Road safety

Road safety film festival receives overwhelming response

The screening of shortlisted films for the National Road Safety Short Film Festival, 2022 received an overwhelming response here. All shows held at a local multiplex sold out with the audience giving an enthusiastic response to the festival, a first of its kind in the country.

A total of 42 pre-selected films were screened in Rourkela on June 18 and 19. A total of 230 entries were received from across the country for the contest which was open until June 10. Residents, students, police personnel, transportation department officials and independent filmmakers whose films have been shortlisted for the festival were present at the screening of the films. “The questions raised in the pre-selected films on the theme of road safety are very relevant. I hope this festival will create more awareness about safe driving habits and help us reduce road accidents and related fatalities,” said Rourkela Police Superintendent Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo.

Two of the jury members of the film festival, eminent actors Sidhanta Mohaaptra and Kuna Tripathy were present at the inaugural ceremony. They appreciated the works of independent filmmakers and called on the public to respect road safety rules.

“The festival offers an impartial and democratic space for storytellers, who wish to share their ideas on road safety through audiovisual media. Festivals like this will help us raise awareness about road safety. I call on citizens of Rourkela to follow traffic rules and regulations. Together we can make a difference,” said regional transport manager, Rourkela, Biswaraj Behera.

Among others, Transport Commissioner Arun Bothra, Additional District Magistrate, Rourkela Subhankar Mohapatra and Superintendent of Police, Sundargarh Sagarika Nath were present at the inaugural event.