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Connect4Climate Announces New Global Video Competition in Cannes

19.05.2016

The initiative Connect4Climate announced the launch of the Film4Climate Global Video Competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. Film4Climate is a global campaign committed to developing a concrete plan to mitigate the environmental impact of film production as well as raising awareness about climate change through cinema.

Still from the Film4Climate trailer

The competition calls 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. Established as a natural follow-up to the previous Action4Climate documentary film competition, Film4Climate is a global campaign committed to developing a concrete plan to mitigate the environmental impact of film production as well as raising awareness about climate change through cinema.

Lucia Grenna, Program Manager for Connect4Climate, announced the details of the new competition at the Film4Climate Conference, on May 16 at the Plage Royale in Cannes. At the conference, partners exchanged ideas about the development of global standards for sustainable film production.

Grenna states, “Climate change requires immediate action at all levels across the world. Our global partnership program aims to empower young people by giving a voice to their vision. We have the science and policy to address climate change, but we need creativity to make it actionable at the individual level. The impact of visual storytelling is essential to communicating the ideas and solutions that are needed to tackle this crisis. Connect4Climate is all about connecting the dots, and the competition aims to amplify opportunities for young creative artists everywhere to bring their personal stories to a global audience.”

Winners of the Film4Climate Global Video Competition will be announced at an official awards event at the COP 22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016, in cooperation with the UNFCCC, the Ministry of Environment of Morocco and other partners.


Submission Details

Filmmakers are 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?

Films must be five minutes or less to qualify, and the competition is open to filmmakers between 14 to 35 years old. Submissions will be open through September 15. For full competition rules and eligibility requirements, please visit the connect4climate webpage.

"Climate change is a global challenge that does not respect people or national borders,” said Dan Thomas, Communications Director for the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly. “Here’s an opportunity for a new generation of filmmakers to help inspire us with stories about how people are already working together to build a sustainable, low-carbon future for all."


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