MUMBAI:Santosh Sivan’s Tahaan, a fable about a little boy’s journey to find meaning and purpose in his world, has been nominated for Best Children’s Feature Film in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The award ceremony will be held on 26 November, on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards was established in 2007, APSA is an international cultural initiative of the Queensland State Government, Australia. It brings together, in a unique collaboration, Atlanta-based CNN International, and Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
Tahaan has been nominated from more than 210 films submitted from 43 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It will compete for the coveted prize against Indonesia’s 3 Wishes 3 Lovers, New Zealand’s The Strength of Water, Korea’s A Brand New Life and Turkey’s The Bogeyman.
Tahaan premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2008, after which it has been showcased in over 25 festivals across the globe including, Rome, London, Pusan, Seattle, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Cairo, New York and Cinekid to name a few.
Tahaan features actors such as Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna and Victor Banerjee. The film has been produced by IDream Production and Santosh Sivan Films.
IDream Independent Pictures, the worldwide sales agent for Tahaan has sold the film to a number of territories around the world, the film has been acquired by countries like South Africa, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Greece Sweden, Japan and North America to name a few. The film was released in India by Sony Pictures in September 2008.