Film director and committee chairman T S Nagabharna said during the press conference that the committee had received 200 films from 48 countries, of which 90 films from 38 countries would be screened at the festival.
There are eight Kannada films, including ‘Drop by Drop’, ‘Neeru Neralu’, ‘Battle for Water’, ‘Water Crises’ and ‘257mm’, a film on daylong rainfall in the Malnad region.
Noted directors from Spain and other countries will participate. Several documentary makers from India, too, will attend the festival. The duration of the documentaries is 15 minutes to one hour. After each screening, there will be an interaction and debate on the film theme.
Festival Director George Kutty said topics such as water scarcity, dams – their displacement and construction; water harvesting; conservation; water struggles; conflicts; floods; droughts; sanitation; health, global warming; impact of deforestation and climate change of water bodies; excessive rainfall; potable water for household needs; agriculture and industry, etc, will be covered.
To help spread the message, water experts will be invited for interactions during the festival. Copies of the films screened will be given to Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, which will organise the festival in all the districts in the State so that rural folk and farmers can watch the films which address issues pertaining to them.Entry to the festival is free.