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When cinema goes wild

When cinema goes wild
For the first time, a film festival and forum is being organised in open grounds. Inspired from the Jaipur Literature Festival and in its endeavour to mainstream biodiversity issues to general public, this specially curated festival.

Special venues and layouts are being created to make it people friendly and highly engaging to both general public and also for the professionals in this field. The six main venues in this festival are International Screen – where all best of world cinema and the nominated international films will be screened. ONGC Lawn where film screenings with open forums with film makers and experts is scheduled, Japan Lawn iwill host all the important thematic sessions; UNDP & GIZ Lawn for Coastal and Marine Biodiversity will have screenings and thematic discussions; CMS lawn will have discussions and media interactions; Young Champions Lawn is a special lawn dedicated section solely for the youth with activities such as film screenings for children, interactive sessions with film makers, workshops on puppetry and paper mache and crafts, painting competition, and biodiversity games.

The festival will host inaugural ceremony on the first day and will be concluded with a fun-filled awards night. A series of performances will be given by various groups and artists in the festival. The festival also promises film screenings, thematic discussions, book launches, live demo on aerial photography, exhibitions, film booth, food court, green haat (shopping), music festival, interesting art installations, 40 ft life size whale shark and Gaju on display for promoting environment sensitivity at scale.

The festival theme this year is main streaming biodiversity conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature. Based on this theme, three schools in Delhi (are decorating the entire venue with their art, crafts and sculptures.

In all, during this five day festival, these specially designed and constructed thematic lawns will showcase 150 films and more than 70 eminent speakers in various 48 thematic sessions and expert discussions. Organisations and individuals working across the country on various biodiversity conservation efforts will be participating in this festival. Renowned conservationists, policy makers and the concerned communities will also be engaged in deliberations and discourses on the range of the sub themes and cross cutting issues.  Amol Palekar,  Shabana Azmi, Belinda Wright (founder of WPSI), Bahar Dutt (environment journalist), Shekhar Dattari (wildlife filmmaker), Dr Raghuwat Chundawat (conservation biologist), Sunita Narain (activist), Kartikeya Sarabhai (environment educator) are some of the confirmed speakers at this forum.

When: 30 January
Where: IGNCA
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