Viral Patel from Australia winner in Zee5 Global Content Festival 2022

Winning entries along with the work of the finalists will be streamed on the platform from 26th April 2022

Global, 26 April 2022: The winners of the Global Content Festival (GCF) 2022, organized by ZEE5 Global, the largest streaming platform for South Asian content, were announced today. A total of 12 contestants emerged as winners from hundreds of entries received from across the globe, including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the UK, the USA, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, and the Netherlands, in a motley of languages including Hindi, English, Marathi, Bangla, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.  

Aiming at eliminating linguistic, cultural, and geographical boundaries, ZEE5 Global is conducting this one-of-a-kind festival, giving budding filmmakers a platform to showcase their unique content for the second consecutive year.

India based independent filmmaker Kumar Ritu Raj emerged as the winner for his drama movie Khudbudi.The film revolves around a small-town girl from Bihar who dreams of being a writer. Along with Raj, five other participants were declared winners from India.  Meanwhile, Viral Patel from Australia, Nimisha Tanna from New Zealand and Shaunak Surlu from Singapore emerged as winners for their distinctive storytelling across genres and languages.  This year, the platform received double the number of entries received last year as filmmakers across the Globe doubled down to get their content showcased in global markets. 

Watch the winning entries here:

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global, said, “We are thrilled with the response for the second edition of the ZEE5 Global Content Festival. What started out as a one-of-a-kind initiative  in 2021 to give independent filmmakers from around the world a global platform to showcase their work has  grown out to be even bigger and better in 2022. With the success of the first edition of the Festival, this year we have received more than double the number of entries as against last year. Congratulations  to all the winners of the 2022 ZEE5 Global Content Festival, and we’re extremely happy to have their stories streaming on ZEE5.”

The winners were selected after a scrutinized evaluation process by an expert panel of judges at ZEE5 Global over two months. All the entries from winners, finalists and nominations will be streaming free for viewers to watch on the platform in 190+ countries. The list of winning entries are as below:

Name of the winnerNationalityContent TitleLanguage
Kumar Ritu RajIndiaKhudbudiHindi
Mohankumar PadyaIndiaA Face Behind The SmileHindi
Neha KulkarniIndiaGirhanHindi
Moiz AbbasPakistanKeh DoHindi
Nimish TannaNew ZealandDon’t let her inEnglish
Side Partition (Band)UK Teri Hi BarqatHindi
Shaunak SurluSingaporeTHE REAL PICTURE!English
Shashank MhasawadeIndiaLakshmiMarathi
Sai PogaruSingapore DadEnglish
Viral PatelAustraliaAerogrammesEnglish
Badrinath SabatIndiaDhagadMarathi
Aishwarya KumarIndiaFOMO

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