Charlie Walker,cultural counsellor and director programmes,British Council,India and Sri Lanka,will inaugurate the film-making workshop in the British Library on August 19. Sandeep Hans,PCS,director Technical Education,UT,Chandigarh and Walker will also inaugurate an exhibition titled Cartoons for Climate on the same day at the Government College of Art,Sector 10.
The initiative is a part of Climate Change Forum in Chandigarh,organised by the British Council,from August 19 to 21,which in turn is part of the Climate Change Project of the British Council in India and Sri Lanka,aimed at raising awareness and mitigating the effects of climate change in urban areas.
After Chandigarh,the Climate Change Forum will travel to other cities across India to reach out to more audience and spread awareness and inspiration. The forum will kick off with the exhibition and on-the-spot cartoon contest at the Government College of Art.
A cartoon contest on climate change was announced in October last year to get the young people to express their understanding and concern about climate change through a creative medium.
The exhibition will put on show a selection of 50 of the best entries from the contest. The exhibition has already travelled to seven cities in India and two in Sri Lanka and now has come to Chandigarh. The exhibition will be on display till August 21 and it is hoped that the participants from the cartoon contest will reveal a light-hearted view of climate change, said Walker.
It will be followed by film screening at the Government College for Girls at 12.30 pm. The hour-long programme will showcase award winning films from the archives of the UK Environment Film Fellowships (UKEFF). These films have also been screened on National Geographic channel.
Another highlight of the forum will be the environmental film-making workshop for beginners,spread over two days,beginning from August 20. The workshop will be conducted by independent filmmaker Nitin Das,who has a marketing degree from IIM Lucknow and a film-making certification from New York. He will teach the fundamentals of filming like direction,cinematography,digital filming and editing.