MIFF 2016 Documentary Film Awards presented

MIFF 2016 Documentary Film Awards presented

The Governor of Maharashtra Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao presenting Golden Conch & Cash award Rs. 2,00,000/- to Ms. Farida Pacha, Director “MY NAME IS SALT” for the category of  Best Feature Documentary Film at  “MIFF-2016’ in Mumbai on February 3’  2016.                                                                  

                                  Manipuri film ‘Phum Shang’ wins Golden Conch ; 

The Governor of Maharashtra Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao presenting Golden Conch & Cash award Rs. 3,00,000/-  to Mr. Abhay Kumar, Director ‘Placebo” for the category of Best Documentary Film Director Category(Above 60min) at  “MIFF-2016’.                                                           

‘My Name is Salt’ and ‘Placebo’ adjudged best feature length documentaries
The Governor of Maharashtra Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao presented Golden Conch & Cash award of Rs. 3,00,000/- for Best Documentary Film (upto 60 min) To Mr. Haobam Paban Kumar, Director aobam Paban Kuma “PHUM SHANG” at  “MIFF-2016’ The International Short, Animation and Documentary Film Festival” in Mumbai on February 3’  2016.                                               
Manipuri documentary film “Phum Shang” has won the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film (upto 60 minutes) at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films, MIFF 2016, which ended today.  Swiss film “My Name is Salt” and Indian entry “Placebo” shared the Gold Conch award for the Best Feature length Documentary Film.

The Governor of Maharashtra Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao presenting for the Best animation film Director Mr. Debanjan Nandy for the film ‘Chhaya’  at  “MIFF-2016’.
52 miniute documentary “Phum Shang”, directed by Hao Bam Pabankumar an alumnus of the Satyjit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkatta, critically examines the serious environmental problems faced at the Loktak lake. The largest fresh water lake in North East India characterized by its unique floating biomass, known as ‘Phumdi’, is today considered a dying lake due to unchecked human activity.  Pabankumar wins the Golden Conch Award and a cash prize  of Rs. 3 lakhs.
“My name is salt” directed by Mumbai born, Zurich based Farida Pacha is a film about the journey of thousands of families to the Rann of Kutch to extract whitest salt in the world. Chandigarh based film maker Abhay Kumar’s 96 minutes film “Placebo” explores the stress and pressure faced by medical students.

The Governor of Maharashtra Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao presenting Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best debut film Director Mr. Nitesh Anjan for the film ‘Far From Above’ at  “MIFF-2016’.
‘My Name Is Salt’ also won the Best Cinematographer award for Lutz Konermann, while Placebo won the Award for Best Editor. Placebo was also declared the Most Innovative Film in the competition section.
Debanjan Nandy’s animation film ‘Chhaya’ bagged the first prize in the Animation Category of International Competition.


Mumbai filmmaker Devashish Makhija’s ‘Agli Baar’  shared the Best Short Fiction Film honours with the UK entry ‘Solo Finale’ by Ingo Putze.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the Best Debut Film of a Director went to ‘Far From Home’ by Copenhagen, Denmark based film maker Nitesh Anjan.


List of Awards – International Competition


Golden Conch – Best


Film  (upto 60 minutes)

‘Phum Shang’ Haobam Paban Kumar

Imphal, Manipur

Golden Conch – Best Feature length Documentary ‘My Name is Salt’





Farida Pacha

Zurich, Switzerland


Abhay Kumar

Chanidgarh, India

Most Innovative Film ‘Placebo’  Abhay Kumar,

Chandigarh, India

Dada Saheb Phalke Award for

Best Debut Film

‘Far From Home’ Nitesh Anjan,

Copenhagen, Denmark

Best Animation FIlm Chhaya’ Debanjan Nandy

Mumbai, India

Best Short Fiction Film Agli Baar’



‘Solo Finale’

Devashish Makhija

Mumbai, India


Ingo Putze

London, UK

Key awards in National Competition
Key awards in National Competition
Best Documentary (upto 60 minutes) ‘Famous In Amdavad’ Hardik Mehta

Vadodara, Gujarat

Best Feature length documentary ‘Fire Flies In The Abyss’ Chandrashekhar Reddy, Bangalore, India
Best Short Fiction Film ‘Alice



‘Last Mango Before the Monsoon’.

Satinder Singh Bedi

Chennai, India


Payal Kapadia,

Mumbai, India

IDPA Award for Best Student Film ‘Going Home; Niranjankumar Kujur,

Lohardaga, Jharkhand, India

The International Jury for the Festival comprised prominent documentary makers Don Askarian from Germany,  Jesper Andersen from Denmark, Mathiue Roy of Canada, Siddharth Kak and Gitanjali Rao.  Mike Pandey, Uma DaCunha, Biju Dhanapalan, Audrius Stonys (Lithuania) and Jane Yu (Taiwan) are the members of the National Jury.
MIFF 2016 showcased over 385 films under International and National competition, MIFF Prism, Indian Premiers, Jury retrospectives, Animation and award winning films , Children’s documentary films, North East package, FD and PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust) films, homages  etc.
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