Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President
The Action4Climate competition challenged filmmakers to raise awareness of climate change, share experiences and inspire action by creating a video documentary.
The response was overwhelming. More than 230 videos from 70 countries were submitted, bringing to life the serious consequences of climate change across the world and highlighting the actions taken by local communities to tackle it.
Watch the shortlisted films on Vimeo.
The Winning Videos
The Trail Of A Tale (1st prize, 18-35 years)
A Video By Gonçalo Tocha, Portugal
It follows the trail of someone that left words written, words of change, of simple change. In this near future, the images of our world are the same, but the value of words can be very different.
GLOBAL WARNING (2nd prize, 18-35 years)
A Video By Dobrin Kashavelov, Bulgaria/Philippines
A documentary about the super typhoon Yolanda - Haiyan which hit the Philippines on Nov 8th 2013
Snows Of The Nile (3rd prize, 18-35 years)
A Video By Nathan Dappen, USA / Uganda
Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000m from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some of Earth's only equatorial glaciers. But these "Mountains of the Moon," whose existence caused a sensation in Europe when they were first climbed in 1906, are changing fast. Snows of the Nile follows two scientist/photographers on an ambitious expedition to document the disappearance of Africa's last tropical glaciers.
The Violin Player (1st prize, 14-17 years)
A Video By Francina Ramos, Benjamin Braceras, Argentina
It's an animation movie about a violinist playing at a theater and when he close his eyes he find the entire world melting. After a crazy play he open his eyes over an unexpected reality.
Facing The Flood (2nd prize, 14-17 years)
A Video By Constantin Huet, Switzerland
The situation in the south of the Greenlandic Ice Cap is deteriorating. A global warming of the earth seems to threaten this area more than anywhere else in the world. Recorded temperatures have begun to fluctuate, and native inhabitants find their culture beginning to sink, below rising sea levels. As is the case for the inhabitants of the Maldivian islands, innocents who presently suffer the consequences of our pollution. At this rate, our future generations will have to face the flood.
It's Easy If You Try (3rd prize, 14-17 years)
A Video By Zura Tegerashvili, Georgia
What is the problem with climate change and how we can solve it...
Balud (Jury Special Award)
A Video By Panx Solajes, Philippines
Balud is a Filipino dialect word for "waves."
This short experimental film is a response to Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), which swallowed my hometown Tacloban city last November, 2013. This film dedicated to family, friends and fellowmen who were lost on its wake, and to those who are still fighting for survival and for new beginnings.
Pachamama (People's Choice Award)
A Video By Andressa Nowasyk, Luiza Stalder, Mauricio Iwaoka & Thiaggo Castro, Brazil
This documentary discusses the effects of global warming in São Carlos, a city in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. We follow Adinalsa, a farmer affected by the extreme heat of summer.
Tinau (My Mother) (Connect4Climate Special Prize)
A Video By Victoria Burns, Kiribati
Scientists predict that Kiribati - a remote Island Republic in the Central Pacific - could be lost to rising sea levels in the next 50 years. As a result a whole nation faces an uncertain future. 'Tinau' is an intimate family portrait of a Kiribatese mother now settled in the UK and the ties that bind her to her former disappearing homeland.
The Change (Connect4Climate Special Prize)
A Video By Ha Uyen, Huong Tra, Quang Dung, Quang Phuc, Vietnam
Danang, like many other cities in Central Vietnam, is highly vulnerable to climate change. In particular, typhoon and flood and their recently unpredictable patterns have caused severe impacts on the people's lives, especially the youth. This short film tells 2 interweaving stories of 2 youths in Danang whose lives and career orientations have been tremendously affected by the impacts of climate change.
230 entries. 70 countries.
From Sub-Saharan drought to floods in Southeast Asia and typhoon damage in the Philippines, the effects of climate change can be devastating. But as these personal documentaries show, communities from all corners of the globe are coming together with hope and energy to face up to the overriding issue of our time.
Action4Climate in Times Square
Two massive displays on Times Square. One thirty second showreel of climate change documentaries created by young filmmakers, played non-stop to millions between 22nd and 29th July 2014. Brought to you by Connect4Climate and MTV Voices.
Young, aspiring filmmakers were invited to produce and submit a short documentary on climate change, considering these issues:
How are you tackling climate change in your community?
What climate solutions have you identified?
What needs to be done to solve the climate challenge?
The contest was open to young filmmakers from all over the world, as individuals or teams of up to five, in two age groups: 14-17 and 18-35. The deadline for submissions was April 1st 2014, with winners announced on October 30th 2014.
As well as sharing their climate change stories with the world, entrants had the chance to see their winning documentary shown at major film festivals and featured on the new MTV Voices Platform.
Winners Age 14-17
First Prize: Video Equipment and Editing Software
Second Prize: Editing Software
Third Prize: Tablet
Winners Age 18-35
First Prize: USD 15,000
Second Prize: USD 10,000
Third Prize: USD 5,000
Award-winning film directors and producers, along with representatives from international organizations, will select the Action4Climate winning entries.
Bernardo Bertolucci, President of the Jury
"I am here to really talk about this amazing project, because it is a call to arms to filmmakers to use their skills as storytellers. To tell one of the most important stories of our time, which is about climate change."
"As we know, climate change is the biggest challenge humankind will face in the next century and what has to be done to mitigate the effects of climate change must start with us, from bottom to top."
"We human beings are very likely the cause of this global warming. This will destroy our planet, slowly but surely, unless we do something."
"We all know and suffer from the fact that the climate is changing. It is no longer a theory or a hypothesis: it is a fact."
"To combat climate change is one of the major tasks of our generation."
Live from Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day
Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day came during a pivotal time to protect the planet and ensure that world leaders address key issues facing the next generation. Timed to coincide with the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day brought together global policymakers, finance ministers, environment and development NGOs, industry executives and high-profile artists.
It was a day to remember!
The team at Connect4Climate soared from the energy produced by the leaders, entertainers, visionaries, concerned citizens, and fans who attended Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day. Click on the photo to go through a visual exploration of Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day highlights.
View from audience during Action4Climate celebration. Photo credit: Max Edkins
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