7th edition of Goa Environmental Film Festival to focus on ‘Water Scarcity’

The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in association with Kala Kirti is organising the 7th edition of Goa Environmental Film Festival 2019 for schools and colleges at Goan level, and individual category at national level on September 25 and September 26. The aim of the festival is to select short films to spread the message of environmental awareness and also to inspire understanding of the environment through the power of films.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Panaji, vice chairman, ESG, Rajendra Talak said that the festival’s goal is to offer entertaining and educational films that leaves attendees with increased awareness of environmental issues that we face locally and globally.

The theme for the short films in both categories is ‘Water-Elixir of Life’. In the schools and colleges category, the film should only be in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, or English (with English subtitles, if the film is not in English) and should be produced by Goan schools and colleges only. In the individual category, the film can be in any Indian language under VIII schedule (with English subtitles if the film is not in English) and can be produced by any citizen of India. Goans can participate in both categories. The short films should be between two-five minutes only.

“We have increased the winning amount this year to increase participation,” said Prerna Pawaskar of Kala Kirti. In the schools and colleges category, the first and second place winner will be given `15000 and `10000 respectively (two students from schools and two from colleges). In the individual category first place will be `30000 while second place will be awarded `20000.

The eligible and interested persons can register on or before July 25, 2019. Forms should be submitted at ESG office. The registration and application forms are available on www.esg.co.in termed as ‘Goa Environmental Film Festival 2019’.

The last date for submission of applications along with the content on a DVD, pen drive or Blu-Ray disc with necessary documents is September 10, 2019.

The award ceremony will be held on September 25 or September 26, 2019 at Kala Academy, Panaji and the award winning films will be screened during the Goa Environmental Festival. “We are also planning to screen these films in theatres, programmes of the government departments, social media and once the censor certificates are approved we will be screening at Inox as well,” said Talak. Prior to the festival, there will be a number of pre-event activities such as a cycle rally, culinary contest, heritage walks, preliminary rounds of the quiz, etc.