Shilpa Krishnan wins top awards at ZEE5 Global 2021 OTT Content Festival


ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian Content, today announced the winners and winning entries of the recently concluded 2021 Global Content Festival. 15 winners across multiple continents will have their films showcased on ZEE5 globally from 25th February.

Launched in November 2020, the first ever Global OTT Content Festival saw entries pouring in from filmmakers and creators from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UK, USA, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, and The Netherlands.

Filmmakers experimented with genres ranging from drama and mystery to lifestyle and across formats from documentaries to short films and music videos, presenting their diversity and creativity. The festival received entries in a motley of languages including Hindi, English, Marathi, Bangla, Tamil and Malayalam.

Singapore-based independent filmmaker Shilpa K Shukla has emerged as the Global Content Festival Winner with 3 entries in the Drama films category (Kathaah@8, Tashi and Dots).

Kathaah@8 is the world’s first anthology in 8 languages, written, produced and directed by a single filmmaker. Tashi is a bilingual English-Hindi film shot in Singapore, which tells a heartwarming story about family and relationships. DOTS is a film made during the lockdown about ten emotionally isolated people connecting over an imaginary app called ‘DOTS’. While previously many of Shilpa’s short films have won international awards, this is the first time that her content will be available to watch on a streaming platform for a global audience.

Among the winners from India, Preet’s short film Gray is the story of how a  man is discovered to be gay after he gets married under pressure from his family.  The film handles the very sensitive subject beautifully with its well written narrative and unforgettable performance.

Echoes, a drama film by Himanshu Pathak and Payel Saxena, brings us a heart-to-heart conversation between a mother and her daughter, bridging the distance in their relationship. Janeev (translated: Realisation) is a Marathi short film by Bhausaheb Lokhande, in which kindness and empathy are portrayed to be the winning emotions over judgement and ridicule.

image-ZEE5-UK-Zing-&TV-LiquidFoodz - UK- Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global-MediaBriefArchana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global, said, “The idea behind launching the Global Content Festival was to give independent filmmakers and content creators a platform through which they could showcase their content and find audiences across the globe, especially during a difficult year. And we’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve got, with entries just pouring in from across continents.

“It’s been quite a task to pick out 15 gems from among so many fabulous entries. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 ZEE5 Global Content Festival, and we’re extremely happy to bring our viewers all these fabulous new stories streaming free on ZEE5 from February 25,” Anand said.

All the winning and shortlisted entries will be streaming on ZEE5 in 190+ markets across the globe, The list of winning entries below.


Top 15 Winning Entries

Winner’s Name Content Name Content Type Genre Region / Country
Shilpa Krishnan Shukla Kathaah@8 Movie Drama Singapore
Dots Movie Drama
Tashi Movie Drama
Shivam Hora Peeli Machli Short Film Drama India
Himanshu Pathak, Payel Saxena Echoes Short Film Drama India
Nilay Dave Gandhiji My Mentor Movie Drama USA
Kumar Siddharth The Last Meal Short Film Drama India
Sagnik Bhattacharjee Waqt Short Film Drama India
Tanzila Khan, Moiz Abbas Fruit Chaat Short Film Comedy Pakistan
Preet Gray Short Film Drama, Romance India
Tanwi Gouri Mehta, Dr. Anil Kumar Mehta Madhav – Every Child Needs A Mentor Movie Drama The Netherlands
Thanvir Chowdhury Dear Trotsky Short Film Drama, Comedy Bangladesh
Bhausaheb Lokhande Janeev Short Film Drama India
Ruchi Undevia, Aarti Trikannad Love Beyond Borders Series Romance, Documentary, Lifestyle Dubai
Irfan Rahman LEVEL FIVE – 60’s LOVE Music Video Romance Bangladesh
Gautam Marathe (Singapore), Swapna Mirashi (USA) Lockdown chyaa Polyaa Short Film Romance Singapore & USA
Kazi Riad Omar Shobdojot feat. Swad Music Video Entertainment Bangladesh

The content will be free to watch for viewers across the globe here

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