Number of attendees: 67,000
The International Environmental Film Festival from Mexico, Cinema Planeta, celebrated its sixth edition and dedicated the festival to feeding, highlighting the importance of becoming acquainted with the subject and everything related to it, such as, how food is cultivated what happens before we eat it.
Cinema Planeta explored through the films different topics like: transgenic food, pesticides, urban vegetable garden, great scale production, health problems, animal care, millennial agriculture trades, fishing and pollination. Polen, Wings of Life by Louis Schwartzberg is a film about the vital importance of pollinators in the fragile balance of life. The Cinema Planeta Orchestra musicalized the movie live, with the participation of 60 musicians, conducted by Alondra de la Parra, and narrated live by Dolores Heredia, Regina Orozco, Ludwika Paleta and Ximena Ayala.
This 6th edition was honored with the participation of Bill Pullman, an actor who created Hollywood Orchard in 2008, non-profit organization dedicated to conserve and harvest fruit from local trees bringing the community together by participating in the activities and donating produce to people in need. Within several days, Bill was in several public schools of Morelos parcels from different counties, inspiring our youngsters with his actions.
The worldwide premiere Bears by Disney Nature was presented as part of the program. We had seven documentaries about food for the section Focos, the program included 15 Mexican films and a posthumous homage to the French-Canadian Frédéric Back took place, a very prolific animation film director who won two Oscar awards for his animations. As part of the conferences the presence of Vandana Shiva was a very special treat. She is one of the most dynamic minds nowadays, she works vehemently on biodiversity conservation of seeds. Among other activities, an extensive open-air program took place in 21 municipalities in the state and film-clubs, in collaboration with Secretary of Culture. A recycling images workshop took place, as well as the traditional bicycle ride, which ended with the Bicicinema (Bikecinema). More than 30 thousand students attended the Environmental Halls in order to chat with experts from different educational centers. In 2014, we entered into alliance with the Film Festival from Guadalajara and together we strengthen its Socio Ambiental section.
In this way, the festival continued to grow thanks to the Morelos’ State Government support, and to the strategical alliances with Cinemex, Disney Nature and Jardines de Mexico (Mexico’s Gardens), with whom we have built the foundations from where Cinema Planeta foresees a future strongly hoping to continue growing and transforming the way we relate with our beautiful blue planet.
Let’s keep building a more participative and critical society!
Promotional One-minute short:
-Cineminuto Cinema Planeta 2014
-Directed by: Luis Felipe Hermández Alanis
-Produced by: Animatitlan
-Off-voice: Patricia Godinez
THE JURY´S DECISION FOR THE OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION
Once the evaluating jury deliberated around the presented films in competition, the following awards were given:
PRICE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY, unanimously selected:
Vanishing Point by Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs, won the Barranqueño Crab Award and five thousand dollars.
Our choice was unanimous. Vanishing Point opens a window into the Northern Arctic and the people who live there. It offers a moving glance to a population, which attempts to maintain its traditions in a region where the climate is changing rapidly. From its sensitive Inuit narration, which depicts the native cultures of Greenland and Canada, to the beautiful way it captures the impressive landscape and nature of the Arctic, this film represents an exceptional filmmaking effort.
PRICE FOR THE MOST ORIGINAL TREATMENT OF AN ENVIROMENTAL TOPIC:
Mondo Banana by Ryan White, Barranqueño Crab Award winner.
With humor and creativity, this film reveals the surprising world of the banana, the places of its origin, and its important role in a diverse array of human societies. Combining a scientific approach with a cultural perspective, it is an eye-opening look at one of the world’s most important fruits.
HONORABLE MENTION to the film:
No man’s land by Sourav Sourangi
With an intimate approach and remarkable access, this film captures the desperation of families living in a border island in the Ganges River between Bangladesh and India. In portraying the daily lives of the people in this difficult and dangerous land, it provides an important record of the plight of environmental refugees.
Documentary / Italy / 2013 / Run Time 91 min / Color / Bluray
Directed by: Enrico Cerasuolo | Produced by: M. Arvat, I. Knudsen | Photography by: T. Nodland |
Edition: M. Duretti | Sound: K. Johnson |Music: G. Caporale, A. Raspanti, T. Cerasuolo
This documentary tells the story of one of the most controversial and inspiring environmental books of all times, “The Limits to Growth”, its rise and fall, and current rebirth.