16th Na­tional Film Award to be held on 21 Fe­bru­ary

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The 16th Na­tional Film Award will be held on 21 Fe­bru­ary coin­cid­ing with the birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty King.

Twenty-one films pro­duced in 2016 will com­pete in 29 cat­e­gories of awards. There are five nom­i­nees un­der each cat­e­gory.

Nom­i­nees for 27 cat­e­gories have been re­vealed, while the nom­i­nees for the best direc­tor and best film will be de­clared only on the award day.

Chair­man of Bhutan Film Association (BFA), Pema Rinzin, said, “We have with­held two nom­i­nees on the grounds that the ex­cite­ment to­wards the show must be built up.”

Ev­ery nom­i­nee has been di­vided into mi­nor and ma­jor cat­e­gories. The best film of the year will be se­lected from the ma­jor cat­e­gory.

The movies cer­ti­fied by Bhutan In­foCom and Me­dia Author­ity (BICMA) from 1 Jan­uary to 31 De- cem­ber 2016 are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the award.

Movies that have been cer­ti­fied by BICMA but not yet re­leased can also take part in the event. This year, there are some five such movies in the com- pe­ti­tion.

The chair­man of the jury, Dasho Ugyen Tsh­er­ing, said par­tic­i­pa­tion is open to all. No film is barred and it is about the con­fi­dence of the pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors to par­tic­i­pate in it, he added.

A jury com­pris­ing 10 mem­bers re­viewed the 21 films. The jury was di­vided into three work­ing com­mit­tees as­sess­ing di­rec­tion and per­for­mance, cul­ture, youth and ed­u­ca­tion, tech­ni­cal as­pects.

This time, the jury will deduct 15 per­cent from the screen­play marks from the films based on books or an­cient folks

Bhutan Na­tional Film Award is an annual event for BFA since it started in 2001, and this year it will be or­ga­nized by Woezer Events.

The event will be held in Lu­gar The­ater. It will have seven en­ter­tain­ment pro­grams and many other pro­grams ded­i­cated to His Majesty the King.

NFAF is ex­pected to pro­mote film, pri­mar­ily through the dis­cov­ery, de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of new tal­ents and projects.

From left (BFA Chair­man Pema Rinzin, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Yeshi Dorji,Chair­man of the jury Ugyen Tsh­er­ing and Show Direc­tor Chen­cho Dorji)

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