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Synopsis for the Films of 2014 Festival

5 September 2014

<p>1.<a name=”seagives” id=”seagives”></a></p>
<p>Director: Kishe Caelan Wallace<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 18 min<br />
</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Sea Gives, Sea Takes is based on an old, Irish fisherman’s proverb of &quot;what goes around comes back around.&quot;<br />
Keelin McNeely (starring Kishe Caelen Wallace) loses her husband when he goes out to sea and only his oar and row boat come back. She moves away from Ireland’s mainland to another remote, little isle to resume a new life with her daughter, Clothra (starring Kinsale Reilly Wallace). Their new lakefront home bring more to them than gold coins. Keelin soon learns that life and death are in the ways of water, as well as loss and new love. </p>
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<p>About director:<br />
Kishe Caelan Wallace is an American born actress and director. She is known for her films Sea Gives, Sea Takes, Scene of the Crime and Romy and Michele: In the Beginning. </p>

<p>2.<a name=”mirrorlands” id=”mirrorlands”></a> <br />
Mirror Lands</p>
<p>Directors: Mark Lyken and Emma Dove<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 1 hr 7 min</p>
<p> <br />
Emma Dove and Mark Lyken</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Still, but full of movement; quiet, but full of sound… Nothing is quite as it seems. Mirror Lands is an absorbing and dreamlike portrait of The Black Isle; an ever-changing peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland supporting a delicate balance between nature, industry and rural life. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About directors:<br />
Lyken, an audio-visual artist based in Glasgow, Scotland creates film, musical pieces, sound pieces, paintings and installations. His recent work has explored people’s relationships to places, and the complex interactions between nature, industry and culture.</p>
<p>Dove, an artist and documentary filmmaker, is originally from the Black Isle and is currently working between Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands. She is also interested in exploring human relationships to place, and the narratives of life that generally tend to go unnoticed in everyday activities. Dove is fascinated by identity, creativity and the interplay between nature and culture. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
IFFEST Documentary Art Festival – Bucharest, Romania <br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>3.<a name=”theflocking” id=”theflocking”></a><br />
The Flocking: Coal-Aid Moviesode</p>
<p>Director: Jacob Fertig<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 10 min 8 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The Flocking: Coal-Aid Moviesode is a short animation film based on the West Virginia American Water Crisis which took place during January 2014 in Charleston, West Virgina. The second half of the animation was created during the water crisis, while the first half was produced several months later. </p>
<p>About director:<br />
Fertig is an artist, animator, educator and filmmaker nestled away in the beautiful hills of West Virginia, USA. He is an award-winning animator, having won the Gold Key and Silver Awards from Scholastic for his animation WAR (2005), as well as awards from the West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival, and more. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
West Virginia International Film Festival: An Evening of Films about the Water Crisis May 2014– Charleston, West Virginia, USA<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>4.<a name=”ourdeepest” id=”ourdeepest”></a><br />
Our Deepest Waters: Exploring Marine National Monuments in the Remote Reaches of the Pacific</p>
<p>Director: Stephani Gordon<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 20 min</p>
<p> <br />
Stephani Gordon</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Explore a part of the ocean where the skies are full of sea birds, turtles nest on deserted beaches, and the waters are rife with sharks and active volcanoes. These are wild and remote places, set aside and protected as Marine National Monuments. This film takes you across the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean to experience the visual feast and scientific insights of these incredible ecosystems – ranging from the world’s smallest atoll to the deepest trench on Earth. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About director:<br />
Before becoming a filmmaker, Gordon spent twelve years as a marine field biologist, most of it at sea or on remote islands – an ideal training ground for the challenges of documentaries. She has filmed for PBS, National Geographic, NOAA, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other organizations. </p>
<p>5.<a name=”bruce” id=”bruce”></a><br />
bruce</p>
<p>Director: Francesco Bori<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 5 min 10 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Francesco Bori</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Francesco Bori explores the Bruce National Park in Ontario, Canada and its settlers through time. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About director:<br />
Bori is an Italian raised versatile director, cinematographer and camera operator. He shoots music videos, commercials, travel documentaries and more. He is an AV stills photographer and his love for traveling and observing other cultures has taken him far about – very often his travels feature in his work.</p>
<p>6.<a name=”keepers” id=”keepers”></a><br />
Keepers of the Water</p>
<p>Director: Elizabeth Zetlin<br />
Country: Canada<br />
Duration: 12 min 37 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Elizabeth Zetlin</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Narrated by Anishinabe poet and storyteller Lenore Keeshig, Keepers of the Water is a lyrical docu-poem (in the structure of traditional Japanese poetic form, the Haibun) about women and water. Keepers of the Water examines our relationship with rivers, lakes and bays, and the creatures that live in and around them, including fish, sportsmen, First Nations peoples, children, local residents and politicians.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Zetlin is a poet, filmmaker and visual artist. Her work now integrates image and word through the medium of video. She is now known as an award-winning filmmaker and poet, producing and directing several documentaries and video poems. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Canadian Spirit Festival September 2013 – Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada<br />
Water Rights/ Water Stories June 2014 – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>7.<a name=”greg0101010″ id=”greg0101010″></a><br />
0101010</p>
<p>Director: Greg Kyros<br />
Country: Spain <br />
Duration: 2 min 4 sec<br />
<br />
Greg Kyros</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Another life, another world.</p>
<p>8.<a name=”rising” id=”rising”></a><br />
Rising</p>
<p>Director: Jana Richter<br />
Country: Germany<br />
Duration: 7 min 21 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Jana Richter</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Magdeburg is a town of inhabitants who don’t walk on water but through it.<br />
</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Richter, a born director, studied Visual Communication, specializing in the field of film and television at the University of Arts in Kassel. Her Bolivian documentary, Cholita Libre won the prize of Jury at the Mujeres en foco Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has also recently produced documentaries in Armenia, Cuba and Germany.</p>
<p>9.<a name=”bim26″ id=”bim26″></a><br />
BIM 26</p>
<p>Director: Alexanderson Bolaño De La Lanza<br />
Country: Mexico<br />
Duration: 10 min</p>
<p> <br />
Alexanderson Bolaño De La Lanza</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Although the hunt of the sea turtle in Mexico is illegal, a sizeable portion of the population still consumes this beautiful creature. This documentary exposes the actions and people responsible for the illegal hunt of the turtle and how its protection benefits all. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Alexanderson Bolaño De La Lanza is an award winning filmmaker. He works in commercials, films and music videos. He is the festival director of the Sports Film Festival in Oaxaca and is now a graduate student in his local university; La Salle Oaxaca.</p>
<p>Festivals/ Prizes:<br />
Sayulita Film Festival February 2014 – Nayarit, Mexico<br />
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2014 – New York, USA<br />
The 7th Kuala Lumpur Co Film Fest 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<br />
India Premiere</p>
<p>10.<a name=”spa” id=”spa”></a><br />
Spa</p>
<p>Director: Vojtech Zak<br />
Country Czech Republic<br />
