The Film4Climate Global Video Competition closed for submissions at the end of September. With more than 860 videos sent in by filmmakers from 153 countries this really is a global youth call for climate action.
The Connect4Climate team of the World Bank Group thanks all participants. The competition has yielded a treasure trove of creative ideas and beautifully crafted works. The films truly reflect the deep concern young people have about climate change and their abundant enthusiasm to do something about it.
“We are amazed by the quality and emotions of the videos. There are climate stories from every corner of the world, highlighting solutions and calling for action,” says Lucia Grenna, Program Manager of Connect4Climate, World Bank Group.
"Climate change presents one of the biggest challenges mankind has ever faced. As filmmakers, artists, and storytellers we need to use our voice to galvanize people and to talk about solutions for global warming," says Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Oscar-winning Director and Film4Climate Jury member.
Young people have made their voices heard. There are witty and impactful Public Service Announcements, and short films showing climate solutions and addressing climate impacts.
Some stories are dealing with deforestation, others with preventing emissions through sustainable land management, still others a looking into the energy revolution and how to transition to low-carbon energy sources, or build cities that are smarter and emit less greenhouse gases.
There are videos also dealing with the management of climate change impacts, through smart pastoralism, to efficient water management, and there are stories on pricing carbon and how to use climate finance to build a low-carbon resilient future.
There are people, from every context, calling for climate action. The Film4Climate jury is evaluating the entries and a shortlist will be presented later this month. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the UNFCCC Climate Conference COP22 in November in Marrakesh, Morocco.
#Film4Climate Competition: 153 COUNTRIES, 860 VIDEOS! We're truly amazed by the numbers! Thank you!! pic.twitter.com/8AzZxZnOWL
— Connect4Climate (@Connect4Climate) October 3, 2016
Social media report
The Film4Climate social media report shows great numbers and a positive impact. Some highlights:
- 8.7k mentions
- 168 million impressions
- 6.5k retweets
- 121 blogs
- 66 news
- mentioned mostly in English and Spanish
About the Film4Climate Competition
The Film4Climate Global Video Competition is the outcome of a partnership between the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate program, the United Nations, Vulcan Productions, and the Italian energy company Enel, which has endorsed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and targeted carbon neutrality for its operations by 2050. Other presenting partners include the UNFCCC, UN Sustainable Development, UNEP, The Global Brain, and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. In addition, more than 70 collaborating partners are supporting the competition.
The Film4Climate Global Video Competition invited aspiring filmmakers from around the world to express their vision for a sustainable future by creating a short film or video about climate action. The competition called on filmmakers to explore Climate Action, the 13th goal under the UN Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing what individuals and communities around the world are doing to promote action, offer solutions and inspire positive change to combat climate change and its impacts. Filmmakers were encouraged to deploy personal narratives that explore fundamental questions such as: What does climate change mean to me? What actions am I taking to mitigate the advance of global warming? What is my Climate Action message to the world?
Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris) is serving as the jury president of the competition. Bertolucci is joined on the jury by Oscar-winning Directors and Producers as well as luminaries of cinema, communications and the environment, including Mohamed Nasheed, climate champion and former president of the Maldives, producer Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Pulp Fiction), director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face, A Girl in the River), director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, Racing Extinction), director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener), director Robert Stone (Radio Bikini, Pandora’s Promise), director Mika Kaurismaki (Zombie and the Ghost Train), director Pablo Trapero (Carancho, El Clan), producer Martin Katz (Hotel Rwanda), Ann Hornaday, Chief Film Critic of The Washington Post, Sheila Redzepi, Vice President for External and Corporate Relations, World Bank Group, Moroccan director Farida Benlyazid (Frontieras, Keïd Ensa), Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, Maria Wilhelm, Executive Director of the Avatar Alliance Foundation, Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, Rose Kuo, CEO and Artistic Director of the Qingdao International Film Festival, and Mark Lynas, author and environmentalist (The God Species, Six Degrees).
The winning entries will receive cash prizes of $8,000, $5,000, and $2,000 for first, second and third place in each of two categories: an under one-minute Public Service Advertisement (PSA) or a Short Film up to five minutes. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the United Nations COP22 Climate Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco in November.