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A Community outreach event on water in everyday life

The 11th Edition of Voices from the Waters


voices from the waters 2017


Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with Karnataka Chalanachithra Academy, ActionAid India (Bangalore), Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Jain group of Institutions and a consortium of partner organisations, is presenting 11th edition of Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival 2017. The festival is a cinematic community outreach programme addressing the most fundamental issue of our times; “the right to water” that sustains lives and guarantees a safe planet for biodiversity. The gradual commodification of water is the underlying concept around which varied themes will be explored at the festival. These themes include water scarcity, water harvesting/ conservation, conflicts, floods, droughts, global warming and climate change, degradation of water bodies (oceans, ponds, beaches, lakes, rivers, etc.), impact of deforestation on such water bodies, sanitation and health, the holistic revival of water bodies and any other insightful takes on water and life.

The VFW garners support from Karnataka Chalanachithra Academy as well as environmental activists across Karnataka. The festival seeks to offer a glimpse into the struggle, the hopes, despair and the success stories of those who are carrying on a relentless fight for “access to water” as a basic right for everybody. The festival has also travelled abroad to Tokyo (2011), Spain (2012), Columbia (2013), Gothenburg, Sweden (2013 & 2014).

As on date, we have received 229 films from 60 countries including India for the 11th edition. It is a non- profit film festival with the intention of raising awareness on water crisis among the general public. There is no entry fee for film submission/s and admission to the festival is free on first come first serve basis.


  • Film Screening and discussions at Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on 14th & 15th December from 10:00am to 7:30pm.
  • Film Screening at Jain University, Jayanagar 9th block on 15th &16th December from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Interactions with film directors, water scholars and activists etc.
  • Songs on water

For further information:

Email: Bangalorefilmsociety@gmail.com/ info.bfs2017@gmail.com
Website: www.voicesfromthewaters.org/www.bangalorefilmsociety.org

We cordially invite you to the film festival in advance. Looking forward to your support.

With Regards,

Georgekutty A.L
Secretary & Festival Director
Bangalore Film Society


Inauguration on 14th December 2017

  • Inauguration 10:00 am at Karnataka State Pollution control Board (KSPCB)
  • Waters Songs by Bhoomthayi Balaga
  • Signature Film
  • Welcome Speech by Mr. Georgekutty A.L.
  • Speech by Lakshman, B.E., MIE Chairman of KSPCB
  • Speech by Mr. Kshithij Urs, Regional Manager Actionaid, Bangalore
  • Speech by T.S Nagabharana, Film Director and Festival Chairman Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival
  • Speech by Ms. Kavitha Lankesh, President Bangalore Film Society
  • Water songs by Bhoomthayi Balaga
  • Lighting Lamp
  • Introduction to Inaugural film Saving Saviour by Jalal Ud Din Baba & Billa
  • Interaction with Film director

Inaugural Film

Saving the Saviour

Country of Production: India
Year of Production: 2016
Running Time: 27min:00s
Language: English, Kashmiri


What Swachh Bharat means on ground in blood, flesh and bones. Taking cue from PM’s mission of Swachh Bharat Abiyan, Billa orphaned at 9, never saw life in its beautiful form. For him it was all about pain and responsibilities greater than his age. He had a great aptitude for studies but without school fees it was all a waste. So he left the school and moved on. Billa found a hope in Wular and harped on a new journey. He scavenges Asia’s largest fresh water lake Wular daily for plastic trash. He sells whatever he collects and feeds his family.  It’s ironic how the plastic that pollutes and chokes the Wular turn into a savior. It’s a symbiotic relationship. Regardless of all the hardships, Billa faces his fate; same way the Wular is fighting every day to survive the man made destruction. Billa at his own level protects Wular Lake by cleansing it from the garbage; in return he earns his living!

Billa’s effort a real Swachh Bharat in thought, deed and need is incredible, He is making a redeeming difference to the Wular, something that the society in Kashmir has generally overlooked. Billa’s story might be a spark to ignite the debate and therein an effort to invigorate the people’s resolve to save the Wular.

Director bio:

A Gorilla Filmmaker

I belong to the world famous tourist resort Kashmir Valley born and brought up with humble farming background legacy. Where nature’s bounties are upheld with great respect and restraint. Having done my graduation and then PG Diploma in TV Programming and Production, besides participated in few documentary film making orientation workshops from British Council, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

Last but not least, I have great flair for sensing good visuals, which I believe in. At times shrugging off everything for passion called camera, I jet-set-get-out for unfolding scenes in a momentous journey with one thing in mind let me discover the unforeseen and be counted as a go-getter and doer rather just a dreamer




Curating and screening of the best chosen documentary films related to water to a larger global audience.



