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Festival's Basic Information

Festival name

CMS VATAVARAN Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum

Festival's short name
Foundation year

2002

General contact email
Name and contact of the Director or organizers max. 3 persons.

P N Vasanti, Director General, CMS: pnvasanti@cmsindia.org;

Name of the programmer(s)

Sabyesachi Bharti, Sr Manager (Programs): sabyesachi@cmsvatavaran.org

Country
City

New Delhi

ZIP Code

110 017

Awards of the last edition (award-winning films) film, country, director

• BEST OF FESTIVAL: THE SECRET LIFE OF FROGS by AJAY BEDI, VIJAY BEDI, INDIA

• Amateur & Youth Films – Indian: The Firefox Guardian by Gunjan Menon, INDIA

• Animation – Indian: Kinara (‘The Edge’) by Kalp Sanghvi and Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, INDIA

• Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation- Indian (Special Jury Mention): DIMINISHING WEATHER GODS by Jalaluddin Baba, INDIA

• Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation – Indian: THE GOLDEN THREAD by ANOOP KHAJURIA, INDIA

• Environment Conservation – Indian: Uprooted by Ketan Krishna, Prthvir Solanki, Sukrita Baruah, Archana Kaware, Nikhil Ambekar, INDIA

• Environment Conservation- Indian (Special Jury Mention): INDIA’S HEALING FORESTS by NITIN DAS, INDIA

• Festival Theme: Celebrating Himalayas: KOTI BANAL by SHRINIWAS OLI, INDIA

• Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies- Indian (Special Jury Mention): Naisargi by Devshree Nath, INDIA

• Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies – Indian: Golden Toilet by Umesh Malan, INDIA

• Public Service Announcements (PSA)- Indian: Waterman by Anshul Sinha , INDIA

• Schools Students Film – Indian: What do you care about? By Samarth Singh, INDIA

• Wildlife Conservation- INDIAN: THE SECRET LIFE OF FROGS by AJAY BEDI, VIJAY BEDI, INDIA

• Amateur & Youth Films – International: SNIPER by Karthic SS, NEW ZEALAND

• Animation – International: The Art of Change – Climate Change by Maria Alvarez and Elisa Morais, UNITED KINGDOM

• Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation –  International: EDUCATION ON THE BOAT -A NEW HOPE FOR TOMORROW by K M TAj Biul Hasan, BANGLADESH

• Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies – International: BY THE WATER by Kaelyn Maehara, UNITED KINGDOM

• Wildlife Conservation (More than 40 Min) – International: Vortex by Fathollah Amiri, IRAN

• Wildlife Conservation (Upto 40 Min) – International: THE PYTHON CODE by Andreas Ewels, GERMANY

 

Categories and genres

THEMATIC CATEGORIES

  • Water Conservation
  • Environment Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Climate Change- Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Livelihood & Sustainable Technologies
  • GENERAL AWARD CATEGORIES
  • Corporate and CSR films
  • Animation
  • Amateur & College student Films
  • School Student Films
  • Short Films on conservation (up to 5 minutes in duration)

 

How many screenings do you have in extra activities in addition to the festival?

45

How many sections does the festival have -competition and out of competition

10

Other non-cinematographic activities of the festival: panels, conferences, etc.

Apart from screenings of the nominated and award winning films, CMS VATAVARAN organized/co-host several panels, conferences, etc. During the calendar year Jan–Dec 2019 it has done:

CMS VATAVARAN was part of the World Wildlife Day celebrations on March 03, 2019 organized by National Zoological Park in collaboration with UNDP India, , National Museum of Natural History and   Wildlife crime Control Bureau, Government of India (WCCB)

CMS VATAVARAN collaborated with A.R.S.D College and Sabyesachi Bharti delivered a lecture to the students on ‘Understanding the power of storytelling in environmental protection.

