BHUBANESWAR: This year’s National Road Safety Short Film Festival kicked off in Rourkela on Saturday. Hosted by the state’s Department of Transportation, the event aims to raise awareness of road safety measures.
“We received 230 entries of different formats like documentary, experimental, narrative, fiction, non-fiction and animation in Odia, English, Hindi, telugu and Malayalam languages of professional filmmakers, amateurs and students Odisha and outside. Some of the films were screened today in Rourkela where the screening will also continue tomorrow. The screening will take place in Puri on June 24-25, the last two days of the event,” an official from the National Transport Authority (STA) said.
The best film in the Odia and non-Odia categories will receive a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each. While the first runner-up will receive Rs 80,000, the second runner-up Rs 60,000. Best Director, Best Screenplay, Cinematography and Best Actor/Actress will receive Rs 25,000 each.
Odisha’s road accident fatality rate increased by 7.24% in 2021, compared to 2020. A total of 5,081 people died in road accidents last year compared to 4,738 in 2020 .
The State Department of Commerce and Transport recently wrote to all District Collectors, SPs, Police Commissioners and Regional Transport Officers to take action to reduce accidental deaths in Odisha.