Nominations announced for the prestigious 5th CMS VATAVARAN, Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2009
New Delhi: Delhi is all set to have a wild visual treat for nature lovers this October as India’s premier Environment and Wildlife Festival, CMS VATAVARAN, announced the much awaited nomination results on August 17, 2009.
Like previous years, this year too CMS VATAVARAN 2009 received overwhelming response from filmmakers and nature lovers. The biennial competitive festival received 366 entries including 276 entries (in sixteen categories) from 20 different states of India. Also, 90 International entries (in nine categories) were received from 23 countries. Out of 366 films received, 106 (including 73 national and 33 international films) have been nominated for the prestigious CMS VATAVARAN awards and screenings by the 31- member jury headed by Mr. M. Veda Kumar, President, Forum for Better Hyderabad. The film festival will be organized from October 27-31, 2009 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi under the theme Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies.
Speaking on the occasion, Nomination jury Chairperson, Mr M Veda Kumar said, “ In a short span of time CMS VATAVARAN has established itself as a popular and serious film festival on environment. The entire process of calling 31 experts from different parts of the country provides a great deal of credibility to the entire nomination process for the festival. During this nomination process we got to see some very good films made by both amateur as well as established filmmakers.” Hailing the objective of CMS VATAVARAN, Dr N Bhaskara Rao, Chairman, Centre for Media Studies (CMS), said, “Environment has become a nodal issue for everyone and it cut across all other issues. Through CMS VATAVARAN several burning issues in our contemporary world pertaining to environment, wildlife, natural resources and health are highlighted and widely disseminated.”
It’s quite notable that 20 states are participating in this year’s festival. In the state wise nominations Delhi has topped the chart. Out of 76 entries received from Delhi, 28 have been nominated for the final screening. These films focus on diverse issues and have been nominated in 12 different categories. Interestingly, a large number of female filmmakers from the capital have also participated in the festival. In addition to Delhi 14 films have been nominated from Maharashtra and 6 from Uttar Pradesh. National films are competing in sixteen categories including Environment Conservation, Nature, Livelihood, Ecotourism, Animation, Forest for life, Animal Conservation, Student film etc.
CMS VATAVARAN 2009 received entries from 23 countries all across the world, as compared to 2007 when the festival received participation from 18 countries. Out of total 90 international films 33 have been nominated for the final screening during the festival. Maximum number of films have been nominated from the United States (5) followed by Canada and Australia (3 each). The films are competing in 9 different categories.
Award money, trophy and citation
There are attractive cash prizes to be won in the festival. The award will comprise of cash entitlements between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,50,000, trophies and citations. The total prize money is Rs 20, 00,000. The international awardees will get a trophy and a citation. The award winners will be announced on October 30, 2009.
CMS VATAVARAN is India’s premier biennial competitive and traveling Environment and Wildlife Film Festival. It was initiated in 2002 towards raising awareness about environmental issues. The CMS Environment Forum and CMS VATAVARAN have ushered in a fresh green global consciousness on an extraordinary scale using environment forums and films. The endeavour seek to be a people’s festival on environment and wildlife, offer a vision to specialists, build capacity, and also attempt business and network facilitation. CMS VATAVARAN is an initiative of CMS.
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