MOSAIC INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
It's a wrap for the National Bank Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) which launched a controversial and cutting-edge program for its 6th year with a record 14 feature films, 4 documentaries, and 15 shorts. Showcasing stories spanning the globe from South Africa to Bangladesh, Trinidad to the USA, and the UK to Canadian and Indigenous films. Women’s and LGBT stories lead the way with love stories, investigations of domestic violence, comedies on complex relationships, and explorations of art and ancestry. Canada’s premier South Asian film festival runs from August 3-6 at the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga (309 Rathburn Rd. W., Mississauga, Toronto).
AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
This year the feature film jury comprised of filmmakers Sharon Lewis, Lalita Krishna and Rashmi Lamba. The short films jury had actor and producer Vinay Virmani, interior designer Lubna Sami and filmmaker Jag Parmar. Over $3000 worth of cash awards were donated by CCAI this year. Here is a list of the winners:
BEST FICTION FEATURE - A Death In the Gunj directed by Konkana Sen Sharma
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - The Workers Cup directed by Adman Sobel
JURY PRIZE - Fawzia Mirza for co-writing, producing and acting in SIGNATURE MOVE.
BEST SCREENPLAY - Moko Jumbie directed by Vashti Anderson
BEST DIRECTOR - Milind Dhaimade for the film YOU ARE MY SUNDAY
BEST ACTRESS - Shahana Goswami for YOU ARE MY SUNDAY
BEST ACTOR - Dhruva Padmakumar for A BILLION COLOUR STORY
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT - Faraz Ansari for SISAK
BEST CANADIAN SHORT - Renuka Jeyapalan for A BICYCLE LESSON
SABEEN MEHMUD AWARD OF COURAGE IN CINEMA - Attiya Khan for A BETTER MAN
HONOURABLE MENTION FOR DOCUMENTARY - Ameesha Joshi for WITH THIS RING
HONOURABLE MENTION SHORT - Arshad Khan for Valery's Suitcase
“Telefilm Canada is truly proud to support the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival for the first time this year,” says Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “When we announced last September our objective to achieve a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects gender, diversity and Canada’s Indigenous communities, we also recognized that the promotional initiatives we financed were an important step towards that goal. Spotlighting stories from underrepresented communities helps to inspire the next generation of filmmakers, as well as ensures that Canadian films are resonating with Canadian audiences.”
Telefilm Canada presented Deepa Mehta’s FIRE followed by a talk with the filmmaker part of the MISAFFChat on the festival's closing day.
The 2017 MISAFF Star presented by ACTRA was awarded to Toronto-native and pioneering woman, Parveen Kaur. Past recipients of this honour include, Varun Saranga (Schitt’s Creek, Workin’ Moms, Wynonna Earp) in 2016, the Emmy Award-winning web series “Guidestones” actor Supinder Wraich in 2015, and “Degrassi: TNG” actor Raymond Ablack in 2014.
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