Call for Entry for CMS Vatavaran Film Festival 2019

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), in collaboration with CMS VATAVARAN is inviting entries for the Short Film Competition and Film Festival 2019 on the theme Pollution – with special emphasis on Air Pollution.

The Competition is open to all Indian citizens and invites participation from artists from across India. The Best 10 films under the following three categories will be awarded:

  • School students
  • College students and amateur filmmakers
  • Professional filmmakers and Film Studios

Prize Details

For school students, the Best Prize consists of a trophy, a citation and Rs 25,000/- in cash. There will be two Consolation Prizes too; a citation, and Rs. 10,000/- in cash.

For College Students & Amateur Filmmakers the Best Prize will be a trophy, a citation and Rs 50,000/- in cash. The two Consolation Prizes under this category will consist of a citation and Rs 20,000/- in cash.

For Professional Filmmakers and Film Studios, the 1st Prize is a trophy, a citation and Rs. 2,00,000/- in cash. The 2nd Prize is a trophy, a citation and Rs. 1,00,000/- in cash. The Consolation Prize will be a citation and Rs 25,000/- in cash.

About the Festival and Theme

The CMS Vatavaran festival was initiated in the year 2002. The fifth CMS Vatavaran Competitive Film Festival was organised in 2009 and had then attracted 366 entries from 20 Indian states and 23 foreign countries. The Delhi Greens Blog has promoted the CMS Vatavaran Film Festival since its inception year in 2007 and has covered their expanding popularity over the years. The Delhi Greens Blog was the official online partner of CMS Vatavaran last year.

The objective of the CMS Vatavaran Competition and Festival is to use films as a means for engaging diverse audiences on the theme of pollution and to spur change through creativity. The Festival will showcase shortlisted films from the Competition during the 10th CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival and Forum on Environment and Wildlife, between November 27-30, 2019.

The theme of CMS Vatarvaran Film Festival this year is Air Pollution. This is also the theme of the World Environment Day (WED) this year. Environment Day is being celebrated on 5 June since 1974 globally to make positive contributions and direct efforts for environmental protection.

Each year, WED comes up with a theme that throws light on the most pressing concerns related to the environment. The chosen theme for this competition reflects the 2019 WED theme, Air Pollution – a modern day curse that has been highlighted by the World Health Organization as the greatest environmental risk to human health.

How to Participate

There is no submission fee, and the Short film can be made in any Indian language (with English subtitles) or in English. The duration of the Film could be up to 3 minutes (180 seconds long). The Festival would be a venue for all storytellers to present their art with an environmental perspective.

Short Films, Animations, Documentaries, Music Videos and Ad Films made between Jan 2017 to September 2019 are eligible for submission in the competition category. Evaluation will be done by a Panel of Jury consisting of Experts from the field of Environment, PR and Film Making.

The last date for submissions is 30 September 2019.

Click here to visit the CMS Vatavaran Film Festival’s 2019 website.

Yusra Khan

Yusra completed her undergraduate degree from Miranda House, University of Delhi and is committed to the cause of environmental protection.

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