Meghalaya filmmaker Pradip Kurbah on Saturday bagged the Kim Ji-seok Award for his film Iewduh at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2019.
The Kim Ji-seok award was also presented to a Pakistan based filmmaker Sarmad Sultan Khoosat for the film Circus of Life along with Kurbah.
The prestigious award was named after the festival’s co-founder and executive programmer Kim Ji-seok who died in 2017.
Headed by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the jury of the award included Malaysian director-actress Tan Chui Mui and Korean film critic Huh Moon-young.
The list of awards of BIFF were announced on Saturday morning.
Seasoned actor Adil Hussain congratulated Kurbah for winning the Kim-Ji seok award at the 24th edition of the BIFF held in South Korea.
Hussain tweeted,”Big Congratulations to Pradeep Kurba from Meghalaya, for winning the prestigious prize Kim Ji-seokKim, Kim Ji-seok award for his Film #Market. #NorthEast is glowing !”
Iewduh, a Khasi language feature film by award-winning filmmaker Pradip Kurbah, has become the first film from Meghalaya to be premiered at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
The film was premiered at BIFF on October 5, 2019.
The film, produced by Shankar Lall Goenka was screened in the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ segment along with some of the best films from the continent.
Iewduh, also known as Barabazar, is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets and trade centres in northeastern India.
The film depicts the daily lives of the people involved with the market in Shillong, and their coexistence with different religions and communities.
Iewduh will be next screened at 50th International Film Festival of India in Goa on November 25.