AIZAWL, Sept 25: The Mizoram International Short Film Festival MISFF 2018 culminated with a grand closing ceremony at the iconic Aijal Club in Aizawl. The Governor of Mizoram was the chief guest and gave away the awards to the winners of the three-day International Short Film Festival which was the first of its kind in Mizoram.
Addressing the audiences, the Governor Sh. Kummanam Rajasekharan said, “Mizoram is a naturally green state and has a hilly terrain with a pleasant climate. The continuous mountain ranges and spectacular water bodies make it an ideal destination for Film production and Film Festivals like MISFF 2018 will certainly provide the much needed impetus to the talented film makers of Mizoram to showcase their craft to the world and also help them to interact with the national and international film makers.”
MISFF 2018 received 82 brilliant short film from across the globe and the jury had a herculean task at hand to select the winners. The Jury of MISFF 2018 comprised of internationally acclaimed Bollywood superstar Gulshan Grover, national award winning filmmaker Umesh Shukla, and renowned actor cum script writer Puja Ballutia and the curator of MISFF 2018 Captain Rahul Bali.
“MY ANGEL” directed by Albert Zosangliama was adjudged the best short film in Mizo Category and won the Golden Anthurium Award while “PASALTHA” by Lalawmpuia Khiangte & “BEISINA” by Lalramengmawii won the Silver Anthurium Award and Bronze Anthurium Awards for the second Best Short Film and Third Best Short Film respectively.
“FORBIDDEN” a short film by Vibha Gulati won the Critics’ Choice Award for the Best International Film in the Path breaking New Age Cinema Category. Written, directed and produced by Vibha Gulati under her banner Ruhaniyat Films in Association with Women’s Voices Now and Everclear Films, “Forbidden” is a short dramatic thriller inspired by a true honour killing of a south Asian American Woman. The film has been screened at some of the major international short film festivals across the globe and also won the “Best Film Award” at the Festival of Globe in San Francisco, California in August 2018.