Mask: Short Film Directed By Odisha Bureaucrat Wins Another International Award

Berhampur: The Odia short film ‘Mask’ directed by a senior officer of the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) Dr Sweta Kumar Dash, has won another international award–the Special Mention Jury Award in Social and Economic Justice Film Festival, held in San Francisco recently.

‘Mask’ had won the prestigious International People’s Choice Award at the Quarantine Image Film Festival-2020 in Argentina in August 2020.

The 7-minute-18-second film revolves around the struggle of a poor boy to sustain a livelihood for his family amid COVID-19 pandemic. The boy did it by selling the hand-made masks prepared by his mother. The film also showed the reluctance of people to purchase them due to the low price. Among 3000 entries, the jury members adjudged ‘Mask’ as the best awareness film on COVID-19.

Ajay Choudhury from Berhampur was appreciated for his acting skills for the character of the boy he played in the film.

Dash had made the movie when he was on COVID-19 duty in Ganjam district for four months. Sensing the need for masks during these testing times, he wrote the story and directed the film.

The film also made into the final list of nominees at the “Flickfair” and was widely acclaimed in the First-Time Filmmakers Sessions Film Festival in the UK. It was officially selected for finals in 16th Resistance International Film Festival in Teheran, Iran, as the only film from India. Besides, the film was officially selected for the finals in 9th Mumbai Short International Film Festival 2020 held in Mumbai on 6 December 2020. Also, the film was selected as an official entry for the finals in the shortest film category in the Film Festival of India, 2020.