COMPETITIVE FESTIVALS

CMS VATAVARAN 2011

6th Competitive Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum
Dates: December 06 - 10, 2011
Venue: Convention Centre and National Science Centre, New Delhi, India
Festival Theme: Biodiversity Coservation
Indian Entries: 222 from 22 states
International Entries: 95 from 27 countries
19 Indian and 9 International Awards worth 12.5 Lakhs in 10 Categories
Total No of Film screened: 73 (Indian) & 33 (International)
Media Coverage: Print News 70, On-line News 33, Television News 7

Jury Chairperson: Shri Suresh P Prabhu, Former Union Minister, Govt of India
Principal Partner: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India | Royal Norwegian Embassy

The 2011 VATAVARAN happened to be in a new avatar as the Asian Filmmakers for the first time came face to face with foreign commissioners, international production houses during the Asian Filmmakers Summit, which was held for first time as part of CMS VATAVARAN.

Festival Highlights!
Environment Forum:
  • Inaugural Ceremony
    • • Session 'Big Moments' with Filmmakers Naresh & Rajesh Bedi and Evert Van Den Bos, GM, Nature Conservation Films, Netherlands;
    • • Session: Reflections with Dr George Schaller, Vice President, Panthera and Senior Conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA
    • • Prithvi Ratna Award | Young Environment Journalists Awards
  • Interactive Open Forums on Biodiversity and Climate Change
  • Exhibitions
  • Organic Bazaar

Film Festival:
  • Indian and International Film Screenings
  • Best of Natural History and Conservation Cinema
  • Panorama of Norwegian Green Films
  • Film Booth
  • Award Nite

Asian Filmmakers Summit
  • Master Classes (Shyam Benegal, YouTube, Aircel, TATA Sky, Montana State University, USA, ICON Films, UK)
  • Meet the Commissioners (NBA, NFDC, BBC Natural History, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand & West Bengal Forest Department, Vigyan Prasar, Kerala State Biodiversity Board; Trade Shows (Canon, Arri AG, Germany)
  • Speed Pitching Sessions (Nature Conservation Films, Netherlands; NDR Germany); Proposal Feedback Sessions (TVE Asia Pacific)


Special Children Section
National Science Centre, New Delhi, India
Total No of Films screened: 27 (Indian) | 16 (International)
  • Biodiversity Primer: Workshop for Teachers
  • Comic-making Workshop
  • Filmmaking and Editing Workshop
  • Creative Expressions Competition and Exhibition


CMS VATAVARAN 2009

5th Competitive Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum
October 27-31, 2009
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
Theme: Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies
Indian Entries: 276 from 20 states
International Entries: 90 from 23 countries
25 Awards in 15 Indian Categories and 10 Awards in 9 International Categories worth Rs 18.5 Lakhs
Total No of Films screened: 73 (Indian) & 33 (International)
Media Coverage: Print News 91, Online News 66, Television News 8

Jury Chairperson: Shri Jahnu Barua, Eminent Director
Principal Partners: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India | Royal Norwegian Embassy
Festival Highlights!

Environment Forum:
  • International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) Congress
  • Workshops
  • • Confronting Climate Change - Towards Carbon Neutral Indian Cities
  • • Climate Change Primer - Workshop for Teachers
  • • The Media and Your Films
  • Panel Discussion on Nature and Materials
  • Seminars
  • • Ecotourism - Relevance for India, Experiences, Challenges and Future Prospects
  • • Communicating Climate Change
  • Symposium on Challenges in Conserving Natural Heritage
  • Green Tambola - Environmental Games on Climate Change
  • Eco-trip to Green Buildings
  • Exhibitions
  • • Climate Change
  • • Architecture for Humanity

  • Film Festival:
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Indian and International Film Screenings
    • Panorama of Feature films (Indian and International) on Environment
    • Film Screenings for Children
    • Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop for Children
    • Workshop on Animation for Conservation
    • Indian and International Awards Function

    CMS VATAVARAN 2007

    4th Competitive Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum
    Date: September 12-16, 2007
    Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
    Theme: Climate Change
    Indian Entries: 206 entries from 18 states
    International Entries: 54 from 18 countries
    31 Awards in 18 Indian and International categories worth Rs 14 Lakhs
    Total No of Films screened: 50 (Indian) and 28 (International)
    Media Coverage: Print News 43, Online News 74
    Jury Chairperson: Shri Shyam Benegal, Noted Filmmaker
    Principal Partners: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India | Royal Norwegian Embassy

    Two new awards, Award for technical excellence (Indian Films) and the Young Environmental Journalist Awards were introduced for the first time in the festival.
    Festival Highlights!

