These films, in their own ways, reflect the humanist ideals of the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The winner will be announced on 3 Jul 2022.

Jaagran (India) – Hardik Sadhwani, Ritviq Joshi
Run time: 19 mins

Desperate and frustrated by the stale monotony of his life, a naive auto rickshaw driver decides to trade his peaceful existence for a chance to earn a quick buck.

This film is in Hindi with English subtitles.

Tigress (Canada) – Maya Bastian
Run time: 13 mins

Follows the fast-paced and drug-fuelled existence of a young Tamil-Canadian woman who encounters another version of herself as a paramilitary fighter for the Tamil Tigers.

This film is in English and Tamil with English subtitles.

Astronaut and His Parrot (India) – Arati Kadav
Run time: 15 mins

An accident causes a spaceship to explode and an astronaut tumbles out of it. He starts floating and falling in space and frantically tries to connect to someone – but all he gets is a parrot.

This film is in Hindi with English subtitles.

Hide n Seek (USA) – Anuka Sethi
Run time: 10 mins

A poetic exploration of one girl’s struggle to navigate the in-between spaces of her multicultural identity.

Cheepatakadumpa (India) – Devashish Makhija
Run time: 24 mins

Three small-town friends, a gorilla, a bull, the full moon, the kundalini, a tomato, and patriarchy-smashing mischief!

This film is in Hindi with English subtitles.

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