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.

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).




Vimeo-on-demand –
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.



Thank you Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) , asiatvforum & ScreenSingapore

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.


Schirkoa will be screened at Eden Theater the first ever public cinema in the world on 25th October at The Best of International Short Film Festival.

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. “

This Guardian article covers the history and renovation comprehensively.

Full Program Catalogue





2017 – Taichung International Animation Festival (Taiwan)
2017 – Palermo International Short Film Festival (Italy)
2017 – Anima Córdoba International Animation Festival  (Argentina)
2017 – Edinburgh Short Film Festival (Scotland)
2017 – CyBorg Film Festival (Italy)


A fantastic month of festival run with some big selections and upcoming screenings!


Official Selection/ Pixelatl (Mexico)
Official Selection/ Anibar Festival (Kosovo)
Official Selection/ Prix Ars Electronica Animation Festival (Austria)
Official Selection/ Festival del Cinema d’Arte (Italy)
Official Selection/ Art Serve Red Eye Film & Music Festival (USA)
Official Selection/ Expressions Short Film Festival (India)
Official Selection/ Boston Short Film Festival (USA)