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Lights for Gita

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Eight-year-old Gita can't wait to celebrate Divali, the Hindu festival of lights, in her new home. But it's nothing like New Delhi, where she comes from. The weather is cold and grey and a terrible ice storm cuts off the power, ruining her plans for a party. Obviously, a Divali celebration now is impossible. Or is it? As Gita experiences the glittering beauty of the icy streets outside, the traditional festival of lights comes alive in a sparkling new way.

Lights for Gita is part of the NFB's Talespinners collection. Created for children aged five to nine, Talespinners uses vibrant animation to bring popular stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

2001, 07 min 34 s

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Audience Choice Award for Best Short
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
April 23 to 27 2003, Los Angeles - USA

Best Opera Prima
Festival internacional de Cine para Ninos / DIVERCINE
July 8 to 19 2002, Montevideo - Uruguay

Writer's Guild Top Ten Award - Category: Children / Preschool
Writers Guild of Canada
April 15 2002, Toronto - Canada

Dick and Ada Bird Award for Best Animated Short Film - with a cash prize of 200$.
Flicks International Children Film Festival
March 22 to 24 2002, Saskatoon - Canada

Honorable Mention - Category: Children and Youth
International Film and Video Festival
October 23 to 26 2001, Columbus - USA

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