Presenting 2016 Wild and Green Short Film Winners

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The 2016 Wild and Green Short Film Video Contest has wrapped up and we have the winners! With 18 films competing for a total prize value of $690, the films received a total of 705 votes and total views reaching over 2000! To view each film, click on the image or the film name.  Enjoy!

Daniel Dancer, 1st Place Audience Award Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, "Broken Sky"

Daniel Dancer, 1st Place Audience Award Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “Broken Sky”

“As a long time environmental art activist working with large groups of people in the creation of giant living paintings that only make sense from the sky, this contest provided an exciting opportunity for participants to be involved in the dynamics of a film festival. My emphasis with my Art For the Sky school residency program is to help students and teachers develop a new relationship with the sky. Our mode of perceiving the world is obsolete and if we don’t quickly evolve into new beings who have learned to see through the eyes of everything to get what I call our “skysight” on to see the “whole first” and make decisions from that perspective, there probably is no lasting future for our species. My film, Broken Sky is about this need to change our perception, told from the point of view of children who are frustrated beyond imaginings as to why adults have taken such poor care of planet Earth.

Winning the audience prize means that Broken Sky will be seen by many more people and completely validates my original idea of writing the song and putting an earth made of kids in an hourglass!

~Daniel Dancer, 1st Place Audience Award Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “Broken Sky”

Michael Snyder, 2nd Place Audience Award Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, "The Vision Within"

Michael Snyder, 1st Place Audience Award Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “The Vision Within”

“I am a documentary filmmaker and photographer that specializes in projects that show people working to create a better, more sustainable world.  It is the positive stories that really inspire me.  Competing in Wild and Green Shorts was a real delight for us.  At the end of the day the most important thing for us is getting the film out there to be seen by people who care about these issues.

It is a great honor!  We hope that it means people resonate with the message of connecting the visions for our individual lives with a vision for a more sustainable future.  We hope that people are asking themselves, ‘how can we design a future that allows us to live well without destroying the natural environment’.

All of the money from the cash prize will go right back into supporting more students to go on learning adventures (like the one in the film) and creating more documentary projects to tell those stories.”

~Michael Snyder, 1st Place Audience Award Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “The Vision Within”

~Andrea Arena, 3rd Place Audience Awards Winner Wild and Green Shorts, "The Island of the Black Sun"

Andrea Arena, 3rd Place Audience Awards Winner Wild and Green Shorts, “The Island of the Black Sun”

“I am a young videojournalist and director of photography. I am living in Torino, Italy, and I am currently working on a new web-documentary about social media addiction. I chose this contest because I thought it could be a good way to get a feedback on my work, compared to others of a similar matter.

Being one of the top 3 most voted films means I did a decent job and that some of the public appreciated it” ~Andrea Arena, 3rd Place Audience Awards Winner Wild and Green Shorts, “The Island of the Black Sun”

~Heidi Douglas, 1st Place Jury Selection, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, "DEFENDENT 5"

Heidi Douglas, 1st Place Jury Selection, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “DEFENDENT 5”

“It is great to have DEFENDANT 5 showcased amongst other important environmental narratives from around the world, and to give audiences a chance to connect with curated content from the comfort of their own home. Usually you only get to see this type of content at film festivals, which relies on being in the right geographic location at the right time.

Winning the Jury Prize is a great endorsement for the risk I took to tell this story from a very personal perspective. I spent many years documenting my experience being sued hoping one day to make a film about it, as I was angry and depressed about my free speech being threatened by this giant corporation. I wanted to use filmmaking to re-empower myself by sharing this story. I hope that spreading the story internationally will help to dissuade other corporations from trying to shut down free speech over community conflict, as its clear in DEFENDANT 5 that in the end Gunns Ltd, the logging company, destroyed their own reputation through their heavy handed tactics.

I will submit more works to the audience awards!”

~Heidi Douglas, 1st Place Jury Selection, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “DEFENDENT 5”

~Jotham Porzio, 2nd Place Jury Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, "The Bee Hunter"

~Jotham Porzio, 2nd Place Jury Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts, “The Bee Hunter”

“I wanted to get as many eyeballs on my short film as possible because you never know who is watching, especially online. I also believe that it is important to put your work out in a competitive pool of talent because it helps to see what is working and what ideas have potential.

Winning a jury prize means that I have something worth sharing. It means that someone has seen the film the way I designed it to be consumed and to me that is an accomplishment for me and my team.

I will most likely use my prize money to invest back into other competitions.”

~Jotham Porzio, 2nd Place Jury Winner, 2016 Wild and Green Shorts,  “The Bee Hunter”

~Marco Tessaro, 3rd Place Jury Winner, 2016 Wild and Green, "Moving to Live"

~Marco Tessaro, 3rd Place Jury Winner, 2016 Wild and Green, “Moving to Live”

“I’m a filmmaker interested in nature and environment. This contest was very good for my job.

It means an interesting way to present my documentary Moving to live!

I’ll use my credit for Contest Fees (Upcoming Contests).”

~Marco Tessaro, 3rd Place Jury Winner, 2016 Wild and Green,  “Moving to Live”

Congratulations to the winners!

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