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Deadline:15 June 2012

Voices from the Waters- 2012
The 7th International Film Festival on Water

Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, SVARAJ, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), Ithaca College, USA), Christ University, Bangalore, VISTHAR, Charter of Human Responsibilities, SAMVADA, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, YWCA Bangalore, Pacific Asia Resource Centre (PARC), Tokyo and Water Journeys – Campaign for Fundamental Right to Water are organizing the 7th edition of the biggest international film festival on water- Voices from the Waters 2012, only one of its kind in the world.

This festival has established its relevance over the last six years and consistently been receiving entries for the festival from countries across the world underlining the global concern for water. The festival is growing in stature year after year with more and more institutions coming forward to collaborate with us and take the festival across India and abroad through the year giving the film makers a chance to exhibit their works to a broader and diverse audience thereby enhancing awareness on water and environmental issues.

2012 does not present a rosy picture at the water front in India as we witness an increasing water scarcity. Climate change is being experienced in different ways: excessive rains to no rains in different parts of India wreaking havoc on normal agricultural activities, causing flood and droughts, cold and heat wave throwing normal life out of gear. This may as well be the case across the developing world. What is hopeful though is the increasing ‘green consciousness’ across the country to reconstruct a sustainable environment by rethinking development.

‘Voices from the Waters’ seeks to add to this consciousness as concerns regarding the existence and well-being of our waterbodies are now being voiced in the mainstream. Now more than ever, there is a call for awareness, dialogue and debate to inform the actions on which the future of our life worlds depends. ‘Voices from the Waters 2012 – the 7th International Film Festival on Water’ invites you to be a part of the festival by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films on water and related issues.

Voices from the Waters is conceived as a travelling film festival. The selected films after being premiered in Bangalore will be taken across to educational institutions, non governmental organizations, small towns and villages across India for non commercial exhibition and discussions.

If you have a film under any of the following categories:

* Water Scarcity
* The Dams and the Displaced
* Water Harvest/conservation
* Water Struggles/Conflicts
* Floods and Droughts
* Global Warming and Climate Change
* Impact of Deforestation on Water Bodies
* Water, Sanitation and Health
* River Pollution
* The Holistic Revival of Water Bodies
* Water and Life

You can consider sending it to us. Please note that the categories are flexible and your film does not have to necessarily adhere to them while focusing on the larger theme of water.


Entries to the Film Festival must include:
1. Two DVDs of the film (with English subtitles, if required)
2. A completed and signed copy of the entry form
3. Three high-resolution stills of the film (can be sent via email)
4. A high-resolution photograph of the director (can be sent via email)

5. If you have already entered your film in the previous festival, please don’t send it.

Promotional materials are welcome

There is no entry fee.

All the submitted films will be subject to a selection process by the festival selection committee comprising of eminent professionals including documentary film makers, social activists, academicians et al

Applicant must pay for the shipment of films to Voices from the Waters.

All the submitted films will become part of Voices from the Waters library, one of the largest resources in the world for films on water.


Bangalore Film Society
No.33/1-9, Thygaraju Layout, 4th Cross
Jaibharath Nagar, M.S. Nagar P.O
Bangalore 560 033