Two short films produced by the Urban Resource Centre (URC), under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiya, have bagged awards at the first Bharat P J Antony Memorial Award for short films instituted by the cultural organisation Thrissur PART. Both the films - Neha Ente Kootukaari and Moosha - have been scripted and directed by K Swaminathan, a teacher at Government Boys High School, Kalady.
Neha Ente Kootukaari fetched the title of ‘Best Editor’ for its editor Prakash Rana. It was also adjudged the second-best short film out of the around 40 entries.
The young star of the event, which was held in Thrissur on June 21 -22, was Akhil Raj, a student of St Anotony’s School Valiyathura. Akhil, who played the lead in Moosha, bagged the award for Best Child Artist (Male).
Neha Ente Kootukkari (2011) is a short film based on the real-life story of a girl with cerebral palsy and her friends. On the other hand, Moosha (2012) centres around juvenile crimes and urges society to introspect. Both films have also bagged awards at the Children’s educational film festival.