Duration: 3 min 56 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Vojtech Zak</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Spa is a film depicting the apathetic attitude of swimmers and officials alike towards the dismal state of the spa complex, a national historic site located in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The film was created out of a passion for dilapidated buildings, with a particular focus on the spirit of places we pass by every day. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Zak is interested in animation, juggling, web programming and new media. Among his creations are animations for Divadlo v Dlouhe theater, an educational series for high schools in Middle Bohemia, promotional videos for events and more. His films were presented in festivals such as Going Underground, PAF, Architektuur Film Festival Rotterdam and Cologne OFF.</p>
<p>Festivals/ Prizes:<br />
Architektuur Film Festival 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands<br />
Gothenburg Independent Film Festival 2014 – Gothenburg, Sweden<br />
Videofest 2013 – Tabor, Czech Republic<br />
First Prize winner Aerokratas 2012<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>11.<a name=”revolution” id=”revolution”></a><br />
Revolution </p>
<p>Director: Rob Stewart/Bruno Chatelin <br />
Country: Canada<br />
Duration: 1 hr 37 min</p>
<p> <br />
Rob Stewart/Bruno Chatelin <br />
</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Continuing his adventurous journey around the world, filmmaker Rob Stewart brings us Revolution, a full-length feature film that is inspiring humanity to change the world and save our planet. Along with world renowned experts, he learns that past evolutions can help solve some of our current and future environmental problems. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Rob Stewart is an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Stewart began photographing underwater when he was 13. Before making Sharkwater (2007), Stewart spent four years travelling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s magazines</p>
<p>Festivals/ Prizes:<br />
Vancouver Film Festival May 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Runner up for People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada<br />
Atlantic Audience Award for Best Documentary at Atlantic Film Festival – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada<br />
Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Santa Barbara, California, USA<br />
Audience Favourite Award at Victoria Film Festival – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada<br />
India Premiere</p>
<p>12.<a name=”consuelo” id=”consuelo”></a><br />
Consuelo</p>
<p>Director: Paul Johnson<br />
Country: UK/Peru<br />
Duration: 19 min 10 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Paul Johnson</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Consuelo follows the story of a young Peruvian dancer trying to pursue her dreams in the harsh world of the largest river city in the Amazon jungle. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
TRACC award for Best Film at BFI, LSBU Film Festival – London, UK <br />
Honorary mention at Ojo Al Sancocho Film Festival – Bogota, Colombia <br />
Nominated for Best Film at Portobello Film Festival – London, UK <br />
Nominated for Best Cinematography at UK Screentest Film Festival 2014 – London, UK <br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>13.<a name=”paradiselost” id=”paradiselost”></a><br />
Paradise Lost<br />
Director: Sai Pawar<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 1 min</p>
<p> <br />
Sai Pawar</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Paradise Lost depicts the aftermath of our current actions to the environment of the future.</p>
<p>14. <a name=”themanatee” id=”themanatee”></a><br />
The Manatee and the Sailor<br />
Director: Jenna Montero<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 3 min 42 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The Manatee and the Sailor is a film to understand the connection between manatees with their Floridian environment. </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Montero’s initial awareness of filmmaking started with her academy award winning grandfather who introduced her to it. She then learned the art of filmmaking from local artists before going on to study film at Boston University. </p>
<p>15.<a name=”oceanborn” id=”oceanborn”></a><br />
Ocean Born</p>
<p>Director: Lorenz Fischer<br />
Country: Germany<br />
Duration: 3 min</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Ocean Born is a music video about a journey through the Pacific Ocean.</p>
<p>16.<a name=”fishrus” id=”fishrus”></a><br />
Fish ‘R’ Us</p>
<p>Director: Maciej Glowinski<br />
Country: Poland<br />
Duration: 58 min</p>
<p> <br />
Maciej Glowinski</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
In the village of Piaski, fishing is the profession that whole families take up. Fascination with the sea and sea life is passed on from father to son. Nevertheless, the time comes when the son wants to be on his own and starts to wonder, &quot;fish’ (o)R’ us?&quot;</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
International Audience Award at Gdansk Doc Film Festival 2014 – Gdansk, Poland<br />
National Audience Award for Best Documentary at International Film Festival 2014 – Gliwice, Poland<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>17. <a name=”bottlebay” id=”bottlebay”></a><br />
Bottle Bay</p>
<p>Director: Allesandro Piovano<br />
Country: Australia<br />
Duration: 3 min 7 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Allesandro Piovano</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
A boy is swimming in a local beach when a bottle is thrown down into the water. He must now do what is right in his own mind and what is right for the environment. </p>
<p>18. <a name=”talesofwhales” id=”talesofwhales”></a><br />
Tales of Whales<br />
</p>
<p>19.<a name=”firstfish” id=”firstfish”></a><br />
First Fish</p>
<p>Director: Veronika Gottlichova<br />
Country: Czech Republic <br />
Duration: 13 min 25 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Veronika Gottlichova</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
An old fisherman sits by the sea, catching small glittering fish, symbolizing his memories. A little girl searches but is not able to find her own memories. Instead, she dreams of what life could be like when she grows up, and keeps hiding her dreams in seashells she finds along the coast. Then one day, the fisherman catches a fish that does not belong to him. First Fish is a poetic story about the importance of memories and dreams in the cycle of human life. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Göttlichová, born in 1985, is a Czech visual artist and film maker. Currently, she works both as an animator and a director at Alternative,NOW, an audiovisual production company for commercial and independent films, of which she is a co-founder.<br />
<br />
Festival/Prizes:<br />
Bet Animation Award at Uncanny Valley Animation Festival 2013 – Hebden Bridge, England<br />
Special Mention at Ostrava Picture 2013 – Ostrava, Czech Republic<br />
Irish Premier Grand Jury’s New Talent Award Nominee at Freshly Squeezed International Student Short Film Festival 2013 – Dublin, Ireland<br />
Chinese Premier Best Director Nominee at Sichuan TV Festival 2013 – Chengdu, Sichuan, China<br />
Portuguese Premier Audience Award at Azores Fringe Festival 2014 – Azores Islands, Portugal <br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>20.<a name=”reflect” id=”reflect”></a><br />
Reflect</p>
<p>Director: Andrew Gillman<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 3 min 17 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Andrew Gillman</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Held down below the gentle, rippling surface,<br />
Hidden between the stabbing and persistent pulse of falling rain,<br />
Waiting to resurface.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Gillman’s early work as an editor of high-end commercials with leading directors gave him a confident capability with ideas, structure and timing. Fast-turnaround, high artistic production-value work on a television arts series developed his ability to work accurately under pressure on location in a wide range of styles, and with a wide range of personalities.<br />
</p>
<p>Nostalgia for the Deep</p>
<p>Director: Ali Brabbs<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 5 min 56 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Nostalgia for the Deep is a meditative journey back to the womb and the beginning of man within the confines of a community swimming pool. </p>
<p>21. <a name=”thestoryofawaterdrop” id=”thestoryofawaterdrop”></a><br />
The Story of a Water Drop</p>
<p>Director: Simona Irrera<br />
Country: Italy<br />
Duration: 1 min</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Following a spring rain, in the green grass and under the sun, a drop of water is found on a leaf’s tip. Eventually, it falls down, parting from its leaf-mother. On the way to the water stream, our drop could fall on land, soaking into it or sliding away. Only in the end will it get where it has to. <br />
Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Adda Film Festival 2012<br />
