Indian short bags an award at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)!
The Sonje Award for Best Short in Asian competition was unanimously awarded to director-script-writer-producer Ashish Pandey’s third short film ‘Nooreh’. The film presented its world premiere in the festivals’ Wide Angles section. At 22 minutes, it centres on an 8-year-old girl living on the India-Pakistan border who discovers that gunfights stop when she wakes up. One day when the crossfire worsens, she stays up all night in the hope that the gunfight will discontinue.
Jury Statement: ‘This story beautifully captures day and night with a captivating performance of the main character. An impressive track of light and darkness of the human nature that creates a folk sonata of the war reveals hope.’
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute graduate Ashish Pandey now works as a sound engineer, radio producer and advertising copywriter. His shorts ‘The Cabin Man’ (2007) and ‘Open Doors’ (2010) have screened at over 50 film festivals, winning awards.