NEW DELHI, July 1: The Award for the Best Long Documentary of the eighth edition of the Intertiol Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala went to Phumshang (Floating Life) directed by Haobam Paban Kumar of Manipur and produced by Films Division. The award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a certificate
Citation of the Jury on Phumshang says that “A poignt, sensitive, empathetic film on the fight for survival and the rights of fishermen. In its treatment, the film has reached an epic quality in portraying the vulnerabilities and strength of our lives”. A total of 210 films selected from 35 countries were screened under 15 categories in the festival. In competition section, there were 74 films including vied for awards in different categories. Irom Maipak who was the cinematographer of the film ‘Floating Life’ was selected for the vroz Contractor Award for the Best Cinematographer doted by eminent cinematographer vroze Contractor. It carried a cash prize of Rs. 15,000 and certificate. It was the lone cinematographer award of the festival.
Haobam Paban Kumar born in Manipur is an alumnus of SRFTI, Kolkata. His diploma film Ngaihak Lambida was screened in the Indian Panorama Section of IFFI, Goa in 2007. His films Kangla, AFSPA 1958 & A Cry in the Dark have been shown at various festivals and intertiol events, stated a press release.