India 1st Edition
In India, 19 films were selected for the first Science Film Festival organized by the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai from November 5 to December 18. The festival was officially inaugurated with the screening of the film “Chasing Coral” at the Indian Habitat Centre with over 250 students and 11 teachers from nine different schools. The opening film left the audience mesmerized with its thorough explanation of how climate change threatens coral reefs and was followed by a panel discussion led by Ajay Arun Venkataraman and Mayanglambam Ojit Kumar Singh on climate change and its consequences.
In Pune and surrounding areas, screenings were organized in five schools: Jnana Prabodhini Navanagar Vidyalya, the New English School in Thergaon and in the three branches of the Sanskriti School: the Undri campus, the Wagholi campus and the Bukhum campus. In Chennai and Mumbai, the Science Film Festival visited over 350 schools and in total over 64,000 visitors were reached in India in the first year of the project. The Goethe-Institut looks forward to building on this excellent start to the festival in India and working together with its partners to expand the nationwide network in the years to come.