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April 22-25th, 2022


Shorts Program D - A Matter of Survival

India, Canada/Sri Lanka  I 91 mins I Drama, Thriller, Documentary I Hindi, English, Telugu, Oriya, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil w/ English subtitles

NOTE: This is an alternate, online version of the IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD, AND I FEEL FINE program showing in theaters April 14th. 

An ambitious swimmer in India, an overtaxed social worker in Canada, a blind couple, and more vivid characters face circumstances that challenge their life's path, or even their life itself, and must struggle to survive.



  • Blind Date (dir. Mihir Dhirajlal Upadhyay  )

        A blind couple face an upcoming life change. 

  • Receiver(dir. Cavan Campbell)​​

         Isolated in the night shift, Sriyani, an overworked telephone counsellor, is confronted by an insidious caller. 

  • Cycle ( dir. Devashish Makhija)

        A wronged tribal woman seek a difficult retribution.   

  • Testimony of Ana( dir. Sachin Dheeraj) 

       An Indian woman recounts being the victim of a modern with hunt. 

  • Kanya ( dir. Apoorva Satish)

         An adolescent girls ambitions of competitive swimming are challenged when she gets her first period. 

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About the Artist(s)


Mihir Dhirajlal Upadhyay has a long relationship with filmmaking, from working as a camera attendant at 16 to producing international features with collaborators across the globe. As a producer, he's facilitated projects that have won the hearts of critics and audiences, including Pan Nalin's The Valley of Flowers.  The Blind Date is his second short as writer/ director. He is currently developing web shows and a feature. 

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Sachin is an engineer turned filmmaker from India. He is currently studying and practicing film at The UT- Austin as part of the MFA program in Film & Media Production. His short doc, The Bubbleman, premiered at SXSW Denius Longhorn Showcase and has played many world festivals. He is also a recipient of the Austin Film Society Grant for his pre-thesis film, Testimony of Ana, which premiered at HOT DOCS.

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Cavan Campbell was raised on Prince Edward Island by his Island father, a painter, and his Sri Lankan mother, a writer. Filmmaking proved the natural synthesis of these early loves. 

Cavan’s films have screened & been awarded on three continents. His
film HANGNAIL was lauded by Academy Award- winner Paul Haggis as “powerful, wonderful filmmaking”.

He has worked for nearly 20 years in production, contributing to feature films, television (Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes Reborn), and commercials. 

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Devashish Makhija is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, fiction writer and poet. He is best known for writing and directing full-length feature films AJII (aka Granny) and BHONSLE - both Busan BIFF and Rotterdam IFFR favorites - as well as authoring the bestselling children's books When Ali became Bajrangbali & Why Paploo was Perplexed, and a series of 49 short stories published  by HarperCollins. He has also worked on iconic films like Black Friday and Bunty Aur Babli. 

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Born and raised in Chennai, Apoorva was fascinated by the power of Tamil films in politics, igniting a passion for creating personal stories that explore identity, freedom, and contemporary social themes. She received her MFA from the Film & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (Prague). Her graduation film, Kanya, premiered at Busan Int'l Film Festival.


 Apoorva's work was also shortlisted for the 2021 Student Academy Awards placing her in the top 7% of entrants from across the world. Currently, She is in the final stages of developing  her debut feature while working on long & short-format projects. 


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