In 2014, with GFN support, FIFE hosted the first GFN Award in Paris (February 4-11, 2014 ), an environmental documentary film prize awarding one on eleven documentaries.
Eleven members of the network presented a documentary selected in their 2013 selection and produced in their own country, to show the diversity and the strength of environmental documentary creations around the world. The 11 members was:
- Cine’Eco – Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental da Serra da Estrela (Seia, PORTUGAL)
- CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival (Turin, ITALY)
- Cinema Planeta – Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México (Cuernavaca, MEXICO)
- Ecozine Film Festival – Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Zaragoza (Zaragoza, SPAIN)
- Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (Washington, D.C., USA)
- FICA – Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental (Goiás, BRAZIL)
- FIFE – Festival International du Film d’Environnement (Paris, FRANCE)
- Filmambiente – International Environmental Film Festival (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL)
- GFFIS – Green Film Festival in Seoul (Seoul, KOREA)
- Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (Toronto, CANADA)
- San Francisco Green Film Festival (San Francisco, USA)
FIFE, in cooperation with Cinemambiente set up a Jury, made of professionals of environment and cinema:
- Michèle Sabban, Vice-president of the regional council of Île-de-France (the local government body which sponsored the event);
- Martin Atkin, journalist, environmental activist ;
- Jean Pierre Bailly, French producer of documentaries for cinema (Wolf by Nicolas Vannier for exemple) or TV (Arte, etc.).
This Jury saw the films on a platform offered by Cinemambiente and the award was given during the Opening Ceremony of FIFE (February 4th, 2014). The winner was granted with 5000 Euro and the film was screened publicly twice during the festival.
Michèle Sabban, President of GFN Jury, offered the GFN Award to Amazon Gold, directed by Reuben Aaronson.
From right, Gaetano Capizzi (GFN President), Martin Atkin, Jean Pierre Bailly, a staff member of “Amazon Gold”, Sarah duPont (Amazon Aid founder), Reuben Aaronson (Amazon Gold director), Michèle Sabban (President of GFN Jury), the host of the GNF Award.
Amazon Gold, a production of the Amazon Aid Foundation in association with the Americas Business Council Foundation, was nominated for the GFN Award by the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. AAF founder, Sarah DuPont, on Amazon Gold’s nomination: “If it wasn’t for Environmental Film Festival recognizing the mission and message of Amazon Gold, along with the extraordinary determination it took to actually make this film, we wouldn’t be in Paris accepting this award. We are so grateful to EFN for the nomination”.
Details about this 2014 edition:
11 movies, one per each major GFN event. Each film is chosen by each festival and is a “national production”.
The idea is to promote national documentary in the network (and to avoid the fact that a winner film can be the same in several countries and therefore been too supported in a way).
In this first edition were in competition:
O Fisherman, My Oldman / Meu Pescador, Meu Velho
PORTUGAL – 2013, 58′
Director : Amaya Sumpsi
Proposed by Cine’Eco – Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental – PORTUGAL
Since 2005, the people of Porto Formoso, located in the Azores islands, are trying to decide between modernize the traditional fisheries, with the construction of new boats and a new concrete pier, or become a touristic destination whose attractions would be the old fishing boats and the natural and historical harbor. Over 7 years, this discussion among the inhabitants will be critical not only to this small community, but to understand how Portugal traces its path.
Last Call / Ultima Chiamata
ITALY – 2012, 95′
Director : Enrico Cerasuolo
Website : http://www.lastcallthefilm.org/
Proposed by CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival – ITALY
Commissioned to MIT by the Club of Rome, founded by Aurelio Peccei, and published in 1972, Limits of Growth, the first of the Reports to the Club of Rome, was the first study to demonstrate that the consequences of human population growth (related rates of industrialization, pollution, food production, and exploitation of resources) could have devastating effects on the earth’s ecosystem and threaten human survival. Forty years later, a review of the biography of the study’s authors seeks to answer the question as to whether the limits have been exceeded or whether there is still time for a final call.
MEXICO – 2011, 65′
Director : Roberto Olivares
Proposed by Cinema Planeta – Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México – MEXICO
Silvestre Pantaleón lives in a Nahuatl speaking village in Guerrero, Mexico. He is one of the few who still has the traditional skills to make rope and lattice from plants. Looking for relief from pain and numbness, he visits a card reader and is told to make offerings to the dead, the hearth, the ants and the river in order to be cured. The film delicately follows Silvestre as he makes ropes to raise the money necessary for the ceremony “Levantamiento de sombra”, lifting the shadow. A study of a fading world and disappearing rituals.
