Short film proposals

There were five categories in the short film competition – each looking at different aspects of planetary boundaries. The winner in each category – the film which receives the most views – received US$1500.

GEF prize for forests

Across the planet, forests, wetlands and other vegetation types are being converted to agricultural and other uses impacting freshwater, carbon and other cycles, and reducing biodiversity. Land-use change is one of the major man-made sources of carbon dioxide.

Forests cover a third of all land on earth, providing habitat and benefits to much of the world’s plant and animal life. They provide oxygen, shade from sun and wind, keep soil and manage water flows.  They also provide food, materials and medicine for our benefit. And who doesn’t enjoy a walk in the forest, marvelling at the scale and history of magnificent trees!

But many forests are being reduced and cut to provide land for other purpose, overproduction of wood and other products.  How can you show the benefit of protecting forests and how important they are to the healthy life of the planet?

Films in this category will address these or similar questions:

  • Why are forests important to healthy life on the planet?
  • Have you ever thought about forests and trees disappearing? Why is it important to you to keep the forests and woodland near you?
  • How can we encourage people and communities to value the forests and not destroy them  to use the land for other purposes?

Read more about land degradation and sustainable forest management at GEF.

WINNER: ‘Video Justicia’ – Marisol Galindo, Colombia

FINALIST: ‘Imagine a Tree Gives Wifi Free’ – Amrit Bhandari, USA

FINALIST: ‘Worth of a tree’ – Erosh Joshi, Nepal

FINALIST: ‘The Killer Dad’ – Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal

GEF prize for biodiversity

Biodiversity (biological diversity) describes the variety and variability of life on earth. The variety of plants, animals and organisms within ecosystems on earth is an essential component of nature.  We depend on nature for clean water, climate stability, food, building materials and medicines.

Within industrial times, there has been a great loss in the levels of biodiversity across the planet.  Animals and plants are becoming extinct as habitats are lost, pollution increases and modern farming and fishing techniques lead to loss of healthy soil and fish depletion.  How can you show examples of biodiversity and how important it is to maintain the variety of plants, animals and habitats around the world?

Films in this category will address these or similar questions:

  • What is biodiversity? Why is it important to you?
  • Have you ever thought about plants or animal species disappearing? Why is it important to you to keep diversity (culture, nutrition, conservation, sustainability, ecosystems, etc)?
  • How can we inspire people and communities to encourage diversity in their gardens, in their landscapes, on their farms, in forests, and in their diets?
  • How does biodiversity connect with world issues – with people, our planet and our food?

Read more about biodiversity at GEF and the Convention on Biodiversity.

WINNER: ‘The Tiger Troll’ – Sudan Bhandari, Nepal

FINALIST: ‘We need to stop illegal wildlife trafficking’ – Hernán Castellanos, Colombia

FINALIST: ‘Missing harmony’ – Peter Vadocz, Hungary

IFAD prize for family farmers

Seventy-five per cent of the world’s poorest people – 1.4 billion women, children and men – live in rural areas in developing countries and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods.

Over the centuries, these family farmers have learned to adjust to environmental change and climate variability.

But the current speed and intensity of climate change are outpacing their capacity to adapt.

Crop failures and livestock deaths are causing economic losses, raising food prices and undermining food security with ever-greater frequency, especially in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Their access to suitable agricultural land is declining
  • The ecosystems on which they rely are increasingly degraded
  • Their forest resources are increasingly depleted
  • Many produce on marginal rain fed land, with increased water scarcity
  • Declining marine resources threaten essential sources of income and nutrition
  • Global population is growing rapidly and to meet its needs, agricultural production must double by 2050.

Films in this category will address these or similar questions for smallholder farmers in developing countries:

  • How does the need to protect biodiversity help or hinder the actions of family farmers in feeding their family?
  • What impact does climate change have on family farmers?
  • How can the problems of water scarcity be overcome by family farmers?
  • How does the issue of fuel affect family farmers
  • What role do women play in family farming?

Links

IFAD website: www.ifad.org

IFAD’s Environment and Climate web portal: www.ifad.org/topic/overview/tags/climate_change

IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Farmer Programme web portal: www.ifad.org/topic/asap/overview/tags/asap

IFAD’s Recipes for Change campaign web portal: www.ifad.org/topic/r4c/overview/tags/climate_change

WINNER: ‘Climate change towards women, adapt or change’ – Hongwei Liu, China

FINALIST: ‘Meet Christina Kaba’ – Kate Cullen & Hannah Norman, South Africa

FINALIST: ‘Maogo Farm’ – Unelker Maoga, Kenya

FINALIST: ‘One Day’ – Hana Voca, Kosovo

Lighthouse Foundation prize for oceans and seas

Earth’s oceans are what give our planet its identity – the blue planet, the watery globe. They support the greatest variety of life we know. They are an irreplaceable source of food, and the engine of the earth’s climate. The oceans determine the nature and quality of life on planet earth – far beyond their coastlines. But the oceans are under threat from human pressures: overfishing; pollution; building development on our coastlines; and temperature change.

Films in this category will address some or all of the following questions:

  • Is there a future where humans can live in harmony with the oceans? We cannot strip the oceans of their wildlife and expect the oceans to go on thriving forever.
  • Do the oceans belong to people or wildlife?
  • Can we live without sea life?

WINNER: ‘The Swap’ – Markus Trasberg, Estonia

FINALIST: ‘The Difference’ – Michael Jessup, New Zealand

FINALIST: ‘A Sea Story’ – Joeffre A. Paterno, Philippines

Prize for reusing and recycling

We live in a throw-away world.  Many goods are cheap to replace and people are keen to update their products, throwing out their old items when they break or new ones become available.  The hidden story to this is the use of natural resources, the energy costs and the transportation costs to move goods around the world.

Reusing and recycling help to preserve the scarce resources of our planet – innovative ideas can be used to bring about change.  The design and production of goods can be changed to make it easier to reuse or recycle items when we have finished with them.  Consumers can be clever, too, in thinking of ways to use items for a different purpose instead of throwing things away.

Films in this category will address these or similar questions:

  • How can products be better designed to allow better use of resources (minimizing material, durability, repair friendliness, recyclability)?
  • How can consumers think about reusing items rather than throwing them on the rubbish heap?
  • What innovative ways can you promote to further reuse materials?
  • How can we raise awareness of and education about the production and use of sustainably designed goods?
  • In what ways can we help people to buy more environmentally friendly goods?

WINNER: ‘Reuse Ravishingly’ – Hemanta Panthi, Nepal

FINALIST: ‘Masterpiece of Reuse’ – Elena-Violeta Popescu, Romania

FINALIST: ‘Reducing e-waste’ – Paula Andrusyszyn, Uruguay