Rehana Mirza, an American filmmaker of Pakistani-Filipina heritage, has won the Audience Award at the NBC Universal Comedy Short Cuts Film Festival for her short film Modern Day Arranged Marriage.
Starring Debargo Sanyal, Poorna Jagannathan and Tyler Pierce, the short film relates the comedic story of a man and a woman who discuss their matrimonial suitability for an arrangement with a twist.
Competing against 11 other semi-finalists, the New York-based filmmaker and her sister producer Rohi Mirza Pandya took home the award that includes an Avid Composer Package sponsored by Avid Technology.
Comedy Short Cuts is a unique showcase of independent short comedy films and videos with a culturally diverse production team, cast or theme.
The 12 semi-finalists were selected from over 850 submissions and a grand winner will be chosen by a jury of industry professionals.
The winning filmmaker will be given the chance to pitch to NBC's comedy development team in Los Angeles and meet top executives at Rogue Pictures and Focus Features.
NBC Universal is producing this festival to uncover diverse talent in front of and behind the camera for future development.
All semi-finalist films will be screened at the 2006 New York Television Festival on September 16 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Manhattan.
Mirza has also just completed her feature directorial debut Hiding Divya.
The generational story of three women stars Madhur Jaffrey, Pooja Kumar, Madelaine Massey and Deep Katdare and will begin playing at international film festivals later this year.