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Yoodlee Films' partners with Titli fame Kanu Behl for their next - Agra

Yoodlee Films known for consistently creating quality cinema that has been lauded by critics and struck a relevant chord with millennial audiences - has announced their next project. Titled 'Agra', the film will be directed by Kanu Behl, whose debut film Titli wowed audiences and critics worldwide. Kanu Behl?s first film Titli established his credentials firmly as a storyteller with a strikingly original voice to look out for and opened to massive critical acclaim all over the world. Titli traveled to more than twenty major festivals worldwide including 2104 edition of Cannes Film Festival and won several awards in various categories. Agra, being Kanu Behl?s next, therefore promises to be a film to look out for in the months to come.

Agra has an ensemble cast of talented actors in its ranks, headlined by Rahul Roy who makes a comeback with this film. The film also features Priyanka Bose,
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India's Nfdc Screenwriters Lab set to pitch in Hong Kong

Six projects from Indian scriptwriters will be presented at this year’s Hong Kong Filmart.

India’s National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) is holding the pitching event for its annual Screenwriters Lab (Swl) at this year’s Hong Kong Filmart from March 18-21.

Six projects from Indian scriptwriters will be presented to potential co-producers, financiers, distributors and sales agents at the Nfdc’s Filmart booth at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Hkcec).

Writers and directors who will be pitching projects include Akhilesh Jaiswal, who worked on Gangs Of Wasseypur as a writer; Ajitpal Singh, who was associate director
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Three Rivers brings Indian projects to Diff

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Three Rivers brings Indian projects to Diff
Dubai Film Market is introducing a selection of Indian projects for the first time this year through a partnership with Europe’s Pjlf Three Rivers Residency.

The five projects are being scripted by hot new talents such as Kanu Behl, whose debut feature Titli premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2014, and Raj Rishi More, whose project is being produced by The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra.

The Three Rivers residency provides writer-directors with a month-long distraction-free space to work on their scripts in the Italian countryside, with the help of an expert mentor, before presenting their projects at Diff. Although focusing on Indian projects in its first year, the organisers hope to open the programme to international writer-directors, including those from the Arab world, from next year.

“We feel writers sometimes need a much more concentrated period to hone their ideas and get away from all the distractions of a day job and daily life,” said producer
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Film festival strategy is an ‘art not a science,’ Indian filmmakers say

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Film festival strategy is an ‘art not a science,’ Indian filmmakers say
Film Bazaar: Experts say indie filmmakers need smart advice before agreeing to any festival premieres.

Think about your film first and your launch second, advised Thithi director Raam Reddy at Monday’s Knowledge Series panel about film festivals and markets. “Make the best film you can make then position it and decide which is your best premiere,” he advised.

After his film won awards at Locarno, he turned down more than 50 festival invitations so that he could take time to complete the final version of his film.

“It’s more of an art than a science,” he said of navigating the world of film festivals and marketing.

Uma DaCunha, the godmother of India’s international film festival strategies who works with festivals including Toronto and Busan, noted that times had changed significantly since she had been started working with festivals in the early 1970s. “Every first film went to festivals. It was a time
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Six selected for Indian film-makers residency

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Six selected for Indian film-makers residency
The film-makers will each receive an expert mentor to help develop their feature projects.

Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) is partnering with the Pjlf Three Rivers Residency, designed to support Indian film-makers in developing their scripts. The residency provides six writer-directors a year with a distraction-free space to write their scripts, the help of an expert mentor and the opportunity to present their projects at Diff.

The six filmmakers selected this year include Kanu Behl [pictured], whose debut Titli screened at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2014, Arun Karthick, who debuted with Rotterdam title The Strange Case Of Shiva, Raj Rishi More, who served as assistant director on The Lunchbox, Miransha Naik, Sonal Jain and Pushan Kripalani. Naik recently completed post-production on Juze, which has been picked up by Films Boutique and secured a French release through Sophie Dulac Distribution.

This year’s advisers include Molly Stensgaard, Franz Rodenkirchen, Marten Rabarts, Gyula Gazdag and Olivia Stewart, who has developed
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Titli Movie Review

The hammer is a favourite weapon of aggression among the characters who form the immensely unlikeable family in Titli.

They use the hammer to smash faces and in one sequence to even smash the hand of a loved one.

