TEFF 2017

TEFF 2017 was a two-day event held on 24 & 25 March 2017 at Dr. K. N. Modi University, Newai, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Along with the festival an International Conference on Environmental Justice: Culture, Resistance and Ethics Sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi, and in collaboration with tiNai (formerly known as OSLE-India), a forum in India for promoting ecocriticism was organised. Over 25 films were screened to an audience of about 200 audiences. The following films won the award:

  1. Best Indian Short Ecodocumentary  – Like Dust We RiseLike Dust We Rise | Directors. Abhimanyu Singh, Arya AT, Garima Kaul and Prerna Gupta | 17 minutes | IndiaSynopsis of the film

    This is a film about those who clean the city of dreams. It brings to the fore, through the narratives of a few BMC workers, the lackadaisical workings of the Bombay Municipal Corporation resulting in injustice to the workers.

    Kali, Murugan, Anthony, Aziz, Saroja and Rajeshwari carry the narrative forth as they narrate personal incidents of injuries and accidents on the field, for which they haven’t received any compensation. The indifference of the system and its wrongdoings have united all BMC contractual labours into a Union whose fight goes on. This is a film about grit and gumption.

  2. Best Indian Short EcodocumentaryRunner-upChronicles of a WildliferChronicles of a Wildlifer | Dir. Amit Goswamy | 28 minutes | India

    Synopsis of the film

    A story first time from the perspective of a wildlife biologist. As he studies and experiences the wildlife up close during the field works. The story gives a unique glimpse into the working of a field biologist. There were many occasions in which the wild animals were encountered very close while working in the field. The beauty of it lies in the fact that, one needs to have an animal instinct himself to sense the pulse of the forest. Even the slightest sign and change in the forest conveys a message that is required to be deciphered. The story concludes with giving a broader perspective to ‘Wildlife’ and explaining how ‘Wildlife Crime’ is not just an ecological issue but also a social issue threatening the survival of ‘Homo Sapiens’.

  3. Best Foreign Short EcodocumentaryThe Call from the SeaThe Call from the Sea | Dir. Alexandru Vlad | 15 minutes | Romania

     Synopsis of the film

    The movie ‘We Fly Again’ tells the unwritten story of the birds we cohabit with, the crows. Although they live in very big groups near the metropolis and the increase the risks of spreading an entire list of epidemics among the human population, since they feed on the cesspools and they rest in towns during the nightfall, the birds are harmless and they love people.

  4. Best Foreign Short EcodocumentaryRunner-upMetamorphosisMetamorphosis | Dir. Adrian Arce | 14 minutes | Mexico

     Synopsis of the film

    The Guadalupe dam watershed, located at the northeast of Mexico City, is a region of great biodiversity. It’s a source of oxygen, drinking water, wood, food, medicinal plants and cultural elements for the inhabitants of the Valleys of Mexico and Toluca. While an important home for the Otomí ethnic group, the watershed also shelters a peculiar species: the mountain axolotl (Ambystoma altamirani), a micro-endemic, endangered amphibian, unique in the world.

  5. Foreign Feature EcodocumentarySunuSunu | Dir. Teresa Camou Guerrero | 1 hour 25 minutes | Mexico

    Synopsis of the film

    Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNÚ knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both need them and despises them. SUNÚ reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.

  6. Foreign Feature EcodocumentaryRunner upILHAIlha | Dir. Daniel de la Calle | 56 minutes | Brazil

    Synopsis of the film

    Ilha is about the small island of Boipeba, located 80 miles South of Salvador de Bahía, in Brazil.
    In many ways, the island can be seen as the epitome of the slow tropical paradise, a dream of sandy beaches, gentle waters and coconut trees. The film depicts a day watching locals as they walk, paddle and fish along the island shores and mangroves, portraying life as it for now still is. Almost everyone lives or implements their diet from what the sea and coral reefs provide. There is a unique pace to Boipeba, enhanced by the wandering nature of hunter-gatherers, by the ever-changing soothing skies, the empty spaces, the wide horizons. All islands, big or small, appear as self-contained worlds, deceivingly manageable, the perfect fertile ground to build a utopia and to hide away. Such is its allure to foreigners, and the thin stretch of land between the high and the low tides distils its essence. But everyone wants a piece of paradise, to change it.

