Swastika Mukherjee Wins Critic´s Choice Award at Imagineindia 2021

Swastika Mukherjee wins Critic´s Choice Award at Imagineindia 2021 for the film House of Cards (Sudipto Roy).

Swastika Mukherjee is an actor in Indian Cinema, with a career spanning over two decades. She started with television having done 4 mega soap operas and over 47 telefilms with all the leading channels. With a body of work over 95 feature films, she continues as a performer in various languages, namely, Bangla, Hindi, Marathi, English. Most of her work is archived in all major OTT platforms, namely Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Zee5, Hoichoi. She has won various accolades for her craft, two Filmfare Awards, two Critic´s Choice awards & her films have been travelling extensively in all major festivals of the world, the recent being New York Indian Film Festival where her short film Tasher Ghawr won the best short.

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Nimisha Sajayan wins Second Best Actress Award at Imagineindia 2021

Nimisha Sajayan wins Second Best Actress Award for The Great Indian Kitchen at Imagineindia 2021.

Nimisha Sajayan (born 4 January 1997) is an Indian actress in the Malayalam film industry. Nimisha made her acting debut with the film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum directed by Dileesh Pothan. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 2018 for her performance in Oru Kuprasidha Payyan and Chola.

She had got critical acclaim for her performance in other movies such as Eeda (2018), Stand Up (2019), The Great Indian Kitchen (2021), Nayattu (2021) and Malik (2021).

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Grain (Semih Kaplanoglu) Turkey

Semih Kaplanoglu
Turkey. 2017. 128 min

What is it that the two men are after in Dead Lands in an indefinite near future?

The global corporations have established cities and agricultural zones in areas where the climate is relatively good. These cities are populated by the elites, corporation’s executives, scientists, and those multi-ethnic immigrants who have been admitted after passing genetic compatibility tests.

The immigrant masses struggle with hunger and epidemics. Professor Erol Erin (55), a seed genetics specialist, lives in a city protected from them by sophisticated armed forces and magnetic walls. For unknown reasons, the city’s agricultural plantations have been hit by a genetic crisis – and, as a result, by massive crop failure.

In a meeting at the headquarters of the corporation which employs him, Erol learns of Cemil Akman (40), a fellow scientist. Apparently, Cemil wrote a thesis about the recurrent crisis affecting genetically modified seeds – but the work was banned by the corporation. Erol sets out to find Cemil and learn more about the thesis. He discovers that, after losing his wife and all of his scientific research in a suspicious fire, Cemil left the city and moved to Dead Lands, an almost uninhabitable place poisoned by chemical waste. Together with his assistant Andrei (30), Erol illegally crosses the magnetic walls in search of Cemil.

Erol finds Cemil, who is searching for the remains of “life” in Dead Lands. But Cemil believes Erol will not survive the journey, nor be able to handle the truth he will find.


Semih Kaplanoğlu was born in 1963 in Turkey. He is one of the most acclaimed writer-director-producers of contemporary cinema in Turkey. His first films Away From Home (2001) and Angel’s Fall (2005) were screened in international festivals worldwide, but with his third feature Egg (2007) Kaplanoğlu achieved international recognition as the film was premiered in Quinzaine des Realisateurs. In 2008 Milk premiered at the Venice Film Festival, giving him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul. Honey (2013), the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, won the Golden Bear at Berlinale that year. As a producer, he recently contributed with his fellow director Aida Begic in Children of Sarajevo which earned a special mention in Cannes Certain Regard (2012). Grain is his sixth feature.

2017 Grain (Buğday)
2010 Honey (Bal)
2008 Milk (Süt)
2007 Egg (Yumurta)
2004 Angel’s Fall (Meleğin Düşüşü)
2000 Away From Home (Herkes Kendi Evinde)


Aliev Mourat, A. Bekbolotov win Second Best DOP award at Imagineindia 2021

Aliev Mourat and Akjol Bekbolotov win Second Best DOP Award at Imagineindia 2021 for the film Shambala (Artykpay Suyundukov).


