Boman Irani and Pulak Gogoi grace the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2018 which concluded on December 1
The Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2018 drew curtain on December 1 with Short Film Contest
The prestigious film festival in the northeast India, The Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2018 concluded at Pragjyoti IT Centre in Guwahati, Assam on December 1. The festival saw film aficionados and movie lovers from across the country taking part in the four-day event, which kick-started on November 28. The sixth edition of the BVFF 2018, an initiative of Tattva Creations organised the event in style, making all the arrangements for the guests.
Press Meet at the Festival
While speaking about the festival, Tanushree Hazarika Agarwal, Festival Director of BVFF and Managing Director of Tattva Creations said that the BVFF had successfully scaled six editions, while the latest edition saw more eminent personalities of the film industry from all parts of the country making it.
“Looking back, we feel proud that we have crossed several hurdles and completed six editions of the festival. As an organising team, with every passing year, the responsibilities are increasing manifold. Nevertheless, we are extremely happy to take up more responsibilities, as the festival has set a new yardstick in itself. Going forward, we are aiming at working even harder to make sure that every year, the benchmark that we had set, along with the expectation of the industry, increases a couple of notches high. ”
BVFF Short Film Contest 2018
At the 6th Edition of BVFF, a major draw was the concluding day’s short film contest. The short film by Sourav Das and Siddanth Ghosh, titled: Survivors 3.00 PM won the first prize, while the second prize went to the short film, “The Man Who Speaks Nature”, directed by Dhritiman Kakati and Leikashy, directed by Irel Luwang bagged the third prize, thus winning the cash memento of Rs.1 lakh, Rs.70,000 and Rs.50,000 respectively. The three winners were also conferred with trophies and certificates.
The denouement of the BVFF saw the screening of the Assamese film Bornodi Bhotia, directed by Kaushik Borah. During the last day, the films that were screened included, Endharor Beta Bhangi (Breaking the Cocoon), Do Cup Chai, Adi – At the Confluence and Lost Idea, IYE:
The Others. The day also saw a panel discussion consisting of Debesh Chatterjee, Kenny Basumatary and Bhaskar Hazarika. The Lifetime Achievement was conferred on Pulak Gogoi, the Assamese film director by Boman Irani, the Chief Guest of the event. Film maker and Jury of the short film contest was Meena Logjam.
Actor Boman Irani talks about his maiden visit to the Northeast, his experience during the recently-concluded Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival and the future of digital films in this exclusive interview with EastMojo. Video Courtesy: EastMojo.
Irani speaking at the Festival
Boman Irani speaks at the festival
Adi – At the Confluence
‘Adi – At The Confluence’ focuses on the lives of the tribal Adi people and their culture which is beautiful and unique with shamanic chants of their mythologies of origin, animistic rituals around nature and amicable resolution of disputes in their traditional courts.
‘Do Cup Chai’ is about a promise two lovers made while dating in college to meet on a particular day after seven years.
Joor Baruah, director of the documentary film, ‘Adi: At The Confluence’ being felicitated by filmmaker and member of the organising team Samujjal Kashyap at #BVFF2018!
Endharor Beta Bhangi (Breaking the Cocoon), Short Film at BVFF 2018.
‘Endharor Bheta Bhangi’ is a film shot on a village backdrop, which highlights women empowerment. The plot revolves around a small girl who visits her grandmother who breaks age-old gender-based stereotypes and sets an example for others.
Set in the tiny Himalayan state of #Sikkim, ‘Ralang Road’ is a local multi-narrative, with a fragmented style of storytelling to understand cultural immigration and lifestyles in a complex social setup.
While expressing his happiness at receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, the veteran film maker Pulak Gogoi said, “I am extremely happy and overwhelmed that BVFF have given me this recognition. I am an 80-year-old man and we as artistes are and should forever be surrounded by creative environment. Getting this recognition at this age encourages me to do even more and not think the sky to be the limit. I aspire to do lot more in this field till my body and health supports me. Brahmaputra film festival is one such event that is helping to relive cinema in great performa.”
The member of BVFF organising team, Pallavi Baruah speaks about the festival and the short film contest.