But it’s the hammering of the individual’s self-esteem that Titli hits you the hardest with. Titli, played by newcomer Shashank Arora, the youngest of three brother in a low-life Delhi family of car-jacking criminals, takes his newly-wedded wife to her lover, watches them disappear in the bedroom and sits quietly waiting for the couple to finish its business.

It’s a moment where the silence of anguished helplessness pierces the irony of the plot.

This is not your martyr husband Ajay Devgn from Sanjay Leeela Bhansali Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam leading his reluctant bride back to her beloved. This is a world stripped of sublimity and grace, of
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Film Bazaar unveils line-up of 19 projects

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Co-production Market to feature new projects from Kanu Behl, Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Nandita Das, along with Ritesh Batra’s first project as a producer.

Film Bazaar, hosted by India’s National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc), has unveiled the 19 South Asian projects selected for this year’s Co-production Market.

The line-up includes new projects from Kanu Behl, whose Titli premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard 2014; Aditya Vikram Sengupta, director of Venice 2014 title Labor Of Love; acclaimed Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage; and Fahad Mustafa, whose credits include award-winning documentary Katiyabaaz.

In addition, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) is stepping into producing with Raj Rish More’s Pirates, which Batra will produce through his new outfit Poetic License Motion Pictures.

Drishyam Films’ Manish Mundra is bringing a new project from Amit V Masurkar (Sulemani Keeda), while acclaimed filmmaker Nandita Das will present her new project Manto at Film Bazaar.

The market is introducing a new feature this year – Open
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New Poster: Titli

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Come meet Titli and his family on 30th October Kyunki… Har Family Family Nahi Hoti

Titli received rave reviews when it first screened at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival, where it was the official selection in the Un Certain Regard section, and has since then travelled to 22 International film festivals, winning 8 awards. It has also opened to immense box office success in France and Germany. And now Titli is all set to hit the Indian theatres this October!

Directed by Kanu Behl, the film stars Ranvir Shorey (in a never seen before role), Amit Sial and introduces Shashank Arora.

In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to ‘settle’ him. Titli, finds
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Busan unveils Asian Project Market 2015 line-up

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Busan unveils Asian Project Market 2015 line-up
Titles include London Stories from Hana Makhmalbaf [pictured].Scroll down for full selection

Busan’s Asian Project Market (Apm) has announced this year’s line-up to include Hana Makhmalbaf’s London Stories and Yu Lik Wai’s A Mean To An End.

In its 18th year, the co-production market will showcase 30 projects from 15 countries including the UK, China, Vietnam and Iraq.

Up to last year, Apm selected a total of 442 projects of which 200 were completed and screened at film festivals around the world.

Organizers noted a rising trend of international co-productions tailored from the pre-production stage, not only between Asian countries but also European and Asian countries.

This year’s line-up also includes up-and-coming directors such as 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard film Titli director Janu Behl with family comedy Agra, a India-France co-production, and 2014 Rotterdam invitee Siti director Eddie Cahyono with The Wasted Land, a story about an Indonesian peasant who is ready to do anything she can
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Titli Releasing On 16th October 2015

After shocking and amazing a worldwide audience and winning several accolades and awards at festivals, Kanu Behl’s directorial debut Titli, produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, will release in India on October 16, 2015.

Titli received rave reviews when it first screened at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival, where it was the official selection in the Un Certain Regard section, and has since then travelled to 22 International film festivals, winning 8 awards. It has also opened to immense box office success in France and Germany. And now Titli is all set to hit the Indian theatres this October!

The film stars Ranvir Shorey (in a never seen before role), Amit Sial and introduces Shashank Arora.

In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers,
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Has Yash Raj produced the most abusive Indian film ever

Has Yash Raj produced the most abusive Indian film ever
Debutant director Kanu Behl has gotten away with murder, literally. And a lot else in his much-acclaimed film Titli. The film, produced jointly by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, has already come into severe renown at various film international festivals. It was submitted for censorship last week. It was passed with an 'A' certificate. Apparently, the Censor Board was shocked and "educated" by the outpouring of abuses expletives and profanities in the film. "We are aware of a very long list of gaalis. But the ones used in Titli are in a league of their own. They go way beyond the routine insult to mothers and sisters," says a shocked member of the Censor Board, confessing that his colleagues and he had never heard some of these abuses. "These are gaalis that even Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bhardwaj are probably not aware of," says the Cbfc member. The Censor
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The 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Line-Up

One of L.A.'s most eclectic and renowned festivals, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla), has announced its 2015 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short filmsl. The impressive program, which includes several works that premiered in Cannes and Berlin, reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema, as well as the future of Indian filmmaking, with cutting-edge filmmakers bringing their acclaimed films to Los Angeles.

