CM Congratulates OAS Officer on Winning International Award for Short Film ‘MASK’

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated OAS officer Sweta Kumar Dash on winning prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Quarantine Image Film Festival-2020 in Argentina for his short film ‘MASK’.

Taking to Twitter, the CM appreciated the efforts of the officer to create awareness about using masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Congratulations OAS officer Sweta Kumar Dash on winning prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Quarantine Image Film Festival-2020 in Argentina for his short film ‘MASK’. Appreciation for his effort to create awareness about using masks to prevent the spread of #COVID19”, the CMO tweeted.

The short film ‘MASK’ directed by senior OAS officer Shewta Kumar Das, who is on a four-month deputation to Ganjam district for COVID duty, has bagged the prestigious award.

The 7-minute-18-second Odia film portrays the struggle of a poor boy to support livelihood of his family amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The film shows how the boy helped his family to sustain livelihood by selling the hand-made masks prepared by his mother. It also showed the reluctance of people to purchase them due to low price.

The ‘MASK’ is among 3000 entries at the Quarantine Image Film Festival-2020. The jury members adjudged ‘MASK’ as the best awareness film on COVID-19.

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