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Honours & AwardsLife of Pi Bags NationalTourism Awards
Recently released featurefilm ‘Life of Pi’ has been given twoNational Tourism Awards by theMinistry of Tourism, Government of India recognizing the impact it hashad in promoting India as atourism destination, especiallyPuducherry and Munnar (Kerala).On December 8, UnionTourism Minister Chiranjeevi saidthese Awards would be given to Mr. Ang Lee, Director of the film ‘Life of Pi’ and Mr. Yann Martel, writer of thebook of the same name. TheMinister expressed the hope thatthis will go a long way inencouraging more and more Filmproducers from abroad to shoottheir films in India. Every year, theMinistry of Tourism recognizesvarious stakeholders, includingfilm makers and writers for their contribution in promoting IndiaTourism by conferring NationalTourism Awards.
Inside, Wajdja win topprizes at 9th DubaiInternational filmfestival
Turkish film 'Inside' andSaudi production 'Wadjda' walkedaway with the best film trophies atthe 9th Dubai International filmfestival while Indian documentaryfilmmaker Nishtha Jain's 'GulabiGang' won the top prize in thedocumentary section in Dubai.'Inside' also won the bestactor trophy for Engin Gunaydin inthe Muhr AsiaAfrica Featurescategory while child star WaadMohammed took home the awardfor the best actress in Muhr ArabFeature category for her role in'Wadjda', which has been directedby Haifaa Al Mansour, the firstfemale director to come from Saudi Arabia. It was a big night for firstfilms from India with Kashmirimovie 'Valley of Saints' by MusaSyeed winning the special jury prizewhile Egyptian actress Aida El-Kashef won the best actress awardin the Muhr AsiaAfrica Featurecategory for her turn as an intuitivephotographer in Indian film 'Ship of Theseus'. The award wasaccepted by director Anand Gandhion behalf of El-Kashef.The best director trophywent to Kim Ki-duk from SouthKorea for his film 'Pieta' whileBangladeshi director MostofaFarooki won a special mention for his film 'Television' in this category.
Anhey Ghore Da Daan got Golden Peacock Award at IFFI
Punjabi film 'Anhey Ghore Da Daan' (Alms for a Blind Horse)won the Golden Peacock award for best film at the 43rd InternationalFilm Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji on 30 November. The NationalFilm Development Corporation movie (NFDC), adapted from a novelby Gurdial Singh and directed by Gurvinder Singh, was one of the 15films in the international competition section vying for a cash prize of Rs four million. The Silver Peacock award for best director went to Kyu-hwan Jeon for South Korean film 'The Weight'. Anjali Patil won the bestactress Silver Peacock for her role in Tamil-Sinhalese film 'With YouWithout You' while Marcin Dorocinski was named the best actor for Polish film 'Rose'. A special jury Silver Peacock award was given toLucy Mulloy for Spanish film 'Una Noche'. Filmmaker Mira Nair wasgiven a special peacock and a Centenary Film Award for her newHollywood movie, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', which was the 11-day festival's closing film.