13th Febuary 2019, Chandigarh
Admitted, the most spoken about feature documentary, based on on the striking journey of Mx. Dhananjay Chauhan - the 1st Transgender student of the Panjab University, helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Ojaswwee Sharma, has won a prestigious - Award of Merit at The Impact DOCS Awards Competition (United States). The award was given for under the category: Ojaswwee Sharma, Pinaka Mediaworks (India), Admitted, Documentary Feature).
“Admitted is an honest, yet exceptional narrative unearthing and exceptional journey of 5 decades of the leading transgender activist of Chandigarh, India, narrated by the lady herself!” - Impact DOCS Award
“I am deeply over-whelmed with the recognition, and I hope more people from the community come together and educate each other on basic human rights, and encourage each other to lead a life of dignity. The documentary has done an exceptional job in sensitizing the society, and I hope many would benefit when it releases to viewership for the masses” - Mx. Dhananjay Chauhan
“Being ‘different’ is a handicap in itself. The journey with the making of the documentary and it being received by film festival across the world, both have been tedious, yet very fruitful and encouraging. Documenting from a specific perspective is very challenging and for the audience to absorb the crux is the icing on the cake. I am overwhelmed with the critical acclaim being showered to the subject, and our attempt to keep it very organic and raw for the better connect with the hearts. This documentary is close to my heart as this testing journey unfolded right in my home town. ‘Admitted’ explores the journey of a ‘different wonder woman’ who rose above stigma, self loathing and self denial aiming at the life of dignity for herself and also hundred thousands more who just because of their orientation are denied a respectful living. Admitted is one riveting journey of courage, determination and the will to become what you want to be!” - Ojaswwee Sharma
Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award winning filmmakers and fresh new talent. Entries were judged by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the film and television industry.
Impact DOCS recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.
In winning an Impact DOCS award, Ojaswwee Sharma, the Director of Admitted, joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning director Louie Psihoyos for his 2016 Best of Show – Racing Extinction, Oscar winner Yael Melamede for (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, and Emmy Award winner Gerald Rafshoon for Endless Corridors narrated by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, and many more.
Rick Prickett, who chairs Impact DOCS, had this to say, “ “The judges and I were simply blown away by the variety and immensely important documentaries we screened. Impact DOCS is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. Impact DOCS helps set the standard for craft and creativity as well as power catalysts for global change. The goal of Impact DOCS is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve for their dedication and work.”
As on date, the film has been a part and success acclaim from
Impact Doc Awards 2019 (CALIFORNIA), Rajasthan International Film Festival 2019 (JAIPUR), NFDC Film Bazaar 2018 (GOA), 9th Jagran Film Festival 2018 (MUMBAI), Bioscope Global Film Festival 2018 (AMRITSAR), Tarang - Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival 2018 (NEW DELHI), Independent Talents International Film Festival 2018 (UNITED STATES), New Delhi Film Festival 2018 (NEW DELHI)
“Admitted has officially been supported by the Canadian High Commission in India” and has received acclaiming laurels with"
AWARD Of MERIT - Impact Doc Awards 2019 (CALIFORNIA)
BEST DOCUMENTARY - Special Jury Mention (Critics Choice) at Rajasthan Film Festival 2019
BEST DOCUMENTARY - Bioscope Global Film Festival 2018 (AMRITSAR)
Nominee BEST FILM - Independent Talents International Film Festival 2018 (UNITED STATES)