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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. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



RIFF 2019, Jaipur, January 19-23, Winners list, Part II

RIFF 2019, Jaipur, January 19-23, Winners list, Part II

Here is the second and final list of films and film personalities who were awarded at the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), Jaipur, 2019, which concluded last week:


Lucia Barata, Director, The Brazilian

*Best International Documentary Film: THE BRAZILIAN (BRAZIL)

*Special Jury Award for Best International Documentary Film: FAMILY TYPEWRITER (ISRAEL)

*Best International Documentary Film for Social/Government Cause: BEFRIENDING SERVICE (UK)

*Best International Cultural Documentary Film: SHAOLIN KUNG FU MONKS (CHINA)

RIFF Founder-Director Somendra Harsh, Director Isabelle Balducchi and Jury-member Pratima Totla 

*Best Director of International Documentary: THE SECRET OF ZIA MARIA (FRANCE)


*Best Film: MOSAR

*Special Jury Award for Best Film: MHARO RAM RAHEEM

*Best Director for Film: ANIL SAINI (MOSAR)


*Best Actor for Film: MURARI LAL PAREEK (MOSAR)


*Best Indian Animation Film: TOKRI (THE BASKET)

*Best International Animation Film: ROACH (ISRAEL)


*Best Hindi Feature Film: ONCE AGAIN

*Special Jury Award for Best Hindi Feature Film: LIFE IS GOOD

*Special Viewer's Choice Award for Best Hindi Feature Film: KHEJDI

*Special Critic Award for Best Hindi Feature Film: YOURS TRULY

*Best Story for Hindi Feature Film: MULK

*Best Director for Hindi Feature Film: AIJAZ KHAN (HAMID)

*Best Script Writer for Hindi Feature Film: ARCHANA T. SHARMA (KHEJDI)

*Best Debut Director for Hindi Feature Film: SURAJ TIWARI (I AM ZERO)

*Best Actor in Hindi Feature Film: JACKIE SHROFF (LIFE IS GOOD)

*Best Actress in Hindi Feature Film: RASIKA DUGGAL (HAMID and ONCE AGAIN)

*Special Jury Award for Best Director(s) in Hindi Feature Film: SRIVINAY SALIAN and ABHIJIT KOKATE (RAKKHOSH)

*Special Critic Award for Best Director in Hindi Feature Film: DINESH YADAV (TURTLE)


Best Regional Feature Film: BIMBA (KANNADA)

*Special Jury Award for Best Regional Feature Film: BALA (MARATHI)

*Special Viewer's Choice Award for Best Regional Feature Films: TUHINJE PYAAR MEIN (SINDHI)

*Best Director for Regional Feature Film: N.R. NANJUNDE GOWDA--UNEDUCATED RAMA (KANNADA)

*Special Jury Award for Best Director in Regional Feature Film: SIVANANDAN N. (HALMIDI)


*Best International Feature Film: LA DOULEUR/MEMOIR of WAR (FRANCE)

*Special Jury Award for Best International Feature Film: LOAD WEDDING for FIZZA ALI MEERZA and MEHDI ALI (PAKISTAN)

*Special Viewer's Choice Award for International Feature Film: THE MONKEY KING 2 (CHINA)

*Special Critic Award for Best International Feature Film: KATYUSA (IRAN)

*Special Jury Award for Best Director in International Feature Film: SARRA ABIDI, film BENZINE (TUNISIA)

*Best Story in International Feature Film: SAVING NETA--BROKEN WINGS (ISRAEL)

*Special Jury Award for Best Story in International Feature Film: RAIN OF HOMS (SYRIA)

A happy moment at RIFF: Suzanne Bernert (Sonia Gandhi in The Accidental Prime Minister), Marianne Borgo (French actress and Jury-member, Pratima Totla (Jury-member from Rajasthan) and Lucia Barata


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

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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