By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on May 18, 2016
The 16th edition of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) concluded recently with Hansal Mehta's Aligarh closing the festival. The festival showcased a diverse array of films ranging from Q's Brahman Naman to Manikandan's Endless among other films. This year’s edition also hosted a special program to showcase films made by three generations of filmmakers - Bimal Roy's Sujata, Basu Bhattacharya's Anubhav and Aditya Bhattacharya's Raakh Redux, whose unique style of filmmaking conveys their love for cinema.
Umesh Kulkarni's road drama Highway bagged the top honours including the awards for Best Film and Best Director. The award was presented by the Booker prize winning author Salman Rushdie.
Ruchika Oberoi won the Best Screenplay award for her debut feature Island City. While Shaunak Sen's Cities Of Sleep which has been showcased at multiple festivals won the Best Documentary award. Nishant Roy Bombarde's National award winning short Daaravtha (Threshold) won the Best Short film award.
Given below is the complete list of winners of the 16th edition of New York Indian Film Festival:
Best Film: Highway
Best Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni for Highway
Best Screenplay: Ruchika Oberoi, Island City
Best Actor: Rajit Kapoor, Threshold
Best Actress: Neena Gupta, Threshold
Best Child Actor: Vedashree Mahajan, The Silence
Best Documentary: Cities of Sleep
Best Short: Daaravtha