10th Annual

CMS VATAVARAN - International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum

November 23, 2019 to November 25, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Wildlife Conservation
Awarded to a production that most effectively sensitizes audience about faunal diversity, animal behavior and social, environmental, economic aspects of man and wildlife relationship. The films can depict successes, conflicts, trade, crime, wildlife governance, legislations, court interventions, or profile the great defenders of wildlife in the country.
Environment Conservation
Awarded to the production creating awareness about environmental issues concerning the natural world i.e. conservation of natural resources like water, biodiversity, soil, & atmosphere linked with protected areas, pollution, waste management, mining, traditional knowledge and innovative practices, etc., thereby focusing on combating destructive development projects, influencing environmental policies and striving for environmental justice.
Climate Change - Adaptation & Mitigation
Awarded to the production which contributes to the current scientific understanding of climate change, its impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, food security, and health, human settlements, especially in the coastal areas or global politics of climate change. Films should emphasize the portfolio of strategies that include mitigation, adaptation, and technological development that are required to diminish the risk associated with climate change. The cost effectiveness of actions to tackle the impacts of climate change can also be considered.
Animation
Awarded to the animation film produced with traditional animation techniques, computer generated images (CGI) or other production methods highlighting concerns on environment and wildlife or promoting conservation efforts.
Public Service Announcements (PSA)
Awarded to the messages, short or promotional films, commercials or advertising campaigns that educate or inform the public at large. Duration not more than 180 seconds. The programme must highlight the issue or convey a conservation message.
Celebrating Himalayas (festival theme)
The Himalayas are spectacular mountain ecosystems and have inspired many civilizations and cultures. They are storehouses of biodiversity and natural resources, which have sustained life in the mountains as well as the plains for centuries. Impact of over exploitation of natural resources and the rapidly changing climate are now being observed in this fragile and sensitive ecological region. With this theme, we invite film makers to explore the spirit and serenity of this majestic region to remind of its important role in our planet’s ecology.
Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies
Awarded to the film that highlights those fighting for protecting the natural assets and/or renewable energy such as land, water and forest, which are so intrinsically linked to their livelihood and survival and/or renewable energy in almost all areas of human living, including energy generation, water use, building construction, health, food production, transportation and mobility, commerce and industry etc.
Amateur & Youth Films
Awarded to the Film most effectively communicates environment and wildlife conservation and produced by a first time film maker amateur i.e. upcoming filmmaker/individual, college student/ group of college students of film-making
School Student Film
Awarded to the documentary or short film or experimental work produced on environment and wildlife conservation issues by a regular school student or a group of students from any school.

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

CMS VATAVARAN - International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum is India’s only International Film Festival and Forum on Environment & Wildlife. This is an outcome of CMS’s core commitment to go “beyond research” (www.cmsindia.org) Based on extensive research, this festival (competitive and travelling) was initiated for encouraging environment films and forums that result in perception, practice and policy change. CMS VATAVARAN has been involved multifariously in policy research and programmes evaluation aimed at creating sustainable solutions for environment protection.

The 10th CMS VATAVARAN is set to be staged in November 2019 in New Delhi. The 2019 theme is 'Celebrating Himalayas' .

The Himalayas are spectacular mountain ecosystems and have inspired many civilizations and cultures. They are storehouses of biodiversity and natural resources, which have sustained life in the mountains as well as the plains for centuries. Impact of over exploitation of natural resources and the rapidly changing climate are now being observed in this fragile and sensitive ecological region. With this theme, we invite film makers to explore the spirit and serenity of this majestic region to remind of its important role in our planet’s ecology.

Films produced on or after January 01, 2017 are accepted in the 10th competitive edition of this Film Festival.

Highlights of 10th CMS VATAVARAN!
Twenty awards in 10 Indian & International Categories including the festival theme for this festival 'Celebrating Himalayas' | Indian categories award money ranges from INR 25,000 - 100,000 | Forums| Workshops| Food festival| Nature Bazaar etc.

AWARDS & CATEGORIES

Overall Excellence Award

1. Best of the Festival Award*
Awarded to the best overall production in the Indian and International categories by the Jury to honour work which reveals a fascination with its subject, rendered on screen with style, truthfulness and integrity to its sources.
*You cannot enter for this award

Thematic Award Categories: There will be one award in each of the thematic categories:

2. Celebrating Himalayas (festival theme)
The Himalayas are spectacular mountain ecosystems and have inspired many civilizations and cultures. They are storehouses of biodiversity and natural resources, which have sustained life in the mountains as well as the plains for centuries. Impact of over exploitation of natural resources and the rapidly changing climate are now being observed in this fragile and sensitive ecological region. With this theme, we invite film makers to explore the spirit and serenity of this majestic region to remind of its important role in our planet’s ecology.

