The seventh edition of Goa Environmental Film Festival is set to take place today, September 25, at Sanjay School, Porvorim. The inaugural function will be held at 10 a.m. in the presence of chief guest, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and guest of honour, art and culture minister Govind Gaude.
Addressing a press conference on Monday in Panaji, convener of the festival, Prerna Pawaskar said this year the competition received 27 submissions.
“The highlight of the day will be the felicitation of team ‘Amori’, a Konkani film that won the National Award recently. As the theme of the film revolves around the environment, specifically water and its sources, we decided to appreciate their efforts in making a film on such a sensitive subject,” she said. After the inaugural ceremony, the prize winning short films on the theme ‘Water-Elixir of Life’ will be screened for the audience.
Organised by Kala Kirti, the day-long festival will also have other activities including the finals of the all Goa ‘Green Quiz’ which is held for college students of Goa and organised by Confederation of Indian Industry Young Indians. “The quiz is held for college students of Goa. This year for the preliminary round we had 38 teams from North Goa and 44 teams from South Goa, out of which five selected teams will compete in the finals,” said past chair, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Young Indians (Yi), Erle Brito. Of these three teams will be chosen as ‘Green Thinkers Champions’. The winners of the quiz will win a rolling trophy. A wealth out of waste competition will also be held on the occasion. The focus of the competition will be furniture, wherein students will have to make furniture out of recycled material. Also, a session on e-waste by environment consultant Sushant Figueiredo will be held for students.
The function will conclude with a prize distribution ceremony in the presence of vice chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Subhash Phal Dessai, environmentalist Rajendra Kelkar and member secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board, Pradip Sarmokadam. While the festival is usually held over two days at Kala Academy, Panaji, this time around owing to the unavailability of Kala Academy, the festival has been shortened to one day.
(The festival is open to all)