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Films to talk about harmful effects of tobacco


World No Tobacco Day is commemorated on May 31 and hence The Entertainment Society of Goa in association with the Department of Public Health Dentistry, Goa Dental College and Hospital is organising the 2nd Goa Anti Tobacco Film Festival on May 31. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is ‘Tobacco and heart disease’.

The competition will be held at two levels – Goa Section and National Section and the participants can either make short films or ad films to spread the message of harmful or ill effects of tobacco use and also to decrease the occurrence of oral cancer and heart disease in the state.

The ad films and short films in the Goa section should be in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi or English and should be produced by Goan producers, production houses, Goan individuals, students studying in Goa and educational and social institutions only. “The duration of the ad film should not be more than 2 minutes and the short film can vary between 5 to 10 minutes,” said vice-chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa, Rajendra Talak at a press conference held on Wednesday.

The ad films and short films in the National section should be in Hindi or English only and should be produced by an Indian producer/ production house, individuals/students and educational and social institutions from India. The ad film should not be more than 2 minutes and short film can vary between 5 to 10 minutes.

Interested participants can register latest by April 30. The award distribution ceremony will be held on May 31. The last date for receipt of applications along with supporting documents is May 15.

The prizes for Goa section will include `50,000 for the first Best Film; `30,000 for the second Best Film in both categories. Prizes for the National section will include `100000 for first Best Film, `50,000 for the second Best Film for the two categories.

The award winning films will be used for promotions of ad campaigns against tobacco consumption across cinema theatres/TV channels, schools, colleges and other government department programmes and on the internet.

Also present for the conference was head of department of public health dentistry, Goa Medical College, Amita Kamat. She spoke about the various health-related problems that are caused due to chewing or smoking between the age of 17 and 60 years. “The Tobacco Cessation Centre (TCC) in GMC registered 90 cases of oral cancer in 2016–17 while the number has increased in 2017–18 reaching 120 till April,” said Kamat. She further adds that in 2017–2018 they counselled more patients than in 2016–17. “In 2016–17 we had 1145 cases that needed tobacco counselling and in 2017–18 (till April) we have counselled 1566 patients,” said Kamat stating that ‘gutka’ consumption among migrants has increased and goes unnoticed.


(For details visit and termed as ‘2nd Anti
Tobacco Film Festival Registration Form’)


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