Winners of the Jaipur International Film Festival 2017


We present the winners of the 9th Jaipur International Film Festival that took place from January 7th – 11th, 2017 in Jaipur, India.

Feature Films Competition
Golden Camel

Train Driver’s Diary by Milos Radovic – Serbia | 2016 – 85 min.

During his professional career, every train driver inadvertently kills 20 to 30 people. Their victims are usually suicides, careless, drunken, or justabsent-minded people. This is a tragic comedy about innocent murderers and their lives.


Red Rose

Inversion by Behnam Behzadi – Iran | 2016 – 84 min.

Tehran’s air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar’s brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother. Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest. She is the youngest and she has always obeyed their orders, but this time she must stand up for herself.


Green Rose

Sila Samayangalil (Sometimes) by Priyadarshan – India | 2016 – 101 min.

As 7 strangers spend a day at a lab in South India, impatiently waiting for their AIDS test results, they reluctantly share how they fear they may have contracted the disease and band together to sneakily obtain their results sooner.


Yellow Rose

Sila Samayangalil (Sometimes) by Priyadarshan – India | 2016 – 101 min.

Best Debutante Director

Gauru-Journey of Courage by Ramkishan Choyal – India | 2016 – 124 min.

The film is a herculean task of a child Gauru along with his animals and little sister who set out on a long journey, the difficulties which they face, their moments of hope and despair.

Best Debutante Actress

Aakrti Bisaria for her role in Kapat by Milinnd Sagar
India, Rajasthan | 2016 – 130 min.

“Time, People or Destiny of Deceives us..”Kapat is a story of intentional revenge which in turn becomes an unintentional revenge and ends the story on a happy note where the saying all is well that ends well is satisfied.

Best Actress

Alena Dzebo for her role in Sabina K. by Cristóbal Krusen – US | 2015 – 125 min.

Sabina, a divorced mother of two small children, falls in love with an old friend from the Bosnian war. The two plan to marry, but things go terribly wrong.


Best Actor

Luis Gnecco for his role in Neruda by Pablo Larrain – Chile | 2016 – 107 min.

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia delCarril (Mercedes Morán), but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, “Canto General”. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.


Best Original Screenplay

Inversion by Behnam Behzadi – Iran | 2016 – 84 min.

Best Sound and Editing

Survivor by Linzi Zhang – China | 2016 – 87 min.

Yan was hospitalized after a car accident. From an old scar on his shoulder, doctors recognized him as the survivor of a well-known conjoined twin separation surgery that took place at the same hospital years ago. As Yan was being treated for his injuries, a series of terrifying incidents happened at the hospital, causing hospital-wide panic. GaoHai, the administrator of the hospital, accused Yan as the person behind the incidents, because a piece of evidence was left behind at the scenes – evidence tracing back to Yan’s separation operation.

Best Cinematography

Kerla Paradiso by Bijoy Lona – India | 2016 – 77 min.

Set in the back drop of the Kerala, South India a small theatre named “Kerala Paradiso” struggles to exist. Naveen works in this theatre owned by his uncle. His world is all about watching movies and helping his Uncle in the theatre. His world comes crashing down when he gets to know that the theatre is being locked down as it was mortgaged by his Uncle. Racing again times he and the movie buffs try to save the theater. Naveen had to break the world of cinema and come to reality. Would he realize the reality before he loses his love or the theater “Kerala Paradiso”.


Documentary Feature Competition
Golden Camel

Time Simply Passes by Ty Flowers – US | 2015 – 55 min.

Nearly 50 years ago, a mass murder was committed in the small Florida town of Arcadia. The victims were all children in the same family of African-American citrus pickers. Their father James Richardson was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. More than 20 years and a series of unprecedented miracles followed in order to set him free. Now, in the present day, James Richardson travels back to Florida in the hopes of receiving a glimmer of justice from a State which took his life away. This is a story that has unfolded countless times in different ways in small towns across America. This film represents a multi-generational effort to diagram this story from beginning to end, in the hopes that we can one day learn how to prevent it from ever happening again.


Green Rose

White Rage by Arto Halonen – Finland | 2015 – 73 min.

The film is also about our society: a society without sufficient understanding or desire to address the emergence of school violence.


Best Sound and Editing

The Thinking body by Kadambari Shivaya – India | 2016 – 81min.

