Three-day Green Film Festival & Forum to begin in Gangtok today


GANGTOK, 14 Sept:

A three-day long Unique Green Film Festival & Forum on Environment and Wildlife is set to begin here on Wednesday. The festival is scheduled to be inaugurated by Minister to Forest, Environment & Wildlife Department, KarmaLoday Bhutia here at SidkeongTulku conference hall of Forest Department at Deorali.

The event is being organized by SECURE Himalaya Project of UNDP with the support of Forest, Environment & Wildlife Department, Government of Sikkim and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India and CMS Vatavaran. The festival and forum is part of the 9th CMS Vatavaran Travelling Film Festival and Forum in four Himalayan cities of Uttarkashi, Gangtok, Keylong and Leh.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, CMS Vatavaran Deputy Director, SabyesachiBharti mentioned that the main idea behind the event is to encourage conservation through films, festivals and forums. He added that the festival also aims to reach and engage a cross-section of stakeholders in environment conservation and also provide a platform to showcase initiatives and activities of SECURE Himalayas.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 35 participants, including college students and NGO members, have registered for this three-day long event.

Mr Bharti informed that the event will include a two-day long capacity building workshop on 15 and 16 September on Environmental Filmmaking and Mobile Journalism, which will have a faculty member of SKIFT at Film & Television Institute of India, Mojo Educator, Film & Photography Educator, RiteshTaksande.

The event will also screen national and international nominated and awarded films on environment & wildlife issues at the venue along with spot quiz and drawing competition on environment for students during film screening. The closing and award ceremony of the festival will be held on 17 September.

He said that the idea behind the event was to support the unique green movements for environment conservation through films, festivals and forums. Such a festival would give ideas to youths in filmmaking and mobile journalism and ultimately encourage them to know the importance of biodiversity and its conservation, he added.

It is informed that CMS Vatavaran is India’s premier and Asia’s largest environment and wildlife film festival and forum and it is aimed towards enhancing understanding, appreciation and shift in attitudes towards the natural world and to increase space for environmental issues in mass media and evolve a nationwide environment outreach framework.