ARUN CHIDAMBARAM – FIRST TAMIL DIRECTOR
TO WIN 2 PRESTIGIOUS REMI AWARDS @ WORLDFEST
Director Arun Chidambaram’s ‘Kanavu Variyam’ has won 2 Prestigious Remi Awards at WorldFest-Houston. ‘Kanavu Variyam’, a movie based on Power-cuts in villages across Tamil Nadu has won the Platinum Remi Award for Best Theatrical Feature Film and a song from the film ‘Kalla Manna’ has won the Silver Remi Award for Best Children’s Song at 49th WorldFest-Houston. These awards were presented to Director Arun Chidambaram, along with the film’s
Co- Producer Karthik Chidambaram at the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival scheduled from April 8-17, 2016. According to the WorldFest jury, a film that scores between 85 to 89 on 100 is awarded a Silver Remi; a film which scores between 90 to 94 is awarded a Gold Remi and one which scores between 95 and 99 wins a Platinum Remi award. ARUN CHIDAMBARAM IS THE FIRST TAMIL DIRECTOR TO WIN 2 REMI AWARDS.
MORE INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONS
A song from the film ‘Kalla Manna’ which chronicles 51 traditional games played in rural India also bagged 2 more International awards – ‘Best Youth Focus Music Video’ award at the 17th Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival held between April 19-23 at Oklahoma, USA and
‘Best Music Video’ award at the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival held on April 23. 17th Bare Bones International Film & Music festival in Oklahoma opened with the screening of Kalla Manna song.
WORLDFEST CHAIRMAN QUOTE
“Arun Chidambaram’s ‘Kanavu Variyam’ wins the Platinum Remi award at WorldFest just like Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List), Ridley Scott (Gladiator,The Martian), George Lucas (Star Wars) and Ang Lee (Hulk, Life of Pi) in the past years. We also congratulate Arun on his Silver Remi for the music video Stone or Sand. Among the movies that were screened in this years festival, the audience favourite movie was ‘Kanavu Variyam’. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. Of over 4500 entries for all categories, from over 74 movie-producing nations worldwide, only 10% win and we are very honored to have ‘Kanavu Variyam’ not only winning two top awards but also being screened, which is even a higher honor. More than 600 International Filmmakers were in attendance for 49th WorldFest. 74 nations participating this year made it the most difficult competition in our festival. We are delighted that the Director behind this film Arun Chidambaram was here to receive his award and we are hopeful he will be back here again with another great film” quoted the WorldFest Festival Founding Director and Chairman Hunter Todd.