Spaces for those who wish to discuss the very human and the humanist intent of documentary films on water.



Prominent scholars and activists will initiate conversation on International water issues and solutions.



Exhibition of art installations, photographs, videos and paintings based on various water themes.




Screening Schedule

Venue: KSPCB (Karnataka State Pollution Control Board), #49, Church Street, Bengaluru.



Day 1
14th December
Day 2
15th December
1. Inaugural

(10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

· Inauguration 10:00 am at Karnataka State Pollution control Board (KSPCB)

· Waters Songs by Bhoomthayi Balaga

· Signature Film

· Welcome Speech by Mr. Georgekutty

· Speech by Mr. Lakshman, B.E., MIE Chairman of KSPCB

· Mr. Kshithij Urs, Regional Manager Actionaid, Bangalore

· Speech by T.S Nagabharana, Film Director and Festival Chairman Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival

· Speech by Ms. Kavitha Lankesh, President Bangalore Film Society

· Lighting Lamp

· Water songs Bhoomthayi Balaga

· Introduction to Inaugural film Saving Saviour by Jalal Ud Din Baba & Billa

· Interaction with Film director






Freshwater Lands 50m

2. (12:00 – 12:15) Tea Break (10:50 -11:00) Interaction
3. (12:15 – 1:00pm)

The Sea of Life 52m


Our Temple Our Town 10m

4. (1:00 – 2:00)

Lunch Break

(11:10 – 11:15)

Finishing Soon 3m

5. (2:00 – 2:05)

Empty Place 5m


Arsenic – The Creeping Killer 29m

6. (2:05 – 3:00)

Jholmolia – the Sacred Water 54m

(11:45 – 12:00)

Tea Break

7. (3:00 – 3:30)

Resurgence : Restoring life and hope to a barren land 30m

· 10m interaction

(12:00 – 1:00)

The Man Who Dwarfed the Mountains 1hr

8. (3:40 – 4:00)

Swimming in the Desert 15m

(1:00 – 2:00)

Lunch Break

9. (4:00- 4:20)

Tea Break


Walking on Water 1hr

10. (4:20 – 4:30)

The Price of One Mistake 10m

(3:00 – 3:30)

Lecture followed by discussion

11. (4:30 – 4:50)

Amarta (The Girl and Water) 20m

(3:30 – 4:00)

Inaia’s Eyes 30m

12. (4:50 -4:55)

Element 4m

(4:00 – 4:40)

A Rickety Ride 40m

13. (4:55 – 5:00)

Every Drop Counts 1m

(4:40 – 5:10)

Tea Break

14. (5:00 – 6:30)

Guardians of the Aegean 1hr 25m

(5:10 – 5:15)

Opportunity 5m

15. (6:30 – 6:45) Discussion (5:15– 5:25)

The Blue Cap 10m

16. (6:45 -7:40)

Sundarbans: Rising Water, Ebbing Life 50m

(5:25– 5:45)

Something in the Water 20m

17. (5:45– 5:50)

Cup of Water 3m

18. (5:50–6:40)

Thalatta 50m

Venue: Jain College jayanagar 9th block Bangaluru,



Day 1
15th December
Day 2
16th December
1. (10:00am-10:50)

Freshwater Lands 50m

(10:00am – 10:10)

Poseidon’s Vapour 10m

2. (10:50 -11:00)


10:10 – 10:17 144

Chacas Lagoon 7m

3. (11:00-11:10)

Our Temple Our Town 10m

(10:17 – 10:22 )

Nature as a Teacher 6m

4. (11:10 – 11:15)

Finishing Soon 3m

(10:22 – 10:30)

Rhythm of Brahmaputra – unheard voice of Majuli 7m

5. (11:15-11:45)

Arsenic – The Creeping Killer 29m

(10:30 –10:45)

The Edge of the World


6. (11:45 – 12:00)

Tea Break

(10:45 – 11:05)

Fisherman 20m

7. (12:00 – 1:00)

The Man Who Dwarfed the Mountains 1hr

(11:05 – 12:10)

BlueFish 1hr 5m

8. (1:00 – 2:00)

Lunch Break

(12:10 – 12:20)


9. (2:00-3:00)

Walking on Water 1hr

(12:20 – 12:26)

Three Place 6m

10. (3:00 – 3:30)

Lecture followed by discussion

(12:30 – 1:15)


11. (3:30 – 4:00)

Saving the Saviour 30m

(1:30 – 1:36)

Proteus Hunters 6m

12. (4:00 – 4:40)

A Rickety Ride 40m

(1:36 – 1:44)

Kutuk Marani Sunduk 8m

13. (4:40 – 5:00)

The Blue Cap 10m

(1:44 – 3:15)

Lives among Waters 1hr 30m

14. (3:15 – 3:30)

Tea Break

15. (3:30 – 4:50)

Atlantic 75m


Do you wish to become a Sponsor?

