With the issue of water already taking centre-stage, the second National Environment and Wildlife Film festival which is slated to begin here from November 18-20 has also aptly picked up water as its theme.
The event - Vatavaran 2003 - being organised by Centre for Media Studies with Ministry of Environment and Forests aims to promote and create awareness about vital environmental issues including water through films.
"Films are the strongest medium which can influence lifestyle. Instances abound where films had a lasting impact on the human mind. Through this film festival we aim to create awareness about the environmental issues and use creative talents for the purpose," Suresh Prabhu, Chairman of the organising committee of Vatavaran 2003 said.
He said most environmental problems today were the result of human behaviour and attitudes and the event was part of efforts being made to create awareness about faulty habits and save environment.
The film festival to be held annually, is expecting around 200 entries in the various categories including the special category of documentary or animated film produced by children which carries a prize of Rs. 50,000.
Eight national awards with a total prize money of Rs. 6.50 lakh will be awarded to outstanding documentary films handling topical environmental issues, Chairman of CMS N Bhaskara Rao said, adding the focus this year would be on the theme 'Water for Life'.
The event, which is being supported by CII with its 5,000 corporate members across the country, would travel to Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad.