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Graduate’s Nepal Heroes film on 2015 earthquake wins Award of Merit in Best Shorts film competition

Television, Film and Moving Image 26 October 2015

Aaditi Dutt, a University of Westminster graduate in BA Contemporary Media Practice, has been awarded the prestigious Award of Merit for her film Nepal Heroes at the annual Best Shorts Competition.

The Award of Merit was given to Aaditi Dutt for her moving film Nepal Heroes, created as a tribute to the efforts of all those who helped Nepal recover after the devastating earthquake in 2015. Rahat Kulshreshtha, also a graduate from the University of Westminster as well as Founder and CEO of Quidich, also collaborated on the film, and was responsible for the film’s stunning aerial photography.

Speaking of her film’s tribute to those who helped in the recovery of the earthquake, Aaditi Dutt said: “After the Nepal earthquake we had gone to Nepal to help with the relief and rescue efforts. It was incredible to witness over sixty countries unite for Nepal. Moved by the International support Nepal received, this tribute to those who helped and to inspire others to continue to do the same was created.”

In winning a Best Shorts Award, Aaditi Dutt joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, commented on the latest winners: “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of Best Shorts is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

The Best Shorts Competition recognises film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.

The BA Contemporary Media Practice course is part of the University’s Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our state-of-the-art Harrow Campus – a cutting-edge creative hub, and one of the leading media, arts and design educational facilities in Europe.

Watch Aaditi Dutt’s award winning short film Nepal Heroes.


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