The animation ‘This Side-Other Side’ has grabbed the Best Story Award and the Best Short Film Award at the 2019 Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY) in India.
Directed by Lida Fazli, the animation shows some kids from the two sides of a borderline that make friends and play games with one another.
This amity between the kids enrages the adults and triggers them to start a war.
According to an ifilm exclusive talk with the director, she has made the short to convey the message that no border can limit friendship and love.
Fazli emphasizes the fact that the love and kinship that exist between the kids is so pure and innocent that nothing can destroy it, even the dark shadow of war.
The SIFFCY aims to bring the youth and children the best films because they are the change agents in their family and community.
The week-long annual fest supports emerging filmmakers by recognizing the pioneers and leaders of the similar industry.
The SIFFCY welcomes filmmakers, artists, industry professionals and audience members from around the world.
The fest was held on December 9-15, 2019.