The 25th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) got over with a grand ceremony was held at Nazrul Mancha to conclude the festival on 15th November 2019. Amitabh Bachchan has recorded a video for exclusively for KIFF, which he planed to speak in the opening on 8th November but due to health issue he couldn’t attend the same. The video has been played as a opening speech of the day.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed over the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Awards for the best film and the best director and the Hiralal Sen Memorial Award for the best film in an Indian language.
Some of the top personalities from the film industries of Mumbai and Kolkata, and actors, directors and producers of several of the foreign films that were shown at the film festival graced the glittering closing ceremony. Shabana Azmi was the chief guest at the programme. The KIFF was inaugurated by Shah Rukh Khan on November 8th.
List of all the awards presented today: Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for … Best Film: The Weeping Woman Best Director: Vaclav Marhoul (for The Painted Bird) Best Indian Documentary Film: Abridged Best Indian Short Film: Summer Rhapsody Special Jury Award (among international films): Aga’s House Hiralal Sen Memorial Award (for Indian language films) for … Best Film: Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005 Best Director: Indrashis Acharya (for Parcel) Special Jury Award (among Indian films): Run Kalyani NETPAC Award: Devi Aur Hero Excerpts of the chief minister’s speech: My congratulations to the media for covering KIFF very well. My congratulations also to all the concerned officials. We have to start thinking from today on how to improve on this for next year’s KIFF. I appreciate the freedom of expression that Shabana Azmi ji talked about. This is essential for everyone, more so in these times. This is our constitutional and democratic right. I will request everyone to come back every year. Consider this as your ‘home state’; without you this film festival is not possible. Remember, Kolkata is the ‘sweetest part of the world’. We love everyone irrespective of religion, race and culture because humanity is the most important pillar of democracy.