Rising Indian filmmaker Sarvnik Kaur has won the IDFA Project Award for her documentary project Against the Tide. Handed out early last week at DocedgeKolkata, the award goes annually to one promising filmmaker at the Asian documentary forum. The prize package includes an invitation to IDFAcademy during IDFA 2020, travel, accommodation, and meetings with relevant industry professionals during the festival.
Directed by Sarvnik Kaur and produced by Koval Bhatia, Against the Tide centers on a series of conversations between two brothers who are increasingly torn apart by climate change, and ultimately forced to pursue their own survival.
“A unique story with compelling characters, told by a director who is doing so much more visually and structurally than simply telling a story,” said IDFA’s Mélanie de Vocht at DocedgeKolkata. “Sarvnik is a director for whom it’s the perfect timing in her career to join IDFAcademy, and join the international documentary industry,” she added.
This is the second IDFA Project Award given to an emerging filmmaker since IDFA 2019, following the success of Chilean filmmaker Nicolás Tabilo at Chile Conecta in December.