The 9th CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival and Forum on Environment & Wildlife is opening from November 2 to 6 at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi

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New Delhi, November 1st, 2017 The 9th CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival and Forum on Environment & Wildlife is opening from November 2 to 6 at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi.  The theme for this year is ‘Conservation4Water’ with a special focus on climate change and water.

The 9th competitive edition will be showcasing 113 Nominated films at the five-day film festival. The screening will be joined various eminent National and International Filmmakers.

Simultaneous programs will also be organized apart from the film screenings.  Various workshops and seminars focusing on the environmental, social and economic aspects of water conservation and issues related to environment and wildlife conservation will be organized. The next five-day film screenings, filmmaking & photography workshops, discussions and award ceremony will be organized during the festival. There will be a trailer release of the first Bollywood movie on environmental issue “Kadvi Hawa” by Neela Madhab Panda during the festival. The sessions and workshops will be attended by subject experts, journalists, students and pre-registered participants. The registration is free of cost and is open to all.


  • 113 Thematic Films from 27 Countries to be screened
  • Panorama of award winning films on Water
  • Green Photography and Filmmaking Workshops
  • Media Workshop on Climate Change in the Himalayan Region
  • Gala award ceremony on November 4, 2017 (6:30 pm onwards)
  • Chief Guests:
  • Bilal Ahmad Dar, Face of Wular Lake, Kashmir
  • Hon’able Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu
  • Release of the trailer of “Kadvi Hawa” by Neela Madhab Panda
  • Discussion on Role and Impact of Media in Environment Conservation

Along with screening and workshops the festival will feature an Organic Green Haat to augment one’s shopping experience. Green Haat, a marketplace for forest handicrafts, folk jewelry, herbal and medicinal products and forest based organic food items will be set up at the venue for 5 days of the festival.

The Organic Green Haat in the festival will raise awareness about Green and Organic products in the country among the urban population and help them rediscover the “connect” with nature. It is organized by MoEFCC, GEF, UNDP, SGP & CEE.

The festival is supported and partnered by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Geographic, UNESCO, GSDS, Doordarshan, IHCAP, Down to Earth, National Museum of Natural History, UNDP, CEE, HDFC Bank, NABARD, Wildlife Conservation Trust, CSE, Sony, WWF, WTI, Amity University, TERI University, India Climate Dialogue, The Third Pole and Delhi Greens.

About CMS VATAVARAN: 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 taps into an important motivating factor for audiences everywhere: the emotional draw of connecting with a compelling story or character. 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, eight competitive and 52 travelling festivals in 41 cities of 25 Indian states have been organized.

For media related queries, please contact:

Sakshi Aggarwal


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