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An ode to nature – films with a difference

The third edition of the Science Film Festival of India saw participation from over 17,000 students from schools across the state.Among the films screened at the festival, two films stood out, captivating the audience and the judges. These were ‘The Forgotten Forest’ by Shashank Bhosale, which won Best Film in the above five minutes category and ‘The Year 2118’ by Tinky George that won Best Film in the below 5 minutes category.Shashank, a rising star in the filmmaking world, also won the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Editing for the same film. This was yet anotherfeather in his impressive cap, after having recently won the first prize for ‘Environment Documentary Short Film Contest’ organised by International Journal of Environment and Natural Sciences (IJENAS) based in Silchar, India and the winner of the Best ShortFilm at the Next Gen International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2017).He also received honours at the Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change, conducted by UNFCCC for Conference of Parties 23 (COP23), in Bonn, Germany where his short film was screened with other shortlisted videos across 100 countries.“I have received multiple awards for multiple documentaries and films, but this one will always remain closeto me as my parents were present at the award ceremony.My parents were not happy when I quit my IT job back in 2015 and started working on environment education and environment awareness. But over the years, they’ve started appreciating my work too.I am happy now that people have started to realise and appreciate the work I do,” says Shashank.Elaborating about his work and the awareness he seeks to create through his films, Shashank has a special mention for the audience at the festival.“I was happy to see a full house and more happy to see school kids in the crowd. After the screening, kids and teachers were interested to know more about the mangroves and the different biodiversity shown in the film, and which places they can visit in Goa to see them. That’s how my film succeeded in bringing out curiosity among the audience,” says Shashank.
Tinky George, the filmmaker whose film ‘The Year 2118’ won the Best Film in the below 5 minutes category says that the intention behind his film was to present a different look at the technology and science revolution – how despite its advances, it’s not enough to avoid the effects of climate change and overexploitation.“The movie is based on a young kid who lives in 2118 and looks at the world that his ancestors have left him. The movie shows that today’s nature would become a virtual world in 2118,” says George.“I am really happy about winning this award. SCI – FFI is a great platform for upcoming film makers like me to showcase the creativity to the larger audience. SCi-FFI 2018 was attended by huge crowd particularly students from different schools and colleges across India,” he adds.The children who have acted in the film are Noel Simon and Nysa Simon. The movie has cinematography by Prashant Shirodkar and Yuvraj Salgaonkar, editing by Sagar and art by Anuj.The advertising and documentary film maker, had earlier seen his non feature film ‘The Helmet’ selected for IFFI 2015.Speaking about his future plans,he says that his upcoming feature film, ‘Glory’, is based on the history of Goan football.“We’ve all heard of Goa winning the National Championship in 1983. The movie, produced by Durga Prasad under the banner Prasad Creations in association with 99 motion Pictures, will bring forth the history.It will be one of the biggest Goan films with 200 actors and 100 crew members. The movie is expected to be released by mid 2018,” adds George.These awards were presented to the winners during the valedictory ceremony. Prizes in other categories like Best Direction ( Rajesh Karekar for Plastic Dhoti) and Special Jury Awards (Vaccum) were also given. The valedictory ceremony was presided by Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa along with Rajendra Talak, Vice- Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Levinson Martins, Director, Dept. of Science and Technology and Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, National Organizing Secretary, Vijnana Bharati. The science film festival was organized by Vidnyan Parishad and supported by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Goa, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in co-operation with NCAOR, GSSB, Goa Science centre, Vigyan Prasar, Delhi. [H]

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