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13 Sep 2017 06:08am IST
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The fifth edition of Monsoon Blast is being presented by St Rita’s Parish Youth Association, Maina, later this month. However, their preparations have already began with Cut It! – a short film competition that is already up on social media. With the aim of creating awareness about various social issues, 32 videos have already been uploaded


Dolcy D’Cruz

There are many social issues


are currently


Goa and

social media is being instrumental in bringing them to the fore. One initiative that combines entertainment with social awareness is the

Cut It


short film competition

wherein i

ssues like garbage, wastage of food, beef ban, female foeticide, child labour, rape, depression, alcoholism, eve teasing and extramarital affairs, have been made into two


minute short films in Konkani by 32 parish youth groups from across Goa. Cut It! is one of the events


Monsoon Blast.

Kevin Fernandes, a member of the organising committee of St Rita’s Parish Youth Association, Maina


explains the concept


“Monsoon Blast 2017

will feature

enthralling sports, cultural, creative and adventurous events

, with



outh groups

battling it out

for the coveted trophy. The event will attract thousands of youngsters to participate in various competitions like Tackle Snatch Dribble, 5-aside football, The Final Quest, a treasure hunt, Ring Of Honour, sumo wrestling, Tenacious Tussle, Tug of war, Art Beat, a graffiti competition, Make your Move, foot pool, Take a Shot, penalty shootout, Sliding Tackle, Play station 4: FIFA 17 and


Shout Out Loud slogan competition.

The Cut it! competition


garnered the most attention

. The various participating

parish youth associations had to prepare their videos in advance and completely execute it for most likes and shares. The videos

have already been

uploaded on Facebook on the Monsoon Blast page


open to

likes and shares


which is one of the criteria for the judging.

“The counting of likes and shares will close at 12am on September 24, 2017. The judging criterion is 50 per

cent for the content, 30 per

cent for the shares and 20 per

cent for the likes. The concept will be judged on concept of the entire video, script, direction, acting and editing.  The shares will be calculated as 30 marks for 5


000 and above shares, 25

marks for 4


000 and less than 5


000 shares, 20 marks for 3000 to less than 4


000 shares and then 5 marks drops for every thousand shares, less than 500 shares receives 3 marks only. For likes, 2


000 and above likes will receive 20 marks, 1


500 to less than 2


000 will receive 15 marks,  1


000 to 1


500 likes will get 10 marks, 500 and less than 1


000 likes will receive 5 marks and less than 500 likes will get 3 marks,” says Kevin.

Monsoon Blast was presented by different youth members of St Rita’s Parish Youth Association, Maina


in the year 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015. Keeping up with the times, the association thought of introducing Cut It!. The invites for the competitions were sent out to nearly 70 parishes and the first 32 to register were considered for the competition. Besides the competition, traditional food prepared by the local villagers will be another exquisite feature

of the event


St Rita's Parish Youth Association, Maina


will present




day mega youth event Monsoon Blast 2017 for the parish youth groups across Goa on September 24, 2017


Participating Parishes

Holy Cross Chapel, Baradi

Holy Family, Marcela

Holy Spirit, Margao

Our Lady of Rosary, Fatorda

St Phillip and St James, Cortalim

St Thomas, Cansaulim

Our Lady of Miracles, Sanguem

Our Lady of Snows, Raia

Our Lady of Penha de Franca

Saviour of the World, Loutolim

Regina Martyrum, Assolna

Se Cathedral, Old Goa

Our Lady of Merces, Colva

Our Lady of Rosary, Navelim

St. Francis Xavier, Macazana

Mae Dos Pobres, Nuvem

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Moira

Our Lady of Assumption, Sarzora

Our Lady of Livramento Chapel, Arlem

Our Lady of Snows, Rachol

Our Lady of Pilar, Seraulim

Our Lady of Succour and Good Success, Nagoa

Mother of God, Majorda

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Paroda

Our Lady of Health, Cuncolim

Our Lady of Desterro, Vasco

Our Lady of Lourdes, Utorda

St Joseph, Shiroda

Our Lady of Patrocin, Benaulim

Our Lady of Rosary, Davorlim

Our Lady of Succour, Carmona

Our Lady of Assumption, Velsao



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