TNFF 2017 Awards

Press Release: April 3rd, 2017


For Information:

Niyati Adhikari

Email: programming@tnff.ca




Toronto, ON - The Eighth Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival (TNFF) successfully concluded on April 2nd, 2017.  The festival took place at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto on April 1st, 2017 and Noel Ryan Auditorium at Mississauga Central Library in Mississauga on April 2nd, 2017.


TNFF is proud to announce that the winner of the Audience Choice Award goes to ‘Heaven is Black’ by Raj Kumar Rai.  Heaven is Black is a chilling short film about three children’s perception of heaven. Among the boys, Buddhi decides to go to heaven. The film captures the extensive efforts that show the naivety in taking life for granted. The film was extremely well received by attendees of the festival hence grabbing the award. The award carries a monetary value of CAD $1500.


As well, the winner of the Jury Choice award for TNFF 2017 goes to ‘Dadyaa (The Woodpeckers of Rotha)’ by Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet. This compelling short film captures the ongoing dilemma faced by an elderly couple whose village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying “goodbye”, the couple has to decide whether to keep living through memories or to leave the village for good. The award was chosen by this year’s panel of jurors – Subarna Thapa, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, and Rinchen Dolma. The award carries a monetary value of CAD $500


An audience of over 450 that attended the 8th Annual Toronto Nepali film festival chose the Audience Choice award. The audience consisted of a diverse range of people from the Greater Toronto Area including people from the Nepali diaspora, newcomer immigrants, film aficionados, film festival programmers, social workers, academicians, students, journalists, writers and artists.


Heaven is Black by Raj Kumar Rai was chosen as the winner from a pool of fourteen films that included Bhus ko Logne (Maya’s Husk Husband) by Jyoti Keshar Simha Thakuri, Singha Durbar by Prabesh Poudel, Sankalpa by Santosh Dahal, Dadyaa by Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet, Kalli (Silver anklets) by Rakesh Maharjan, Dhyangro (The Shaman’s Drum) by Raj Kumar Rai, My Claire by Rajendra Thakurathi, In Search of Devaki by Devaki Bist, Daughters of the Curved Moon by Miranda Morton Yap and Sophie Dia Pegrum, Dhago (The Thread) by Eva Acharya and Sakar Pant, 107.2 Mhz by Rajeela Shrestha, Dust by Deepak Tolange, and Maanis Haraayeko Suchana (The Shadow of the Wind) by Sweekar Shahn .


Each film screened at the festival will be felicitated with an honorarium of CAD $100, $150, or $200. The length of each film will delegate the honorarium amount. An award ceremony will be organized later this year to felicitate the filmmakers with certificates of participation, honorariums and the awards.


The Toronto Nepali Film Festival has been taking place in Toronto, Canada since 2010. It was established with a goal of supporting and promoting Nepali filmmaking. Subarna Thapa, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati and Rinchen Dolma were the jurors for the Eighth Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival and the festival was programmed under the direction of Niyati Adhikari. TNFF collaborates with other film festivals and organizations to bring narratives of Nepal and its people to Toronto and each year many of the films are co-presented to broaden the reach of this goal. This year, our co-presenters included Possible Worlds, Rebels with a Cause Film Festival, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Center), imagineNATIVE, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and ASHA Toronto.