Singapore’s Tamil telemovie announced as a finalist winner in New York Festival World's Best TV & Films

On 10th April 2018, New York Festival World's Best TV & Films announced Singapore's Millenia Motion Pictures as finalist winner in the categories for Best Direction, Best Performance by an Actor, and Best Entertainment Program Open & Titles.

The festival's competition for television and film industries has been running since 1957, honouring story-tellers and talent from over 50 countries. Mediacorp, Starhub Cable Vision, Threesixzero Productions, Wawa Pictures and others are among this year's list of winners and finalists. It is notable that Millenia Motion Pictures was the only participant with an entry in Tamil; one Singapore's four official languages.

Millenia Motion Pictures' Ninaivugal commissioned by Mediacorp's Vasantham channel became a finalist for Best Direction, and Best Performance by an Actor. Starring local veteran actors A. Paneeirchelvam and Kokila Prabakaran, Ninaivugal aired on 12th February 2017, as a Valentine's Day telemovie.

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“I am feeling very elevated to be nominated as a recipient for this prestigious award. I am truly honoured to be nominated for this decoration. It is one of the proudest moment in my life as an actor, a professional and as an individual. I dedicate this award to members of the Singapore media fraternity who are religiously preserving and promoting the three art forms of Tamil culture: Iyal, Isai and Nadagam (literature, music and drama)", said Mr Paneeirchelvam, who has been in the local media scene for nearly 50 years. He has acted in more than 100 short and serial programs."

Masala, a 43-episodic drama, was announced as the finalist winner for Best Entertainment Program Open & Titles. The speciality in the title opener is the writing of the title on glass panel using masala (spice) powder to give sand art kind of effect in mixed media.

"Being recognised by an international platform is a milestone. It signifies to me that I am doing good work that is recognised by media professionals worldwide. I hope this serves as a benchmark for local talent, who want to aspire to produce films in Asian languages." shared Yahssir M, the Founder of Millenia Motion Pictures, who produced and directed the finalist productions.

Yahssir’s continuing effort to excel in his work has paid handsome dividends in terms of international as well as local awards. The New York Festival awards are given out amongst tough competition. He is proving that even those working in a minority community language can achieve great heights,” commented Mr Arun Mahizhnan, Special Research Adviser at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore and a long time media practitioner, analyst and teacher.