The fifth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI- FFI) 2020 concluded recently. At the valedictory function, prizes were awarded to short films that were made prior to the festival during the filmmaking and photography workshop. The first place was awarded to a short film titled ‘Kalyug’ by student of Sharada Mandir High School, Kabir Naik; the second place was awarded to ‘The Time Parallax’ by student of Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Roshan Singh; and third place was awarded to ‘Tree of Life’ by Pushpak Mashelkar.
Special jury awards were given to short films ‘Ignorance…There is still time’ by Ismail Shaikh and ‘Circumvent’ by Sonia Chari.
Chief guest at the function was director, Vigyan Prasar (DST), Government of India, Nakul Parashar. In his address, he congratulated the organisers of SCI-FFI 2020 and the winners of the short film competition. He said: “It was overwhelming to see the interest level of students at the festival. While our government is focused on educating children, it is festivals like these that help give them a learning direction. It remains a constant effort to bridge the gap between teaching and learning and devise new and innovative ways, like SCI-FFI to build the scientific temperament in the future generation.”
Also present were MLA and chairman, Housing Board Development Corporation, Government of Goa, Subhash Shirodkar; vice chairman, ESG, Subhash Phal Desai; vice chancellor and dean, Goa Business School of Goa University, VV Kamat; and director, Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, Eknath Chakurkar.
Speaking at the valedictory ceremony, Shirodkar lauded the efforts of the organisers and said that many such skill enhancing and aptitude building festivals should be organised for the benefit of Goan students who can be exposed to the world and be able to decide the right path for themselves. He also stressed on the need to improve the level of science and mathematics education.
Addressing the gathering, Phal Desai said: “ESG has always been supportive of initiatives that benefit Goans. Through entertainment and film, science can be disseminated and be understood well. I am extremely delighted that ESG and Government of Goa has been pioneering such festivals and we will continue to do so. Congratulations to the organisers, and all those who attended this festival.”
President of Vidnyan Parishad Goa, Suhas Godse thanked all the stakeholders for coming forward to make SCI-FFI 2020 a grand success. He said: “Each year we have tried to better ourselves and make this a sought after festival in Goa.” He went on to highlight the various initiatives taken by Vidnyan Parishad in the state of Goa. He further added, “The enthusiasm shown by the students shows that at least a few will enter into science filmmaking which is one of the aims of organising this festival.”
A detailed report of this year’s edition of SCI-FFI 2020 was also presented by organising secretary, SCI-FFI 2020 Abhay Bhamaikar.
The four-day festival had over 9500 delegates who watched films, participated in workshops and master classes and visited the exhibition that was meant to bring forward the achievements of various research institutions of Goa. Workshops such as Science Learning through Toys by IISER, Pune and Scratch Programming by Goa Business School, Goa University, among others were conducted for students of various schools.