The Golden Pen wins Honorable Mention at Asians on Film Festival in West Hollywood

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The golden pen has been awarded an Honourable Mention as the runners up in the Best Short – Documentary Category at the Asians on film festival in west hollywood, california. The first place went to Merde! which was directed by Earl McDaniel III.

The announcement was made barely three days after The Golden Pen was premiered on Friday, April 13, before a packed audience at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. A full video report of the premiere and an animated Q&A will be on this site shortly.

The tremendous reception at the premiere was way beyond our expectations. We were graced with directors such as Shakun Batra, whose Bollywood movie Ek Main aur Ek Tu, was also premiered at the festival. And now we have been showered with recognition from a well-know West Coast festival that specializes in a certain genre of films.  This sort of recognition would have  been impossible but for the team involved in filming and putting together The Golden Pen.




The Asians on Film Festival recognition was in the Winter 2012 Awards segment. Films that win in each season award go on to compete for the annual big award at the end of the year. Here is a blurb on the festival on its own website:


Asians On Film Festival is an extension of the website and like the website, our mission is to provide recognition to Asian/Pacific Islanders who work in the English language film industries (not necessarily in English language films) either as actors, actresses, writers, directors, producers, editors and/or those who work in other aspects of filmmaking. Our primary focus are films from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand where recognition of Asian/Pacific Islander talent is often overlooked because of their minority status. With the festival as an extension of the website, we are committed to promotion via news, information, interviews and recognition given by the festival. We hope to show the world talent that otherwise may be missed. With readership in 187 countries we expect the marriage of the website and the festival will provide an amazing forum for great films.


New films are being released every day, every month of the year. We therefore, do not constrain recognition of films to a yearly event, but have an open rolling deadline so that we can recognize films when filmmakers are ready to have the world see them! The online format also enables us to give recognition and awards to films at the start of their festival run that will help them promote their work and be a means to get acceptance into other festivals.

Because the format of the festival is designed so that films can receive immediate attention, films that meet a minimum creative standard as determined by the panel of judges are accepted and considered for quarterly awards (short films) or bi-annual awards (feature films) as they are received, but not screened. The unlisted deadline for short films submission is the last day of each quarter (March, June, September, December) and for feature films the last day of June and December. Films will be screened by a panel of individuals who work in the film industry, not random people off the street! Winners in a variety of categories will be determined and posted the following month after the end of a quarter and online certificate awards will be given out. Winners will automatically become nominees for the yearly awards.



2 thoughts on “The Golden Pen wins Honorable Mention at Asians on Film Festival in West Hollywood

  1. Congratulations on your latest recognition for The Golden Pen. It is a little disappointing to see your film bested by one called “Merde!” but I will refrain juvenile humour.

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