“I have never seen a more emotionally resonant, politically focused, environmentally necessary film. It did what excellent filmmaking does, helped me understand the reality of the people”
Rachel - Doc Edge Spectator (NZ)
Colonise. To take land, culture, history, minds, and bodies.
Decolonise. To win back that taken.
Revolution. To build a new future free of history's violent baggage.
Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary revolution for life, land and culture, leading up to the potential creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst of a peoples for freedom, culture and sovereignty; the film sheds light on the biggest conflict of the Pacific since WWII, revealing the visible and invisible chains of colonisation and its enduring cycles of physical and psychological warfare.
WHY THIS FILM?
Our world is in Crisis. The Crisis of global warming, of the uninterrupted race for natural resources, of forests burning on every continent, of democracies in loss of certainties. The Crisis that mobilises people to join the collective cries of #metoo, #FridaysForFuture, #blacklivesmatter, and of indigenous peoples and exploited workers around the world.
The Crisis almost always leads us back to our chequered past. Finally, the issues related to the colonial legacies of the “great” Western powers catapult to the forefront. Our collective narrative is being sought: Who are we? Where are we going? The Crisis, what is this phenomenon? Who do we listen to, who do we believe? Can we begin to repair as quickly as we destroy? Meanwhile, the struggles for survival do not wait.
Ophir exposes the roots of this integral Crisis, voiced entirely by the indigenous people of the autonomous region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. The film deconstructs the mechanisms of exploitation through the colonisation of land and its people, who at the end of the 1980s were left with no choice but to revolt for their right to exist. Decades of change by colonisers and years of exploitation of the giant Panguna mine led to the tragic decade-long conflict known as the Bougainville Crisis, a deadly war between colonial powers and a local Bougainvillean resistance, in a bid to secede from their motherland Papua New Guinea, which was propped up by Australia and one of the biggest mining giants, Rio Tinto.
The conflict killed around 20,000 Bougainvilleans, wiping out approximately 10% of the island’s population. The largest conflict in the Pacific region since the Second World War, where a small group of islanders first armed with bows and arrows fought helicopters and guns. It is often referred to as the the first « eco-revolution » in the world.
Some say Bougainvilleans were guided by nature. That "when nature fights at your side, you cannot lose". They defiantly defended the core principles that formed the basis of their society, in the face of absolute destruction of their mental, physical, and spiritual conception of what it means to be human. A conception of existence in which women and men, culture and the environment, form an inseparable whole, a vector of harmony and peace. This may seem utopian. Yet, the people of Bougainville led their revolution in the mountains and jungle and won.
For the outside observer it was yet another episode in post-colonial bloodletting. For those on the ground it was an attempt to exfoliate a century of history and find new ground for building a society based in dignity, balance and respect.
Ophir thus tells the story of Bougainville, but also the much broader filigree story of a difficult attempt to decolonise the mind in the polarised world of the 21st century, which must face the urgency of profound reflections for its future. In a consultative referendum in December 2019, the population of Bougainville voted nearly 98% in favour of independence and could in the near future become the newest nation in the world. But which nation? Bougainville has a rare opportunity to explore a new road.
By inviting the audience into this story, Ophir takes a plunge into the deepest waters of colonialism and its invisible mechanisms and mindsets that still shapes the world and its institutions as we know it.
3. CInema Release in Papua New Guinea
on 17 March 2022
FIFO Oceania International Film Festival - Pape'ete, French Polynesia
Screenings: 4, 5 and 6 February 2020 - WORLD PREMIERE
Established in 2004, FIFO is one of the largest cultural gatherings in the Pacific, celebrating each year the best films made about the region.
WINNER Grand Jury Prize
Doc Edge Festival - New Zealand
Screenings: 27 June and 4 July 2020 - Virtual Edition - AUSTRALASIA PREMIERE
Doc Edge is New Zealand's annual Academy Award Qualifying Festival for documentaries.
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival - Ottawa, Canada
Screening: 17 September 2020 (Virtual)
In its 9th year, Asinabka aims to provide a space where Indigenous peoples can tell their own stories and see their own cultures reflected back at them; and to present the best in Indigenous film.
Wildscreen Festival - Bristol, United Kingdom
Festival: 19-23 October 2020 - Virtual Edition - EUROPEAN PREMIERE
On Demand - Available with Festival Passes until 16 December 2020
Held annually in Bristol, Wildscreen is the world's largest and most prestigious wildlife and environmental film festival. This year's headline includes Greta Thunberg, Sir David Attenborough and James Cameron.
