NETPAC Award at the 4th Bengaluru International Film Festival

Flying Fish (Igillena Maluwo, 2011, Sri Lanka, 115 min.), directed by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (b. 1977)

On Dec. 21, 2011, members of the NETPAC jury at the 4th Bengaluru International Film Festival, comprising of Shaoyi SUN (film critic and scholar from China), Kesari HARVOO (filmmaker from India), and DANG Nhat Minh (veteran filmmaker from Vietnam), reached unanimous decision to nominate the Sri Lankan film FLYING FISH, directed by Sanjeewa PUSHPAKUMARA, for the NETPAC award, “for its stark depiction of realities of rural life under Sri Lankan Civil War situation through powerful visual imagery.”

Born in 1977, Sanjeewa is completing an advanced degree in filmmaking at Korea’s Chung-Ang University. Flying Fish, his debut film, received a grant from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam to support its post-production.

Haolun SHU receives his Special Jury Prize at the 4th Bengaluru International Film Festival, India on Dec. 22, 2011. The award is presented by the Governor of Karnataka, Dr. Hans Raj Bhardwaj. He is flanked by two veteran Indian actresses.

Haolun SHU’s film No. 89 Shimen Road (黑白照片), was among the 13 films to compete for the main awards, the Best Film and Best Director awards, at the 4th Bengaluru International Film Festival. Although the film didn’t win one of these two titles, the main jury, which comprises of Sturla Gunnarsson (filmmaker from Canada), Jan Erik Holst (producer and critic from Norway), Gunilla Burstedt (film educator and promoter from Sweden), PH Vishwanath (filmmaker from India), and Chinese director Xie Fei (谢飞), recognized SHU’s great achievement by giving the film the Special Jury Award.

No. 89 Shimen Road (黑白照片), China (2010, 85 min.), directed and written by Haolun SHU

Two months before this Special Jury award, No. 89 Shimen Road won the NETPAC Award at the 27th Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland. The 27th WFF NETPAC Jury gives out the award to No. 89 Shimen Road “that poignantly depicts the struggle of a country confronted with a new order. It is also a personal and touching view of a world that no longer exist”.

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