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‘Moothon’ , ‘Son Rise’ wins awards at 20th edition of New York Indian Film Festival

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On 2nd August 2020, Malayalam film ‘Moothon’ and National Award winning documentary ‘Son Rise’ won awards at the 20th edition of New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF) of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) which was conducted as a virtual event with the celebrities of the film industries and award winners participating from all across India and the United States.

About 20th NYIFF:

i.More than 45 feature length narratives, short and documentaries of India were showcased in the virtual edition of 20th NYIFF held from 24th July 2020 to 2nd August 2020.

ii.The films showcased in the event were in multiple languages including Assamese, Bengali, Haryanvi, Hindi, English, Ladakhi, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali and Tamil.


i.The Malayalam film “Moothon” directed by Geetu Mohandas starring Nivin Pauly won the Best Film Award in the 20th NYIFF.

ii.The movies portrays the story of a 14-year-old who travel in search of Moothon (elder brother) Akbar who left Lakshadweep for Mumbai”

iii.For Moothon, Nivin Pauly won the Best Actor Award for his role as Akbar and Sanjana Dipu won the Best Child Actor Awards for her role as Mulla

Son Rise:

i.Son Rise directed by Vibha Bakshi won the 20th NYIFF award under the Best Feature Documentary category.

ii.The documentary also won the National Award for best non feature film in 2019.

iii.The documentary features the patriarchy in Haryana and the efforts by few people to bring change in the society.

Garggi Ananthan won the Best Actress Award at the 20th NYIFF for the film “Run Kalyani”.Run Kalyani, the debut film of Director Geetha J, casting Garggi Ananthan as Kalyani, is a poetic and realist drama of a young woman cook Kalyani and her duties, dreams and desires in life.

Other Winner of 20th New York Indian Film Festival:

Best DocumentaryTailing Pond directed by Saurav Vishnu
Best ActressGarggi Ananthan for Run Kalyani
Best Short (Narrative)Arabian Nights directed by Sanat Ganu
Best ScreenplayKnock Knock Knock by Sudhanshu Saria
Best DirectorAchal Mishra for Gamak Ghar

About Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC):

Chairman– Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo
Brand Ambassador– Vikas Khanna
Headquarters– New York, United States of America

Recent Related News:

i.the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences(NATAS) announced the winners of the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awardswhich was broadcasted on the CBS Television Network.
ii.70th Berlin film festival 2020 awards held in Berlin, Germany; “There Is No Evil” won Golden Bear Award for Best Film