A Film & TV – BA (Hons) 4th year student has won Best Director at the Care Film Festival in Monza, Italy. Sam Van Zoest, currently in his 4th year of studies, directed Close Your Eyes, Paro when he was in his 3rd year, during an exchange in Bangalore, India. It was his examination piece at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, with a brief to make a short film on the topic of road safety as part of an awareness raising campaign. The film is about a three-year-old girl, Paro, who witnesses an accident, and whose father’s heroic actions have grave consequences for her.
Close Your Eyes, Paro has been well received at festivals, and has also been awarded Best Cinematography at the Great Message International Film Festival, Pune.