Richie Mehta's debut feature Amal won the NFB Carolyn Fouriezos Memorial Award for Best Canadian First Feature as the 2007 Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival wrapped on Sunday.

The film, which world premiered at Toronto in the Canada First! program, is written by Mehta and his brother Shaun and produced by David Miller and Steven N. Bray of Toronto-based Poor Man's Productions.

Shot on location in New Delhi, the story revolves around an auto-rickshaw driver who has an unknowing encounter with an eccentric billionaire. Disguised as a vagabond, disgusted by the avarice of his offspring and friends, the rich man is searching the streets for a last vestige of humanity: someone he can leave all his money to.

The film features Bollywood heavyweightes Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Roshan Seth (Gandhi, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom) and Seema Biswas (Water, Bandit Queen), as well as Canada's Rupinder Nagra, who plays the lead.

Executive producers are Peter Starr and Robin Cass. Backers include Telefilm Canada, Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund in association with Austin Capital, Citytv, TMN The Movie Network, Movie Central. Seville Pictures is distributing the film in Canada.