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In Memoriam: 


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Falu wins 2022 Grammy Award for Best Children's Music Album

Congratulations, Falu! 

Falu's songs are featured on the Diwal'Oween soundtrack.

She wrote the song "Happy Diwali" as an original for Diwal'Oween.


Falu wins 2022 Grammy

Cast member Swann Gruenn appears on Amy Schumer's Life and Beth on Hulu

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Cast member Meetu Chilana appears in Bhangin' It at La Jolla Playhouse

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Cast member Abeer Khan appears on

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

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Shot by Shot Interview on TV Asia 

Diwal'Oween is featured in episode 6 of Shot by Shot on TV Asia, aired for special Halloween programming. Thank you to producer Nidhi Kathuria for having us!

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West Orange Premiere of Diwal'Oween Draws Large Crowd

The independently-produced family comedy Diwal'Oween celebrates its West Orange premiere at West Orange Art Center in New Jersey.

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Won Best Editing at Apulia Webfest

Amazing time at

Apulia Webfest in Italy!

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Apulia Webfest Award 2019

Filmmaker Highlights WO's Cultural Diversity

Essex News Daily features story about Diwal'Oween movie shooting in New Jersey.

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Screening at Maplewood

Diwali Festival

Actors Bev Sheehan and Swann Gruenn with director/producer/writer Shilpa Mankikar at Maplewood Diwali Festival in New Jersey.

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Sold Out Screening at Maplewood Movie Theater

Sold out Diwal'Oween screening at Maplewood Movie Theater in collaboration with Maplewood Diwali Festival, followed by a performance by AUM Dance Creations.

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Cast member Sparrowhawk appears on High Maintenance on HBO

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How to Celebrate Diwal'Oween!

A Diwal'Oween movie screening is part of the celebrations at Cisco's 7th Annual Diwal'Oween Office Party in San Jose, California.


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Screening at Queens Library

Diwal'Oween proves to be a popular educational screening for Queens Public Library's Halloween week programming at its Flushing and Glen Oak locations.

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Screening at Canon Professional Support  Burbank 

Work-in-progress screening of Diwal'Oween for the Alliance of Women Directors at Canon Professional Service & Support Center in Burbank, California.

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Invited to Seoul Webfest FAMTour

Diwal'Oween proudly represents the USA at the 2018 Seoul Webfest. FAMTour took filmmakers from all over the world to neighboring cities Sangju and Chuncheon, where many international and Korean soap operas and films are shot! It was an unforgettable VIP experience that opened the door to potential co-productions in the future.

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Q&A at

Seoul Webfest

Director Shilpa Mankikar in a live question and answer session at Seoul Webfest in South Korea, where Diwal'Oween was nominated for 5 awards.


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Diwal'Oween Wins Two Awards At Central

Java Film Festival

Diwal'Oween is awarded two Platinum Star of Java awards-- one for Best International Short Film, and one for Best Director.

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Awards Ceremony at Central Java

Film Festival

Awards night of the 2018 Central Java Film Festival is held at the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur, with awards presented by King Mangkunegara X.


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Diwal'Oween nominated for awards at the 2018 World Film Awards

in Bali

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Cast and Director At Garden State Film Festival

Cast members Abeer Khan, Rehnuma Rahman, Manvir Singh, and director Shilpa Mankikar at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey.

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Director and Actor at Garden State Film Festival

Director Shilpa Mankikar with actor Rehnuma Rahman at the Garden State Film Festival.

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Diwal'Oween Screening at Asbury Park Senior Center

Diwal'Oween is screened at the Asbury Park Senior Center as part of the 2018 Garden State Film Festival. The team shot 5 days in New Jersey with support from the New Jersey Motion Picture & TV Commission. Asbury Park at the Jersey Shore helped launch the careers of Wendy Williams, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.

Screening at Jodhphur International Film Festival

Diwal'Oween has the last screening of the year in the Professional Shorts Competition at the 2017 Jodhpur International Film Festival in Rajasthan, India.


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Interview By

WebVee Guide

Diwal'Oween director Shilpa Mankikar is interviewed by a correspondent from WebVee Guide, an online entertainment news outlet that focuses on webseries and independent projects.


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Sparrowhawk Interview at Toronto Webfest

Sparrowhawk Caught on Fire is interviewed at the 2017 Toronto Webfest, where Diwal'Oween was nominated for two awards.

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Interview With Times of India

Diwal'Oween director Shilpa Mankikar discusses the forgotten story of influential Indian painter Vishwanath Nageshkar in an interview with The Times of India.


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Won Best Family Series at Baltimore Next Media Webfest 

Diwal'Oween wins Best Family Series award at the 2017 Baltimore Next Media WebFest, hosted at the historic Patterson Theatre.

Screening at Rome Webfest

An excerpt of Diwal'Oween enters the competition at the 2017 Rome WebFest, hosted at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art.

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Screening at

Berlin Webfest

Diwal'Oween teaser is screened in the lounge at the 2017

Berlin Webfest.

Nominated at

Toronto Webfest

After years of development, casting, shooting, and editing, episode 5 of Diwal'Oween's webseries format previews at the 2017 Toronto Webfest, hosted in the CN Tower.

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Cannes Market

Short Film Corner

Thanks to all the distributors who contacted us from the

Cannes Market!

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Palm Springs

International Shortsfest

Thanks to all the distributors who contacted us from the

Palm Springs Market!

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