Experiencing the self is a reflexive perception of one’s emotions and an interpretation of one’s innermost consciousness. It is an expression of THE THINKING BODY and an acknowledgement of being alive. Therefore we dance. And also the films explains the different layers of spirituality in INDIAN form through classical intervention and our culture.


Best Cinematography

The Thinking body by Kadambari Shivaya – India | 2016 – 81min.

Special Jury Mention

Kaagaz Ki Kashti (Jagjit Singh) by Brahmanand S. Siingh – India | 2016 – 127 min.

Kaagaz Ki Kashti … a film on Jagjit Singh, is an evocative account of a down-to-earth small-town boy from Ganganagar, Rajasthan who made it big by adding that extra something in his music … giving it a polish and a soul at the same time … choosing simple but touching urdu poetry, setting them to simple tunes and introducing western instrumentation to make them textured, contemporary and rich.


Audience Choice Award

The Golden Age by Justin Connor – US | 2016 – 102 min.

Inspired by true events, THE GOLDEN AGE is a tour de force musical film about subversive pop star, Maya O’Malley (Justin Connor), who after a string of incendiary remarks in the press, gets dropped from his music label, Aspect Records.


Short Film Competition
Best Short Film

Ketch (Daughter) by Mehrdad Hasani – Iran | 2016 – 15 min.

A nurse sacrifice her life on saving the life of a little girl in a war zone.

Best Director

Bartosz Kruhlik for Adaptation – Poland | 2016 – 25 min.

Structural or functional evolution of an organism towards higher survivability. 2. Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress. 3. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.

Best Script

Veni Vidi Fugi (I came, I saw, I fled) by Robert Eugen Popa
Romania | 2016 – 30 min.

A charismatic and versatile twelfth grade student in Communist Romania is the worst Latin student. The most famous, iconic and larger than life Roman poet, PubliusOvidiusNaso, exiled 2000 years ago to the desolate shores of the Black sea ‘shows up’ and proposes him a providential, yet tough to fulfil deal : to elucidate the greatest local enigma – why was Ovid exiled from Rome to an obscure Roman outpost on the Black sea ?

Best Actress

Vicky Krieps for her role in Pitter Patter Goes My Heart by Christoph Rainer
Germany, US, Austria | 2015 – 22 min.

The hopelessly romantic Lisa takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But the fact that he already has a new girl at his side and that Lisa needs to bring her alcoholic father to an anti-varicose-campaign photo shooting without letting him know, is not particularly helping. The tragedy takes its course.

Best Actor

Winstar Tey for his role in Han by Jonathan Choo
Singapore | 2015 – 20 min.

This film is about Hoh Yim, a stoic, retired lieutenant colonel and single father. His son, Gideon, is a political cartoonist and blogger. Their relationship is tested when Gideon is responsible for a fatal hit-and-run which resulted in the death of a young female Korean translator living in Singapore.

Best Editor

Travis Abels & DamonRussell for Cul-De-Sac by Damon Russell
US | 2016 – 15 min.

Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their sons teddy bear.

Best Cinematographer

Arkodeb Mukherjee for Shesh Kotha by Aarambhh Singh – India | 2016 – 18 min.

Love story between a daughter-in-law of a reputed family and a bounded slave living in the same Haveli. One who is officially a “slave” and one who becomes a “slave” of destiny.

Best Sound Editor

Nikos Exarhos for Limbo by Konstantina Kotzamani – Greece, France | 2016 – 30 min.

The leopard shall lie down with the goat,the wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them.12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore…

Special Jury Mention

Rizwan by Tanvi Gandhi – India | 2016 – 4 min.

Innocence unfaded by time, ‘Rizwan’ literally translated means ‘The Keeper of the Gates of Heaven’, and he perfectly embodies this. Still living in the past, a world of fantasy created by his mother (Ammi), we journey down his childhood as he narrates a particular incident. The day he saved the princess of his dreams from the demons in the forest. Or so he thought…

Special Jury Mention

Solace by Kashya Plazinska – Poland | 2016 – 16 min.

A father, mother, and child lead their life in the midst of a remote landscape. The prairie breathes its natural rhythm just like the family does. The young girl wanders around the land’s confined infinity. What seems like an innocent exploration becomes a confrontational awakening.

Mumbai Varanasi Express by Aarti Chabria – India | 2016 – 30 min.

A story of an unending journey beyond the realms of life and death.

Best Children Film

A Brave Bunch by Tomasz Stankiewicz – Poland | 2015 – 30 min.

