1001 Inventions wins Best Education Film

The film 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, produced by Ahmed Salim, starring Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, has won four major industry awards at the 29th International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) award ceremony in London, 26th March 2010.

Judges commended the short film saying it was “in a league of its own” awarding it four prestigious awards:

Gold Award for Best Education Film
Gold Award for Best Photography
Silver Award for Best Drama
Silver Award for Best Original Music


Receiving the four IVCA awards for 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets

Receiving the four IVCA awards for 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets (from left to right):
Alan Deakins (Film’s Director), Phil Blundell (Film’s Executive Co-Producer and Managing Director of The Edge Picture Company), Robert Hartshorne (Film’s Music Composer), Andrew Hardwick (Film’s Producer)

In the movie a group of young school children take a field trip to a dusty old library after their teacher challenges them to research the era known as the “Dark Ages” and find its relevance to present day civilisation, a chore they resent until they meet a mysterious librarian (Kingsley) who takes them on a journey to the past revealing a thousand years of scientific and cultural excellence that took place in the Muslim world between the 7th and 17th century.

The film was also released on the internet where it has proved a huge hit receiving over one million downloads in the first month of being aired.

Click here to watch 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets
Click here to learn more about the 1001 Inventions Exhibition
Click here for the IVCA website: http://www.ivca.org