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Sundance honour for Kolkata filmmaker

March 20, 2014

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 15.

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.

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