Pune: “In our country, the filmmakers making films on environmental issues are struggling to showcase their films. We don’t have a good platform to show these films. Places like these film festivals are our only opportunity to show our work. I hope that the digital era will change this situation,” renowned filmmaker from Chennai, Subbiah Nallamuthu said.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 12th edition of Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival (KVIFF) held at Balgandharva Rangamandir on Thursday.
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Prevent Pollution, Protect Rivers’. Out of 203 entries, total eight films were awarded in the festival.
Speaking about the films commenting on environmental issues, Nallamuthu said, “After working on issue-based environmental programmes for a while, I adopted the format of storytelling to talk about environmental concerns.
“I found that this has worked better with our audience. So, I started using a human and emotional appeal to connect people to the issues of the environment.”
Filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal, activist Parineeta Dandekar and Bibhuti Debbarma of the organisation Youth for Integration were awarded the Vasundhara Mitra awards this year.
Dandekar spoke extensively about the importance of protecting river Ganga.
Filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal said that while 99 per cent of the reports show that our planet is in a pathetic condition and our future seems dark, we aren’t doing anything to change it.
“This year, my resolution as a filmmaker would be to find a way to make the people see the ‘obvious’, to see what’s going wrong with the earth more efficiently,” Sapal said.