CMS Vatavaran

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

CMS VATAVARAN announces its call for entries for the 10th CMS VATAVARAN Environment & Wildlife International Film Festival and Forum to be held in New Delhi in November 2019. 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.

The 10th CMS VATAVARAN will be organized on the theme ‘’Celebrating Himalayas.’’

Environment and wildlife filmmakers, amateurs, animators, student filmmakers are invited to submit films in 9 different categories in both Indian and International sections. Filmmakers can submit entries in these categories-

Celebrating Himalayas (Festival Theme)  Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Environment Conservation Animation
Wildlife Conservation Amateur & Youth Films
Climate Change- Adaptation and Mitigation School Student Film
Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies

The 10th edition will investigate into the impact of over exploitation of natural resources and the rapidly changing climate of the fragile and sensitive ecological region of Himalayas. Films exploring the spirit and serenity of this majestic region to remind of its important role in our planet’s ecology can be submitted under the theme of ‘Celebrating Himalayas.’

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

Films entered will compete in the above mentioned categories, out of which 20 awards in Indian & International section will be selected. All the films will be evaluated on the basis of their ability to communicate the theme through compelling storytelling.


Overall Excellence Award

  1. Best of the Festival Award*

Awarded to the best overall production in the Indian and International categories by the Jury to honour work which reveals a fascination with its subject, rendered on screen with style, truthfulness and integrity to its sources.

*You cannot enter for this award


Thematic Award Categories

There will be one award in each of the thematic categories:

  1. Celebrating Himalayas (festival theme)

The Himalayas are spectacular mountain ecosystems and have inspired many civilizations and cultures. They are storehouses of biodiversity and natural resources, which have sustained life in the mountains as well as the plains for centuries. Impact of over exploitation of natural resources and the rapidly changing climate are now being observed in this fragile and sensitive ecological region. With this theme, we invite film makers to explore the spirit and serenity of this majestic region to remind of its important role in our planet’s ecology.

  1. Environment Conservation

Awarded to the production creating awareness about environmental issues concerning the natural world i.e. conservation of natural resources like water, biodiversity, soil, & atmosphere linked with protected areas, pollution, waste management, mining, traditional knowledge and innovative practices, etc., thereby focusing on combating destructive development projects, influencing environmental policies and striving for environmental justice.

  1. Wildlife Conservation

Awarded to a production that most effectively sensitizes audience about faunal diversity, animal behavior and social, environmental, economic aspects of man and wildlife relationship. The films can depict successes, conflicts, trade, crime, wildlife governance, legislations, court interventions, or profile the great defenders of wildlife in the country.

  1. Climate Change – Adaptation & Mitigation

Awarded to the production which contributes to the current scientific understanding of climate change, its impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, food security, and health, human settlements, especially in the coastal areas or global politics of climate change. Films should emphasize the portfolio of strategies that include mitigation, adaptation, and technological development that are required to diminish the risk associated with climate change. The cost effectiveness of actions to tackle the impacts of climate change can also be considered.

  1. Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies

Awarded to the film that highlights those fighting for protecting the natural assets and/or renewable energy such as land, water and forest, which are so intrinsically linked to their livelihood and survival and/or renewable energy in almost all areas of human living, including energy generation, water use, building construction, health, food production, transportation and mobility, commerce and industry etc.


General Award Categories 

  1. Public Service Announcements (PSA)

Awarded to the messages, short or promotional films, commercials or advertising campaigns that educate or inform the public at large. Duration not more than 180 seconds. The programme must highlight the issue or convey a conservation message.

  1. Animation

Awarded to the animation film produced with traditional animation techniques, computer generated images (CGI) or other production methods highlighting concerns on environment and wildlife or promoting conservation efforts.

  1. Amateur & Youth Films

Awarded to the Film most effectively communicates environment and wildlife conservation and produced by a first time film maker amateur i.e. upcoming filmmaker/individual, college student/ group of college students of film-making.

  1. School Student Film

Awarded to the documentary or short film or experimental work produced on environment and wildlife conservation issues by a regular school student or a group of students from any school.


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Indian Category


Indian Amateur & Student Category (INR) International

Category (US $)

Early Bird December 11, 2018 (International Mountain day) Free Free Free
Regular Entry February 02, 2019 (World Wetlands Day) 1500 500 50
Final Deadline March 22, 2019 (World Water Day) 2000 1000 75
Late Entry Deadline April 22, 2019 (Earth Day) 3000 2000 100
Entrant Notified of Nomination Status August 29, 2019 (International Day against Nuclear Tests)
Festival Date 21 (World Television Day)-23 November, 2019 (Thursday to Saturday) (TBC)
Award Announcement and Presentation 23 November, 2019 (Saturday) (TBC)


 The final deadline is March 22, 2019. Submissions received by December 11, 2018 will be exempted of the entry fee.

Send the entry form with all enclosures to:


New Delhi – 110 017, INDIA

P: 91-11-2686 4020, 2685 1660 F: 91-11-2696 8282


For submissions related enquiry, please contact:

Mr. Sabyesachi Bharti, M: +91 9818367459 /

For all Festival related query and information please write to:


CMS VATAVARAN – India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum is a unique initiative of Centre for Media Studies (CMS).  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 climatic 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.

CMS VATAVARAN through its festival and forum design brings together some of the best conservation experts and enthusiasts from across the globe. Along with taking world’s best films on environment to the masses, it has been able to institutionalize strong specialised knowledge networking platforms, forge partnership, and enhance capacities and experiences.

The main Competitive Festival happens in New Delhi every alternate year, where the best entries from all over the world are nominated and awarded. Public screenings are held and a vast range of conservation issues are deliberated among various stakeholders in interactive sessions. The Travelling Festivals then follow, where the festival’s vast panorama is shared with people in other cities of the country.

Through more than 3500 screenings across India, CMS VATAVARAN has been able to enhance understanding, appreciation and attitudes towards the natural world and increase space for environmental issues in mass media. Till date, 9 competitive and 8 Travelling festivals in 49 cities of 26 Indian states have been organized.  More than 3 Lakhs people have actively participated in this festival since 2002.

The 9th competitive CMS VATAVARAN international environment and wildlife film festival and forum, was held on November 2-6, 2017 at GSDS, New Delhi. The theme of this edition of the festival was “Conservation4Water” where it explored issues of climate change and water.

The ongoing 8th travelling CMS VATAVARAN international environment and wildlife film festival and forum is being organised in Bangalore and 4 Himalayan cities namely Darjeeling, Agartala, Shrinagar and Nahan.

The 10th competitive CMS VATAVARAN – Environment & Wildlife International Film Festival and Forum will be held in November, 2019 at New Delhi. The theme of the festival is “Celebrating Himalayas”.

CMS VATAVARAN has now become a movement and inspired many organisations and individuals to use films and film festivals as a medium to catalyse change. As a result, it has created a strong network of Indian and International film-makers, policy-makers, academicians, think-tanks, scientists, environmentalists, journalists, students, youth and nature enthusiasts.


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

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