Young Malaysian director wins Silver Award at Tokyo Film Awards


PETALING JAYA: Sanadtkumar Ganesan, a 21-year-old documentary filmmaker from Malaysia, won silver for best feature documentary at the Tokyo Film Awards.

His documentary film, Wanted: Shades of Life Episode 2 starring Agnesmary Selvaraj has again gained international recognition since its release four months ago.

Vishwaroopam’s Indian cinematographer Sanu John Varghese, who directed Arkariyam, was also one of the winners of the Tokyo Film Awards.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that everything I produced would be recognized, let alone on the world stage. I was just a kid who loved movies. These are things a child like me can only dream of, but a lot of good-hearted people have been patient with me and guided me to see that dreams can come true, ”said Sanadtkumar, also co-founder of the ‘International Youth Movement, Ascendance.

With a limited budget and resources, Sanadtkumar released this documentary which came out during the pandemic.

“I am always impressed and so overwhelmed that this film which had virtually no budget, limited time and very limited resources to make, was recognized by many different countries. If young filmmakers like me had more support, funds and resources, I am very sure that we can cultivate great talent here in Malaysia, ”he added.

In September, this documentary film was nominated as a semi-finalist at the Stockholm City Film Festival and has been featured on Bernama News Channel and The Sun Daily (TheSun iPaper ( Film enthusiast, Sanadtkumar Ganesan is currently producing documentaries to support his studies at the Toronto Film School, Yorkville University in Canada.


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