Reel Earth en­vi­ron­men­tal films re­turn

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - VERONIQUE LIM, REEL EARTH VOL­UN­TEER

Reel Earth is a film fes­ti­val spe­cially ded­i­cated to the en­vi­ron­ment. The Palmer­ston North orig­i­nated and in­ter­na­tion­ally known fes­ti­val aims to in­spire as well as of­fer­ing chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal per­cep­tions and in­sights that will in­clude the hot top­ics of cli­mate change and sus­tain­abil­ity.

After a re­cess in 2016, the pro­jec­tors will be crank­ing up in 2017 to present a pro­gramme of new en­vi­ron­men­tal movies from around the world.

The as­sort­ment of se­lected films for Reel Earth’s 12th year held through­out the month of May, 2017, will be di­verse. Top­ics range from bio­di­ver­sity to waste, and all cham­pion an en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sage aimed to pro­voke thought and to in­spire pos­i­tive change.

The fes­ti­val will also host dis­cus­sions and work­shops, along with events for all ages.

In ad­di­tion, Reel Earth is show­cas­ing the Young Film­mak­ers Awards. With ex­cel­lent prizes avail­able, the com­pe­ti­tion for films un­der 10 min­utes shot and edited by in­di­vid­ual film­mak­ers, film­mak­ing groups and schools, is in three age sec­tions: Ju­nior (un­der 12 years), Youth (13 to 18 years) and Ter­tiary (19 to 23 years).

It’s an op­por­tu­nity to grab a cam­era and share sto­ries about con­ser­va­tion, na­ture and sus­tain­abil­ity. Com­edy, drama, an­i­ma­tion and fan­tasy are all wel­come, with sub­mis­sions clos­ing on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2017.

Reel Earth fes­ti­val screen­ings will take place at the­atres, li­braries and Te Manawa Mu­seum, but also at out­door cin­ema venues, along with some other pop-up places. Each ses­sion will be ac­com­pa­nied by a speaker to fa­cil­i­tate con­ver­sa­tion after the film.

To find out more, see the Reel Earth Face­book page and web­page for up­dates.

Funded by the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and ad­min­is­tered by the Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust, the fes­ti­val is recog­nised by film­mak­ers world­wide as one which seeks, se­lects and cel­e­brates the best new en­vi­ron­men­tal films be­ing pro­duced.

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Pa­cific Cli­mate War­riors cel­e­brate in the film ‘‘How To Let Go Of The World and Love All the Things Cli­mate Can’t Change’’.

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