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chauranga, killa bag awards at 16th Mumbai film festival | The 16th Mumbai Film Festival came to last month with films Court, Chauranga and Killa bagging the top honours.

Actor Aamir Khan was the guest of honour at the closing ceremony, which was followed by the awards function. The day saw the best of world cinema including Broken Hill Blues, 71, Macondo, Theeb, Coming Home, Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, Jack, I Am Not Him, Pride, Black Coal, Thin Ice, Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Goodbye to Language – 3D and Farewell screened across the two venues – PVR Andheri and Cinemax Versova.

The international competition jury, headed by Peter Webber and comprising members Ritesh Batra, Ron Mann and Ian Birnie, awarded the Golden Gateway of India trophy for the best film in the international competition section to Court, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane and produced by Vivek Gomber. The jury grand prize with the Silver Gateway of India trophy was given to Mexican film Gueros directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios and produced by Ramiro Ruiz Ruiz- Funes. The jury named Chaitanya Tamhane best director for Court. The film also earned a special jury mention for ensemble cast.

The final award in the international competition category, the jury award for best camera work was won by Anthony ‘Tat’ Radcliffe for British historical action film 71. Indian feature fiction films screened in the India Gold 2014 category brought to the fore many talented directors. Jury head Goran Paskaljevic in consultation with the jury members including Serge Bromberg, Bai Ling, Prasanna Vithanage and Colin Vaines made a selection after much thought. Chauranga, directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, was adjudged the best film and won the Golden Gateway of India trophy. Killa, directed by Avinash Arun, won the second best film award, the Silver Gateway of India. The ensemble cast of Killa received the special jury award.

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