3. Environment Conservation
Awarded to the production creating awareness about environmental issues concerning the natural world i.e. conservation of natural resources like water, biodiversity, soil, & atmosphere linked with protected areas, pollution, waste management, mining, traditional knowledge and innovative practices, etc., thereby focusing on combating destructive development projects, influencing environmental policies and striving for environmental justice.

4. Wildlife Conservation
Awarded to a production that most effectively sensitizes audience about faunal diversity, animal behavior and social, environmental, economic aspects of man and wildlife relationship. The films can depict successes, conflicts, trade, crime, wildlife governance, legislations, court interventions, or profile the great defenders of wildlife in the country.

5. Climate Change – Adaptation & Mitigation
Awarded to the production which contributes to the current scientific understanding of climate change, its impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, food security, and health, human settlements, especially in the coastal areas or global politics of climate change. Films should emphasize the portfolio of strategies that include mitigation, adaptation, and technological development that are required to diminish the risk associated with climate change. The cost effectiveness of actions to tackle the impacts of climate change can also be considered.

6. Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies
Awarded to the film that highlights those fighting for protecting the natural assets and/or renewable energy such as land, water and forest, which are so intrinsically linked to their livelihood and survival and/or renewable energy in almost all areas of human living, including energy generation, water use, building construction, health, food production, transportation and mobility, commerce and industry etc.

General Award Categories:

7. Public Service Announcements (PSA)
There will be two awards in this category.
The first awarded to the messages, short or promotional films, commercials or advertising campaigns that educate or inform the public at large. Duration not more than 180 seconds. The programme must highlight the issue or convey a conservation message.

8. Animation
Awarded to the animation film produced with traditional animation techniques, computer generated images (CGI) or other production methods highlighting concerns on environment and wildlife or promoting conservation efforts.

9. Amateur & Youth Films
Awarded to the Film most effectively communicates environment and wildlife conservation and produced by a first time film maker amateur i.e. upcoming filmmaker/individual, college student/ group of college students of film-making.

10. School Student Film
Awarded to the documentary or short film or experimental work produced on environment and wildlife conservation issues by a regular school student or a group of students from any school.


Over the years the festival has grown in prestige, stature, reach, association and patronage.

Today CMS VATAVARAN is one of the most prestigious, one of its own kind influential international 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 organizations and students of all ages and is recognized as a calendar event among filmmakers, environment, wildlife and conservation sector.

For more information visit www.cmsvatavaran.org

Milestones: CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival

 2017: 9th CMS VATAVARAN International Film Festival and Forum organised Competitive festival at Rajghat, New Delhi from 2nd to 6th November, 2017 on the topic of “Conservation 4 water”. It delved into the issues of climate change and water conservation under this theme. Total 113 films (61 National & 52 International) were nominated in 13 categories. “Prithvi Ratna Award”, “Prithvi Bhushan”, “Young Environment Journalist Award”& “Green Ambassador Award” were conferred in a gala award ceremony during the 5 days of festival.

 2016: 7th Travelling Festival from September to December 2016 of CMS VATAVARAN was dedicated to 7 of the large and small rivers of India- Bramhaputra (Guwahati), Mula-Mutha (Pune), Sabarmati (Ahmedabad), Ganga (Allahabad), Netravali (Mangalore), Cauvery (Tiruchirappalli), and Musi (Hyderabad). The festival was on the theme of “Water for Life”.

 2015: 8th CMS VATAVARAN International Film Festival and Forum organised competitive Festival on the theme of “Water for Life” in the month of October. Total 74 films were nominated (51 Indian and 24 International) .The “Prithvi Bhushan” award was introduced in this edition. Along with films and forums, tribal food festival also drew the attention.

 2014: The 6th Travelling Festival of CMS VATAVARAN went to Puducherry, Amritsar, Raipur, Gangtok, and Agra with film screenings, interactive sessions with youth, nature trails and felicitation of “Green Ambassadors” in all 5 cities.

 2013: The 7th CMS VATAVARAN - Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum organised Competitive Festival on the theme of “Mainstreaming Biodiversity at Different Levels to Promote Living in Harmony with Nature”. Total 86 films were nominated (52 Indian and 34 International) in 11 categories. Eminent Film-maker, Actor and producer- Shri Amol Palekar chaired the list of eminent jurists for the coveted 7th CMS VATAVARAN Indian Awards.

