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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



Award winners at Diorama International Film Festival, New Delhi, 14-20 January 2019

Award winners at Diorama International Film Festival, New Delhi, 14-20 January 2019

Main award-winners of Diorama International Film Festival (DIIF) were listed in the earlier post. The remaining winners are named below:

Silver Sparrow for Best Short Film--'AS THE FIRST TIME WE MET', Director: Emanuela Mascherini (Italy)

Golden Sparrow for Best Short Film--'STORYTELLER/HIKAYECI', Director: Anıl Güldoğan (Turkey)

Silver Sparrow for the Best Documentary Film--‘VIANEY’, Directed by Marco Vourinen (Finalnd)

Golden Sparrow for the Best Documentary Film--‘LADLI’, Directed by Sudipta Kundu (India)

Golden Sparrow for Best Cinematography, India--‘ANDHADUN’ – Cinematography by K.U. Mohanan

Golden Sparrow for Best Sound, India--‘OCTOBER’, sound by Sinoy Joseph

Golden Sparrow for Best Editing, India--‘MEHSAMPUR’, Editing by Sreejith Karanavar

Golden Sparrow for Best Male Playback, India--SUKHWINDER SINGH, for the song ‘Kar Har Maidan Fateh’ (SANJU)

Golden Sparrow for Best Female Playback, India--SUNIDHI CHAUHAN, for the song ‘Manwa’(OCTOBER)

Golden Sparrow for Best Music--FAISAL RAZI for the film ‘Poomaram’ (India)

Golden Sparrow to Best Actor Male--MOHSEN TANABANDEH, for the film ‘RONA, MADER-E-AZIM/RONA, AZIM’s MOTHER’ (Iran)

Golden Sparrow to Best Actor Female--INGRID TRIGUERIO, for the film ‘BLESSED IS THE FRUIT/REBENTO’ (Brazil)

Silver Sparrow for Best International Film--‘RONA, MADER-E-AZIM’, directed by Jamshid Mehmoudi (Iran)

Golden Sparrow for Best International Feature Film--‘BLESSED IS THE FRUIT/REBENTO’, Directed by Andre Morais (Brazil)

Special Mention--BOBBY SARMA BARUAH, for the film ‘Mishing’ (India)

Silver Sparrow for Best Indian Film--‘SUDANI FROM NIGERIA’, directed by Zakaria Mohammed

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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