By Peter Belsito | SydneysBuzz September 28, 2013 at 11:30AM
Recently while in New York attending various IFP filmmaker meetings I had the pleasure of being introduced to two executives of Washington DC's World Bank. Giulia Braga and Lucia Grenna (see photo) are two very interesting people. This is a social action organization concerned with poverty, justice and the climate.
“If we can improve the images of the world, perhaps we can improve the world”- Wim Wenders
They are sponsoring a very !! interesting film competition on a subject dear to us all.
Climate change is a fundamental threat to sustainable development and the fight against poverty. Sadly, the poorest people and countries will be the most affected by its impacts.Video documentation can provide powerful insights into what is actually happening and a greater understanding of what needs to be done to fight climate change. We want to see and hear more about how climate change impacts local communities across the world and explore potential solutions. We want to learn what people are doing to adapt to change, to protect both this and future generations.
The “Action4Climate” video challenge invites young aspiring film makers to produce and submit a 1-12 minute video documentary telling a story about climate change impacts and resulting adaptation efforts, local actions, and/or potential solutions.The contest is open to young film makers from all over the world (individuals and teams of 5 or less).
There will be two age groups: 14–17 and 18–35
Deadline: December 15, 2013
The winners will be selected by a judging panel composed of internationally acclaimed film directors and producers:
Judging criteria will include depth of the research, strength of the script, quality of camera work, tightness of editing, and overall effectiveness in conveying themes and messages.
Winners will receive either a cash prize, video equipment or use of production facilities together with official recognition at a major film festival and the possibility of being featured on the new MTV Voices platform.
For information write to:
Connect4Climate [AT] worldbank.org
Launched by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in collaboration with more than 150 knowledge partners in September 2011,
Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global partnership program dedicated to climate change communication.
C4C is helping, through social media and the web, to amplify voices of local stakeholders that have stories to tell about climate change. In less than two years, we have created a significant global online community that engages in thousands of interactions per day. This gathering of scholars, decision-makers, grassroots activists, youth, and concerned global citizens of all ages from all walks of life is harnessing collective intelligence to find new and effective ways to address climate change issues.
With over half a million followers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels, Connect4Climate is building an ever-growing community of individuals around the world committed to climate change action.
Intrigued? Join us and add your voice. We are eager to look, listen, and learn.
THE C4C COALITION
With more than 150 partners committed to climate change education, research, advocacy, and action, we believe that the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Join our climate coalition of knowledge partners today to share, contribute, and exchange resources and ideas. Key C4C partners include: UN agencies: UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNF, UNICEF, FAO, etc.
Climate programs at leading academic institutions: Columbia University, George Mason University, MIT, Yale University, University of Cape Town, Maastricht University, Mahatma Ghandi University, IULM University zzPrivate sector organizations: Alcantara, AutoGrill, and Microsoft.
Media: MTV, Thomson Reuters, Television Trust for the Environment,Internews, Inter Press Service, SAPO,and Televisionet.tv
CSOs: CISP Somalia, The Climate Group, Plan International, AYICCAfrican Youth Initiative on Climate Change, Cittadinanzattiva, The National Chamber of Italian Fashion, KEAN, Young Professionals in Local Development, and many more...
Civil society engagement – people power in action C4C uses its robust network to promote innovative global advocacy efforts, share resources, and build knowledge partnerships. Creating an open and neutral space where all are free to exchange ideas and solutions fosters a much needed conversation that is driven from the ground up and enhances civic engagement through social accountability.
Academic partners - C4C partners with schools and universities in an effort to create a strong network of academic institutions engaged in climate change education and research.
One of our African partners, Liceo Marconi in Eritrea, was inspired by C4C’s first climate stories competition to strengthen their climate change curriculum so students could better understand the issue and relate it to their personal experiences in their communities. Three of their students ended up winning first prizes in the C4C competition!
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