Dharamshala International Film Festival - Dharamshala, India
Screenings: 29 October to 4 November - Virtual Edition - ASIAN PREMIERE - Online across South Asia with Regular or Premium Festival Passes
Described by the Asian Age as 'India's Sundance', the festival showcases the best of independent films from India and around the world. It has gained a reputation for its eclectic and adventurous programming, its beautiful mountain setting, and its intimate and cinema-literate atmosphere.
Suncine Environmental Film Festival - Barcelona, Spain
Screenings: 4-12 November 2020 - Virtual Edition - Spanish Premiere
In its 27th edition and held annually in Barcelona, Suncine is the world's oldest environmental film festival.
WINNER Grand Jury Prize (Golden Sun Award)
Festival Opening Film
Guam International Film Festival - Guam, United States - US PREMIERE
Screening: 8 November 2020 broadcast on PBS Guam
Celebrating its tenth birthday this year, GIFF is an international cinema event exhibiting a new and dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the U.S., Asia and the Pacific’s multi-cultural population and region.
WINNER Grand Jury Prize - Best Documentary Award
Escales Documentaires - La Rochelle, France
Screenings: 8 & 9 November 2020 - Virtual Edition
In its 20th edition, the festival is an annual cultural event where compete documentaries from all over the world in the city of La Rochelle.
Nominee Grand Prix
Festival Interférences - Lyon, France
Screening: 9 November 2020 20h - Cinema Comoedia - CANCELLED
Over 10 days the festival proposes screenings and debates centred around scientific multidisciplinary documentaries, bringing together the public, academic researchers and filmmakers.
Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards - Beverly Hills, United States
Screenings: 15-30 November 2020 - Virtual Edition
Celebrating its 25th edition, the event is the first and largest Global Native-led Film Festival and Awards Ceremony.
Nominee Red Nation Award
PNG Human Rights Film Festival - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Screenings: 27 & 29 November 2020
Having celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, the festival screens human rights themed films all around Papua New Guinea.
Traces de vies - Clermont Ferrand, France
Festival: 28 November - 14 December 2020 - Virtual Edition
Created in 1991, the festival and its various activities attract each year over 10,000 spectators and offer a window into the state of creative documentaries produced for cinema.
Nominee Prix "Hors Frontières"
Garifuna International Film Festival - Santa Monica, United States
Screening: 28 December 2020 - Virtual Edition
The event showcases films and documentaries created by Garifuna and many other indigenous people, hosting panel discussions, workshops, cultural presentations & award ceremonies.
Karama Human Rights Film Festival - Amman, Jordan - MIDDLE EAST PREMIERE
Screening: 4 January 2021 - Virtual Edition
The Karama HRFF was established in June 2009, sensing the need for human rights dialogue and advocacy in the Arab region. It usually attracts over 8,000 spectators in Amman, Jordan and offers outreach programs in schools and universities as well as support for other similar events in the region. This year’s theme is “memory of being.”
Nominee Karama Feather Award
Wild & Scenic Film Festival - California, United States
Screenings: 14-24 January 2021 - Virtual Edition
For the past 19 years, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival has inspired environmental activism and a love for nature–through film. It also goes on tour, organizing over 180 events each year and working towards increasing awareness for grassroots environmental causes.
Ficwallmapu - Temuco, Chile - SOUTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Screenings: 25-29 January 2021 - Virtual Edition
Organised on Mapuche territory, the festival will screen over 50 films. One of the major focus of this sixth edition will be on autonomies, indigenous governments and self-determination for indigenous communities around the world.
Toronto Black Film Festival - Toronto, Canada
Screenings: 10-21 February 2021 - Virtual Edition
A sister festival to the Montreal International Black Film Festival, the event is devoted to celebrating and promoting authentic stories that reflect the true reality of Black people around the world.
Human International Documentary Festival - Oslo, Norway - Scandinavian Premiere - Screenings: 1-7 March 2021 - Virtual Edition
HUMAN International Documentary Festival is Oslo’s largest documentary film festival presenting the newest Norwegian and International documentaries in combination with debates, talks, seminars and workshops, art exhibitions, theatre plays and more.
RAI Film Festival - London, United Kingdom
Screenings: 19-28 March 2021 - Virtual Edition available worldwide with Q&A 28 March 2021
Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the festival is a biennal event dedicated to the celebration of the best in ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological filmmaking from around the globe.