ALIEV MOURAT ABDUVALIEVICH is a cinematographer, Director of Photography of the highest category, who has lensed multiple award-winning films and documentaries. He is an Honored Worker of Culture of Kyrgyzstan and member of the Asia-Pacific Film Academy. Born in the mountains of the Naryn city in Kyrgyzstan, he graduated from the cinematography department of VGIK, a well-known Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov in Moscow.

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Wen Cao wins Best Dop Award at Imagineindia 2021

Wen Cao Zhou. DOP of film ‘Cafe by the Highway’
In 2010, he graduated from the Cinematography department of Beijing Film Academy with a master’s degree, and worked as a DOP to shoot many feature films, among them, the film Memories Look at Me won the Golden Leopard Award at Locarno International Film Festival, and
the film Cafe by The Highway won the Best Actress Award for “Fei Mu Honor” at Pingyao International Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the main competition unit of Russian International Film Festival. The film Love You Forever won good box office and reputation.
The Series works include: web series Back in Time,the TV series Fearless Whispers, the TV series A Love Never Lost.
In addition to the creation of traditional feature films, he pay attention to various art forms and try the possibilities of various images . For example, working with artist Yang Fu Dong to film the black-and-white film Moving Mountains by Rolls-Royce Art Foundation, and the black-and-white film The Light That I Feel by Norwegian SALT Art Program, etc.

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Hadi Eftekharzadeh Wins Second Best Actor Award at Imagineindia 2021

Born in 1966 in Maragheh, Iran, Hadi Eftekharzadeh is active as actor and director in the movies and the theatre. He has got the Second Best Actor Award at Imagineindia International Film Festival 2021 for the film Charcoal.

Graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University, he has directed some eight short films such as ENCHANTED, THE ENDLESS and YOU WILL SURVIVE.

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Here is Afghanistan (Khadim Hussain) Afghanistan

Here is Afghanistan
Khadim Hussain Byhnam
Afghanistan. 2020. 3 min

Children honestly work together with their teammates as a family under one roof to play their children’s games. It does not take a moment for a terrorist to come into the room and destroy all their ideas and aspirations, and by doing so, the minds of each of them are affected and leave a negative impression. In short; terrorists in Afghanistan take the children’s smiles hostage and instead record images of war and bloodshed on the minds of each of them in order to spread their savagery.


Khadim Hussain Byhname studied cinema in Kabul university. Till now he has been making short films on children, andwon many national and international awards and letters of appreciation from major international festivals such as Algeria Digital Gate, Indian KIIFFA, Turkish Brotherhood, Nominated German films, London Amo Media, Didor Thajikistan, Australian Gone, BBC Aparat, California Women and awards at major national festivals such as Herat Women, Human Rights, Mehregan, New Look and Afghan Animation. He is the author or co-writer of the screenplay of all the films he has directed, most of his works are a combination of bitter comedy with child and women themes.


Since you all know about the situation of Afghanistan, that how the situation of war is going on, and also how is the political atmosphere, also some other issues really caused the economic of my country. In addition to that, in a situation like right now, people are only thinking how to survive, because there is no security and safety, plus there is not stable economic. But me and my teammates followed our dream and goals, while the situation of art and artistic activities are very difficult in this situation. It’s because there is no safety to travel and also there is not enough money to spend for our works. However, we always had and also will continue toward the target, and we are struggling for bringing changes, even though the field of production is blocked for us (Afghans). But we keep struggling and standing in the route of art by tolerancy of hardships and challenges. By having all this difficulties and shortcomings we are still working hard to introduce the Cinema for the people around the world. Me and my collogues/ teammates are trying to express our people’s pains and their hardships by our Films for the world. Specially the pains that my people were suffering in the past times and these matters have been continued for so many years and still going on.
Dear audience and friends, for us actors and actresses here in Afghanistan, we don’t have issues on our plans, and production, but we do have equipment shortcomings. When we are making a film even, we don’t have a basic camera and other related accessories to use them for producing film. Sometimes we are borrowing a camera from friends or renting for few days. It’s because the equipment’s are very limited for us here in Afghanistan. It is good to mention, most of the time we don’t have electricity to charge our camera and computer. Specially the place that I am living now it is a village that lacking electricity and internet. Overall, all our stories are very sad stories, all we have here is wars, poverty and sadness. In this dark moment your encouragements are such a hope, happiness for us that really impact us and changes our life to work harder and harder. I am so happy that I am here now, and it is very honor that I am seeing myself here among all of you from a long-distance way Afghanistan.




