Animated short film award winner becomes qualified for Oscars 2022.
Music artist and writer Saahil Bhargava jolted awake to news of being an official selection
in two categories at the LA Shorts International Film Festival, one of the world’s most
prestigious and largest international short film festivals.
Nominated in two key categories (Animation, Music Video) for the video of his song
Kohima, Saahil finds himself in stellar company. The list of nominations includes Paul
McCartney’s latest music video ‘When Winter Comes ’ and Yo-Yo Ma’s concert ‘See Me’.
In its 25th year, LA Shorts International Film Festival is accredited by the Academy of
Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (Oscar®), the British Academy of Film and Television
Arts (BAFTA), and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (Canadian Screen
Awards). Throughout the fest’s history, 60 LA Shorts filmmakers have earned Academy
Award® nominations, with 16 taking home the Oscar. In other words, if Saahil Bhargava’s
Kohima wins best animated short film, then it will be shortlisted automatically for the
Oscars in 2022.
LA Shorts International Film Festival founder/director Robert Arentz said, “It is such
a high honour for the LA Shorts International Film Festival to welcome Kohima into the
competition this year, which is our 25th anniversary. Only a handful of films were accepted
into the brand new Music/Dance category, and Kohima is one of those elite few. In fact,
we created the special Music/Dance program due to high-quality content from exceptional
artists, such as Paul McCartney, Yo-Yo Ma, and of course, India’s own Saahil Bhargava!”
Saahil’s music has always been about telling great stories, especially through his
companion screen content. For the innovative and groundbreaking Kohima, Saahil
collaborated with Big Bang Music and co-directed the music video with Harmeet Rahal to
bring his vision to life. With Kohima, Saahil Bhargava addresses the plethora of emotions
– from panic to despair – of a combat soldier. Kohima is set during the infamous World
War II battle in the northeast of India.
Curiously, Saahil’s Kohima is trending among video game fans worldwide. On YouTube,
gamers flood Kohima’s comments section with love. Mostly, they marvel about the ways
that the song effectively captures a serviceman’s journey. It’s a big win for any
independent artist, and Saahil is exceptionally grateful.
Talking about the exciting nomination Saahil Bhargava says, “It is a huge honour to
be recognized alongside so many amazing artists. Kohima was written to be a story about
the horrors of war from the perspective of an individual soldier, and I think this video really
captures the pain and terror that soldiers go through in a brutal battle. I’m very excited for.