Premio Cinematografico Palena 2012 – Palena<br />
International Premier at World Art Film Festival 2013 – Jacksonville, Florida, USA</p>
<p>22. <a name=”thetrickster” id=”thetrickster”></a><br />
The Trickster: Gratitude and the Zen of Surfing</p>
<p>Director: Mike Biagiotti<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 2 min 17 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Being grateful can boost our mood exponentially, and when things are going good, we have a natural tendency to pay it forward. If we can be conscious of what we’ve been blessed with on a regular basis, there is often a quicker turnaround during the down times.</p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Michael Biagiotti is a multi-media artist living in Long Beach, CA. He was born in New York, but raised in the surf and skateboard culture of Southern California. </p>
<p>Festivals/ Prizes:<br />
Hawaii Premier at Kona Surf Film Festival 2012 – Kona, Hawaii<br />
European Premier at Surf At Lisbon Festival 2013 – Lisbon, Portugal<br />
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 2014 – San Francisco, California, USA<br />
MadSwell – Madeira Island Surf Film Festival 2014 – Madeira Island<br />
Reel Water Film Festival 2014 – Maryland, USA<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>23.<a name=”thestoppagedam” id=”thestoppagedam”></a><br />
The Stoppage Dam</p>
<p>Director: Yaser Talebi<br />
Country: Iran<br />
Duration: 29 min</p>
<p> <br />
Yaser Talebi</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The stoppage dam is a documentary about the troubles and hardships faced by the inhabitants of a village whose lands are purchased by the government for the construction of a dam in the region, but their rights and needs are not fulfilled.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>24.<a name=”slippingaway” id=”slippingaway”></a><br />
Slipping Away<br />
Director: Adi Brodsly<br />
Country: Israel<br />
Duration: 5 min<br />
<br />
Adi Brodsly</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
In a world of wrinkled paper, at the seaside, a girl sits on the rocks and gazes at the wrinkled horizon. Drops of memory from the days when her beloved was once alive trickle into her imagination. But what happens when reality and imagination get mixed? What step will pull her out of her sense of endless drowning?</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Adi Brodsly is a creative artist and graduate of the School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem. She especially creates animation films and puppets. In her work, she has developed a special technique the focuses on breathing and special use of materials. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
First Prize at Asif- Animation Festival August 2013 – Tel Aviv, Israel <br />
Haifa Film Fesival October 2013 – Haifa, Israel <br />
World Premiere at Animae Caribe Festival October 2013 – Trinidad and Tobago <br />
Europe Premiere at Primanima Animation Festival October 2013 – Budaörs, Hungary <br />
Germany Premiere at Stuttgart International Animation Festival April 2014 -Stuttgart. Germany <br />
Bulgaria Premiere at Golden Kuker-Sofia Animation Film Festival May 2014 – Sofia, Bulgaria <br />
Croatia Premiere at Animafest Zagreb International Festival June 2014 – Zagreb, Crotatia <br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>25.<a name=”anonymous” id=”anonymous”></a><br />
Anonymous<br />
Director: Felix Llorente<br />
Country: Spain/Italy<br />
Duration: 9 min</p>
<p> <br />
Felix Llorente</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Filippo, a young Italian photographer, speaks on the cell phone with Maria, a young Spanish girl and a total stranger. Wandering around Venice, they’re looking for each other. Helped only by their phones they try to find their way in the labyrinth of more than 400 bridges over water canals. Why are they looking for each other? Will they meet? </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Llorente has been working at RTVE, a Spanish national television channel for the past 15 years in various television shows, while at the same time working on his own personal projects. His last short film, Anonymous has taken him across the world to various film festivals in Italy, Switzerland and Canada. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
World Premiere at Venice Film Meeting September 2011 – Venice, Italy<br />
III Cortolandria November 2011 – Andria, Italy<br />
Spanish Academy GOYA AWARDS December 2012 – Madrid, Spain<br />
Reel Short Film Festival Grande Prairie March 2012 – Alberta, Canada <br />
XL Festival De Cine De Huesca April 2012 – Huesca, Spain <br />
Orestiadi Foundation Award at VII Efebo Corto International Film Festival May 2012 – Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy <br />
X Festival De Cine De Ischia June 2012 – Ischia, Italy<br />
XXIV Festival De Cine De L´Alfàs del Pi June 2012 – L´Alfàs del Pi, Spain<br />
IX Festival De Cine De Comedia De Tarazone June 2012 – Tarazona, Spain <br />
XXIV Edmonton International Film Festival August 2012 – Edmonton, Canada <br />
XV Festival De Cine De Mestre September 2012 – Mestre, Italy <br />
VIII Festival Internacional De Cine De Pasto September 2012 – Colombia <br />
VIII Festival De Cine De Lago June 2012 – Revine Lago, Italy<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>26.<a name=”birdman” id=”birdman”></a><br />
Bird-man<br />
Director: Rafael Saar<br />
Country: Brazil<br />
Duration: 7 min 10 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Birdman is a film about the poetic nature of Brazilian singer, Ney Matogrosso. During the 70’s dictatorship, he broke sexual taboos with his &quot;strange&quot; behavior on stage and became one of the most famous Brazilian singers. Inspired by Cassiano Ricardo’s poems and the experimental music of Ney’s repertoire, Birdman explores a sound and visual lyrical aesthetic of high contrasts that approximates man to nature’s feelings. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Rafael Saar graduated from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Cinema. He has made four short films, including Depois de Tudo (After Everything) which won ten awards. <br />
Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Premiere at Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitári – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil<br />
World Premiere at Festival Luso Brasileiro de Cinema de Santa Maria da Feira December 2010 – Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal<br />
Festival Internacional de Escuelas de Cine, Uruguay – Montevideo, Uruguay<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>27.<a name=”avoid” id=”avoid”></a><br />
A Void<br />
Director: Joseph Hodgson<br />
Country: Norway<br />
Duration: 3 min 53 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Joseph Hodgson</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
‘As the spirit wains the form appears’ – Charles Bukowski.<br />
A Void is an abstract audio-visual experiment inspired by the hypnotic qualities of the sea. It is a film about emptiness, feeling lost and being in a vacuum, but not without hope. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Joseph Hodgson is an English born designer, living and working in Oslo, Norway. Originally trained in graphic design, specialising in moving image design, he has been working in the motion graphics industry for almost a decade.</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Norwegian Premiere at Frame by Frame March 2014 – Oslo, Norway<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>28.<a name=”thecaspiansea” id=”thecaspiansea”></a><br />
The Caspian Sea, Polluting the Beauty<br />
Director: Yaser Talebi<br />
Country: Iran<br />
Duration: 13 min</p>
<p> <br />
Yaser Talebi</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The Caspian Sea is bounded to Russia on the North, Azerbaijan on the West, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan on the East, and Iran on the South. <br />
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a new story began to unfold. The newly independent states of central Asia started exploiting the Caspian Sea. Until the winter of 2007, when the new freezing wave of cold entered Iran and people faced many problems in supplying natural gas energy to warm their homes.<br />
It was then that Iran decided to take its share from the Caspian Sea. <br />
</p>
<p>29.<a name=”thewaterbearer” id=”thewaterbearer”></a><br />
The Water Bearer<br />
Director: Kim Noce<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 3 min</p>
<p> <br />
Kim Noce</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Young Mr. Stone meets engineer Mr. Lathamm and together they come up with a marvellous plan to bring water to everyone’s home in the Itchen Valley, which still exists to this day. <br />
The Water Bearer is a whimsical journey of the discovery of the everyday use of water.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Noce is an artist with a BA and MA in Fine Arts and an MA in Animation Direction from the National Film and Television School. Alongside his personal films, he works as a freelance animator for the commercial industry. His films and animations have been shown in festivals and galleries, and have won many awards around the globe. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
