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#CMSVATAVARAN2017 Awards

National Films

Climate Change: Upto 30 minutes
Jalal Ud Din Baba
Global Warning – Kashmir Chapter
A collection of real life stories of people directly affected by climate change and their and struggles to bring change.

 

Climate Change: More than 30 minutes
Sanjib Parasar
Living…the Natural Way
The film provides a subtle view of the continuous over exploitation and overconsumptions and sends out an understated warning.

 

Animation
Anjali Nayar
Fishi-RU (The Spirit of Fish)
Fishi- RU is an Indian animation that is exquisite and presented in a visually vibrant style. The movie has a simple, yet layered narrative that is deeply moving and profoundly philosophical. The film emphasises the need for diversity in nature.

 

Student-School
Samarth Singh, The Shri Ram School
The Water Struggle
A highly impactful student’s film echoing the reality of “Water being a finite resource”. The film attempts at projecting a collective viewpoint on conservation.

 

Conservation 4 Water, Upto 30 minutes
Jalal Ud Din Baba
Saving the Saviour
This is a holistic and inspiring real life story depicting how the woes of a lake become a blessing in disguise for a boy. This positive story documents how the boy collects and sells plastic waste choking the water body.

 

Conservation 4 Water, More than 30 minutes
Abhishek Vijay Mahkija
The Last Drop – India’s Water Crisis
A visual treat, this film documents well-researched examples of water shortage situations around the country.

 

Environment Conservation, Up to 30 minutes
Rathindran R Prasad
Swayer Corporations
An interesting fiction depicting a tug of war between an activist and his future self. It shows the exploitation of corporations and a disastrous future where the toxic environment would drive us to commit suicide.

 

Environment Conservation, More than 30 minutes
Thomas Devasya
Malettam (Conquering Heights)
This film tackles the entire environmental debate in a holistic manner with a hopeful and positive ending. The problems are portrayed innovatively through a game, children play.

 

Wildlife Conservation, Up to 30 minutes
Shekar Dattatri
The Race to Save The Amur Falcon
The film beautifully captures a heartening and successful story of the conservation of the Amar Falcon in the forests of Nagaland, as a result of the combined efforts of a local enthusiast and the community, with the full support of the Forest Department.

 

Wildlife Conservation, More than 30 minutes
Praveen Singh
Manas- Return of the Giants
A visually amazing documentary on the revival of the exciting wildlife of Manas, after being ravaged during the period of ULFA insurgency, with the use of good quality thermal imaging.

 

Amateur
Anil Cherukupalli
The Dabba Dol Gang
Enthusiastic young children take it upon themselves to save the environment and stop open defecation through an innovative, almost game like endeavour.

 

Student: Colleges
Harsimran Kaur Anand, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Point and Shoot
The film documents a traditional hunting community’s decision to stop hunting during the mating season of animals, to preserve biodiversity for future generations.

 

Livelihood
Video Volunteers India
India Unseen-Alternative Paths (Mixed Farming)
The film demonstrates persistent endeavours of indigenous tribal communities towards preserving traditional farming and seeds, and how their collective spirit enables them to resist the mighty agro-industry.

 

Sustainable Technologies
Video Volunteers India
India Unseen-Alternative Paths (Solar Power in Farming)
The film provides a low cost, clear, replicable and integrated model for solar power and its use in farming. Using the backdrop of farmer suicides, the film sends a powerful message in favour of Green Technologies.

 

Special Jury Mention

Conservation 4 Water, More than 30 minutes
Iqbal Hussain and Aajad Singh Khichi
Nagar Aur Pani
The film attempts to understand the reality of water distribution in a town in Madhya Pradesh and tracing the real reasons behind the distribution skew. Extremely grounded in its realistic portrayal of a grave situation.

 

Conservation 4 Water, Up to 30 minutes
Soumitra Dey
Revival of Ahar Pyne Systems (in Palamu district of Jharkhand)
The film documents the revival of an almost discontinued, traditional floodwater harvesting system, indigenous to Bihar and its miraculous success in irrigation.

 

Best of festival

Conservation 4 Water
Jalal Ud Din Baba
Saving the Saviour
A film that inspires viewers to actively bring change and was felt to be most appropriate to the theme of the festival.

