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Winners of Short Films on HIV/AIDS
16 December 2008-Tuesday

-Sugarika KC

The long awaited award ceremony “You are No Exception HIV/AIDS Short Film Award Ceremony 2008” organized by USAID Nepal with support of Nepal Investment Bank was held at Soaltee Crown Plaza on 13th Dec. Nine aspiring and young directors with their 8 short films (7 to 8 minute long) based on the theme of YOU ARE NO EXCEPTION were competing among themselves for the top most position. The unanimous decision of jury selected three winners out of eight short movies. The jury comprised of Beth S Paige, Mission Director USAID, Nisha Dhaubadel, President of National Federation of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, Pratima Pandey, Laxmi Raj Pathak and Tulsi Ghimirey, the renowned film director.

Young and confident director Purnendu Jha’s ''Apbad' grabbed the first position, while the first runner- up was Asif Shah’s 'Sonam and Avinash B Shah’s 'Horn Please was the second runner- up. The three directors were not only declared as the winners but also will be provided professional film direction courses in Mumbai as their prizes.

The function was hosted by American Ambassador Nancy J Powell and attended by IGP of Nepal Police Hem Bahadur Gurung, Chief of Armed Police Force Rookmangud Katwal, Chairman of Nepal Investment Bank Mr. Prithivi Bahadur Pandey along with personalities from business, social sectors, Nepali film fraternity, American Embassy and media. American Ambassador Nancy J Powell, speaking at the function congratulated all the filmmakers for their immense effort. She also mentioned that these short movies would help to reduce the discrimination related to HIV/AIDS and promote the use of condoms.

Winner Details:

Winner: APBAD by Purnendu Jha
Artists:  Nir Shah, Melina Manandhar, Raj Ballav Koirala, Richa Sharma
1st Runner Up: SONAM by Asif Shah
Artists: Sudin Pokharel, Asif Shah, Shiva Sankher Rijal, Nicolas Pandey

2nd Runner Up: HORN PLEASE by Avinash Bikram Shah
Artists: Tripty Nadkar, Shyam Ghimire, Anup Sapkota, Pratiksha Panthi
Other movies which made up to the finals are:

NYARI by Prashamsa Waiwa
BASHMA CHAINA MERO MAAN by Prachanda Man Shrestha
BHOK by Ganesh Pd. Subedi
VASNA KO SIKAR by Bigyan Dixit
KAMALA by Amitesh Shah and Rajan Upreti

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