Marking yet another successful edition of its one-of-a-kind techno-cultural gala, Quick Heal has announced the conclusion of Cy-Fi Arts Festival 2019, organized in association with Maharashtra Cyber (Knowledge Partner) and Vishwakarma University (Implementation Partner). Held on November 16 at the Vishwakarma University campus in Pune, the event saw many prominent film, theatre, and TV personalities in attendance.
The award ceremony was held in the presence of Prof. Samar Nakhate (Former Dean of Film & Television Institute of India) as the Chief Guest, Dr. Kailash Katkar, MD & CEO, Quick Heal Technologies Limited, Shri. Harish Baijal (IPS), Deputy Inspector General of Police – Maharashtra Cyber, Prof. (Dr.) Siddharth Jabade, Vice Chancellor– Vishwakarma University, Actor Sameer Dharmadhikari and Mrs. Aparna Dharmadhikari, Dr. Sanjay Katkar, CTO, Quick Heal Technologies Limited and Mrs. Anumapa Katkar, HR Head, Quick Heal Technologies Limited.
A unique celebration of artistic flair and creativity, Cy-Fi Arts Festival is a social initiative aimed at creating an everlasting impact on society by leveraging the power of youthful expression to drive large-scale cyber security awareness. This year’s edition successfully ignited a reflection on human life in cyberspace by showcasing contemporary works of art across new-age formats such as short films, posters, stand-up acts, and essays. The event received an overwhelming response, receiving over 650 registrations from across the country, with 162 shortlisted entries.
In the grand category of Short Films, ‘Last Seen’ emerged as the big winner in professional category and ‘No Sanket’ emerged as the winner in student category. Cash prizes worth INR 1.5 lakh were given out at the event to content creators leveraging new-age digital media content to drive home awareness about the critical and growing need for more robust cyber security.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Kailash Katkar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Quick Heal Technologies Limited, said, “As a value-based organization, Quick Heal Technologies is committed towards ‘Securing Futures’ and believes in providing a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate. Awareness is the first step towards securing digital futures, and the Cy-Fi Arts Festival is a unique way of raising mass awareness about the critical need for cyber security. In keeping with the previous editions, we have received an overwhelming response for this year’s event as well, both from new-age content creators and audiences. I thank Maharashtra Cyber and Vishwakarma University for partnering with us for the event and extend my heartiest congratulations to all the winners, finalists, and participants for putting up such an engaging, entertaining show. I also would like to extend gratitude to our esteemed jury panel and our Chief Guest, Prof. Samar Nakhate, for joining us for this unique celebration of artistic creativity.”
In keeping with its comprehensively digital-first proposition, Cy-Fi Arts Festival 2019 shortlisted contestants who were gauged by the jury and also evaluated through audience polls on social media. The event was open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and junior college students from all disciplines, as well as working professionals, freelancers, and practitioners.
Cy-Fi Arts Festival 2019 in Nutshell:
1. Outreach in 15+ States & UTs, 500+ Educational Campuses
2. 1,00,000+ Impressions on 50+ Posts, good coverage on other social media platforms
3. 40,000+ Views / Likes and Responses for Online Audience Poll
4. 20 Winning Teams Winners across multiple events and categories
5. 8 Dignitaries, 30+ Delegates, 50+ Winners, 100+ Students participated in Awards Ceremony