Free Spirit Film Festival 2018 concludes in McLeod Ganj

Free Spirit Film Festival Director Lobsang Wangyal presenting a film in McLeod Ganj, India, on 31 October 2018.

Free Spirit Film Festival Director Lobsang Wangyal presenting a film in McLeod Ganj, India, on 31 October 2018. Tibet Sun/Contributor

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McLEOD GANJ, India, 1 November 2018

The five-day Free Spirit Film Festival concluded with the film Living on a Dollar a Day, a documentary directed by Thomas Nazario.

A total of 21 films were screened over five days at the popular Hotel Tibet in McLeod Ganj.

The film Devil (Maupassant’s Le Diable), directed by Kshitij Sharma, won three awards at the festival. The film won the Best Picture and Best Editing awards, and the Best Director award went to its director Kshitij Sharma.

Tibetan Illusion Destroyer, a documentary film, won four awards, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and the Audience Award. The 3D documentary showed stunning views around the Everest base camp, where the Mani Rimdu Festival takes place. The purpose of the festival is to destroy illusions that lead to human suffering.

Another documentary film, Living on a Dollar a Day received the Best Documentary award and the Special Jury Prize. The documentary follows the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C Byer exposing the lives of people who live in extreme poverty in ten countries around the world.

The Sessions, written by Phillip Lehn, won the Best Screenplay award. The Conflict directed by Vipin Raghuwanshi won the Best Short Film award. The Ascension of Ava Delaine, directed by Tonya Kay, won the Best Original Concept award.

The feature film Bent on Somnolence directed by Timothy McCarthy won a Special Mention.


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