Previous Festival

  • 2009: The fifth CMS VATAVARAN Competitive Film Festival’s theme was Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies. Films were screened under 16 thematic areas for Indian films and there were nine categories for international films. Eminent director Jahnu Barua was the jury chairperson. Twenty two programmes were organised including workshop on confronting climate change, international environmental journalists congress, seminar on eco-tourism and climate change primer for teachers. More than 15,000 people participated. 

 

  • 2008: The third Travelling Film Festival, 2008-2009, held in eight cities (with the highlight on climate change) screened 304 films over 24 days. Seminars, symposiums, technical workshops, painting competitions, exhibitions, games, talks and eco-trips were held. Six national and 51 state partners lent support and 80,000 participants attended.

 

  • 2007: Awards for technical excellence and the Young Environmental Journalist Award were initiated. Based on climate change, the festival drew 275 entries from 18 Indian states and 18 countries. Workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, summits, and a seminar on the state of Indian rivers were also held. Noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal was the jury chairperson.

 

  • 2006: The Travelling Festival went overseas to Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo apart from touring Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Kolkata, Pune, Ranchi and Sirmour.

 

  • 2005: The third CMS VATAVARAN Competitive Film Festival received 244 entries in various environment and wildlife categories. The festival theme was forest for life and 5,000 people attended. There were 134 new filmmakers and nine awards worth INR 10 lakhs. The Steering Committee was chaired by Dr. Karan Singh, eminent scholar and a member of parliament, and the final jury was headed by Shyam Benegal.

 

  • 2004: The first Travelling Festival of CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival went to Chennai, Coimbatore and Mumbai. People began recognising and supporting the CMS VATAVARAN environment awareness movement.

 

  • 2003: The second CMS VATAVARAN Competitive Film Festival became biennial, it saw 154 entries and a year round outreach programmes. CMS and UNEP instituted an award ‘Prithvi Ratna’ for extraordinary contribution to wildlife filmmaking and natural history. The festival celebrated water for life theme.

 

  • 2002: India’s one and only environment and wildlife Film Festival – CMS VATAVARAN - began its maiden run. It served a dual purpose – one, generating awareness on environmental issues, and, two, lending recognition to the endeavours of environment and wildlife filmmakers. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Festival Updates

Jan 22, 2011: Ahmedabad CMS VATAVARAN
Closing ceremony of Ahmedabad CMS VATAVARAN at CEPT auditorium.

Jan 21, 2011: Ahmedabad CMS VATAVARAN
Teachers Workshop organised at Gujarat Vidyapith .

Jan 19, 2011: Panel Discussion at CEPT
Panel discussion held on "Confronting Climate Change:Towards Carbon Neutral Indian Cities" at CEPT Auditorium.

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