World Premiere at VAFI May 2014 – Croatia<br />
Indian Premiere at 6th CMS International Children’s Film Festival March 2014 – India<br />
Cake July 2014 – Ormskirk, England<br />
FARCUME: Festival de Curtas – Metragens de Faro – Faro, Portugal<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>30.<a name=”inchcape” id=”inchcape”></a><br />
Inchcape<br />
Director: Karel Dolak<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 1 min 33 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
A Haunting Reef,<br />
A Nautical Nightmare.</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Dolak is a BAFTA nominated editor who currently lectures on the undergraduate film programme at Screen Academy, Scotland. The films he has edited have won BAFTA New Talent Awards, received Television Broadcast and have been screened at film festivals all across the world.</p>
<p>31. <a name=”refinedoasis” id=”refinedoasis”></a><br />
Refined Oasis<br />
Director: Alfonso Diaz<br />
Country: Spain<br />
Duration: 3 min 9 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Alfonso Diaz</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Restoration of the Primera de Palos Lagoo (Huelva, Spain) began in 2001. This wetland was converted and declared a natural area; a true oasis for flora, and especially its birdlife. Biologist Javier Camacho explains how he worked on this area, and the challenges he faced.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Alfonso Diaz, from Madrid, Spain, is a producer, director, screen writer and video editor. His work has been screen at over 250 festivals in 30 different countries, and has won several national and international film festival awards. </p>
<p>32.<a name=”theseashell” id=”theseashell”></a><br />
The Seashell<br />
Director: Paolo Santagostino<br />
Country: Spain/Italy<br />
Duration: 12 min 12 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Paolo Santagostino</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
We are on the edge of Finisterrae, regarded in ancient times as the Last Stop. Beyond it, there is nothing but the big expanse of the ocean. From this place, the ancient pilgrims threw their dirty clothes down into the ocean so they could leave everything before turning back. Amin Lazar, a Polish pilgrim, is trying to understand where the way ends and what he has to do: stop and go back home, or keep walking, maybe forever…?</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Santagostino is a film editor and camera man, having worked in short films, music videos and documentaries with various directors and producers such as Universal, EMI, Warner, IRMA and EDEL. As a filmmaker, he has directed and produced two short documentary films, selected in many film festivals. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Official Selection at Ischia Film Festival June 2013 – Ischia, Italy <br />
Europe Premiere On the Road Special Mention at Mediawave Film Festival May 2014 – Komaron, Hungary <br />
Latin America Premiere Official Selection at Salòn Internazional de la Luz may 2014 – Bogotà, Colombia <br />
Festival Alto Vicentino June 2014 – Santorso , Italia <br />
Cerano Film Festival July 2014 – Cerano Italy <br />
Feria Internacional de Cine de Manizales July 2014 – Manizales, Caldas, Colombia<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>33. <a name=”loukoum” id=”loukoum”></a><br />
Loukoum<br />
Director: Fady Gemayel<br />
Country: Lebanon<br />
Duration: 15 min 45 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Fady Gemayel</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
A frustrated mother is incapable to react with the disappearance of her son’s un-reclaimed body in the crash of the Ethiopian plane in Beirut. Tactile needs push her to establish a morbid relationship with aquatic elements.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Gemayel holds a degree in theatre from the Institute of Fine Arts in Lebanon, and began cultivating his love for cinema through auditory and other non-visual sensations. He co-created a Content Creation Programme, the Cinemoz, for young Arab filmmakers and won the Audio Suite prize for his short film, Julia, for which he worked as a sound engineer, editor and mixer. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
20th European Film Festival January 2014 – Beirut, Lebanon</p>
<p>34.<a name=”microcosmos” id=”microcosmos”></a><br />
Microcosmos<br />
Director: Mario Orozco<br />
Country: Mexico<br />
Duration: 5 min 49 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Mario Orozco</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
A visual poem about the microcosm created by humans against nature. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Orozco is a writer, producer and director from Mexico with a BA in cinematography and audiovisual engineering. </p>
<p>35.<a name=”mpump” id=”mpump”></a><br />
Water – MPUMP SOLUTIONS<br />
Director: Emanuele Giusto<br />
Country: Italy<br />
Duration: 3 min 10 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Emanuele Giusto</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Around 70% of the poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are rural, and agriculture is often their only livelihood opportunity. Proper irrigation technologies could help them do better in terms of productivity and income. <br />
This 3-minutes animation illustrates the impacts of access to motor pumps for irrigation on farmers’ livelihood, food security and poverty reduction.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Giusto is a visual artist and reporter. He creates videos in the art, corporate, social and institutional contexts. He is the author of the book, Around Europe for 30 Euros and produces and directs videos for Food and the Agriculture Organisation, UK.</p>
<p>36.<a name=”fishingforgrowth” id=”fishingforgrowth”></a><br />
Fishing for Growth<br />
Director: Ishani K. Dutta<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 4 min 40 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
This film is about an integrated fish farming project where scientific fish farming has been undertaken through renovation of ponds, along with duck rearing and vegetable cultivation. The farmers who used to scrape all together not more than 500 to 800 kg fish per hecrate, now get an abundant harvest of 3000 kg. <br />
</p>
<p>37. <a name=”manwoman” id=”manwoman”></a><br />
2° Man 2° Woman<br />
Director: Oliver Hoffman<br />
Country: Germany<br />
Duration: 3 min</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The climate change was beginning to cause real trouble. 2° Man &amp; 2° Woman decided to save the world. Upon reflecting 40 years later, they agree that they did a remarkable job. It could have been much worse. But even superheroes have to retire sometime…</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Hoffman is an award-winning educational filmmaker from Germany. </p>
<p>38.<a name=”adriano37″ id=”adriano37″></a><br />
37°4 S <br />
Director: Adriano Valerio<br />
Country: France/Italy<br />
Duration: 12 min</p>
<p> <br />
Adriano Valerio</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Tristan da Cunha, a small island in the middle of the Atlanta Ocean is inhabited by a mere 270 people. Nick and Anne, two teenagers, have known each other since birth and have been lovers since childhood. But Anne has just taken a big decision: she is going 6152 miles away to England to study. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
After completing his Bachelors Degree in Law at the Università Statale di Milano, followed by film studies at Marco Bellocchio’s film workshop, Valerio moved to France. There, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at EICAR, The International Film School of Paris. He is now a professor at EICAR where he teaches Directing (Bfa) and Film Analysis. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Special Mention by the Jury at Cannes Film Festival 2013 – Cannes, France<br />
David di Donatello Award at Academy of Italian Cinema 2014 – Italy<br />
Indian Premiere<br />
</p>
<p>39.<a name=”anotherworld” id=”anotherworld”></a><br />
Another World<br />
Director: Thomas Torelli<br />
Country: Italy<br />
Duration: 63 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Another World is a documentary about mankind’s journey to discover our true force and identity, challenging the modern view of the world and reconsidering the world view and value systems of ancient societies. This film is a transcendental pilgrimage of repossession and empowerment, affirming our place in the universe.</p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Thomas Torelli is a Rome-based director, writer and filmmaker. His documentary ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11 premiered at the 2007 Rome Film Festival and was distributed worldwide. He has produced and written seven documentaries including Sangue e Cemento which was nominated at the Nastri d’Argento for Best Documentary of the Year. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Rome Independent Film Festival 2014 – Rome, Italy<br />
