Entertainment Society of Goa(ESG) began its bull run for showcasing acclaimed international short films through its initiative -the Short Film Centre (SFC) by announcing the line-up of films and documentaries to be screened during the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI Goa). The 3rd edition of the Short Film Center will be organised from November 22nd to December 2nd 2010. A business platform created at IFFI Goa 2010, the Short Film Centre is ESG’s initiative to bring together short film makers, buyers, festival organizers and funding agencies

Divided into two broad categories within SFC, International Competition will screen 20 films from across the world including Dancing in Fumes (USA), Something Fishy (Australia), El Intruso (Mexico) and Still Voices (India) among others

Environmental Competition films vying for the coveted Vasudha Award, the highest national award for best Environmental film include Tiger Queen, Water and Visit to Bondla Zoo - the two entries from Goa and Niyamgiri You are Still Alive.

Up for grabs will be the Golden Lamp Tree Award (Rs. 5,00,000) the Silver Lamp Tree Award (Rs. 3,00,000), a third prize with a cash award of Rs 3,00,000 and the prestigious Vasudha Award, India’s only government award for an environmental film. A Special Jury Award awaits a director for his individual artistic contribution.

The eminent international jury comprises of acclaimed Indian film director Goutam Ghose (Chairman), Russian actress and former Miss Universe Oxana Federova, French producer Patrick Jorge, actress Helene Cardona, and Founder of the London Film Academy Daisy Gili.

The jury for the Vasudha Award includes environmental documentary film maker and winner of Green Oscars Naresh Bedi (Chairman), documentary film maker and UN wildlife conservation consultant Romulus Whitaker, and Helmut Groschup, founder and director of the International Film Festival Innsbruck.

Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) added, ‘IFFI 2010 will offer the best of cinema including short films and documentaries in the Short Film Centre (SFC). With acclaimed films from across the globe, the festival represents a kaleidoscope of cultures and creates a medium to appreciate and share cinematic excellence. ESG is constantly working towards making Goa the entertainment heart of the country’

Making IFFI Goa, 2010 all the more memorable will be the picturesque and beach-resort like setting of the film festival in Goa. With screening venues with a capacity of 3500 people including the splendid 900 seating auditoriums Kala Academy and Ravindra Bhavan IFFI Goa, 2010 promises you a dose of the ultimate in cinema.

IFFI Goa, 2010, India’s Cannes is not just about remarkable films, its 240 hours of entertainment and fun. The festival schedule is packed with world premieres, film bazaars, children’s workshops, street animation, a mega shopping festival music concerts and more.

Environmental Competition

1. Kaippad (India)
2. Kiran: Joy Of Giving (India)
3. Tiger Queen (India)
4. .Unseen Beauty Unhidden Truth (India)
5. Niyamgiri You Are Still Alive (India)
6. Water (India)
7. Penchalamma (India)
8. Visit To Bondla Zoo (India)
9. My Friend Heera (India)
10. The Land Of The Vanishing Lakes (India)

International Competition:

1. Six Strands (India)
2. Incurable India (India)
3. Kusum (India)
4. Still Voices (India)
5. Something Fishy (Australia)
6. Sin (India)
7. El Intruso (Mexico)
8. Extinction (Spain)
9. Hear Me (USA)
10. Fresh Suicide (UK)
11. Happy Birthday (Iran)
12. Film With The Briefcase (Germany/UAE)
13. Swindled (India)
14. Pocha Apel (India)
15. Boxing Ladies (India)
16. Twisted Bitter (India)
17. Dancing In Fumes (USA)
18. Chraulatayude Baakki (India)
19. Devils In Back Mountain (China)
20. Reincarnation (India)

The Awards:

* Golden Lamp Tree Award and a cash prizes of Rs 5 lacs,
* Silver Lamp Tree Award and a cash prize of Rs 3 lacs,
* Third Prize with a cash award of Rs 2 lacs
* Vasudha Awards for films on environmental issues and a cash prize of Rs 3 lacs.
* Special Jury Award – To a Director for his individual artistic contribution.