August 11, 2005

NEWS / EVENTS: Delhi to host environmental film festival (INDIA)

Delhi to host environmental film festival
Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) In an attempt to create awareness on the sensitive issues of environment, New Delhi is going to host an environmental film festival "Vatavaran 2005" beginning Nov 21.

Organised by the non-profit organization Centre for Media Studies in collaboration with the ministry of environment and forests, the festival will showcase more than 100 documentary films related to environment and wildlife from all over the country.

The four-day festival will be divided into different sections - retrospectives, panorama of Asian films, open forums, International Environment Journalist's Congress, film bazaar and children's film festival.

"Vatavaran 2005 will be a poignant narrative of the state of our environment, an exposition of vivid colours of nature and wildlife, from startling to sublime. The aim of this festival is to narrate and convince people about our environment and wild life," said Sanjay Mohan, the deputy director of the festival.

Meanwhile, the festival authorities have instituted awards for best films in wildlife conservation, wildlife natural history, environment conservation and students film category.

After the festival, the award winning documentaries will travel to different cities to mobilize masses about the environmental issues.

To encourage young and environment-conscious filmmakers, authorities are also planning to give fellowships of Rs.100,000 each.

--Indo-Asian News Service

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