Vatavaran 2003: Grand Finale

On November 20, 2003 the curtain fell on Vatavaran 2003, a festival of films devoted exclusively to environmental issues. Organised by New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies (cms) and supported by the Union ministry of environment and forests, the 3-day jumboree saw 154 films being screened under different categories

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Vatavaran 2003, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

On November 20, 2003 the curtain fell on Vatavaran 2003, a festival of films devoted exclusively to environmental issues. Organised by New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies (cms) and supported by the Union ministry of environment and forests, the 3-day jumboree saw 154 films being screened under different categories.

On the last day, at a lively seminar on wildlife film-making, noted filmmaker Naresh Bedi voiced his concerns: "Making wildlife films is not easy, and there is a lack of support in India to wildlife film makers".

Then it was time for the prize distribution ceremony. Overall, In Troubled Waters by Reef Watch Marine Conservation won the 'Best of the Festival Award'. Film-maker Mike H Pandey received the Prithvi Ratan award for "outstanding contribution" to environmental film-making. New-Delhi based Centre for Science and Environment received two awards. Its 90-second ad on rainwater harvesting won the best public service message award, and its film Waterworks India: Four Engineers & a Manager -- profiling India's traditional engineering skills in making rainwater harvesting structures -- shared the award for second best documentary with Sanjay Kak's film on the plight of people affected by rising water in the Narmada dam catchment, Words on Water.

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