• Winners selected from 13 lakh youth, across 2,500 cities and towns pan-India by eminent filmmakers, corporate leaders and educationists
• Record breaking 29,500 film entries received for pro-bono use of NGOs. Top films available at http://www.youtube.com/YesFoundationIndia
• The Everyday Hero Award launched to recognise individuals doing extraordinary community work
February 14, 2017, Bangalore: Stalwarts of India’s film, government, corporate and development sectors celebrated the best social films by 13 lakh youth across 2,500 cities and towns pan-India at YES FOUNDATION’s YES! i am the CHANGE (YIAC) Awards event recently at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. YES! i am the CHANGE, a mindset transformation program, leverages the impactful medium of films to trigger sensitivity and youth engagement with social causes.
Chief Guests, Shaina NC, National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party, Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather India and G.M. Rao, Founder Chairman, GMR Group felicitated top films across 4 categories – Student, NGO, Corporate and Open.
Felicitation of YES! i am the CHANGE awardees
L-R: S.L. Kapur, Co-Chairman, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; Shaina NC, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party; Bindu Rana Kapoor, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; G.M. Rao, Founder Chairman, GMR Group; Namita Vikas, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; Piyush Pandey, Co-Executive Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather; Santosh Padhi, Co-Founder, Taproot-Dentsu; Zahabiya Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Hospitals; Prerana Langa, CEO, YES FOUNDATION
The awards ceremony was followed by a two-day YES! i am the CHANGE Social Film at Indian School of Design and Innovation, Mumbai showcasing the top YIAC films. The Festival was inaugurated by the doyen of Indian innovation Dr. R. A. Mashelkar and included interactive sessions with eminent individuals such as celebrated Film Director Shyam Benegal, Magsaysay Award Winner Anshu Gupta amongst others.
Launch of YES! i am the CHANGE Social Film Festival.
L-R: Santosh Padhi, Co-Founder, Taproot-Dentsu; Onir, Filmmaker; S.L. Kapur, Co-Chairman, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; Namita Vikas, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; G.M. Rao, Founder Chairman, GMR Group; Bindu Rana Kapoor, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; Piyush Pandey, Co-Executive Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather; Prerana Langa, CEO, YES FOUNDATION; Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Filmmaker; Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director, LSE Asia Research Centre and India Observatory; Tracy Dsouza, Talent Head, The Viral Fever
Rana Kapoor, Co-Chairman and Chief Mentor, YES FOUNDATION said, “I strongly believe that India’s youth are the innovators, builders and leaders to actualise an empowered and equitable India. It is a matter of great pride that YES! i am the CHANGE, World’s Largest Social Film Movement, has inspired 15 lakh youth to emerge as changemakers, resonating responsible citizenship across the length and breadth of India. In the next five years, this highly significant social initiative will create a strong force of 1 crore youth changemakers to trigger positive social action for India’s social transformation.”
Three filmmakers who harnessed their film to create a significant social difference were felicitated with the YES FOUNDATION Changemaker Award. A new category, the Everyday Hero Award, to recognise exceptional community service was awarded to three unsung heroes from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways, congratulated YES FOUNDATION in a video message.
Chief Guest Shaina NC, said, “YES! i am the CHANGE has shown that the youth is not the future, but the present who are socially motivated and are giving back to the society. It’s a perfect demonstration of national integration and will make India proud even on international platforms.”
The top YES! i am the CHANGE films were selected by a 19-member eminent jury, including Shabana Azmi, Actor, Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council India, Zahabiya Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Hospitals, Onir, Filmmaker, Piyush Pandey, Ad-guru, Ashu Suyash, MD & CEO, CRISIL, Rebecca Tavares, UN Women’s Representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka amongst others.
G.M. Rao applauded the innovative nature of the program saying, “To strengthen nation building, it is important to galvanise youth to take up participatory, holistic development initiatives. I would like to congratulate Mr. Rana Kapoor and his exceptional vision in creating YES! i am the CHANGE, a pioneering social initiative which has set a worldwide benchmark in taking innovation and social impact to scale.”
“The immersive process of participation in YES! i am the CHANGE leads to experiential learning and engagement with social causes, creating youth changemakers for India’s inclusive development. The insightful and heartfelt films produced by the youth are already inspiring ripples of social change. We are delighted to honour the contributions of these young filmmakers to the social development of the nation,” shared Prerana Langa, CEO, YES FOUNDATION
ABOUT YES! i am the CHANGE:
YES! i am the CHANGE, a nationwide mindset transformation program, empowers youth to act as a catalyst for India’s social development. As part of the Challenge, youth create 3-min social films on a variety of social topics, which serve as invaluable communication resources for NGOs.
ABOUT YES FOUNDATION:
YES FOUNDATION is the social development arm of YES BANK and works towards a vision of an empowered and equitable India. It focuses on stimulating entrepreneurship and innovative use of media initiatives for social transformation, to enable India’s inclusive growth and development.
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