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‘My Best Friend ’ strikes a chord with 24FPS judges

DNAHM50446 | 12/19/2011 | Author : After Hrs Correspondent | WC :280

Adjudged best digital film at 8th Annual 24FPS International Animation Awards

When 23-year-old Ahmedabad lad Rihaan Patel made a film on an ancient ritual of female infanticide in India titled 'The Burial of Daughter', it got acknowledgment in Italy's prominent film festival. Now, through his latest film, he has tried to provoke an emotion that every young mind relates to-chasing one's dreams. His short film 'My best friend' was recently
adjudged the 'Best Digital Film' at the 8th Annual 24FPS International Animation Awards in Mumbai. The film was selected from among entries across India. 
After Hrs spoke to Patel about the importance of getting an award. "Animation awards are rarely heard of in the present day. When our efforts get recognised, it always feels good," says Patel. He reveals that the jury for this contest included Shelley Page from Dreamworks, Shesha Prasad from Rhythm & Hues, Jeffery Matthew from Autodesk, Merzin Tavaria from Prime Focus Ltd and Viral Thakkar from Pixion among other stalwarts.
'My best friend' revolves around a boy who wants to be a poet but the rejection of his career choice by his parents leads him to live a delusional life. As luck would have it, the diary in which he pens his poems falls into the hands of a pertinent person. Patel adds, "This story is ordinary but the emotion in this film have been given effects and conveyed visually in a very striking way. It is the story of an artist who goes through a lot of turmoil in his life and realises his inner worth ultimately."
While Patel is the screenwriter, director, cinematographer, editor and colorist of the film, the story has been written by Siddhi Shah and has Parthraj Parmar acting in it.

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