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10th Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema


NEW DELHI, 20 JULY: The Best Films in the Asian-Arab and Indian Competition sections were awarded Rs two million each ($ 50,000) and the Best Director in each section won Rs 800,000 ($ 20,000). The Special Jury Award and the Best Actor and Actress took away Rs 200,000 ($ 5000). An Audience Award set up for a film in competition won Rs 200,000 (approx $ 5000).

 The new competition section dealing with themes of In-Tolerance has been created this year to showcase feature and documentary films that respond to or deal with the intolerance of our times. The Best Film in this category will take home a cash award of Rs 800,000 (approx. $ 20,000).

The Festival also saw the introduction of the first-ever Competition for First Features. The Best First Feature received Rs 200,000 (approx $ 5000) in addition to a guaranteed support of Rs 800,000 (approx $ 20,000) from fFOOD: The Film Fund - Osian's Originating Development, created by Osian's, for the next feature film.

Asian and Arab Competition

1. Best Film Award: Tokyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa ‘For its sensitive and panoramic portrayal of dramatically changing socio-economic and family values,’

2. Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan For the film Three Monkeys

For his cinematic treatment of intense internal human conflicts in difficult situations and for his deep understanding of human nature and excellent handling of actors.

3. Best Actor: Amor Hakkar in his own film The Yellow House ‘For being the soul of the film and for giving a sensitive, elegant and understated performance in the film,’

4. Best Actress Award: Hiam Abbas and Rona Lipaz- Michael in The Lemon Tree ‘For portraying complex emotions in conflicting situations and for balancing and complementing each other’

5. Special Jury Award: ‘Salt of This Sea’ by Annamarie Jacir ‘For her courage as a film maker and for her intensely personal journey of self discovery through one of the most complex conflicts of our time,’



6. Confessional by Ruel Dahis Antipuesto and Jerrold Viacrucis Tarog



7. Best Film Award: Gulabi Talkies directed by Girish Kasarvalli by Basanikumar Patil and Amrita Patil For its multi-layered portrayal of a vibrant people being dragged unknowingly into an important socio-economic transition of recent times, and for its deft and masterful blending of artistic sensitivity with stunning realism.

8. Best Director: Remo for A Story of Red Hills For effectively transposing his magnificent obsession about a dying folk art into a cinematic form and for successfully reaching out with his first film told straight from the heart

9. Best Actor: Shared by two actors Rajat Kapur for The Prisoner by Pryas Gupta for powerfully bringing out the inner angst of a troubled soul – a social misfit who remains a captive even when released from jail, and Govind Namdeo for his role in Kabootar by Maqbool Khan

For a stunning performance as an under world don bringing a new dimension and meaning to the term “Menace”

10. Best Actress Award: Umashree for Gulabi Talkies by Girish Kasarvalli for bringing to life Gulabi, a fisher mid-wife, a truly multi-faceted character, for her effort less portrayal of a women at once wise and childlike, brave and vulnerable, strong and compassionate. 

11. NETPAC JURY AWARD: Bioscope by K.M. Madhusudhanan

12. FIPRESCI COMPETITION: Ramchand Pakistani by Mehreen Jabbar and Salt Of This Sea by Annemarie Jacir for the quality of their cinematic treatment in depicting the cause to humanity through the futility of politics

13. The Audience Award: The Band’s Visit by Eran Kolirin



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