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KARGIL: The second edition of Kargil International Film Festival (Kargil IFF) came to an end at an event held at Syed Mehdi memorial auditorium Kargil on 23rd August, 2017. Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan (Chairman/Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil), Aga Syed Hassan Arman Musavi (Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil), Mohammad Hussain (Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil), Ishtiyaq Ahmed Kacho (Deputy Superintendent of police),Shabeer Hussain (Assistant Hq kargil) & Nasir Mehdi Shabani (assistant professor government degree college kargil) presided over the closing ceremony.

21 awards in four sections which included “Best feature film”, “Best short film”, “Best documentary film” & “Best animation film” both in International and National category were given away.  Golden Ibex award was introduced this year to honor film makers who have done exceptionally well in their story telling with their limited resources and have experimented with the art of film-making in unique ways. Through this award, festival committees also hope to bring to notice of the public and authorities, the urgent need for conservation of endangered species Ibex.


Golden Ibex award winner for 2017 are “There’s Always Tomorrow” by Shilpa Krishnan Shukla (Singapore), “Sentience” by S.J. Van Breda (Canada) & “Irony” by Radheya Jegatheva (Australia). “Recoil” by Anastasia Yaroslavna (Ukraine) won the best film of the festival. “YAQ Distribucion” from Spain won the Best film distribution company award.


 Other films that won major awards were “House of Norway” (Norway) – Best feature film (International section) “Akkammana Bhagya” (Karnataka) – Best feature film (National section) “17 Years together” (Spain) – Best short film (International section) “Cup of Tea” (Mumbai) – Best short film (National section) “Our Temple our Town” (Andhra Pradesh) – Best documentary film (National section) “Moonlight Princess” (Israel) – Best documentary film (International section) “Light sight” (Iran) – Best Animation film


Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan (Chairman/Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil) in his speech accepted that he was only productive in managing the legal permission for the second edition of the film fest. However he has promised to ensure the third edition of Kargil IFF to be done in a more grand and organized manner. Mohammad Hussain (Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil) also mentioned that, this kind of films is the need of the hour as it helps everyone to learn and understand many things which otherwise is lost in communication.

Aga Syed Hassan Arman Musavi (Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil) who being a religious leader mentioned on how to understand and use the positive aspect of what a film tries to convey instead of sticking to the negative elements showcased in it.  Ishtiyaq Ahmed Kacho (Deputy Superintendent of police) felt this was a very good platform to learn cinema and he urged the youth to channelize this opportunity in productive learning and make films so the world could see the work of our region. 


Festival director Mr. Meraj Siddiqui in his closing report announced July 2018 for the third edition of Kargil international film festival. He emphasized on more youth coming forward to organizing more cultural events and announced a special category in competition for Kashmiri filmmakers for the next edition of Kargil international film festival. In his closing statement he thanked each and every member especially LAHDC, SEMOK & festival coordinator Mr. Sajjad Hussain for organizing such a good event and he strongly believes it’s the youth of the region who will showcase Kargil’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage to the world. 


Kargil international film festival screened 85 films from 29 countries from 21st august until 23rd august 2017. DBG Film club also proposed a plan to the committee in which it requested to hold a 7 day film workshop for the enthusiast of the region which will give them hands on experience to know the fine nuances in the art of filmmaking. Certificates were distributed to volunteers and organizers. The event was attended by people of various private & government organizations & saw a huge attendance of students from government colleges and university. This Festival is organized by DBG Film Club in collaboration with Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil (LAHDC) & Students Educational Movement of Kargil (SEMOK).The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Zaheer Abbas.

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KARGIL: On the second day of the Kargil International Film Festival (KIFF) which is going on in Syed Mehdi Auditorium Hall Kargil, today 25 films were screened. Meanwhile people from different walks of life including the students take part in the festival on second day. However the films which were secerned today were the national and international level films in which films like House of Norway, The hallway, the return etc. were screened.

Talking to the media Director KIFF, Meraj Siddiqui said that the response of KIFF is overwhelming and we hope we could continue in future too. He Said, “I think cinema which is a medium of communication will explore Kargil to the outside and the outsiders to the Kargil vice versa”. Mohammad Sadiq, Representative Students’ Educational Movement said that we feel glad to be a partner of this film festival

“Kargil is a locked region for the outside cinema and we will try to unlock this region” he added. Sajjad Kargili, the KIFF coordinator expressing is gratitude to DBG film club, LAHDC and SEMOK that they have make this film festival successful. “Cinema means lot for Kargil as we are the people remains disconnect with the world for months and this cinema will bridge us with the outside world”.  

This Festival is organized by DBG Film Club in collaboration with Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil (LAHDC) & Students Educational Movement of Kargil (SEMOK). The festival will continue till the 23rd of August, 2017. 

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JAMMU: Swanzal foundation a socio,art,culture & education society is leaving for cultural tour to Japan with a groupe of 14  artists to participate in 70 anniversary of Indian Indpendence celebrations. To showcase the rich cultural heritage of jammu & kashmir, its  traditional/folk music and dances with the message of unity in diversity, brotherhood, peace and prosperity, a cultural troupe of Swanzal  foundation comprising of 14 most talented artists like dancers, actors,music composer, singers and musicians is leaving for japan on 23rd august,2017.The cultural group is lead by most reputed and renowned artists fraternity of j&k state, Bihari kak, Vijay dhar,Kuldeep Saproo & Ravi kachroo. The artists accompanying the troupe are Raj kumar bhat, Sonali dogra,Zulikha farid, Sonali Pandita, Nishu Pandita, Priya kumari, Ashima sharma, Shiksha bhat, Karan malhotra and AkashDogra (Chereographer).
The cultural group of Swanzal foundation from jammu & kashmir will perform in japan on 70th Anniversary of Indian Indpendance celebrations being organised by FOI cell and indian embassey in japan. The group will perform at three different places in japan. First performance shall be on25th August in Tokyo, followed  by performance on 27th August, at Ishikawa kanizawa and last performance at Osaka on 29th August. The programe has been organised by Indian Embessy in Japan on the 70th Anniversary of India's independence being celebreated world over.