7th CMS Vatavaran: Environment And Wildlife Film Festival And Forum
The 7th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum is scheduled to be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi from January 30 to February 3, 2014. The five-day biodiversity gala will begin with an inaugural ceremony on January 30 and a fun-filled award night on February 2 at the IGNCA Lawns.
Dates: January 30 to February 3, 2014
Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi
Contact Details: CMS Environment, Research House, Saket Community Centre, New Delhi – 110 017, India.Tel.: +91 11 2686 4020, 2685 1660, 2652 2244/55, +91 11 2696 8282, +91 11 4379 0248
Note: Online registration for the festival is now open. Visit http://www.cmsvatavaran.org/
About the event:
The festival’s theme this year is mainstreaming biodiversity conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature. Forty eight interesting talks and film sessions have been planned around four sub-themes of the festival: Blue Agenda, Forest Biodiversity, Mountain Biodiversity and Inland Waters and Wetlands Biodiversity. The theme is significant in context of the recently held 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Hyderabad, India, and the UN Decade of Biodiversity 2011-2022.
Various organisations and individuals working across the country on biodiversity conservation efforts will be participating in the festival. More than 70 renowned conservationists, policy makers and concerned communities will engage in deliberations and discourses on the sub-themes and cross-cutting issues. Actor and director Amol Palekar, filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Wildlife Protection Society of India founder Belinda Wright, environment journalist Bahar Dutt, wildlife filmmaker Shekhar Dattari, conservation biologist Dr. Raghu Chundawat are some of the confirmed speakers at the forum.
About the Organisers/Partners:
CMS’ experience in environmental issues and development communication sowed the seeds of CMS Vatavaran, India’s only international environment and wildlife film festival and forum. In its decade long eventful journey from 2002 to 2012, CMS Vatavaran has become a movement and inspired many organisations and 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, defense and paramilitary forces and nature enthusiasts.