Vijay Mallya gives away Short Film Center Awards at IFFI Goa 2010

MUMBAI:  Vijay Mallya was the chief guest for the Short Film Center Awards and gave away awards at IFFI Goa, 2010.

The Golden Lamp Tree Award, which carries Rs. 5,00,000 prize money went to Extinction II,directed by Fernando Uson Fornies.  The Silver Lamp Tree Award carrying prize money of Rs. 3,00,000 went to Kusum directed by Shumona Banerjee. The Vasudha Award, India’s only Government Award for an environmental film carrying prize of Rs.3,00,00 went jointly to Kaippad  directed by Babu Kambrath and Niyamgiri You Are Still Alive  directed by Suma Josson.  Special Jury Mention Award     carrying prize money of Rs. 2,00,000 was conferred on Charulata…A Sequel of the Life Untold directed by Sangeeta  Padmanabhan and Certificate of Appreciation from the Jury went to Incurable India directed by Umesh Aggarwal.

Mallya said, “Congratulations to all the winners. I and UB Group have ensured that creativity, entrepreneurship and youth should always be encouraged. I personally believe that Short Films play an important role in development of a nation, dissemination of information and most importantly bringing to light voices of underprivileged communities.”

Entertainment Society of Goa chief executive officer Manoj Srivastava said, “We are grateful to Mr. Mallya for taking out his precious time to attend the Award ceremony. His presence will surely go a long way in encouraging short film makers and spreading awareness about the importance and contribution of short films to Cinema.”