SCIFFI Goa – International Science Film Festival


The Science Festival comes to Goa…

Science has played a huge role in cinema. If not for technology, viewers may not have had the same cinematic experience as they do today. With visual effects and voice modulation, something that is fantastical can feel real in the movie theatre. Sometimes, Science has driven the entire plot of the movie. The Martian, starring Matt Damon, would have appealed to physicists, chemists and biologists alike. The Russell Crowe starrer A Beautiful Mind probably led most people to tear their brains apart trying to assimilate the characters brain patterns, but then some in the audience were turned on by the sophistication. What about 2012 or World War Z that made us think about our existence and the possible extinction of the human race? Movies have always tried to explain to us scientific theories and concepts, though not always well founded, nevertheless, thought provoking. Not everyone watches a movie like Interstellar or Gravity in the same manner. Some are enthralled by the massive satellites – the architecture and the physics behind its floating existence; others are captured by the stories of the lives of the characters portrayed. Movies like The Imitation Game or The Theory of Everything connect to the audience on an intellectual and emotional level. That’s the power of cinema – to reach out to people with varied interests and needs. Vigyan Parishad – Goa, a science movement that has been taking great strides to popularize and propagate the concepts of Science among the student community, is all set to host the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI) in Goa. Taking notes from huge potential of brand Goa as a film festival destination, it has joined hands with the Department of Science and Technology-Goa, Entertainment Society of Goa, Goa Science Centre and National Institute of Oceanography, to host an unique festival to be held in the ESG premises from January 14 to 17, 2016. The three day event is packed with film screenings, discussions, interactive sessions and workshops with experts and scientists. There will be presentations on space and the environment and interesting lectures on robotics, Hands on Science and practical Maths. Renowned experts such as Madhavan Nair, Suresh Naik, Mike Pandey, Manish Jain, VSS Sastry, and many others would be investing their time and expertise in sharing their knowledge to the participating delegates. The organizers have narrowed down on students from Class VII to IX and Class XI as their target group, but people from all age groups are invited to register themselves as delegates and soak in the power of science. In a build up to the festival, experts and scientists from NIO and elsewhere have been visiting schools and delivering interactive sessions on different topics such as astronomy, marine oceanography and bio-invasion, climatic change and natural disasters and geology. There will also be sessions on animation and Antarctica. The scientists plan to travel to at least 50 schools all over Goa and reach out to a minimum of 10,000 students, some of whom would turn out to be prospective delegates at the SCI-FFI. SCI-FFI will open up your mind to the world of cinema and you will never view films the same way again. More than appreciating the influence that Science has over cinema, the festival aims to celebrate the collaboration between Science and cinema. This is an opportunity for all of us, students of science or not, to come together and witness this freshly created concept of a film festival themed around the marvels of Science.

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