Closing Night at IFFLA meant awards and the chance to see the film "Village Rockstars". The film was directed, produced, written, casted, and costume designed by Rima Das. It took her four years of shooting in her native village in Assam during the rainy season where captured the spirit of children who use nature to have fun despite living in poverty.
The film features stunning imagery and honest acting from a group of children. Das who didn't have a huge budget made the film initially to showcase a group of boys, but as a young girl began to hang around set and interrupt, she realized that the story had to include her. The young girl became the lead of the film that encourages people to enjoy nature and slow down. Take a look at what Das hopes people will take away from the film.
2018 IFFLA Winners included:
GRAND JURY AWARDS
Best Feature: VILLAGE ROCKSTARS, directed by Rima Das
Special Mention: Sushama Deshpande’s lead performance in AJJI
Best Short Film: THE CAREGIVER, directed by Ruthy Pribar
Short Film Special Mention: COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO, directed by Reema Sengupta
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
Best Feature (Narrative): TAKE OFF, directed by Mahesh Narayanan
Best Documentary: LOVESICK, directed by Priya Giri Desai and Ann S. Kim
Best Short: AN ESSAY OF THE RAIN, directed by Nagraj Manjule