Nepal bags three awards at SAARC Film Festival


Currently when Nepali cinema is doing wonderful and the audience is choosing to watch Nepali movies over foriegn movies, yet another good news comes from Sri Lanka where two of Nepali movies succeeded to bag three awards at the prestigious SAARC Film Festival organised by SAARC Cultural Centre from May 20 to 25 at National Films Corporation, Colombo. Garima Panta was declared as the Best Actress for the movie Jhola which is based on the ‘Sati Pratha’, directed by Yadav Bhattarai. Director Joes Pandey for Saanghuro won Special Jury Certificate of Recognition for New Talent and the movie also won Best Feature Film Silver Medal.

Huge congratulations to the entire team of both the movies – ‘Jhola’ and ‘Saanghuro’.

Here are the names of all the winners at SAARC Film Festival:

Special Jury Certificate of Recognition for New Talent: Joes Pandey for “Saanghuro” ( Nepal)

Best Director – Sarath Dharmasiri for “Soovisi Wivarana” ( Sri Lanka)

Best Actor –  Ismail Rasheed in “ Ingili” ( Maldives)

Best Actress – Garima Panta in “Jhola” (Nepal)

Best Short Film – “Makara”–  Directed by Prantik Narayan Basu – (India)
“For approaching fiction through non-fiction”

Best Feature Film Bronze Medal – “Ingili” Directed by Ravee Farooq – (Maldives)

Best Feature Film Silver Medal – “Saanghuro” Directed by Joes Pandey (Nepal)

Best Feature Film Trophy – ‘Soovisi Wivarana” – Directed by Sarath Dharmasiri (Sri Lanka)
“For its grand depiction of moral complexity through desire, dance and philosophy”


Neeraj Pun (NEO)

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