Bhubaneswar: A nation’s growth is dependent on its society. A prosperous society makes way for a healthy and developing country. But India as a country is still suffering from number of social problems even after 60 years of independence. Illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, population growth, child labor, dowry , domestic violence, casteism, alcoholism, drug abuse, corruption along with countless other social issues are the pollutant of a otherwise spiritual country which India is known for. Despite the industrialization and modern way of thinking a large margin of people are fighting social dogmas even today.
As filmmakers it is our prime duty to try bringing a change in the society. We are morally responsible to play our part by analyzing the issues and communicating suggestions and solutions. Highlighting various issues through cinematic forms will promote the social campaigns and help sensitizing people towards the topic which is the need of the hour.
Light House a premier production house of Odisha, is coming up with second edition of IGNITE Film Festival – ‘IGNITE 2019’. With a noble intention to promote and encourage young filmmakers, storytellers and creative individuals, the festival aims at creating awareness by highlighting various social, political and humanist issues through the showcased films. IGNITE is a theme based film festival which is held every year with a particular theme. Although all the submitted film needs to incorporate the theme, it also invites participants to submit their own independent films for judging their true creative potential irrespective of imposed theme and restriction. The judgment and finalist selection will be made on the basis of both the submitted films of a participant.
Environment, civil rights, poverty, racism, bullying, income opportunity, inequality, immigration, marriage equality, homelessness, LBGT issues, abortion, education and several others are what constitutes the social issues. Anything that negatively affects people within a society that people care about can become a social issue. Ignite 2019 welcomes films that made on any social issues which you as a filmmaker think requires exploration and analysis. The last date for the submission of the films is 31st December, 2018. All the entries of the films will be accepted through emails. All the winners will be rewarded with cash prize of Rs. 20,000 to 10,000. The prize giving ceremony will be held on month of January which will be communicated to the winner through email and phone call.
The participants are requested to submit their films or communicate or send their queries to our email id [email protected]. For further details of the festival one can visit our official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/igniteff and our website http://lighthouseodisha.com/ignite-2019/.