Pune: With the aim to spread awareness about biodiversity and bioconservation, several organisations including Nature Walk Charitable Trust Pune, Add-Venture Foundation, Fergusson College in association with Pune Forest Division and Maharashtra Ecotourism Development Board, have organised first ever ‘Wild India Film Festival’ from August 4 to 11 in the city.
The festival will be held at Fergusson College from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Speaking about the festival, Chief Conservator of Forest Vivek Khandekar said that Forest Department is aiming to spread awareness about bioconservation among youths so that they protect biodiversity.
Anuj Khare, Trustee at Nature Walk organisation, who is managing the film festival, said that, in all, 1,200 films were received for the festival, of which about 27 have been selected for the festival. “Wildlife films by world-famous filmmakers like Bedi Brothers, Mike Pandey, Shekar Dattatri, Suresh Elmon and others will be screened during the festival. The schedule also comprises interactions with these filmmakers and environments experts,” added Khare.
The officials said that the entry is free for all participants, who will also get an opportunity to interact with experts in the field. “On August 5 from 6 am to 8 am, a nature trail has been organised on Vetal Hill, which would be accompanied by wildlife experts to explain to people about biodiversity in the area,” added Khare. On August 11, 2018, former Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh will talk on Indira Gandhi’s dream of a Green India.
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