WHAT A FESTIVAL!
This year’s Film Festival received 37 submissions. For the first time in eight years, the majority of these submissions came from young film directors in India, however, SikhNet also received films from the UK, Canada, the United States and Australia.
This year’s entries deal with current social topics, including rape, female infanticide and Eve teasing. The beauty, power, grace and strength of spiritual women is a major theme throughout all the films.
Who knew that interacting with people all over the world could be so much fun? This may sound redundant, but it’s true: We are very impressed, thankful and inspired with all your films this year. A big THANK YOU to all the directors who took the time to make such great efforts. The talent which is now emerging gives us all something to look forward to!
Media is powerful. Today the screen is the “fireplace” we gather around and the whole world is our community. It is so important that Sikhi has a place in film. That is why it is awe inspiring and amazing to watch as a new generation of Sikh film-makers reveals itself to the world.
Now the part we’ve all been waiting for (especially the directors, I’m sure.)
$3,500 AWARDED TO:
Director: Jot Singh Baaz, age 23, from Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
First runner up
“Roar of the Kaur” Director: Gunveen Singh, 28 years old, from Delhi, India.
– Rabjeet Kaur has faith and strength in her bones. When faced by crude challenges like harassment, how will she and her friends create a victory against corruption? Watch and learn world!
Second runner up
“Kaur – A True Identity“ Director: Sarbjeet Singh, 24 years old, from Chandigarh, India.
– At first, college girl Deep, finds her new female turbaned friend to be too orthodox. Slowly she sees the value and benefit of the Sikh form and lifestyle and becomes a KAUR.
“Am I Kaur?”
Director: Gurwinder Singh, age 26, from Chandigarh, India.
This is the story of one girl’s struggle being a turbaned woman in the modern world. She gains inspiration and insight after events lead her to take a deeper look at herself.
First runner up
“KES” Director: KayRay (Kiran Kaur), 23 year old, from Brampton, ON, Cananda.
– This film gives an up close, personal and very intimate message on hair. ‘Kes’ speaks directly to any woman with hair!
Second runner up
“Be Brave” Director: Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, 19 years old, from Perth, WA, Australia.
– This short film gives a blast of inspiration by showing real Sikh women and how they overcame their challenges in life.
Winner of Comedy (LAUGH) $1,000 goes to…
Directors: Raj Angad Singh and Gurkaran Singh, ages 21, from Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
Congratulations! Your film was educational, humorous and full of personality. Keep up the good work!
Directors: Simran Kaur, Jivan Kaur, and Gursimran Kaur, ages 16, from Windsor Ontario, Canada.
These three young women have created a film that highlights the equality of women in the Sikh tradition, while discussing the challenges that Sikh women still face.
Winner of the Senior category (non-cash award) is a tie between…
“Karizmaa of Kaur”
Director: Ravneet Kaur, from Mumbai, Maharastra, India.
Going against the stereotype that Sikh women can only do nitnem and household chores, the heroine of this film wears her turban, runs a multi-national company and is a successful wife and mother of two.
Director: Gagandeep Kaur, from Bangalore, Karnataka, India
This is the story of a Sikh girl who believes in the forces of equality, but has to undergo some soul searching before she realizes that a turban is like a lighthouse which announces that she is a Sikh.
There were many other great films that we felt deserved recognition:
“Dhann Janni” by Hansjeet Duggal, age 23, from Jalandhar, Punjab, India
“The Voice of the Silent Confessor” by Taranveer Singh, age 20, from Delhi, India.
Breaking Out of The Box Award
“Kaurcageous” by Narvir Singh, age 23, from Iver, Buckinghamshire, UK.
Heaven & Earth Award
“Turban Girl” by Sukhmanjot Singh, age 21, from Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Light in the Dark Award
“Bridge to the Soul” by Sharan Art, age 25, from Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Poetry Slam Award
“Cancer Train” by KayRay (Kirn Kaur), age 23, from Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Real Voices Award
“Kaur” by Rasna Kaur and Harnek Singh, ages 19, from Troy, MI, USA.
Youngest Director Award
“The Inspirational Sister” by Charan Singh, age 11, from Canton, Michigan, USA.
There are more films! Really great work went into all the films, if you haven’t seen all this years films, you still have some tears left to shed! There is no rush anymore so enjoy all the films at your leisure, and do take the time to comment and give the directors your feedback. Watch them here: www.sikhnet.com/filmfestival
To the budding filmmakers, aspiring actors, growing directors… you are an inspiration to us all. It is you who will speak to the next generation. It is you who will help shape heroes of the children. It is you who will break boundaries and bring insight. It is you who will create the future.Your voices are growing, your voices are important and your voices are being heard! Keep up, keep speaking. Let us hear you roar!
We are already looking forward to next year’s film festival! Thank you.