Nominee RAI Film Prize & Basil Wright Prize
Environmental Film Festival at Yale - Yale University, United States
Screenings: 24-28 March 2021 - Virtual Edition - Q&A 25 March 2021
EFFY is one of America's premier student-run environmental film festivals. Every spring it showcases incisive, cutting edge films that highlight the environmental and social issues of our time.
Liberation Docfest - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Screening: 6 April 2021 - Virtual Edition - POSTPONED to later date
The festival is dedicated to documentary cinema, seeking to highlight the struggle for Liberation and Human Rights of people in various parts of the world and its contemporary significance.
Montréal International First Peoples Festival - Montréal, Canada
Screenings: April 8-11 2021 - Virtual Edition via Festival du Nouveau Cinema
Usually held for 10 days in August, the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary of bringing the culture of aboriginal people of Canada, the Americas and the world through film, music, dance and arts to its Montreal audiences.
WINNER Grand Jury Prize (Rigoberta Menchú Award)
London Mining Network - London, United Kingdom
Screenings: 8-11 April 2021 - Virtual Special Screening
Coinciding with Rio Tinto’s London AGM on April 9, the London Mining network, a network of organisations around the world concerned about human rights, social justice and the ecological integrity of the planet, is hosting an online special screening of the film.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival - Princeton University, United States
Screenings: 13-19 April 2021 - Virtual Edition
Founded in 2006, the PEFF’s mission is to share exceptional documentary films and engage its community in exploring environmental sustainability from a wide range of angles and perspectives.
Seattle Black Film Festival - Seattle, United States
Screenings: 23-25 April 2021 - Virtual Edition - Dates TBC
For eighteen years, the festival has been bringing stories and experiences by and about Black people to the big screen in the heart of Seattle's historically Black neighborhood.
Censurados Film Festival- Peru
Screenings: 24-30 April 2021 - Virtual Edition - Peruvian Premiere
The festival seeks to create a space for reflection, dialogue and denunciation of the current situation of freedom of expression and human rights in the world through film screenings and educational and artistic activities. It highlights the voice of filmmakers, directors, artists and collectives who fight every day for a fairer society.
Nominee Best International Feature
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival - Melbourne, Australia - AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - followed by panel discussion
Screening: 27 April 2021 - ACMI Cinema 1 6.15pm followed by Q&A with panel
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is the largest public human rights arts event in Australia. It aims at engaging and inspiring audiences on human rights issues through art, film, music and conversation.
Ritz Cinema - Special Screening organised by Jubilee Australia - Australia - followed by panel discussion
Screening: 29 April 2021 - Ritz Cinema, Randwick - 7pm
The Jubilee Australia Research Centre engages in research and advocacy to promote economic justice for communities in the Asia-Pacific region and accountability for Australian corporations and government agencies operating there. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bougainvillean Kuntamari Croft and Jubilee Australia's director Luke Fletcher.
Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia - Guatemala - CENTRAL AMERICAN PREMIERE
Virtual Screening: 30 April 2021, available across Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua) - followed by Q&A
The event has a social and human rights focus, highlighting works of high cinematographic quality. It that takes place annually in Guatemala, with screenings in the capital city, a travelling showcase in the interior of the country and, when possible, holds development workshops for young Central American documentary filmmakers.
Millenium Film Festival - Brussels, Belgium
Screenings: 5-30 May 2021 - Virtual & 14 June Cinema Vendôme
The festival highlights films whose themes are linked to the major challenges and objectives of the 21st century, adopted by the United Nations in 2000, and which reflect humanity's dreams and ambitions for a more fair and equitable world.
WINNER - Silver Award - Best Film On Sustainable Development
Front International Festival on Conflict and Peace - Gandusa, Spain
Screenings: 29 May 2021 - CINEMA - 7pm Celler Herència Altés
The festival was born with the idea of encouraging debates on collective memory in important historical places linked to the Spanish Civil War.
Festival Closing Film
Cinema e Ambiente Avezzano - Avezzano, Italy - Italian Premiere
Screenings: 1 June 2021 - CINEMA - Orsini Castle
Organised yearly in Abbruzzo, the festival promotes reflections on issues related to waste and sustainable development. Live screenings take place in Orsini Castle this year.
Nominee Best Feature Film
Wairoa Maori Film Festival - Wairoa, New Zealand
Screenings: 4 June 2021 - CINEMA - 1.30pm Gaiety Theatre
Founded in 2005, the festival is a celebration of Māori and indigenous film held at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, New Zealand, each year.
