Vatavaran film festival kickstarts from tomorrow

New Delhi, December 5, 2011

The sixth edition of the CMS Vatavaran Film festival, the premier festival of films on environment and wildlife in India, kickstarts in the capital from tomorrow.
More than 100 films on diverse subjects will be screened at the five-day event.
The inaugural ceremony tomorrow evening will be attended by eminent conservationists George Schaller and A J T Johnsingh, the Ambassador of Norway to India Ann Ollestad and officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
The theme of CMS Vatavaran 2011 is "Biodiversity Conservation" and is in sync with India hosting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the 11th Conference of Parties (COP11) in October 2012.
A special section on children will also start tomorrow at the National Science Centre at Pragati Maidan. More than 50 schools, 200 teachers and 3,000 school students will participate in the five-day long children festival.
More than 100 films from 15 countries will be screened during the festival at two different venues. The films to be screened will be from different themes like Climate Change, Biodiversity, Water and Environment Conservation.
The festival will have a special section on "Best of Natural History and Conservation Cinema" which will showcase some of the award- winning films of prestigious environmental film festivals from across the world including the Jacksonhole film festival (USA), Cineambiente (Italy), inkafest (Peru), Wildlife Vassa (Finland), Animal Festival (China) and others.
Under the section "Master Class", specialised sessions will be conducted by experts including George Schaller (USA), Evertt Van Den Bos (Germany), Dennis Aig (USA), Andie Clare (UK), Indian filmmakers Shyam Benegal and Prakash Jha and Adam Schmedes (Denmark).
There are 19 Indian and 9 international awards worth Rs 15 lakh that will be presented at the festival on December 9.

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