The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at The Skirball Center, in the final event for the successful festival, which ran May 7 – May 14.
“I am delighted to honor these brilliant filmmakers for the diversity of their plots, themes and characters!” said Aroon Shivdasani, IAAC Executive & Artistic Director.
“Our jury had a tough job since this year’s nominations were very strong,” commented NYIFF’s film festival director Aseem Chhabra. “I congratulate all the winners, the nominees and also other filmmakers who shared their films with our audiences.”
Below is the full list of winners:
Best Film: Highway
Best Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni for Highway
Best Screenplay: Ruchika Oberoi, Island City
Best Actor: Rajit Kapoor, Threshold
Best Actress: Neena Gupta, Threshold
Best Child Actor: Vedashree Mahajan, The Silence
Best Documentary: Cities of Sleep
Best Short: Daaravtha
Photo Caption: Salman Rushdie presenting the award for Best Film accepted by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni for HIGHWAY who also won Best Director for the film.
Photo credit: Mo Pitz