The 6th National Science Film Festival & Competition (NSFF) has begun at Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai.The festival has been jointly organised by Nehru Science Centre and Vigyan Prasar. Vigyan Prasar is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The event was chaired by veteran director Shyam Benegal and science film maker Dr Mike Panday. The festival which will start from the February 15 will showcase 65 competitive entries. Entries have come in four categories 1st is films by school children, 2nd entries from colleges, 3rd from institutions/ organisations and individual science film-makers. Besides, 20 non-competitive science films will be screened as well. The winners will be chosen among the 35 short-listed entries by a jury of eight people chaired by Shyam Benegal.
The winner will be announced on the February 13 but each category will have 3 winners where the first prize winner will get Rs1.5 lakh.
“Such an event is important because these films are of a very high standard and are educational in nature. Also, it motivates and encourages participants to pursue film-making by offering prizes to them. Hence, it has been very successful for the past six years,” said Benegal.