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Lizzie Gillett is the European 2010 Green Trailblazer


Together with their international partners MIPDOC has named five documentary professionals to receive the International Trailblazer Awards at MIPDOC 2010. As one of the international partners EDN has chosen Producer Lizzie Gillett from Spanner Films, UK as the 2010 Green Trailblazer.

Lizzie Gillett

EDN has selected Gillett as this year’s trailblazer to pay tribute to her amazing production work with the climate documentary Age of Stupid, where she combined creative funding methods, CO2 friendly production and new ways of distribution into an outstanding example of an innovative way of making a documentary film come alive.

In connection with announcing the European 2010 Green Trailblazer Head of EDN Cecilia Lidin says:

In times where the funding and distribution models for documentary film is changing, it is important that we honour professionals working successfully with finding and defining these new ways of working. Lizzie Gillett’s ability to combine these new ways of documentary production with the important subject of climate changes made it an obvious choice for us at EDN to select her as the 2010 Green Trailblazer from Europe.

In her work with The Age of Stupid Lizzie Gillett implemented a "crowd-funding" campaign whereby 228 people and groups, including a hockey team and a women's health centre, invested between £500 and £35,000 in the film.

In March 2009, the solar-powered Age of Stupid "People's Premiere" was simultaneously screened in 63 cinemas across Britain, whilst only producing 1% of the emissions of a standard premiere.

Lizzie Gillett also produce the Age of Stupid Global Premiere where more than one million people in 63 countries participated. The premier was organized with both mainstream commercial cinema distributors and campaigning organisations such as Greenpeace, and Avaaz. In addition the film has been screened in the UN, the World Bank, numerous national parliaments and Kofi Annan personally hosted a screening at the Global Humanitarian Forum.

Lizzie also helped set up and run the innovative Indie Screenings model through which over 1300 local screenings have now been organised by concerned individuals from Afghanistan and Argentina to Australia and Alaska.


About the Trailblazers

The documentary market MIPDoc, together with associations and festivals around the world highlight pioneering work in the documentary genre by nominating yearly Trailblazers. A short list of trailblazing nominees from different regions is singled out for their innovation and creativity in original content and ”breakthrough" qualities. The other Trailblazers 2010 are:

Mr Lixin Fan (Director, Eyesteelfilm, Canada) Asian Trailblazer

Mr Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Director and Producer, Suka!, Democratic Republic of the Congo) African Trailblazer

Mr Serge Gordey (Producer, Alegria, France) – Webdoc Trailblazer

Mr Asaad Taha (Director and Producer, Hot Spot Films, Dubai) Middle East Trailblazer

The Trailblazers are presented in a special spotlight session at the MIPDoc market taking place in Cannes, France on April 10-11, 2010. EDN is the partner involved in selecting the European Trailblazer.

Here you can read further about the Trailblazers -