Industry status

Amit Deshmukh – Punekar News

Pune, December 9, 2021: “The government of Maharashtra is doing a lot of work to promote and strengthen cinema. Regarding this, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Maharashtra is about to announce the “status of the industry” for films. This will make the filmmaking sector more affordable, more structured and open to many possibilities in terms of funding, infrastructure, support, sustainability and bankability, ”said Amit Deshmukh, Minister of Education. Government of Maharashtra Medical and Cultural Affairs.

He was addressing a rally at the closing ceremony of the 19th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) held today at NFAI, Law College Road. The minister also announced the dates for the 20th PIFF, which is to be held between March 3 and March 10, 2022.

Dr Jabbar Patel, Director, PIFF, Samar Nakhate, Creative Director, Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI, Meghraj Rajebhosale, Chairman of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, Directors of PIFF including Dr Mohan Agashe, Satish Alekar and Abhijeet Ranadive, Creative Director and member of the film selection committee, PIFF were present on the occasion.

“Just like Mumbai, Pune is also an important center for cinema. Festivals like PIFF create a platform where the international film fraternity can come to discuss, understand, learn and improve their work in their respective fields. However, we need more input from the PIFF expert committee on what more can be done to develop new infrastructure and also to decentralize film production in every part of the state. Although Mumbai is the capital of film production, the necessary infrastructure now needs to be created in other parts of the state like Pune, ”Deshmukh said.

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The closing ceremony announced and presented the awards to the selected films in various categories. The Government of Maharashtra ‘Prabhat’ Prize for Best International Director went to Gaurav Madan for the film ‘Barah By Barah’ (12 × 12), while the Government of Maharashtra’s ‘Sant Tukaram’ Prize for Best Film international in Marathi was awarded to Poraga Majetay (Happy my son).

Likewise, in the Marathi category, under the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal Award, the Special Jury Certificate to the Director was awarded to Gajendra Ahire for Godakaath and Vishal Kudale for Tak Tak, while the Award for Best Screenplay was awarded to Ramesh Dighe for the movie ‘FUN’ ERAL ‘. The award for best director of photography went to Suresh Deshmane for the film Kalokhakya Parambya (Prop Shoots of Darkness), while the award for best director went to Vivek Dubey for FUN’ERAL.

The award for best film actor went to Shashank Shende for the film Poraga Majetay, while the award for best actress went to Neha Pendse for the film ‘June’.

In the World category, a special mention was made to director Radu Jude for the film ‘Uppercase Print’ and the Jury Prize was awarded to the film ‘Charlatan’ by Agnieszka Holland.

The MIT-SFT Human Spirit Award from the MIT School of Film and Television in the amount of US $ 1,000 was awarded to the film ‘True Mothers’ by Naomi Kawase, while the ‘Prabhat’ award from Government of Maharashtra for Best International Film was awarded to ‘Should the Wind Be Falling’ by director Nora Martirosyan and the producers, SISTER Productions (France), Aneva Production (Armenia), Kwassa Films (Belgium).


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