  7. Jury’s Special Mention – Every drop countsEvery Drop Counts | Dir. Dhimant Vyas | 1 minute | India

     Synopsis of the film

    For most of us living in cities with dependable amenities, drought is something we see on TV or read in newspapers. Even if not for all the 24 hours, water does come to our houses and taps. This probably gives us an emotional distance from the people, animals, birds and landscapes affected by a drought. Because of this, we fail to understand that our actions have an impact too! This film is an attempt to build that bridge. It tells the two sides of a story, on one screen. It gives the full picture.


TEFF 2016

TEFF 2016 was a two-day event held on 17, 18 March 2016 at Dr. K. N. Modi University, Newai, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Shrinking Shores directed by Dr. Ashish Rao, Assistant Professor at Amity University, Jaipur, was the inaugural film of the festival. About 250 college students, activists and journalists participated in the festival.

TEFF 2015

The three day ecofilm festival, tiNai ecofilm festival TEFF 2015 was held at BITS, Pilani – K. K. Birla Goa campus on 08, 09, 10 October 2015. Twenty films whose themes centred around issues on ecological and environmental relevance were screened in the festival. Around 100 students from Colleges in and around Goa and fifty delegates from India and outside India participated in the festival attending workshops, discussions and watching films.

The national award-winning film, Dammed, by the famous documentary filmmakers, Mr. Nandan Saxena and Ms. Kavitha Bahl was the inaugural film of TEFF 2015.

Two workshops on documentary filmmaking (conducted by Ms. S. Saraswati, filmmaker) and Photography Workshop (conducted by Mr. Nandan Saxena and Ms. Kavita Bahl) were conducted for the participants. The Photography workshop was sponsored by Sony India.

To enrich the academics around ecocinema studies, a national conference on Celebrating Landscapes and Waterscapes was conducted at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, with about 25 paper presentations and intense film discussions and ecofilm books. Prof. Salma Monani, Professor at Gettysburg College, USA, delivered the keynote address. Based on two concepts: Indigenous Cosmopolitics and tiNai she read the history of Ecocinema Studies, beginning from her own research.

A Commons Sense, Pristine Waters, Shifting Undercurrents, Red Data Book and Shrinking Shores won the tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2015 awards.

TEFF 2014

The two day ecofilm festival, tiNai ecofilm festival (TEFF) 2014 was held at BITS, Pilani – K. K. Birla Goa campus on the 31 January and 1 February, 2014. Twenty-two films whose themes centred around issues on ecological and environmental relevance were screened in the festival. Around two hundred students from Colleges in and around Goa and fifty delegates from India and outside India participated in the festival attending lectures, workshops, discussions and watching films.

Surviving Progress directed by Canadian filmmaker Mathieu Roy and produced by Martin Scorcesese was the inaugural film of TEFF 2014. Four films from the seventy entries, won awards. The films Have you seen the Arana? (Best Ecodocumentary Feature); City’s Edge (Best Short Ecodocumentary); In God’s Land (Ecodocumentary Feature – Runner-up) and Timbaktu (Short Ecodocumentary – Runner Up) were given Rs.20, 000 and Rs.10, 000 as cash awards along with certificates and trophies.

Eminent social and environmental scientist, Padma Bhushan and Padma Sri awardee, Prof. Madhav Gadgil delivered a lecture on the role of teachers and students of Goa in environment monitoring leading to preservation. He was also a part of the panel discussion titled, ‘Can development be Ecocentric?’ along with professors, activists and filmmakers.

Alongside screening films, four workshops, three lectures, one lecture-cum-demonstration and a panel discussion were also organized as part of TEFF 2014. The festival concluded with the screening of four award-winning films of TEFF 2014.

The travelling team of the festival took the films to two institutions:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Chennai
  2. Carmel College, Mala, Thrissur, Kerala