Feature film Midnight Delight written, directed by Indian-American filmmaker Rohit Gupta won six prestigious awards at The Accolade Global Film Competition 2016. The award was given for Best feature film; Direction; Concept; Humor; Overall post-production and Best lead actor to Michael Laguerre (playing as Mike). The film is set to release worldwide on July 20, 2016. For the Australia continent film would be available to watch on Xbox VOD.
“The process of putting together this project was collaboration at its best in every department. Receiving appreciation for its result from The Accolade only enhanced its worthiness. We are happy and thankful to the Accolade team”, said the director Rohit Gupta on receiving the awards. His third commended directorial film in a row (Life! Camera Action… & Another Day Another Life, being the previous two) maintains recognition and honors throughout the country, with Midnight Delight having won the “Judges Choice Film of the Festival” award at the Cannabis Film Festival in Humboldt County, California, where the jury stated, “Watching MidnightDelight is like smoking a cinematic joint.” It also won the ‘Classics’ award as the top honors in its category at the Camp Cult Classics Film Festival; F.A.M.E.’US award for the ‘Best Feature Film’ at FAME’US Int. Film Festival in LA; Platinum award for the “Best Experimental Film” at the Oregon International Film Awards; At the film’s Washington state premiere at the Hempapalooza Music and Film Festival, it was said, “Midnight Delight is a pure cinematic aphrodisiac that brings a completely new and unique take on cannabis-based movies and culture.” The film has also been announced as an Official Selection at the Honk Kong International Arthouse Film Festival (Underground film category) 2016.
The Accolade recognizes professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.
Tag-lined “Say hi to high…” and “Couch. Conversations. Clarity“, the 85-minute unique comedy film, Midnight Delight, co-produced by the talented duo, Gupta and Saumin Mehta under the banner of Gupta’s production company Dot and Feather Entertainment is a composition of nine vignettes of characters at a marijuana smoking lounge and their hilarious antics with people they’ve never met before. The ensemble cast includes award-winning actor Shaheed Woods, Michael Laguerre, Michele Suttile, Alexandra Hellquist, John Crann, Maggie Alexander, Bill McCrea, Rachel Myers, Michael Lester who is also credited as the co-editor. The theme songs are I get high by Filo and I hold featuring Marika Hackman by British song writer-singer Sivu. Original music is composed by Zaher Akahshli.
In winning an Accolade, Dot and Feather Entertainment joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomething.