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Cinemambiente Environmental Festival 2012 Awards
WINNERS XV CINEMAMBIENTE 2012 INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM COMPETITION
The film draws attention to the as yet unresolved environmental disaster caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil rig spill due to BP negligence. The film underscores the ties between politics and big oil and the attempts to maintain consensus and profits through false claims of clean-up operations undertaken to protect public health. The film gives a true account of the damage in the spill’s aftermath and is a courageous enquiry by the film directors who risked their own safety.
There have been many films about climate change, but Chasing Ice shows through James Balog’s photography indisputable evidence of how critical the situation really is. Chasing Ice has the power to bring about change. James Balog’s vision and Jeff Orlowski’s direction reveal the drive of the human spirit to persevere in the face of physical, financial and personal risk and to create a film that will inspire others to do the same.
TURIN PROVINCE STUDENT COUNCIL AWARD
The Provincial Student Council is proud to award Chasing Ice for the strength the director and cast demonst rated in filming and documenting the far-reaching effects of global warming. Fighting against cold, hunger and extreme weather conditions, with considerable risk to themselves in collecting images that immortalize lost landscapes, they have created an unforgettable masterpiece of immense impact. Their project is the first survey on the link between global warming and glacial retreat. This prize is but a small reward to men we regard as green ambassadors of humanity.
GREEN CROSS ITALIA SPECIAL MENTION
Combining the wonder of cinema and the rigors of anthropology, the film depicts our future, setting an ecological analysis of development models of the industrialized world within a historical framework.
ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
The film tells the story of a hard-won area once again undergoing change with renewed prospects for a better future. We commend Trentini for his ability to unite time and space typical of various epochs by placing side by side archive material and diverse settings.
The jury also wards the Special Mention prize to
He is to be commended for his ability to portray a singular, seldom seen landscape with masterful cinematography.
LEGAMBIENTE SPECIAL MENTION
INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM COMPETITION
Broad in perspective and deep in scope, the film combines a visual force with a strong philosophical and sociological slant, creating a work that is both documentary and narrative.
WWF SPECIAL MENTION
A para doxical film about the automobile and the effects of invasive and persuasive communication told in an original style with often ironic overtones. The dream of personal mobility turns into a nightmare of personal immobility in cities clogged by chaos and pollution. A paradigm of compelling environmental problems such as urban sprawl, land consumption, solid waste production and the use of non-renewable energy sources. Both entertaining and thought-provoking, the film reflects on current lifestyles and suggests ways to reduce the impact of human activities on the planet.
LEROY MERLIN “LA CASA DI DOMANI” SPECIAL AWARD
The film takes a realistic look at solid waste disposal, one the problems of modern society, not through sensationalism or dry enquiry but instead by underscoring the importance of personal initiative. Thanks to people like Aimée, the film’s main character, changes can be brought about and the foundation laid for “the home of tomorrow”.
RISTECO “EATING CITY" SP ECIAL PRIZE
The € 5000 prize will be awarded to the production company or the film’s copyright owners in exchange for permission to show the film during conferences organized by Eating City, to show the film trailer on Eating City’s website, and to incorporate 5 minutes of the film in an Eating City institutional video.
The jury awards a Special Mention prize to
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