The Earth Day Film Festival 2017
The Earth Day Film Festival 2017
An Outdoor Film Festival in the Mojave desert, Showcasing earth-minded Film and Art with clean energy and zero waste.
An Outdoor Film Festival in the Mojave desert, Showcasing earth-minded Film and Art with clean energy and zero waste. Read more
About this project
Three Years in the making
For the past 3 years, The Earth Day Film Festival has been celebrating and recognising film-makers who want to share a message about the importance of the Earth. We’ve successfully run this Festival in San Francisco, bringing together film makers from many different countries and spreading an incredible message of conservation, awareness and respect.
Q. How would The Earth host a Film Festival?
We asked ourselves, “if the Earth were to host a Film festival, how would she do it?”. It was clear, the answer was Outdoors.
- She would energize the festival using her wind and sun (not fossil fuels)
- She would be supported by individuals committed to her environment (no corporate sponsors)
- She would ensure the festival is inclusive and would create a place for her inhabitants to collaborate and express themselves (no exclusion)
And so we set out on a task - to take our amazing Festival out to the Mojave Desert, and experience these films in the awe-inspiring surrounds of mother nature. That’s where Kickstarter comes in. In order to make this a reality - we need your support to pre-buy passes and merchandise, so we know that we can put on an incredible show.
What to expect at The Earth Day Film Festival:
- Be inspired by 18+ hours of impactful, change-making films, submitted by filmmakers from 38 nations, projected on a large, outdoor screen.
- Learn and expand with workshops on plants, sustainability, and community
Connect to the Earth via our bodies with yoga, dance, and meditation
- Be nourished by communal vegan meals made with love (Friday Dinner, Saturday Brunch, Saturday Dinner, Sunday Brunch)
- Celebrate and move to music. (This year Little Brother Rye and Tumble Down House will be playing!)
- Relax with 3 days of camping in the Mojave Desert Network with people at the fore front of film, environmentalism and those shaping a new paradigm. The property is completely off-grid with solar panels, well water and wind power. In compliance with our zero-waste goals we ask that no single-use items brought in.
The 3-day festival will be held from April 21-23, 2017 in Johnson Valley, California USA - Kids Welcome!
Your attendance supports the film makers
Your contribution will be helping to award Film Makers from around the globe. Here are the awards we will be presenting this year:
The Earth's Choice Award: The winning film is made with the Earth in mind- from conception to final film. Consideration is given to energy usage, waste, and environmental impact. The final message is typically feminine in tone, not a direct way of speaking but one that is nurturing and loving as is Mother Earth. The recipient of this award is given temporary custody of the "Earth's Choice" custom trophy with their name engraved below previous recipient. The winner of this award receives an $888 cash award to propagate future Earth-minded work.
The Activist Award: This award honors filmmakers who are using their art to affect change in the world. The winning film illuminates unjust or repressive systems and calls for action. The filmmakers tactics, including their partnerships, methods and post-production journey are taken into consideration for this award.
The New Paradigm Award: The recipient of this award answers the question: 'what's next?'. After activism draws attention to areas in need of change, a new paradigm is needed to exemplify a more harmonious and healthier relationship with Earth. The selected film has a tone of nurturance and hope.
The Earth Day Film Festival is organized by filmmakers, who honor the effort required to give birth to a film. Selected filmmakers receive thoughtful gift bags from our sponsors and two VIP passes to the Festival.
Each year on Earth Day, The Earth Day Film Festival staff selects a 120min block of films to send to hosts around the world to screen on Earth Day. These screenings are all powered using renewable energy (in the U.S. through our partners at Arcadia Power) and are free and open to the public.
Our hope is to foster local gatherings of like-minded individuals, reducing economic barriers through the showing of these films. The 2016 selection of poignant films were shown at an art collective in New York City, a marina in San Francisco, a theater in Los Angeles, a festival in Mexico City, and a home in Vancouver. Keeping in alignment with our vision, we value authenticity and the creation of community rather than the size or reputation of a particular venue.
Want to share awe-inspiring films with your community for free? Visit our website to learn more about how to become a host. Your contribution to this campaign will ensure that more people around the world get to see these amazing films - not just the lucky ones who attend the Mojave Desert Festival.
Every dollar goes towards the festival
Every dollar raised during this campaign will go towards putting on this festival - from creating the awards for film makers, to hiring the Solar batteries that will power the festival.
Solar Batteries: $1,250
Property Hire: $1,000
*$1,000 of infrastructure money is going towards paying for locally sourced food for the vegan meals.
We believe strongly in the message that the Earth should be nourished and respected - The Earth Day Film Fest is the best way that we know how to bring this message to life. We really look forward to seeing you for three days of incredible creativity and sharing. Please head to our website to see videos of past winners and further history of our Festival.
Risks and challenges
If we reach our funding target, this festival will be going ahead! Our only challenges may be directly from mother nature herself - the Weather. In an event of a weather situation, we will post-pone the festival to another time. All passes bought by throughout this campaign will be honoured - no matter what.
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