Vatavaran - India's Exclusive Environment and
Wildlife Film Festival
A Bi-annual Film Festival
In today's world Environment has become a major concern. There is
a need for development in the world of environment and wildlife
film making, even if some of today's programmes are technically
perfect, they are very entertaining, very beautiful, very impressive,
very thrilling (and often very expensive). This was comprehended
by Centre for Media Studies explicitly in "Vatavaran 2002"
and "Vatavaran 2003". We believe that such efforts should
be consistent and institutionalized for providing a base for the
upcoming and established filmmakers and for creating awareness among
the organizations and masses about these audio-visual resources.
Through this film festival, we endeavour towards providing an interactive
platform for not just those who have chosen this medium to express
their views, but also those who are affected one way or the other
from the environmental degradation or the concerned policies.
The tremendous response to the 'Vatavaran 2002" and "Vatavaran
2003" demonstrated that such a need did exist at a latent level
in the society. Schools, other academic institutions and organizations,
business & corporate houses and the governmental machinery were
all closely and enthusiastically involved with the festival. It
is an opportunity to converge and become participants and partners
in preservation and conservation efforts.
Last year film festival "Vatavaran 2003" was applauded
as a pioneering effort in field of environmental filmmaking, organized
by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) and Ministry of Environment
and Forests. Second year in succession, "Vatavaran 2003"
went beyond being a National level Environment and Wildlife Film
Festival and engages in a multi-disciplined endeavor in bringing
environmental concerns on the forefront. An astonishing 154 film
entries were received. Such a huge response from the film making
fraternity has reaffirmed the faith in organizing this event. "Vatavaran"
has now become a bi-annual event, promoting the best environment
and wildlife film talent in the country and forging common grounds
to showcase environmental films to huge national audiences. Indeed
the festivals are a matter of National Pride.
The festival aims to bring to the fore larger environmental concerns
through films. It attempts to forge a dialogue and generate timely
debate on the topical environmental issues involving the larger
public. Also, Vatavaran endeavor is to encourage and nurture a new
breed of "alternate filmmakers" who are passionate about
environmental issues and through films want to articulate the environmental
concerns to initiate dialogue and public debate. We believe in the
process such an event will stimulate production of high quality
films in the fields of wildlife, nature and environment.
In its inception year 2002 'Vatavaran' was conceived with the dual
purpose of generating awareness on environmental issues and to recognize
and applaud the environment and wild life filmmakers. CMS has broadened
the vision to achieve five-pronged objectives.
- To encourage environmental films and filmmakers
- To effectively use the power of audio-visual media to promote
environment and conservation messages
- To sensitize Indian television channels to be more receptive
to the idea
- To enthuse young ones and children
- To inculcate appreciation and concern among the viewers towards
See Vatavaran 2002