Source: Sha Dha Semo is 2009’s best film | Kuenselonline.com
9th National Film Awards10 May, 2010 - From the most experienced to the up and coming, and from the prominent to the first-timers, Bhutanese film directors, actors and technicians, all vying for the coveted national film awards, gathered at the YDF hall last Saturday.
A total of 18 films were listed for 29 awards for the 9th national film award.
Lhaki Dolma’s film Sha Dha Semo bagged 11 awards, including 2009’s best film.
Chencho Dorji won the best male lead of the year award for his role in Sha Dha Semo. He said he was elated to have won the award for two consecutive years.
Bhutanese favourite, Phurba Thinley, indisputably won the best comedian award for his role in the same film.
Kezang D Wangmo won the best female lead of the year for her role in Sem Gi Damtse. The film also won for best lyricist and playback singers, in both male and female categories, which went to Dechen Pem and Jigme Nidup.
Tshering Wangyel won the best director’s award for Sha Dha Semo. “I’m excited to have won the award after producing 24 movies in my career,” he said.
The best culture and best Dzongkha spoken film went to Chorten Kora II. It also won for best story, special effects and best art direction. Nguldrup Dorji won the negative role award and Namgay Retty won for best animation. The film also received Nu 50,000.
The money, sponsored by home ministry, were given to encourage filmmakers to come up with more culture-based films.
Sem Gi Dungyel took away two awards for the best make up and vivid Shacha for best newcomer.
Lhamo and Tshering Phuntsho took the best actors in supporting role for Seldrup and Hagonamey.
Tashi Gyeltshen wrote the best script for the film Sem Gi Jurwa, while Tashi Wangchuk took home the best child artist award for his role in Szchendhen.
Actors and singers from the Bhutanese film fraternity provided the much needed entertainment and break between every award. Fans’ favourite choreographer Karma Jerry stole the hearts of many, who cheered him as he performed a Dzongkha break dance along with his dance troupe.
Jury members reviewing the films, consisted of officials from media and information department and MPAB.
Awards were accompanied with Nu 5,000 each for every winner, which was sponsored by Bhutan Hyundai motors.
Department of information and media sponsored the film festival, which cost it about Nu 1M.
By Yangchen Choden Rinzin