Travelling film festival reaches Tripura

September 26th, 2008 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Sep 26 (IANS) A travelling film festival highlighting environmental and wildlife issues reached Tripura Friday for a three-day stint. The five-month travelling festival began in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir on Sep 11 and will later travel to cities including Bhopal, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune and Ranchi.

“Exhibitions and seminars on climate change, food security, water resources, environment and wildlife would be held simultaneously during the three-day festival in each city,” chairman of Centre for Media Studies (CMS) N. Bhaskara Rao told reporters.

The festival is being organised by the New Delhi-based CMS in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, HSBC Bank, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, besides state governments.

More than 30 films, including four from the northeast, on forest, environment and wildlife will be screened here during the festival. According to CMS, special arrangements will be made to bring school, college and university students for watching the films.

Film makers, experts and environmentalists will take part in seminars associated with the festival. Tripura State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) and Cinedelve, a film society, are partners of the event here.

“Since 2002, such festivals were held in cities across the country and over 2,000 nationally and internationally acclaimed films, mostly award winning, on environment and wildlife were screened to make people aware of nature and animals,” Rao said.

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