Extinction II directed by Fernando Uson Fornies won the top slot at the Short Film Centre awards ceremony held on Monday where United Breweries (UB) Group Chairman Vijay Mallya presented the awards.
The movie bagged the ‘Golden Lamp Tree Award’ along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, while the Silver Lamp Tree Award with prize money of Rs 3 lakh went to Kusum directed by Shumona Banerjee.
The Vasudha Award, India’s only Government Award for an environmental film carrying prize of Rs 3 lakh was shared by Kaippad directed by Babu Kambrath and Niyamgiri You Are Still Alive directed by Suma Josson. The later being a documentary on mining in Niyamgiri hills where the peoples protest resulted in the government denying permission to the powerful Vendanta group from mining bauxite there.
The Special Jury Mention Award with prize money of Rs 2 lakh was conferred upon 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 congratulated all the winners and said, “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 the development of a nation, dissemination of information and most importantly bringing voices of underprivileged communities to light.”