Phoenix Film Festival 2014 – Phoenix, Arizona, USA<br />
Indian Premiere<br />
</p>
<p>40.<a name=”arenafertil” id=”arenafertil”></a><br />
Arena Fertil<br />
Director: Tomas Rojo<br />
Country: Spain<br />
Duration: 12 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Budha is one of the many children living in Refugee Camps for Sahrawi. One afternoon, he decides to stop playing football with his friends to play in the desert, far away from the village. Day after day, Budha becomes increasingly obsessed with the sand, which hides a little secret.</p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Rojo was born in Argentina in 1985 and immigrated to Spain in 2002 where he started studying script and direction in Metropolis Film School in Madrid. In 2008, he founded the independent production company Delatico Films and produced different films including Fertile Arena which was filmed entirely in the Sahrawi refugee camps.</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Premiere at &quot;III Festival de cortometrajes Angelika Lounge&quot; – Madrid, Spain <br />
Premiere at CineMalaga 2013 – Malaga, Spain <br />
Indian Permiere</p>
<p>41.<a name=”breaking” id=”breaking”></a><br />
Breaking<br />
Director: Pipo Tafel<br />
Country: Germany<br />
Duration: 8 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Pipo Tafel</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The Baltic Sea. The vastness of the horizon. A man and a woman meet. <br />
Their bodies merge in front of the spectator and begin a passionate dance.<br />
Breaking is the cinematic vision of an energetic dance duet and is staged in front of the Baltic Sea. As a journey into the dynamics of a relationship, the film examines human nature through retranslating it into a multilayered moving image work.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Nordic Film Days 2013 – Lübeck, Germany<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>42.<a name=”haleema” id=”haleema”></a><br />
Haleema<br />
Director: Schaarschmidt Boris<br />
Country: Germany/USA\<br />
Duration: 17 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Schaarschmidt Boris</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
In the blistering heat in the desert of Sudan, a pregnant mother and her two young children are in search of water and safety from the ruthless Janjaweed militia. When the brother is too weak to continue, Haleema is sent by her mother to find water. A dangerous journey full of hope and despair begins.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Boris has written produced and directed 15 highly successful short films receiving numerous awards and special recognition with several earning DVD distribution and widespread screenings on the international festival circuit. Boris is currently directing a series of webisodes called Ernie’s Girls while finalizing the script for his first feature length film Der Heimkehrer.</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Best Short Film at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival – Texas, USA <br />
Best Short Film at Tiburon International Film Festival  – California, USA</p>
<p>43.<a name=”ink” id=”ink”></a><br />
Ink<br />
Director: Caroline Hamann<br />
Country: Germany<br />
Duration: 1 min</p>
<p> <br />
Caroline Hamann</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Ink is an experimental animation; a combination of traditional animation on a whiteboard with ink. Many things come to life, but in the end, everything is ink. </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Hamann began her career as an animator and eventually found her way into storyboarding.She is currently the story artist for Cricket &amp; Antoinette, an animated feature film produced by Diedra. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
First Screening at the Barton Hill Animation Festival March 2009 – Bristol, England<br />
Nomination for Best Animation Film at the One Minute Film &amp; Video Festival 2009 – Aarau, Switzerland<br />
India Premiere </p>
<p>44.<a name=”itisbetter” id=”itisbetter”></a><br />
It is Better to Jump<br />
Directors: Gina Angelone, Patrick Stewart, Mouna Stewart<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 73 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
It is Better to Jump is a feature-length documentary film that gives voice to the Arab inhabitants of the ancient walled city of Akka (located on Israel’s northern coast) as both the people and their town face a very uncertain future. The film weaves together a magical story of a historic place, its people and the hopes they hold beyond all limitation to make giant leaps of faith in life.</p>
<p>About the directors:<br />
Angelone has a history in documentary and television production. Her work has received a Cable Ace award and Emmy nomination. Angelone has scripted, directed and produced for web, TV, and film. She’s lived in New York, Paris, Kuala Lumpur and Patagonia. She currently resides in Southern California.</p>
<p>Born and raised in Hollywood, CA and graduate of the University Of Santa Clara, Patrick began working in television in 1982. He creates and works with film and video, and has been running his own production company, Patrick Stewart Productions, for the past 18 years.</p>
<p>Mouna is an artist whose first foray into filmmaking was with It is Better to Jump. She played a central role in the project. A Palestinian herself, she is fluent in both Arabic and English and served not only as a translator and interviewer, but also as a producer, gaining access and entry to people and places that would otherwise be inaccessible</p>
<p>Festivals/ Prizes<br />
Gold Lion Award at Barcelona Film Festival – Barcelona, Spain <br />
Best Documentary at Oaxaca International Film Festival – Oaxaca, Mexico<br />
India Premiere</p>
<p>45.<a name=”ladoesquerdo” id=”ladoesquerdo”></a><br />
Lado Esquerdo<br />
Director: Rodolfo Anes Silveira<br />
Country: Portugal<br />
Duration: 9 mins</p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Anes Silveira is a young filmmaker from Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a degree in Cinema, and has a lot of experience in Sound. </p>
<p>46.<a name=”lo” id=”lo”></a><br />
LO<br />
Director: Briand Remi<br />
Country: France<br />
Duration: 26 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Among the 15 million inhabitants of Cambodia, 10 million live in rural areas. Of that, no more than 7 million have access to clean drinking water, and have no other choice than to consume dirty water. Chay Lo grew up in such conditions, and after escaping death several times he returns home to starts his own NGO to help the rural population of Cambodia. </p>
<p> <br />
Briand Remi</p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Born in 1976, Briand is a director and producer. In his early work, he travelled across Europe and North America, but his most important experiences during this period took place in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo) where he forged strong connections of friendship with artists, musicians and filmmakers, especially in Ouagadougou</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Selection in the FCIC Bogota 2014 – Bogota, Colombia <br />
Selection to the Festival of the Movie of Masuku Nature and Environment – Franceville, Gabon <br />
Selection in the 4th Filmambiente Festival Internacional doh Audiovisual Ambiante 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil <br />
Selection to the &quot; Deauville Green Awards on 2014 &quot; – France <br />
Selection to &quot; The month of the documentary &quot; 2013 – Lorraine, France </p>
<p>47.<a name=”pachamama” id=”pachamama”></a><br />
Pachamama, Madre Tierra<br />
Director:  Anthony Sanchez-Galey<br />
Country: Spain, Brazil, Chile, Panama, USA<br />
Duration: 14 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Anthony Sanchez-Galey</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Pachamama (Mother Earth) pretends to be a visual spectacle on the Earth and the creatures that depend on it are the protagonists…In this first part, we travel from the deserts and the Atlantic coast of North America to the Pacific coast of South America, where we meet its strange organisms, This is Pachamama, our Mother Earth.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Special Screening for Outstanding Shorts at 16th Shanghai International Film Festival – Shanghai, China <br />
Selected for screening at 34th Tehran International Short Film Festival 2013 – Tehran, Iran<br />
International competition at 11th Matsalu Nature Film Festival – Lihula, Estonia <br />
Best Documentary Film at Izmir Artemis International Film Festival – Izmir, Turkey <br />
</p>
<p>48.<a name=”piccola” id=”piccola”></a><br />
Piccola storia di mare – A sea tale<br />
Director: Dario Di Viesto<br />
Country: Italy<br />
Duration: 8 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Dario Di Viesto</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
