NYIFF Announces Movie Award Categories, Esteemed Jury Panel & Closing Night Film

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), the country’s most prestigious, longest-running South Asian film festival, announces its movie award categories, esteemed panel of jurors and CLOSING NIGHT FILM. The six-day festival (May 4 to 9) will showcase more than 30 shorts, documentaries and feature films, along with special events, networking parties and Q&A sessions with directors, actors and producers. For the entire festival schedule & locations, please go HERE. To purchase tickets for the gala, buy festival passes or score individual screening tickets, please goHERE.

NYIFF 2015 Award Categories & Nominees Are (Drum Roll, please…):

Best Picture
1 City Lights
2 My Big Fat Bride
3 Gour Hari Dastaan
4 Labour of Love
5 Margarita, with a Straw
6 Saari Raat
Best Actor
1 Ayushmann Khurrana (My Big Fat Bride)
2 Dulal Sarkar (Chotoder Chobi)
3 Rajkumar Rao (City Lights)
4 Vikram Gokhale (Siddhant)
5 Vinay Pathak (Gour Hari Dastaan)
6 Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Haraamkhor)
Best Short
1 Bloody Moustache
2 Hechki
3 Nayantara’s Necklace
4 Seek & Hide
5 Zor
Best Screenplay
1 Chauranga
2 Choteder Chobi
3 Haraamkhor
4 Labour of Love
5 Margarita, with a Straw
Best Director
1 Aditya Vikram Sengupta (Labour of Love)
2 Ananth Mahadevan (Gour Hari Dastaan)
3 Aparna Sen (Saari Raat)
4 Hansal Mehta (City Lights)
5 Sharat Katariya (My Big Fat Bride)
6 Shonali Bose (Margarita, with a Straw)
Best Actress
1 Bhumi Pednekar (My Big Fat Bride)
2 Debalina Roy (Chotoder Chobi)
3 Kalki Koechlin (Margarita, with a Straw)
4 Konkana Sen (Gour Hari Dastan)
5 Konkana Sen (Saari Raat)
6 Tannishtha Chatterjee (Rough Book)
Best Documentary
1 A Moment of Misgiving
2 Being Bhaijaan
3 Daughters of Mother India
4 Meet the Patels
5 Placebo
Best Child Actor
1 Archit Dewadhar (Siddhant)
2 J. Vignesh & Ramesh (Kaakaa Muttai)
3 Shameem Khan (Yeh Hai Bakrapur)
4 Shrirang Mahajan (Elizabeth Ekadashi)
5 Soham Maitra & Riddhi Sen (Chauranga)
***Winners in each category will be announced at the closing night awards ceremony on Saturday, May 9 AFTER the closing night film, which will be Yash Raj Films’ MY BIG FAT BRIDE, directed by Sharat Katariya and starring Ayushmann Khuranna & Bhumi Pednakar. It’s a heartfelt story about a mismatched couple trying to find themselves and each other between their own complexes and dysfunctional, yet endearing, families.
NYIFF 2015’s Panel of Jurors Includes (in alphabetical order, by last name):

  • Parag Amladi
  • Ashish Avikunthak
  • Dev Benegal
  • Tejaswini Ganti
  • Udayan Gupta
  • Le Frances Hui
  • Poorna Jagannathan
  • Joseph Mathew
  • Myrna Moncayo-Iyengar
  • Claus Mueller
  • Muriel (Mike) Peters
  • Zenobia Shroff
  • Nilita Vachani