SUNAKALI wins the Audience Choice Award at 6th TNFF in Toronto
Toronto, ON – 6th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival (TNFF) successfully concluded at Innis Town Hall at University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario on March 28, 2015. SUNAKALI, a documentary about a women's soccer team from Mugu in Western Nepal and its journey to the national championship won the Audience Choice Award. Kathmandu-based filmmaker and journalist Bhojraj Bhat directed the film. The Award carries a monetary value of CAD$ 1000.
An audience of over 500 that attended the film festival chose the award. The audience consisted of diverse range of people from the Greater Toronto Area including people from the Nepali diaspora, newcomer immigrants, film aficionados, film festival programmers, social workers, academicians, students, journalists, writers and artists. SUNAKALI was chosen as the winner from a pool of seven films that included RED MONSOON, THE CONTATGIOUS APPARITIONS OF DAMBARY DENTRITE, SAVITRI, KYAR KYAR PANKHA, PAWAN and WHO WILL BE A GURKA. Each film screened at the festival will be felicitated with an honorarium of CAD$ 100 or $150 or $200. The length of each film will delegate the honorarium amount. An award ceremony will be organized in Kathmandu later this year to felicitate the filmmakers with certificate of participation, honorariums and the Audience Choice Award.
The Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival has been taking place in Toronto since 2010. It was established with a goal of supporting and promoting Nepali filmmaking. TNFF collaborates with other film festivals and organizations such as HotDocs, imagineNATIVE and Reel Asian to bring narratives of the land of Nepal and its people to Toronto. Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival programmed the 6th TNFF.