Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s touching tale of adolescence, Udaan, has been nominated in the Best Children’s Feature Film category at the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards. ‘Udaan’ shares the honour with films like Boy from New Zealand, Bran Nue Dae from Australia, Shui Yuet Sun Tau (Echoes of the Rainbow) from Republic of China- Hong Kong and Digari (The Other) from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Commenting on this occasion, Vikramaditya Motwane said, “Asia Pacific Screen Awards is considered to be the Oscars of the East, and is the most prestigious awards platform in the APAC region. With ‘Udaan’ being nominated in the Best Children’s Feature Film category, we couldn’t be more ecstatic that the young audiences and the jury from the Asia Pacific region have loved and appreciated the movie like the audiences in other major markets.”
The trend of Indian films doing well in international film festivals, before and after their release, is picking up. Earlier, Anurag Kashyap’s thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots was chosen to open the seventh annual South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) in New York. The movie has already won critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Venice Film Festival. Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live has been screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival in the U.S.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be held in Australia on 2nd December, 2010.