The fourth edition of Rashtriya Vigyan Chalachitra Mela (RVCM) and competition came to an end today with awards distributed for five categories in the presence of chief guest and jury member Indian actor and filmmaker M Nasser.
The five-day film festival aimed at promoting awareness and kindling interest about science among the public, was held at Visvesvaryya Industrial and Technological Museum here.
In category A - Popular Science Film for Public (duration of more than 20 minutes) - The Quantum Indians bagged the first prize, the Golden Beaver and a cheque of Rs one lakh.
Directed by Raja Choudhury from New Delhi, the 52-minute documentary was about the work of three Indian scientists-Satyendra Nath Bose, C V Raman and Meghnad Saha.
The second prize, the Silver Beaver with cash prize of Rs 50,000 went to director and producer Shekar Dattatri from Chennai for his work 'Chilika-Jewel of Odisha', a 22-minute documentary on Asia's largest brackish water lagoon-Chilika.
The Bronze Beaver (third prize) was awarded to 'Does the Higgs Boson exist?' Since the 23-minute documentary was produced by Vigyan Prasar, organiser of RVCM-2014, it did not receive the cash prize of Rs 30,000.
The category B of short film on Science and Technology, all films of duration less than 20 minutes, had 12 entries from all over the country.
The Golden beaver was bagged by the New Delhi-based production house Pulse Media Private Limited Stem Cell therapy for Rejuvenation directed by Rajendra Kondapalli and produced by Vigyan Prasar, covered the work of Dr Virender Singh Sangwan in needless blindness.
Team from Pondicherry University bagged the second and third prize for Horse Shoe Crab and Mobile Solar Power respectively.
This team had won the first prize in the last year's edition of RVCM. MORE UNI AJ NK1656 NNNN
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