CinemAmbiente 2018 Film Awards

ASJA Energy Award for Best International Documentary to

Genesis 2.0 by Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev (Switzerland 2018, 103’)

Jury: Antonietta De Lillo, Cristina Gabetti, Gino & Michele (Luigi Vignali and Michele Mozzati), Stefano Mancuso, Mazdak Mirramezani

Motivation. Original handling of the material, comparison of apparently distant worlds, analysis of the opportunities and threats of biogenetics, cinematographic quality, and development of the characters.

IREN Audience Award Main sponsor CinemAmbiente — to

Do You Trust this Computer? by Chris Paine (USA 2018, 78’)

SMAT Award for Best One Hour Documentary to

Activist by Petteri Saario (Finland 2017, 58’)

Jury: Samer Angelone, Alessandra Cannito, Sara D’Amario

Motivation. The story of a young woman fighting to protect her town in Finland is a story of hope. Riikka puts education and activism first to reveal an important truth: the environment is not a local issue but rather an urgent call for everyone. Activist gives clear proof of what each of us – no matter what age – can do to make a difference.

With a Special Mention award to

The Last Honey Hunter by Ben Knight (Nepal 2017, 36’)

Motivation. The film brings together elements of climate change, wilderness, and spirituality in a remote area of Nepal through stunning photography and a strong sense of narration.

CiAl Award for Best Italian Documentary to

Il Monte delle formiche by Riccardo Palladino (Italy 2017, 63’)

Jury: Roberto Giovannini, Marino Midena, Thierry Toscan

Motivation. The power of a story as only nature knows how to tell it: the mystery of a day when thousands of flying ants gather as children play in a natural landscape where light and shadow dance in rhythm to the music. The story takes on a new dimension when the ants swarm together as if accepting their collective role in the natural cycle of events.

With a Special Mention award to

The Milk System by Andreas Pichler (Italy/Germany 2017, 91’)

Motivation. A searing reportage of a monstrous machine that devours men and animals, with environmental damage as the consequence.

Best Short Film award to

Ondes noires by Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (France 2017, 21’)

Jury: students of the graduate course in Economics of the Environment, Culture, and Territory, University of Turin: Andrea Abbate, Guido Antonio Di Carlo, Giulia Franza, Alice Mele, Alice Re, Matilde Russotto, Andrea Sereno, Anna Setran, Stefano Sibille, Laura Virgelli Cucinelli.

Motivation. The film stimulates reflection on a little studied type of pollution – electromagnetic pollution – and examines the impact exposure to electromagnetic fields can have on humans. Through the testimony of people with electrical sensitivity the film gives an account of how the condition can affect our lives.

The Arcobaleno Social Cooperative Environment and Society award to

The Green Lie by Werner Boote (Austria 2018, 97’)

Jury: Giovanni Iozzi, Paolo Diani, Enrico Ravera, Roberto Lombardo, Antonella Siciliani, Giuseppe Umbaca, Cristiano Dametto, Ileana Stefanelli, Marco Avataneo, Giacomo Giargia

Motivation. The film teaches us to raise our sights beyond what the multinationals would have us believe about the sustainability and social justice of their products and processes, making “green” a mere color. The film shows us how to be citizens and not consumers and reminds us that to effect change we must fight the battle together.

Legambiente Special Mention to

The Milk System by Andreas Pichler (Italy/Germany 2017, 91’)

Jury: Paola Lugaro, Fabrizio Bo, Alessandro Risi

Motivation. The film takes us into the economic, environmental, and human workings of milk production, starting from man’s discovery of this animal product eons ago and the eternal question of why cows make milk. Thus starts our journey into the world of humans, animals, and milk and how our relationship with all that’s dairy has changed: livestock raising and intensive farming, market growth that matches production levels, high competition, poorly controlled new products put on the market.

The dairy chain has not been kind to the animals or the farming families who thought they would share its benefits but learned that no support was to be expected from the organizations representing them or the interests of consumers. There is still a ray of hope for the environment, the animals, the economic gains achieved with selected innovative, biological, non-invasive methods. The film offers an exhaustive examination of the topic, giving a critical analysis of the positive and negative aspects of the dairy chain and an overview of good practices that are gradually being implemented.

WWF Special Mention award for the best film about preservation of biodiversity to

Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins (Medvedi Kamcătki. Nacčalo Žizni) by Irina Žuravleva and Vladislav Grišin (Russia 2018, 53’)

Motivation. The beauty of the photography, the naturalness of the animals in their eco-ethological setting, and the timelessness of the landscapes that provide the necessary guidelines for conservation of our planet’s biodiversity.

CinemAmbiente Junior award for best short films by schoolchildren

Jury: François-Xavier Frantz, Eugenia Gaglianone, Sara Girardo

Elementary School

Alla ricerca di Madre natura, by grade 5D students of the Istituto Comprensivo Gramsci Rodari di Sestu (CA)

Motivation. Extraordinary effort devoted to the design, voiceover, visual language, attention to detail, delicateness and beauty. The take-home message that defending the environment means rediscovering nature and caring for it every day.

Middle School

Le avventure di Jennifer Water, by students of the G. Ungaretti Middle School , Caerano San Marco (TV)

Motivation. The finely worked designs, the right rhythm and combination of color and music, the clear depiction of “travelling” through water, which everyone can appreciate, adults and children alike, the attention to the overall composition and the take-home message: water is a basic need – don’t’ waste it!

High School

AL…si ricicla per amoreby grade 3 graphics student of the Centro di formazione professionale ENDO-FAP “Don Orione” (Piacenza)

Motivation. The humor and warmth of the voiceover, the refined use of color, the beauty of each detail that makes one want to watch the film over and over again, and the two-fold message: the importance of recycling (aluminum) and in taking care of the planet and the environment every day.

Junior High School Special Mention to

Cambiamenti climatici, grade 3A students of the G. Caprin Junior High School, Trieste

Special awards Movies Save the Planet to Fernando E. Solanas

Le Ghiande literary award to Chicca Gagliardo and Paola Loreto