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Love LIFF At Home: Award Winners List 2020

The 11th anniversary of the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the British Film Institute (BFI) opened online, during the global pandemic.

It featured Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana in conversation on 25th June and closed with Hollywood star Freida Pinto, in conversation, on 5th July, peppered with an array of free films and talks, at www.loveliffathome.com

The festival included several LGBTQ+ films, women helmed films, films from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as the buzzing Satyajit Ray Short Film competition, with a jury of high profile film pundits, who deliberated over Zoom.

The festival went online with www.loveliffathome.com in May with the Satyajit Ray Competition prize-winning shorts, from the last decade and then phased in geo-blocked film content on the site.

These include past festival favourites like Song of Lahore from the double Oscar and 7 time Emmy winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and BFI Sutherland prize winner Rat-Trap by the legendary Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Here’s a list of Award-Winners:

Deepa Mehta (ICON)

Shabana Azmi (ICON)

Freida Pinto (Outstanding Achievement)

Adil Hussain (Outstanding Achievement)

Vidya Balan (Outstanding Achievement)

Audience Favourite: This year, this is a special mention from the festival line-up – Mississippi Masala (1991) by Mira Nair, starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury – the most viewed film on the platform.
Short film winners:
Satyajit Ray Prize winner – Darling – This brilliantly crafted film explores the relationship between teenager Shani and Alina Darling, a transgender person on whom he has a crush.
Alina dreams of becoming a dancing star in raunchy Punjabi mujras.
Marvellously written, directed and acted, the film, that observes shadowy worlds, and the popularity of raunch in a conservative Islamic society is produced by two Pakistani/origin women, Nadia Afghan and Mahak Jiwani.
The Darling team share a few words on the award: “It’s a special honour to receive an award that has Satyajit Ray’s great name on it.
He is someone I have and will always look up to and learn from.
The entire Darling team is so grateful to the London Indian Film Festival and the jury for this award and especially grateful for making films available to the audiences in these difficult times.
Thank you so much from the entire cast, and crew.”
Special Mention from the Satyajit Ray Short Film Jury – Song We Sang, by 24-year-old director, Aarti Neharsh.

In Conversation Talent:

  • Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 listed, Filmfare, IIFA winner winning Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana
  • Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta
  • BAFTA, Oscar, Golden Globe nominee Mira Nair
  • Indian National Award-winning actor Adil Hussain (Life of Pi, Star Trek: Discovery) with BAFTA, Academy nominated director Peter Webber
  • Acclaimed Indian cinema actor, multiple Indian National Award, Filmfare winner, Padma Bhushan Shabana Azmi in conversation with British director Pratibha Parmar.
  • BAFTA nominee, SAG winner, Hollywood star Freida Pinto, who is currently working with Gabrielle Union, for the Dressed in Dreams film adaptation of the book.


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