Water, Climate and... Action!

Short film contest 2010

On the occasion of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations World Water Assessment Program and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA) and the Mexican Consejo Consultative del Agua, A.C., organized a three-minute short film contest "Water, Climate and.. Action!" Thirty-five films were submitted to the contest, from Bangladesh, Canada, Greece, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Mauritius, Mexico, Palau, South Africa, Spain and the United States. From these entries, ten finalists were selected. All ten finalist films can be viewed online.

An international jury comprised of art curator and communications strategist Serafine Lindemann from Germany, filmmaker and environmental communications specialist Pradip Saha from India and Mexican filmmaker Alejandra Márquez Abella awarded prizes to the following three films:

 

1st Prize: Climate Theatre, Max Edkins, Cape Town, 2010 [2min59, English]

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South African rural communities have turned to theatre in a creative effort to respond to the challenges of climate change. Resource Africa, a Not-for-Profit organization working on natural resource management, is leading the way.

 

2nd Prize: Carpa Diem, Sergio Canella, Italy, 2007 [2:00 min]

 

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An apartment. Bedtime. A little girl lovingly watches a fish (a carp) swimming in an aquarium, while her younger brother is playing in the bathroom, listening to music and letting the water run in the sink. A waste of water that could turn into a tragedy...

 

3rd prize: Modern Day Uab, Roll'em Productions, Palau, 2010 [3min27 - English]

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A film combining animation and interviews about traditions and local beliefs about climate change, and actual local actions for climate change adaptation.

 

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