‘SHEER QORMA’ Wins Best Short Film Award At Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival

“Sheer Qorma”, starring Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhasker and Divya Dutta, a female-led cast, has won the Best Short Film Audience Award at the recent 34th Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival.

Director Faraz Arif Ansari took to twitter to share the big news. “WE WON! #SheerQorma wins the BEST SHORT FILM, Audience Award at the 34th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival @OutFilmCT. Out of 83 short films in competition from over the world, we received highest audience score,” Ansari wrote.



In another tweet, he added: “Huge thank you to Shane Engstrom, Festival Co-Director, the entire team at #OutFilmCT & all the audiences that voted for our film! If you are reading this, please accept our deepest gratitude — THANK YOU!”

Swara retweeted the news from producer Marijke deSouza’s Tweet and wrote: “Amazing! Congrats to us all! Kudos to you and Faraz for making this film possible.”



Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family told through courageous, queer women who choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social morality.

Talking about the film, Swara Bhaskar said, “Sheer Qorma, is an LGBTQ romance. It’s a love story of two Muslim women who are also coloured people living in Canada. I play a Pakistani Canadian while Divya Dutta is of Indian origin. It’s a sweet story which touches upon many issues and also incorporates a lot of culture and emotion.”

Founded in 1988 by William Mann and Terri Reid, the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the US state. The festival’s aim is to create programming that highlights LGBTQ youth and elders, queer people of color, international perspectives, religion, history, comedies, tragedies, and stories of love.



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