Five minutes before the deadline, Souvik Banerjee, operational value realization senior manager – Accenture Digital, and his brother submitted their short film “Shadows of Time” for consideration in the Sundance Film Festival London. Four weeks and nearly 50,000 views later, the film won the Sundance Community Short Film Award in the Popular Choice Category.
Souvik---a former professional cricket player--wrote, produced and acted in the six-minute “Shadows of Time,” which takes on the emotionally charged subject of the terror attacks that took place July 7, 2005 in London. The film truly is a family affair as it features his wife, Kasturi, a professional actor in London, and their son, Yug. The film is directed and co-produced by Souvik's brother, Sambit. Shot in London’s Hyde Park, Souvik describes the film as “a poignant tale of love, loss and life as seen through the eyes of an ordinary Muslim woman whose husband died in the horrific incident.”
The film was featured among 250 films screened at London’s version of the prestigious and influential film festival, founded in the United States by actor Robert Redford. It was one of only two short films screened during a Sundance film premiere event held at London’s O2 Arena earlier this year, and the film has received extensive coverage in British media as well as Souvik’s native India. And recently, the Cannes Film Festival accepted "Shadows of Time."
Souvik says “Shadows of Time” is proof that it need not be costly to make a strong statement through the medium of film, explaining, “We shot it in just three days on a $150 budget and edited it in a day-and-a-half.”
Souvik, Kasturi and Sambit are now recruiting investors to produce a feature length film delving into romantic relationships.