We are excited to announce the films for our 2018 Festival!
Mark your calendar now!
4th Annual Sustainability Shorts Film Festival will take place February 24, 2018 7pm-9:30pm in the LAR Ballroom (1005 S. Lincoln Ave. Urbana, IL)
Big Booom - Animated, Music Video - Russian Federation (4:00)
The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.
POKO - Documentary - Denmark (5:48)
Poko lives in Farfar community in Northern Ghana. His community is heavily affected by climate change. Incidents of extreme droughts and bushfires have risen in recent years and destroyed large areas of rural land leaving the traditional ways of farming threatened. However, with the help of CARE's Adaptation Learning Program (ALP) the community is learning of new ways to farm and adapt to the threat of climate change.
Save Me - Narrative - Malaysia (10:22)
A mother and her little girl in chased by a hunter in the forest.
Pet Man - Animated, Narrative - Islamic Republic of Iran (4:25)
An animated short about an animal dealer who finds himself caught in an animal cage.
A Gentle Giant - Documentary - Australia (4:18)
Known to grow to the size of a small dog and live to 40 years old, the giant Tasmanian freshwater lobster is the largest of its kind in the entire world, but its home is being destroyed by sediment runoff from logging. However, there is hope – Todd Walsh the lobster man has grown up with this crayfish that gently inches its way around the northern rivers of Australia's southern-most island. This is his plea to protect a rare and remarkable creature.
Verge - Animated, Narrative - Taiwan (3:04)
An animated short about a small, gawky, newly born green sea turtle, who falls behind his siblings on his voyage to the sea. The short explores how navigating a very short distance can be the hardest part of a newborn turtle’s life.
Plastic Disaster - Documentary - United States (10:21)
This short documentary shows the danger and impact of plastic on our oceans and marine life.
Apotamkin - Narrative - Canada (9:01)
A film inspired by stories heard from the Wolastoqiyik elders in Tobique First Nation where director, Carly Sappier was born and raised. Step inside of this world of song and dance as it is influenced by the sea monster (Apotamkin) who captures those who disrespect the waters.
Sclerophyll Forest - Animated, Documentary - Chile (4:25)
There are many types of forests in the world, but few are like the Sclerophyll Forest. A Chilean hybrid forest, its inhabitants are very resistant and give great benefits to living beings and the nearby city Santiago. Peumino the Peumo is born in this universe full of riches, being guided by the wise (but clumsy) Lord Liter. But along the way they will face many dangers. This is an animation that seeks to bring the current reality of the local forest of Santiago de Chile closer, and to denote its importance to cultural and social heritage.
The Smog - Narrative - Taiwan (10:00)
A tragically beautiful film about the results of human pollution.
There will be a 15 minute intermission
Amarta (The Girl and Water) - Narrative - Indonesia (19:25)
A city where people are forced to buy water and work for a Boss who controls the springs. Water Goddess who is believed to be the guardian of the springs gives no answer to the problem. In the midst of misery and despair, a girl appears and tries to help free people from the Boss’s cruelty. Will the girl succeed in saving the people from the drought? What has happened between Water Goddess and the greedy Boss?
The Conductor - Animated, Music Video - United Kingdom (1:29)
Focusing on the issue of over urbanization, the animated story follows a seemingly innocent old man who is on a mission to commit city wide plant anarchy and bring nature back to an urban world in a big way.
Green Soil - Documentary - India (3:15)
Pune generates 1700 tons of waste every day. But a family at the heart of this city chose to be different. Green Soil is an inspiring story of how the little family consumes waste around them. Green Soil is also a story that has moved more than 300 other households in the city to act.
Adaptation Bangladesh: Sea Level Rise - Documentary - United States (12:15)
The “new normal” of global climate change is, generally, a harrowing reality to contemplate. Cultural anthropologist Alizé Carrére helps us see, however, that it does not need to be a reality devoid of hope. In Bangladesh — the most densely populated country in the world and one that will bear a disproportionate share of the impact of global climate change — Carrere shows us the kind of resilience, flexibility, and innovation that will be requisite for the survival of our species.
Lucia's Plaster - Narrative - Spain (2:32)
A young girl looks for a way that she can help heal nature.
A Heart in Nature - Evolution of a Man - Documentary - Bulgaria (8:20)
One of the main reasons why people are not responding to environmental problems is because they fail to see how their actions on a daily basis impact the planet. This is what led Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson, Chris, to become the change he wanted to see in the world.
Naimuni: Connecting Oxbow Conservation Area - Documentary - United States (8:00)
Dredge mining occurred on the Middle Fork John Day River from 1939 to 1943. Tailings were leveled in the 1970s, but the river was locked into a ditch-like channel, lacking habitat and function. Restoration of the mined section began in 2011. The last major construction effort was completed in 2016. Over two miles of salmon-bearing streams were treated and reconstructed to benefit both fish and other ecological processes.
Lumberjacked - Animated, Music Video - Canada (2:50)
A reformed lumberjack must embrace the POWER of NATURE in order to defeat an 8-bit mutant wasp monster that is destroying his home.