World Environment Day - Suncine Screening of award-winning films
Online across Spain & Mexico
Screenings: 5 June 2021 - Online
Held in Spain and Mexico, Suncine is the world's oldest environmental film festival. In celebration of this year's World Environment Day, the festival will screen the two Grand Prix winners of the 2020 Spanish and Mexican editions.
Martinique International Documentary Film Festival ‘Les révoltés du monde’ - Martinique - CARIBBEAN PREMIERE
Screening: 27 June 2021 - Cinema Madiana, Schloecher
The festival screens films dealing with the themes of the duty to remember, the right to exist, the commitment of citizens against injustice and discrimination ... for human dignity, and more broadly the commitment of communities wanting to change today’s world for a more just, and more humanly viable future.
WINNER Special Jury Prize
Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival - Kalamata, Greece
Screenings: 18 June-28 July 2021 (Cinema)
3 July 2021 - Kalamata, 9pm
7 July 2021 - Patras, 11pm
21 July 2021 - Ksilokastro, 10.30pm
In celebration of 200 years of Greek Independence the festival showcases documentaries under the general theme of ‘conquering freedom’ on a global scale.
Nominee Best International Feature
Weengushk International Film Festival - Ontario, Canada
Screenings: 9 July-16 July 2021 - Virtual edition
Taking place on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, the festival aims to present the highest quality films that emphasize Indigenous voices, human rights, social issues, and the environment, contributing to the development of narrative sovereignty by Indigenous peoples.
NaturVision Film Festival - Ludwigsburg, Germany - German Premiere
Screenings: 14-18 July 2021 - TBC
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival is one of Germany's most important environmental event, usually organised every year in Ludwigsburg.
Durban International Film Festival - Durban, South Africa - African Premiere
Screenings: 22 July-1 August 2021 - Online
Celebrating its 42nd edition, the festival is South Africa’s longest-running film festival and an Academy-Award qualifying festival for documentaries. It is widely regarded as one of the leading film festivals on the African continent and a vital event on the international film calendar.
Noma International Human Rights Film Festival - Azores - Portuguese Premiere
Screenings: 30 July 2021 - Cinema
This newly created festival in the Azores programs Portuguese and international feature and short films. It aims to give voice to the most relevant and up-to-date issues on human rights, addressing topics such as climate change, migration, discrimination, sexual and reproductive rights, poverty, among others.
WINNER Audience Award
WINNER Special Jury Mention
Green Montenegro International Film Festival - Dormitor - Balkan Premiere
Screenings: 2 August 2021 - Cinema
The festival is becoming a well-established centre of ecological identity in Montenegro and the forerunner of concrete activities and sustainable ideas concerning the protection of the natural resources. It coincides this year with the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the proclamation of Montenegro as the first ecological state in the world.
WINNER Special Jury Award (Ecology of the Soul)
Aegean Film Festival - Paros, Greece
Screenings: 2 August 2021 - Paros - Cinema - with director live Q&A
Founded in 2010 on Patmos Island as a way of bringing together filmmaking communities in celebration of independent cinema, the festival launched the environmental programme “Echoes”, an international summit for filmmakers, writers, scientists and opinion leaders where they meet on the islands to present their work and to find sustainable solutions to pressing issues of our planet.
Doqumenta International Film Festival - Queretaro, Mexico - Mexican Premiere
Screenings: 7 August 2021 - Cinema / Streaming until August 16
The festival showcases documentary films in Queretaro, Mexico, featuring a total of ten days of activities bringing together filmmakers, producers, and audiences. This year the festival also partners with the Mexican Cinematography Institute to offer streaming access to films on Filminlatino.
Nominee Best International Documentary
Islantilla Cinefórum - Bajo La Luna Film Festival - Huelva, Spain
Screenings: 11 August 2021 - Cinema
This summer event aims showcases in competition fiction and non-fiction productions from all over the world through outdoor, under-the-moon-light and beach screenings in Islantilla (Huelva, Spain).
Nominee Best Feature Film
Nominee Best Direction
Nominee Best Original Score
Nominee Audience Award
FINCALI Festival - Cali, Colombia - Colombian Premiere
Screenings: 11 August - Cinema
The FINCALI Festival encourages and promotes debate through cinema, focusing on environmental issues. Through its editions, regional and national tours, international windows circulates and provides access to national and international film material on socio-environmental and human rights issues, disclosing actions of violation or protection.
