Newcomers and amateur filmmakers shine at CMS VATAVARAN film festival. Their film will be screened during the upcoming festival from Dec 6-10, 2011
The trend of environment and wildlife filmmaking is fast catching up in the country. Over the years CMS VATAVARAN has become a popular platform for amateur filmmakers, newcomers and even students to showcase their work and interact with the big names in the industry. In the 2011 film festival 10 films have been nominated from the newcomer category and they will be competing among themselves for the awards.
The ignited minds have covered different aspects, some have dealt with the rare bond between the farmers of Gudavi and the birds, while others explores how innovation and creativity, things of beauty can be created out of scrap and waste. In the newcomer category even students have participated and have outshined with fantabulous story ideas. A film “Madoda Ngala” by Shaz Syed under the category enshrines the importance of modern yet ecofriendly means of conservation practice in a world where poaching and culling are prevalent. This new breed of film makers have depicted prolific and interesting stories on nature, showcasing their depth of knowledge on the environmental issues. The film “Water Please” by Shruti Rai urges all of us to save water as there is enough water for our need but not for our greed. On the other hand the depth of knowledge earned by a student, through her conversations with nature, than what was imparted in the confines of the class room, is the subject of a short film directed by 7 school students.
The newcomer category also received international films. A New Zealand film called “The Unnatural History of the Kakapo” is about a family living with a terrible curse. Adults are plagued by infertility, the young are vulnerable to disease. They are a family of Kakapo. Once thought extinct, they are now the world's rarest and strangest wild parrot. Another film “El Perro Del Hortelano” (Dog in the Manger) directed by Renzo Zanelli Baretto from United States of America traces a unique path discovered by Boro-Huitoto painter to help his community by resisting the encroaching of a petrol company that threatens the future of both their ancestral lands and culture.
These films will be screened during the 6th CMS VATAVARAN film festival from Dec 6-10, 2011 at New Delhi. For more details log on to www.cmsvatavaran.org