Deadline for Call for Entry for 8th CMS VATAVARAN 2015 extended

The last date for submission of entries is April 22, 2015 (World Earth Day).

The 8th competitive edition of CMS VATAVARAN will be held from Oct 09-12, 2015 (Friday – Monday) at New Delhi (INDIA) The theme for the 8th competitive edition is ‘Water for Life’ with a special focus on “Conserving our Water Bodies”. The festival theme also concurs with the United Nations General Assembly`s resolution A/RES/58/217, to proclaim 2005-2015 as the UN Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’.

The participation is open worldwide to environment and wildlife filmmakers – professional and amateur. Films which are produced on or after January 01, 2013 are accepted. Entries are invited in 11 award categories. The deadline for receiving film entries have been extended to April 22, 2015 (World Earth Day).

The rich experience of CMS in environmental issues & developmental communication and the urge for “Beyond Research” – a commitment to perform the role of a practitioner of its own research, sowed the seeds of CMVATAVARAN – India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum.

CMS VATAVARAN is a pioneering enterprise initiated to:
– Encourage environment films and forums that result in perception, practice and policy change.
– Enhance understanding of natural world and its conservation.
– Increase space for environmental issues in the mass media.
– Strengthen collaboration between individuals, government, corporate, scientific and academic institutions on environment, conservation and sustainability issues.
– Nurture a new generation of ‘alternate filmmakers’ to widen public dialogue and debate.
– Stimulate production of high-quality films on wildlife, nature, environment and other related concerns.

Though it is aimed at sensitising people about their rich environmental heritage and the need to conserve it, CMS VATAVARAN is not just a film festival celebrating the cinematic art of films but focuses more on using the films as a tool and catalyst for creating impact. CMS VATAVARAN remains resolute to encourage environment films and forums resulting change in perception, practice and policy.

The Journey
In its decade long eventful journey from 2002 – 2014, 7 competitive and 39 travelling festivals in 30 cities of 26 Indian states have been organised. CMS VATAVARAN has now become a movement and inspired many organisations & individuals to use films and film festivals as a medium to catalyse change.

The festival has reached to more than 500,000 people directly. As a result, it has created a strong network of Indian and international filmmakers, policymakers, academicians, research think tanks, environmentalists, journalists, students of all streams, defence and paramilitary forces and nature enthusiasts.

CMS VATAVARAN is organising its 6th travelling edition in five locations across India i.e. Amritsar, Agra, Puducherry, Gangtok and Raipur from October 2014 – March 2015. 

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