Helmer James Erskine won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary and an honorary diploma, while the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long documentary section went to producer Ravi Bhagchandka.
James Erskine, the director of the documentary-drama, said, "It is a great honor that my work on telling the story of India's greatest cricketing legend has been appreciated on a global stage. We are hopeful of more accolades coming our way as the film travels the festival circuit."
The docu-drama was the first to have had a wide theatrical release and the highest box office collections for its genre during its release in India.
Commenting on this new milestone for the film, Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer, said, "We are humbled that our tribute to the legend of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has received accolades at an international forum. We are glad that the story of Sachin Tendulkar fulfilling the dreams of a billion Indians by winning the cricket World Cup is touching hearts the world over and taking the sport of cricket to new audiences globally. The film will now go to the finale of the festival to be held in Milan, Italy in November 2018."
The 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival was held from January 16 to 18, 2018 under the supervision of FICTS in collaboration with the Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the Ministry of Culture, of Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The feature-length, short and documentaries included films from over 23 countries including Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Lebanon, Turkey, South Africa, etc. (ANI)