Mumbai: Actor Jackie Shroff has pledged his support to bring awareness for the encirclement through the medium of cinema and its various formats. The actor has been roped in from the entertainment sector, as a goodwill ambassador for a unique event, a film festival dedicated solely to films and cinema creating and stirring a conversation on environmental conservation, impacts of climate change amongst other such relevant topics. All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF) is India’s first and only such festival that is aiming to create marry the idea of conservation and cinema. Shroff has always been associated with different environmental initiatives and actively participates in plantation drives. He is the ambassador of the festival along with Mrunmayee Deshpande Rao amongst other leading figures in the industry.
Shroff says, “ALT EFF is really exciting and I am waiting to see what type of films are in the festival, films are such a powerful medium to express your feelings for the future, for the next generation (अपने बच्चो के लिए). It is a loan taken from them, (of) the soil, the water, the seeds, and we contaminate them all! It is nice that so many people are thinking alike [about environmental restoration], I am very happy to be part of this team. Good luck to the team at ALT EFF and the filmmakers that will be able to showcase their feelings through their art. See you guys soon!”
Wildlife filmmaker, Mike Pandey says, “Environmental festivals like ALT EFF, bring environmental issues to the forefront and offer viable solutions. They motivate and empower us to take the right step and attempt to make a difference to restore the beauty and sustainability of our only home, this planet we call Earth.” He adds “Festivals like ALT EFF, play a crucial role in communicating and sensitising people, helping them develop a sense of respect for the environment through films. It is what you respect, that you love and protect.”
Co-founder Neha Shreshta says, “Humans who are just one of all the living things on this planet actually control the fate of every living thing and the planet itself – what we do with this power, can make or break our collective future. ALT EFF is our way of bringing awareness via the powerful medium of film- no matter how much information or research there is in the world, it has no meaning unless it is presented such that people can understand it. The film does that.”
Marie Luise Schega, another co-founder adds, “ALT EFF is as much a call to action as it is a celebration. We are motivated by a grand vision – to co-create a sustainable future – and this desire for collaboration, for diversity, for having the courage to dream big has shaped our festival program. Many of the stories told in the films we chose seem complex, some polarising, which is reflective of the environmental crises at large. Yet, as the credits roll and the screen turns black, we wish for viewers to simply look up, explore their own environments and ask themselves: Where can I make a difference in my community?”
The festival is distinguished by high-quality cinema, created and curated with dedication despite the challenges put forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, ALT EFF was conceived as a physical festival, but this year, in order to ensure safety for all festival-goers, ALT EFF remains virtual.