A filmmaker from Kolkata has won a Sundance
film festival contest in the UK, bagging the maximum number of votes for their
short film ‘Shadows of Time’. The film was made by management consultant Sambit
Banerjee. IT employee and former cricketer Sauvik Banerjjee, his wife Kasturi,
who is an actress, and their three-year-old son Yug played the role of a reel
family torn apart by the 7/7 London tube bombings. Following this win, the film
will be screened at the prestigious festival while the team will be honoured
with a host of opportunities.
The film saw some tough competition with
dozens of filmmakers submitting their features, all three-five minutes long.
For the last 12 days, it was a roller coaster ride with the film being placed
third, with a widening gap with the top two. “Six days ago, the two films were
disqualified for rigging votes,” said Sambit. The film maintained the lead till
voting time ended on Tuesday. The result will be officially declared on April
The short film was edited by Shreya Basu, a
graphics design student at the University of Arts, London, and Fabrice di
Cicco, who has worked in Hollywood movies like ‘Green Lantern’, did the visual
effects. “We also got encouraged by celebrities like Imtiaz Ali, Shabana Azmi
and Boman Irani, among others, who supported us on social media. The cricket
community was also very supportive,” said Sauvik, a former Ranji player. His
wife Kasturi is a known face in Indian and British TV.