KATHMANDU, July 17: The four-day celebration of films and culture representing indigenous communities from across the world came to a close on Sunday, the finale of the 6th edition of Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (NIIFF).
Alongside film screenings, the winners for this year’s festival were announced on the final day.
The festival began on Thursday with over 70 films and documentaries from 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Tanzania, Mexico and Finland, drawing huge crowd.
The biggest award titled the Golden Drum (Best Film) went to ‘Voices in the Clouds’, a film by Taiwanese filmmaker Aaron Hose. “This subject was handled with sensitivity and artistic excellence,” said the jury.
The jury for the festival comprised of Andrew Vial, a filmmaker from Australia, Rita Datta, a film critic from India, and Dambar Chemjong, a Nepali sociologist.
The second prize, the Silver Drum went to ‘Mamu’, an Australian film by Curtis Taylor, while the Bronze Drum went to ‘Eagle Vs Sparrow’ by Michelle Derosier from Canada.
The jury award was given to The Sound of ‘One Leg Dancing’ by Dilman Dila from Nepal, while ‘Ke:Ba Kokma (The Dumb Mountain)’ from Nepal took away the public choice award.
Phulman Bal Tamang received the Encouragement Award for his film ‘Cellphone’ and Lujaw Singh’s ‘Impression of Lumbini’ was granted the Nepali Panoroma award.
Nepal presented a total of 27 films representing various communities like the Chepang, Magar, Tharu and Limbu.
The sixth edition of NIIFF was supported by Nepal Foundation for Development of Indigenous Nationalities, Taiwan Indigenous TV, Nepal Film Development Board, and the government of Nepal.