Celebrating its 13th year, Iffla will run April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception. You can purchase Festival Passes and Gala tickets on the festival's website. Individual screening tickets are also available.

Iffla 2015 will screen 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 10 Los Angeles premieres. The films hail from six different countries, including India, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Cuba, in 10 different languages, from Hindi and Tamil to English, Spanish, and German.

Highlights include: the centerpiece and world premiere screening of "One Crazy Thing," directed by Iffla alum Amit Gupta ("Jadoo") and featuring BAFTA ‘Breakthrough Brit’ winner Ray Panthaki and Daisy Bevan ("The Two Faces of January") in a comedic story about a man who meets the girl of his dreams, but struggles to find a way to tell her how he became an internet sensation and the Los Angeles premiere of Academy Award-winner Danis Tanovic's latest feature film "Tigers," starring Bollywood heartthrob Emraan Hashmi in a political thriller based on the true story of a salesman who took on a multinational pharmaceutical corporation guilty of marketing a baby formula that caused hundreds of infant deaths.

Additional highlights include: "Jai Ho," a documentary feature on one of the most prolific composers in the world, A.R. Rahman directed by Umesh Aggarwal; Kanu Behl’s "Titli," which had its world premiere at Cannes in 2014, shot on Super 16 and starring gifted newcomer, Shashank Arora, in a coming of age story set against Dehli’s dark side where perpetual cruelty and violence prevail; and "Miss India America," directed by Iffla alum Ravi Kapoor and starring Tiya Sircar ("The Internship") and Hannah Simone ("New Girl"), is the story of a woman's plan to win the crown after her boyfriend runs off with the former Miss India America.

The Opening and Closing night red-carpet galas have also been announced: Shlok Sharma’s debut feature film "Haraamkhor," starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and produced by Anurag Kashyap ("Gangs of Wasseypur") and Guneet Monga ("The Lunchbox") will open the festival with its world premiere. Nagesh Kukunoor’s "Dhanak" ("Rainbow") will have its U.S. premiere as the Closing Night film, fresh from 2015 Berlinale where it won Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for best feature film.

The 2015 lineup also includes titles from the diverse regional language cinemas of India. Along with Bengali and Malayalam films, Iffla will screen two Marathi language features, including the North American Premiere of "Elizabeth Ekadashi." Tamil language titles include the documentary "Amma and Apaa,"about a filmmaking South Indian/German couple and their parents, and the U.S. premiere of the delightful "The Crow’s Egg," which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by famed South Indian actor Dhanush (best known for the popular song “Why This Kolaveri Di” from the film 3), the film follows two young boys in a slum who try to get their first bite of pizza after seeing it in an ad.

“Many of the films at this year's Iffla look at contemporary youth from diverse backgrounds, united in their creative ways of overcoming life’s situations. The palpable energy of youth spirit runs throughout our film lineup, and these stories take you on an adventurous journey,” said Jasmine Jaisinghani, Iffla’s Artistic Director. “I believe our audiences will engage with these riveting characters and be fully entertained."

A special inclusion for Iffla 2015 is a Secret Screening for passholders only, offering a first look at a film that has become a sensation in festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. The film is slated to release later this year. Directed by one of the most exciting auteurs in contemporary Indian cinema, and featuring a powerhouse performance by one of India's brightest young stars, this is a film. It's expected to be a highlight of this year's festival.

The festival’s popular “Bollywood by Night” series returns this year with an exciting screening of Bollywood smash "Taal." Directed by Subhash Ghai and featuring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Akshaye Khanna. Originally released in 1999 to worldwide acclaim, "Taal" features iconic music composed by A.R. Rahman and is considered one of the best soundtracks in Bollywood history.

