Delhi schoolboy wins BAFTA global film competition
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A 15-year-old school student from the national capital has won the top prize of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation for his short film which explores the social pressures that youth of today face daily.
On November 26, Mudit Muraka from Apeejay School, attended a red carpet event at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London and received the trophy from Blair, former British Prime Minister and head of the foundation.
Mudit won the 'Face to Faith schools category' for his film "The Mirror".
Filmmakers aged between 14-27 years were asked to produce three minute films which answer the brief "Let me show you how my faith inspires me".
The competition aims to give young people the opportunity to show what their faith means to them in their own words and take this to a global stage.
In his acceptance speech, Mudit hoped that "we can live in a world where everyone is free of prejudices and stereotypes and can have their own unique faith and be themselves".
Amitabh Bachchan recorded a congratulatory video message for Mudit which was played at the awards ceremony.
"Mudit has made a film which is brave, honest and creative and he has shown great talent. I was inspired to hear about Mudit and many of the other Indian entries. It demonstrates the dynamic and inspiring new generation of Indian filmmakers which should be nurtured. Faith Shorts has provided filmmakers in India and worldwide with a platform to showcase their talent and speak to the world," he said.
Two other Indian films – Ishita Gupta's film "Connecting Cultures" and Sujit Roy's "Unsighted Faith" – were also shortlisted and made it to the final fifteen.
Blair said that through these Faith Shorts films, "we can help build understanding about different faiths and cultures and help combat ignorance and fear, so creating a strong basis for peaceful coexistence".