About CMS VATAVARAN
CMS VATAVARAN – India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum is a unique initiative of Centre for Media Studies (CMS). Based on extensive research, this festival was initiated for encouraging environment films and forums that result in perception, practice and policy change.
This festival has an international recognition and is in its fifteenth year of eventful journey since 2002. It has organised 8 competitive and 55 travelling festivals in 41 cities of 26 Indian states during this period. CMS VATAVARAN has now become a movement and inspired many organizations & individuals to use films and film festivals as a medium to catalyse change. It has reached to more than 5, 00,000 people directly. As a result, it has created a strong network of Indian and International filmmakers, policymakers, academicians, research think tanks, environmentalists, journalists, students of all streams, defence & paramilitary forces and nature enthusiasts.
The main Competitive festival happens in New Delhi every alternate year, where the best entries from all over the world are nominated and awarded. Public screenings are held and a vast range of conservation issues are deliberated among practitioners and people in interactive sessions.,
The 9th competitive CMS VATAVARAN international environment and wildlife film festival and forum, is scheduled to be held on November 2-6, 2017 at New Delhi. The theme of this edition of the festival is “Conservation4Water” and it will delve into the issues of climate change and water.
The 8th travelling CMS VATAVARAN international environment and wildlife film festival and forum will be held in 2018. The festival will be travelling to Indian Himalayan States, where the festival’s vast panorama is shared with people in other cities of the country.