ISFFI 2020 receives record 632 science films, videos from 60 countries

India submitted the highest number of science films, documentaries, animations and videos for the International Science Film Festival of India 2020


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The International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI), which is a part of the India International Science Festival, is set to be held on December 22-25 in the effort to promote science popularization among citizens and young science filmmakers and science enthusiasts. This year, ISFFI-2020 received record 632 science documentaries, short films, animation videos from 60 countries. India topped the list with 267 films.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation and as per the Government of India guidelines, the ISFFI 2020 is being organised in a virtual environment.

ISFFI offers an opportunity for students and other participants to get involved with the process of science film-making and improve their understanding of various feats in science and technology. The initiative recognizes the effort and contribution of film producers in the specialized areas of science and technology and motivates them to develop this unique profession of science film making with innovative quality content especially relevant to our country, the Science and Technology Ministry said in a release.

The ISFFI 2020 will witness competition for Indian and International professional and student filmmakers, the release stated.

Competitive categories’ themes & awards

The entries were mainly divided into the following themes and sub-themes:

1. Awards for the International category

Best of Festival Award on the theme “Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare” – Trophy and Certificate.

Best of Festival Award in the theme “Science and awareness on COVID-19 and other health emergencies” – Trophy and Certificate.

Jury Awards (2 nos.) – Trophy and Certificate.

2. Awards for Indian nationals’ categories

A. Independent filmmakers (Indian nationals)

Best of Festival Award on the theme “Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare” – Rs 1,00,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.

Best of Festival Award in the theme “Science and awareness on COVID-19 and other health emergencies” – Rs1,00,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.

Jury Awards (2 nos.) – Rs.50,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate (each).

B. College/school students (Indian nationals)

Best of Festival Award on the theme “Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare” – Rs 75,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.

Best of Festival Award on the theme Science and awareness on COVID-19 and other health emergencies – Rs 75,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.

Jury Awards (2 nos.) – Rs 35,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate (each).

Non-Competitive Category

a. Films (only for screening) – there is no duration limit for the non-competitive section.

b. The theme for non-competitive categories: Science, Technology, Environment & Health.

The submission process ended on December 10, 2020. A total of 632 competitive and non-competitive entries have been received from 60 countries around the globe:

Non-Competitive Category: 75 submissions from 23 countries including India.

These nominated films will be screened from December 22 to 25, 2020 on Vigyan Prasar’s YouTube channel and India Science Festival channel.

Panel Discussion and Master Classes

Panel discussions on various aspects to promote science films’ culture were organised with the noted science filmmakers from Switzerland, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Taiwan and other countries. Master Classes on creative and technical aspects of science filmmaking were conducted by senior science filmmakers, the ministry added.

First Published:Dec. 21, 2020, 2:02 p.m.

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