Poet Filmmaker Jayan Cherian

Jayan K Cherian born in Kerala, India, graduated with honors from Hunter College, BA in Film and Creative Writing and an MFA from The City College of New York in filmmaking. Papilio Buddha (2013) is his debut feature film and he made several experimental documentaries and narrative shorts such as: Shape of the Shapeless (2010) Love in the Time of Foreclosure (2009), Hidden Things (2009), Soul of Solomon (2008), Capturing the Signs of God (2008), Holy Mass (2007), Tree of Life (2007), Simulacra the Reality of the Unreal (2007), The Inner Silence of the Tumult (2007), Hid-entity (2007), and Tandava the Dance of Dissolution (2006).


 His films were screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, BFI London Lesbian Gay Film Festival, Rio-de Janeiro international film festival, Kolkata International Film Festival, Montreal World Film festival and many other major festivals around the globe and won several awards.


Papilio Buddha won: Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for best direction 2013,

Kerala Film critics Association Award for Best debut Director 2013, and Second BestFeature Narrative at Athens international Film+Video Festival 2013. Shape of theShapeless won: Silver Conch award at Mumbai International Film Festival for

Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF) 2012, Silver Jury prize in San

Francisco Shorts, Honorable Mentions at Athens International Film Festival.


Published four collections of poetry in Malayalam Ayodhanaththinte Achuthantu(Axis of Combat) (1996), Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil (Journey on the line of verse)(1999) Polymorphism (2002), and Pachakku (Like it is) (2006). Received many Awards for Poetry such as, Kerala Sahitya Academy Kanakasri Endowment Award (2003) for "Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil" and Mathan Tharakan Award for "Ayodhanathinte Achuthantu"(Axis of Combat) 1996.

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