Rapture of Assam bags Best Film Award

Imphal: Rapture, directed by Dominic Sangma bagged the Best Film Award in the North East India Film Festival 2004 that concluded on Thursday.

The film festival, hosted at Imphal was commenced on March 3, at Manipur Film Development Society complex, here.

It was organised by Thouna, Manipur in association with Film Forum Manipur, Directorate of Information and Public Relations and Department of Art and Culture, Manipur, under the sponsorship of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Best Director award was bagged by Haobam Paban Kumar for Joseph’s Son, Best Screenplay by Parthajit Baruah for Nellier Kotha, Best Cinematography by Jayant Sethu Mathavan for the film Before Spring, Best Editing by Kuldip Baruah for Samarpan and the Best Sound Award by Amrit Pritam and Debajit Changmai for Gorai Pakhri.

Assamese films Before Spring directed by Shrutismriti Changkakoti and Ata Nirjon Duporiya directed by Khanjan Kishore Nath bagged the Special Jury Award and the Special Mentioned Award respectively.

Guru Rewben Mashangva was given the Jury Award for Outstanding Performance for his performance in the film Joseph’s Son.

M. Joy Singh, Commissioner, IPR, said the festival has been a journey into the hearts of human experience where the film makers from diverse backgrounds of North East India shared their unique perspectives and creativities transcending boundaries.

He appreciated the organisers and thanked the participants. He said the films that were screened during the 5-day festival have not only entertained but also stirred the souls and leave an indelible mark in the minds of the audience.

Th. Charanjeet Singh, director, IPR; L. Surjakanta Sharma, chairman, Film Forum Manipur; Y. Nilachandra Singh, chairman, Organizing Committee NEIFF 2024; jury members; renowned film makers from North East India; artistes, invitees and film lovers of the state took part in the closing function.

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