A Brave Bunch. The Uprising through children’s eyes. When the Warsaw Uprising started in 1944, thousands of children lived in the city. Brave Bunch is about those who survived. A hybrid documentary by Tomas Stankiewicz tells a story of heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany occupation during World War II from a child’s perspective. In the film a group of kids finds an authentic dairy from the Warsaw Uprising. Looking for its owner they stumble into the Warsaw Uprising Muzeum. Thanks to the diary’s magic power they meet their peers from 1944 who survived complete destruction of Warsaw and slaughter of its inhabitants. The film takes viewers to the old backyards of Warsaw and the dangerous city sewers.

Best Political Film

El día de la Virgen by Louise Heem – France | 2016 – 24 min.

Sarah, a French-speaker, lives in a city where the majority of the inhabitants are Spanish-speakers. Due to ethnic riots, the government has decided to divide the city into three zones and separate them by a wall.

Best Women Film

Cancer 71 by Abhishek Talukder – India | 2016 – 24 min.

An aged tailor, a Bangladeshi refugee, who witnessed the sexualized violence (namely, chopping off women’s breast) that took place during the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971), and an Indian middle-class woman, who is a victim of breast cancer, have been struck by the singularity of events in which they are forced to take part. Both of them have become the victim of time and the absurdity of gender politics.

Best War & Peace Film

Mary Mother by Sadam Wahidi – Afghanistan | 2016 – 20 min.

Mary along with her two daughters live in a remote village of Afghanistan, the only son and young man of her family is serving for military in Kunduz province. One day she hears the news of fall of Kunduz province to the hand of Taliban on radio, since the authorities have no news of her son, she decides to start her own journey to Kunduz to find his son.

Best Comedy Film

Fanny Pack by Uttera Singh – US | 2016 – 11 min.

Fanny Pack is a comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.

Best Romantic Film

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart by Christoph Rainer
Germany, US, Australia | 2015 – 22 min.

Best Horror Film

Selfie.D by Suraj K – India | 2016 – 25 min. | 2016 – 25 min.

One guy finds an abandoned cell phone which contains many selfies. People start disappearing around him, even his girlfriend. Everyone thinks he is responsible for the disappearances and soon, he is chased by the police to find the truth.

Best Current Issue Film

Who Dies? by Shahnawaz Baqal – India | 2016 – 13 min.

It is a story set in Kashmir where two badly injured people one of whom is militant and other is army man met at a same place in a Kashmiri house. How both of them deal with the situation in the house.

Documentary Short Competition
Best Documentary

Nagaland is changing by Gurmeet Sapal – India | 2015 – 28 min.

The villagers of Sendenyu and Sukhai in Nagaland have been conserving the forest on their private land for the past many years. Entry is restricted in the forest that is spread over tens of sq. kms. Hunting, fishing, logging and collection of forest produce is completely banned. Anyone who is caught breaking the law is fined. As a result, the reserve has now turned into thick forest and is teeming with wildlife. But there are challenges. Some of the villagers want their land back, a few want the area to be opened for hunting again. In absence of funding and support, the communities are finding it difficult to conserve their forest. This is not just the story of Sendenyu and Sukhai, but of hundreds of other villages in Nagaland as well.

Special Jury Prize

Across Antarctica by Stéphanie Gicquel – France | 2016 – 30 min.

The film is an invitation to discover Antarctica. This 30 minute film is not only about adventure but also about the meaning of things, fear, freedom, fulfillment, and boldness. A sanctuary, where nature is so powerful and strong against explorers who dare to come, but at the same time so fragile.

Animation Film Competition
Best Animation

Agrinoui by Alexis Chaviaras – Cyprus | 2015 – 20 min.

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

Special Jury Mention

Panic Attack! By Eileen O’Meara – US | 2016 – 4 min.

You know the nagging thoughts that start with “did I leave the coffee on?” and turn in to “what if I give birth to Satan’s baby?” This animated short explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

Coming Stars Panorama (Only for Students)
Best Upcoming Film

Monsoon by Billu Paul – India | 2016 – 30 min.

The film portrays the life of a married couple in rural Haryana,India. The husband studies in film school staying out of the town and wife remains at home. Eventually, the loneliness in the life of the wife starts to create a guilt inside the husband. The dilemma of holding the responsibility of the family and respecting her own desires finally takes her to the critical point where she has to look inside for the answers. The film reflects the conflicts and complexities present within the setup of marriage institution and the conditions with which humans have to live with it.

