Pune: As part of a green initiative, a film festival conceived to develop awareness about environment, will travel to 28 cities spread across six states in India.

Kirloskar Vasundhara International Festival, which was confined to the city for the last seven years, screening world famous films and documentaries on environmental issues, has been receiving invitations from various groups based in a large number of cities and towns, working for the cause.

Set to start its outside run from drought prone city of Solapur in Western Maharashtra on July 18, with a theme of ‘Conserve water and safeguard future’, the festival, which is to feature 40 films from 15 countries, will be screening films to reflect the regional environmental problems with a view to directing a possible solution.
"Our unit will be organising allied activities along the way like holding workshops to facilitate interactions with various social groups as well as common people to highlight
the environmental issues and concerns," said Virendra Chitrav, Director of the festival.
"The screening of the films, documentaries and animated features made by world renowned directors to send across the message of environment preservation will be free. People
coming for the shows will be required to sign a green pledge", aded Chitrav, who has been associated with a classical cinema movement called Aashay in the city.
The festival was becoming a vibrant movement with registration of over 5,000 delegates from the destination cities to which it will be travelling till January, he said.

The states that will be hosting the festival are Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.


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