By Sushma Tmanag, KATHMANDU:- Nepali horror film ‘Puppet’ has won two important awards at the prestigious International Film Festival ‘Winter Film Awards’ in the United States. The film won the ‘Best Horror Feature Film’ and ‘Indie Picks’ awards at the festival, which ran from September 23 to October 2. The film was shortlisted for the Winter Fear Award Horror Film Competition at the festival.
The film, which won the Indie Picks Award for Best Horror, is based on the US OTT platform. To win this award is to be offered a release by the prestigious OTT platform called ‘Indie Pix’. Only four films won the award at the festival. At the Winter Film Festival, the film competed with Hollywood films in the ‘horror genre’.
Producer Prithvi Rana Magar is happy that the film has won two awards. He said, ‘My dream of taking Nepali film to the international stage has finally come true. For this, I had started the journey for 20 years. I was disappointed many times but my enthusiasm for film making never waned. This award has given me more encouragement in film-making.’
The director of the film Bhimsen Lama said that the entire team of the film is responsible for this success. The film has story, script and dialogues by Sampada Malla and stars Gauri Malla, Mithila Sharma, Karma, Shilpa Mashke, Usha Rajak and Suvarna Thapa. Producer Magar said that the film will be released in Nepal by January-February as the situation is becoming normal.
The film is co-produced by Bishal Gurung, Dharma Shrestha and Hem Thapa. Director Lama said that ‘Puppet’ made under the banner of Prithvi Rana Production is different from other horror films. He says that this film is his dream project. The entire post-production work, which took place in a London studio, has also been selected for the Heartland International Film Festival.
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