A thirty minute film ‘Look at the Sky’ directed and written by 28 year old Manipuri filmmaker, Ashok Veilou, won the Best Film Award in Short Film category of the recently concluded 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2019 held at Thiruvananthpuram, organised by the Kerala State Chalchitra Academy
The cinematographer is Jithu George from Kerala, and the film has been edited by Pousheru Ngade from Purul village, Manipur, who is an alumni of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata in Editing. Sandeep Singh from Uttar Pradesh designed the sound.
The film made in Poulah dialect spoken by Poumai tribe in Senapati District was among 19 films selected in that category. The film also bagged the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger with a cash prize of five lakh rupees for the Best Short film Award in Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) 2018. Earlier, his film ‘Tou-Tai’ (Seed) won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger for best Short Film in KIFF 2016.
The 28 years old director completed his 3-year PG in Direction and Screenplay Writing from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, after graduation in Mass Communication and Video Production from St Anthony College, Shillong.
Veilou was happy that he was able to tell the story of his people and its rich culture to the world, which otherwise might have never been told. Veilou says, ‘My people are the backbone of the film. I want to tell their stories for a better world.’ The film is about a man who courageously fights for his rights after being outcast from his own birthplace for not supporting the village candidate in the election.