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Last Updated: Sun, 18.11.12 16:26

Nepali student shortlisted in Tony Blair foundation film contest

Photo Courtesy: The Tony Blair Faith Foundation

A short film made by Sahara Sharma (24) has been nominated as one of the fifteen movies in contention for the global film competition Faith Shorts, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation said in a statement.

This is the first time that a Nepali national has been represented in the competition.

The winning film maker will be flown to London to have their films premiered at a red carpet event at 195 Piccadilly, the home of the British Academy of film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The winner is to be declared late in November.

"Judges of the competition include: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bollywood star Anil Kapoor and Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and Jet Li," said the statement.

Sahara from Shantinagar, Kathmandu has been shortlisted for the age 18-27 category for her film 'By my Troth'.

“Nepal celebrates a diverse population in terms of religion and ethnicity. We worship Ram, pray to Buddha, light candles at Church altars and bow to Allah. And, amongst our differences we celebrate oneness, the grandeur of diverse culture, language, and faith," said Sharma.

The foundation received over 100 entries in from five continents around the world including the UK, the US, the Philippines, Israel, Mexico and Norway but only fifteen films were shortlisted.

Watch Sahara’s film here: