It’s been 7 years since this blog started. It all began with little doodles that – turned into an unfinished graphic novel – that transformed into a series of production diaries for a short film – that is now turning into a feature. While the film is shaping up nicely it’s perfect time to put the short out in the open. Hope you all enjoy it.
This is rare. Bollywood recognizing and awarding a mature animated short film! Thank you Power Brands Bollywood Film Journalists awards.
When I and my wife were producing Schirkoa from our home studio we didn’t know we would be sharing the tables with Bollywood celebrities, film critics and industry giants. Getting awarded with stars and creators of last year’s critical Bollywood hits like Secret Superstar, Bareilly ki Barfi, Hindi Medium, Jagga Jasoos and more was slightly overwhelming.
“The awards are the first no frills, absolutely transparent Bollywood Awards where selection has been based upon voting only by film critics and movie journalists. The exact votes of each journalist is displayed online before the event. http://powerbrands360.com/power–brands-awards.html
So 2018 has been good for Schirkoa so far!
- It will be screening in the oldest film festival in the United States, having existed since 1952 – the 66th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival.
- Won the best animated short award at FICMARC – The Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
- Premiered in Sudan & Venezuela.
- Will be screening in the much awaited Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.
- Other notable selections include Echo Film Festival BRICS (Russia), Independent Political Activism Film Festival (Greece), and Manipulate Festival (Scotland).
Vimeo-on-demand – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/schirkoa
iTunes and Amazon-on-demand on the way.
The short film has just finished 102 film festival selections and 27 awards (including Oscar long list and Best of Show at SIGGRAPH Asia) and still running strong worldwide.
I am now working on the feature length film from Schirkoa’s universe. So if you are renting, watching the film and sharing the news with fellow creators, it would already be a fantastic support for the upcoming film.
Those were terrific 3 days of pitching at table no.9. You made the arduous task of networking and pitching rather exhilarating. For creatives looking to meet and collaborate with like minded people – this is a fantastic platform. I pitched the animated feature to a number of important decision makers and glad to know they find the project strong and interesting.
More on Schirkoa real soon.
I have been steadily keeping up with the festival run of my film Schirkoa and the talks on the process. It’s been to 96 film festivals so far and still running well. The short film will be available on Vimeo on demand, Amazon on demand and iTunes next month.
I am now expanding the universe and writing a feature length version of the film. Good part : The pitch for the feature film has been selected as the finalist in the top Asian film market. Hope I get the funding and start the work on the feature length version!
Here is the coverage on Variety :
Singapore Media Festival: Project Market Proposes Eclectic SE Asian Line-Up
In a 5-day event, select short films that have already been awarded in top festivals from around the world in the past year will be screened. The program includes winners at Cannes, Oscars, the Goyas, Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand among others.
Since the start of its festival run in Sept 2016, Schirkoa has screened not only alongside some of the finest films of the year but also ‘at’ the best theaters of the world. But this one is the most special of all!
“Eden Theater was established in 1889.- The historic theater at La Ciotat is at 20 miles east of Marseille, France. Before Hollywood became the worldwide symbol of the movie industry, there was La Ciotat – a small, picturesque town on the Mediterranean that lays claim to being the birthplace of modern cinema. “
Schirkoa has been selected in some exciting festivals around the world in the past two months. In the coming week, it will air on a number of TV channels in Europe. It was mentioned on Macau tribune, Byron Bay blog along with a heartfelt review on weikwenku, China. The film’s official music video is also picking up well with screenings at Poland and Spain.
Stay tuned for an important news on the the film’s future plans next month!
New Festival Selections :
2017 – Official Selection/ Sound & Image International Film Festival (Macau)
2017 – Official Selection/ Best of International Short Films (France)
2017 – Official Selection/ Blowup Art house Film Festival Chicago (USA)
2017 – Official Selection/ Indie Flicks (UK)
2017 – Official Selection/ Pittsburgh Short Film Festival (USA)
2017 – Official Selection/ Curtas International Film Festival (Spain)
2017 – Official Selection/ Animation World Celebration (US)
2017 – Official Selection/ Byron Bay International Film Festival (Australia)
2017 – Official Selection/ International Festival of Local Televisions (Slovakia)
2017 – Award Nomination/ Edinburgh Short Film Festival (Scotland)
Music video festival selections:
2017 – Official Selection/ Scopifest (Spain)
2017 – Official Selection/ Montaz Film Festival (Poland)
Great news for friends in Mainland China. Schirkoa will be screened on JIA Screen over the next week! Jia Screen is Chinese auteur extraordinaire Jia Zhangke’s new digital platform, where curated international films are featured and reviewed by Chinese critics and audience. We are thrilled to have Schirkoa there and hope they like this dystopian animation.
Here is more about the platform : Variety Article