Segula, The Future of Ebro Land / Segula, El Futuro De Las Terres De L’Erbe
SPAIN – 2012, 69′
Director : Mario Pons
Website : http://www.segulafilms.com/
Proposed by Ecozine Film Festival – Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Zaragoza – SPAIN
Segula, The future of the Ebro Land examines the socio-economic situation of “EbroLand”, south of Catalonia, in order to establish the principles of sustainability for integrated planning with the region. An example of local action, applicable globally.
Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. War journalists, Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, led by a Peruvian biologist Enrique Ortiz, uncover the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. They bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. Left in the wake of surreal images of once extraordinary beauty turned into hellish wasteland, Amazon Gold reaffirms the right of the rainforest to exist as a repository of priceless biodiversity.
You can download a PDF of the Amazon Gold Press kit by clicking the link below. Amazon Gold Press Kit
Serra Pelada – The Legend of the Golden Mountain / Serra Pelada – A Lenda Da Montanha De Ouro
BRAZIL- 2013, 100′
Director : Victor Lopes
Website : http://www.tvzero.com/projeto/serra-pelada
Proposed by FICA – Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental – BRAZIL
Brazil, 1979. While swimming in a river near Serra Pelada, 430 km south of the mouth of the Amazon River, a boy finds a small gold nugget. Soon word of his discovery spreads; hundreds of prospectors arrive within a week, then 10,000 within a month, followed by 100,000 over the years. The mountain is transformed into an open pit mine, where thousands of miners shouldering sacks of minerals scramble up and down ladders. An emblematic place, immortalized by Sebastião Salgado in a famous account, but now a small lake contaminated by the accumulation of mercury used in gold mining.
Un coin de paradis
FRANCE – 2012, 75′
Director : Nicolas Hans Martin
Proposed by FIFE – Festival International du Film d’Environnement – FRANCE
Gheorghe and Firica, an old Tzigane couple, are farmers living in a village in Eastern Romania. Over the seasons, their daily life is punctuated by their fights, their laughter, the work they have to do to survive and their endless wait for the return of their children who have gone abroad in search of a better life.
Way Beyond Weight / Muito Além Do Peso
BRAZIL – 2012, 84′
Director : Estela Renner
Website : http://www.muitoalemdopeso.com.br/en
Proposed by Filmambiente – International Environmental Film Festival – BRAZIL
Way Beyond Weight is a documentary about obesity, the biggest epidemic in the history that affects children. For the first time children have the same disease symptoms as adults: heart and breathing problems, depression, and type 2 diabetes. All of them are based on obesity. Worldwide, kids are heavier than they should be. And unhealthy. From Brazil to Kuwait, childhood obesity is becoming very common. Why are kids carrying this extra weight? The industry, the marketers, the parents, the governments. Who is responsible for raising a healthy child? Way Beyond Weight is a movie that seeks to answer those questions in depth. It interviews families, kids and specialists from all over the world.
KOREA – 2012, 95′
Director : Seok-Pil Kang
Proposed by GFFIS Green Film Festival in Seoul – KOREA
The densely wooded hill in the center of the Seoul district of Sungmisan is slated for development as the site of a private school. Here, since the 1990s, a communal neighborhood project has been experimenting with an ecological yet urban lifestyle. Kang Seokpil documents the Sungmisan community and its residents’ demonstrations for the preservation of their urban oasis and against the loss of values in a society driven by capitalism.
The Ghosts in Our Machine
CANADA – 2013, 92′
Director : Liz Marshall
Website : http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com/
Proposed by Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival – CANADA
Beyond the domestic sort and the few examples we encounter in our daily urban lives, our experience with animals derives largely through the food we eat and the clothing we wear, the animal shows we watch or the clinically tested products we use. This without any empathy for nature, which modern humans have lost or forgotten. Not so for Jo-Anne McArthur, a photographer who traveled for a year across Canada, Europe, and the United States with the idea to tell and document the stories of how animals are exploited for commercial and industrial purposes.
USA – 2012, 68′
Director : Andrew Garrison
Website : http://trashdancemovie.com/
Proposed by San Francisco Green Film Festival San Francisco Green Film Festival – USA
Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands, who are awed to discover how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”