An elderly and sick fisherman has not gotten out of his home in a long time. A friend brings him a fish that he has just caught. While the man is cleaning the fish, he finds in its bowels a little fish that is still alive. What is he going to do with it?</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Di Viesto was born in 1982 in Puglia, Italy. He graduated in cinema and has worked as an assistant director in many feature films. He has been a student at the Lombardia Department of Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia since 2010. </p>
<p>Festivals/ Awards: <br />
</p>
<p>Special Prize of Jury in Bibbiena Film Festival <br />
Second Prize at Cinestesìa Film Festival Cineforum Pensotti Legnano <br />
Best Director at  Salento Finibus Terrae <br />
Community Prize at Siloe Siloe Film Festival <br />
Best Photography Francesco Scazzosi Targa Gianfranco Cazzola e Germana Erba 2014 –  Torino <br />
Best Short at Mizzica Film Festival – Sicilia, Italy <br />
Best actor Life After Oil Sardinia Film Festival – Sardinia, </p>
<p>49.<a name=”whatsup” id=”whatsup”></a><br />
¿Que Pasa Perico? (What’s up Mahi-Mahi?)</p>
<p>Director: <br />
Country: Peru<br />
Duration: 10 mins</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Peru is the world’s main producer of the Mahi Mahi fish and Paita is the first dock in the country that produces this species. Due to over-exploitation and the lack of a legal framework, this resource has come under threat. Victor is a Paita fisherman part of a Mahi-Mahi vessel crew that, along with other fishermen, are asking the government to implement a closed fishing period to protect the species for future generations.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>50.<a name=”mysticalfire” id=”mysticalfire”></a><br />
Mystical Fire<br />
Director: Leslie Jean Porter<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 12 min 51 sec<br />
Synopsis:<br />
Aaliyah, a Sioux Lakota Native American teenage girl, is chosen to journey and carry her family prayers in the sacred pipe. This has been tradition for centuries, and shall be passed down for generations to come. Aaliyah is a descendant of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. She is also from a family of practicing medicine men who continue their healing ceremonies with her ancestors’ spirits for the Earth. This is a true story and these are real people and their songs of prayer.</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Leslie Jean Porter is an award winning producer, director and writer. She communicates, not only in film, but also through her paintings, costumes and photographs. She has an outstanding knowledge of the entertainment industry in acquisitions, marketing and distribution.</p>
<p>51. <a name=”dropbydrop” id=”dropbydrop”></a><br />
Drop by Drop<br />
Director: Ahona Datta Gupta <br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 5 min</p>
<p> <br />
Ahona Datta Gupta </p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Water crisis is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today. In order to conserve and sustain this precious resource; one must learn to value it right from childhood. Drop by Drop is targeted at middle school students; and seeks to educate them on how small practices in their everyday life can help save large amounts of water.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Gupta is associated with the Film and Television Unit of TERI (The Energy &amp; Resources Institute); At National Institute of Design; she directed; produced and edited various short films; documentaries and public service advertisements. Drop by Drop is her first professional assignment that aims to engage with children on the subject of water conservation.</p>
<p>52.<a name=”thebattleforwater” id=”thebattleforwater”></a><br />
The Battle for Water<br />
Director: Atul Pagar<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 4 min 56 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
People from 11,000 villages across India (2013) don’t just read &quot;DROUGHT!&quot; as breaking news in their news papers; they actually live, every second of it. Here’s a similar village, Bantakali, District -Jalna (not a watershed region) suffering from extreme drought conditions and in desperate need of help.</p>
<p>53.<a name=”wateracrisis” id=”wateracrisis”></a><br />
Water – a Crisis Unfolding<br />
Director: Atul Pagar<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 3 mins 41 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
This film depicts water scarcity in villages in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, and the struggles faced by its inhabitants. </p>
<p>54.<a name=”makingdrought” id=”makingdrought”></a><br />
Making Drought a Memory<br />
Director: Atul Pagar<br />
Country: India <br />
Duration: 4 mins 44 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Drought has hit Marathwada. Farmers who have invested lakhs of rupees planting their orchids have to see them get cut and thrown away. Four kms from this village is a watershed village called Kachner Tanda. This village tells a completely different story… </p>
<p>55.<a name=”wateracommunity” id=”wateracommunity”></a><br />
Water: A community video<br />
Director: Abhivyakti Media for Development<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 10 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
This film is an effort taken by the migrant community members of Kharwal village in Harsul Taluka, to voice their people’s concerns. This film was made with a view to promote people to think critically upon their issues and develop social, economic and cultural perspectives. </p>
<p>About the organisation: <br />
Abhivyakti is a Media organization facilitating Media and Communication since 1987 and located in Nashik, northern Maharashtra, India. The basic goal of the organization is ‘strengthening media and communication resources of NGOs and activists’.</p>
<p>56.<a name=”thecriticalresource” id=”thecriticalresource”></a><br />
The Critical Resource<br />
Director: Syed Sajid Perwaiz<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 12 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Syed Sajid Perwaiz</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Water scarcity is being experienced all over the world. In India, it is the wastage of resources which has been identified as the problem. The sharp decline in water levels is a matter of high concern for this densely populated country. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>57.<a name=”thewellinthelane” id=”thewellinthelane”></a><br />
The Well in the Lane<br />
Director: Sandeep Medhe<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 6 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Sandeep Medhe</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
During the severe drought in Maharashtra last year( 2012), the community of the Phule Nagar Slum in Nasik came together to solve the water crisis in their area. </p>
<p> <br />
</p>
<p>58.<a name=”oncepure” id=”oncepure”></a><br />
Once Pure… Being Contaminated<br />
Director: Pabitra Panda<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 12 mins<br />
Synopsis:<br />
The sea was the cradle of primordial life, from which the root of our own existence sprouted. Billions of years of evolutionary development brought forth an enchanting variety of forms, colours, lifestyles and patterns of behaviour. </p>
<p>59.<a name=”neeruneralu” id=”neeruneralu”></a><br />
Neeru Neralu<br />
Director: Niranjana P.B.<br />
Country: India <br />
Duration: 6 min 35 sec </p>
<p> <br />
Niranjana P.B.</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Krishna’s father started the tradition of bringing water from a far away village. Krishna decides to continue this tradition. One day, he meets with a child from a cholera stricken area and agrees to help him. Eventually, he falls victim to cholera also. </p>
<p> <br />
<br />
60.<a name=”char” id=”char”></a><br />
CHAR…The No-Man’s Island<br />
Director:  Sourav Sarangi<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 88 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The film revolves around Rubel, a young boy who wants to attend school, but whose financial circumstances force him to become a smuggler from India to Bangladesh. Every day he has to cross a river that forms the border between the two countries. He stays on an island named Char which is a no-man’s land and is patrolled by the border security force of both countries. </p>
<p>61.<a name=”ahaaram” id=”ahaaram”></a><br />
Ahaaram<br />
Director: Ma Ra Venkat<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 3 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Ma Ra Venkat</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
This film is about a village suffering from water scarcity due to their innocence and lack of knowledge. A young postman who comes to deliver a letter makes them understand the high-necessity of water, and guides them for plantations using waste water. Finally the village is saved by rain fall and water. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>62.<a name=”theritual” id=”theritual”></a><br />
The Ritual<br />
Director: Sasmit Vasantgadkar<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 2 mins 50 sec<br />
