All Vanquishing Visuals: All Living Things Environmental Film Festival Winners 2020

All Living Things Environmental Film Festival announced its winners in the first week of December. Having successfully completed their first-ever edition, ALT-EFF commences a praxis of recognizing, amplifying, and celebrating storytellers. The jury chose to recognize an innovative, entertaining, diverse group of films and filmmakers, and ALT EFF is pleased to honor all of them with hopefully one of many award ceremonies to come,  to be held today that is December 13, 2020. The concluding event is called “Where do we go from here”. It entails what the future should ideally behold in a word that is perpetually deteriorating in terms of its natural habitats. It is of paramount importance for all to be subjected to voices that have been impacted by the will to produce a change and with the same rationale, the event is free of cost and accessible to all.

Presenting the winners of ALT-EFF 2020!

°5HILLS AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT- The Love Bugs (dir. by Allison Otto and Maria Clinton • U.S.A • 2020) – India Premiere

Over the course of 60 years, entomologists Charlie and Lois O’Brien amassed a collection of more than 1 million insects from nearly 70 countries —the largest private collection in the world with a value of $10 million dollars. But as Charlie’s battle with Parkinson’s becomes increasingly pronounced he and Lois, 90, make the difficult decision to give away their drawers full of iridescent weevils and plant-hoppers. This humorous and poignant film explores the love of Nature–and the Nature of Love–and what it means to devote oneself completely to both.

Jury Comment: “A subtle film [which captures] a little part of nature, it’s indirect but connects us to the environment”

‘Kokoly’ and ‘Cries of our Ancestors’ as the runners-up.

°5HILLS AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE- Sockeye Salmon (dir. by Dmitriy Shpilenok • Russia • 2020)

Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to freshwaters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!

Jury Comment: “The scale of the film is something else, the way it’s captured, the sequences, the captured happiness of the animals. It balances between poetry, music, and violence of it all” ‘Where Champagne Meets The Moon’ and ‘STROOP’ came in close, coming in as the runners-up.

°BHOOMI AWARD FOR BEST INDIAN SHORT- Elephants In My Backyard (dir. by Vikram Singh • India • 2020)

The future of elephants in India is at stake due to growing conflict with human beings. With 500 people and 100 elephants dying each year, it has become one of the country’s most critical conservation challenges. In South India, where demands for the capture and removal of elephants are growing, an Indian conservationist tries to develop a radical new strategy to solve the problem—coexistence, using innovative technology and community participation.
Jury Comment: “The film has a strong opening, it talks about the people behind the story and how the Human-Elephant conflict affects them”
‘Ek Din Banenge No.1’ came in as runner up.

BHOOMI AWARD FOR BEST INDIAN FEATURE- Coral Woman (dir. by Priya Thuvassery • India • 2019)

This will be a filmmaker’s journey with Uma, a certified scuba diver, exploring the underwater world & the threat to coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar, India. Born in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu 53 years old Uma, a homemaker, has been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental issue through her paintings. It is, in fact, these corals that inspired Uma to learn how to swim, dive & paint in her 50s.
Jury Comment: “You will view nature in a new way, it is rare for an Indian woman that age to take on this role and it can inspire people”
‘Peng Yu Sai’ and ‘Ever So Green’ as the runners-up.

°RED EARTH AWARD FOR JURY’S SPECIAL MENTION- Kokoly (dir. by Garth Cripps, Paul Antion • Madagascar & U.K • 2019) – India Premiere

Kokoly offers an insight into the life of an incredible woman. Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo fisherwoman Madame Kokoly – as she reflects on her life experiences and carries out her daily routine in and around the coastal waters of southwest Madagascar. The film is a powerful and personal exploration of how one woman is navigating her daily life against a backdrop of poverty and marine biodiversity loss.

Jury Comment: “Story of hope, resilience, and inspiration with a strong character that discusses the loss of marine ecosystem”

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