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Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket” Bags Coveted Ecumenical Jury Award

New Delhi: In an international honour for India, director Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket” has won the much-coveted Ecumenical Jury Award at the recently concluded 57th Zlin International film festival, one of the largest children’s film festivals worldwide.

The film, produced by Video Palace and starring Priyanka Bose (Lion) and Bhalachandra Kadam (Sanggto Aika, Timepass) in addition to the two lead young actors (Shubham More and Vinayak Potdar), was part of the official selection at this much celebrated film festival held in Czech Republic.

Speaking about winning this prestigious award for his film, an excited Kakkad, among the only few Indian filmmakers to win this coveted international award, said, “I am elated to have heard this news of having won such a big award. This means the world to me and only bolsters my confidence that good Indian cinema is being appreciated. To even imagine that this is an award people I look up to have received, races my heart.”

“I can only and wish that this paves the way for more Indian films internationally and hope that larger audiences are able to enjoy not just mine, but my contemporaries films as well,” he added.

The Ecumenical Jury Award has been given at leading film festivals globally since 1973 with the aim of honouring the works of artistic quality, which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes.

The award has been earlier bestowed on international filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf, Asghar Farhadi, Fatih Akin and Pedro Almodovar among others.

“Half Ticket” is being represented by Basil Content Media at film festivals.

Samit is among the only a few Indian filmmakers to win this  international award such as Mira Nair (1988), Awtar Kaul (1974) and Rabindra Dharmaraj (1981).