Health awareness: Pune NGO to organise film festival

During the course of the film festival, thirty movies will be screened. These include 19 short films and 11 documentaries. There is no entry fee charged for the films participating in the festival, also the festival will be free and open for the public to attend on a first come first serve basis

Health awareness: Pune NGO to organise film festival

In its bid to create awareness on health related issues P M Shah Foundation, an NGO working on the health related issues in Pune, has organised a film festival where all heath related films will be screened.

The festival is planned to take place on the 22nd and 23rd of December. Thirty movies will be screened in two days at National Film Archives of India (NFAI), Law College Road, Pune.

These include 19 short films and 11 documentaries. Apart from Maharashtra, health centric movies from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal and Rajasthan will also be featured. Health related films from Iran and Belgium will be screened too at the event.

“With the spread of mobiles, Internet and social media, different health issues and their handy solutions are being talk of the town. Yet there is a need to speak on the serious note and creating awareness about diseases, fitness and taboos,” said Chetan Gandhi Director of the foundation.

The festival will be inaugurated on 22nd December, at 2pm, by Padmashri Dr Tatyarao Lahane, renowned eye specialist, along with Mrs Usha Kakde, founder, U.S.K. foundation.

Since the last year, the health film festival has started a competition section. This year, Mangesh Joshi, renowned director, Dr Leena Borude, medical practitioner and Sunil Bhondge, film critic served as the juries for the festival.

Three short films and three documentaries will receive prizes at the hands of dignitaries. There is no entry fee charged for the films participating in the festival, also the festival will be free and open for the public to attend on a first come first serve basis.

“We thought that the same message can be propagated better using the audio-visual medium. With the aim to reach to a larger population, we started this Health Film Festival in 2010. The initiative is expanding every year and this year, we have received films from Iran and Belgium too, along with other films, which handle very sensitive health issues in a beautiful way. We had got 63 film entries, from which we have selected 30,” Said Gandhi. The films on different health related issues will be screened during the film festival.