|Ramayana Wins Best Animation Film Award|
Los Angeles, March 27, 2000 - WARRIOR PRINCE, THE LEGEND OF RAMAYANA was awarded the " Best Animation film of the year" out of 60 competing entries at the Santa Clarita International festival, in Santa Clarita, California.
This is a very prestigious award since the festival is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival promotes family films that express fundamental respect for the positive values of life.
At a reception attended by academy award winning Hollywood stars, James Edmond Olmos, Cliff Robertson and Tippi Hedron, and many studio heads from Universal and Warner's, Krishna Shah, producer of the film accepted the award on behalf of the director Yugo Sako and Movie Reps International.
While accepting the award, Shah said, "This is not just an epic story set in India. It presents a code by which millions upon millions live their lives. No wonder George Lucas borrowed heavily from this archetypal myth and made a very universal film out it called Star Wars! I would like some of the stardust to rub off onto our film."
Warrior Prince is a 12 million-dollar film based upon the legend of Ramayana. It is a 95-minute action packed, feature film that explores the animation style called "FUSION." which consists of 3 different schools of animation: Manga from Japan, Disney from the USA and Ravi Varma from India. The picture is a true blend of art, romance, music and stunning visual power of East and West melding--lifting the story out of it's historic setting and delivering it slap-bang it into 21th Century.
The film was directed and conceived by Yugo Sako, a versatile documentary filmmaker from Japan. The music is by the academy award winner Alan Howarth and Vanraj Bhatia, based on Valmiki's version of Ramayana; Yugo Sako, Krishna Shah and Steve Kramer wrote the screenplay. James Earl Jones is the narrator.
The film has been in the works for over five years. It has been honored as the opening film at the Lucca Animation Film Festival in Italy and shown as the work in progress at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada as well as the Cardiff Animation Film Festival in the UK.
"Much honored and much acclaimed Warrior Prince has still not been picked up for distribution in the USA. Maybe this honor will facilitate in finding a home for this film soon." said Krishna Shah