Char... The No-Man's Island, and The Last Lion bagged the best of festival awards in both Indian and International category respectively during the 7th CMS Vatavaran International Environment and Wildlife Film Festival held here. Char... The No-Man's Island was screened under the category of Indian films category on Environmental Conservation and Last Lions under the category of International feature film.
A total of 33 awards were announced in 11 categories here late last evening on the last day of the Festival.
The awards were handed over by Union minister KS Rao and former Delhi Chief minister Shiela Dixit.
The awards were selected by a jury of 13 personalities headed by film maker Amol Palekar. Award-winning filmmaker Ramesh Sharma chaired the jury for international awards.
The other Indian films which bagged awards in the festival includes The Flight directed by Saransh Sugandh under animation category and joint awards for Chilika-Jewel of Odisha directed by Shekar Dattari and Tiger Dynasty directed by S Nallamuthu in the category of Biodiversity..
A special Jury Special Mention Award was recieved to Gaur in my Garden directed by Rita Banerjee and Mangroves - Forests of the Tide directed by Suresh Elamon.
In the feature film category, Sthalam, directed by Shivaprasad got recognition.
The festival also saw the emerging directors who bagged the newcomer awards both in the adult and children;s categories. The award was bagged by Anjali Nayar for Jal Khet (Water Fields) and Laxmikanta Jena for A Story in the category of adult and children respectively.
The Series awards based on Environment and Wildlife was bagged jointly by Greeny the Great and Saving the Ganga directed by Dhananjay Bhopale and Bahar Dutt respectively.
The documentary Dammed by Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl also got high appreciation during the festival which bagged award under the category of Water for All.
The five day film festival screened was classified around four sub-themes - Blue Agenda, Forest Biodiversity, Mountain Biodiversity and Inland Waters and Wetlands Biodiversity.
"Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation," was the theme of the festival that was not held in an auditorium but in the open at the IGNCA here.
Organisers said the festival endeavored to mainstream biodiversity issues to the general public. 'The Last Lions' bag CMS Vatavaran Wildlife Film award