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Over the years, media especially satellite television has seen unprecedented growth in the country. A whiff of fresh choices greeted Indian viewers in the early 90's, with multi channel programming becoming a reality. The entry of foreign channels like Discovery, Nat Geo, and Animal Planet have carved a new dedicated audience segment for nature and wildlife programming in India, which didn't exist in the yore. With these niche channels a different wave of films and filmmakers started getting the kind of attention which was earlier missing on the Indian film landscape. Environment and wildlife documentary makers and their films now got a platform to exhibit their films. The Directories of CMS ENVIS Centre are the compilations of these wonderfully crafted films and their filmmakers in recognition of their great efforts towards sensitization of the masses through the visual medium called Cinema and Television.

An environment and wildlife audio-visual compilation by CMS ENVIS Centre

Films on environment and wildlife are not only relevant as works of art, but are also important as historical and scientific documentation and as instruments for bringing about change. This is the philosophy behind this Directory of Green Films. This Directory is the first-ever comprehensive compilation of audio-visual resources on environment and wildlife. A virtual treasure-trove of 'green' films, it is designed to satisfy the information requirements of academicians, civil society groups, government organizations, environmentalists, researchers, media professionals, conservationists, activists, filmmakers, public and private sector organizations, educational institutions, teachers and students.

Thematically classified, the Directory provides details of documentaries, public service messages, animation films and feature presentations, along with contact details of the filmmakers and concerned organizations. The 2000 entries in the Directory have been categorized into eleven segments - arranged alphabetically - according to the availability of the films. These categories are Agriculture and Pesticides, Biodiversity and Forestry, Eco-tourism, Energy, Environmental Education, Industry and Environment, Livelihood, Solid Waste Management, Toxics and Climate Change, Water and Wildlife. Subject-wise and title-wise index have been included to facilitate search for required information.

DIRECTORY OF Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers

Wildlife and nature programming channels are replete with high budget 'blue chip' films running into millions of dollars, mostly showing breathtaking and beautiful visuals of nature and wildlife. The focus is on the global audience, for a common viewer it is all hunky-dory. These glossy films on nature though look awesome, but don't reflect the real problems, nor do they address pressing issues let alone match the Indian psyche and context.

This is where Indian filmmakers have to make a mark and this directory is one such effort to promote and encourage Indian filmmakers to produce quality environment, wildlife and conservation films. The directory is a step towards recognizing and institutionalizing such documentary filmmakers and ventures to promote environmental concern, to sensitize and address the public at large.

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