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Film Festival to fight tobacco usage

To spread the message of harmful or ill effects of tobacco use and also to decrease the occurrence of oral cancer in Goa and to promote film art through non-profit screening of these films, Goa Anti-Tobacco Film Festival will be held on May 31

To reduce the consumption and usage of tobacco among the masses, The Entertainment Society of Goa in association with the Department of Community Dentistry, Goa Dental College and Hospital is organising a Goa Anti-Tobacco Film Festival on May 31. The aim of the Anti Tobacco Film Festival 2017 is to select ad films and short films to be screened across the country in a bid to create awareness.

“The festival will comprise of two sections, ad film and short films. The films should be in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi or English language and should be produced by Goan producers/production houses, Goan individuals, students studying in Goa and education and social institutions only. The ad film should not be more than 2 minutes and short film can vary between 5 to 10 minutes,” said vice chairman, ESG Rajendra Talak at a press conference held at Maquinez Palace, Panaji on Monday. He further stated that the theme of World Health Organisation this year is ‘Tobacco a threat to development’ and hence the festival will be held on May 31 which is also the World No Tobacco Day.

Speaking at the press conference, head of department, community dentistry, Amita Kenkre said: “We receive as many as 5 to 10 cases of oral cancer and around 20 cases of pre-cancerous patients on a monthly basis. This is the number received by Goa Dental College; there are many other patients who either visit Goa Medical College or private doctors for medication. Chewable tobacco makes matters even worse. Consumption of chewable tobacco is rampant among migrants while Goans prefer other ways of using tobacco such as smoking.”

Associate professor, Goa Dental College, Ridhima Gaonkar said: “Earlier oral cancer patients would be between the ages of 40 and 50 but now with adolescents taking up to smoking at a much earlier age even youth are prone at developing oral cancer.”

The last date for receipt of applications along with supporting documents and censor certificate is May 25, 2017. The prizes for the competition will be `1, 00,000 for the first place; `50,000 for the second place and `25,000 for the third, fourth and fifth places in both categories. The best five films will be used for promotions of ad campaigns of Anti Tobacco across cinema theatres/TV channels, schools, colleges and other government department programmes and on the internet.


(Interested person can apply on the prescribed entry form which is available on or termed as Anti Tobacco Film Festival Entry Form)

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