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Swapnil Rajashekar `Saavat` bagged the award for the Best film at the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival (DBYFFI) of India
By Mrs Karen Laurie  - 2 Comments
Mumbai, Mar. 4. Swapnil Rajashekar `Saavat` bagged the award for the Best film at the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival (DBYFFI) 2017 of India by edging out twenty four other short films that vied for the coveted prize. The award was given by Rector Major of the Salesians, Father Angel Fernandez Artime, Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation on March 4 in Chennai.
Rector Major, Father �ngel Fern�ndez Artime felicitates the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival Award winners
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DBYFFI, organised by the Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia (SPCSA) together with Don Bosco Communications, South Asia (BOSCOM), presented budding filmmakers with a unique attempt to showcase the aspirations of the youth, the challenges and the struggles they go through and their issues and concerns through these short Films. Networking in 100 venues spread over 19 states, the idea was to reach out simultaneously to lakhs of young people. Most of the participants were youngsters associated with Don Bosco (DB), DB alumni and film lovers.  Thanks to masteryourminds, Bangalore, Don Bosco Youth Animation, Delhi, Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, Mumbai, The Salesian Bulletin, Chennai, Mr. Aurelius D`Souza and Mr. Kenneth Remedious for sponsorship of cash awards to the winners.

Father Harris Pakkam, Director of the Film Festival ``The Don Bosco Youth Film Festival was a huge success nearly 5 lakh youth from across the country viewed the Films.  The films were to motivate, inspire and motivate youngsters for social change`` he said.

Father Filberto Gonsalez, General Councillor for Social Communication, appreciated and thanked the team of BOSCOM Delegates and congratulated each one of them for organising this Film Festival. ``The Don Bosco Youth Film Festival could be organised for all the 132 countries in collaboration with the Social Communication Department and the Social Communication Delegates across the globe`` he said.

Father Godfrey D`Souza thanked the organisers and shared his experience after having attending the Film Festival at various places.      

`Saavat` - a 24 minute long production, is a rural based film which speaks about the vulnerability of the girl child; and an uphill battle that a girl child faces even today to be literate, touches on the impact of certain barbaric events like rape on the psyche of victims.

`Paywat`, directed by Mithunchandra Choudhari won the runners-up award. Like `Saavat`, this film too focuses on the plight of the girl child. It revolves around the protagonist `Mayidi`, the daughter of a landless labourer who focuses on education despite severe financial hardships. This entry had come from Don Bosco College, Panjim, Goa.

`Backbone` a film by Karunakaran C finished in third place. The 21-minute long plot revolves around an aged farmer who was forced to sell his land to clear his debt. Poverty forces him to move to a larger town in search of a job where he encounters several hardships.

Ramachandra Gaonkar`s `Selfie` won the award for the best story. The plot revolves around daily incidents faced by common man and reveals the perceptions of other`s based on our appearance and clothes.

``Poo`` Ramu from Backbone won the award for best actor, while Tanuja Kadam won the best actress award for Baluta.

In the best child artist (male) category, Chandra Kiran claimed top honours for his performance in `I did it`, while Vaishnavi Tangade won the award for best child (female artist) for her performance in `Paywat`. Kutub won the award for best Cinematography.

Father Joaquim Fernandes, Regional Delegate, Boscom, South Asia thanked Father Harris Pakkam, the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival Director and all the committee members who made this Film Festival a reality.  He thanked the Delegates of Social Communication from all the provinces for all the dedication and commitment for organising the Film Festival. ``Their stories have entertained, inspired, and challenged us to think about the world and we are grateful to them for sharing their work with us.`` he said.

Ms Sabrina Alathi, Co-ordinator of the Film Festival of DBYFFI  said ``It was an wonderful opportunity for everyone in the organising committee, to express our love and gratitude towards our father and founder Don Bosco.  We received 248 short films from 24 states across India, of which the Preliminary Jury committee selected 24 short films for screening. Every film portrayed the idea of celebrating life, youth and the spirit of patriotism. The Final Jury Panel selected the Best 3 films, and also chose 10 short films under various categories. It was truly an extraordinary experience of influencing the youth across the Nation.``  
Film is a powerful medium that can communicate, educate, elevate and inspire the viewers. The theme of the film festival was the celebration of the spirit of youth in a positive and inspiring way, narrating stories of young people who face challenges and struggles of life with courage, determination and faith to emerge as inspiring individuals.


Sudikshit Roy Barma India
March 06, 2017

Salesians can explore audio visual media in more details, this will generate support for this movement.

PORUTHUR Joseph India Chennai
March 05, 2017

I strongly desire that these short films are made available to every Salesian house, even after the festival season. So that, they could become resource material for the local animation and education of Salesians and the youth alike. Fever for the feature films could be supplemented with the visuals that grip the mind and heart of youngsters as they see the world.

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