The Shoes, Short film about social change made in Spain bags ‘Global Shorts’ Film Competition in Los Angeles


The Shoes, Short film about social change made in Spain bags another milestone at the ‘Global Shorts’ film Competition in Los Angeles, USA and dedicate this to Rishi Kapoor and Irfan Khan.

After winning big at the International Film competition in San Diego (California) for recognition for Liberation/ Social Justice/Protest and also getting an official Selection in F5: FPP Financial Focus FilmFest, Florida – the United States for Audience Choice Award, Roshan Bhondekar’s The Shoes bags another milestone.

The short film by written and directed by Indian-born Spanish filmmaker Roshan Bhondekar has won special mentions from the ‘Global Shorts’ Film Competition in Los Angeles on 26th April 2020. The Shoes is an exciting short film, which is based on Global social issues like child education and poverty. The story line, which talks about – A child is searching for happiness in her life, while looking at other children around the street, even the child have equal rights to wear clothes, eat food and have shelter, played key role by child actors from Spain – Alicia Cornide, Valentina Ortiz, Iria Gonzalez, Carla Bote, Adriana Segador, Produced by Sahra Ardah from Spain and Yogesh Bhondekar an Executive producer from India.

Jeff Hudgins who chairs ‘Global Shorts’ Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Global Shorts is a Los Angeles-based international awards competition that recognizes short films with a runtime of 50 minutes or less. It is a sister competition of One-Reeler, an IMDb-recognized short film competition that accepts films 12 minutes or less. Each of our competitions have separate categories, judges, and Awards packages. Attracting filmmakers from all over the world, our competitions emphasize original, impactful storytelling – the same qualities film festivals and distributors look for. Past competition Winners have also won or been nominated for: BAFTAs, British Independent Film Awards, Cannes Film Festival Awards, Emmys, Genie Awards, Golden Globes, Saturn Awards. Some of the countries we have received Winning submissions from include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA”.

Talking about the same, Roshan Bhondekar shares, “We never thought that our small efforts towards film making while addressing social issues will give us international awards, as on today we have received 6 international awards for ‘The Shoes’ alone. The special feeling when audiences from different parts of the world are appreciating our ideas, we will keep doing best for bringing the best talent and ideas on the screen. Honored to be participated along with powerful Hollywood projects. We have to dedicate this award to Mr. Rishi Kapoor and Mr.Irrfan Khan for their remarkable contribution of work for Indian Cinema, as they have shown the way of film making.”

The man behind the short film, Roshan Bhondekar hails from a small town named Tumsar from Maharashtra, India. From a 300 sqft house with 6 people to a plush apartment in Spain, Roshan Bhondekar’s journey has been inspiring and how! Shot completely in Spain, The Shoes is a story based on a child’s right to have a dignified and secure life. The short film throws light on the global child education and poverty and going by the current coronavirus pandemic, it is essential to take the right measures to cope up with poverty and lack of child education, especially girl child education.

Being the eldest son coming from poor family background, it was tough for Roshan and his family as they had to struggle for a two-time meal and that’s what kicked the author to do something big. Roshan managed to secure admission to a polytechnic college and later bought his own house after completing his engineering and ever since then there was no looking back for him.

The author has also written books like The Frame: An Art of Optimism and Love – The Key to Optimism: Path Towards Happiness. Also, his another short film Hausla Aur Raste, too won prestigious awards during International film festivals, one during the Delhi Shorts International Film Festival as ‘Special Festival Mention’, in India and another one as ‘Best 1st Time Filmmaker’ Award during Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes.

It has constantly been a satisfaction to witness Roshan’s craft of work towards social awareness and world is searching ahead to seeing extra such ideas in the coming years for addressing the global ground reality.