 

International Films

Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation, Up to 30 Min
Craig Norris
Kokota-The Islet of Hope
An inspiring film that shows how a community can come together to form self-help groups to fight against global warming and environmental degradation. It shows no one is helpless provided they are determined.

 

Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation, More than 30 min
Thierry Berrod
Planet Sand- China, At War Against Deserts
If there is a will, there is a way, is the motto that comes through in this movie, which depicts a fight against global warming.



Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation, More than 30 min (SPECIAL JURY MENTION)
Lisa Russell
Mother’s Cry
Portrayed through the recitation of a poem where Mother Nature cries her woes, the film sends a strong and emotional message about the effects of climate change and global warming.



Series
Michael Schlamberger
The Canary Islands – Part 1+2
A visual extravaganza, this film is a video documentation of wildlife in the Canary Islands. It is an almost poetic portrayal of nature.

 

Animation
Vibor Juhas
The Real Cost of Coal
An international film showing the devastating cycle of coal mining. An imaginative and skilled narrative questioning the development paradigm. It shows the sacrifice of indigenous communities at the altar of profit.

 

Conservation 4 Water, Up to 30 Mins
Ernesto Arteaga Cote
Guardians
A heart-warming film on acute water scarcity, it portrays in the true sense the concept of “Water: as a Public Good”.

 

Conservation 4 Water, More than 30 Mins
River Blue
David Mcllvride and Roger Williams
The film explores in an investigative style how the textile and allied industries in nexus with the government are responsible for polluting the rivers. It gives a strong call for the need of accountability, both socially and personally.

 

Student: Colleges
Drew Perlmutter
Sharing The Secrets
A cinematographically brilliant film which explores the secret and dark world of caves. It talks about the importance of leaving nature undisturbed, “explore it but don’t exploit it” is the message.

 

Environment Conservation, Upto 30 mins
Huang Hong-ru
Fighting Air Pollution
The film effectively communicates the effects of air pollution symbolically through the stories the children recite. The message of the need for environmental conservation and intergenerational equity is quite clear.

 

Environment Conservation, More than 30 Mins
Ernesto Cabellos
Hija de la Laguna (Daughter of the Lake)
An extremely inspiring film, conveying the need for environmental conservation, effectively combining spirituality, mysticism and awareness of social vices.

 

Wildlife Conservation, Up to 30 Mins
Muhammad Ali Ijaz
Pangolins in Peril-A story of rare scales
A heart-touching documentary on pangolin poaching through the eyes of a Pakistani Guard.

 

Wildlife Conservation, More than 30 Mins
Rita Schlamberger
Making an Ancient Forest
A visual treat, this movie captures the beauty of nature figuratively through the eyes of plants and animals. The excellent time-lapse photography does complete justice to the exuberance of Mother Nature.

 

Livelihood
Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz
SEED: The Untold Story
The movies talk about mass extinction of seed varieties under the relentless assault of the all-powerful bio-tech industry and genetically engineered crops. The film raises an all-important question, “can the continuum of life be patented?”

 

BEST OF THE FESTIVAL

Livelihood
Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz
SEED: The Untold Story
The movies talk about mass extinction of seed varieties under the relentless assault of the all-powerful bio-tech industry and genetically engineered crops. The film raises an all-important question, “can the continuum of life be patented?”

 

CMS Young Environmental Journalism Awards

CMS Young Environmental Journalism Awards  – Print
Ritam Halder
Hindustan Times
His stories expose the quality of air pollution in Delhi and the fragile eco system of Yamuna flood plain.

CMS Young Environmental Journalism Awards  – Online
Aishwarya S Iyer
The Quint
Her stories unearth the recurring nature of urban flooding in the country and lack of data to tackle the floods.

CMS Young Environmental Journalism Awards – Print (Special Jury Mention Award)
Sowmiya Ashok
Indian Express
Her in-depth features explain many facts about wildlife, revival of Yamuna flood plains and about forestry and plantation.

CMS Prithvi Awards

National Geographic-CMS Prithvi Bhushan 2017
Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt
Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt is considered as one of India’s first modern environmentalist. As a Gandhian environmentalist and social activist, he was one of the pioneers of the Chipko Movement.

National Geographic- CMS Prithvi Ratna Award 2017
Ms. Rita Banerji
A renowned wildlife – environment filmmaker and cameraperson, she has produced, directed and filmed many award winning documentaries and television programs.

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