God's Buffalo, a documentary about a buffalo washed away by the floods of Indrawati, won the Best Mountain Film award at the 19th edition of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) that concluded on December 13 in the Capital.

The film won a cash prize of $1,000.

According to a press release issued by KIMFF, the documentary directed by Bishnu Kalpit, was the winner of Best Documentary in Nepal Panorama section too, taking home the prize of Rs 75,000 as well.

Other films were awarded in different categories - Kiran Shrestha's directorial Yet Another Winter won the Best Fiction award, The Big Headed Boy, Shamans and Samurais directed by Bibhushan Basnet and Puja Gurung won the Special Mention award, as per the press statement.

Everest: The Hard Way directed by Pavol Barabas was bestowed the Best Film award in the international category, while Between Fire and the Water and After Antarctica were announced the second and third in the same category respectively, the press release mentioned. Village of Women won the Special Mention award.

The festival saw 40 films in competition in the international section and 13 films in Nepal Panorama section. On the last day of the five-day festival, a discussion on sustainable mountaineering was also held where British ambassador Nicola Pollitt stressed the need for the conservation of the Himalayas for sustainable mountaineering while pointing out that the government and authorities concerned need to remain vigilant for the same.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 15, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.