2nd edition of Jammu Film Festival concludes with impressive award function

Dignitaries from movie world posing with artists on closing ceremony of 2nd edition of Jammu Film Festival at Jammu.
Dignitaries from movie world posing with artists on closing ceremony of 2nd edition of Jammu Film Festival at Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 4: The second edition of the International Jammu Film Festival concluded on a high note with an impressive closing ceremony and award function at Jammu Club, here today.
The awards were presented in various categories to local, national and international participants in the second edition. ‘Cream of the Crop’ from Egypt won the award for best feature film. ‘Vrindavan– the human sanctuary’ from India won the best documentary award. ‘Eli Nazik’ from Turkey and ‘Mera Number Kab Aayega’ from India won the best mobile short film and international short film awards, respectively.
Day 2 of the Festival started with the screenings at both the venues– the Jammu Club and the Abhinav Theatre. At Jammu club, the function started with promo release of a very promising Dogri film ‘Mehroom’. In the afternoon, the special section for local entries called Natives category for J&K was organized wherein projects from the filmmakers from J&K were screened.
It was followed by the closing ceremony in late afternoon in front of the jam packed audience. Mir Sarwar the well known Bollywood actor joined the closing ceremony along with actors Lalit Parimoo and Mushtaq Kak.
The most awaited local section ‘Natives category awards’ were given away to the promising talent from Jammu and Kashmir. ‘Mouj Masti’ won the best award for feature film in Dogri while ‘Hunger’ won the best short film award. ‘Khandmitthe Log Dogre’ won the best documentary award in native category section.
Vivekanand Rai, Director Tourism was the chief guest for the function with Sunaina Mehta (Joint Director) as guest of honor. They expressed happiness over the collaboration of Tourism with Jammu Film Festival and hoped to collaborate in a bigger way in future.
In the opening section at Jammu Club, 7 short films were screened. The Festival opened with a Turkish short film named Eli Nazik. The other noteworthy films in the opening section were ‘The Hawk’ from Germany, ‘Zero Hour’ from Iran and ‘Mera Number Kabaayega’ from India.
The celebrities also visited the second venue at Abhinav theatre to encourage the participants. The screenings continued at both the venues for rest of the day showcasing the best of world and local cinema.
The panel of judges included prominent actor Lalit Parimoo, Geetiyan fame director Raahul Sharma, Iranian filmmaker Ali Mohammad Eghbaldar, producer Kapil Mattoo and story board writer and critic Amit Singh. The panel was headed by Sangeet Natak awardee and well known actor director Mushtaq Kak.