ZEE5 Global Announces Winners of 2021 Global OTT Content Festival
15 winners declared from across continents
Winning entries can be streamed for free on ZEE5 globally from 25 February
Mumbai, 25 February 2021: 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. The content will be free to watch for viewers across the globe here http://bit.ly/ZEE5GCFWinners.
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.
From the Americas, the winners were Gandhiji My Mentor, a fictional story by Nilay Dave (USA), set during British Empire in the 1940s, about a man wanting to kill Gandhiji, and a battle of ideals. Lockdown chyaa Polyaa (translated: Flatbreads during the lockdown), is a short film by Gautam Marathe (Singapore), Swapna Mirashi (USA) about life, love, food, parenting and more during these contemporary times. Madhav – Every Child Needs A Mentor – is a drama film by Tanwi Gouri Mehta and Dr. Anil Kumar Mehta from The Netherlands, about a friendship between an old man and a young child encapsulating trust and companionship.
Archana 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.”
All the winning and shortlisted entries will be streaming on ZEE5 in 190+ markets across the globe.
To watch the latest and most exciting content, download the ZEE5 app from the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. The app is also available on Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. ZEE5 is also available on www.ZEE5.com. To watch the best of TV shows for free online, log on to: http://bit.ly/ZEE5GCFWinners