Apricot Tree International Ethnographic Film Festival - Ujan - Armenian Premiere
Screenings: 21-29 August - Cinema - with director Q&A
Established in 2014, the festival screens ethnographic films from around the world in the village of Ujan, 40km away from Yerevan. The week-long event aims to foster collaborations and exchange between filmmakers and village communities, offering new windows on the world.
Nominee Best International Documentary
Smaragdni Eco Film Festival - Travelling - Croatian Premiere
Screenings: 22-29 August - Cinema
Created 14 years ago, the event is a unique travelling ecological film festival, screening educational films with the aim to raise public ecological awareness through Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Nominee Best Feature Film
AricaDoc International Documentary Film Festival - Arica, Chile
Screenings: 27 August - 12 September - Online
The festival showcases works that represent the vibrant formal and thematic diversity of documentary cinema, feeding the reflection on the forces faced in the contemporary world and the accelerated metamorphosis that characterize our societies.
17th Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos de Sucre – FESTIMO El Septimo Ojo Es Tuyo - Sucre, Bolivia - Bolivian Premiere
Screenings: 30 August - 5 September - Online
Created in 2004 and organised by the cultural management center PukaÑawi – the red eye in Quechuan language and a symbolic reference to cinema and human rights, FESTIMO is defined as a cultural action with its objective being to strengthen intercultural dialogue, human rights education and the formation of audiences through film as a free expression of peoples. It is part of the Human Rights Film Network.
WINNER Best International Feature Film Award
Bannabafest – Human Rights Film Festival of Panama - Panamean Premiere
Screenings: 6-11 September - Cinema
“Bannaba” comes from the word guna and means beyond. The festival aims to disseminate and reward feature and short films that promote issues related to Human Rights, that exalt them or denounce violations. The event is held annually in communities, towns and cities throughout the country.
Nominee Best Feature Film
International Nature Film festival Gödöllő - Budapest, Hungarian Premiere
Screenings: 10-12 September 2021 - Cinema - with director Q&A
The festival aims to raise the awareness regarding the protection and conservation of biological diversity, natural resources, values and beauties of the world with a special emphasis on Europe and the Carpathian Basin. Pre-pandemic it was attended by over 40,000 visitors every year.
WINNER Best Environmental Documentary (2nd Jury award)
Barichara Green Film Festival FESTIVER - Barichara, Santander, Colombia
Screenings: 16-19 September 2021 - Online
Created by Colombian actors Toto Vega and Nórida Rodríguez, the festival seeks to build a new generation of artists and audience committed to the environment.
WINNER Best International Feature
IndieCork Film Festival - Cork, Ireland - Irish Premiere
Screenings: 19-26 September 2021 Cinema & 19 Sept - 3 October Online
IndieCork is Ireland's premiere festival of independent film and the largest festival for short film in Ireland. It also showcases features and documentaries. It is led by a team with over 30 years experience in film programming and exhibition and is Ireland's only festival in shared ownership, functioning as a co-operative.
Human Rights Film Festival Berlin - Berlin, Germany
Screenings: 19 & 20 September 2021 - Cinema with directors Q&A
The festival returns as a hybrid on- & offline festival back to the heart of the German capital. For 10 days, the festival will focus on stories from all parts of the world that vividly address and reflect on human action, the socio-political status quo and fundamental issues such as democracy, justice, freedom and environmental protection.
Montreal International Black Film Festival - Montreal, Canada
Screenings: 22 September - 3 October 2021 - Online
The festival aims to bring audiences the most beautiful new Black films, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. It is now the largest festival of its kind in Canada thanks to its bilingualism, its international press coverage, its growing movie-goer base, the number of countries represented (around 40 each year), as well as the large number of films and premieres presented each year.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - Los Angeles, United States
Screenings: 25 September - Cinema
The Festival celebrates the achievements of Asian Pacific cinematic artists and communities. Established in 1983, it is the largest film festival in Southern California dedicated to showcasing films by and about Asians & Pacific Islanders around the world.
Nominee Best Feature Documentary
Life After OIL International Festival - Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Screenings : 25 September 2021 - Cinema with director Q&A
Taking place annually in Sardegna and Puglia, the festival is a celebration of environmental and human rights films from around the world. Its aim is to identify alternatives, based on scientific knowledge, on energy consumption and the preservation of natural resources.
