life’ and ‘Soan Papdi’ were awarded the Jury Special Mention certificates.
The Jury Members of the short film segment were filmmakers Kangkan Deka and Jaicheng Jai Dohutia along with Audiographer Debajit Gayan.
The Festival Chairman Pabitra Margherita delivered welcome speech and Festival Director Monita Borgohain were addressing the 3rd GIFF 2019 at the closing ceremony in Srimanta Sankardev International Auditorium.
“Our formal education doesn’t include how to see, feel and touch. The only media that teaches all of these is films. In a country like India, a lot of people can’t read and write. For them, the only source of information is movies and their own experiences,”Mohan Agashe said.
The other dignitaries present during the Closing Ceremony included eminent cinematographer A K Bir, Argentinian Ambassador to India Daniel Chuburu and Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Assam Dr. Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur here are presented as Special Guest.
Tanvir Monsur said Assam and Bangladesh are two brothers, which got separated during the partition of 1947. We are going to be connected. Already the two prime ministers of the two countries have signed 72 agreements. India also provided USD 8 billion line of credit to various projects in Bangladesh. We will arrange a film festival in Guwahati for only Bangladeshi film, like single country film festival to 2020.
The Assam government supported festival began on October 31 with the screening of Iranian film ‘Charcoal’ (Komur) by renowned director Esmaeel Monsef.
Around 70 film personalities from India and abroad took part in the festival. Ambassadors from South Korea, Hungary, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Bolivia, Argentina and Bangladesh were also present among other diplomats.
From Bangladesh, Prominent filmmaker Abu Saeed were presented as Jury member, Prominent filmmaker Tauquir Ahmed and Filmmaker Noor Imran Mithu were presented with their film “Fagun Haway (In Spraining Breeze)” and ” Komola Rocket (Orange Boat) and Head of News a National Daily News Paper “Daily Bhorer Alo” Monjujurul Islam Megh were presented as invited guest, Megh also representative of GIFF to Bangladesh.
The State Government owned Jyoti Chitraban organised the festival in association with the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute.
The 3rd edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence of noted filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar. The inaugural ceremony will have renowned Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi as the Chief Guest.
Apart from these countries, films from Sri Lanka, Hungary, South Korea, Spain, Israel, US, Taiwan, Italy, Iceland, China, Canada, Philippines, Bangladesh, France, Portugal, Bhutan, Bolivia, Poland, Russia, Japan, Nepal, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Qatar, Slovenia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Syria, Denmark, Tunisia and India were also screened.
The film festival had a special session by Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi and a retrospective of his movies were showcased.
The festival was divided into eight categories with the tribute section being dedicated to Mrinal Sen and Girish Karnad.
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 in their respective fields.
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Reported by Monjurul Islam Megh official team member of GIFF to Bangladesh, Journalist and Filmmaker.
Megh with Festival Chairman
Megh in Theater at Giff 2019
Megh At GIFF
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