Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, October 29:
Odisha based voluntary organization ‘Aaina’, with the support of UNICEF, Odisha, launched a short film contest on child rights called ‘Kallola’ here today.
The first of its kind of contest in the state, ‘Kallola’has invited entries in 30, 60 and 90 seconds duration on the theme: ending violence against children, with four sub themes – child labour,child sexual abuse, child marriage and corporal punishment, a release from the ‘Aaina’ said
The contest is open to everyone – professional filmmakers, film students, amateurs or anyone with good film making skills.
Interested participants can log onto www.aaina.org.in/kallola for information on the contest, themes, rules and the entry form.
The last date of receiving entries is December 30, 2014.
Launching the contest, Yumi Bae, Chief of UNICEF Odisha Field Office said,“We hope that the annual short-film contest launched today on Child Rights will provide a platform to remind us of the inviolable human rights that each and every child is born with and the responsibility that each of us, as a member of family, community and society have in ensuring that no child is denied his or her basic rights. For this inaugural year, we take up the theme of violence against children, which happens all around us. Some extreme cases are reported but most incidents go unreported, unheard, making violence against children almost invisible. And children suffer silently. The short-films will help bring the message closer to our hearts that we all have a duty to end this violence and protect our children.”
Introducing the ‘Kallola’ contest the Aaina secretary Sneha Mishra said,“Through this contest we hope to sensitize the participants to the issue and also expect it will be reflected in the films that they submit. The films will be used to further sensitize larger audiences and generate discussion and debate around this issue.”
A half-day workshop for prospective participants will be held on November 11, 2014 on the format, themes and rules of the contest, the release said.
An eminent jury will evaluate the films and the best five entries will be awarded in five categories- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, jury’s choice and viewer’s choice – in January/February 2015, the release informed.