Two Indian films compete for the ICFT UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL at 49th International Film Festival of India Two Indian films nominated for ICFT UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL at IFFI 201812 films have been nominated for the ICFT UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL at IFFI 2018Every year ICFT UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL is awarded to the movie that promotes ideology of UNESCO and principles of Mahatma GandhiBaaram is a Tamil film directed by Priya Krishnaswamy and Walking withthe Wind is a Ladakhi film directed by Praveen Morchale

International Film Festival of India (IFFI) collaborates with the International Council for Film, Television and  Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. As many as 12 films have been selected this year, to be

screened at the festival.

Among these 12 films, two are from India. The two Indian films competing in this category are Baaram and Walking with the wind (also a rare language film – Ladakhi) selected in the Indian Panorama. The other competing foreign films are Border, Capernaum, Dovlatov, Laugh or Die Los Silencious, Rain of Homs, The Interpreter, The Mercy of the Jungle, The Rib and The Silent Revolution.

Manoj Kadam was awarded this medal in 2017 for his Marathi film ‘Kshitij – the horizon’


The UNESCO issued commemorative medal in 1994, marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s advocate of peace, tolerance and non-violence. The medal bears a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi engraved by the French artist Pierre-Yves Tremois. Engraved underneath is the Mahatma’s message of hope ‘In the midst of darkness light prevails’. The reverse side carries the UNESCO Logo. The coveted award is given to the

film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence.

The award will be announced at the closing ceremony of IFFI 2018.



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