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Chandigarh-made animation film wins multiple global awards

NEW DELHI: ‘The Eyes of Silence’, an animation film made by two animators on two computers working a Chandigarh-based studio, has become the first Indian animation film to win five international awards and get screened in as many as 11 international film festivals.

Produced by Virtual Realms Productions, the five-minute film won the highly coveted Accolade Award of Merit in Animation at The Accolade 2009, Best Animation Award at the Rockport Film Festival 2008, Aloha Award for Excellence in filmmaking


at the Honolulu International Film Festival 2009, Silver award for Best Animation at the Lake arrowhead Film Festival 2009, and Best Drama & Animation at the Firstglance Hollywood Film Festival 2009, apart from being showcased at Festival de Cannes 2009 under Showcase for Emerging Filmmakers.


The film made in 3D technology has been screened in festivals in the United States, France, Russia, Germany, Italy and Egypt among other countries.


Avi Sidhu and Navneet Kinger, both partners in the studio, worked part time on the film all the while handling their main business. ‘The Eyes of Silence’ is very different from the traditional animation films. It explores the genre of photorealistic and drives home the point that animation is a medium for kids and adults to enjoy equally. The film dwells on a sensitive topic through a short story about basic human emotions set in a modern world where hate and war for religion rages. The story revolves around an introspecting terrorist who is an explosives expert and has been given a mission to carry out. With the help of international affiliates, he departs on the journey of a lifetime. The terrorist is one with a humane heart and a thoughtful mind and hence realizes that someone being killed here is like someone losing his life back home.



The movie simply tries to drive the point that violence spawns violence and it leads to a chain reaction. Sanity prevails only when you pause and analyze the grim truth behind your actions and decide to make a change.



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