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Milestones

2017- The 9th competitive CMS VATAVARAN International Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, is scheduled for 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.

2016–  The 7th travelling edition was dedicated to the five riverfront cities of India – Brahmaputra (Guwahati), Mula- Mutha (Pune), Sabarmati (Ahmedabad), Musi (Hyderabad) and Ganga (Allahabad).

2015: The 8th competitive edition of CMS VATAVARAN was organized on the theme of water. The Prithvi Bhushan Award was introduced in this edition. Along with films and forums, tribal food festival also drew attention of the participants.

2014: The 6th Travelling Edition of CMS VATAVARAN was organised at five locations i.e. Puducherry, Agra, Amritsar, Gangtok, and Raipur.

2013: The theme of the 7th edition was ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation- to build a future of living in harmony with nature’. Total 86 films were nominated (52 Indian and 34 International films) in 11 categories.

2012: CMS VATAVARAN has travelled to Dehradun, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Kolkata with programmes built around the theme of biodiversity conservation. Also, Hyderabad CMS VATAVARAN – Biodiversity Film Festival was organised for 11th Conference of the Parties (COP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) delegates.

2011: The theme for the sixth edition of the CMS VATAVARAN – Competitive Film Festival was Biodiversity. The jury consisted of 37 members who nominated 68 films (51 Indian films from 22 states and 17 international films from 27 countries) from 317 entries for the festival.

2010: The fourth travelling film festival went to 8 cities (Shimla, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Port Blair, Shillong, Bhubaneswar, Patna and Ahmedabad) across India, with film screenings at more than 70 venues and participation of nearly 95,000 people. For the first time ‘Green Heroes’ were also felicitated.

2009: The fifth competitive film festival attracted 366 entries from 20 Indian states and 23 foreign countries. Shri Jahnu Baruah, eminent director was the chairperson of CMS VATAVARAN 2009 Award Jury.

2008: The third travelling film festival screened 304 films over a span of 24 days in 8 cities. Six national and 51 state partners lent support and approx. 80,000 participants attended.

2007: The festival drew 275 entries from 19 countries. Awards for technical excellence and the young environmental journalist award were initiated. Renowned filmmaker Shri Shyam Benegal was the jury chairperson.

2006: The travelling film festival went overseas to Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo apart from visiting 10 Indian cities – Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Kolkata, Pune, Ranchi and Sirmour.

2005: The third competitive film festival received 244 entries. The steering committee was chaired by Dr Karan Singh and Shri Shyam Benegal headed the Award Jury.

2004: The first travelling film festival went to Chennai, Coimbatore and Mumbai. People began recognising and supporting the CMS VATAVARAN environment awareness movement.

2003: The second competitive film festival became biennial. CMS and UNEP instituted an award ‘Prithvi Ratna’ (Jewel of Earth) for extraordinary contribution to wildlife filmmaking and natural history.

2002: India’s one and only environment and wildlife Film Festival-CMS VATAVARAN – began its maiden run. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India.

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