In the 2017 edition of the SAARC Film Festival, three awards were awarded to Nepali film. In the recent announcement, two movies ‘Dying Candel’ and ‘Kalo Pothi’ (Black Hen) won three of the 14 awards announced today.
While Bhupendra Adhikari’s movie ‘Dying Candle’ was awarded the Best Editing award, ‘Kalo Pothi’ won Best Film Open Award and Background Score awards.
The best film award was awarded to Sri Lankan film ‘Let Her Cry’. The award tally by country are:
- India – 3 Awards
- Sri Lanka – 4 Awards
- Afganistan – 2 Awards
- Maldives – 1 Award
- Bangaladesh – 1 Award
- Nepal – 3 Awards
- Pakistan – 0 Awards
- Bhutan – 0 Awards
The winner editor Bhupendra Adhikari had edited feature films like ‘Ke Ma Timro Hoina ra’, ‘Prem Geet 2’ and ‘Nirbhaya’ in the past. Bhupendra is awarded the Best Editor award for his role in supporting the director with smooth storytelling and focusing on the main characters in a film shot in limited locations and over a short period of time.
The Best Original Score award was awarded to Jason Knuwan of ‘Kalo Pothi’ for its restrained use of traditional music to underscore the narrative of the movie.