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Asia’s Biggest Green Film Festival Opens Call For Entries For Its 12th Edition


CMS VATAVARAN announces its call for entries for the 12th CMS VATAVARAN International Film Festival and Forum on Environment & Wildlife to be held in February 2024 in India 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 08 different categories in both Indian and International sections. Filmmakers can submit entries in these categories-

Awarded to productions that provide insights into the linkages between climate change and water issues, and the need for sustainable conservation practices for addressing water equity. Films may showcase water struggles in a world dealing with global warming, climate variability, food and health insecurity, desertification, biodiversity loss, and environmental damage. On these themes, the film can also highlight compelling stories on technology use, sustainable lifestyles, indigenous practices, or policy interventions.

Awarded to the Film most effectively depicting one or more aspects of recent environmental corporate citizenship initiatives. All companies are eligible to participate regardless of size or location.

Awarded to the production of 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.

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

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 or even school students

Awarded to the production which contributes to the current scientific understanding of climate change, its impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, food security, health, and 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.

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.

Awarded to the films that educate or inform the public about the different aspects of all the Thematic Award Categories at large. Duration, not more than 5 minutes. The film must highlight the issue or convey a conservation message.



Water Conservation
Corporate & CSR Films
Environment Conservation
Wildlife Conservation
Amateur & Student Films
Climate Change- Adaptation and Mitigation
Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies Short Films on Conservation


Films entered will compete in the above mentioned categories, out of which 16 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.

  • Opening Date: 24 January 2023, International Day of Education
  • Early bird Deadline (free): 13 May 2023, World Migratory Bird Day
  • Deadline: 05 June 2023, World Environment Day
  • Final (late fee) Deadline: 31 October 2023, World Cities Day
  • Event Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024 to Sunday, 3 March 2024 (World Wildlife Day)

There are 16 awards in 8 Indian and International categories. Indian awards carry a citation trophy and money ranging from INR 25,000 to 1,00,000. International awards carry a citation and a trophy.


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