Center for Media Studies is organizing the first film festival with focus on environment and wildlife. It seeks to encourage and recognize best initiatives by producers and TV channels.
The festival to be held at Siri Fort auditorium on 16 – 17th February 2002, includes screenings and showcase of the best videos, parallel workshop on “key to successful environmental film-making” and “use of media in environmental campaigns and classroom education”. During the festival presentations will be made by leading environmental filmmakers, distributors, funders, broadcasters and activists. To reinforce the efforts an exhibition will also be put up during the festival.
Festival aims to encourage concern and applaud excellence in environment and wildlife productions, and, thereby, raise public's interest and generate awareness in specific issues concerning future of the country. VATAVARAN 2002 plans to offer competitive screenings, workshops and seminars, lectures by noted personalities in this field, trading opportunities etc.
The main objective of the film festival is to select outstanding films/videos/TV programmes pertaining to environment and wildlife conservation. To highlight electronic media’s concern about the environmental issues, take a stock of region specific initiatives and to bring together the environmental and wild life filmmakers on a common forum and also to encourage the active players by giving recognition for their outstanding work.
CMS proposes to invite entries for the film festival in three categories – documentaries (upto 60 minutes), TV programmes and public service messages on TV channels (upto 60 sec.).
The CMS Film Festival will accept films (videos) from all around the country from any person or organisation, which shares our aims of working or promoting a vision of environmentally sustainable society. The entries will only be restricted to those films and videos produced in India. The nominee will be allowed to send at the maximum two entries in each category. The films can be in any Indian language with Hindi or English subtitles (complete commentary with local and scientific names of the flora and fauna).
The Festival will give away a total of nine awards in three categories. The awards will honor filmmakers and TV channels selected by the jury and screening committee. The awards will be Rs. One lakhs, Rs. 75, 000, and Rs. 50, 000 for the Golden, Silver and Bronze in each proposed category. Awards will be given away with a scroll and trophy.
CMS is ensuring that sponsors benefit most out of this events. The benefits includes -- advertising discounts, display opportunities, credits in publicity materials and the website , sponsors profile to appear in the show directory, sponsors profile in the post show report, sponsors name appear on the banner and last but not the least the principal/major sponsors have an opportunity to address the press conference.