 2012: CMS VATAVARAN has travelled to Dehradun, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Kolkata with programmes built around the theme of biodiversity conservation. The festival and forum was held in 51 locations and 37 days. There were 250 film screenings, 4 panel discussions, 3 green filmmaking workshops, 3 media roundtables, 3 eco-tours (theme: healing the forest), biodiversity quiz, biodiversity mapping and felicitation of 16 grassroots individuals. It witnessed an overwhelming participation of 47,736 people from different sections of the society. Also, Hyderabad CMS VATAVARAN – Biodiversity Film Festival was organised for delegates of 11th Conference of the Parties (CoP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

 2011: The theme for the sixth edition of the CMS VATAVARAN - Competitive Film Festival was Biodiversity. The jury consisted of 37 members who nominated 68 films (51 Indian films from 22 states and 17 international films from 27 countries) from 317 entries for the festival

 2010: The fourth Travelling Festival visited eight cities (Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Patna, Port Blair, Shillong, Shimla, and Thiruvananthapuram) across India with film screenings at more than 70 venues and participation of more than 95,000 people. For the first time “Green Heroes” was also felicitated.

 2009: The 5th Competitive Film Festival attracted 366 entries from 20 Indian states and 23 foreign countries. Mr Jahnu Baruah, Eminent director was the chairperson of the Award Jury.

 2008: The 3rd Travelling Film Festival screened 304 films over a span of 24 days in 8 cities. 6 National and 51 state partners lent support and around 80,000 people participated. The festival went to Leh, Lucknow, Bhopal, Ranchi, Pune, Hyderabad and Agartala.

 2007: The 4th Competitive festival drew 275 entries from 19 countries. Awards for “Technical Excellence” and the “Young Environmental journalist Award” were initiated. Noted film-maker Mr Shyam Benegal was the Jury Chairperson.

 2006: The 2nd Travelling Film Festival went overseas to Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo apart from visiting Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Kolkata, Pune, Ranchi and Sirmour.

 2005: The 3rd Competitive Film Festival received 244 entries. The Steering Committee was chaired by Dr Karan Singh and the Award jury was headed by Mr Shyam Benegal.

 2004: The 1st Film Festival went to Chennai, Coimbatore and Mumbai. People began recognising and supporting the CMS VATAVARAN environment awareness movement.

 2003: The 2nd Competitive film Festival became biennial. CMS and UNEP instituted an award “Prithvi Ratna” for extraordinary contribution to wildlife film-making and natural history.

 2002: India’s one and only Environment and Wildlife Film Festival- CMS VATAVARAN- began its maiden run. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, GOI.


ORGANIZERS

P N Vasanti (Director General); Sabyesachi Bharti (Festival Manager)

GENERAL RULES

CMS VATAVARAN – RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Rules and Regulations and Terms of Entry as contained in this document will govern the 10th 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
Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017 and must carry a release date or copyright date or airdate during the calendar year 2017, 2018 or 2019.

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

EXHIBITION AND JUDGING FORMAT
All films are required to be submitted in H.264 HD Format in Pen Drive/ Hard Disk/ Vimeo Link.

PRESS KIT AND FESTIVAL DIRECTORY
Please include High Resolution Photographs (JPEG, TIFF or EPS formats). The following will be required for the press kit and Festival Directory; (a) Production stills (5); (b) Director’s photograph (2); (c) Poster, press clippings, brochures pamphlets etc (optional);

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

DELIVERY
Courier payment formalities should be completed before materials are dispatched. CoD (Cash on Delivery) will not be accepted.

CREDIT
Names on the Credit roll must match with those in the Entry Form.
Entries can be submitted by the producer, co-producer, commissioner, broadcaster, director or any individual/organization that has the right to submit the entry.

BROADCAST OPPORTUNITY
All shortlisted and nominated films will be eligible for broadcast on select television channels. Broadcast right includes, but is not limited to, terrestrial TV, direct or indirect satellite TV, digital and cable television. Payment for broadcast will be on prevailing rates negotiated with the respective broadcaster.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
ENTRY FEE is non-refundable.
INDIA: ENTRY FEE may be paid by DD/ Cheque or Credit Card
INTERNATIONAL: ENTRY FEE must either be paid by Bank Transfer or Credit Card (VISA) using the festival website www.cmsvatavaran.org

MODE OF PAYMENT
Bank transfer details for entries sent offline
(Please check the applicable Entry Fee from the Entry Guidelines)
Account Holder CMS Support Services Pvt. Ltd.
Bank Name State Bank of India
Branch SAKET
Bank ID State Bank of India
Branch ID 8442
Account No. Current Account No. 10341657022
Address J-20, Saket, New Delhi-110 017, INDIA
Swift Code SBININBB547 (International Entrant)
IFSC Code SBIN0008442 (Indian Entrant)

Payment
Bank Transfer
(Please intimate submission@cmsvatavaran.org regarding the Bank Transfer payment details).

