Where science and cinema meet


The fifth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI) was inaugurated by Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant on Wednesday. Prior to the inaugural, a science exhibition was unveiled.The four-day festival, organised by the Vidnyan Parishad, aims to celebrate the collaboration between science and cinema.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Sawant stated that though films are impactful one should also have a practical and live experience. He encouraged schools to organise study tours at research-oriented institutes and likewise he requested such institutes to invite students. “Even though scientific films exist, it is the practical knowledge that will attract students to pursue such courses,” he said.
“This science festival is the need of the hour in promoting science,” said Sawant adding that the government will take the initiative to organise more festivals to promote scientific studies in Goa.
President of Vidnyan Parishad, Suhas Godse reminisced about the first edition of SCI-FFI held in 2016 which he described modest. “Science can be communicated through the medium of film and this festival is an opportunity for students to meet people of high prominence,” he said.
In his address, director, IIRS-ISRO Centre, Dehradun, Prakash Chauhan said: “This whole universe and galaxy revolves around science. People think that science is difficult because of math, chemistry and physics. And films are the easiest way to prove to kids that science is interesting. Films have the power to spread the right message,” said Chauhan.
Also present were vice-chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa, Subhash Phal Desai; chairman of Dempo Charitable Trust, Shrinivas Dempo; director, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, Debamitra Mitra and national organising secretary, Vigyan Bharati, Jayantrao Sahasrabudhe.
The festival will include film screenings, exhibitions, discussions and interactive sessions and workshops with experts and scientists. During the festival, films such as ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Everest’, ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’, ‘Virus’, ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’, ‘Geostrom’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Wall-E’ and Konkani film ‘Amori’ will be screened.
(The festival will conclude on January 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Inox Complex and Maquinez Palace, Panaji.)