Curtain comes down on 3rd Singapore South Asian International Film Festival

Section 375 closed the 3rd edition of the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival. Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Section 375 closed the 3rd edition of the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival. Photo courtesy: Connected to India

The third edition of the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (SgSAIFF) came to a close on September 7 with the world premier screening of the Akshaye Khanna-Richa Chadda starrer Section 375. The film festival, which is devoted to a greater appreciation of South Asian cinema and culture, also handed out awards at the close of the week long celebration. 

Also watch: Akshaye Khanna speaks to Connected to India

Directed by Ajay Bahl, Section 375, which is based on rape laws in India and sheds light on Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, received great love and appreciation from the audience at the film festival, ending with a loud round of applause. 

Awards ceremony at the 2019 Singapore South Asian International Film Festival. Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Awards ceremony at the 2019 Singapore South Asian International Film Festival. Photo courtesy: Connected to India

Supported by the Singapore Indian High Commission (IHC) the festival showcases feature films, short films and documentaries under two sections – Competition, wherein titles from South Asia compete for an award, and Non-Competition (Showcase), wherein South East Asian films are screened.

Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Photo courtesy: Connected to India

Among the award winners this year were: 

Best Film: Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 

Best Actor (Male): Indrans for Veyil Marangal (Trees Under the Sun) 

Best Actor (Female): Lima Das for Aamis

Best Director: Sumitra Bhave for Dithee and Bhaskar Hazarika for Aamis

Best Cinematography: Alponse Roy for Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 

Best Editing: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan for Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 

Best Screenplay: Mragendra Singh for Normal

Jury Award: KD and Kathaah@8

The festival screened 45 foreign films from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Singapore, Bangladesh and Iran this year. 

Author
Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN & Entertainment

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.

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