    Environment Forum:
    • International Summit on Climate Change
    • Seminar: State of the Rivers in India
    • Panel Discussions
    • • Conservation and Livelihood
    • • Films for Campaigns and Advocacy
    • • Coining New Policies for Wildlife Filmmaking in Protected Areas
    • Panel Discussions: Netting the Future: Films and Film Festivals through YouTube, Yahoo n Google Videos
    • Workshops: Towards Green Schools Eco Friendly Practices
    • Open Forums
    • • Blue Chip Films or Conservation Films
    • • Environment Films for Children: Why Scarcity?
    • Exhibitions: Ecotoons Environmental Concerns Through Cartoons
    Film Festival:
    • Opening Ceremony
    • Screening of CMS VATAVARAN 2007 Nominated Indian and International Films
    • Panorama on Climate Change
    • Workshops
    • • Animation for Conservation Nature Photography
    • • Shoot Wildlife: Filmmaking Workshop
    • • Evolving Green Tales for Silver Screen
    • Awards Ceremony
    • Film Bazaar

    CMS VATAVARAN 2005

    3rd Competitive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival
    Date: November 21-24, 2005
    Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
    Theme: Forest for Life
    Indian Entries: 244 from 14 states in 7 Categories
    Asian Panorama: 16 from 9 countries
    Ten Awards worth Rs 11 lakhs
    Total No. of Films screened: 56 (Indian) and15 (Asian Panorama & Best of Wildscreen)
    Media Coverage: Print News 56, Online News 79, TV & Radio News 11
    Jury Chairperson: Shri Shyam Benegal, Noted Film maker
    Principal Partner: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India

    Festival Highlights!
    Environment Forum:
    • International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) Congress
    • Seminars
    • • E-Waste - A Cause for Concern
    • • CSR for Sustainable Development
    • Workshops
    • • Environmental Journalism
    • • Broadcast Journalism How Can Environment Make TV News?
    • • Shifting Trends in Wildlife Filmmaking
    • • Under Water Filming by Doug Allan
    • Presentation on Archive: Noah's Ark For The Internet Era
    • Photography Exhibition
    Film Festival:
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Felicitation of Filmmakers
    • Screening of CMS VATAVARAN 2005 Nominated Films
    • Asian Panorama Screenings
    • Retrospective
    • • Doug Allan, award winning U.K. under-water cinematographer
    • • Richard Brock, Executive Producer, Living Planet Productions
    • Screening of Best of Wildscreen
    • Awards Presentation
    • Film Bazaar

    CMS VATAVARAN 2003

    2nd Competitive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival
    Date: November 18-20, 2003
    Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
    Theme: Water for Life
    Indian Entries: 154
    15 Awards worth Rs 6.5 lakhs in 7 Categories
    Total No. of Films screened: 30 (Indian)
    Media Coverage: Print News 33, Online News 8
    Jury Chairperson: Shri Adoor Gopalakrishan, Eminent Filmmaker
    Principal Partner: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India

    CMS and UNEP instituted an award 'Prithvi Ratna' for extraordinary contribution to wildlife filmmaking and natural history.
    Festival Highlights!

    Environment Forum
    • Panel Discussions
    • • Water Crisis - Thinking Beyond
    • • Promoting Green Programmes on Indian Television: Planning the Route Ahead
    • • Wildlife Filmmaking in India: Issues & Challenges
    • Use of Theater for Environmental Education: An Interactive Workshop for School Teachers and Children
    • Interactive Session for Children on Environmental Films | Photo Exhibition
    Film Festival
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Screening of CMS VATAVARAN 2003 Nominated Films
    • Special Screening for Children
    • Awards Ceremony

    CMS VATAVARAN 2002

    1st Competitive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival
    Date: April 08 09, 2002
    Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India
    Theme: Sustainable Environment through Films
    Indian Entries: 100
    5 Awards worth Rs 4 lakhs
    Total No. of Films screened: 28 (Indian)
    Media Coverage: Print News 12
    Principal Partner: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India

    Festival Highlights!
    Environment Forum
    • Workshops
    • • Use of Media in Environmental Campaigns & Education: Pro-active Voluntary Efforts - A Workshop for NGOs
    • • Environment & Wildlife Film Making: Issues and Concerns
    • Inter College Environmental Quiz Competition
    • Photo Exhibition
    Film Festival
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Screening of CMS VATAVARAN 2002 Nominated Films
    • Special Screenings for Children
    • Awards Ceremony

