ALT EFF, acclaimed as the leading platform for films dedicated to environmental issues, has gained widespread recognition since its launch in 2020. The festival made its debut during the pandemic and achieved two successful virtual runs, combining online and on-ground events across India in 2022.
This year, the festival is set to substantially expand its decentralized model, with on-ground screenings planned across all Indian states. Over 40 screenings are scheduled during the festival period. The positive response to the decentralized format in 2022 has motivated ALT EFF to continue this approach for its fourth edition, further solidifying its place in the hearts of film enthusiasts and environmental advocates.
A notable feature of the 2023 festival is the presence of the esteemed Oscar-winning filmmaker, Kartiki Gonsalves. Kartiki, in collaboration with Guneet Monga, received the prestigious award for their outstanding documentary film, “The Elephant Whisperers,” marking it as a historic win for India in 2023.
In 2023, ALT EFF will showcase a curated selection of 62 compelling films, encompassing Indian and international titles across various genres, including documentaries, short films, and fictional films. These films revolve around diverse aspects and themes of environment, conservation, and sustainability. This diverse lineup, featuring 39 India Premieres, promises to captivate and inspire audiences, offering a unique perspective on our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.
The festival is scheduled to commence on December 1, 2023, and will run until December 10, 2023. This year’s edition is designed to cater to a broader audience, offering both virtual screenings and in-person events in key cities across India.
Kartiki, a member of the festival’s jury, shared her perspective, saying, “People across the world should see these films. Every person should see these films. Students, as well as adults, should watch because then they can see how the world is deteriorating slowly, and I think that in itself is a powerful motive to inspire change. It was really interesting to see how different filmmakers across different places express themselves and their own voices through the stories they decide to tell. All of the films are so well made, such good storytelling.”
The festival’s founder, Kunal Khanna, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are extremely excited as we take ALT EFF to our audiences across all states of India, in partnership with our on-ground screening partners. The climate crisis is here now and will impact each one of us in a myriad of ways; we have, therefore, decided to decentralize the festival and provide opportunities for audiences across the country to engage, learn, and be inspired to act.”