CMS VATAVARAN collaborated with The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) for the Short Film Competition on Pollution – with emphasis on Air Pollution. The Hon’ble minister Shri Prakash Javadekar announced the ‘Call for Entry’ of the competition on the World Environment Day conference at The Ashok on June 06, 2019. It is an initiative to highlight the sensitive issue of Pollution and indulge young and talented filmmakers to create films that could help spread and sensitize audience about the hazardous effects of pollution on human beings and on nature. Calling Students (School & College), Amateur and Professional Filmmakers to submit entries for the Short Film Competition & Festival, 2019. Films upto 3 Minutes were invited on the given theme “Pollution”.

CMS Vatavaran in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India announced the Call for Entry for the FIRST Short Film Competition & Festival, 2019. The first edition of the Short Film Competition and Festival organized successfully with the theme of “Pollution” during the 10th CMS VATAVARAN International Film Festival and Forum. A total of 345 films were entered in the competition, of which 10 films were awarded.

CMS VATAVARAN collaborated with The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) for the Short Film Competition on Pollution – with emphasis on Air Pollution. The Hon’ble minister Shri Prakash Javadekar announced the ‘Call for Entry’ of the competition on the World Environment Day conference at The Ashok on June 06, 2019. It is an initiative to highlight the sensitive issue of Pollution and indulge young and talented filmmakers to create films that could help spread and sensitize audience about the hazardous effects of pollution on human beings and on nature. Calling Students (School & College), Amateur and Professional Filmmakers to submit entries for the Short Film Competition & Festival, 2019. Films upto 3 Minutes were invited on the given theme “Pollution”.

CMS VATAVARAN was supported MOEF&CC during 14th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations for organizing conference and series of events the India Pavilion. Also CMS VATAVARAN organized a Panel Discussion on “Cold Desertification in the Himalayan Region: Lessons for Adaptation & Mitigation” September 04, 2019 and Green Film Making Workshop on September 06 at the India Expo Center and Mart, Greater Noida.

CMS VATAVARAN in partnership with IHCAP organized a “National Media Consultation on Climate Change reporting in the Himalayas” from September 21 to 24, 2019 fostering extensive discussions around the journalism and storytelling pertaining to the Himalayan ecosystem. The event took place in New Delhi and Kullu and brought together journalists, reporters, stringers policy framers and change makers – to share their understanding on and around the Himalayas

 

Does the festival have an educational section/activities?
Does the festival have a market or industry activities?
Average of short films during the festival
Average of feature films during the festival
Average of documentaries during the festival
Average of fiction films during the festival
Average of animation films during the festival
How many prizes or competitive sections does the festival have?

22

In how many cities does the festival happen?

41

How many films have been programmed in all the festival throughout all its editions?

3000

In how many venues does the festival take place? How many private vs public.

Two to three venues for main festival and 15 to 20 venues in the travelling edition. Our screening are always public and free for all.

How many screenings are held during the festival and how many during the Tour.

90 to 100 film screening during the main festival and approximately 160 film screening during the tour.

Festival Dates

Festival Dates

November 1, 2021

Next open call date (from)

June 5, 2020

Next open call date (to)

February 2, 2021

Link to website

General contact email

Festival short description

CMS VATAVARAN is India’s premier environment and wildlife film festival and forum – it is aimed towards enhancing understanding, appreciation and shift in attitudes towards the natural world and to increase space for environmental issues in mass media and evolve a nationwide environment outreach framework. The festival reaches out to people from all walks of life including filmmakers, civil society groups, government organizations, environmentalists, researchers, conservationists, policy makers, activists, public and private sector organizations and students of all ages and is recognized as a calendar event amongst filmmakers, environment, wildlife and conservation sector. Its unique twin track approach of organizing competitive and traveling film festivals and environment forum has positioned it as one of the most prestigious film festivals across the globe. Since its inception in 2002, ten competitive and 54 travelling festivals in 41 cities of 25 Indian states have been organized.

Categories and genres

THEMATIC CATEGORIES Water Conservation Environment Conservation Wildlife Conservation Climate Change- Adaptation and Mitigation Livelihood & Sustainable Technologies GENERAL AWARD CATEGORIES Corporate and CSR films Animation Amateur & College student Films School Student Films Short Films on conservation (up to 5 minutes in duration)  

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