It’s a Wrap. And the India Film Project Awards Go To…


It’s a Wrap. And the India Film Project Awards Go To…

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

It’s been a tough year for content creators and budding artists, many of whom were trapped inside their homes for the better part of the year like you and I. Even so, the hustle never stopped. The India Film Project stepped in right when we needed a dose of art and creativity the most, treating us to the world’s “largest filmmaking challenge”.

With 1721 films made across 18 countries and 122 cities, the 50-Hour Filmmaking Challenge was a great morale booster for aspiring filmmakers and professionals. Keeping intact the notion of, “the show must go on”, in its 10th edition, IFP seamlessly embraced the new normal taking Asia’s largest content festival online.

The flagship 50-Hour Filmmaking Challenge encouraged participants to create, shoot, edit, and compile a short film within the given time frame. The best of the lot received accolades and more from an award-winning jury comprising Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Raj DK, and Shubhashish Bhutiani. A virtual ceremony was held which saw an attendance of 18,300 people and they too were provided a detailed analysis of the winning films.

The IFPX Festival was a multi-staged content festival spread over four days  – between October 22-25 – and three stages with a participation of 180+ prominent creative stalwarts. The jury members navigated their way through the three categories, i.e, mobile, amateur, and professional to curate the top 5 winners in each category. Here are the winners.

Mobile Category: Participants had to shoot on mobile phones with cameras that have a minimum resolution of 1080p.

Theme: Stop At Nothing
Genre: Drama, Humour or Biography

The Top 5 winners of the Mobile Category are:

The Platinum Film of the Year: One and a Half Foot Man

The simple yet life-changing story of a handicapped man who tries to hold onto his online job in spite of poor internet connectivity in the village.

The Gold Winner Film of the Year: Road To Thumba

Does reality inspire life or does life inspire reality?

Road to Thumba sees two men of opposing beliefs, trying to make the other see their perspective.

The Silver Film of the Year: The Audition

How far does an aspiring actress who stops at nothing to pursue her dream go, all the while tackling problems and her unsupportive father trying to stop her?

The Bronze Film of the Year: Picture Abhi Baaki Hai

This story follows a determined participant of a filmmaking competition, who gets ditched by his teammates at the last moment. He refuses to give up and believes life must stop at nothing.

Number 5 Film of the Year: Anjali’s Kitchen

A chef embarks on a journey to make a tutorial video, and the exhilarating ride is a thrill worth devouring.

Shot on One Plus Award: Master Ji

A hearty toast to determination and good old hard work, that helped a newbie teacher conquer lockdown woes is a visual and aesthetic journey like no other!

Amateur Category: The only limitation for the Amateur Category was that those leading the team should have made none or less than three films.

Theme: Almost Famous
Genre: Drama, Mockumentary, Fantasy or Humour

The five winners of the Amateur Category were:

The Platinum Film of the Year: Dr. Pashupal

A comedy of errors follows a doctor who moves to a new village and tries to trick his way to fame.

The Gold Winner Film of the Year: WOH

This is a heart-wrenching story of two different individuals who encountered each other during the lockdown, making one famous and the other one almost famous in the most significant way.

The Silver Film of the Year: Zipped

A cautionary tale follows this beautiful story: face your inhibitions, else you will be left: almost famous

The Bronze Film of the Year: Ramesh

Twenty-two-year-old Ramesh is a naive guy with a dream to become famous and eventually that’s how destiny favours him.

Number 5 Film of the Year: Bhavai

What does a folk artist whose art is not recognised by people due to time differences do in stressful times?

Professional Category: Only those who have made three or more films in the past are eligible under this category.

Theme: Brave New World
Genre: Drama, Political, Fantasy or Satire

The Top 5 winners in this Professional Category were:

The Platinum Film of the Year: Seven Feet

Years after a pandemic, a young woman refuses to believe that the terrible period is over and insists on living in isolation. What follows is a delightful visual journey.

The Gold Winner Film of the Year: OFFLINE

A spark could lead to a fire. But in today’s time, all sparks fire up. How safe are we while we are just trying to be ourselves? Offline answers pertinent questions.

The Silver Film of the Year: Chalte Rahiye Janaab

A mind-blowing conversation between an outspoken salesperson and a rather frigid auto-rickshaw driver brings out cloaked revelations about their lives.

The Bronze Film of the Year: The Code

The film experiments with our social life. Are we using it or is it using us? The Code resolves questions, as it asks even more!

Number 5 Film of the Year: Meraki

A tale of how artists are coping emotionally with what’s happening in the world around them and struggling internally to try and restore their belief in their art and themselves. Meraki is a much-needed tonic in a state of global disarray.

And with all the 15 winners, IFPX wrapped with a bang!

But here’s the best part: Every Sunday on MTV at 9 PM, you can relive the magic of IFP Season X with IFP Shorts, and watch as the short films go big or go home to the next level.