Nominee Best Environmental Feature
Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival - Taiwan - East Asian Premiere
Screenings : 1-5 October 2021 - Virtual - Q&A with directors on 6-7 October
Founded in 2001, the biennial festival is Asia’s oldest and longest running international ethnographic film festival. For 20 years TIEFF has served to promote outstanding documentary films from around the world that are innovative, educational, challenging, and entertaining.
AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival - Lemnos, Greece
Screening : 2 October 2021 - Cinema
Taking place simultaneously in Lesvos, Lemnos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, and in other 4 islands of Aegean Sea, the festival aims to introduce and promote the most important documentary productions worldwide and create an international forum for presentations and panel discussions about emerging media and information technologies.
WINNER Best Foreign Film Award
Dili International Film Festival - Dili, Timor-Leste - Timor Premiere
Screenings : 5 October 2021 - Cinema
Over three long weekends in October 2021, DIFF will take place in Timor-Leste's capital Dili to celebrate creativity, together with local filmmakers, communities and movie lovers in Timor-Leste. The Festival was founded by Michael Smith, entrepreneur, adventurer, founder of Screens Without Borders and Timor-Leste’s Cinema Loro sa’e, together with Festival Director Lena Lenzen of award-winning Dili based Pixelasia Productions.
WINNER Best International Documentary Feature Award
All Living Things Environmental Film Festival - Panchgani, India
Screenings : 9-17 October 2021 - Cinema
The festival aims to inspire and mobilise communities to take action toward co-creating a sustainable future, locally and at large. With plenty of global flair and Indian flavour, ALT EFF showcases groundbreaking and compelling films to showcase the beauty of our planet, create awareness on the critical issues and leave audiences feeling inspired to envision and shape our possible futures.
WINNER Best International Feature Award
Terra di Tutti Film Festival - Italy, Bologna
Screening : 10 October 2021 - Cinema
Celebrating its 15th edition, the festival aims to give a voice to filmmakers who use their art as a form of critical expression, scrutinising the world and issues affecting countries of the southern hemisphere.
WINNER Benedetto Senni Award
CineEco – Serra da Estrela International Environmental Film Festival - Seia, Portugal
Screenings : 15 October 2021 - Cinema
Celebrating its 27th edition, the festival is one of the world’s oldest environmental film festival and the only film festival in Portugal, totally dedicated to environmental issues, in its widest sense. It takes place in Seia, annually in October, and has done so continuously since 1995.
WINNER Best International Feature Award - Youth Jury
Festival Internacional de Ciência FIC.A - Lisbon, Portugal
Screenings : 15 October 2021 - Cinema
In partnership with CineEco Seia, Ophir will be screened at the first edition of this scientific festival, which brings together more than 100 academic, scientific, technological, diplomatic, governmental and NGOs together in Lisbon.
Festival Internacional De Cine Invisible Film Sozialak De Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain
Screenings : 15 October 2021 - Cinema
The festival is an annual celebration dedicated to show a cinema full of diversity and social commitment, a cinema that is usually excluded from commercial screens. It is centered on four major themes: Sustainable Development, Human Rights, Interculturality and Gender Equity.
Nominee Human Rights International Competition
Native Spirit Film Festival - London, UK
Screenings : 15-18 October 2021 - Virtual Edition
Founded in 2005 by Mapuche leader Freddy Trequil to promote knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures, the event is the UK's first and only annual Independent festival to promote Native Filmmakers, Media and Artists, with increasing focus on Narrative Sovereignty.
Edinburgh Green Film Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
Screenings : 20-31 October 2021 - Virtual Edition
Based in the heart of Scotland, in the run-up to COP 26 the festival aims to engage with climate issues, platform underrepresented climate perspectives, and raise awareness of important environmental discussions happening in the world right now.
Jakarta Independent Film Festival - Jakarta, Indonesia
Screenings : 21-25 October 2021 - Virtual Edition
Held in the heart of Indonesia’s busiest metropolis, the festival welcomes the best independent filmmakers from around the world and aims showcase stories of different genres, styles, and countries that capture the imagination, talent, and diversity of independent filmmakers.
Nominee Best International Feature
Bogota Film Festival - Bogota, Colombia
Screenings : 20-28 October 2021 - Virtual Edition
Created in 1984 to reward Colombian Film Production the festival later brought together national and other Andean countries cinematography, and continued to honour productions from the Caribbean Islands, South America, Spain, France, Africa and the Pacific Coast. The Festival is recognised as a worldwide Festival specialised in New Directors' feature films.
