IIMC awarded the Global Coronavirus short films

New Delhi,14th December 2020: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumbai based Indian Infotainment Media Corporation has organized the screening and award show of the ‘Coronavirus Short Films on 14th December 2020 at NDMC, Convention Center, Sansad Marg, New Delhi. 2855 films from 108 countries had participated in the festival and showcased the stories based on Cure, Safety Measure, and Lives during the COVID-19. Shri Prakash Javadekar was the chief guest and the festival was presided by Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The Board of the jury included Sonu Nigam, Dheeraj Kumar, Laila Tyabji, Dr.Alok Mehta, Alok Gupta IAS, Gajendra Chauhan, Anand Pandit, Vijay Jolly and Mukesh Gupta.

Shri Prakash Javedekar Union Information and Broadcasting Minister has appreciated the initiative of IIMC to hold an International Coronavirus short film festival and said the the large number of entry in the film festival is the testimony of the film making talents across the globe.

"Happy to note that 2800 entries were received for this film festival…I think you should send this for recording it for Limca Book of Records as probably it could be the largest entry on a single theme"

The smartphone revolution has also led to filmmakers, in particular, students adopting it in a big way to make short films.

In this co text, Mr Javadekar said "the government gives support to short film making and appealed that filmmakers should make good short films that touches the life and heart of the people"

Shri Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs said that “due to the Corona pandemic, shooting of films had largely been postponed for a long time. During this crisis, short films not only entertained the people but also made the people aware of the Corona challenge. Different channels, be it news channel, an entertainment channel, sports, or business channel, all played a praiseworthy role regarding spreading awareness among the people regarding the Corona pandemic. The entire world is facing such a crisis in the form of the Corona pandemic after the centuries. Many generations have not seen such a challenge. Still, we have left no stone unturned to play the role of a mature society, government, cinema, and media, and especially in India, all these four sections became a part of solution to the problem.”

Films getting awarded are:

Animation

First prize: The Saviour (India)

Director: Arjun Mukherjee

Second prize: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Sane (UK)

Director: Nick Hales

Jury award: The Painter (South Africa)

Director: James Whitelaw

International

First prize: Tato Taty ( Singapore)

Director: Dagomir Kaszlikowski

Second prize: Invisible Quarantine (Bangladesh)

Director: Sahadat Russell

Jury awards: Mugging-The Art of Social Distancing (USA)

Director: Dave McGrath

National

First prize: Depression

Director: Pratiksinh Chavda

Second prize: Two Nations in a Lockdown

Director: Dinkar Sharma

Jury award: Smoked chicken gravy

Director: Maaz Kazmi

Student

First prize: No Comment (Iran)

Director: Zhivar Farajzadeh

Second prize: Love Sick (Israel)

Director: Itay Peretz

Jury award: Mask up (Canada)

Director: Huzeifa Essaji

Notes- Pictures Captioned

  1. L-R: H. Deniz Ersoz, Culture & Tourism Counsellor, Mukesh Gupta, Chairman, Media, and Entertainment Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for I&B, Devendra Khandelwal, Chairman IIMC, at the inauguration of International CoronaVirus Short Film Festival, at NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi on 14th December 2020

  2. L-R: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister Minister of Minority Affairs, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for I&B felicitating Mr. Mukesh Gupta, Chairman Media and Entertainment Committee,PHD Chamber of Commerce at International CoronaVirus Short Film Festival, at NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi on 14th December 2020

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