The Toronto Star named Mina Walking as one of seven must-see films at this year's edition of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. Follow the link for the full list of picks:
Following a successful premiere at the 26th Edition of Festival Cinema Africano, Asia and Latin America in Milan, Italy, Mina Walking was awarded the prestigious SIGNIS Jury Prize by The World Catholic Association For Communication. Here is the jury statement.
“The young and talented protagonist is followed in real-time by the filmmaker’s eye, in the style of a documentary, in a film with a big emotional impact. In a world filled with violent men and criminals, Mina manages to survive with the tenacity of her 12 years and the energy of those willing to survive in a society in complete disarray, like the one of today in Afghanistan.”
The Jury members were Vanessa Lanari, Gaetano Liguori and Marianna Ninni.
SIGNIS also awarded Mina Walking an Ecumenical Commendation at the Zlin Film Festival in May 2015.
The Toronto Kids International Film Festival will present Mina Walking this April. The filmmakers are excited to bring the film and its subject to Toronto's schools with two screenings on April 12 and April 20 taking place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. For more information on the upcoming screenings visit http://tiff.net/festivals/tiffkids16/thefilms/mina-walking
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television presented the award for best Canadian feature film under $250,000 to Mina Walking. This inaugural Discovery Award is sponsored by the Talent Fund and Telefilm Canada.
"Mina Walking displays a creativity and resourcefulness unhampered by limited funding or difficult filming conditions on location in the Middle East. It is a film made against all odds, with a unique voice and vision, worthy of this inaugural Canadian Screen Award." - Helga Stephenson (Academy CEO)
Mina Walking is one of the 12 films shortlisted for the UNESCO FELLINI MEDAL to be awarded at the 46th International Film Festival of India, Goa.
"When Italian film director Federico Fellini died in 1993, Unesco's member states had just adopted a General Conference resolution calling for the safeguarding of cinematographic heritage. An appeal was launched before the international community inviting governments, industry and members of the public to participate in a campaign to keep the art alive.
The Fellini Medal was first unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1995. It bore a dual significance -- the first was to honour the director's contribution to cinema and to commemorate the centenary of the birth of cinema (1895-1995)."
This medal is given to a film that reflects the ideals promoted by Unesco.
Mina Walking was awarded the Best Feature Film Prize at the 19th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The largest Asian film festival in North America hosted a special screening of Mina Walking at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum on the night of November 12, 2015 where it awarded the $2,000 prize to the filmmakers in attendance. Additionally, following the festival's conclusion, Mina Walking was awarded a second Audience Choice Award for most popular film at the festival.
We are absolutely thrilled that Mina Walking will compete for the GOLDEN PYRAMID at the 37th Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt held from November 11-20, 2015. The Cairo International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Africa and the Arab World and the only one in both regions that is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) among 14 competitive feature film festivals in the world.
MINA WALKING's Indian premiere culminated in a best actress award for Farzana Nawabi at the closing ceremony of the 17th Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival on November 5, 2015. The Jury headed by "Selma" director Ava Duvernay singled out Ms. Nawabi's performance choosing to bestow on her a special jury mention.
Mina Walking's international success continues with an absolute momentous occasion. The 39th São Paulo International Film Festival has invited Mina to premiere IN COMPETITION at Brazil's oldest film event. There will be plenty of chances to catch Mina Walking in Sao Paulo as it is scheduled to screen 5 times starting this Thursday October 22.
Mina returns to Germany. We are absolutely thrilled and thankful for the love that we have received from German festivals and audiences thus far! The 20th Internationales Filmfestival SCHLINGEL is presenting Mina Walking in its Panorama section twice in October. The festival takes place in the city of Chemnitz, Germany between October 5-11, 2015.
It is a great honour to announce that Mina Walking has received an Asia Pacific Screen Award nomination for Best Youth Feature Film. The films will vie for the prize at the award show on November 26th 2015 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. As an official Academy nominated film, Mina Walking will also premiere in Australia during the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival between November 19-29, 2015. For more information visit