tve and the EBRD today launch tvebiomovies 2015, a competition for short films about the environment.
After the success of previous years, in 2015 the EBRD is supporting a Green Economy category and inviting filmmakers to answer the question: how can we make our economies greener?
It is a crucial question in our battle to limit the impact of climate change and ensure that the way we do business works both for people and for the environment.
In a green economy more of the energy we use will be produced from renewable sources (wind and sun are just two examples), we will all waste less water and we will use the earth’s resources, from forests and oceans, to beaches and clean air, in ways that will provide jobs, food and fuel but not damage the environment.
Greening economies is a vital part of EBRD activity in countries stretching from Mongolia on the Chinese border to Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean, through its Sustainable Energy Initiative and Sustainable Resource Initiative.
Entering the competition is straightforward: choose one of two categories and one of four languages (French, Russian, English or Spanish), then pitch your idea and submit it to tvebiomovies.
Three shortlisted finalists in each category will receive a US$ 300 commission to produce a one-minute film. These will then be put to a public vote on YouTube. The winner in each category will receive US$ 1,500.
To qualify under the EBRD category, films should address the following questions:
- How can a Green Economy both help the planet and boost economic growth?
- What actions can people take to develop the green economy and how will those actions create jobs and make sure we are not wasting the earth’s resources?
- How is the green economy being demonstrated in the place where you live? Are companies or individuals promoting efficient use of resources like water, plastic and energy?
Other categories this year include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations prize aligned with International Year of Soils.
In parallel, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is launching a Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change, focussing on a video diary of climate change action – the winners of which will be reporting from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December.
Visit http://www.tvebiomovies.org to find out more the competition and submit an entry. The deadline for entries is 17 August 2015.
Last year the winner of the tvebiomovies2014 EBRD-sponsored renewable energy category was Huseyn Qulamov from Azerbaijan. His short film, “Greed”, received over 20,000 views and came first of the three finalists.
Over 225 film-makers from 61 countries took part in the tvebiomovies 2014 competition, which focussed on sustainable development.