ACTA 2019 Finalists
In Order of First Name
Eastern Eye Award for Arts
Awarded to an individual, curator or exhibition working through the medium of painting, photography or mixed media.
- Bharti Kher
for The Intermediary Family
- Matthew Krishanu
for The Sun Never Sets
- The Singh Twins
for Splendours of the Subcontinent
Eastern Eye Award for Dance
Awarded to an outstanding dancer or choreographer whose work is influenced by South Asian dance traditions.
- Mavin Khoo
for Man to Monk
- Seeta Patel
for Not Today’s Yesterday
- Sonia Sabri
Eastern Eye Award for Literature
Awarded to an author for literary work (fiction and non-fiction) which has, at its core, a South Asian influence.
- Amit Dhand
for City of Sinners
- Gautam Malkani
- Preti Taneja
for We That Are Young
Eastern Eye Award for Photography
Presented for an exceptional body of work highlighting South Asia or produced by someone of a South Asian heritage.
- Nitin Sachania
for Breastfeeding in Public Places
- Ram Shergill
, curated by Daen Palma Hus
- Suki Dhanda
for Race, Place and Diversity by the Seaside
Eastern Eye Award for Contemporary Music
Presented to an outstanding artist for creative achievement in the contemporary music industry.
- Naughty Boy
for Bungee Jumping
- Niraj Chag
for The Captive Queen
- Susheela Raman
for Ghost Gamelan
Eastern Eye Award for Traditional Music
Presented to an artist for outstanding achievement in the field of traditional Indian music for creativity and performance.
- Chandra Chakraborty
for excellency in performing Indian classical music
- Sanju Sahai
for his tabla
solo at the Barbican
- Shammi Pithia
for About The Elephant
Eastern Eye Award for Comedy
Presented to an exceptional artist of South Asian heritage working in the field of live comedy, television sitcom or online web comedy.
- Imran Yusuf
for Saint, Sinner, Sufi
- Mawaan Rizwan
- Paul Chowdhry
for Live Innit
- Tez Ilyas
Eastern Eye Award for Best Presenter
Presented to an outstanding Asian presenter who has excelled in Asian or mainstream media.
- Bobby Friction (aka Paramdeep Sehdev)
for Pump up the Bhangra: The Sound of Asian Britain
- Nadiya Hussain
for Nadiya’s Family Favourites
- Rana Mitter
for Chinese Characters
Eastern Eye Award for Best Production
Awarded to an individual or team for outstanding production in television, stage, film or any live event (concert, exhibition, and festival). The event must have been marketed to a UK audience.
by Rifco Theatre Company
by Royal Shakespeare Company
- Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree
by Tara Arts and Polka Theatre
Eastern Eye Award for Best Director
Presented for outstanding directing in film, television or the stage.
- Indhu Rubasingham
for White Teeth
- Iqbal Khan
- Pravesh Kumar
Eastern Eye Award for Best Scriptwriter
Awarded to a writer for best original or adapted script or screenplay (for film, TV, theatre, radio or a streaming service).
- Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto
- Iman Qureshi
for The Funeral Director
- Vinay Patel
for Doctor Who: Demons of the Punjab
Eastern Eye Emerging Artist Award - supported by Arts Council England
Presented to an emerging artist who has earned significant recognition for a piece of work in arts and culture. It recognises new and undisputed talent and encourages the UK’s most promising artists at an early stage of their careers. There is no age cut-off.
- Antonio Aakeel
for Eaten by Lions
- Bally Gill
for Romeo and Juliet
- Shareefa Energy
for Grenfell One Year Later
Eastern Eye Community Engagement Award
Awarded to a museum, gallery, library, education body or cultural centre for an exceptional and innovative exhibition, programme or project that has taken community engagement a step further through cultural understanding.
- Artists in Residence
for their Promoting Creativity in Education
programme, founded by Andria Zafirakou
- Manchester Art Gallery
for Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition,
curated by Hammad Nasar with Kate Jesson
- The Queen's Gallery
for Splendours of the Subcontinent,
curated by Emily Hannam and Kajal Meghani
Eastern Eye Award for Theatre, Best Actor
Presented to a male individual for the best performance in a play.
- Asif Khan
- Nitin Ganatra
for End of the Pier
- Simon Nagra
Eastern Eye Award for Theatre, Best Actress
Presented to a female individual for the best performance in a play.
- Anjana Vasan
for An Adventure
- Shobna Gulati
for Richard II
- Sophie Khan Levy
Eastern Eye Award for Film, TV & Drama, Best Actor
Presented to a male individual for the best performance in a film, drama or television series.
- Ash Tandon
- Ray Panthaki
- Sid Akbar Ali
Eastern Eye Award for Film, TV & Drama, Best Actress
Presented to a female individual for the best performance in a film, drama or television series.
- Kiran Sonia Sawar
- Maya Sondhi
for Line of Duty
- Priyanga Burford
Eastern Eye People's Choice Award – supported by Media Hive
Presented to an exceptional individual for outstanding contribution to the arts and cultural landscape of Britain. Voted for by the public.
- Hussain Manawer
- Jameela Jamil
for female empowerment
- Jasmin Walia
- Mandip Gill
- Nadiya Hussain
for TV presenting
- Naughty Boy
- Dr Ranj Singh
for TV presenting
- Romesh Ranganathan