Filmi 21! Virtual Edition
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!
December 27th, 2020
21st Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian film festival
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Title: A Birthday Surprise
Premiere: Toronto Premiere | Country: Canada | Year: 2018 | Runtime: 12
A Birthday Surprise
An Indian boy Rahul is waiting for his birthday surprise from his girlfriend Melissa. Melissa has promised to Rahul that she will travel from Paris, France to give him a birthday surprise. Rahul receives a package for his Birthday. Package contains a GPS that is pre-programmed so that he can navigate to the surprise. He finds more and more clues on his way which eventually turns into something disturbing. End of the day, did he meet Melissa? was it a real surprise?
Director – Praveen Raj Ganesan
Praveen is a Director, actor, editor and producer living in Pickering, Canada. Born in Sri Lanka to Indian Parents, raised in India, Salem, Tamil Nadu. By the age of 18 he had travelled all over India and the Philippines to study Aviation. He holds a Commercial Pilot license from the Philippines.
Acting, directing was always a passion for him from his early childhood days and that lead to a lot of stage plays and a few TV shows. Stage plays that he directed and acted in his school days won alot of awards between the year 2003 and 2005. To support his family financially he studied IT computer Networking he moved to Canada in December 2010. After finishing his studies he started working as an IT Network Security Consultant. This did not make him stop chasing his dream. He started networking and built his own team to produce short films and commercials. He learned photography, cinematography and editing to support his films. He is 9 to 5 as an IT geek and the rest of the time he has worked, learned and made movies. After about 5 years of working full time he quit is job to start his own IT, media and Digital Marketing company Kural Inc. so that he has more time on hand to make films.
His first Short film in Canada was Ethiri The Enemy(2015), a tamil Short film. In 2016, 2017 he founded Thamziha foundation a nonprofit to help Indian farmers that he has featured in a lot of political awareness videos. Some of his videos has earned around 1 Million views in Facebook.
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/nnthamizha/videos/278548585926803/
2017 he has worked in the following short films
Mr Moden (2017) – Director, Producer
Happy Birthday Rahul (2017) – Director, Actor, Producer, Editor
Lecture (2017) – Actor, Producer
My Favourite Dinner (2017) – Director, Producer
Dumped (2017) – Director, Producer
Ethiri (2015) – Director, Actor, Producer, Editor (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yPJ_tLC8mQ)
His first feature film is in the preproduction phase and expected to be released by late Summer 2018