New Delhi, July 2: Two of the Indian filmmakers had achieved the Hollywood ‘International CineFest 2017’ awards on Friday. Assamese writer-director Bidyut Kotoky won the award for the film ‘Rainbow Fields’ and Bihar’s Rakesh Kumar won the award for his film ‘After Ever After’.
After Ever After won the Best Feature in English category, while Rainbow Fields won the Best Feature in the Foreign category.
Over 400 submissions were received at the festival, held in Los Angeles. The event occurred from June 24-25. Besides India, the films were received from the countries U.S., U.K., France, China, South Korea, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
Festival Director Zack Zublena expressed, "While very different from each other, there are some striking similarities between After Ever After and Rainbow Fields”. He also stated, "Both the films have a particular emotional appeal, both have a child as one of the leads and both used colours in a very cinematic way. We are very proud of these two filmmakers whose art truly transcends geographical limits".
The official selection included World Premieres of 'Easy Money' and the North America Premieres of 'Before The Fall' (Cambodia's entry to 2017 Oscars) & Sam Heughan's 'Emulsion.'
"While very different from each other, there are some striking similarities between 'After Ever After' and ' Rainbow Fields'," said Zack Zublena, Festival Director.
To decide the winner, the festival observed the audience and votes were given out at each film's screening. Five audience members per screening were asked to rate the film on a scale of one to ten.
In Rakesh Kumar's ‘After Ever After’, the protagonist Nik Patel struggles to cope with the terminal illness of his nine-year-old daughter.
The film is based on Rakesh Kumar’s personal experiences and the film is a story of human endurance against challenging possibilities.
Rakesh asserted, "All human beings are born fighters and true fighters pick up the sword even when defeat is nearly certain".
The Assamese 37-year-old filmmaker’s redemption drama ‘Rainbow Fields’ is about children growing up in violent places witnessing brutality around them. It won the top prize for its sensitive portrayal and a striking narrative style.