This animated short, based on the book by Rachna Gilmore, is the story of Gita, an 8-year-old girl who can't wait to celebrate Divali - the Hindu festival of lights - in her new home in Canada. But it's nothing like New Delhi, where she comes from. The weather is cold and grey and a terrible ice storm cuts off the power, ruining her plans for a party. Obviously, a Divali celebration now is impossible. Or is it? As Gita experiences the glittering beauty of the icy streets outside, the traditional festival of lights comes alive in a sparkling new way.
Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.
Awards and distinctions
Audience Choice Award for Best Short
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Best Opera Prima
Festival internacional de Cine para Ninos / DIVERCINE, Montevideo
Dick and Ada Bird Award for Best Animated Short Film - with a cash prize of 200$.
Flicks International Children Film Festival, Saskatoon
Honorable Mention - Category: Children and Youth
International Film and Video Festival, Columbus
Writer's Guild Top Ten Award - Category: Children / Preschool
Writers Guild of Canada, Toronto
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