The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winning films of the 2013 festival, which ran April 30 – May 4, with top honors awarded to Anumati directed by Gajendra Ahire, for Best Feature Film and the Best Documentary award went to The Only Real Game, directed by Mirra Bank.
Director Hansal Mehta took home the Best Director of a Feature Film award for his compelling film Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist lawyer Shahid Azmi.
Below is the full list of winners as well as the presenters who honored the recipients with an award:
BEST FEATURE FILM (Narrative) – Anumati, directed by Gajendra Ahire. The award was jointly presented by Consul General of India, Ambassador Mulay and Ambassador Manjeev Puri.
BEST DIRECTOR OF A FEATURE FILM (Narrative) – Hansal Mehta for Shahid. The award was presented to the director by Feroz Khan and Avinash Kumar Singh.
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – Vikram Gokhale as Ratnakar in Anumati, winner of Best Feature Film, directed by Gajendra Ahire. The award was presented by Padma Lakshmi.
BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM – Deepti Naval as Leela Krishnamoorthy, a middle aged widow, in debut filmmaker Avinash Kumar Singh’s Listen Amaya. This award was presented by actor Aasif Mandvi & actress Sarita Choudhury
BEST YOUNG ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – Suraj Negi in Hansa. The award was presented by Hansal Mehta and Farooque Sheikh.
BEST SCREENPLAY – Dr. Biju for Kashathinte Niram (Color of Sky). The award was presented by Monica Dogra.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM – The Only Real Game, directed by Mirra Bank. The award was presented by Sujata Thakur, Incredible India.
BEST SHORT FILM – Khaana, directed by Cary Sawhney. The award was presented by Sakina Jaffrey.
BEST ONE MINUTE CELL PHONE FILM: Bollywood Style directed by Yi Su. The award was presented by Professor Karl Bardosh.