20th DigiCon6 calls curtains on a successful edition

The 20th edition of DigiCon6 Asia recently concluded in Tokyo, Japan. With a diverse platter of entries from 12 Asian countries, the platform provided a peek into the creative talents from around the continent. The event also treated the attendees to an Inter BEE, a show for audio, video and communications, Inter BEE has established itself as an international exhibition showcasing top-level domestic and overseas broadcast, video, audio and lighting equipment as well as peripheral applications and solutions all under one roof. The TBS booth at the confluence had an interesting set of showcases for the audience, including a sharp VR offering. The event also played host to an insightful chat session with Polygon Pictures CEO Shuzo Shiota. Following the day of screening of all the regional gold winning shorts, the grand event took place at the TBS headquarters at Akasaka, Tokyo. Donning their country’s more traditional attires, members of all participating countries gathered at the venue. An enticing performance interspersing light and dance greeted the packed auditorium. The initial set of awards were given under various categories including Innovative Art, Best Technique, Asian Perspective, Rising Star, Audience Choice, Special Mention, Next Generation and Special Jury. In a first, the India gold for Digicon 6 Awards was awarded the grand prize. With 12 countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka participating in the festival, termed as Asia’s Supreme Short Film Contest, Death of a Father by Somnath Pal received the most coveted accolade, grand prize of the festival. Says DigiCon6 organiser from India R.K. Chand, “It is a proud moment to have Somnath’s film as the first Indian short to have won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize after 20 years of TBS Digicon6. Death of a Father is a fabulous film with a great technique and story and we are glad that it could impress the Jury in Tokyo. As the Indian organiser of Digicon6, it makes us happy at CGTantra to have supported Indian short film makers to experience this glory after years of efforts. This should surely motivate the indie and short-film makers across India to make more films in the coming years to help evolve the Community further.” Pal’s film was lauded by the jury and audience alike, post the award ceremony. He took home the bragging rights, the gold trophy, a cheque of 500,000 Yen and other goodies. The closing party paved way for everyone to network over scrumptious food and beverages. The 20th edition of DigiCon6 was an absolute success, bringing together and acknowledging talent from a plethora of Asian countries. We hope it evolves into an even bigger platform for creators across the continent, and more countries can become a part of it in the future. The complete list of regional and main event’s winners can be found on the website of TBS DigiCon6, along with the films.