The 9th International Traveling Film Festival on Water 2014 was inaugurated by the well acclaimed and multi award winning Film Director and Actor Shree T.S. Nagabharana along with other film directors and dignitaries with a humble floating of the lamp ceremony.
About Voices from the Waters - 2016
23 - 26 November 2016
Inauguration at Christ University – Nov 23rd at 5 pm.
Film screening at Christ University – 24th to 26th Nov 2016.
Film screening for the public at Gandhi Bhavan, Kumarakrupa Road, Bangalore – 24th to 26th Nov 2016 from 9 am to 8.30 pm.
Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with Christ University, Gandhi Bhavan Bangalore, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, Finger Lake Environmental Film festival (FLEFF) and a consortium of partner organisations, are proud to present the 10th edition of Voices from the Waters-2016. It is a non-profit International Travelling film festival to raise water-awareness among the public through art and cinema. There is no entry fee for film submissions and admission to the festival is free on first come first serve basis.
These are times when we are witnessing deepening inequities when it comes to the control, distribution and sharing of water; a basic source of life, livelihood and lifevisions. The urban over the agricultural, the privileged over the marginalised, divided political affiliations and loyalties and many other fault lines have intensified the water wars that are predicted to break out with increased frequency in the coming decades. Memories of the recent violence over the unresolved issue of sharing the Cauvery river waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, are still fresh. However local the issue may seem at present, the issue of water has been and will be of global significance and heated debates. Debates revolving around the first world over the third world, between ethnic communities, rights of indigenous people, rights of those who seek development, of basic human rights, of environmental rights and the rights of future generations.
The festival has sought to offer a glimpse of the hopes, despair, and the success stories of those who are carrying on a relentless struggle for access to water as a basic need. The stories revolve around water scarcity, dams and displacement, water harvesting/conservation, water struggles and conflicts, floods and droughts, global warming and climate change, degradation of oceans, impact of deforestation on water-bodies, river pollution, the holistic revival of water bodies and many other interesting and insightful, even poetic takes on water and life. Issues have been varied and sometimes similar across regions, ethnicities, countries and more.
With the 10th Edition of the Voices from the Water, we hope to draw the attention of the people in Bangalore, to the pertinent issues on water across the world.
The documentaries and films shown over the years have received accolades from various film festivals and awards across the world. The festival has travelled across the state of Karnataka, through the support of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy as well as through the initiatives of environmental activists. The festival has also travelled abroad to Tokyo, (2011), Spain, (2012), Columbia, (2013) and Gothenburg, Sweden in 2013 and 2014. This year the festival has received over 200 entries from over 80 countries.
Your contributions and support would really help to sustain, consolidate and further develop this initiative. We look forward to you and your friends participating in the film festival as also supporting it financially. If interested, please Click here to Donate. You could also issue a cheque or a Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favour of ‘Bangalore Film Society’ or visit our website that has the required bank details.
Hope to see you at the festival.
With Warm Regards,
Secretary and Festival Director
Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival is a celebration of water, the element that nurtures life in manifold ways. Initiated by Bangalore Film Society in 2005, the festival brings to you water stories from across the world. We are all touched by the beauty of water…
Civilizations through the ages harnessed water and grew around it. However, contemporary civilizations have seen it as an economic utility and a dumping ground for all the waste they generate and polluted it. The festival is also the stories of restoration of water to its pristine beauty. Viewing these visual narratives gives us all an opportunity to focus on the global water crisis and engage in deep reflection to conserve this life sustaining nectar for posterity. Water brings us all together.
Apart from films, the other avenues of engagement at the festival would be painting and photo exhibition, art installations, water songs, lectures, roundtables, eco-conscious product bazaar and interaction with film directors, water activists and water scholars.
Bangalore Film Society
Bangalore Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit cultural organization registered under the Registrar of Society’s Act Karnataka and affiliated to the Federation of Film Societies of India. We explore through the medium of cinema, the cultural politics and how it impacts and shapes the contemporary cultural practices, politics and social behaviour. Towards this, we organize regular film screenings and discussions on feature and documentary films from across the globe as well as organise film festival and conferences on specific themes. Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film festival is one of its major activity. Through our well curated programmes we attempt to connect the participants with cultural histories of ideas and desires of social transformations, contentious socio-cultural-political issues of our times as well as provide an aesthetic experience.
The festival is a great opportunity for young volunteers to interact with many creative people contributing to keep our environment clean and beautiful. It is a platform for creative ideas and practice.
The selected volunteers will coordinate the festival and invite educational institutions in Bangalore to promote and invite them to participate in the festival.
If you are interested to volunteer, Call: +91 80 25493705 or Email