The fifth edition of Centre for Media Studies (CMS) Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife film festival kicked off in the Capital on Tuesday with a vast gamut of national and international cinema on nature and conservation.
Out of the array of 106 films, 73 are from Delhi-based directors with themes ranging from man-animal conflict to the BRT corridor.
With an eye on the crucial climate change talks between nations a little over a month away at Copenhagen, Denmark, the festival's theme this year is Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies.
The five-day festival at India Habitat Centre will see the who's who from the filed of environment and wildlife conservation in India and around the world converge at the screenings and a range of workshops.
"The idea was to mobilize awareness on environmental issue through films. Over the years, the festival has become an influential platform for the cause," said N. Bhaskara Rao, chairman, CMS.
This year the festival is abuzz about films both in the Competition and General categories.
Shot from hot air balloons— Amongst Tigers and Elephant and Rolling Dunes of Thar (Wild Adventures- Ballooning with Bedi Brothers)— two films, on the Corbett National Park and on Thar Desert by Naresh Bedi take an aerial view of natural conservation.
Inder Kathuria's In Their Elements documents the lives of more than 1000 villages scattered along the highest fringes of the Himalayas, who go without electricity throughout winter, depending only on supplies of fossil fuel.
Delhi's BRT corridor features in the film Just Wheels, by Mumbai-based director duo Faizan Jawed and Ashok Mundkur.
It visits 12 cities across three continents to examine how intelligent, sustainable public- transport solutions can be successfully integrated with simple, non-carbon modes of mobility like cycling and walking.
In fact, the BRT corridor will also feature in a daylong workshop of environmentalists and experts who will also visit the corridor in South Delhi and analyse its pros and cons.
Apart from films, the festival also has seminars and workshops on various aspects of Climate Chnage and sustainable technologies.
On Tuesday, Dr Farooq Abdullah, union minister for New and Renewable Energy inaugurated the festival with a special award to Delhi-based documentary maker Krishnendu Bose.