MyCinema Global Film Festival, an online film gala screened on the myCinemaHall app, has unveiled its list of winners with the short film ”Udvega (The Anguish)” emerging as the overall winner.
”Udvega (The Anguish)”, a Hindi short film directed by Suman Kumar, won honors in the MyShorts Best Short Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay categories.
Vithal Kale also received the award for Best Actor (Male) for his performance in ”Udvega (The Anguish)”. Distinguished filmmaker Atanu Ghosh described Kumar’s film as “an insightful portrait of the protagonist’s psychological issues and inner conflict and he will look forward to watching more interesting Suman Kumar films in the future”.
Like the festival, which runs from February 5 to March 6 on the myCinemaHall app, the winners were also announced during a virtual online event on Saturday.
There were three competitive segments that the filmmakers took part in – MyStory (feature film), MyShorts (short films) and MyFrames (documentaries and experimental films). Sri Lanka’s ”The First Teacher” was named Best Film in the MyStory category. According to Ghosh, the feature film is “a moving portrait of an orphan living in a remote hilly area”.
”Maganer Gaan” was awarded as the best film in the MyFrames category. Arghyakamal Mitra, one of the country’s top film editors, said it was “very well documented work”.
Marie Wadoux won the Best Female Actor award for her French film ”The Ultimate Act”.
According to the organizers of the festival, MyCinema Global Film Festival is organized to celebrate the world of cinema and encourage new-age filmmakers to tell their stories in ways never before explored. Filmmakers from 10 countries and films in 11 languages participated in the gala. Sixty-five selected films are screened online on the platform.
Sohag Sen, a prominent figure in film and theater, expressed his gratitude to myCinemaHall for encouraging good films.
The festival also included panel discussions between filmmakers from different countries sharing cross-cultural observations of filmmakers. Recordings of these are also available on the platform until March 6. myCinemaHall provides a platform for independent filmmakers to exhibit their work. With 32 feature films and 385 short film releases, it celebrated a successful first year, organizers said.
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