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7th CMS VATAVARAN - Environment and Wildlife Film Festival

7 Annual December 04, 2013 to December 08, 2013

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CMS VATAVARAN
RESEARCH HOUSE
SAKET COMMUNITY CENTRE
NEW DELHI DELHI 110 017
India
Phone: 911126864020
Fax: 911126968282
info@cmsvatavaran.org, submission@cmsvatavaran.org
http://www.cmsvatavaran.org

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INDIAN CATEGORIES (Indian Filmmakers Only)
The Indian Category (Indian Filmmakers only) is open to Indian nationals only. Entrant can submit their film in this category, if they want the organisers to decide an appropriate category for their film.
 
BIODIVERSITY
 
CLIMATE CHANGE & SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

WATER FOR ALL

SERIES

FILMS FOR CHILDREN

NEWCOMER

ANIMATION

LIVELIHOODS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (PSA)

FEATURE FILM
 


 

 

 

 


INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES (International Filmmakers Only)
In the INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES we are seeking entries that are on the following thematic areas of Environment:

BIODIVERSITY

CLIMATE CHANGE & SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

WATER FOR ALL

SERIES

FILMS FOR CHILDREN

NEWCOMER

ANIMATION

LIVELIHOODS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (PSA)

Feature Film

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The festival aims to bring to the fore larger environmental concerns through films. It forges a dialogue and generate timely debate on the topical environmental issues involving the public. A film festival with a difference, CMS VATAVARAN...
a). is an activity forum promoting space for environment issues in the public media;
b). is a movement reaching out to people in various walks of life, it enhances and inspires understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the need for conservation;
c). is an attempt to change minds, attitudes and policies;
d). is an initiative galvanizing civil society and promoting a platform provoking the larger public and opinion making process;
e). encourages and nurtures a new breed of "alternate filmmakers" who are passionate about environmental issues and through their films want to articulate the environmental concerns to initiate dialogue and public debate;
f).stimulates production of high quality films in the fields of wildlife, nature and environment.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Conceived in 2002, India's only biennial Competitive and Travelling film festival - CMS VATAVARAN, is a visionary initiative of CMS. By using film screenings and various parallel events the festival provides a platform to create awareness around the local, national and global environmental problems, looks at possible solutions, builds opinion and inspires people to push for change.

Over the years the festival has grown in prestige, stature, reach, association and patronage (from 100 film entries and five awards worth INR 4,00,000 in 2002 to 279 entries and over 17 awards worth INR 14,00,000 in 2007 and 366 entries and over 31 awards worth INR 20,00000).

Today CMS VATAVARAN is the most prestigious, one of its own kind influential national event for the environment and filmmakers fraternity and all those who are concern about it.

The festival reaches out to people from all genres including filmmakers, civil society groups, government organizations, environmentalists, researchers, conservationists, policy makers, activists, public and private sector organisations and students of all ages and is recognized as a calendar event amongst filmmakers, environment, wildlife and conservation sector.

Milestones: CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival
• 2010: The fourth CMS VATAVARAN Environment and Wildlife Travelling Film Festival and Environment Forum’s theme was Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies. Over 400 films were screened in 8 cities at multiple venues. Series of panel discussion on the theme “Confronting Climate Change: Towards Carbon Neutral Indian Cities were organized across these cities.

• 2009: The fifth CMS VATAVARAN Competitive Film Festival’s theme was Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies and also national Heritage Conservation. Films were screened under 16 thematic areas for Indian films and there were nine categories for international films. International environmental journalists’ congress and a special workshop on confronting climate change were special attractions. 22 programmes were organised in the festival.

• 2008: The third Travelling Film Festival, 2008-2009, held in eight cities (with the highlight on climate change) screened 304 films over 24 days. Seminars, symposiums, technical workshops, painting competitions, exhibitions, games, talks and eco-trips were held. Six national and 51 state partners lent support and 80,000 participants attended.

• 2007: Awards for technical excellence and the Young Environmental Journalist Award were initiated. Based on climate change, the festival drew 275 entries from 18 Indian states and 18 countries; 77 films were screened and 31 films won awards. Workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, summits, and a seminar on the state of Indian rivers were also held. Noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal was the jury chairperson.

• 2006: The Travelling Festival went overseas to Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo apart from touring Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Kolkata, Pune, Ranchi and Sirmour.

• 2005: The third CMS VATAVARAN Competitive Film Festival received 244 entries on the theme forest for life and 5,000 people attended. There were 134 new filmmakers and nine awards worth INR 10 lakhs. The Steering Committee was chaired by Dr. Karan Singh, eminent scholar and a member of parliament, and the final jury was headed by Shyam Benegal.

• 2004: The first Travelling Festival of CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival went to Chennai, Coimbatore and Mumbai. People began recognising and supporting the CMS VATAVARAN environment awareness movement.

