The All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF) is back for its fourth edition, reaffirming its position as the premier platform for films that champion environmental issues. This year, the festival is taking place in a hybrid, decentralized model from December 1st to 10th, featuring 62 official selections. ALT EFF has been praised for its commitment to raising awareness about environmental challenges and showcasing compelling films that resonate with audiences.
A Decentralized Approach:
In 2022, ALT EFF adopted a decentralized festival model with on-ground screenings in addition to virtual events. This approach was met with overwhelming success, prompting the festival to continue in the same vein for its fourth edition. ALT EFF will host over 40 screenings across all states in India, strengthening its connection with cinephiles and environmental advocates.
Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Joins the Jury:
One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the presence of Oscar-winning filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves. Kartiki, alongside Guneet Monga, received the prestigious award for their documentary film, “The Elephant Whisperers,” earlier in 2023. Kartiki’s remarkable expertise and artistic vision, with a focus on the environment and nature, make her a valuable addition to the festival’s esteemed jury panel.
An Array of Environmental Films:
ALT EFF 2023 will showcase a carefully curated selection of 62 films, featuring Indian and international titles across various genres, including documentaries, short films, and fictional films. The central theme of these films revolves around environmental conservation, sustainability, and various aspects of our natural world. This year’s lineup includes 39 India premieres, promising to engage and inspire audiences while shedding light on our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.
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Virtual and In-Person Events:
The festival will run from December 1st to December 10th, 2023, and offers a wider audience the opportunity to engage with its content. Viewers can choose between virtual screenings and in-person events in key cities across India, providing flexibility in how they experience the festival.
Kartiki Gonsalves’ Perspective:
Commenting on her role as a jury member, Kartiki Gonsalves emphasized the importance of these films in raising awareness about the global climate crisis. She believes that people of all ages should watch these films to understand the slow deterioration of the world and be inspired to instigate change. She also noted the power of storytelling and how filmmakers from various regions express their unique voices through their chosen stories.
Kunal Khanna, the founder of ALT EFF, expressed his excitement about taking the festival to audiences across all states of India. He emphasized the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for everyone to engage and be inspired to take action. The decentralized festival format aims to reach people across the country, offering them opportunities to learn and make a difference.
The All Living Things Environmental Film Festival’s fourth edition promises to be an eye-opening and transformative experience. With a strong lineup of films, the presence of Oscar-winning filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves on the jury, and a decentralized approach, ALT EFF is poised to continue its vital mission of raising awareness about environmental issues and inspiring positive change.