Credit Card
For offline credit card (VISA) payment, you need not give us Credit Card details. Please email your request to submission@cmsvatavaran.org mentioning PAYMENT in the Subject Line. With details like (Name, address, state, pin code, contact no – phone and mobile and email address for generating the electronic invoice). An electronic invoice will be sent to you. 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).

GENERAL
1. One film can be entered in one category only.
2. Films may be of any length. The only exceptions are Public Service Announcements which should be not of more than 180 seconds of duration.
3. Films may be of any genre – documentary, fiction or non-fiction etc., however it must be based on environment and wildlife issues.
4. Entrant may submit more than one film in any category. Each film must be accompanied by a separate ENTRY FEE and ENTRY FORM.
5. Film(s), previously submitted to CMS VATAVARAN, or modified versions of previous entry will not be entertained.
6. 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.
7. CMS reserves the right to shift a film to a more suitable category and the entrant will be duly informed about the change.
8. 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 behavior and habitats.
9. The screening committee of the Festival will decide the composition of the events, protocol and screening schedules of the Festival.
10. Exhibition copy formats 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).
11. The trophies and the citations of international winners will be handed over to the filmmakers/designated representatives only. Request for the trophy and citation to be be shipped/ couriered to the filmmaker’s native country, will not be entertained.
12. Please preview your entries before shipping. Programs with time code or other defects may be disqualified. NO REFUNDS.
13. The decision of the Nomination Jury and the Award Jury shall be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
14. 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.
15. CMS has the right to change any information contained in this document (including festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.
16. Please thoroughly review the CMS VATAVARAN- Rules and Regulations, Category Information and Entry Form included in this Performa.
17. Submission of entries implies full acceptance of the CMS VATAVARAN – Rules and Regulations, Guidelines and Terms of Entry.
18. All matters regarding the Festival will be decided by the Festival Directorate and its decision in these matters shall be final.
19. All matters not mentioned in these regulations will be decided by the Festival Directorate. The discretion to make an exception to any rules and regulations of the festival will rest with the Festival Directorate.
20. All disputes are subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of competent courts and forums in Delhi only.
21. Copyright CMS. All rights reserved throughout the world. Reproduction of this form, or any other CMS VATAVARAN material, in any manner is strictly prohibited.
JUDGING PROCESS
The Judging at CMS VATAVARAN is a three tier process. It consists of Peer Review, Nomination Jury and Award Jury. A panel of Nomination Jury reviews and decides on the CMS VATAVARAN Nominees. The Award 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 Award 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.

Send the entry form with all enclosures to:
CMS VATAVARAN,
RESEARCH HOUSE, Saket Community Centre
New Delhi – 110 017, INDIA
P: 91-11-2686 4020, 2685 1660 F: 91-11-2696 8282

For submissions related enquiry, please contact:
Mr. Sabyesachi Bharti
M: +91 9818367459 / submission@cmsvatavaran.org
For all Festival related query and information please write to:
info@cmsvatavaran.org




TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS OF ENTRY

1. I am duly authorised to submit the entry to CMS VATAVARAN International 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;
2. Should this entry be selected for exhibition at CMS, I grant CMS the right to screen it at the festival;
3. I grant CMS the right to make additional copies of the films submitted in the CMS VATAVARAN for the touring festivals, travelling film festivals and other non-commercial/ educational public screenings for creating environmental awareness and spreading the conservation message around the world;
4. If nominated, I give my consent and rights to CMS VATAVARAN for broadcasting the said film during the period of two years
(Nov 2017 - Oct 2019). I understand that payment for broadcast will be on prevailing rates negotiated with the respective broadcaster.
(optional) Yes No
5. If nominated, I grant CMS the right to use footage (upto 5%), for promotional purposes.
6. 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;
7. The entry submitted for CMS VATAVARAN will become part of CMS VATAVARAN Archive;
8. If my film is Awarded then the prize money (cheque) should be in the name of
9. If film is awarded and receives prize money, I will provide scan copy of my PAN CARD.

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.