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Assam’s first 3D Animation film – “A Blind Dog”, has been selected to be officially screened at the APA Film Festival held as part of The 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association during August 9-12, 2018, at the famous Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

The 3D animation film will be screened on Saturday, 11th of August, in the slot 3:40 pm.

The APA film festival will be graced with several multi-award-winning films from across the globe such as Thank You for Your Service, Get Out, Lady Bird, Extremis, Munich ’72 and Beyond, The Way Home, Beyond the Burqa, etc.

“A Blind Dog” is the only Indian film to be screened at the special APA Film Festival. Animation, as well as direction, is done by Ryan Hazarika. Axl Hazarika is the producer, music composer and VFX editor of the 3D animation film.  This is the real-life-based story of the relationship between a musician and his blind dog. The animation conveys a special and heartfelt message about the presence of strong emotional bonds with animals outside the realm of human relations. “A Blind Dog” is the first 3D animation film from Assam officially certified and censored by Central Board of Film Certification, India. The film is scheduled to be released in India later this year.

The animation film has made a tremendous impact in the global arena with the official selection at more than 25 International Film festivals across countries like Russia, Germany,  UK, Italy, Africa, the United State, etc. which includes major festivals like 60th St. Petersburg International Film Festival (Russia), The Golden Peak Film Festival (Russia), Saint Vladimir Film Festival (Russia), Caribbean Film Festival (USA), Cardiff International Film Festival (UK), APA Film Festival (USA), 4th International CGA (Germany),  International Tourism Film Festival (Maldives), 23rd Film Festival della Lessinia (Italy), etc.

Axl Hazarika is an experimental music artist from northeast India. Axl recently became the first and only Indian artist to rank in SoundCloud Top 10 Global Trance music charts & Billboard music charts. Axl and his brother, Ryan Hazarika, are also credited with the first animation video – Hum Badal Gaye from northeast India officially certified and censored by the Central Board of Film Certification, India.

Also, the Assamese music video ‘Goru Bihu Song’, directed by Axl Hazarika, has been selected to be officially screened at one of the largest international film festivals in Europe – 47th Sehsüchte, which took place from 25th to 29th of April 2018 at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF housed at Babelsberg Film Studio, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912.

Axl, currently the technical head of Jyoti Chitraban Digital Archive, is involved in a lead role in developing northeast India’s largest government-run digital archive – Jyoti Chitraban Digital Archive, that aims to store and preserve for posterity archival materials of all kinds including music, videos, films, documentaries, texts, and photographs.

Title: A Blind Dog
Type: 3D Animation
Direction & Animation: Ryan Hazarika
Music, Editing, Post-Production & Produced by: Axl Hazarika

Awards & Festival Selections so far:

FESTIVAL NAME LOCATION Result
60th St. Petersburg International Film Festival – White Nights St. Petersburg, Russia Winner
The Golden Peak Film Festival St. Petersburg, Russia Winner
Whistle Stop Film Festival (WSFF) Boulder, Colorado, USA Winner
4th International Conference and Expo on
Computer Graphics & Animation
Berlin, Germany Winner
Saint Vladimir Film Festival Sevastopol, Russia Winner
Cinema in the square Saint Petersburg, Russia Winner
Banjaluk Anima Bosnia and Herzegovina Winner
SFF – Sport Film Festival Italy Winner
Galaxy 35 mm Film Festival Russia Winner
Bushman Film Festival 2017 Abidjan,  West Africa Semi – Finalist
Caribbean Film Festival Miami, Florida, USA Semi – Finalist
APA Film Festival 2018 San Francisco, California, USA Official Selection
Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Official Selection
Cardiff International Film Festival Wales, United Kingdom Official Selection
Marquee on Main Washington, USA Official Selection
Twin Lion International Short Film Festival Mumbai, India Official Selection
Abuja International Film Festival Nigeria Official Selection
Chaktomuk Short Film Festival Phnom Penh, Cambodia Official Selection
Canine Film Festival Miami, Florida, USA Official Selection
Baretower Forge World Film Competition Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA Official Selection
Short Film Breaks Film Festival Bucharest, Romania Official Selection
Geo Film Festival & Expo Cinema Rocco Cosentino Cittadella, Italy Official Selection
International Tourism Film Festival Maldives Official Selection
23rd Film Festival della Lessinia Verona, Italy Official Selection

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