Bhubaneswar: UNICEF Odisha in collaboration with Aaina, an Odisha-based voluntary organization launched Season 5 of KALLOLA, a short film contest on child rights, here today on the theme of Nutrition – Every child’s right for a healthy life. The launch was attended by Dr. Monika O. Nielsen, Chief, UNICEF Odisha, Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Nayak, Joint Secretary, Department of WCD, Mr. Shyama Prasad Mishra, Head of Alankar & Taranga Music, Mr. Ananta Mohapatra, eminent theater personality, Mrs. Sneha Mishra, Secretary, Aaina. The contest this year is in collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Odisha and Alankar TV. Also present were Ms. Alka Gupta, and Mr. Sourav Bhattacharjee from UNICEF Odisha.
Kallola 2019 invites entries for short films (30, 60 and 90 seconds) on the theme Nutrition – Every child’s right for a healthy life. The sub themes are: 1) A balanced diet for growing children and 2) Ending gender discrimination in nutrition.
Speaking at the function, Dr Monika Nielsen, Chief, UNICEF Odisha said, “We all know that the nutrition in the food we eat helps us grow and develop, gives us energy and keeps us healthy. Yet, many children remain undernourished, affecting their ability to develop (physically and mentally), go to school and work. Nutrition is more than just eating food and a multi-faceted theme. I am happy that this year we will explore some of the important elements of appropriate nutrition through the Kallola short films.
The contest is open to everyone – professional filmmakers, film students, amateurs or anyone with a good idea and filmmaking skills. Interested participants can log onto www.aaina.org.in/kallola for information on the contest, themes, rules and the entry form. A thematic and technical workshop will be held on 8th September 2019 in Bhubaneswar. Interested participants can register themselves online to attend this workshop (http://aaina.org.in/kallola/Registration.asp).
The last date of receiving entries for the contest is 11thOctober 2019.The best five films (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Jury Choice & Children’s Choice Award) will be awarded.
Ms. Sneha Mishra, said, “Kallola has made a space for itself and it is heartening to see this emerging as a platform for film makers and enthusiasts in the state. We are looking forward to the fifth edition of Kallola with a hope to receive more and quality of films from film makers and amateurs focusing the issue of NUTRITION: Every child’s right for a healthy life.’’
Speaking at the launch Mr. Ananta Mohapatra said, “By the age of five years a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in the life. For this, nutrition plays a vital role which is a right of a child.”