Climate Reality Project receives $20,000 donation for Audience Award
Zurich – December 01, 2014 – The Viewster Online Film Fest #VOFF, the world’s largest online film festival, has announced the finalists for its charity edition, #VOFF 4: Share It Forward.
US documentary Baja’s Secret Miracle has won the Audience Award, which has resulted in a $20,000 donation to Climate Reality Project – the global environmental organization set up by Nobel Laureate and former Vice-President of the US, Al Gore. The filmmakers of #VOFF4 chose a charitable organization out of a list of 14 to be attached to their film, and the Audience Award was for the most shared, voted for, and commented on, film.
The festival has 230 films from 47 countries, which raise awareness around human rights, social, economic and environmental issues, and the final shortlist is:
Baja’s Secret Miracle (US; in Spanish with subtitles)
Director: Eliana Alvarez Martinez
Mario Castro, a fisherman that decided to change the destiny of his community, narrates how the town of Cabo Pulmo created the world’s most robust marine reserve.
Urban Escape (France; in English)
Director: David de Rueda, Mélanie de Groot Van Embden
Awards won: Festival Le Grand Bivouac and Festival Les Ecrans de l’Aventure
David de Rueda, photographer and confirmed explorer, leaves for the USA with journalist Mélanie de Groot Van Embden. This documentary is on the practice of Urbex – the exploration of abandoned urban spaces – its constraints, dangers, and magic moments.
Alex – Incomplete Faith (Germany; in German with subtitles)
Director: Nikolas Migut (née Mueller)
Documentary about film director Nik meeting Alex, a homeless man at a railway station in Berlin, and joining him for a short journey through the night.
The director has been interviewed on German radio about his film being part of #VOFF and he has launched a media campaign to help him find Alex in Hamburg, so that he can help him in his journey to a better life.
(Un)sunny (Spain; in Spanish with subtitles)
Director: Víctor Nores
This fictional short poses the question: what if the Sun did not exist?
Overcast (France; in French with subtitles)
Director: Emmanuel Saez
Set in 2019 when wars have destroyed the cities, the economy has plummeted, and unemployment has risen exponentially, with the crime rate continued to rise. The internet has become the first source of communication and information for everyone, with no limit and no censorship.
Raising the Peaceable Kingdom (New Zealand; in English)
Director: Gary Davies
Documentary on prolific author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, who has written many books on the emotional lives of animals.
Another day of Mankind (Romania; in English)
Director: Alexandru Vlad
Awards won: Special Prize Award – DocuArt, Romania, 4014
Documentary on Romanian graduate student Charles, who tells the story of his bloody childhood.
Davids and Goliath (Canada; in English)
Director: Leon Lee
Documentary on Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour, who fight against the illegal detention of people in China.
Drops of Joy (Brazil; in Portugese)
Director: Cacu Rhoden
The documentary ‘Drops of Joy’ emphasizes the importance of maintaining one’s playful spirit from childhood into one’s adult years. Its title refers specifically to prescription drugs, which opens up a discussion about the over-medicalization of our lives.
Deafening Silence (UK; in English)
Director: Chris Godwin
Awards won: GOLD IVCA for Best Drama, GOLD IVCA for best charity and not for profit film
This short drama shows the trauma of still birth from the mother’s perspective, and was originally made for charity Abigail’s Footsteps. It has been shown to midwives in the UK as part of their training.
Kai Henniges, CEO, Viewster, says: “Film has the amazing ability to transport audiences to different realities. With #VOFF4 we showcased the power of film to support important causes. It was a huge success, the largest edition so far, and actually helped changing people’s real lives through the global online exposure in the festival.”
The festival winners will be announced on December 8, 2014, and will get a share of the $80,000 USD prize fund. They will be chosen by the festival jury, now that the public voting has closed. The jury comprises: independent film producer Ted Hope (21 Grams, American Splendor, Martha Marcy May Marlene), Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) and award-winning German actress Nora Tschirner (Keinorhasen).
Each film in #VOFF4: Share It Forward is listed in the festival catalog, available to view online http://festival.viewster.com, organized under 10 editorial strands: Different Perspectives, Economic Crisis & Disparity, Environmental Crisis, Human Rights, Making a Change, Mental & Physical Health, Moral Dilemmas, Social Prejudice, The Modern World, and War & Asylum.
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