We attended the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival last week at Netherlands. The festival was packed with hundreds of film screenings, art events, workshops and fun activities. We spent most of the time in the theater watching brilliant animation on the giant screen at the EYE Film Museum.

This was my first time watching Schirkoa on a cinema screen, and it looked and sounded epic. I am quite proud of it. Some snippets from the event below:

1.Eye Film Instituteklik1_schirkoa

2. Filmmaker talkshow: My  Q&A session about Schirkoa.klik6_schirkoaklik5_schirkoa

3. Schirkoa’s screening. By the beginning of the show, we had a full house!klik2_schirkoa

4. Dan Meth had a really funny drawing panel. Check more of his works at https://danmeth.myportfolio.com/klik3_schirkoa

5. KLIK Cafe. It was fun place to hangout for the animators. klik4_schirkoa


*October 15 : A really big win at a ridiculously cool festival. Last night Schirkoa won ‘Best Animated Short Film’ award at Oaxaca Film Festival.


*Saturday – October 22, 5:00 PM

Schirkoa will be premiering in Canada at SPARK Animation Festival – Vancouver. Schirkoa will be sharing screen with the some big animation features and shorts of the year including KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY X.


(Formed in 2008, first as an arm of the Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and as of late 2011 on its own, the Spark Computer Graphics (Spark CG) Society has been working behind the scenes of Vancouver’s computer graphics community, organizing and hosting events that foster community, ignite the imagination and advance technology.)

*Screening at Atlanta (US) at ASIFA Atlanta Animation Festival. At Scad Show theatre, November 06, 7:30 PM


(ASIFA is a growing animation society with 34 chapters around the world. As the only chapter in the Southeast, ASIFA-Atlanta advances the art of animation by promoting local animators,providing free international screenings open to the public and educational opportunities for all.)

A glimpse at the selected films :

*October 13th: Schirkoa won “Best Animated Short‘ at Boston’s Somerville Film Festival

(The Somerville Film Festival is an annual film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent, The Somerville Film Festival is a first-year event that will take place on October 10 – 13, 2016 in the bustling Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville (MA))

And an Indian premiere, that too in the Himalayas!

Between 27-31 October Schirkoa will be screened at “McLeod Ganj International Film Festival (also known as ‘Free Spirit Film Festival’)


(The 12th edition of the Free Spirit Film Festival, will take place in McLeod Ganj, India, from 27 to 31 October 2016. Being the first and original yearly film festival of McLeod Ganj, and now considered to be one of the leading film festivals in the entire Himalayan region, the Festival has grown in importance and prestige over the years.)



Reception at festival screenings has been good so far. Here are some highlights from September.

  • Official Selection – SIGGRAPH ASIA (Macao) – This a such a great honor. Getting screened at SIGGRAPH’s electronic theater is beyond words.
  • Official Selection – CutOut Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (Mexico)
  • Best of the Fest, Best Animated Short – TMC London Film Festival
  • Best Animated Short – Be Epic London International Film Festival
  • Best Animated Short- Martinique Film Festival
  • Best Short Film- Jury Award – Los Angeles CineFest
  • Somerville International Film Festival, Boston
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival

It’s exhilarating to see Schirkoa getting selected in one of the warmest and coolest festivals of the world- Oaxaca Film Festival.

“One of the Top 50 Festivals in the world ”
-MovieMaker Magazine

“Sundance South of The Border!”
-Spotlight Magazine

“A new star is born in the Film Festival Universe”


Schirkoa will be sharing the screen with Kevin Spacey’s ‘Elvis & Nixon’ and Woody Harrelson’s ‘The Duel’, along with many other features, shorts and documentaries.


Oaxaca FilmFest will be held October 8th-15th 2016. Oaxaca FilmFest has also announced a new collaboration with Sundance Institute for 2016. Sundance Ignite will participate in Oaxaca FilmFest´s Young Industry and New Industry programs.


Schirkoa will be screened at Guam between 23-27 September.


“GIFF proudly presents itself as an international cinema event exhibiting a new and dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the U.S., Asia and the Pacific’s multi-cultural population and region. GIFF is the first and only annual U.S. film festival in the western pacific.”

Here is the Official Video of ARFF Berlin Winners. Look for Schirkoa at 03:27.

*ARFF Berlin Award Ceremony // 17th of December @Acud Macht Neu
*ARFF Amsterdam Winners Screening and After Party // 7th of January @LAB111
*ARFF Barcelona Winners Screening and After Party // 3rd of February@Mau Mau

Verona International Film Festival and Venice Film Week announced the winners of its competition categories. The award winning films of both festivals will be screened on September 1st and 2nd 2016 at the Casa del Cinema in Venice during the first annual ‘Contemporary Cinema Now’ event. As the best animated short, Schirkoa will screen on 2nd September at 18:45.

Selected from more than 2.000 submissions, this year’s Festival includes 60 features, 119 short films, 68 experimental films, and 16 LGBT films from 28 countries.

Here is an intriguing Festival Trailer. Look for a number of shots from Schirkoa.

Venice Film Week Awards
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AWARD – Figurine (Canada) by Hans Olson
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM AWARD -Little Block of Cement with Dishevelled Hair Containing the Sea (Spain) by Jorge Lopez Navarrete
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM AWARD: Schirkoa (India) by Ishan Shukla
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM AWARD: Dryad (France) by Thomas Vernay
BEST UNDERGROUND FILM AWARD: Maniacs (Sweden) by Isabella Carbonell
BEST DANCE FILM AWARD: Promenade (Argentina) by Cirila Luz Ferron
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD: Sea With No Name (Finland) by Emilia Linnakoski
BEST WEB SERIES AWARD: Midnight Walk (Australia) by Mathilde Nocquet