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event Souvenir

A Souvenir will be brought out during the event on water themes and will be distributed to the delegates/ exhibitors/ sponsors/ speakers/ invited guests/ members of supporting professional bodies/ supporting educational institutions/ exhibition visitors. The Souvenir will contain contact details and profile of all Sponsors and profile of Keynote Speakers along with other details of the event.

Souvenir Advertisement Tariff
Overall size – 30×22 cm
Print area – 17×20 cm

Inside Front Cover (Front/ Back) – Rs.40, 000/-
Inside Back Cover – Rs.40, 000/-
Back cover – 50, 000/-

Full Page – Rs.20, 000/-
Half Page – Rs.15, 000/-


a) All artwork/ logo should be submitted along with the booking form.

b) Soft copy of the advert should be in Coral Draw or EPS format. No JPG format will be accepted.

Cheque / DD to be drawn in favor of ‘Bangalore Film Society’.


Admission to the festival is free on the basis of first come first severed. However we will reserve 20 seats for VIPs from the company of platinum and 15 seats for the company of gold sponsors.

"If there is magic on earth, it is contained in water."

- Loren Eiseley

Since 1977, Bangalore Film Society has presented internationally acclaimed fiction and non-fiction films, thereby crosssing many milestones...

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Followers and Members


Countries in Reach

Partners of the film festival.


Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy is established to cater to the overall development of Kannada Film Industry and to nurture a healthy culture of cinema in the state as well as to safeguard the interests of the stakeholders of the film industry. Towards this objective, KCA organizes workshops & conferences for film enthusiasts in Karnataka. Visit >> 


Federation of Film Societies of India is the apex body which regulate and guide the activities of the film societies across India. It brings out publications on cinema as well organize film appreciation courses for film buffs. Visit >>


The list of partners for the current festival will be updated shortly..

The Team

Festival Team

Ajith Samuel

Altaf Ahmed

Francis Xavier

Georgekutty A.L

Khumbongmayum Diana

Kalpana Chakravarthy

Madhu Bhushan

Rakesh P K

Rathi K

Salomi Jacob

Shakun Mohini

Sudeep Debnath

Vivek Amuthan


Festival Partners

State Pollution Control Board Karnataka

Jain Group of Institutions

Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy



Radio Active

Bhoomi Thaya Belaga

Society for Informal Education Development Studies ( SIEDS)

Birdspots.org  – Bird Habitat Observers


Film Selection Committee

Ajith Samuel

Francis Xavier

Salomi Jacob

Sudeep Debnath

Ankur Karmacharya


Publicity and Communications

Rathi K

Vivek Amuthan

Sudeep Debnath


Kannada Translation & Editing

Bhogananjundiah, SIEDS Collective


Website Design/Signature Film

Ajith Samuel


Festival Cover Photograph

Mad Moustache Photography


Poster & Brochure Design

Rakesh PK


Brochure Editor

Salmi Jacob

Kalpana Chakravarthy

Khumbongmayum Diana

Contact us

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A Community outreach event on water in everyday life

Voices from the Waters Film Festival organized abroad so far:


September 2012:
Voices from the Waters International Film Festival along with lecture and conference was organized by UN University and Pacific Asia Resource Centre in Tokyo.

October 2012:
The festival was organized by AMASSUNU and Basque Water Agency in Bilbao, Spain

June 2013:
The festival was organized in Leticia, a small town by the Amzon in Columbia by the local govt., administration.

August 2013:
The festival was organized in Gothenberg, Sweden with the support of NATVERKSTAN

November 2014:
The festival was organized in four satellite towns of Gothenberg with photo exhibitions, conferences and lectures on water issues with the support of NATVERKSTAN.

Apart from the above we have been recommending films to various environmental film festivals abroad on request from specific film festivals.

To organize the ‘Voices from the Waters International Film Festival we network with groups working on environmental and water issues across the world.