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.