<br />
Sasmit Vasantgadkar</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
In a drought-ridden village when a temple Pandit (priest) sees a village girl fruitlessly trying to fetch water from a tap, he is forced to rethink about the daily ritual of washing the temple deity’s feet.<br />
<br />
63.<a name=”mygreenplanet” id=”mygreenplanet”></a><br />
My Green Planet<br />
Director: Misha Dutta<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 1 min 33 sec<br />
Synopsis: <br />
This film is about how planet Earth is changing and getting destroyed because of the pollution caused in the cities. The rivers and ponds are becoming so dirty that the fish are dying. People are cutting trees so the forest is diappearing. This film urges everyone to be friends with the environment and love its wonderful creatures.</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Dutta has always wanted to make her own cartoon film and so she tried her hand at filmmaking with this movie. For this; she has drawn more than 400 different drawings; cut them out and arranged them to make the film. Dutta is also learning glass painting; craft works and art. </p>
<p>64.<a name=”ladyurmia” id=”ladyurmia”></a><br />
Lady Urmia<br />
Director: Mohammad Ehsani<br />
Country: Iran<br />
Duration: 30 min</p>
<p> <br />
Mohammad Ehsani</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Lady Urmia is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in northwest Iran, which is drying up completely. The documentary is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, who demands help and international aid. Located between the Iranian provinces of East and West Azerbaijan, Lake Urmia is the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest saltwater lake on earth. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Mohammad Ehsani is a member of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association and IDA. He has made several award-winning documentary and Fiction films, such as The Lovers: The Victims and Tabriz: Images from the forgotten world and Lady Urmia. Ehsani’s Films deal with Historical-drama and social issues in Iran.</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
19th International Environmental Film Festival October 2013 – Seia, Portugal<br />
Flickers International Vision Award at 17th Rhode Island International Film Festival August 2013 – Rhode Island, USA <br />
India Premiere</p>
<p>65. <a name=”nolifewithoutwater” id=”nolifewithoutwater”></a><br />
No Life Without Water <br />
Director: M.J. Bronstein and Jonathan Laurence<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 2 min 23 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
No Life Without Water is an international collaboration between the director, the Early Stage School in Poland, the CMCA ArtLab in Maine, and The Primary school in Bor Pakwau, Jonglei State, South Sudan. This project was designed to inspire students to reflect on the important role of water in their lives, and broaden their knowledge about how to save energy and reduce pollution to better care for our planet and our water. <br />
</p>
<p>66.<a name=”waveland” id=”waveland”></a><br />
Waveland<br />
Director: Cade Bursell<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 21 min</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Waveland is a deeply personal elegiac tone poem that speaks to the sensual and polyphonous relationship connecting humans, sea life and waves.</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Cade Bursell’s creative work engages both experimental processes and a socially engaged media arts practice with a focus on human rights and environmental issues, and grounded in an understanding of the relationship between medium and meaning. Her creative practice is guided by a set of ethical principles that involves a deep regard, concern and recognition of the complex interdependence of all forms of life.</p>
<p>67.<a name=”bekendor” id=”bekendor”></a><br />
Bekendor<br />
Director: Anastasiya Kharchenko<br />
Country: Ukraine<br />
Duration: 30 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Anastasiya Kharchenko</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The film features the special world of the Bekendor fishing village of Bessarabian wine lands (Odessa region, Ukraine) with its daily joys and concerns, calm life and courageous characters, real human virtues and daily struggle with the sea. <br />
<br />
</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Kharchenko was born in 1982 in Bendery, Soviet Republic of Moldova. She graduated from the Film and Television Іnstitute of the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts (workshop of Roman Shyrman) in 2004. Kharchenko works as a television and film director and is a member of the Ukrainian Cinematographers’ Union since 2008. </p>
<p>68.<a name=”thepearlofthecity” id=”thepearlofthecity”></a><br />
The Pearl of the City<br />
Director: Victor Starodubtsev<br />
Country: Russia<br />
Duration: 15 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Victor Starodubtsev</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Siberian dwellers of Zheleznogorsk are very fond of, and care about their hand-made &quot;blue pearl&quot; – the city lake. Whatever <br />
happens, they are ready to protect this natural wealth. </p>
<p> </p>
<p>69.<a name=”greendreams” id=”greendreams”></a><br />
Green Dreams <br />
Director: Natasha Dudinski<br />
Country: Israel<br />
Duration: 26 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Safa Alayan, 23, dreams of a world where everything is green. She grew up in East Jerusalem and it always bothered her that in her neighborhood, like in the other Palestinian neighborhoods, there were no trees, no playgrounds, no green. But across the street, in the Jewish neighborhoods, it is a different world. Safa decided to wait no longer for the Jerusalem Municipality, and to take action herself.</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Dudinski is a director, cinematographer and editor. Born in Czechoslovakia, she’s been living in Jerusalem since 1994. She studied film at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem. She produced her first film Vukovar – A City or A Past? in 1993. Her films and films she has worked on were broadcast on PBS, Czech TV, Israeli TV, ZDF/Arte, and screened at international film festivals around the world, winning a number of awards.</p>
<p>70.<a name=”topsecretwater” id=”topsecretwater”></a><br />
Top Secret Water<br />
Director: Manfred Christ<br />
Country:  Germany<br />
Duration: 51 mins 33 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
The theory of water memory has long been avidly acclaimed by pseudo scientists and their disciples. The controversy as to whether this water memory is a fantasy, charlatanism, or one of the most sensational discoveries of all time has been raging for decades- and the quest for the truth leads us to discoverers in the US, Russia, Germany, Austria and Japan.</p>
<p>71.<a name=”globalwater” id=”globalwater”></a><br />
Global Water<br />
Country: Peru, Cambodia, Switzerland<br />
Duration: 1 hour 28 min</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Seventy scholars from Peru, Cambodia and Switzerland produced filmlets on the topic of water. The filmlets and the reflections of the teenagers were put together to produce Global Water. </p>
<p>72.<a name=”yangtzedrift” id=”yangtzedrift”></a><br />
Yangtze Drift<br />
Director: John Rash<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 27 mins</p>
<p> <br />
John Rash</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Reality submits to kinetic abstraction to create a graceful and looping path along the Yangtze River. In beautiful black and white, this quiet and meditative river tour often confounds preconceptions and disputes the authenticity of the journey on which we have embarked.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
John Rash is a documentary photographer, installation artist, and filmmaker whose work is regarded for exploring the moving image as an extension of the photographic still. In his work, the line between photograph and video is questioned by use of dynamic material and scale.</p>
<p>73.<a name=”manistee” id=”manistee”></a><br />
Manistee Nmé<br />
Director: Kathleen Johnson<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 22 min 34 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Manistee Nmé explores the historical significance of this great fish as explained by tribal members. It highlights the efforts of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and their pioneering techniques to restore the lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes</p>
<p> </p>
<p>74.<a name=”returningtoevian” id=”returningtoevian”></a><br />
Returning to Evian<br />
Director: Anders Granberg and Lars Lengquist (Diagram)<br />
Country: Sweden<br />
Duration: 10 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Escorting a glass of water to its origin. <br />
About the director:<br />
