FSA ’15 closed on 22 November, amidst a crowd of 400 people. The three person jury announced the award winning films of the year.
The Kathmandu Post award for Student Film goes to Tyres by the Myanmar filmmaker Kyaw Myo Lwin. The award carries a citation and cash award of 500$.
‘ The marginal existence in urban Mynmar/Burma in various hues of grey and black makes this film a statement about cycle of life, dignity and spirit of life.’
The Unicef award for the best film on Children’s issues goes to Drawing the Tiger. A film made by Amy Benson, Scott Squire and Ramyata Limbu —the award carries a cash component of $1,000
‘The film captures the lacunae in our systems to provide quality education to rural and marginalised section in a layered manner. It also brings out the limitations of philanthropy when the larger socio-economic model is not geared to provide the emotional space for aspiring children.’
The Tareq Masud Award for the best debut film goes to “On and off the records” by Pratik Biswas. This award carries a cash component of 1000$.
‘The film captures the interplay between the classical tradition and the recording technology and its role in taking the classical music outside the confines of the court and the rich households. It had a fine balance between an eye for historical details and an ear for musical nuances.’
The Jury Award for the Runner Up goes to Iffat Fatima’s Blood leaves its trail. This prize carries a cash award of 1000$.
‘A sustained and relentless documentation of the human rights conditions in Kashmir spread over a period of nine years is captured in a form of memoirs, reflections and personal stories.’
And, finally, the Ram Bahadur Trophy goes to “A Walnut Tree” by Ammar Aziz. This award carries a cash component of 2000 $.
‘A poetic portrayal of a sense of loss and displacement under the shadow of gun and radicalisation. The camera never becomes a voyeur but retains its gaze of compassion, understanding and shared values.’