Kashmiri film Valley of Saints gets special jury award

Musa Sayeed’s film Valley of Saints bagged the special jury award in the international competition section at the 14 Mumbai Film Festival which concluded on Thursday. Mr. Sayeed dedicated the film to the people of Kashmir who inspired him to make the movie.

Award for Waheeda

Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the international competition category for first feature films, the award was won by Aquí Y Alla (Here And There) directed by Antonio Mendes Esparza. It also won the award for best direction.

The jury award for technical excellence went to Pankaj Kumar for Ship of Theseus directed by Anand Gandhi.

In the newly introduced competition section for Indian feature films, Miss Lovely directed by Ashim Ahluwalia bagged the best film while Shahid, directed by Hansal Mehta, based on the real-life story of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi who was killed in Mumbai, was the runner-up.

The special jury award was given to Manjeet Singh for Mumbai Cha Raja.

The Mumbai Young Critics chose Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, as the best film while Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt was selected as the winner of the Audience Choice Award.