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Sai Selvarajan’s Animated Film “Coup d’état Math” Wins SXSW Special Jury Recognition; Part of MailChimp Presents Support The Shorts

Though this year’s SXSW in person event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film festival has announced 2020 award winners, among them “Coup d’état Math,” the animated short film written and directed by Sai Selvarajan, which earned Special Jury Recognition: Texas Short.

The festival described its decision to award the honor thusly: “Coup D’etat Math is an inventive and complex film about the struggles of the refugee community. The social realism captured in the film’s animation adds an element of vulnerability and rawness to the storyline. Sai’s intentional and thoughtful approach is illustrated in every detail of the film. It presents a rich visual tapestry of mixed media combining animation and live-action with gripping stories of pathos and human resilience.” The film is also a featured project on MailChimp Presents Support The Shorts.

In his online acceptance speech, director Selvarajan thanked his collaborators for helping bring this labor of love to life, along with his appreciation to SXSW for the award. He further noted, “I’d just like to say to all the immigrants out there keep fighting, your struggle is our struggle. And lastly please everyone stay strong out there. Hope is a very powerful word. Keep hope alive.”

Sai Selvarajan’s Animated Film “Coup d’état Math” Wins SXSW Special Jury Recognition; Part of MailChimp Presents Support The Shorts


Though this year’s SXSW in person event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film festival has announced 2020 award winners, among them “Coup d’état Math,” the animated short film written and directed by Sai Selvarajan, which earned Special Jury Recognition: Texas Short.

The festival described its decision to award the honor thusly: “Coup D’etat Math is an inventive and complex film about the struggles of the refugee community. The social realism captured in the film’s animation adds an element of vulnerability and rawness to the storyline. Sai’s intentional and thoughtful approach is illustrated in every detail of the film. It presents a rich visual tapestry of mixed media combining animation and live-action with gripping stories of pathos and human resilience.” The film is also a featured project on MailChimp Presents Support The Shorts.

In his online acceptance speech, director Selvarajan thanked his collaborators for helping bring this labor of love to life, along with his appreciation to SXSW for the award. He further noted, “I’d just like to say to all the immigrants out there keep fighting, your struggle is our struggle. And lastly please everyone stay strong out there. Hope is a very powerful word. Keep hope alive.”