• 2003: The second CMS VATAVARAN Competitive Film Festival became biennial, it saw 154 entries on the theme of water for life and a year round outreach programmes. There was endorsement from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). CMS and UNEP instituted an award ‘Prithvi Ratna’ for extraordinary contribution to wildlife filmmaking and natural history.

• 2002: India’s one and only environment and wildlife Film Festival – CMS VATAVARAN - began its maiden run. It served a dual purpose – one, generating awareness on environmental issues, and, two, lending recognition to the endeavours of environment and wildlife filmmakers. Their efforts were supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The theme was sustainable environment through films.

ORGANIZERS
Alka Tomar (Ms.) ; Priya Verma (Ms) ; deepti roy (Filmmaker)

GENERAL RULES
The Rules and Regulations and Terms of Entry as, contained in this document, will govern the 7th CMS VATAVARAN - Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and will hereafter be referred to as the CMS VATAVARAN – Rules and Regulations. Please read the CMS VATAVARAN – Rules and Regulations carefully for submitting the entries.

Film entries must meet the following criteria:

QUALIFYING DATES
1. Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2011 and must carry a release date or copyright date or airdate during the calendar year 2011, 2012 or 2013.

DEADLINE
2. Final Deadline for receiving entries is March 31 or for Withoutabox users, July 29, 2013. (Withoutabox extended deadline)

PAYMENT OPTIONS
3. ENTRY FEE is non-refundable.

INDIA
4. ENTRY FEE may be paid by DD/ Cheque (for non-Delhi cheques, please add INR 100 towards bank clearing charges) OR Credit Card (VISA ONLY using the festival website www.cmsvatavaran.org) – For Offline Credit Card (VISA) Payment, you need not give us Credit Card details. For Offline Credit Card (VISA) Payment, email your request to submission@cmsvatavaran.org mentioning PAYMENT in the subject line. We will send you an electronic invoice. You may click this invoice to make the payment securely.

Note: For all other Credit Card types (MASTER CARD/ VISA), please enter ONLINE ONLY using the services of our Festival Submission Partner, www.withoutabox.com.)

INTERNATIONAL
5. ENTRY FEE must either be paid by Bank Transfer OR Credit Card. For Offline Credit Card (VISA) Payment, you need not give us Credit Card details. For Offline Credit Card (VISA) Payment, email your request to submission@cmsvatavaran.org mentioning PAYMENT in the subject line. We will send you an electronic invoice. You may click this invoice to make the payment securely.

Note: For all other Credit Card types (MASTER CARD/ VISA), please enter ONLINE ONLY using the services of our Festival Submission Partner, www.withoutabox.com.)

For Bank Transfer Details please refer to ENTRY FORM, section - MODE OF PAYMENT (INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS).

JUDGING AND EXHIBITION COPY LANGUAGES
6. Entries are invited in all languages. Non-English and Non-Hindi language productions must include an English voiceover or subtitles.

JUDGING COPY FORMAT
7. Submit two (2) Judging (preview) copies in PAL DVD (region-free) format ONLY.

EXHIBITION COPY FORMAT
8. CMS VATAVARAN Nominees will be required to submit the film in PAL DVCAM/ HDV format tapes for final judging and public screenings.

PRESS KIT AND FESTIVAL DIRECTORY
9. Please include HIGH RESOLUTION still photographs (JPEG, TIF or EPS formats). The following will be required for the press kit and Festival Directory;
(i) Production stills (5);
(ii) Director’s photograph (2);
(iii) Poster, press clippings, brochures pamphlets etc (optional);

All the above to be sent by email or in a CD-ROM along with the duly filled form and other required enclosures.

DELIVERY
10. All materials must be sent prepaid. Collect or C.O.D. (Cash on Delivery) will not be accepted.

11. CMS VATAVARAN will not assume responsibility or accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or custom brokerage.

CREDIT
12. Entrant should have the right to submit the entry in CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival.

13. Names on the Credit roll must match with those in the Entry Form.

14. Entries can be submitted by either the producer, co-producer, commissioner, broadcaster or the director.

GENERAL
15. One film can be submitted for one category only.

16. Films may be of any length. The only exception is Public Service Announcements, which should be maximum 180 seconds.

17. Films may be of genre – documentary, fiction or non-fiction.

18. Entrant may submit more than one film in any category. Each film must be accompanied by a separate ENTRY FEE and ENTRY FORM.

19. Film(s), previously submitted to CMS VATAVARAN, or modified versions of previous entry will not be entertained.

20. CMS will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any films. All films and related materials may be insured by the entrant against any damage or loss which may occur during transit or in the course of the festival.

21. CMS reserves the right to shift a film to a more suitable category and the entrant will be duly informed about the change.

22. CMS reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with aims of the Festival or produced in ways which does not respect living creatures, their behaviour and habitats.

23. The screening committee of the Festival will decide the composition of the events, protocol and screening schedules of the Festival.

24. Judging and exhibition copies submitted to the Festival will not be returned and will be a part of the CMS VATAVARAN archives. Please do not submit originals (original DVD, original tape, print photographs etc).

