“Make Impossible Possible” — Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Announced 3rd Biogen Award: Barefoot Empress

Non-fiction short film about a woman who started school at 96 India

TOKYO, June 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Oscar® Qualifying Short Film Festival and Asia 2022 announced On 3rd “Biogen Award”, which was selected among the nominated films at the SSFF & ASIA 2022 competitions, as Barefoot Empress directed by Vikas Khanna.

One of the world’s leading global biotechnology companies, Biogen was SSFF & ASIA partner for 3 years and continued to provide ethical pharmaceuticals for neurological diseases based on his vision of “Making the Impossible Possible in Neuroscience”. Among the films to be screened, the Biogen Prize is awarded to a film that strongly conveys the theme of “Making the impossible possible”.

Followed by 1st laureate “Final Examination” (Singapore) and the 2n/a “Stairs”, the winner of this year’s Biogen award is “Barefoot Empress”, an Indian film from the Non-Fiction program. This is the story of a woman who starts school at 96. Director Vikas Khanna is also a Michelin star chef. He wanted to portray a woman who forges an identity through action. This story will inspire many dreamers that you can do anything, regardless of your age or custom.

This film will be screened at the SSFF & ASIA Online Theater 2022 from today at June 30theas well as screened at Euro Live at Tokyo on June 9e.


“Barefoot Empress”
Vikas Khanna / 0:15:32 / India / Nonfiction / 2021

Karthiyani Amma, 96, has spent a lifetime sweeping the temples of India. Decades later, she broke with tradition by returning to school. There she shattered expectations, earning the highest grade in her class. Her inspiring story is proof that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true.

Director : Vikas Khanna
An internationally renowned American Indian Chief and one of the first Indian Chiefs to receive a Michelin star in the United States, he was also listed among the 10 most influential chefs in the world by Deutsche Welle. Author of 37 books and documentary filmmaker. The Last Color marked his debut as a writer/director.

Director’s comments
My heart is dancing right now as we receive the Biogen award at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Make Impossible Possible…well, it fits perfectly with our heroine, Kartyayani Amma’s journey to find an education at the age of 96 in a rural village in India.

Media contact:
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SOURCE Short Film Festival & Asia

Darcy J. Skinner