Colorless (Hamid Mandgar) Afghanistan

Hamid Mandgar
Afghanistan. 2019. 7 min

Narges was a girl who had a passion for dancing, and whenever she danced, her brother beat him,Narges still did not stop dancing. My brother continues to beat her until one day Zia, Narges’ brother, realizes that Narges is dancing for her mother, and this surprises Zia and stops beating her.


Abdul hamid mandgar Afghan filmmaker he directed 5 short film he awarded 5 international and national a award.


I think cinema has the power to establish humanity in societies.
Cinema is the only visual language among all the people of the world. I try to show harmony, humanity to the people of the world with films of peace, I believe in the cinema revolution and I am happy to be a filmmaker. My style of work is minimal, I think it gives me the opportunity to decide with my frames about the people in my film, minimal is the only style that catches the eye sooner.
In fact, minimalism is the style that attracts the most attention, and I call my style minimalism alone.
For me, art is more valuable than the message. I think when I can convey my message strongly that it has good art, so before the content, style, form is more important to me.




The Great Indian Kitchen (Jeo Baby) India. Official Section

The Great Indian Kitchen
Jeo Baby
India. 2021. 100 min

A newly wedded couple is looking forward to having a happy days ahead. The day of the wife (Nimisha Bindu) starts in the kitchen and ends in the kitchen. Throughout the entire movie, you see her doing nothing but cooking and performing the household chores. Her husband (Suraj Venjaramood) works as a teacher at school and her mother-in-law flies to the US for the delivery of he daughter. Meanwhile, the wife is on a job hunt and when she decides to apply, her father-in-law, the man of the house says no to her. A lot keep adding to this with each passing day and she realises that her husband doesn’t even have any feelings towards her. Slowly, the wife realises that this place is not for her and it is high time for her to react. Well, how she reacts to it is the actual beauty.


Jeo Baby is an Indian film director, scriptwriter and actor who works in the Malayalam film industry.

Jeo Baby was born in a Christian family in Thalanad near Pala. He studied cinema at St. Joseph College of Communication, Changanacherry. During his student days, he directed the short film Secret Minds which discussed same-sex relationship. The short film became controversial following which Jeo Baby and four other students were expelled from the college.

Jeo Baby started his career in entertainment industry by writing for Television sitcoms in 2010. He was involved in scripting the initial episodes of popular television sitcoms Marimayam, ‘Uppum Mulakum’ and ‘M80 Moosa’. He made his directional movie debut through the Malayalam movie ‘2 Penkuttikal’ which was released in 2016. His second movie Kunju Daivam was released in 2017. In 2020 he directed Kilometers and Kilometers which has Tovino Thomas playing the lead role. The movie skipped theaters due to COVID-19 pandemic & was premiered directly on Malayalam satellite channel Asianet followed by an OTT release in Netflix. His fourth Malayalam film The Great Indian Kitchen which has Suraj Venjaramoodu & Nimisha Sajayan playing the lead roles was directly released over ‘NeeStream ‘ OTT platform on 15 January 2021. With the positive response round the globe, the movie officially released on Amazon Prime.