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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wildlife film festival in Shimla

Shimla is all set to host CMS Vatavaran 2010, environment and wildlife film festival at Gaiety Theater.

The ‘Queen of Hill’ will host India ’s premier environment and wildlife film festival, 4th CMS VATAVARAN 2010. The three-day-long film festival will be organized from July 2-4 at GAIETY Theater. The film festival will be inaugurated by the chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal. The theme of the 4th CMS VATAVARAN – Environment and Wildlife Traveling Film Festival' and Environment Forum is Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies.

A host of activities including Indian and International Film Screenings, Exhibition on “Climate Change” , Eco-trip to Green buildings, painting competition, film making workshop etc would be organized to popularize the issue of environmental protection. The film festival and green forum is aimed towards making common people a part of the green movement. More than 40 award winning films are screened during the traveling festivals over a period of three days in each traveling city. There are special screenings for children also. In addition region specific environmental issues will be taken up and a large number of experts, filmmakers, academicians and students would be involved in the festival,” said Alka Tomar, Festival Director.

India’s much acclaimed environment and wildlife film festival, CMS Vatavaran will travel to eight different cities of the country in the year 2010. Starting from Shimla, the festival will be organized at Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar , Hyderabad , Patna , Port Blair, Shillong, Shimla and Trivandrum . The festival is organized by New Delhi based think tank CMS Environment. Participation in CMS VATAVARAN 2010 will provide unique opportunity to the people to enhance knowledge, understanding and concerns about various topical and regional environmental issues through a kaleidoscope of films, seminars, workshops, open forums, exhibition, games and field trips. The festival and forum aims to promote sustainable technologies, with a focus on green production and delivery methods, convergence and fusion of new consumer services, and on the notion of 'collective goods' for greater environmental efficiency, which can usher in a new green order. “

The first CMS VATAVARAN Environment and Wildlife Traveling Film Festival was organized in 2004 in Chennai. Since then 26 festivals has been organized in 19 cities with overwhelming participation from the cities and generous support of the respective state government, local administration, industries and organizations.