CMS VATAVARAN- A BIODIVERSITY GALA

1 02 2014

New Delhi: The second day of the 7th CMS VATAVARAN had an exciting line up of film screenings, book launches, sessions, special film sessions and many more. Participants from more than 60 schools and colleges thronged the IGNCA Lawns, where the film festival is being held.

The six main venues in this festival hosted various film screenings and sessions today. In the International Screen, 12 nominated International films were screened. The ONGC Lawn hosted film screenings and open forums with film makers & experts. Films such as Corbett’s Legacy by Naresh Bedi were screened at the ONGC Lawn today. Important issues related to forest, mountain, marine issues were discussed at the Japan Lawn with experts from Wildlife Institute of India, UNDP, Centre for Environment Education. The venue will be hosting similar thematic sessions over the next three days that will bring together well known people from the field of journalism, filmmaking, environment and wildlife conservation and more.

 

UNDP & GIZ Lawn for Coastal and Marine Biodiversity hosted an important session today that brought about the India’s National Biodiversity Target. The session was moderated by Lima Rosalind, a wildlife conservationist. CMS Lawn had various workshops on filmmaking with documentary filmmakers such as Rita Banerji, Ian Thomas Ash, S Nallamuthu and Sanjay Barnela. Young Champions Lawn a special lawn  dedicated section solely for the youth hosted a book launch of The Tiger of Taboo Valley by Ranjit Lal with interactions with school children. The Young Champions Lawn also hosted a special film session with forthcoming film- Kalpvriksh, starring Shabana Azmi amidst excited young audiences, followed by an interaction.

 

The second day of the biodiversity gala also featured exhibitions, music festival, performances by Bloom Public School and Sri Venkateshwara College. Participants also thronged the food court and green haat.

Over the next three days, the film festival and forum will feature an important session on coastal areas of India- The Challenged Coast of India-Collaboration for a Sustainable Future with eminent speakers such as Prabir Kumar Banerjee (Pondy CAN), Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment; Sudarshan Rodriquez (TISS). The session will be moderated by Dr. Prannoy Roy, Executive Co- Chairman of NDTV. A gala film screening of Jal by Girish Malik will be held on Feb 02, 2014. The cast of the film- Purab Kohli and Tanishta Chatterjee will be present for an interactive session. Among other important highlights, Sunita Narain’s book, First Food: A Taste of India’s Biodiversity will be launched at the film festival. The 7th CMS VATAVARAN will also host a grand award night (Sunday Feb 2, 7-9 pm) and will be presenting 33 awards to the winning filmmakers.

Mr. Amol Palekar, veteran actor and Jury Chairperson of 7th CMS VATAVARAN will be present on Feb 03, 2014 for an interactive session- Meet the 2014 CMS VATAVARAN Jury. The last day will also be screening all the award winning films of the festival.

Celebrate diversity in nature in Asia’s largest film festival & forum on environment and wildlife !

To participate, register online -  http://www.cmsvatavaran.org

 

About CMS VATAVARAN: The rich experience of CMS in environmental issues & development communication sowed the seeds of CMS VATAVARAN, India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum. In its decade long eventful journey from 2002 – 2012, CMS VATAVARAN has become a movement and inspired many organisations / individuals to use films and film festivals as a medium to catalyse change. It has created a strong network of Indian and International filmmakers, policymakers, academicians, research think tanks, environmentalists, journalists, students of all streams, defense & paramilitary forces and nature enthusiasts.  The festival has an International recognition and till date 39 festivals have been organised across 26 cities of India.

 

CMS VATAVARAN remains resolute to encourage environment films and forums resulting change in perception, practice and policy.

 

For more details contact:

Ms Indira Akoijam, Media Coordinator – CMS VATAVARAN

E: Indira@cmsindia.org, Cell: 9899979161, Phone – 011 26864020 / 26851660

CMS, RESEARCH House, Saket Community Centre, New Delhi 110017

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