What’s the solution for pollution?
The Entertainment Society of Goa is organising the Goa Environmental Film Festival, which gives budding filmmakers the opportunity to direct a short film based on the theme for the festival, ‘Pollution’. Café speaks to Rajendra Talak, the Vice Chairman of ESG, to learn moreDolcy D’Cruz
Goa is a small state but a huge treasure for talent, hence it comes as no surprise that just after concluding the Anti Tobacco Film Festival in May this year, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), overwhelmed with the response, has initiated a second film festival with a similar motive. The Goa Environmental Film Festival invites schools, colleges and individuals to present their short films on the theme ‘Pollution’ for this festival. “Earlier, the organisation Kala Kriti organised the Goa Environmental Film Festival on World Environmental Day; since it was related to films, ESG felt that it would be a great initiative to undertake as it encourages film culture and is a boost to those interested in making films,” says Rajendra Talak, the Vice Chairman of ESG. The competition will be in three categories: schools, colleges and individual category. The film should be in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi or English and should be produced by Goan producers/production houses, Goan individuals, students studying in Goa and educational and social institutions only. All non-English films must carry English subtitles and the time duration should be between 3-10 minutes only. “For the last competition, we received entries from nearly 30 schools itself and we are expecting a higher number for this festival. The last date to register for the festival is August 5, 2017; we will get a better idea of the response by then,” adds Talak, the director of films like ‘O Maria’ and ‘The Rainy Day’. The last date for submission of applications along the content on a DVD, pen drive or Blu-Ray disc with necessary documents is August 31, 2017. The registration and application forms are available on the website www.esg.co.in. The wider aim of the Goa Environmental Film Festival 2017 is to help represent the harmfulness of pollution through the medium of film, which will give a better understanding of the world we are living in today. Pollution in any form, like sound, light, water, air and even solid waste is harmful not just to the environment but the overall living conditions of every human being. Besides its entertainment value, the films should be educational for the audience. The prize for the school and college category is Rs 10,000 for the first prize and Rs 5,000 for the second prize. For the individual category, the first prize is Rs 20,000 and the second prize is Rs 10,000. The two best films for each category will be screened and prizes will be distributed during the Environmental Film Festival that is scheduled for September 8 to 10, 2017 at the Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim. The award-winning films will also be screened in other parts of Goa in cinema theatres, on TV channels, schools, colleges and other government programmes by the organisers. “These festivals are very encouraging for filmmakers as it gives them a better understanding about directing good films with strong messages that have to reach the audience within a short screen time. Also, the festival gives the directors an idea of where they stand and how they can improve and go into bigger ventures in the future. We are also planning a Short Film Festival in January 2018 that will welcome entries from across the country,” concludes Talak.
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