-Global Documentary Challenge Winners

February 27th 20.00–22.00, in Bíó Paradís, Reykjavík’s art-house cinema.
Admission for this screening/event is free.

Action4Climate-Poster-2-page-001Earth101, in further collaboration with Stockfish, European Film Festival in Reykjavik, presents the screening of prize-winning films from the Action4Climate project, a global documentary challenge, developed and supervised by the Connect4Climate campaign of the World Bank, followed by a panel discussion on the project and its results.

Representatives from the World Bank, Francis Dobbs and Erick Fernandes, will take part in panel discussions, along with Ellý Katrín Guðmundsdóttir, who is Reykjavik City’s CEO and Deputy Mayor, and climate specialists Kevin Anderson, Erik Conway, and Gavin Schmidt. Professor Guðni Elísson will be the moderator.

The Action4Climate video documentary competition was designed to give aspiring young film makers around the world the chance to portray creatively their particular perspectives on climate change issues. Launched in early 2014 by Connect4Climate, a global partnership program dedicated to climate change communication, Action4Climate received more than 230 entries from 70 countries showing a new world of climate impacts, solutions and actions to address one of our generation’s greatest challenges. The Italian film director and screenwriter, Bernardo Bertolucci, chaired a renowned jury of film makers tasked with choosing winning films in two age categories, 14–17 and 18–35.
“We were amazed by the originality of the stories and the genuine concern shown by these young film makers about the effects of climate change. They described the effects of climate change from hundreds of different points of view. Selecting winners was an almost impossible task.”
– Bernardo Bertolucci

Further information on the panel participants:

Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Anderson recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organisation.

Ellý Katrín Guðmundsdóttir is Reykjavik City’s CEO and Deputy Mayor. She is a lawyer by training with Master’s Degree in Environmental and International Law from the University of Wisconsin, USA. Ms. Gudmundsdottir served as a counsel at the World Bank in Washington, DC 1998-2002 where she i.a. co-authored the book Legislating Sustainable Fisheries.

Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology residing in Pasadena, CA, currently employed by the California Institute of Technology. He has co-authored two books with Naomi Oreskes on climate change, the Merchants of Doubt (2010) and The Collapse of ‘Western’ Civilization (2014).

Francis Dobbs is a British citizen who worked in UK television and independent film production before moving to the World Bank Group media division 25 years ago.  At the World Bank he ran a small production unit producing a variety of videos on development issues and television documentary co-productions, before joining Connect4Climate to undertake communications projects on climate change and climate action.

Guðni Elísson is a Professor in the department of Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland. He has written extensively on the climate change discourse in Icelandic media.

Erick Fernandes is an Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Change at the World Bank and Co-Led the Bank’s Global Expert Team for Adaptation to Climate Change (GET-CCA). He holds a PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University.

Gavin Schmidt began his career at NASA GISS in 1996, and is now Director. His primary area of research is the development and evaluation of computer simulations of the Earth’s climate, and is particularly interested in how they can be used to inform decision-making.