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Clima Film Fest 2014

Partners: United Nations Foundation, Good Relations India, Panos South Asia, CPREEC and M.O.P. Vaishnav College

In the run-up to the Secretary General Climate Summit at UN headquarters on September 23, Clima Film Fest ‘14 aimed at creating maximum buzz about the impacts of climate change on our lives. The objective of the festival was to tell people through the medium of films and discourses with the experts about what exactly is climate change, how it is impacting our lives and how one can adapt to it. The festival was also very important in the context of the recent release of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Reports. A collection of compelling stories across India, highlighting evidences of the real impacts of and adaptations to climate change, underscored the spectacular festival.

For the first edition of the Clima Film Fest 2014, a festival of films to broaden awareness on climate change issues across India, Ennovate Global (EG), a specialist in climate change research and communication, harnessed its skills in the environmental sector and its niche expertise in organising high-level green film festivals to organise and curate the pioneering initiative in Chennai; EG also spearheaded its social media campaign, and presented a seminal report on the festival showcasing the diversity of green filmmakers from across India and the thematic sessions on a range of climate change issues, specific to Chennai and of national importance.

EG partnered with Good Relations India, a strategic communications consultancy to present the festival in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The three-day event held on September 11-13, 2014 (Thursday and Saturday) was inaugurated by Dr K Rosaiah, His Excellency, the Governor of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhavan, Chennai on September 11, 2014.

The impressive statistics: Over 3000 registered participants, 14 films screened, 18 issues in focus, 20 environmental and media experts, two filmmakers, more than 10 settings explored across India, several international platforms showcased, six  partners, two venues, four thematic sessions, four film sessions, three festival days, and one encompassing platform, Clima Film Fest’14.

United Nations Foundation was the Principal Partner. CPREEC was the Environment Education Partner while Panos South Asia was the Programme Partner. Chennai’s leading college for women, M.O.P. Vaishnav College was the main Venue Partner.