Odish-based production house SPARSH organized IGNITE FILM FESTIVAL 2018

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Bhubaneswar: The ancient India was a golden era for our women. With passage of time, we have witnessed the female population of our nation undergoing several kinds of atrocities. Our society has been harsh on women thus leading to gender inequality and low status of women since decades. Continuation of such dreadful practices will lead the nation to destruction very soon. As responsible citizens of the nation, it’s high time that we take a strong stand on the matter and promote upliftment of the female masses. As filmmakers we belong to such a sensitive and responsive field where we do make an impact on society with our narratives and storytelling. Highlighting such prevailing topics as poverty, illiteracy through cinematic forms will promote the social campaigns and help sensitizing people towards the topics which are the need of the hour. We encourage those young filmmakers who want to make difference in the society with their talent and creativity. Such steps by the young generation will surely address to a larger section of the society.
With the similar thought of mind, SPARSH a production house of Odisha, organized a short film festival – IGNITE. With a noble intention to promote and encourage young filmmakers, storytellers and creative individuals, the festival aimed at creating awareness by highlighting various social, political and humanist issues through the showcased films. IGNITE is a theme based film festival which will be held every year with a particular theme.
IGNITE 2018 was dedicated to the daughters of our society with the theme “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (Save girl child, Educate a girl child). IGNITE FILM FESTIVAL held its award giving ceremony on 15th May, 2018 at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar.
Abhishek Swain, a young filmmaker dominated the evening by winning maximum awards – Best Film and Best Script for film ‘A Daughter’s Letter’ with prize money of Rs 50,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. ‘A Daughter’s Letter’ was also awarded for Best Cinematography by Abani Maharana. ‘She Is My Daughter’, a film by Kaushik Nath was awarded the first runners up and Best Editing with prize money of Rs 10,000 for each category. ‘Be The Change’, a film by Santosh Panda was awarded the second runners up with prize money of Rs 10,000.
The jury of short film festival included renowned journalists of Odisha Mr. Sampad Mahapatra and Sandeep Sahu and the young and National Award winner filmmaker Amartya Bhattacharya.

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