Short films are creative, effective and fun way to ask for changes in policies that affect our everyday lives. This time, for the 6th international Green-Go Short Film Contest, we were looking for engaging, pro-active and awareness raising films in three categories: Act Naturally (European nature), Round’n’Round (circular economy) and Small is Beautiful (small-scale agriculture).
This year’s winning films are sending strong messages about these issues, in creative and original forms. Their authors spoke up about the current problems but also offered solutions. Here are the the top five films in each category, starting with the winners – enjoy, watch and share with your friends!
Too cool to be killed
by Brigitta Katyina, Hungary
The winner of the Act Naturally category is an animation film featuring four endangered animals in Europe and showing their beauty, energy and certain timelessness, but also their vulnerability because, in author’s words, the mankind is their main threat: “My origami textures illustrate that they are as weak as paper” – said Brigitta. The end of the film delivers a strong message.
Bogs, flowing waters and grasslands in the Bavarian Forest National Park
by Ingo Zahlheimer, Germany
The Bavarian Forest National Park restores bogs, flowing waters and nardus grasslands. This short film shows images of the restoration works, rare species and beautiful landscapes of this Natura 2000 area, and explains the function and benefits of restoration.
The refugium of the Carpathian forest fauna
by Agnieszka Nowak, Damian Nowak, Poland
The Carpathian Mountains is the last place where the rarest animals still have their refuge. Increasingly developed road infrastructure is a problem for wild animals. Vast refuges lose their connection. Animals die on the roads. Some people tried to identify important places where animals’ paths cross with passageways. Project led to creation of a map containing main passageways for animals. Results are essential for a better planning of further region development in respect of natural heritage.
By NGO “Župa u srcu” – Aleksandar Dačević, Montenegro
This film draws the attention of the world public to environmental problems that remain after bauxite mining. Mines and existing resources are a warning to all of us that we need to preserve nature and its resources. The film shows symbolically how our local environmental problem creates a global problem for all inhabitants of the planet. Therefore, it is a clear message to all to help us preserve our place.
By Tomás Frezza, Argentina
Nature is still inside of us. This film translates multiple exposure photographies to video and look inside human relationships and the human condition.
CRADLE TO CRADLE – REMAKING THE WAY WE MAKE THINGS
By Martin Pabis, Tammo Trantow, Andreas Foerster, Animal Design Studio, A-Graz, Austria
The winning film of the Round’n’Round category shows a holistic concept in less than 2 minutes and corresponds perfectly to this category’s subject -circular economy. The authors successfully created a story that shows an alternative reality/future (presented with animated elements) by transforming everyday objects into new ones.
FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT
By Gábor Balla, Hungary
The author animated his old drawings from when he was 8-9 years old and added new ones like the red star, the ferris-wheel and the wind power stations. He asked his parents about Chernobyl during a Saturday’s family lunch and tried to understand and translate that tragedy to his personal language and to find a solution to not let that happen again.
MACKENZY VIL: THE LO-FAB MOVEMENT
By Thatcher Bean, Haiti
The Lo-Fab Movement advocates for building and design projects that employ local people and use local materials. This is better for the local economy, but also for the environment. When materials are sourced from near to the building site, carbon emissions from importing materials are greatly reduced, and sustainability in its truest sense is achieved. When something in the building needs fixing, a replacement piece is easily sourced, created, and fitted– no need to import another foreign piece.
A SHORT CYCLE OF NATURE
By István Süveg, Hungary
This is a short story about the nature and a modern city.
THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA
By José María Arijo, Spain
A young man is fishing on a rock over the seashore. He is determined to capture a good piece…
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
By Tess Rose Dickinson, United Kingdom
The winner of the Small is Beautiful category is a short documentary filmed on a small organic farm in the heart of Tuscany: “In our [film] we wanted to reflect not only the environmental benefits of small-scale farming, reinforced by on-screen images and illustrations, but more subtly the personal benefits as well. Where there is a ‘lack’ of music, there is an emphasised ‘silence’ portraying a more peaceful, mindful way of life than most of us are accustomed to.” said Tess Rose Dickinson, the author of the film.
FARMING WITH NATURE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
By Anne-Sophie Blanc, Switzerland
The Rovereaz Farm in Switzerland is a small-scale farm run by a collective of 6 people. It was born from a desire to reconsider agriculture by proposing solutions and production models more aligned with respect for the environment and sustainability. This video emphasizes the importance of community and the fact that it is important to work with nature, not against it.
STOP THE PRODUCTION
By Yelena Grigorenko, Spain
Stop the production video focuses on the basic facts behind how increased intensive food production makes no sense, how it kills our planet and how we are looking for solutions outside when we should really look at our diets first.
PATH TO WELLNESS
By Dr. G.A.S. Ginigaddara, Sri Lanka
This animation video deals with an actual agricultural practice in Sri Lanka. It is coupled with indigenous practices and mostly practiced on a small-scale level. For instance, by using traditional rice seeds, traditional rice varieties are cultivated with zero agro chemicals. Sri Lanka is a country still suffering from the negative effects of excessive use of inorganic fertilizer and this system is becoming an ideal solution for that.
AGROECOLOGY. SILENT REVOLUTION
By Cecilia Vargas & Jonjo Harrington, Mexico
In Oaxaca, one of the poorest states in Mexico, an indigenous culture tries to persist. Alberto Villasante aims to combine his scientific background with Zapoteca knowledge to conserve and promote traditionally sustainable ways of agriculture.
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
By Mustapha Benghernaout, Algeria
Today, we need a lot of energy to satisfy our needs. But unfortunately most of energies that we use is polluting nature and their combustion increases emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. It is essential to stop pollution and replace these fuels with cleaner sustainable energy. If not, it will be too late tomorrow…