NID student wins top award at asian documentary festival

AHMEDABAD: Saurabh Vyas, final year PG student of Film & Video of National Institute of Design, has won the "Best Student Documentary" award at Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival 2013, for his film "In Citylights". He shares the award jointly with another (FTII) student film.

The Jury Citation for Saurabh's film "In Citylights" reads: "This visually stylish film allows the soundtrack to be dictated by its most colourful protagonist. At one level, it is the story of the decline of an industry, and the search for an alternative livelihood. At another, deeper level, it makes the viewer ponder the meaning of success. If you can be a hero to yourself, then you have liberated yourself from that most pernicious of human afflictions, poor self-esteem."

Jeevika is Asia's most unique documentary festival that is held annually in the city of New Delhi; the focus of the festival is capturing livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor. Jeevika began in 2003; it awards the best long and short documentary and best student documentary among others.

Last month, 'I'll Tell You', a NID film and video diploma film by Diksha Grover was selected for the Athens international digital film festival, Greece, as part of the international short fiction competition. Her film will be screened alongside films from across the globe, including UK, Turkey, France, USA, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, South Korea, Belgium and Russia.

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