Manan Singh Katohora's "MARGARET" Wins Best Film Award at Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival

By Rashmi Singh, (r272singh at gmail dot com)

MARGARET - Official Film Poster

Washington DC, May 3 (Washington Bangla Radio) - The 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival announced "MARGARET" as winner of  'Best Short Film - Jury' Award at its 2016 Ceremony.

The Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival is a not-for-profit, non-commercial and India’s only independent film festival, established in the year 2011 in Noida (Delhi NCR) with a mission to celebrate the cinema and works of aspiring, young, independent and professional filmmakers.

Read: An Interview with Writer-Director MANAN SINGH KATOHORA - his films & Much More

The festival is important for Indian film industry as it is organized on 30 April each year to mark the birth anniversary of the Late Shri Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who is regarded as the father of Indian Cinema and fondly remembered as Dada Saheb Phalke by the film fraternity across India and  the world.

Other notable winners at this Festival are:

  • Best Film: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kishore Lulla for Bajirao Mastani
  • Best Screenplay: Juhi Chaturvedi for Shoojit Sircar's Piku

The festival's aim is to recognize the enlightening, entertaining and progressive new age cinema of youth and experienced filmmakers. In prior years the festival gained reputation and now is regarded as one of the most prestigious film festivals in India, attracting filmmakers from across India and 90 nations across the world.

Margaret is an English language short film screened at 26 Film Festivals globally, including ::

  USA           16    April        2016    (49th    Annual   WorldFest-Houston)
  USA           23    January   2016    (25th    Annual   Rosebud Film Festival)
  USA           21    February  2016    (22nd   Annual   Sedona International Film Festival)
  USA             2    April        2016    (17th    Annual   Crossroads Film Festival)
  USA             8    October   2015    (14th    Annual   Urban Mediamakers Film Festival)
  USA           26    March      2016    (12th    Annual   Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival)
  Romania      9     April        2016    (4th     Annual   ClujShorts International Short Film Festival)
  Canada       15    May         2016    (5th     Annual   International Film Festival of South Asia)
  Ireland        25    May         2016    (8th     Annual   The Fastnet Short Film Festival)

MARGARET will be screened next at the 2016 International Film Festival of South Asia on May 15 in Toronto, Canada. IFFSA Toronto is THE BIGGEST SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA. This ten day extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. IFFSA Toronto 2016 will be held from May 19 – May 23, 2016 in Ontario, Canada as part of South Asian Heritage Month celebrations.

MARGARET - Previous Awards::

Best LOVE STORY    -  14th Annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival         
Best FILM (JURY)     -  4th  Annual Delhi Shorts International Film         
Best SHORT COMEDY  -  14th Annual Somewhat North Of Boston Film Festival  
Best SHORT NARRATIVE - 17th  Annual  Crossroads Film Festival


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