The five- day long environment film festival saw screenings of nominated films, National Media Workshop on Climate Change, Impact of Media in Conservation, book Release of Drought: But Why?, Release of trailer of Kadvi Hawa
November 6th, New Delhi: Screening of 113 Nominated Films including the best of Festival Award “Saving the Saviour” in National category was screened today. This is a holistic and inspiring real life story depicting 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.
On the first day, A National Media Workshops on Climate Change in the Himalayan region was attended by journalists from Himalayan region. The workshop was co-hosted with DST-IHCAP. The other discussions organised during the festival was Impact of Media on conservation, people’s participation in policy implementation, Hydrological Footprint Workshop, Secrets of Successful Pitching, how Film can bring a Policy or Behavior Change, Music & Film for Environmental Consciousness, Sustainable livelihood and Workshop for youth on Rivers for Life. The discussions held during the festival were attended by groups of civil societies, College students, policymakers and filmmakers across the country.
These sessions were co-organized with CSE, WWF India, TERI University, NABARD, GSDS and UNDP.
Approximately 1500-2000 School and college teachers from Delhi NCR were part of a five-day long festival.
Amateur filmmakers, students, teachers attended workshops on filmmaking, photography and Hydrological Footprint. The Green Haat with more than 20 stalls of NGOs, communities were also set up at the 9th CMS VATAVARAN venue.
On the third day, CMS VATAVARAN felicitated winners of the Prithvi Bhushan to Mr Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a Gandhian environmentalist and social activist and National Geographic CMS Prithvi Ratna Award is being awarded to Rita Banerjee. Young Environment Journalism Awards (Print and Online) to Mr Ritam Halder (Hindustan Times) and Ms Aishwarya S Iyer (The Quint) respectively. Ms Sowmiya Ashok (The Indian Express) has been awarded the Special Jury Mention Award in the Print Category.
Seventeen awards in National Category and 14 awards international categories were also felicitated to filmmakers. Saving the Saviour by Jalal Ud Din Baba and SEED: The Untold Story by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz were declared the Best of Festival Awards in Indian and international sections respectively. The award ceremony was attended by Mr C K Mishra (Secretary MoEFCC), Ricky Kej (Grammy® Winner), Ms Naaz Rizvi (Scientist-E National Museum of Natural History), Mr Anish Andheria (President- Wildlife Conservation Trust), Sanjeev Rohilla Deputy General Manager, NABARD) and Mr Shard (Former Direct Tax Commissioner). The details of the awardees are available online-
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. www.cmsvatavaran.org