Beyond the evidence a documentary film project on extreme sport as an expression of freedom by Khaba Maimon was awarded the award for the best project with the highest award of Rs. 2,5 lakh, On the Crossroad on the issues facing the state regarding the transition from the Bengali script to James Khangenbam’s Meitei Mayek and Battlefield Imphal respectively received the Promisingly Culturally Engaged Project and the Promisingly Socially Engagement Project with cash prizes of Rs 1,5 lakh each. Five other documentary film projects: Andro Dreams (Meena Longjam), Anonymous Dance (Tushar Nongthombam), Eche Sharmila (Manoj Kshetrimayum), Bidiapaths –The Lady Everest Summiter (Paonam Birjeet) and We are the Water (Grace Rephung L) cash prizes were also awarded for the development of projects bringing Rs 50,000 each.
The Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) said this is the first time in the history of documentary film funding in the country that local entrepreneurs who do not have a film technical background have come forward in support of local documentary filmmakers, to help realize their dream documentary projects by pledging Rs 8 lakhs to make the documentary films developed during the 5 day incubation and mentoring workshop called Documentor Imphal, jointly organized by MSFDS and DRI Calcutta. Four acclaimed Indian documentary film mentors shaped the documentary projects in which eight documentary film projects and 8 observers took part.