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By Joaquim Fernandes sdb
Don Bosco Bicentenary International Film Festival of India 2015
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Mumbai, Aug. 5. Twenty films from eight countries including India, will be represented at the Don Bosco Bicentenary International Short Film Festival of India (DBISFFI). And this Saturday, simultaneously at 55 locations all over India, these 20 films will be screened from 9 am to 6 pm to decide the winners. In Mumbai, the Festival will be held at the Don Bosco International School Hall in Matunga, with film producer Mahesh Bhatt as the Chief Guest.
August 2015 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, whose charismatic approach towards the young and their education has transformed the lives of millions of young people all over the world. Today there are over 50,000 members in the Society he founded, working in over 132 countries. His followers stepped into the Indian subcontinent in 1906, and these 108 years of existence have wrought in marvelous fruits of growth, peace and development all over India.

The DBSFFI is a unique attempt to mark this year as a tribute to the saint. Networking in 55 venues spread over 18 states, the idea is to reach out simultaneously to lakhs of people on the same day, August 8. A total of 62 contributions from India, USA, UK, Australia, Uzbekistan, Spain, Switzerland and Poland, have been received since the competition was announced two months ago, resulting  in 20 being short-listed for the final screenings. The various category awards for the Best Story, Best Sound Design/Music, Best Acting, Best Cinematography, and Best Young Director will be decided by the jury evaluating the 55 venues simultaneously at all the venues.  The awards will be given by the Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime, SDB, the 10th successor of Don Bosco during the Youth Expo in the month of September at Delhi, India.

Film is a powerful medium that can communicate, educate, elevate and inspire the viewers. The theme of the film festival is 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.

This multi-city short film festival, happening for the first time on such a complex scale, is unique for another reason. Most of the participants are young people associated with Don Bosco, DB alumni and film lovers too. The spirit of the festival is to infuse in young people new hopes, optimism and positive energy to live as good citizens and God fearing persons, which was Don Bosco's dream for every youngster.

The festival is being supported by a host of eminent celebrities and stalwarts such as Mr. Sashi Kumar - Chairman, Asian College of Journalism, actors Vidya Balan, Meena Debbarma, Tara Sharma and Aimee Baruah, and film makers Rajiv Menon, Aribam Sharma and Jahnu Barua.
The DBSFFI has been organized by the all India Don Bosco Institutions together with Don Bosco Communications, South Asia, net-working with the Social Communication delegates of the different provinces of India. A number of government officials and celebrities are expected to participate in the 55 venues all over India.

The core committee consists of the Film Festival Director, Father Harris Pakkam, sdb; The Provincial Delegate for Bosco, South Asia, Father Godfrey D'Souza, sdb; The Delegate for Boscom, South Asia and incharge of Media and Publicity, Father Joaquim Fernandes,sdb; Incharge of Public Relations, Father Joseph Pulinthanath,sdb;  Incharge of Finance, Father Johnson Parackal, sdb, and Incharge of coordination and organization, Father A Raj Mariasusai sdb; and in collaboration with all the Province Social Communications Delegates from South Asia.  Log on to the official website for more information Website:

Don Bosco institutions are offering yeoman's service to society in India, especially in the formation and empowerment of the young. This initiative in Don Bosco's name is being widely celebrated among the youth with the aim of igniting positive vibrations in the hearts of all the viewers.

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