The shorts competition showcases an diverse selection of 10 films including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated works. Highlights of this year’s program include: acclaimed director Gitanjali Rao’s "TrueLoveStory," a stunning animated film that made its premiere at the Critics’ Week section of Cannes; Jayisha Patel's multiple award-winning documentary "A Paradise" ("Un Paraiso"); and the U.S. premiere of three of India’s National Award winners, Pranjal Dua’s "Fly, Bird" (Chidiya Udh), Christo Tomy’s "Virgin" ("Kanyaka"), and Ruchir Arun’s "Mandrake! Mandrake!." In addition, screening with "Jai Ho" will be Satyajit Ray’s "Two," a spellbinding and deeply affecting short film by India’s master storyteller, which has been beautifully preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Attending the festival this year to present their films will be a group of celebrated filmmakers, including Nagesh Kukunoor ("Dhanak"), Kanu Behl ("Titli"), Amit Gupta ("One Crazy Thing"), Ravi Kapoor ("Miss India America"), Paresh Mokashi ("Elizabeth Ekadashi"), Bikas Mishra ("Four Colors ), Shlok Sharma and award-winning producer Guneet Monga ("Haraamkhor").

Iffla will also host a number of the films’ stars, including: Ray Panthaki and Daisy Bevan from "One Crazy Thing;" critically-acclaimed Nawazuddin Siddiqui for "Haraamkhor;" and from"Miss India America," Hannah Simone ("New Girl"), Tiya Sircar ("The Internship"), and Meera Simhan ("Anger Management") who is also the film’s co-writer.

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Iffla unveils 2015 lineup

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13th edition of festival will feature four world premieres and seven North American premieres.

Now in its 13th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) has unveiled its 2015 lineup, running April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood.

This year’s festival will feature 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres and two Us premieres.

Highlights include the world premiere of Amit Gupta’s One Crazy Thing, the Us premiere of Danis Tanović’s Tigers [pictured], Umesh Aggarwal’s A.R. Rahman documentary Jai Ho, Kanu Behl’s Titli and Ravi Kapoor’s Miss India America.

As announced last week, Shlok Sharma’s debut feature Haraamkhor will receive its world premiere as the opening film, while the Us premiere of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow) will close the festival.

“Many of the films at this year’s Iffla look at contemporary youth from diverse backgrounds, united in their creative ways of overcoming life’s situations. The palpable
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Idris Elba film up for Rotterdam award

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Idris Elba film up for Rotterdam award
Iffr reveals Big Screen Awards nominees and the complete line-up for its Bright Future and Spectrum strands, including world premieres from the Us, China and the Netherlands.

Second Coming, starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall, has been named as one of 10 films up for the Big Screen Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) (Jan 21 - Feb 1).

The UK film, written and directed by Debbie Tucker Green, will be vying for a prize of €10,000 ($12,000) awarded specifically to support theatrical distribution of the film in The Netherlands

The 10 nominees are from Iffr’s Bright Future and Spectrum programmes with the winner chosen by a specially selected audience jury. Other titles include Lisandro Alonso’s Cannes Fipresci winner Jauja and Carlos Vermut’s San Sebastian winner Magical Girl.

The nominees are:

I Swear I’ll Leave This Town, Danial AragãoJauja, Lisandro AlonsoKey House Mirror, Michael NoerThe Lesson, Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovMagical Girl, Carlos VermutA
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Reflections 2014: Best Indie Films of 2014

Powerful messages, stunning cinematography and authentic performances – 2014 was a good year for independent (indie) cinema. Here is a list of some of our favourites which are worth catching if you missed them.

Ilai (Leaf)

Director Rajiv Reddy’s film traced the journey of a young homeless girl in India, Chennai. Ilai was a good exploration of human emotion, survival and regeneration. The performances were outstanding and natural. Profoundly, the protagonist returns to the same place that she had started off at at the beginning of the film; however, this time she sees the world with different eyes. The film highlights how experiences impact the human soul. We saw this at the London Indian Film Festival and our reviewer wrote, “At times, the cinematography will have you spell bound. Artistic shots of the sun and the streets make this film a visual treat: for instance, a particular shot of the heat
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Titli takes top prize at Gijón by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-12-01 16:12:49

Titli took home the international jury prize at Gijon International Film Festival Indian film Titli (Butterfly), directed by Kanu Behl, took the international jury prize for best feature film at the 52nd Gijón International Film Festival this weekend.

