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Free Spirit Film Festival concluded Koan of Spring declared the best film


Dharamsala /McLeod Ganj, 24 October (Arvind Sharma)

The 9th Free Spirit Film Festival was concluded successfully at Tibetan Children Village Mecleodganj, late night on Wednesday, 23 October,. A total of 19 films were screened. Arise by Pema Dhondup had its India premiere. Dhondup, who came all the way from Los Angeles, presented the film and answered a few questions from the audience.

Director of the organizing committee of Free Spirit Film Festival, Lobsang Wangyal

Announced the name of the the films that won awards at the Free Spirit Film Festival are as follows:


Best Picture

Koan of Spring directed by Lou Ma Ho


Best Director

Pema Dhondup for Arise


Best Screenplay

Sanjay Arora for Once Again (Phir Vehi)


Best Cinematography

Olvier Cohen-Bacri for Koan of Spring


Best Documentary

Illusive Peace in Kashmir


Best Short Film

Villari directed by Prashant Vanjani


Best Editing

Dror Shostak for The Secret Ingredient


Best Music

On Perception and Environment directed by Philip Clemo


Best Art Direction

Farzaneh Sharifzadeh for Absolute Value


Best Original Concept

Neti Neti (Not This, Not This) directed by Dr Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar


Audience Award

Tofael – the Tea Stall Boy directed by Minhazur Rahman Nayan


Special Mention

Connection Failed directed by Ninad Kulkarni


Special Jury Prize

Arise directed by Pema Dhondup


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