    TRAVELLING EDITIONS

    CMS VATAVARAN 2010-11
    5th Environment and Wildlife Travelling Film Festival and Forum
    Travelling Cities: Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Patna, Port Blair, Shillong, Shimla and Thiruvanthapuram
    Theme: Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies
    Total No. of Films screened: More than 40 award-winning Indian and International films

    Media Coverage
    City Media Coverage
    Ahmedabad 22
    Bhubaneswar 25
    Hyderabad 25
    Patna 23
    Port Blair 2
    Shillong 32
    Shimla 88
    Thiruvanthapuram 20

    Principal Partners: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India | Royal Norwegian Embassy
    82 partners lent support to the Festival in the eight cities.
    Festival Highlights!
    Environment Forum:
    • Panel Discussions
    • • Confronting Climate Change: Towards Carbon Neutral Indian Cities
    • • Animal conservation: Man-animal conflict; Biodiversity
    • Workshops
    • • Environment Primer for Teachers
    • • Regional Media Workshop on Climate Change
    • • Animation for Environment Conservation
    • Exhibition on Climate Change
    • Eco-games
    • Energy Conservation Marathon
    • Ecotour
    • Competitions
    • • Slogan Writing
    • • Creativity Competitions on Bio-diversity Conservation, Climate Change, Low carbon practices
    Film Festival:
    • Inaugural Ceremony: Felicitation of Environment Filmmakers and Green Heroes
    • Indian and International Film Screenings & Open Forums
    • Panorama of Feature Films (Indian and International) on Environment
    • Special Screenings for Children
    • Green Filmmaking Workshop for Youth

    CMS VATAVARAN 2008-09

    3rd Environment and Wildlife Travelling Film Festival
    Travelling Cities: Leh, Agartala, Ranchi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhopal and Coimbatore
    Theme: Climate Change
    Total No. of Films screened: 304 (Indian and International)
    Media Coverage
    City Media Coverage
    Leh 6
    Agartala 26
    Ranchi 27
    Lucknow 30
    Hyderabad 7
    Pune 20
    Bhopal 24
    Coimbatore 6

    Principal Partners: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India | Royal Norwegian Embassy
    6 national and 51 state partners lent support to the Festival.
    Festival Highlights!
    Environment Forum:
    • Panorama on Climate Change Seminars
    • Seminar on Climate Change
    • Symposia
    • • Conservation and Livelihood
    • • Water for all
    • Painting/ Poster Competition on Climate Change
    • Exhibition on Climate Change
    • Eco-games
    • Expert talks and Eco-trips
    Film Festival:
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Indian and International Film Screenings
    • Technical Workshop on Filmmaking
    • Film Bazaar

    CMS VATAVARAN 2006-07

    2nd Environment and Wildlife Travelling Film Festival
    Travelling Cities: Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar, Pune, Thrissur, Abu Dhabi and Brazil
    Total No. of Films screened: More than 350 (Indian)
    Media Coverage: More than 200 News (including print, electronic and online media)
    Principal Partner: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India

    Festival Highlights!
    Environnent Forum:
    • Panel Discussions
    • • Whose Forest?
    • • Reviving Hyderabad Forests and Bio-diversity: Need for Sustainable Approach
    • Symposiums
    • • Mining and its Effects on Tribal Livelihood
    • • Agriculture and Environment
    • • Lakes and Water Bodies of Hyderabad: Issues and Concerns
    • • Using State Ecology for Building a Self Sustainable Economy
    • • Managing Electronic Waste
    • • Wildlife-Human Conflicts: What is the Way Forward?
    • Workshops
    • • Environmental Film Making: Opportunities and Constraints
    • • Green Media and Green Films of Northeast India: Challenges and Opportunities
    • • Workshop with Northeast Filmmakers
    Film Festival:
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Felicitation Ceremony
    • Indian and International Film Screenings
    • Special Screenings for Children
    • Drawing and Painting Competition
    • Photography Exhibitions
    • Film Bazaar
    • Organic Bazaar
    • Closing Ceremony

    CMS VATAVARAN 2004-05

    1st Environment and Wildlife Travelling Film Festival
    Travelling Cities: Dehradun, Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Kaziranga, Guwahati and Golaghat

    Themes: Floral and Faunal diversity of India; Toxicity; Water for Life
    Principal Partner: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India

    Environnent Forum:
    • Symposiums
    • Recent Shifts in Media Operations
    • Environment & Wildlife Film Making in India: Insight, Concerns and Planning the Route Ahead
    • Photography Exhibitions
    Film Festival:
    • Inaugural Ceremony
    • Indian and International Film Screenings
    • Special Screenings for Children