Based in Kerala, India, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is a Zoology and Law graduate who moved into the world of independent cinema in 2001. He co-formed the Kazhcha Film Forum to make independent movies through crowd funding, which enabled him to direct three short films and one feature film. His cinema cab initiative, the travelling cinema movement for promoting indie films in Kerala, has received much acclaim. As a director, his debut feature film Oraalppokkam (2014) won Best Director Award at the Kerala State Film Awards alongside FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). His second film Ozhivudivasathe Kali (2015) won the Kerala State Film Awards’ Best Film prize and once again the FIPRESCI award at IFFK.
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