Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: A Canadian film, “The Letter”, was adjudged the Best International Film at the three-day International Festival of Short Films on Culture which ended here on Saturday. The 18-minutes film directed by Matvey Zhivov is based on the life of a war-torn soldier returning home.

At the end of the screening of 129 films from 38 countries, the jury, headed by Swapan Malik, Director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, chose “Lost Sole” from Singapore as the Best Film on Religion and “Panta Rei”(Everything Flows), a Bosnia & Herzegovina production, as the Best Documentary Film.

Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek presented the winners with golden statuettes in the presence of renowned director Krishna Shah at a glittering function at Jawahar Kala Kendra here in the evening. A large number of film technicians, film makers and film lovers joined the function, which formed part of a cultural extravaganza on the occasion of the ongoing “Rajasthan Diwas” festivities.

Best National Film

The film directed by Ajay Sharma, “Maa Ganga Ka Sampoorn Darshan” was adjudged the Best National Film among the entries from Indian film makers. The 30-minute film is a visually rich journey of the river, giving an insight into the religious, mythical and cultural aspects of the Ganga.

The Austria/Iran entry, “Mashghe Bam” (Lesson from Bam) was chosen for the Best Narrative Film award. Produced by Alireza Ghanie, the film is on the trauma of the earthquake Iran. The German film “Verschlossen” (Closed) received the Best Animation Film award and the Netherlands entry “Ploder” the Best Experimental Film title.

Nand Kishore Pareek’s “Zindagi Ka Safar” received the best film award for entries from Rajasthan. The 11-minute film is on the life of a pot maker in the trying times of modernisation.

“Japan Essay” from Switzerland received the Best Student Film award while the US film “A Pizza Story” by director-producer Parthiban Shanmugam bagged the Jury Award.