Taking place from the 1 to 8 June, the UK Green Film Festival stretches across 15 cities throughout the UK. Created to showcase independent documentary filmmaking, this festival will encompass screenings in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow, Belfast, Leicester, Oxford, Cambridge, Lancaster, Oban, Birmingham, Nottingham and Inverness. Aiming to tackle the difficult questions that are posed in today’s world about environmental affairs.
Using cinemas across the country to present environmentally themed films and in association with Picturehouse Cinemas and Friends of the Earth, The UK Green Film Festival champions the best in documentary filmmaking from international creatives. Included in this programme is 7 feature length documentaries that challenge and cause debate on environmental issues such as the tuna industry’s rapid growth in The Last Catch by Marcus CM Schmidt and the rapidly melting massifs of North-East Greenland in Expedition to the End of the World by director Daniel Dencik.
Several of the films are UK premieres with each feature length piece being accompanied by a short film. Each of the films are in the running for the Palme Verte Award, as well as the UKGFF Audience Award. Accompanying this programme of film are live music events, a chance to talk with the filmmakers themselves in addition to the environmental campaigners, and representatives from Friends of the Earth.
This will be the 3rd UK green Film Festival, and Co founder John Long comments “Our aim is simple. We want to help people understand their impact on the environment, and what they can do to reduce it. Film has the power to do that; to provoke thought, to inspire, and to entertain. That’s what the UK Green Film Festival is all about.”
The Festival will include a screening of the SXSW Audience Award winner for Best Feature Length Documentary in 2012 Bay of All Saints directed by Annie Eastman, This film tells the story of three single-mothers living in the water slums of Bahia, Brazil as the government threatens to reclaim the bay in the name of ecological restoration.
For more information about the festival and the films included, please see: www.ukgreenfilmfestival.org
1. Still from Bay Of All Saints by Annie Eastman. Courtsey of The UK Green Film Festival.