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CMS VATAVARAN – India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum is a unique initiative of Centre for Media Studies (CMS).  Though it is aimed at sensitising people about their rich environmental heritage and the need to conserve it, CMS VATAVARAN is not just a film festival celebrating the climatic art of films but focuses more on using the films as a tool and catalyst for creating impact. CMS VATAVARAN remains resolute to encourage environment films and forums resulting change in perception, practice and policy.

CMS VATAVARAN through its festival and forum design brings together some of the best conservation experts and enthusiasts from across the globe. Along with taking world’s best films on environment to the masses, it has been able to institutionalize strong specialised knowledge networking platforms, forge partnership, and enhance capacities and experiences.

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 various stakeholders in interactive sessions. The Travelling Festivals then follow, where the festival’s vast panorama is shared with people in other cities of the country.

Through more than 3500 screenings across India, CMS VATAVARAN has been able to enhance understanding, appreciation and attitudes towards the natural world and increase space for environmental issues in mass media. Till date, 9 competitive and 8 Travelling festivals in 49 cities of 26 Indian states have been organized.  More than 3 Lakhs people have actively participated in this festival since 2002.

The 9th competitive CMS VATAVARAN international environment and wildlife film festival and forum, was held on November 2-6, 2017 at GSDS, New Delhi. The theme of this edition of the festival was “Conservation4Water” where it explored issues of climate change and water.

The ongoing 8th travelling CMS VATAVARAN international environment and wildlife film festival and forum is being organised in Bangalore and 4 Himalayan cities namely Darjeeling, Agartala, Shrinagar and Nahan.

The 10th competitive CMS VATAVARAN – Environment & Wildlife International Film Festival and Forum will be held in November, 2019 at New Delhi. The theme of the festival is “Celebrating Himalayas”.

CMS VATAVARAN has now become a movement and inspired many organisations and individuals to use films and film festivals as a medium to catalyse change. As a result, it has created a strong network of Indian and International film-makers, policy-makers, academicians, think-tanks, scientists, environmentalists, journalists, students, youth and nature enthusiasts.


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