Special Jury Mention

Dobro by Marta Hernaiz Pidal
Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina | 2016 – 16 min.

Selma tries to kick Mira out of the entrance of her building but she only answers with the word “Fine”.

U Turn Rajasthan Panorama (Only for Rajasthan)
Best Film

Masakkali by Deepankar Prakash – India, Rajasthan | 2016 – 38 min.

Masakkali is a contemporary film based on family relations and love story of Deepak and Bulbul. This film is based on true events of Kedarnath natural disaster and how it affects the relationship of a couple and a father.

Special Jury Mention

I am Raghu by Praveen SinghRathore
India, Rajasthan | 2016 – 5 min.

This is short film about Street Kid name RAGHU. Raghu dreams to be a Boxer. Movie show how he fight for his dream.This short movie is without any dialogs but with expressions and actions director share message of Never Give up whatever problems comes chase your dreams.Now these days Young Kids go in depression because of lot of reasons. Movie give message to kids that nothing is Impossible and be your own hero. Dreams comes true if you fight for your dreams.If you want to be something you should go for it without afraid of failing. This movie give message to young kids that if you have dream then you have to protect it. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do this or that! Don’t be afraid to take decision. Raghu decide to be boxer, he don’t have money, he don’t have family to support him but he fight for his dream.Raghu (character of movie), he is Hero and we all have Raghu/Hero Inside us….

New Awards
Best Film From Asian Continent

Sila Samayangalil (Sometimes) by Priyadarshan – India | 2016 – 101 min.

Best Film From Europe Continent

Klezmer by Pitor Chrzan – Poland | 2015 – 95 min.

KLEZMER is a realistic and metamorphic story about journey through wartime land of EVIL. It is set during WORLD WAR 2 in the polish country side , although away from the frontlines. It seems that nothing has changed there and life goes on just like before the war. However people carry the war in their hearts and souls.

Best Film From American Continent

42 Seconds of Happiness by Christina Kallas – US | 2016 – 88 min.

The hurricane strikes stucking together an unlikely group – at gunpoint. And what started as a light comedy about the trials and tribulations of romantic love and the pitfalls of married life, turns into something much darker.

Screenplay Awards
First Top Screenplay
The Shackles by Girish Parab – India

Second Top Screenplay
Destiny Authors by Esra Cengel – Turkey

Third Top Screenplay
Rupee by Rajiv Haque – US

Awards for All Categories
Best Political Film

Bach in Brazil by Ansgar Ahler – Brazil, Germany | 2016 – 90 min.

Inspired by true events, this is a story about what happens when two outsiders from opposite corners of the world are thrown together (Brazil-Germany)… Marten Brueckling, a retired music teacher from Germany, has inherited an original sheet of music by Bach’s son. Marten has to collect the sheet in person in the beautiful Baroque city of OuroPreto in the heart of Brazil. But Brazil is no place for beginners: Funny circumstances drives him to teach music to the kids of a juvenile prison. Bach’s music and Brazil’s percussion instruments mix perfectly. One of the kids is Fernando, a lovable, abandoned boy who lived on the streets. But they discovers that they have more things in common as they thought…

Best Women Film

Alena Dzebo for her role in Sabina K. by Cristóbal Krusen – US | 2016 – 125 min

Best War and Peace Film


Arvand by Pourya Azarbayjani – Iran | 2016 – 87 min.

Jonas (Saeed Aghakhani), a former Iranian soldier during the Iran-Iraq War, sets out to search for his fallen brother’s bodies years after they have been killed in action.

Best Romantic Film

1982 A Love Marriage by Prashant M. Gorey – India | 2016 – 114 min.

This is a tale of a time when Parents used to arrange their children’s marriage without their permission and of the society where bride and groom didn’t interact with each other before their marriage. Their First meeting was on the day of their marriage and their first date their “Nuptial Night”. Prem who wants to do a love marriage is compelled to do an arranged marriage, Now he wants to do a Love Marriage with his wife, Suman(his wife)helps him to fulfill his desire. After Marriage, Prem and Suman face a lot of complications, during this time Prem realizes this is what he wanted and finally he gets his love and says “This is MY Love Marriage”

Mobile Film Making Competition
1st Top Film Based on Social Issue

2nd Top Film Based on Social Issue
Hindustan Poetry

3rd Top Film Based on Social Issue
Stray Lights


To know more about this festival please go to the Festival Profile or to the Official Website.

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