Alpavirama South Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival

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The Alpavirama Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival [1] is a five-day film festival organised by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. ‘Alpavirama’ is comma in Sanskrit - a precious pause - a brief stretch of time reclaimed for reflection and repose. The first edition of the festival was held in Ahmedabad, India, in the year 2011.[2] The second edition was held in 2014.[3] The third edition will take place between October 4–8, 2016.[4]

About[edit]

Alpavirama focuses on short films from young filmmakers from the Asian countries. Alpavirama 2011 and 2014 editions were significant steps in that direction, focusing on South Asia. Alpavirama 2016, now pan-Asian, should see it consolidate and celebrate the vibrant Asian spirit; and the diverse yet converging flavours of Asian Cinema in all its short form glory.

Awards[edit]

The Competition is open to short fiction and documentary films, between 5–30 minutes; produced after 1 August 2014; directed by a young person (under 30 years) who is a citizen of & ordinarily resident in any South Asian country, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Focus on Asia Section is open to short fiction and documentary films, between 5–30 minutes; produced after 1 August 2014; directed by a young person (under 30 years) who is a citizen of and ordinarily resident in any Asian country, other than in South Asia.

From the 2014 edition onwards Alpavirama instituted an award in Late Prof. Satish Bahadur's (long-time Professor of Film Appreciation at FTII, Pune) name, for Lifetime Achievement in Film Teaching in South Asia.

Awards 2014[edit]

Documentary[edit]

Award Film title Director
Golden Comma Maneesha 1941 Makarand Dambhare
Silver Comma FEICA – A Life With Cartoons Waseem Abbas
Special Mention of the Jury Babai Kavita Datir, Amit Sonawane

Fiction[edit]

Award Film title Director
Golden Comma The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung
Silver Comma Life Srinjay Thakur
Special Mention of the Jury Little Hands Rohin Raveendran

Prof. Satish Bahadur Lifetime Achievement Award for a Film Teacher from South Asia : Ms. Jeroo Mulla

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Awards 2011[edit]

Documentary[edit]

Award Film title Director
Golden Comma Missing Vultures Muhammad Ali Ijaz
Silver Comma The Boxing Ladies Anusha Nandakumar
Special Mention of the Jury Burning Paradise Nisar Ahmed

Fiction[edit]

Award Film title Director
Golden Comma Kalu Naveed Anjum
Silver Comma Kusum Shumona Banerjee
Special Mention of the Jury Paci J.D. Imaya Varman
Special Mention of the Jury Shyam Raat Seher Arunima Sharma

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