Thiruvananthapuram: Passionate filmmakers and artists among the techie community in Kerala were honoured for their works at the Prathidhwani Qisa Film Festival (PQFF) awards ceremony held at Travancore Hall in Technopark. Dileesh Pothan and Alencier Ley Lopez, actors, presented the awards to the winners who were nominated under eight categories in the film festival. Entries for the sixth film festival organized by Prathidhwani were screened on December 2.
‘Awakening’ directed by Suraj Nair of Infosys bagged the award for best film. ‘Rodham’ directed by Sarin of UST Global won the award for the second best film. Deepak S Jay of Applexus Technologies won the award for best director for the film ’45 seconds’. Freddy Abraham of Envestnet won the award for Best Screenplay for ‘Pretha Veedu’.
Best Performer award was shared by Mani Nair for his character in the film ‘June 1’ and Parvathy Krishnan for her role in ‘Awakening’. Award for Best Director of Photography (DOP) was won by Sibin Chandran for the film ‘Yaar’, directed by Amal J Prasad of Alamy Images. Appu Bhattathiri won the Best Editor award for his work in ’45 seconds’. Special Jury Award was presented to Baburaj Asariya for the documentary ‘Unsung Heroes’. The documentary portrays the life of ambulance drivers in Kerala.
At the award ceremony, filmmaker and actor Dileesh Pothan said, “Relentless efforts and dedication of many have helped them leave an impression in the film industry.”
In all the six editions of PQFF over the last six years, more than 120 films by IT employees have been screened so far. The main goal of conducting the PQFF is to encourage filmmaking talents of employees who otherwise are mostly engaged in the IT industry. A main prerequisite to screen a film at PQFF is that all films need to be shorter than 45 minutes and should be directed and scripted by employees working in Kerala’s private IT sector.