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Mauritius: Winners of National Heritage Fund Short Film Competition 2020 Rewarded

The winners of the National Heritage Fund Short Film Competition 2020 were rewarded during an award ceremony held, yesterday, at the MCine Trianon. The event, an initiative of the National Heritage Fund (NHF) and the Mauritius Film Development Corporation (MFDC), forms part of activities organised to mark the International Day for Monuments and Sites 2022. The aim is to create awareness on the national historical sites across Mauritius.

The Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr Avinash Teeluck, the Chairman of the NHF, Mr Vijaye Ramchurn, the Director of the MFDC, Mr Vikram Jootun, and other personalities were present at the ceremony.

In his address, the Chairman of the NHF, Mr Ramchurn, stated that the International Day for Monuments and Sites provides an opportunity to the population to reflect on the importance of cultural heritage, the impact of the monuments and sites on the lives of citizens, and the challenges associated with their conservation.

He emphasised the need to foster communication among the public and encourage them to preserve the richness of the national cultural heritage, cultures and traditions of the country.

The NHF, he said is undertaking several projects to identify, preserve and promote the country’s cultural heritage. They include: launching of a mobile application, inscription of six additional new sites, and restoration and preservation of several sites and monuments.

As for the the National Heritage Short Film Competition, he indicated that it aimed at encouraging the youth to demonstrate their skills and talents and come up with innovative ideas to represent the significance of cultural sites. The objective was also to contribute in the promotion and protection of the sites among the population.