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UFO 0110 International Digital Film Fest ends on high note
shaida | 17 Mar 2012

The seven-day UFO 0110 International Digital Film Festival today concluded in gracious presence of Bollywood's big names Raima Sen, Sudhir Mishra with screening of El Invierno De Los Raros, a Spanish film which integrates new media into the popular mosaic structure of story telling.

AT THE closing ceremony winners for the six award categories; Best Feature Film (Above 60 minutes), Best Short Film (Below 60 minutes), Best Documentary Film, Best Special Effects/ Animation, Best Student Film, and Digital Art/ Installation, were also announced.

Gandu, a revolutionary Bengali film made a surprise hit in the festival today. It was publically screened for the first time ever in India. Directed by Q aka Qaushiq Mukherjee, the film cuts away the Bollywood stereotypes which trade the romance and gloss for graphic sexuality in monotones, to give a 'risky post-modern third act'.

The film shows a teenager, known as Gandu to everyone, in a desperate attempt to escape the life he is imprisoned in. The movie moves on seamlessly through a stream of illusions, dreams and erotic hallucinations. Primarily a black and white movie, the use of colours in some of the shots has added to the richness of the imageries.

Prague,an under-production feature film also made an appearance with its first cut in IDFF. Prague deals with the personality of the bohemian city with a mystical character- whether it’s the environment or people. The Tagline of the film says- 'Men live in Cities..Cities live in Men too...' It is a story about three young architects played by Chandan Roy Sanyal (Kaminey fame), Arfi Lamba (seen in Slumdog Millionaire) etc. who go to study architecture of the heritage city. While discovering the character of the mystical city they also discover their own characters.

In the special screening section, films including Malegaon Ka Ghajini, Saint – Belmont, Connected, SOS and Dilli were showcased on the concluding day.

Malegaon Ka Ghajinirepresents the low budget movies which are being produced in Maliwood, the Malegaon’s own film making industry. Like Aamir Khan in Ghajini, the lead character in Malegoan Ka Ghajini too has memory problem. The movie, starred by mimicry artist Shakeel Bharti, highlights the social problems like high price of vegetables, milk, sugar, increasing property tax, water tax, etc. It also brings the menace of dowry to audience' notice.

Shot in the heart of bustling Delhi,Dilli is the story of the city as seen through different eyes. Being one among the fastest growing cities in the world, Delhi is also home to India’s second largest slum population. The film finds storytellers in men, women and children who are the invisible hands that continue to build this city of dream.

The festival, held from March 9-15, exhibited 126 films in categories of feature films, documentary and short films from 55 countries.

“To bring in films from all parts of the world and also from deep inside India on one platform was not an easy task. This convergence has brought a new way of thinking, to broaden the bonds and subsequently the horizons. The success of any endeavour lies in its ability to take forward the best from before and merge it with the new. In its first three years, this festival had two stars – The Filmmakers and The Audiences and so this year too, despite the fact that we had august and prominent individuals on our jury,” said Madhureeta Anand, Festival Director, UFO 0110 IDFF and Film Director & Founder of Ekaa Films Pvt. Ltd.

About The UFO 0110 International Digital Film Festival: The 0110 International Digital Film Festival is an annual event showcasing cutting edge digital films from around the world. The mission is to take the digital art and film movement forward and provide fresh and innovative content to the viewers and create a space for new styles of form and content that can become the resource pool for filmmakers in South Asia and the rest of the world. It is also the congregating point for all film and video aficionados and lovers. It is the only Film Festival in India that travels to eleven cities in India. For further information please log on to

About EKAA FILMS Pvt. Ltd: Ekaa Films was set up by filmmaker Madhureeta Anand. She set up the company so that she could independently produce and direct her films. Under the Ekaa films banner, Madhureeta has made films on subjects ranging from religion, travel, art and culture and a film on child abuse. The genres range from documentary, music videos, fiction short films and art installations. And most recently feature films. For further information please log on to

About Madhureeta Anand: Madhureeta Anand is an independent and award winning filmmaker since 1995. She shifted her field of work from mainstream television production to documentary filmmaking. She has directed and produced many documentary films and series. Most of her work explored the areas of culture, religion and anthropology. Her other films looked at the issues of education in India and child abuse. Many of her films have been telecast on international channels like BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and National Geographic. Her first commercial feature film Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye released in February 2009.

UFO Moviez, the world’s largest satellite delivered digital cinema network, has revolutionized the way films are distributed and exhibited throughout India through its pioneering technology and infrastructure.  Presently, UFO has a base of more than 2,722 digital screens, spread across more than 1300 cities in 26 states of India. UFO has so far released more than 3,870 films in 29 languages and has conducted more than 8.4 million shows till date.