25. The films submitted in the CMS VATAVARAN will be included in CMS VATAVARAN Travelling Film Festival, other non-commercial and educational public screenings around the world under the CMS VATAVARAN banner. However filmmakers/ entrants can 'opt-out' from other screenings by sending request to info@cmsvatavaran.org with the subject line 'My film should be excluded from future events after the 2013 festival'.

26. The films submitted in the CMS VATAVARAN will be used for promotional purposes (up to 5% of the total film).

27. Please preview your entries before shipping. Programs with time code or other defects may be disqualified. No refunds.

28. Please thoroughly review the CMS VATAVARAN- Rules and Regulations, Category Information and Entry Form.

29. The decision of the Nomination Jury and the Final Jury shall be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

30. The jury reserves the right to withhold an award in any category for which there is an insufficient number of qualifying submissions, or to create new awards for films deserving special recognition.

31. CMS has the right to change any information contained in this document (including festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.

32. Submission of entries implies full acceptance of the CMS VATAVARAN – Rules and Regulations, Guidelines and Terms of Entry

33. All matters regarding the Festival will be decided by the Festival Director and her decision in these matters shall be final.

34. All matters not mentioned in these regulations will be decided by the Festival Director. The discretion to make an exception to any rules and regulations of the festival will rest with the Festival Director.

35. All disputes are subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of competent courts and forums in Delhi only.

36. Copyright CMS. All rights reserved throughout the world. Reproduction of this form, or any other CMS VATAVARAN material, in any manner is strictly prohibited.

CATEGORY SPECIFIC GUIDELINES
Besides those mentioned in CMS VATAVARAN – Rules and Regulations, the following Category Specific Guidelines also applies;

CATEGORIES – INDIAN
37. Only bonafide Indian citizens can apply for the Indian Categories.

38. Subject focus of the films could be issues of local or national environmental and wildlife concern.

39. In the case of Indian productions involving a foreign entity, the following conditions should be fulfilled;
I. At least one of the co-producers must be an Indian citizen.
II. The director must be an Indian national.
III. This condition will be relaxed for Student Film Category.

CATEGORIES – INTERNATIONAL
40. Indian citizens cannot apply for International Categories. Only non-Indian citizens can apply for the International Categories.

41. Subject focus of the films could be issues of global or any other country specific or even on issues of India’s national environmental and wildlife concern.

CATEGORY – ANIMATION
42. Specific guidelines;
I. Any form of computer generated animated film produced in accordance with the definition of animation.
II. Atleast 50 per cent of the film should consist of animated sequences.
III. The production can be of any genre made for television or new media.

CATEGORY – STUDENT (INDIAN)
43. Specific guidelines;

(i) Films made by students of recognized educational institutions, colleges and universities are eligible.
(ii) Films directed by students of foreign origin, pursuing courses in Indian institutes shall be considered as a special case. Such film must focus on Indian environment and wildlife issues.

CATEGORY – STUDENT (INTERNATIONAL)
44. Specific guidelines;

(i) Films made by students of recognized educational institutions, colleges and universities are eligible.
(iii) Films directed by Indian students of Indian origin, pursuing courses institutes abroad shall be considered as a special case.


JUDGING PROCESS
The Judging at CMS VATAVARAN is a two tier process. It consists of Nomination Jury and Final Jury. A panel of Nomination Jury reviews and decides on the CMS VATAVARAN Nominees. The Final Jury selects the award winners from amongst the Nominated films. The Jury looks for content, treatment, presentation, authenticity, accuracy, technical excellence, educational value and motivational elements. Both, the Nomination Jury and the Final Jury consists of a panel of experts and professionals from diverse backgrounds such as environmental wildlife, film production, academicians, media, Industry representatives, cinema and advertising world etc., of national and international repute.









TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS OF ENTRY By submitting this entry, I understand that I am agreeing to the following: • I am duly authorised to submit the entry to CMS VATAVARAN – Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true. In case the same is found to be incorrect and incomplete, CMS has the right to reject the entry at any stage. • Should this entry be Nominated for final judging, I agree to provide the Exhibition Copy in PAL DVCAM format; • Should this entry be selected for exhibition at CMS, I grant CMS the right to screen it at the festival; • I also understand and agree that, this entry, if Nominated for the festival, I grant CMS the right to use footage (up to 5 %), for promotional purposes; • I also agree that by doing so, CMS will not be held responsible for any copyright violation. I also agree to get the necessary clearances from the copyright holders, if any, required for the same; • The entry submitted for CMS VATAVARAN will become part of CMS VATAVARAN Archive; • Should this entry win an award, I am authorized to receive the same; • I full indemnify and hold CMS and its partners and supporters harmless from any claims which may arise from this entry; By signing below, I am indicating that I understand, comply and agree to abide by the CMS VATAVARAN – Rules and Regulations mentioned in the guidelines.