Τρίτη, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2009

Goa International Film Festival environmental Jury

Gone to Goa for a few days to attend the festival and award the Vasudha award for best environmental film
There is a hunger still unsatisfied..iffi's interactive
the jury Mike Naria and me
Caricature on IFFI announcement wall
The jury of The Environmental Competition of Goa International Film festival
composed of the filmmakers
Mike Pandey Chairman
And Lucia Rikaki
and the environmentalist Nayra Margaryan
Appreciated the initiative of Goa Enterainment Society to introduce the prestigious Vasudha Award for the best film on Environmental issues
This newly established competition provides an important platform for independent filmmakers who care about the vital issues facing our planet and shed a light to the values that encourage the harmonious coexistence of human life nature and development in our precious home Earth
The jury stressed the importance of developing further this competition in order to enable more substantial worldwide participation
The jury decided unanimously to award the Vasadha Award ex aeqo to two of the films in this competition
Undergroung inferno
by Sanjeen Sivan and Umesh Agarval INDIA
For highlighting in a very impressive manner with the creative use of new cinema technologies and an extremely vivid narrative ,the global menace many countries face worldwide due to the phenomenon of coalmine fires .These fires not only violently threaten human lives and destroy infrastructures but they also represent one of the great contributors effecting global warming .The film tackles the issue globally with capturing storytelling that engages the audience and offers an important insight to this vital environmental threat
The Vasudha Award also goes to the film
Meltdown in Tibet by Michael Buckley Canada
for his courage and persistence in shedding light to one of the major environmental issues namely the potential catastrophic dam building projects in Tibet.
A good example of good research and daring independent filmmaking which takes the risk of adopting the role of the active citizen-filmmaker and with is committed approach, brings light to the enormous risks involved in short term development activities engaged by governments and major international financial players which only harm the worlds sustainability
Mike Pandey Chairman,Nayra Margaryan,Lucia Rikaki
Goa November 2009

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