GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - Black Whale, directed by Chandra Shekhar was adjudged the best film in fiction category, Adamita Daman, directed by Potdip Chaudhary got the best documentary award and Tetli Gash, directed by Jiten Das was chosen for the Best Animation Film award at the 14th ADDA Short Film Festival held under the auspices of ADDA in association with Aucto Creation.
The two-day festival was held at Shilpgram, Panjabari on December 2 and 3, said a press release today. There were 16 films in the competition category and a host of other films in the invitation category.
This year a few new awards were introduced in the festival such as best director, best cinematographer, best editing and best background score. The best director award was bagged by Sujit Deb Barma for Running and the best cinematographer award went to Rasel Mahmud of Bangladesh for Songs of Padma, directed by Ahsif Khan. The best editing honour went to Amrit Basumatary for Running.
The best background score award won by Ahsif Khan for Songs of Padma. This year the jury comprised well-known director Sanjib Hazarika, film critic Manoj Barpujari and script writer Bhaskar Das.
This year as part of the festival, ADDA also organised a photography contest and a quiz competition on cinema titled Deep Focus. In the photography competition the best photographer award was bagged by Raja Kankan Saikia, while the second and third best photos honours went to Satabdi Baruah and Pompi Mech respectively.
In the quiz competition Dhrubajyoti Barman and Biswajit Sharma emerged as the winner. Noted photographers Tapan Das, Utpal Baruah and Kamal Barman were the jury members of the photography competition. Veteran audiographer Rajen Rajkhowa and writer Syamanta Phukan gave away the prizes.
A host of other programmes like puppet dance by Assam Puppet Theatre, vintage photo exhibition by Vintage Assam and painting exhibition by Royal School of Fine Arts of Royal Global University also attracted cinegoers at the two-day festival.