CMS Vatavaran

Environmental & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum (New Delhi, INDIA)


CMS VATAVARAN announces its call for entries for the 9th CMS VATAVARAN Environment & Wildlife International Film Festival and Forum to be held from 2nd to 6th November 2017 in New Delhi . The bi-annual film festival and forum addresses contemporary environment and wildlife issues through the medium of films, forums, workshops, field visits, food festival, nature bazaar, etc.

Environment and wildlife filmmakers, amateurs, animators, student filmmakers are invited to submit films in 13 categories in both Indian and International sections. Filmmakers can submit entries in these categories-

Conservation 4 water (Festival Theme) Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Environment Conservation Feature Film
Wildlife Conservation Series
Climate Change- Adaptation and Mitigation Animation
Livelihoods Films for Children
Sustainable Technologies Amateur Film
Student Film

  • College
  • School

Taking forward the 2015 theme on water, the 9th edition will once again delve into the issues of climate change and water under the theme- Conservation 4 Water. Films showing the inter-connectedness of climate change and water, water struggles in a world dealing with global warming, climate variability, food and health insecurity, desertification, biodiversity loss, and environmental damage can be submitted under this theme.

For the first time, the call for entry has been announced more than an year in advance, as the theme requires much research, understanding and efforts. The theme ‘Conservation 4 Water’ provides full drama of the struggles and efforts water faces in the contemporary climate change discourse and action. Filmmakers are encouraged to explore this intricate and complex relationship. CMS VATAVARAN will be providing technical reference and support for filmmakers who will endeavour to make films on this theme and also for this edition of CMS VATAVARAN.

CMS VATAVARAN has also introduced the Student Film category to encourage young and budding filmmakers from schools and colleges to produce films on contemporary environment and wildlife issues.

Films entering the film festival will compete in the above mentioned categories, out of which 22 awards in Indian section and 21 awards in International section will be selected. All the films will be evaluated on the basis of their their ability to communicate the theme through compelling storytelling. The selection process includes a Peer Review, Nomination Jury and Award Jury.

The final deadline is February 2, 2017. Films can entered for free by submitting the entries by July 28, 2016. Entry guidelines and the application form can be downloaded from here.

You may also submit your film entry through Withoutabox.

For submission related queries:
Please contact Ms Bharti Kapoor at 9868213566 |


The rich experience of CMS in environmental issues and the urge to go “Beyond Research” sowed the seeds of CMS VATAVARAN – a pioneering international environment and wildlife films and forum and forum.

Over its decade long journey, CMS VATAVARAN has been using new and innovative outreach approaches for creating credible innovative platform for exchange of information, concerns and initiating discourse among filmmakers, media, youth, educators, students, policymakers, defence, jail inmates, research think-tanks and civil societies.

The broad objectives of CMS VATAVARAN (Hindi name for environment) are enhancing understanding and appreciation of natural world amongst the people and the need for conservation, bringing forth larger environmental concerns through films, thematic seminars, workshops, exhibitions and sensitisation trips, forging dialogue and debate on topical environmental issues, etc. CMS VATAVARAN a multi-partner initiative is to:

– Encourage environment films and forums that result in perception, practice and policy change

– Enhance understanding of the 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

Till 2011 six competitive festivals have been organised in India. Till today 39 travelling festivals have been organised in 30 cities of 24 Indian states for reaching out the unreached through films and forums. The travelling festivals are being organised in state capitals and other important towns and cities including in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

Today, CMS VATAVARAN festival has become one of the most prestigious film festivals across the globe and has successfully positioned India as a vibrant destination for environment and wildlife filmmaking.

The deadline for the next festival edition is set for: Tuesday 11 December 2018

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