For the 6th international Green-Go Short Film Contest, we were looking for  pro-active, awareness raising films in three categories: Act Naturally (European nature), Round’n’Round (circular economy) and Small is Beautiful (small-scale agriculture).

The 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!

Act naturally

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.
WOUNDED SOUL
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.
STILL INSIDE
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.

ROUND’N’ROUND

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

MUDDY FOOTPRINT
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

TODAY, TOMORROW
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…
All entries
Fit a BinStrap
by Damien Goodfellow, Ireland
Natura 2000
by Krisztina Kovács, Hungary
Russian Roulette
by Mariann Nagy, Hungary
Muddy Footprint
by Tess Rose Dickinson, United Kingdom
Go Tallinn
by Riho Vastrik, Estonia
The Change
by Yadu Krishnan, India
Bring your garbage down
by Nikola Zhivkov Barbov, Bugaria
Food for Earth
by Nikola Zhivkov Barbov, Bulgaria
Cross Border Cooperation between Macedonia and Albania for sustainable use of Ohrid trout
by Ljupcho Vasilev, Macedonia
An amazing creation
by King Philip Caronan, Italy
Karma Rewind
by Ronish Raut, Nepal
Waste Bequest
by Esen Gökçe Özdamar, Turkey
Do not forget who you are.
by Tamara Stojanovic, Serbia
We.Us.Ourselves
by Athithya Kanagarajan, India
Agroecology. Silent Revolution
by Cecilia Vargas & Jonjo Harrington, Mexico
Stop the production
by Yelena Grigorenko, Spain
January over Tetovo
by Ana Andonova, Macedonia
Missing Harmony
by Péter Vadócz, Hungary
Kayaking on the Skawa River
by Marcin Krzyżański, Poland
The Reminder
by Arun S Panakkal, India
Think green
by Christina Pande, Tanzania
Man made
by Sam Williamson, Australia
The future of Tim
by Luisa Balaban, Romania
Save a cup
by Dennis Todorov and Alexander Marinov-Sancho, Bulgaria
EcoBiOrganic
by Sebastian Becker, Slovenia
An annoying film about the truth
by Ádám Matyikánics, Hungary
Cradle to Cradle - Remaking the way we make things
by Martin Pabis, Tammo Trantow, Andreas Foerster, Animal Design Studio, A-Graz, Austria
Responsibility
by Lim Jinn, Cornelius Lim, Christie Lim, Singapore
Act Naturally
by Andrei Matalyha, Estonia
Here, once, alone
by Salvatore Insana, Italy
The refugium of the Carpathian forest fauna
by Agnieszka Nowak, Damian Nowak, Poland
Cellophane
by Khukhua Tornike, Georgia
Act or Regret
by Nermesh Thind, Malaysia
The garbage
by Kushtrim Asllani, Albania
Save The World
by Comp 1, Singapore
Ilafa Likolo Arthure: A Craftsmans Story
by Thatcher Bean, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
It depends on us
by Vassily Koloskov, Russian Federation
The young man and the sea
by José María Arijo, Spain
Four material
by Ádám Csider, Hungary
Longing
by Nuray Çelik, Turkey
Nature Circle
by Jun Meng Foo, Singapore
Atanasovsko Lake Water Circle
by Pavilion Studio, Bulgaria
Round'n'round
by Szűcs Gergely, Hungary
ArchiGreen +
by Claudia Oliveira, Portugal
Path to Wellness
by Dr. G.A.S. Ginigaddara, Sri Lanka
PureBalaton
by Zsuzsanna Somogyi, Hungary
Don't waste your motivation
by Gábor Balla, Hungary
Conscious
by Anna Elsa Karika, Latvia
Central Balkan National Park
by direct media | KRES, Bulgaria
Sense and Sustainability
by Jordan L Rodgers, United Kingdom
Small is the new big
by Quentin Carbonnelle, Belgium
Bogs, flowing waters and grasslands in the Bavarian Forest National Park
by Ingo Zahlheimer, Germany
Still Inside
by Tomás Frezza, Argentina
Starting to small
by David Liew Yao Xiong, Singapore
Progress?
by Hamish Brooks, Australia
Freshwatter pearl mussle in Czech Republic
by Beleco, Z.S., Czech Republic
Vandalism
by Ross Hendrick, United Kingdom
The Castle hill of Verpelét
by Dávid Mihályi, Hungary
Functional Planting
by Corine Holtmaat and Mans van den Berg, USA, the Netherlands
Go Green Global Campaign! against climate change
by Ronald Onyang, Uganda
Wounded soul
by NGO ''Župa u srcu'' - Aleksandar Dačević, Montenegro
Snail
by Tamara Fuchs, Hungary
Borba
by David Milenkovic, Serbia
Painting
by Shaik Mahaboob Basha, India
The Difference
by K Shyam Kumar, India
You are not cool
by David Milenkovic, Serbia
Paint of water
by Saeed NaghavianSaeed Naghavian, Iran
Farming with Nature for Sustainability
by Anne-Sophie Blanc, Switzerland
Zero waste animation
by Martin Bakardzhiev, Bulgaria
Mackenzy Vil: The Lo-Fab Movement
by Thatcher Bean, Haiti
Green to Grey
by Szilveszter Mészáros, Hungary
Today , Tomorrow
by Mustapha Benghernaout, Algeria
A short cycle of nature
by István Süveg, Hungary
From the past to the present
by Gábor Balla, Hungary
Sustainable Green
by Varaprasad GVB, India
Take care of nature
by David Milenkovic, Serbia
Car as a pollutant
by Nina Fanka, Serbia
Pesticides? No, thanks!
by Dejan Kreculj, Repubic of Serbia
TAK
by Minhaj Shaikh, Turkey
The Milk Spring
by Grosu Catalin, Romania
Negative Impact On Thick Shelled River Mussel
by Șerban Carțș, Romania
Too cool to be killed
by Brigitta Katyina, Hungary
Talbot Forest: The Gem of Geraldine
by Max Paterson, New Zealand
Take an action!
by Dejan Djurasinovic, Serbia
Stange world
by David Milenkovic, Serbia
Silence
by Zsolt Attila Jakab, Hungary
Darkness
by Imran Karlidag, Turkey
The only pencil that you can plant after use
by Rolf Glumsoe Nielsen, Denmark
Fashion cycle
by Balaban Luisa, Romania