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Water, Climate and … Action!: Winners of the short film contest are announced

Dec 4th, 2010 |

Brussels, 4 December 2010. The winners of the short movie contest 2010 “Water, Climate and … Action!” have been announced: Max Edkins from Cape Town, Sergio Canella from Italy and the Roll’em Productions from Palau convinced the international expert jury with their creativity and outstanding realization of the topic.

The European Water Partnership (EWP) joined the 3 minutes length short movie contest as a follow up of the 1st Aquawareness Photo Competition. From 22 September to 15 November 2010 the film contest “Water, Climate  and … Action!” invited people to share their experiences and messages about climate change and its aspects on water and life.

An international jury, composed of the German art curator Dr. Serafine Lindemann, the Indian filmmaker Pradip Saha and the Mexican filmmaker Alejandra Márquez Abella, decided on the three best videos. “The aim of ‘Water, Climate and … Action!’ was to raise awareness about the current effects of climate change on water resources and the challenges surrounding adaptation. The winning films successfully met these criteria, and conveyed its message in a meaningful and original way”, the jury said.

Max Edkins from Cape Town is the first placed winner for his video “Climate Theatre”, dealing with South African rural communities which have turned to theatre in a creative effort to respond to the challenges of climate change. “Resource Africa”, a non-profit organization working on natural resource management, coordinates this project and is leading the way.

Sergio Canella from Italy won the second place overall with the short movie “Carpa Diem”. A little girl lovingly watches a carp swimming in an aquarium, while her younger brother is playing in the bathroom and letting the water run in the sink. A waste of water that could turn into a tragedy…

Roll’em Productions from Palau is the third placed overall winner. The film “Modern day Uab” combines animation and interviews concerning traditions and local beliefs about climate change, and current local actions for climate change adaptation.

The Consejo Consultivo del Agua awards the winners with the following prizes: First Place: iPad wifi 16 GB, Second Place: iPod Touch 64 GB, Third Place: iPod Classic 160 GB.

Selected films will be projected during a side-event on water and climate change at the COP16, webcasted real-time around the world thanks to the Global Development Learning Network. They will also be used as supporting material to convey the message to policy and decision makers that we must act now to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The contest was organized by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and TheWaterChannel.tv, with the support of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA) and the Mexican Consejo Consultivo del Agua, A.C.

The EWP congratulates the winners and thanks again to all of you for your participation!

To watch the videos, please click here.

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