WINNER Best Environmental Film Award
Royal Anthropology Institute - Anthropology & Conservation Conference
Dates : 25-29 October 2021 - Virtual Edition - Q&A with directors and panel
Held virtually, the aim of the conference is based on the recognition that conservation can only be properly achieved with Indigenous Peoples, in full recognition of their rights. It brings together specialists discussing cross-disciplinary understanding not just of conservation, but also of the way that conservation and people go together.
Arica Nativa Film Festival - Arica, Chile
Screenings : 27 October to 7 November 2021 - Virtual Edition
Celebrating its 16th edition, the festival’s purpose is to make children, youth and adults fall in love with the natural and cultural treasures that remain heroically in the rural and indigenous areas of the planet.
WINNER Best Feature Film - Mallku Feature Films Competition
Green Screen Environmental Film Festival - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Premiere
Screenings : 28-31 2021 - Virtual Edition
The event celebrates internationally acclaimed films with an environmental or sustainability focus, but also embraces regional and locally produced documentaries, narrative, animation and experimental films.
Nominee Best International Film
Filmambiente Festival - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Brazilian Premiere
Screenings : 28 October - 3 November 2021 - Virtual Edition
The 11th edition of the festival showcases the best recent films on environmental issues, to create awareness, provoke debate and to widen knowledge and conscience on the need of urgent changes in the behavior of people, governments and companies, in order to preserve the planet.
WINNER Special Jury Prize - Best Script Award
FICKIN Festival International de Cinéma de Kinshasa - Kinshasa, DRC Premiere
Screenings: 2-7 November 2021 - Cinema
The Kinshasa International Film Festival, FICKIN, has existed since 2014. Its main mission is to promote the emergence of a film industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and particularly in Kinshasa.
Nominee Best International Documentary
Slow Film Festival - Rome, Acquapendente and Antrodoco
Screenings: 5-15 November 2021 - Hybrid - Details TBA
Organised in Rome and the villages of Acquapendente and Antrodoco, the festival highlights works which main topics re-establish the contact between man and his environment, between historical memory and new technologies, between different cultures and topics about human rights. Slow it means looking at art as something always attentive to the human aspects even in a logical global production prospective.
International Green Culture Film Festival "Green Fest" - Belgrade, Serbia - Serbian Premiere
Screenings: 8-15 November 2021 - Online
Organised in Belgrade for the past 11 years, the festival is a unique event in the region of southeast Europe and binds environmental and cultural activities through film screenings, workshops, lectures, debates, exhibitions, and innovations.
WINNER Best Feature Film Award
Naples Human Rights Film Festival - Naples, Italy
Screenings: 10-20 November 2021 - Online
Created in 2008, the festival is dedicated to justice, and to all human beings persecuted by systems of power that impoverish and discriminate against people for ethnic, religious and cultural reasons, or on the basis of gender etc.
Nominee Best Human Rights Documentary
Sunchild International Environmental Film Festival - Yerevan, Armenia
Screenings: 11-14 November 2021 - Online
Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the festival is to this date the only environmental festival held in the South Caucasus region. The festival ''travels’’ in the regions of Armenia throughout the whole year, involving a large number of children and youth, facilitating identification and creative solutions of community environmental issues by organizing thematic film screenings, discussions, and other initiatives.
Destinazione Sud - Radicondoli, Sienna, Italy
Screenings: 14 November 2021 - Cinema
Organised in the city of Belforte, Radicondoli, Sienna, the festival partners with the Terra di Tutti Film Festival of Bologna and will screen the award-winning films of the latest edition.
Calgary Justice Film Festival - Calgary, Canada
Screenings: 21 November 2021 - Online
Created in 2006, the festival Festival uses the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for its film programming. Its vision is to to influence positive behavioral change by sharing environmental and social justice films that inspire and engage communities to become global citizens.
Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival - Richmond, Virginia, United States
Screenings: 19 November 2021 - Cinema
The Festival aims to raise awareness about Native American language, cultures, and societies through films that share Native American perspectives. The Festival, which is the only one of its kind on the East Coast, brings together artists, authors, cineastes, and actors who share a passion for film and features experiential learning opportunities for the entire public.
Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival - Kathmandu, Nepal
Screenings: 22-25 November 2021 - Virtual
A premier International Film Festival in Kathmandu Nepal, the event has been running since 2010. It is organised by the Human Rights Film Center, which works to use films and other forms for the promotion and protection of human rights and dignity.
