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.

Full coverage on Glamsham.

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.


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).




Another good month for Schirkoa.


It has won big at Animex Screen & Awards (UK) – The Best Animation Film Award in Professional Category. It has also won Best Animation Film at the Texas International Film Festival.

Screening at the prestigious Melbourne International Film festival was fantastic. Upcoming screenings include New York Film Week (US), Detmold IFF(Germany), Illinois IFF (USA), and the Animanima Festival (Serbia).

June Selections:
2017 – Official Selection/ Animanima Festival (Serbia)
2017 – Official Selection/ New York Film Week (US)
2017 – Official Selection/ Illinois Independent Film Festival (US)
2017 – Official Selection/ International Short Film Festival Detmold (Germany)
2017 – Official Selection/ Melbourne International Animation Festival  (AUS)
2017 – Best Animated Short/ Texas International Film Festival (USA)
2017 – Best Animated Short/ Animex Screen & Awards(UK)

Official Selection/ International Animation Festival Chilemonos (Chile)
Best Animated Short/ American Movie Awards (Full list of 2017 winners)
Official Selection/ Gines en Corto (Spain) (Feature at Filmand Spain)
Official Selection/ Ploiesti International Film Festival (Romania)
Official Selection/ Detroit International Festival of Animation (USA)
Official Selection/ Prokuplje Short Film Festival (Serbia)
Official Selection/ Ecozine Film Festival (Spain) – Screening in May
Official Selection/ Indie Grits Film Festival (USA) – Screening at Nickelodeon Theatre on Apr 23

*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