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Little Terrorist

feature short – DoP

LITTLE TERRORIST – drama, shot on location in India, 35mm,15 min., 2004

Director: Ashvin Kumar
Producer: Ashvin Kumar, Dileep Singh Rathore
Production: Alipur Films, On The Road Productions
Cast: Salim Ali Zaidi, Sushil Sharma, Megnaa Mehtta

Little Terrorist tells the moving story of a Pakistani Muslim boy who accidentally crosses the Pakistani-Indian border which is riddled with landmines. He ends up in a strange country that regards him as a terrorist. The old orthodox Hindu Bhola takes him in and hides him from the Indian soldiers. However, traditions and prejudices about Muslims remain an obstacle in the relationship between Bhola and the boy. Ultimately, humanity triumphs over prejudice when Bhola risks his own life to help Jamal cross the border again. This symbolic story of hope is a tale of human solidarity conquering all artificial boundaries.Palm Springs Int. Short Film Festival, USA, US Premiere, September 2004

77th. Academy Awards 2005, Oscar Nominated for “Best Short Film”
Nominated European Academy Awards 2005
Winner – 1st prize 28. World Film Festival Montreal
Winner – best film Filmfestival Flanders
Winner – grand prize Tehran Film Festival
Winner – best Film Manhatten Short Film Festival

Full List of Festivals

Flanders Film Festival, Belgium, October 2004, Winner Best film
Cork Film Festival, Ireland, October 2004
Chicago Int. Children’s Film Festival, USA, October 2004
London International Film Festival, UK, October 2004
Hawaii International Film Festival, USA, October 2004
Asiana Int. Short Film Festival, Korea, October 2004
International Short Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, November 2004
India International Film Festival, India, November 2004
Tehran Film Festival, Iran, November 2004, Winner Grand Prize
River to River Film Festival, Italy, December 2004
India International Film Festival, Chicago
Bangkok Film Festival, Bangkok, January 2005
Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands, January 2005
Academy Awards, nominated in Live Action Short category, USA, February 2005
European Academy Awards, nominated (presented by Wim Wenders)
Satyajit Ray Foundation, Winner Satyajit Ray Award
Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran, February 2005
Miami International Film Festival, February 2005
Kinofilm Film Festival, Manchester, February 2005
Cinequest Film Festival, USA, March 2005
Tampere Film Festival, Finland, March 2005
Vail Film Festival, Colorado, US, March 2005
New York Int. Childrens Film Festival, USA, March 2005
Aspen Short Film Festival, USA, April 2005, Honorable Mention
Human Rights Night Film Festival, April 2005
Reelworld Film Festival, Canada, April 2005, Winner Bell Expressvu Award
Washington DC International Film Festival, USA, April 2005
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, USA, April 2005
Newport Beach Film Festival, USA, April 2005
Tribeca Film Festival, USA, May 2005
San Francisco Int. Film Festival, USA, April 2005
International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, May 2005
Almeria en Corto, Spain, May 2005 WINNER
International Indian Film Academy Festival, Amsterdam, Holland, June 2005
Bayside Film Festival, Australia, June 2005
Canadian Film Centers Worldwide Short Film Festival, Canada, June 2005
Sydney Film Festival, Australia, June 2005
La Cittadella del Corto, Italy, July 2005
Giffoni Film Festival, Italy, July 2005
Bollywood and Beyond, Germany, July 2005
Tabor Film Festival, July 2005
Asian American International Film Festival, USA, July 2005
Expresion en Corto 2005, Mexico, July 2005
Motovun Film Festival, Croatia, July 2005
Indigo Film Festival, Singapore, July 2005
6th FILMI South Asian Film Festival, Toronto, August 2005
Lucania Film Festival, Italy, August 2005 WINNER
Indepenent South Asian film festival, Seattle, August 2005
Anonimul Film Festival, Romania, August 2005
Sarajevo Film Festival, August 2005
Salento International Film Festival, Italy, September 2005 WINNER
Temecula Valley Int. Film Festival (India Showcase), US, September 2005
Best of Shorts Film Festival, France, September 2005
Bite the Mango Film Festival, UK, September 2005
Festival de Cinema Politic, Barcelona, September 2005
Shots but Great Film Festival, Italy, October 2005
Mill Valley Film Festival, US, October 2005
Cinema Tout Ecran, Switzerland, October 2005
Interfilm Berlin, Germany, November 2005
Sevilla Festival De Cine, Spain, November 2005
Med Film Festival, Rome, November, 2005
Cardiff Screen Festival, Wales, November 2005
Brief Encounters in Bristol Int. Short Film Festival, UK, November 2005
Kerala Film Festival, Inida, December 2006
Prague Short Film Festival, Czech Repulic, December 2005
Paris Internation Short Film Festival, France January 2006
Int. Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 2006
Seattle International Film Festival, January 2006
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), February 2006
Mumbai Int. Film Festival, India, February 2006 WINNER
Sousse International Film Festival, Tunisie, March 2006 WINNER
International Film Festival on Human Rights, March 2006, Switzerland
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 2006
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma, March 2006
Tiburon Film Festival, March 2006
Munich International Film Festival, March, 2006, Germany
BUFF Film Festival, Sweden, March 2006 WINNER
Tampere Film Festival, Finland, March 2006
Wisconsin International Film Festival, March 2006
Denver Film Society, April 2006
Belgrade Doc. and Short Film Festival, Serbia and Montenegro, April 2006
Filmfest Dresden, Germany, April 2006
Mediawave Int. Film Festival, Sweden, April 2006
Festival Del Cinema Europeo, Lecce, Italien, April 2006
North West Film Center, Portland, Oregon, May 2006
Cinema/Chicago, May 2006
Transilvania Int. Film Festival, Cluj, Romania, June 2006
Arcipelago- Int. Fest. of Short Films and New Images, Rome, Italy, June 2006
Jerusalem Int.Film Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, July 2006
Filmfest Muenchen, Germany, July 2006
National Film Museun, Indian Art Exhibition, Italy, July 2006
Dokufest Film Festival, Kosova, August 2006, WINNER
Festival on Human Rights – VIVISECTfest, Serbia, Sept 06
Umea Int. Film Festival, Umea, Sweden, September 2006
Helsinki Int. Film Festival, Helsinki,Finland, September 2006
Int. Short Film Festival of Drama, Drama, Greece, September 2006
Nordisk Panorama Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, September 2006
Panorama of European Cinema, Athens, Greece, September 2006
Panorama of European Cinema, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 2006
Night of British Shorts, Kyiv IFF Molodist, UK, October 2006
British Film Week in Brussels, October 2006
Kalpanirjhar Int. Film Festival, Kolkata, India, October 2006
Istanbul International Children Film Festival, Turkey, Nov 06
Int. Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany, November 2006
Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden, Germany, November 2006
Alternative Film Festival, Romania, November 2006, WINNER
Siena Film Festival, Italy, November 2006
National Museum of Singapore, December 2006
Internacional de Cine Las Garzas Festival, 2006, WINNER
Himalya Film Festival, Denmark, February 2007
Salaam DK – Multicultural Film Festival, Denmark, February 2007
DeReel Independent Film Festival, Australia, May 2007
New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Festival, USA, June 2007
Giffoni Film Festival, July 2007

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