2015 Winners!

2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th CMS VATAVARAN Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum !

This year, we received 178 entries competing for awards in 8 categories each for Indian and International sections. The 2015 award winners have been selected by an eminent group of Jury members headed by Mr Amol Palekar. The Jury members watched all nominated films over a period of three days to decide the winners of the respective categories.

INDIAN SECTION

 

BEST OF FESTIVAL

My Name Is Salt, Farida Pacha

“A model of what documentary filmmaking should be. It captures the mundane life of ordinary salt workers in a poetic meditative way.”

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES
JURY SPECIAL MENTION

Losing Ground, Rishu Nigam

“Issues raised on urbanization and encroachment of sea banks were valid and serious. Therefore, this film was appreciated.”

 

LIVELIHOOD

Less than 20 mins More than 20 mins
Missing, Krishnendu Bose Candles in the Wind, Kavita Bahl and Nandan Saxena
“Very positive portrayal of a pertinent issue of women in agriculture. Good portrayal of how majority of women are denied rights and stakes because they do not own land. Critical to highlight such issues and appreciate such films” “Very sensitive and emotionally appealing film. It has moving testimonies of widows of farmers who committed suicide. It also captures the aftermath of green revolution.”

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Walking with Wolves, Senani Hegde

“Celebrates the unique relation between nomadic tribes and wolves. Captures rare footage of the shy animal and humanizes it.”

JURY SPECIAL MENTION JURY SPECIAL MENTION
Less than 20 mins Less than 20 mins
Flight to Freedom: The Amur Falcon Story, Rita Banerji Living with Elephants, S U Saravana Kumar
“The successful Amur Falcon campaign where the local people of Nagaland have been made an important stakeholder.” "For the inventive way it has portrayed use of mobile technology to warn people about wild elephants."
JURY SPECIAL MENTION JURY SPECIAL MENTION
More Than 20 Mins More Than 20 Mins
India’s Wandering Lions, Praveen Singh & Martin Dohrn Forgotten Tigers, Krishnendu Bose

A wonderful attempt to capture a successful conservation story and habitation of humans and animals.”

“The comprehensive overview of all socio and political dimensions of tiger conservation.”

 

WATER FOR LIFE

The Battle Begins…, Surendra Manan

“A courageous film about people power and their collective endeavour to clean up rivers.”

 

ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION

I Cannot Give You My Forest, Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl

“A gentle yet powerful film that movingly portrays the everyday struggles of Adivasis to retain sovereignty over their forests and memories. The film is stunningly shot.”

 

FILMS FOR CHILDREN

Turtle Diaries- The Olive Ridley Turtle, Rita Banerji

“For its delightful and engaging portrayal of the Olive Ridley Turtles. The film is well shot and brings out the relationship between these charming creatures and local communities.”

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Pratibimb, Debanjan Nandy

“A powerful call to action for environment friendly festivities.”

 

NEWCOMER

Pakke Nu Chhadnu Nai (My Nomad Soul), Harsimran Kaur and Siddharth Govindan

“An encouraging film where Maldharis define freedom as democracy and democracy as self- determination to sustain their customary pastoralist practices in the face of rapid industrialisation.”

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

The Hunt, Biju Toppo

The courage to question the establishment and the quality of testimonies in the live filming, needs to be applauded.”

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Joint Winners

Walking with Wolves, Senani Hegde

“Stunning visuals and rare footage.”

My Name is Salt, Farida Pacha

Beautiful visualization”

 

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

BEST OF FESTIVAL

Ultima Chiamata (Last Call), Enrico Cerasuolo

"For presenting a remarkable lucid, convincing and accessible introduction to a compelling argument for a sustainable planet and has today acquired greater relevance and urgency than ever before."

 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES

Racing to Zero, In Pursuit of Zero Waste, Christopher Beaver

"For providing an effective overview of systematic waste management practices adopted by the city of San Francisco, in its initiatives to achieve zero waste goal, which could inspire similar action elsewhere."

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Im Reich Des Schneelleoparden (Realm of the Snow Leopard), Axel Gomille

"For vividly documenting and celebrating the efforts of a group of crusaders working to protect snow leopards in the inhospitable mountain range of Krygyztan."

 

WATER FOR LIFE

Seven Waters, Eberhard Spreng

"For its lyrical narrative that connects multiverse experiences of water and human existence. The film is a deeply moving exploration of sustainable technologies and natural resources. The cinematography of the film is a visual treat."

 

ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION

Divide in Concorde, Kris Kaczor

"For crafting a lively, consistently engaging portrait of an unlikely green activist who mobilizes a successful fight against single-serve bottled water in a US town."

 

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