The World Environment Day Festival, held at the University of the Sunshine Coast yesterday, experienced a touch of Hollywood with the Ecoflicks Sunshine Coast Environment Film Festival awarding a strong field of passionate and well-made films for 2011.
Presented by Peter Homan, manager of Eumundi Markets and major sponsor of the awards the Ecoflicks Best Film of $800 was awarded to Di Seels for her documentary called ‘They Belong to Us All’. Prize money of $500 for Best Student Film for under-18s was a jointly won by Flynn Hemsley & Chris Greeff for their short film ‘Noosa River Shore Birds’.
They Belong to us All highlights the perils that local Sunshine Coast marine life face with an overwhelming amount of waste finding its way into our waterways.
“Over six million tonnes of waste is dumped into our world’s oceans each year and of that approximately 70% is plastic including nets,” states Di Seels. “It is estimated that this plastic kills over 300,000 marine mammals each year.”
‘Noosa River Shore Birds’ is a film showcasing the unique migratory birds that arrive to the Noosa River each year from as far away as Alaska and Siberia.
Maree Prior, a representative from the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association which hosts the annual event, believes the film festival has given people the opportunity to showcase their talents and provide a platform in which to communicate their environmental messages with a wider audience.
“Ecoflicks is important for two key reasons, it aims to promote and encourage amateur film makers and nurture the film making industry on the Coast while it also conveys the very important message of how we can better protect our natural environment,” said Ms Prior.
The short films have been created over the past three months and many of the aspiring film makers were participants of two free workshops offered by the Queensland School of Film and TV in Brisbane.
Winners of the other categories include Ian Mackay’s ‘Cat’s Claw Crusaders’ for Most Inspirational Film and Ian also won the Most Informative and Entertaining Award for ‘Where Home is Hollow’. The Technical Achievement Award went to Nabil Mechkor for the film ‘Beauty’. Winners of these three categories received prizes from The Glass House Mountain Ecolodge, Mary River Vista and Noosa Avalon Cottages. An Honourable Mention was awarded to Diane & Allan Pratt for their film ‘Bellbird Hollow’ and Encouragement Awards went to Tala Clewes, Tamsin Bell, Yanni Rist for ‘Stormwater’ and Shauna Herbst, Makeely Blandford, Brielle Blandford for ‘Noosa Shore Takes Flight’.
Winning entries will now be screened at the Green Movie Nights held across the coast as part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Green June program of events. For more information visit www.noosariver.com.au
As a part of the Green Movie Night series.
June 22 – Green Movie Night ‘Economics of Happiness’, Nambour Cinema, 5.30-8.30pm
June 24 – Green Movie Night ‘PLANEAT’, Maleny Community Hall, 5.30-8.30pm
June 27 – Green Movie Night ‘No Impact Man’, The ‘J’, Noosa Junction, 5.30-8.30pm
June 29 – Green Movie Night ‘Cane Toads – the conquest’, Caloundra Cinema, 5.30-8.30pm
Nambour Cinema, Nambour
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