Free Spirit Film Festival concludes; Koan of Spring declared the best film


Dharamsala, October 24, 2013: The 9th Free Spirit Film Festival was concluded successfully at Tibetan Children Village Mecleodganj, late night on Wednesday.

A total of 19 films were screened. Arise by Pema Dhondup had its India premiere. Dhondup, who came all the way from Los Angeles, presented the film and answered a few questions from the audience.

Director of the organizing committee of Free Spirit Film Festival, Lobsang Wangyal

Announced the name of the the films that won awards at the Free Spirit Film Festival are as follows:

 Best Picture

Koan of Spring directed by Lou Ma Ho

Best Director

Pema Dhondup for Arise

Best Screenplay

Sanjay Arora for Once Again (Phir Vehi)

 Best Cinematography

Olvier Cohen-Bacri for Koan of Spring

Best Documentary

Illusive Peace in Kashmir

Best Short Film

Villari directed by Prashant Vanjani

Best Editing

Dror Shostak for The Secret Ingredient

Best Music

On Perception and Environment directed by Philip Clemo

Best Art Direction

Farzaneh Sharifzadeh for Absolute Value

Best Original Concept

Neti Neti (Not This, Not This) directed by Dr Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar

Audience Award

Tofael - the Tea Stall Boy directed by Minhazur Rahman Nayan

Special Mention

Connection Failed directed by Ninad Kulkarni

Special Jury Prize

Arise directed by Pema Dhondupeom

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Thursday, October 24, 2013