Dr. Harshvardhan Gives Away the India International Science Film Awards

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India International Science Film Awards were presented by Union Minister of Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan today at India International Science Film Festival during IISF, 2017 in Chennai today.

The films were categorised in two categories viz., (i) Student Film Makers and (ii) Professional. Total 53 films were selected for screening during the Festival. Screening was done on the basis of ‘How do you communicate science to the public?'. About 5000 children watched the movies and voted for the films.

The films that were awarded during the Festival are:

Category B – Student Film Makers

1st prize – Where have the Sparrows gone… directed by Rishikesh Daud

2 nd prize – Oneness with the Infinity… directed by Arjak Bhattacharjee

3 rd prize – AWSM … directed by Suyash Shreshtha

Category A – Professional

1 st prize – Satyendra Nath Bose… directed by Sheela Dutta

2 nd prize – The Loss of Western Ghats… directed by Biju Pankaj

Presenting the awards, Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Harshvardhan said there are certain issues which desire the attention of the film-makers. He pointed that such films have the potential to bring qualitative and quantative change in mindset of people. He mentioned that film-maker's passion for science drives them to make features on environment, science, technology and eminent scientists which are crucial to create scientific awareness among people.

The Minister endorsed the suggestion that the next IISFF should be scaled-up to involve people from district and state levels. He stressed upon the need to provide fellowships to film-makers and we should make films on eminent Indian scientists like Dr. C. V. Raman, etc. He talked about communication in the field of science and expressed hope that all the scientists and other coordinators should feel free to give their opinion and ideas to improve upon communication in science.



Press Information Bureau , 16 October, 2017