Canadian Tamil film wins award in Norway festival
[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 2010, 03:43 GMT]Canadian Tamil film '1999,' which made its debut in Vancouver International film Festival in October last year, won the “Midnight Sun” award Wednesday at the Tamil Film Festival-2010 held at the Filmenshus Kino in Oslo, Norway, cinematic enthusiasts attending the event said. 1999 was directed by Lenin M. Sivam, an Eezham Tamil of Canada and a software professional. The festival also showcased some of the short films that were made by Eezham Tamils. A short film called “Vanni Mouse” by director Tamiliam Subas from Norway received the best short film award.
The festival featured 15 recently released films including 1999, Samuthirakani’s “Naadoadika'l," Mishkin’s “Nanthalaalaa," and Sasikumar’s “Subramaniapuram."
It is a huge honour to see “1999” compete and win the prestigious award amongst these high calibre films, Tamil circles in Oslo said. This also marks the European Premiere for “1999."
The film festival was organized by VN Music Dreams in association with multi-cultural newspaper Utrop.
The film '1999,' featuring violence-affected Eezham Tamils struggling to adjust their lives in Canada, is the first full-feature production of the largely self-made filmmaker. Sivam, 35, born in Jaffna and migrated to Canada in 1991, earlier produced successful short films in Tamil. His father V M L Sivam was playwright, director and actor in his home country.
The short film 'Vanni Mouse' had won a special award in Tamil Nadu at Periyar Thirai Short Film Festival organised by the media department of the Periyaar Self-Respect movement in December 2009.