Short Film Competition Winner Announced

Tongues on Fire are delighted to announce that winner of the UK Asian Film Festival Short Film Competition is Hey Ram! – directed by Yashwardhan Goswami.

In response to winning the competition, Yashwardhan sent us this video message from India to express his appreciation.

Congratulations on winning the award for Best Short Film UKAFF 2020!

Judges Comments For Winning FilmHey Ram!

“Topical, atmospheric and haunting. Really enjoyed the Anurag Kashyap x Dibarkar Banerjee influences on this. I like the various camera angles that make the viewer feel like they are a part of the action. The editing is superb. It’s crisp and tight, but still allows breathing moments for key character development. The scene when the rickshaw driver dabs his face at the end gave me shivers. Perhaps at times, it’s a little incoherent and the motivations for the story too ambiguous. But I enjoyed the relevancy of the subliminal message of Islamaphobia.”

Fantastic characters amazing how powerful 5 minutes can be.”

Poignant, simple but useful message, good cinematography, good use of mise-en-scèn.”

Made me sit on the edge of my seat, great storyline, good character portrayal.”

“Fantastic, crisp cinematography, gripping storytelling with clear narrative and suspenseful.”

Well executed use of film visual language, storytelling gripping and characters well are written.”

Very good drama that is well-acted and directed with subtle storytelling yet gripping. Makes me want to watch more and know more about Rickshaw driver and what that incident does to his transformation. EXCELLENT!

Industry Judges

Amit Dhand – Author of DI Harry Virdee Series set in Bradford
Ruhi Hamid  – Award winning documentary maker
Sangeeta Pillai – Founder, Soul Sutras®, Masala Podcast
Shiva Riachandi – Multidisciplinary non-binary artist

Student Judges

Nick Vick
Dylan Mascis Patel
Yanika Chauhan