DREFF signs new partnership with India’s CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival

27 April, 2015

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), a Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) initiative, signed an agreement with India’s International Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, CMS Vatavaran. With this agreement, DREFF expands its outreach by partnering with a festival in Asia, reinforcing its mission of developing global networks for the discussion of pressing issues and possible solutions.

With this partnership, both festivals—members of the Green Film Network (GFN), an association that gathers the best environmental film festivals from around the world—agree to jointly promote environmental consciousness and sustainable development in the world through environmental film screenings, workshops, seminars, and other related activities. In addition, in the context of this agreement, DREFF and CMS Vatavaran will promote each other’s films in their respective programs.

About DREFF
Since its inception in 2011, DREFF has provided Dominican audiences with a platform for knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, bringing awareness to important issues and best practices—while also celebrating the splendid beauty and abundance of the Dominican’s natural heritage through extraordinary environmental films.

In addition to the diverse selection of the best films that deal with issues of major national and international relevance, DREFF also organizes discussion panels, courses, seminars, and field visits to not only promotes dialogue, but also inspire the Dominican public to take action to preserve the health and sustainability of the environment.

For more information visit: www.dreff.org

About CMS Vatavaran
Since 2002, CMS, a committed research and advocacy think-tank established in India, has been pioneering international environment and wildlife festivals and forums—known as CMS Vatavaran. “Vatavaran” is a Hindi word meaning that which environs or surrounds; surrounding conditions, influences, or forces by which living forms are influenced and modified in their growth and development. Aptly named,CMS Vatavaran’s mission is to encourage and feature high-quality environment films and informative forums that generate better perceptions, practices, and policies for preserving and conserving the environment and wildlife. These international films break down cultural barriers of language and class to spread awareness through a powerful visual medium, strengthening collaboration through dialogue and debate across all sectors of society.

For more information visit: http://vat2015.cmsvatavaran.org/know-us/about-cms-vatavaran/

About Green Film Network
Green Film Network (GFN) is a network that helps coordinate and promote many of the major environment film festivals from around the world. Presently, there are more than 20 worldwide environment film festivals. GFN’s goal is to encourage a pro-environment culture through cinema. The network is also a meeting point for all associated festivals to meet and exchange information and cinematographic experiences, as well as improve and promote films and authors they consider worthy of note. Each festival that participates in the network also actively works on environmental projects by setting up workshops, holding debates and events, completing joint activities, and laying the foundation for discussion and research that profoundly influences the public, particularly young students in schools. Ultimately, GFN hopes to create a new culture that prioritizes the importance of the relationship between man and his natural environment.

For more information visit: http://greenfilmnet.org/about/

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