The film - which tells the story of Titli, a young man who longs to escape his family's life of crime - also saw Shivani Raghuvanshipor take home the best actress prize for her role as Titli's wife through arranged marriage, Neelu, who is also dreaming of freedom.

The best director and writer's prizes when to Iranian director Nima Javidi for Melbourne, which sees a couple faced with a moral dilemma on the day they are due to leave the country for a new life.

Polish drama Life Feels Good - based on the true story of a man suffering from cerebral palsy - saw Dawid Ogrodnik named best actor for
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Titli, Killa winners at Saiff 2014

Titli, Killa winners at Saiff 2014
A still from Titli

Kanu Behl’s Titli took home South Asian International Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature. Avinash Arun’s Killa was adjudged the second best film.

The Best Director Award was presented to first-time writer-director Afia Nathaniel for her film Dukhtar. The tense drama, Pakistan’s official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards, was also presented with the festival’s Audience Award.

The jury awarded their Short Grand Jury Prize to Gitanjali Rao’s True Love Story, a stunning animated short about a 17-year-old orphan who uses his love of Bollywood cinema to help him woo the girl of his dreams.

The Audience Award for Short Film was awarded to Veil by director Sreemoyee Bhattacharya.

The award ceremony took place at Manhattan’s Carlton Hotel on November 23rd, celebrating Saiff’s eleventh anniversary.

The Eleventh Annual South Asian International Film Festival ran from Tuesday, November 18th,
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Third I 2014 Review: Titli Watches The Ugly Caterpillar Emerge From Its Cocoon

Titli. In Hindi it means butterfly. A feminine sounding word, Titli is also the name of the lead character in director Kanu Behl's debut feature film, and an appropriate name it is. Titli is the story of a man struggling to make his way out from under the grit and grime that layers the backstreets of modern, corrupt Delhi. These scenes of people scraping the bottom of the barrel are nothing new in Hindi independent cinema, but Behl's treatment of the material is both heart-wrenching, and vividly relatable as everyone tries to make out the best way they can without leaving anything on the table.Titli belongs to a family of crooks. His older brother, Vikram (played by veteran actor Ranvir Shorey), leads his younger brothers as...

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Complete lineup of Saiff 2014

Complete lineup of Saiff 2014
Jigarthanda at Saiff 2014

X, by eleven directors, will kickstart HBO’s South Asian International Film Festival (Saiff) on Tuesday. The festival will be held from November 18-23 in Manhattan.

Shrihari Sathe’s Ek Hazarachi Note, Karthik Subbaraj’s Jigarthanda, Kanu Behl’s Titli, Avinash Arun’s Killa and Afia Serena Nathaniel’s Dukhtar are the feature films to be screened at the festival.

The short films at the festival include Gaurav Bakshi’s Enough, Rajesh Jala’s 23 Winters, Gitanjali Rao’s True Love Story (animation), Atanu Mukherjee’s The Gatekeeper and Sreemoyee Bhattacharya’s Veil.

Raj and Dk’s Happy Ending, starring Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey and Govinda, will be screened as the Centerpiece Film of the festival.

The festival will close with the screening of Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad.
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Titli, Teenkahon winners at Ssaff 2014

Titli, Teenkahon winners at Ssaff 2014
A still from Titli

Kanu Behl’s Titli won the Jury Award for Best Feature at the recently concluded 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (Ssaff). Bauddhayan Mukherji’s Teenkahon won the Audience award for Best Feature. Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry won the Award for Outstanding Film in Social Category.

Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage was presented the Tasveer Emerald Award for Contribution to Sri Lankan cinema.

The ten-day festival was held in Seattle from October 31-November 9, 2014.

Here is the complete list of winners:-

Tasveer Ssaff 2014 Jury Award for Best Feature Film – Titli by Kanu Behl Tasveer Ssaff 2014 Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film – Teenkahon by Bauddhayan Mukherji Tasveer Ssaff 2014 Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary – Are You Listening? by Kamar Ahmad Simon Tasveer Ssaff 2014 Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film – Jaya by Puja Maewal Tasveer Ssaff 2014 Outstanding Film in Social Category – (Award presented by Pratham Seattle) – Fandry
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