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June 15, 2016

GFDD Production Value of Life Awarded Best Documentary Jury at Bangalore Shorts Film Festival 2016

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Bangalore – GFDD’s Value of Life was awarded with Best Documentary Jury prize at the 5th edition of Bangalore Shorts Film Festival (BSFF), which took place on June 12 in Bangalore, India.

The festival, created in 2012 to mark the 100 years celebration of Indian cinema, provides a platform to aspiring and professional filmmakers for showcasing their talent and networking and marketing opportunities in film industry.  As explained by its organizers the festival’s objectives are: to generate a short films culture in India, promote upcoming filmmakers, and develop sources of revenue generation for short films and to make short film making a commercial enterprise.

Value of Life was chosen among more than 90 short films submitted by a jury integrated by Dayal Padmanabhan, Award Winning Kannada Film Director, from Bangalore; Mohmammad Hemedani, Award Winning Animation Film Director & CEO Skyframe Studio, from Iran;  N. Sivanandam, Award Winning Kannada Film Director, from Bangalore; and Dr. D.C Singh, Film Producer & Academician, from Delhi.

Value of Life, directed by GFDD executive director, Natasha Despotovic, and Alexandra Tabar, exposes the little value that is placed on natural capital when looking at growth equations and socioeconomic development. It is difficult for big businesses, and more so for ordinary people, to quantify the significance of natural resources and make the value of nature tangible in our daily lives. The new GFDD production responds to those questions: How much is the natural capital of the Dominican Republic worth? How do we put a price on the ecosystem the planet has given us and that allows us to survive?

Natasha Despotovic expressed her gratitude and honor to have received such award: “In this year alone, Value of Life has been presented in four different international festivals and I thank BSFF for the opportunity granted. For GFDD is an honor to participate and promote its production in such a renowned festival. By making environmental films we want to encourage other Dominican directors to follow our steps, promoting sustainable development in the country.”

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