Mumbai, 26th February 2018: News18.com, one of India’s leading breaking news website, announces its marquee REEL Movie Awards 2018 with presenting sponsor Reliance Digital to be held on 20th March 2018 at Taj Lands’ End, Mumbai. The distinctive property will celebrate and honour the artists who have enthralled the audiences with their outstanding creativity through excellent storytelling. Bollywood’s renowned film critic, and TV host, Rajeev Masand will be moderating the jury panel that will comprise influential Bollywood personalities such as Farah Khan, Sudhir Mishra, Sujoy Ghosh and Nikhil Advani. The unique event

These awardswill focus on movies and people that celebrate great storytelling as theirfocus. Speaking about News18.com’s marquee offering, Rajeev Masand - FilmCritic said, “We are witnessing a new age of cinema where actors whoknow their craft well along with excellent film-makers, come together todeliver a complete cinematic experience. I am looking forward to celebratetheir achievements in the industry as well as indulge in riveting discussionssurrounding the evolution of content and cinema in the country.” 

SudhirMishra who haschampioned new age cinema from early on, will be part of the jury. Talkingabout his role as the jury member for REEL Movie Awards 2018 the director said,“I wanted to be a part of this jury because the younger lot inspires me, I feelless lonely, otherwise the idea of making independent films is a lonely job ifyou look at the Mumbai Film Industry. I've been around 30 years, trying to dowhat I want and it’s great that now the other are also joining in as well. Ageis a superfluous factor in a director's life and there's always so much tolearn and get inspired from all the time." 

The REELMovie Awards will also have a curated panel discussion on future of contentconsumption and new age cinema, which will witness participation of dignitariesfrom popular OTT platforms. To add to that, performance by celebrated stand-upcomedians in the country, will raise the entertainment quotient of the evening. 

Categorizedinto ‘On Screen’ and ‘Behind The Scenes,’ theawards intend to cover every aspect of new age cinema. Under these two maincategories, winners will be selected by the Jury as well as the audience viaonline voting on News18.com. The ‘BehindThe Scenes Awards’ includes categories such as Best Cinematography,Best Screenplay, Best Playback Singer Male and Female, Best Sound Design, BestDialogues, Best Art / Production Design, Best Editor and Best Music. ‘On-screenAwards’ includes - Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor - Male andFemale, Best Web Series, Best Director and Movie of the Year. Online votingunder each category is now open until 17th March 2018. 

Expressinghis views on the announcement, Manish Maheshwari, CEO, Network18Digital said, “While commercial movies are widely appreciated, new-agecinema is yet to receive its due for delivering outstanding cinematicexperience. News18.com’sREEL Movie Awards, a first of its kind awards property, has been brought forthto recognize the best of new-age cinema. The artists associated with thiscinema have put the ‘real’ back in ‘reel’ and the comprehensive platform isdedicated to their efforts of rising above the challenges to share greatstories with the audience.”

Theone-of-a-kind event will honor and recognize movies that are made withextremely limited budget yet deliver spectacular content. These movies arewidely appreciated by audiences, receive immense critical acclaim, however,they do not find a place at many award ceremonies. The evening is dedicated tosuch quality cinema that appeals to millennials, who then not only accesstheaters but also various OTT platforms for these outstanding offerings by theHindi film industry. 

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