Pune: The 6th edition of International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) has been unprecedented in many a way. Despite the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ISFFI 2020 received the highest number of entries from India and abroad, breaking all previous records. To add another feather, star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, and noted wildlife filmmaker Mike Pandey are going to address the award ceremony, to be held online today, 25th December 2020.
ISFFI is an important component of the India International Science Festival (IISF) which is organised every year. IISF 2020 is jointly organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and Vijnan Bharti.
This year, the mega-science festival is being coordinated by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) is the nodal agency of the event. The Department of Science and Technology (DST)’s autonomous organisation Vigyan Prasar is coordinating the film festival part.
Nakul Parashar, Director, Vigyan Prasar said, “This time the event has successfully emerged as a global platform for science filmmakers; 634 entries from 60 countries is a strong proof of this. Apart from India, filmmakers and experts from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, and the Netherlands are addressing the master classes on important aspects of film production. Apart from this, science films from across the globe have been screened online during the festival. Germany’s world-renowned institutions like Deutsche Welle and Discovery Channel are also participating in the event.”
Nimish Kapoor, Principal Coordinator of ISFFI, and Senior Scientist, Vigyan Prasar, said, “The jury has selected 209 films from 32 countries for screening. These include science documentaries, short films, and animation videos. Apart from India, films from Switzerland, Israel, Chile, France, Belgium, Austria, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Spain, Turkey, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, and Taiwan have made it to the festival this year.” He also revealed that the awards winning film would be announced by renowned filmmakers Shekhar Kapur and Mike Pandey on 25th December.
ISFFI is organised every year to popularise science and public dissemination of science through the popular medium of films. Owing to the global Coronavirus pandemic situation, the festival this year is being conducted virtually. Minister of Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan, had inaugurated the festival on 22nd December.
This information received via India Science Wire.
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