Thursday, 10 May 2012

UK Green Film Festival programme announced as festival comes to Birmingham



Friday 18th – Saturday 19th May 2012
The second UK Green Film Festival is coming to Birmingham on the 18 - 19 May 2012 and bringing with it a little happiness with a screening of the appealingly entitled ‘Happy’; the latest award-winning documentary from Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic.

The 2012 programme will be shown by the Birmingham Film Cooperative in the Midlands Co-operative Member Relations Centre at the Birmingham & Midland Institute and includes national theatrical premieres of some of the best films and documentaries that highlight climate change and other environmental issues:
-Taste The Waste Saturday 19th May 13:30pm (Free entry)
On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump - most of it before it ever reaches consumers.This documentary about the worldwide destruction of food by German director, Valentin Thurn, examines thewidespread causes of this massive squandering, interviewing everyone in the food chain from consumers to food producers to politicians and administrators.
At the screening the audience will also be offered a buffet of regional produce and the change to hear about Friends of the Earth’s latest campaign and how Midlands Co-operative is implementing a ‘Zero to Landfill’ approach to food waste management
-HappyFriday 18th May 19:00pm (pay on the door £4.50, £2.50 members)
This inspiring film takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.
The pioneering fledgling festival is produced by volunteers from Igloo in collaboration with Washington DC Environmental Film Festival and sponsorship from Friends of the Earth and GVA. The inaugural weekend event in May 2011, showed 30 environmental films to more than over 2,500 people in five cities – London , Leicester, Cardiff , Glasgow and Leeds .
This year, an additional eight venues keen to support the cause are getting involved, tapping into a growing public thirst for information and understanding of environmental issues and demonstrating a shift from a niche to a more mainstream interest. The festival was recently recognised by Climate Week as one of the four best environmental events in the UK in 2011.
John Long, Festival Director, commented: “We are delighted to be in Birmingham this year. The 2012 programme brings some of the most inspirational and thought-provoking films from around the globe to audiences across the UK .
“Our aim is simple. We want to help people understand their impact on the environment, and what they can do to reduce it. Film has the power to do that; to provoke thought, to inspire, and to entertain. That’s what the UK Green Film Festival is all about.”
Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth added:
"Friends of the Earth is delighted to be supporting the UK Green Film Festival in its second year. Films are a great way to inspire people to get involved in helping to tackle problems facing our environment, from protecting our countryside to keeping our climate and food supplies stable."
John Cooper, chair of the Birmingham Film Cooperative, concluded: "These two, inspiring films should be a real 'green letter' day for Birmingham . Through the unique power of film I'm sure it'll set us all thinking about people centered solutions to global problems. Happiness and waste are issues that affect us all, both in the pocket and in our lives, and I'm sure this unique partnership with Midlands Co-op, Birmingham friends of the Earth and Birmingham Film Co-op will help us all be inspired to take some positive action"
Full details on the programme can be found on www.ukgreenfilmfestival.org.
Twitter: @UKgreenfilms

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