Tongues on Fire Flame Award Winners Announced at 23rd UK Asian Film Festival

Winners of the Tongues On Fire Flame Awards have been announced, following the Closing Gala of the 23rd edition of the UK Asian Film Festival.

The awards presentation took place following the Closing Film, World Premiere of documentary feature, The Beatles And India on 6 June at the BFI, Southbank in London.

Tongues On Fire Flame Award-Winners 2021:

  • Youth Curated Choice: Toofan Mail (India, 2021, Dir: Akriti Singh)
  • Making Waves Digitally: The Great Indian Kitchen (India, 2020, Dir: Jeo Baby)
  • Making Waves Diversity: Granada Nights (UK, 2020, Dir: Abid Khan)
  • Best Script: Manny (India and Latvia, 2020, Dir: Dace Puce)
  • Best Music: The Beatles and India (UK, 2021, Dir’s: Ajoy Bose, Pete Compton)
  • Best Production: Yoodlee Films for Chote Nawab (India, 2020, Dir: Kumud Chaudhary)
  • Best Director: Goutam Ghosh for Raahgir (India, 2019, Dir: Goutam Ghosh)
  • Rising Star: Svar Kamble for Chote Nawab (India, 2020, Dir: Kumud Chaudhary)
  • Best Actor: Tillotama Shome for Raahgir (India, 2019, Dir: Goutam Ghosh)
  • Best Short Film: Last Night in Vegas (Dir: J. Nicholas Meese)
  • Best Documentary: I AM BELMAYA (UK and Nepal, 2021, Dir’s: Sue Carpenter, Belmaya Nepali)
  • Best Film Audience Choice: The Beatles and India  (UK, 2021, Dir’s: Ajoy Bose, Pete Compton)
  • Best Film: Zindagi Tamasha (Pakistan, 2020, Dir: Sarmad Khoosat)

Ray of Hope Igniting Flame Commendations were presented to Khape (India, 2020, Dir: Suchita Bhhatia) and Not Today (India, 2020, Dir: Aditya Kripalani) for highlighting key issues the world faces today and for resonating with Tongues On Fire’s ethos of supporting young people and raising awareness of mental health issues.

UK Asian Film Festival, presented by Tongues on Firehistorically showcases South Asian feminist films and the work of pioneering female artists and auteurs.  The 23rd edition of the festival ran in venues across London, Leicester, Coventry and on the Modern Films website. UKAFF is supported by the BFI and Arts Council England using funds from the National Lottery and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). #HereforCulture

Speaking at the Tongues On Fire Flame Awards presentation, UK Asian Film Festival Founder and Director, Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry MBE said, “UKAFF this year was an outstanding success despite the restrictions in place and challenges due to covid. Our audience were able to enjoy a specially curated hybrid festival- online and in person. The films celebrated unique stories and focused on bringing Ray of hope in challenging times. Our gratitude to all the film makers who continue to entertain and enlighten in these challenging and ever changing times globally.”

UK Asian Film Festival Creative Director, Samir Bhamra said, “This year’s UKAFF was simply euphoric! We were absolutely delighted to welcome back our audiences and communities who have been challenged by the pandemic.  Many audiences felt nervous initially but once they witnessed the safety measures we had organised with our venues over the several weeks of planning, they were able to relax. It was very special to be in a collective space and for them to enjoy these powerful and hope instilling films on the big screen.”

David Somerset, Film Programmer, BFI said, “It was a great privilege for the BFI Southbank public programme to partner with UKAFF, with extraordinary and distinctly different, sell-out film screenings that enrich our programme and respond to their festival theme, RAY OF HOPE, in this centenary celebratory year celebrating the great director, Satyajit Ray.”

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