‘Village Rockstars,’ ‘Summer 1993’ Win Mumbai Film Festival

Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” won the golden gateway prize for best film in the India Gold competition, at the Mumbai Film Festival (Oct. 12-18). The festival concluded on Wednesday.

Village Rockstars” also won best film on gender equality. Bornila Chatterjee’s “The Hungry” merited a jury mention in the category.

Rahul Jain’s “Machines” took the silver gateway prize in the India Gold competition while Dipesh Jain’s “In the Shadows” won the grand jury prize. There were jury mentions for Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s “Sexy Durga” and Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar’s “Up Down and Sideways.”

Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993” (Spain) won the best film prize in the international competition and Jonathan Olshefski’s “Quest” (U.S.) won the silver gateway prize. John Trengove’s “The Wound” (South Africa/Germany/Netherlands /France) won the grand jury prize and there was a jury mention for Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother” (Georgia/Estonia).

Ildiko Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul” (Hungary) won the audience award. The total prize money across all categories is $172,000.

This year, the festival launched Movie Mandi, an online platform for curated Indian content. The free platform hosts details of completed feature films seeking international distribution and festival placement opportunities.

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