Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Anand Patwardhan honoured with V Shantaram lifetime achievement award in 13th MIFF

Governor of Maharastra K.Sankaranarayanan presented V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award to Anand Patwardhan  for his contribution towards the development of documentary movement at the  Inaugural function  of 13th   MIFF 2014  in Mumbai . The 13th MIFF being held from 3 Feb to 9 Feb at NCPA (Tata Centre) at Nariman Point received over 790 entries including 205 entries in the international section. This biennial film festival organised by the Films Division of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is held in collaboration with the state Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Documentary Producers Association. for short, documentary and animation films. The week long festival celebrating the best of documentary films–the Mumbai International Film Festival , MIFF 2014 started with a rare insight into the life during pre-independence India. The Governor of Maharashtra inaugurated the Festival by traditional lighting of lamp, in the presence of Bimal Julka, Secretary, I&B, V S Kundu, Festival Director, Members of the National & International Jury and several prominent film makers. Patwardhan who won the V Shantaram lifetime achievement award is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker known for his activism through social action documentaries on topics such as corruption, slum dwellers, nuclear arms race, citizen activism and communalism. His notable films include Bombay: Our City (Hamara Sahar) (1985), In the Name of God (Ram ke Nam) (1992), Father, Son and Holy War (Pitra, Putra aur Dharmayuddha) (1995), War and Peace (Jang aur Aman) (2002) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), which  won national and International awards. Jai Bhim Comrade had won the Best Film award at MIFF 2012.  

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