‘KALLOLA 2017’ aims to end violence against children

Bhubaneswar: UNICEF Odisha in collaboration with Aaina, an Odisha-based voluntary organization here today launched Season 3 of Kallola, a short film contest on child rights.

This year the contest invites entries for short films (30, 60 and 90 seconds) on the theme ‘End violence against children …SOCH BADLO.’

The contest is open to everyone – professional filmmakers, film students, amateurs or anyone with a good idea and filmmaking skills.  The best five films will be awarded.

Interested participants can log on to www.aaina.org.in/kallola for information on the contest, themes, rules and the entry form. The last date of receiving entries is October 5, 2017.

As part of the non-competitive section of the contest, selected children from Utkal Bal Ashrams, under the Odisha State Child Protection Society, Government of Odisha, will be trained and encouraged to express their views through short films ranging from 60 to 90 seconds.

Speaking at the launch event, Chief, UNICEF Odisha, Yumi Bae said, “Kallola offers an opportunity for individuals, government and organizations concerned about child rights to come together”.

Speaking at the function, Sneha Mishra, Secretary, Aaina said, “We are looking forward to the third edition of Kallola with a hope to receive more number of films focusing the issue to end violence against children”,

Kasturi Mohapatra, chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights said, “Let’s commit to stop all forms of violence against children. Nothing is harder than to change the attitude of people on this issue. While we know a lot of work is needed, generating awareness through short films will contribute to make Odisha a safe and secure place for all children.”

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