Gujrat did a clean sweep at the third edition of India Film Project (IFP). Most celebrated awards such as best film, best cinematography and best music were taken home by winners belonging to Ahemdabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodra and Surat. There were 4,200 professional and amateur participants from India and around the world who participated in this competition which is eagerly awaited by filmmaker.

This year with the theme ‘India Can Change’ filmmakers from 42 cities including London and Dubai took part. The prerequisite was that the lead character of the film had to be a woman in the genre of comedy, sarcasm, drama or musical. “The filmmakers scripted, shot, edited and submitted their movie in 50 hours and out of over 300 films, Gujarat teams won the maximum,” said Ritam Bhatnagar, founder of the festival and an entrepreneur.

Ordinary People from Ahmedabad won the Best Film, Cinematography and Editing Award. The team of five college students from Ahemdabad was led by Aditya Sharma, a 18-year-old B.Com student. “Rain played spoilsport during the shoot but we turned it in our favour. It became the USP of our film that was about rape and was shot in reverse. Filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar, who was one of the judges, said that he could not have made such a brilliant film in 50 hours,” said Aditya.

Bejoy Nambiar, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Nikhil Advani were the eminent jury of this film making competition.