Alter do Chão Film Festival - Brazil
Screenings: 8-12 December 2021 - Virtual
The Alter do Chão Film Festival is a meeting place between cultures around audiovisual production and other artistic manifestations of the Brazilian Amazon to foster the interactivity of everyone interested in the intelligent and responsible preservation of the environment, cultures and Amazonian societies.
FICA - Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental - Goias, Brazil
Screenings: 14-19 December 2021 - Hybrid
Born in 1999, FICA was a pioneer festival for environmental films and is today one of the main environmental festivals in the world presenting films that picture the relationship between human beings and nature. . The 22nd edition is taking place in an hybrid format, with online and in-person activities in the town of Goiás, Brazil, a World Heritage Site.
WINNER Film of the Year Award
DOCA - Buenos Aires, Argentinian Premiere
Screenings: 20 December 2021 - Cinema - CANCELLED
The festival is organised by the Association of Argentinian documentary filmmakers in Buenos Aires, whose aim is to promote the diffusion and distribution of documentary films in different spaces, including unconventional ones that emerged after the social explosion of 2001: assemblies, recovered factories, neighbourhood cultural centres, schools, universities, etc.
FESTIVAL CLOSING FILM
Muestra de Cine Social y Derechos Humanos de Asturias - Oviedo, Spain
Screenings: 13 January 2022 - Cinema Fantasio Navia, Asturias
The festival is a meeting point for cinema, social activism and critical thought that seeks to deepen the knowledge of human rights and the culture of peace, showing on screen the situation of some of the most disadvantaged countries and the most vulnerable social groups.
Auroville Film Festival - Auroville, India
Screenings: 18-23 January 2022 - Hybrid
The Auroville Film Festival is a biennial film festival that started in 2009 in South India. The aim of the festival is to connect with people and cultures within and beyond Auroville and to further the aspiration of human unity by showcasing films that develop this theme of human unity.
Papua New Guinea Cinema Release - Paradise Cinemas, Port Moresby, PNG
17 March 2022 11am & 8.45pm - 18 March 2022 1.45pm & 6.05pm - 19 March 2022 2.55pm, 6.45pm & 8.30pm - 20 March 2022 2.55pm, 6.45pm & 8.30pm - 21 March 2022 11.05am & 8.40pm - 22 March 2022 1.45pm & 6.05pm - 23 March 2022 11am & 8.40pm - 24 March 2022 11am & 8.45pm - 25 March 2022 2.20pm & 6.15pm - 26 March 2022 2.45pm & 8.35pm - 27 March 2022 2.35pm & 8.35 pm - 28 March 2022 11am & 8.45pm - 29 March 2022 2.20pm & 6.30pm - 30 March 2022 11.15 & 2.40pm - 31 March 2022 8.40pm - 1 April 2022 5.55pm - 2 April 2022 6.30pm - 3 April 2022 8.25pm - 4 April 2022 1pm - 5 April 2022 5.25pm - 6 April 2022 4.30pm
Cine-Clube da Ilha Terceira - Angra do Heroismo, Ilha Terceira, Azores
Screenings: 22 March 2022 - Cinema with director Q&A
Screening organised as part of the showing around Portugal of CineEco award winning films of 2021.
Eugene Environmental Film Festival - Eugene, Oregon, USA
Screenings: 23 April 2022 - Cinema - Broadway Metro
The festival aims to create a space to address critical issues facing our planet. It supports the work being done at local and global levels and share a deep connection and responsibility to protect the environment and work in solidarity with others in the struggle toward environmental justice.
Ecozine Film Festival - Pamplona and Zaragoza, Spain
Screenings: 18 May 2022 (Pamplona) - 20 May 2022 (Zaragoza) - Cinema - with directors Q&A
A founding member of the Green Film Network, it was born in 2008 with the main objective of giving visibility to audiovisual productions focused on socio-environmental problems.
FIFEQ - International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec - Montreal/Quebec Canada
Screenings: 19-29 May 2022 - Hybrid
The FIFEQ is the only Canadian film festival devoted exclusively to ethnographic cinema. It aims to promote and demystify visual anthropology for the general public.
German International Ethnographic Film Festival - Göttingen, Germany
Screenings: 25-29 May 2022 - Online
The festival promotes documentary cinema with a special emphasis on new films, videos and interactive media dealing with socio-cultural processes in a wide sense of the term.