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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Posted 12:47 PM by Tevita
Film festival calls for Pacific climate change stories
From : PACNEWS
05 MARCH 2008 APIA (Pacnews) ------- The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), in partnership with the British High Commission, Suva, is calling for submissions to the Pacific's inaugural Climate Change Film Festival to be held in August 2008 in Suva, Fiji.
The Festival will showcase stories about the impacts of, and responses to, climate change in the region.
The Festival is open to all films (animations, documentaries, music videos, short commentaries etc.) that highlight climate change issues within the Pacific. All films must be received by SPREP by 1 July 2008 to be considered for inclusion within the Festival.
Through this project, SPREP hopes to highlight the work that is being undertaken to mitigate the effects and adapt to the impacts of climate change by Pacific islanders. The Pacific islands region is one of the
most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change, and raising the profile of this issue is a key priority for SPREP.
Director of SPREP, Asterio Takesy, said that it was critical to highlight the effects of climate change on Pacific island communities and promote the solutions that can reduce its impacts.
“The threat to day-to-day life in our region posed by climate change can sometimes be lost in the scientific and technical discussion.
Climate change is a clear and present danger in the Pacific region.
The Climate Change Film Festival is an excellent opportunity to arm filmmakers in the region with the skills to portray the specific challenges their communities and nations face in climate change, now and in the future, and to share these experiences and concerns with others in the Pacific and the world.”
The Festival is part of the Pacific Climate Change Film Project, an innovative partnership to train and support media professionals, filmmakers and storytellers from Pacific countries to share community
stories about climate change.
As part of the three-phase programme, participants from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu underwent training in documentary filmmaking, learnt about climate change issues facing the region, and are now receiving support to produce their own films in country.
One of the participants, Naamon Marae from Kiribati, is grateful for the opportunity to share his country's unique climate change story through his short film.
“We are already feeling the effects of climate change especially with the increasing high tide and the frequent droughts. I hope my film will raise people's awareness to Kiribati's vulnerabilities and
thereby prompt policy makers to act without delay.”
Two independent filmmakers from the Cook Islands and Samoa are also participating in this initiative. All films will be shown at the Festival as part of this project……..PNS (ENDS)
More information and entry forms visit: www.sprep.org/climate_change/filmproject/
For further details please contact SPREP Associate Media and Publications Officer, Nanette Woonton, T: (686) 21929, email@example.com
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