“We are delighted that ‘Song of Lahore’ has won the audience award. The film is a labor of love, and an ode to the beautiful city of Lahore and the Sachal orchestra,” said Obaid-Chinoy and Schocken.
The Satyajit Ray Short Film Award went to “Mochi” (The Cobbler) by Saqib Pandor, it included a cash prize of £1,000.
Indian actress Sharmila Tagore and director Shekhar Kapur were honored with the Icon Awards. “The festival has had a special focus on women and cinema this year with seven films by women directors,” Tagore said.” I am happy to receive the Icon Award and have enjoyed doing the master class at this rapidly growing festival.”
Running July 14-24 the seventh Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival showed films in venues across London and Birmingham in 15 different languages and featured seven women filmmakers.
The director of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Sawhney stated: “Our awards aim to highlight just some of the many achievements of filmmakers and actors from South Asia, who may otherwise go unsung by the broader world film community.”
(Pictured Cary Sawhney and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.)