Bengaluru’s International Film Festival presents its awards with royal splendour

Ananya Kasaravalli (right) with the Artistic Director of the festival, JN Vidyashankar

Ananya Kasaravalli’s ‘Harikatha Prasanga’ (Kannada) wins the Indian Competition’s Best Film award.  The Marathi file ‘Lathe Joshi’ directed by Mangesh Joshi, gets its Jury Special award.

The week long 9th Biffes (Bengaluru International Film Festival) ended on February 9 in Mysore city at its spectacular Mysore Palace with hundreds of its citizens thronging the event. It was embellished with a royal touch that few festivals anywhere could match – it is unique to itself. The proceedings were embellished with a strong local cultural content  of classical music, song, dance, film heritage that this region takes pride in. Altogether a magnificent evening.

Biffe is growing from strength to strength with strong support from the State government and its Artistic Director JN Vidyashankar collecting a fine range of international and Indian films. It extends very generous support to Kannada cinema, both art as well as commercial.  This year it added three awards presented to recent Kannada popular films.  This is in addition to a special competition section to recent Kannada films. The awards go hand in hand with set cash amounts.

Mangesh Joshi (left) with his lead actor

The festival opens in Bengaluru and moves midway to Mysore for its conclusion.

The Asian Cinema Competition award went to the Kyrgyzstan film ‘My Father’s Will’ directed by Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu.

Kannada film awards went to debut works. They are ‘Rama Rama Re’ directed by D Satya Prakash (1st);  ‘Pallata’ directed by S P Raghu (2nd Prize) and Hemanth Rao’s ‘Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu’ bagging third Prize.

The Netpac Jury award for the best Pan-Asian film was open to all Kannada films at the festival, and went to Uppina Kagada (Emery Paper) directed by B Suresha.





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