Natalie Gravenor | Sunday, der 28. August 2011
Call for Entries
of Film Festival ökofilmtour 2012
(German Environmental Film Tour 2012)
Seventh Annual Festival of Environmental and Nature Films
Global Environmental Protection – Biodiversity – Climate Change – Renewable Energies – Social Justice – Sustainable Future – Business and Peace
Filmmakers, producers, television journalists, authors and editors from around the world are invited to take part in “ökofilmtour 2012″ (Environmental Film Tour 2012). This festival of nature and environmental films will take place January – April, 2012 in more than 70 festival locations in Germany. Two separate initiatives of the UN World Decade 2005-2014, “Education for Sustainable Development,” have provided an opportunity to create this festival: first, a competition for filmmakers to submit nature and environmental films, and second, the Brandenburg Children’s Environmental Cinema, which will be presenting these films during and after the festival to children in schools throughout Brandenburg, Germany.
Application: DVD copies of films produced no earlier than January 2010 may be submitted until 30. 09. 2011. The film topics should be thoroughly researched, highlight problems, and approach solutions in original, open-minded ways that take into account issues of life and survival. Film topics should be open to discussion, and lead to an exchange of ideas. ökofilmtour 2012 is designed to be “Germany’s longest festival”, set up to engage all viewers, even children at preschool age, in a dialogue about the films.
Environmental and nature films, just like environmental education and developing a sensitivity about nature, fit the vision of the UN World Decade “Education for Sustainable Development,” which is “to provide educational opportunities to all people and to make it possible to acquire knowledge, values and ways of interacting to ensure a sustainable society.” Therefore, experts on environmental and natural protection, scientists, teachers and politicians will be invited to take part in discussions related to the films. The winning filmmakers will also be welcome to participate in the discussions, and are requested to notify the festival if they plan to do so.
Films of all genres will be considered, both film and television formats. Forty films will be nominated for the competition, including twenty films for children and young people in varying age groups. The nominations will be announced by the end of 2011. The festival intends, finances allowing, to acknowledge each winning film with a 5,000 Euro award. Five films will be selected by an independent jury led by Monika Griefahn; there will also be an audience award.
The prime minister of the federal state of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck is returning as the patron of the seventh Festival.
Follow the competition online at www.oekofilmtour.de, where all screenings and venues will be announced.
We hope we have sparked interest in the competition, and are looking forward to exciting submissions! We wish all applicants the best of luck!