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Odisha Commerce & Transport Department Organize First-Of-Its-Kind National Road Safety Short Film Festival

Bhubaneswar:22/5/22: In a bid to increase awareness of road safety, the Commerce & Transport Department increased cash awards for the National Road Safety Short Film Festival, 2022.

Prize money for Best Film has increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. Similarly, the first, runner-up prize is increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 80,000 and second runner-up cash award is now Rs 60,000. This was announced by Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Transport Department at the launching ceremony of the festival.

Speaking on the occasion, Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Transport Department said, “Seeing the enthusiasm, to encourage more people to send entries we have increased the prize money for film section for both Odia & Non-Odia languages categories. Cash awards for individual sections remain as it is.”

Winners will be selected by a judging panel of film industry professionals and non-industry professionals, luminaries from different walks of life. During the event, jury members for the festival were introduced including Dharitri Patnaik, Entrepreneur & Executive Chairperson, Humara Bachpan, Kuna Tripathy, Chairman, Odisha Film Development Corporation & Odia Film Actor, Manish Mundra – National Award Winning Film Producer & Philanthropist, Onir, National Award Winning Filmmaker & LGBTQIA+ Activist, Rajesh Touchriver, National Award Winning Filmmaker, Sabyasachi Mishra, Odia Film Actor & Social Worker, Siddhanta Mahapatra, Veteran Odia Film Actor & Former Member of Parliament, Dr. Sruti Mohapatra, Disability Rights Activist, Founder & Head, Swabhiman, Sujit Mahapatra, Secretary, Bakul Foundation & Author, Tanaya Patnaik, Executive Director, Sambad Group and Varsha Priyadarshini, Film Actress & Social Activist, Founder, Sammanita.

The entries are open for National Road Safety Short Film Festival, a first-of-its-kind festival organized in the country. The last date of entry submission is 3rd June 2022. The festival aims to raise awareness of road safety issues and promote increased engagement in road safety cooperation in the state of Odisha as well as across the nation to reduce the road accidents and fatalities related to it.

Filmmakers, amateur film enthusiasts and students can submit their entries. The film can be a Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Fiction, Non-fiction or Animation. The original film should be in FULL HD (1920×1080) format or above. Total duration of film can be maximum 120 seconds (2 minutes) in length, including front and end credits.

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