Panaji, Nov 14 : 108 films based on environment and global sustainability issues from around 20 countries will vie for the forthcoming 9th annual Global Sustainability Film Awards (GSFA), which is being co-organised by tve, a UK-registered charity founded by the United Nations Environment Programme, with India-based ‘Difficult Dialogues’ from November 16.
According to the organisers of Difficult Dialogues, which has annually organised provocative deliberations on diverse issues related to academics, young talent, activism, politics and business in different parts of the country, including Goa, the GSFA and discussions related to thematic issues will be telecast online from November 16-20 on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The tve Global Sustainability Film Awards (GSFA) has made its mark for recognising outstanding films from the business, non-profit, media and creative sectors that inspire audiences with real-world solutions for a more sustainable future,” a statement issued by the organisers said on Saturday.
“Its significance is further enhanced in the present environmental crisis amid lack of political and social consensus to implement necessary changes, as films can be a powerful tool to raise public awareness, shift public opinion and inspire action,” the statement said.
“There will be invigorating discussions, through Difficult Dialogues, on contemporary and futuristic solutions for environment and global sustainability, including ‘Changing the Mindset’, ‘The Role of Innovation in Bringing About a Sustainable Future’, ‘What Will Our World Look Like in 2050’, and ‘Hidden Stories: Impact Journalism, Business and Politics of Sustainability’ by world-renowned experts,” co-organiser of the event Surina Narula, who’s also the founder of Difficult Dialogues, said in the statement.
As part of the event, Difficult Dialogues will also feature a segment called ‘Daring Debates’, in which youth from Africa, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal and the US will compete with each other, “thereby bringing together university students from different backgrounds, ethnicity and countries to discourse policy ideation and formulation”.