By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on October 20, 2015
The Indian short film An Old Dog’s Diary, directed by Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel has won the best short film award at the 2015 London Film Festival. The 11-minute-long black & white impressionistic documentary pays tribute to Francis Newton Souza, a radical Indian modern painter.
Shot mainly in Goa, where Souza spent his childhood, the film brings to light Souza's writings and drawings that evoke the memories of his unsettled life. An Old Dog’s Diary was a part of 'Mediums and Messages' section which showcased films portraying historic and contemporary media and art.
“Shai Heredia & Shumona Goel’s portrait of Francis Newton Souza, An Old Dog’s Diary, wins #LFF Best Short Film Award,” read a post on BFI London Film Festival official Twitter account. The film was earlier showcased in the Wavelengths category at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
“An Old Dog’s Diary is as poetic and soulful as its subject”, read a tweet by the Jury president Daisy Jacob on LFF Best Short Film Award-winner.
The 12 day long festival is Britain's largest public film event and is run every year in October under the umbrella of the British Film Institute. Showcasing the finest talent of world cinema from established to emerging filmmakers, the festival screens more than 300 documentaries, shorts and features from over 50 countries. The event also hosts numerous public forums, education events, lectures, masterclasses and Q&As with filmmakers and film talent.