KOCHI – A Salesian Film Institute in Kochi bagged six media awards for their outstanding film productions in 2013.
Two Don Bosco IMAGE Kochi film productions were recognized and awarded by the Goodness Media Awards 2013 at the award ceremony held on Sunday 26 January, 2014 at Divine Centre Muringoor, Thrissur.
The jury headed by popular Malayalam movie director Mr Bhadran handed over the awards to DB Image founder-director Fr. Jiji Kalavanal sdb, for the best director (Feliz Navidad & Beyond), and the best script (Beyond) awards. The best film award went to Assi Francis (Beyond), best cinematographer award to Santhosh Anima (Feliz Navidad), best actor award to Sarvajeeth (Beyond), best actress award to Lakshimi Memon (Feliz Navidad).
A Salesian province of Kolkata Youth department production, 26 minute film Feliz Navidad (Happy Christmas) is a simple Christmas story with uncommon sensitivity and insight. Plans are afoot to dub the film in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali and Santhali languages of Kolkata province.
The second film Beyond (15 min) narrates the many positive changes which happen to a dying man. Through it, the director explores the various facets of the existence of “unconditional love” and warm affection in today’s life on the fast lane.
Don Bosco IMAGE (Institute of Media, Graphic Arts and Effects) Vennala (Kochi) started on 16 August 2008, has courses in film making and graphic design.
The renowned film director, Bhadran spent time to converse with Fr Jiji’s team and encouraged them to promote and produce excellent and quality works in the future.
Fr. Jiji Kalavanal sdb expressed his gratitude and joy at the occasion by thanking the teams behind both the productions.
“The Goodness Media Awards follow a strict judging process. Win or lose, we expect everyone n the room to acknowledge that the winners were worthy of their accolade,” says Awards Event Coordinator Fr Daison Vettiyadan V.C.
Explaining the procedure Fr Daison says, “In the first round of judging, small groups of category judges will review submitted entry material and then vote in a secret ballot against each of the judging criteria, ranking the top three entries of each criteria. Votes are counted and verified by an independent adjudicator. Thus voting process will ensure absolute fairness in the selection.”
Goodness TV in association with Divine Institute of Media Science (DIMS) accords Goodness Excellence Awards ’13 and Goodness Media Awards ’13 on Sunday, 26th January 2014.
The emphasis set to the concept of GOODNESS makes the “Goodness awards” outstanding from the numerous media awards hosted in the country. The awards are a tribute to personalities who have given exceptional importance to moral values in Media and social service.
“Goodness Excellence Awards” are given to the following categories: Films, Music, News Journalism, Christian Literature, Christian Publications, Education, Health care & Agriculture sectors and are nominated by expert panel of judges.