Diagram is an artist duo. The members Anders Granberg and Lars Lengquist are originators of all projects, but many involve professionals from a wide range of disciplines. If the core of Diagram is the artists, the shell is the co-operation and a parasitic relationship towards imagination, technology, society and common beliefs.<br />
</p>
<p>75.<a name=”mountainfuneral” id=”mountainfuneral”></a><br />
Mountain Funeral<br />
Director: Jonathan Johnson<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 5 min 22 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Jonathan Johnson</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Mountain Funeral combines a spoken story about a funeral in the Appalachian region of the United States with imagery shot in northern Iceland. The contrast between the sound and image content give way slowly, as the fog of the mountains fuses with the simple, yet mesmerizing story of life, death and spirits that transcend them both.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Johnson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied photojournalism, fine-art photography and inter-media/video art. He has exhibited his experimental videos and photo-based projects in over 30 countries. </p>
<p>76.<a name=”theflowersong” id=”theflowersong”></a><br />
The Flower Song (Le Chant de la Fleur)<br />
Director: Jacques Dochamps and José Gualinga<br />
Country: Belgium<br />
Duration: 1 hr 1 min</p>
<p> <br />
Jacques Dochamps and José Gualinga</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Threatened by the oil industry, the Sarayaku people struggle relentlessly for their survival. Inspired by a shamanic chant, they ring their ancestral lands with flowers and document their action on an audiovisual support.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Jacques Dochamps earned a diploma from the INSAS in Brussels in 1974. He worked as a screenwriter and director and has made documentaries and reportage.<br />
José Galinga is the representative of the Kichwa community. For more than twenty years he has fought to defend their territory. Le chant de la fleur is his first videographic experience.</p>
<p>77.<a name=”damned” id=”damned”></a><br />
Dam’ned<br />
Director: Saraswati Kavula<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 72 minutes<br />
Synopsis:<br />
For the Adivasi communities of Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts in AP and Kunta block in Chattisgarh and Motu Block in Orrissa, life has become uncertain, since the government’s decision to commence the construction of the Polavaram Dam – which would submerge 631 sq km, forest land consisting of 300 villages with a population of 2 lakhs. <br />
About the director;<br />
Saraswati Kavula has worked in the documentary field since 2000 and has made numerous short features for Doordarshan on community based development initiatives, and a series of films on issues concerning agriculture. </p>
<p>78. <a name=”ataleofshells” id=”ataleofshells”></a><br />
A Tale of Shells and Dust</p>
<p>Director: Alfredo Reis Deus<br />
Country: Portugal<br />
Duration: 53 min 37 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
A Tale of Shells and Dust is the first chapter of a documentary series that intertwines four storylines following the lives of fish and people around the shores of Lake Tanganyika. </p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>79.<a name=”nostalgia” id=”nostalgia”></a><br />
Nostalgia for the Deep</p>
<p>Director: Ali Brabbs<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 5 min 56 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
Nostalgia for the Deep is a meditative journey back to the womb and the beginning of man within the confines of a community swimming pool. <br />
</p>
<p> <br />
80.<a name=”dammed” id=”dammed”></a><br />
Dammed<br />
Director: Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 49 min 30 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Over 11 million Indians have been ‘displaced’ by large dams. Onkareshwar Dam shall displace another 50000 and Sardar Sarovar over 200000. While the corporations make super profits; the poorest of the poor become the orphans of the dams.<br />
</p>
<p>About the directors : <br />
Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl are National Award-winning independent filmmakers. Their film Cotton for my Shroud was awarded the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) for Best Investigative Film at National Film Awards; 2011. Their voluntary initiative; Via-Media; is an effort to catalyze change by taking positive stories to receptive minds; and to build the capacity of citizens groups and movements.<br />
</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>81.<a name=”dippingpoint” id=”dippingpoint”></a><br />
Dipping Point<br />
Director: Radhika Murthy<br />
Country: India <br />
Duration: 6 min 43 sec </p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
This is a short film about the cold wave experienced in February 2012, which crippled crops in the Akole area of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. This same area has suffered climate erraticism for the second year in a row now. The film indicates the high vulnerability of farmers – a harsh and in this case freezing cold reality.</p>
<p> <br />
</p>
<p>82.<a name=”damnthedams” id=”damnthedams”></a><br />
Damn the Dams <br />
Directors: Osman Sissman and Ozlem Sarivildiz <br />
Country: Turkey<br />
Duration: 46 mins 21 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Damn the Dams ia an intriguing documentary about the ongoing legal and physical struggles of the inhabitants of the village of Bağbaşı in Erzurum, an Eastern city of Turkey, against the power plant to be built in their village. It is one of the most inspiring Turkish documentaries of 2012.</p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Özlem Sarıyıldız (1978) has a BS in Industrial Design, and a MS in Media and Cultural Studies, both in METU. She has been making shorts and documentaries for over ten years now.<br />
Osman Şişman (1979) has a BA in Philosophy and a MS in Industrial Design both from the Middle East Technical University (METU). He continues his PhD in Industrial Design at the same university. </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Best Documentary at Nature Films Festival<br />
Best Documentary at Mountain Films Festival <br />
Honourary Award from Yilmaz Guney Culture and Arts Festival<br />
</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>83.<a name=”elemental” id=”elemental”></a><br />
Elemental<br />
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri E<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 93 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee                                Gayatri E</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director: <br />
Gayatri started her career in London where she produced over 50 television and radio commercial campaigns for Sony BMG, Universal Music, Virgin Music and numerous top bands, including Outkast and Pink.<br />
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a director, producer, musician, and composer. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films and is the founder and executive editor of The Global Oneness Project, a Webby Award-winning online magazine.<br />
</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>84.<a name=”danubeblues” id=”danubeblues”></a><br />
Danube Blues<br />
Director: Peter Davis<br />
Country: Canada<br />
Duration: 50 mins</p>
<p> <br />
Peter Davis</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Danube Blues is an excursion in space, time and music from Germany to the Black Sea.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>85.<a name=”betweensky” id=”betweensky”></a><br />
Between Sky and Earth, Battle for Wetlands<br />
Director: Tono Folguera<br />
Country: Spain<br />
Duration: 59 mins</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
In 1976, bulldozers came in to lay the foundation on what was to be the largest tourist resort on the Iberian Peninsula, made up of 64,000 apartments to be built on the last wetlands in the north of Catalonia. This documentary tells the story of a group of young adults who dared to believe that they could change the landscape of their country.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
FICMAC – Catalonia International Environmental Film Festival Official Documentary 2013 Memorimage Festival Internacional de Cinema de Reus 2013</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>86.<a name=”alliswell” id=”alliswell”></a><br />
All is well in Gabees<br />
Director: Habib Ayeb<br />
Country: Tunisia-France<br />
Duration: 47 min 2 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Habib Ayeb</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
All is well in Gabes questions current development models by focusing on the Oasis of Gabes, the only coastal oasis in the world. What was once considered &quot;The Paradise of the World&quot; has been transformed into an economic, social, and ecological catastrophe by the construction, in the 1970s, of an industrial chemical complex that has deprived local farmers of their water, arable land, economic well-being, and personal dignity.</p>
<p> <br />
</p>
<p>87.<a name=”thesongofpadma” id=”thesongofpadma”></a><br />
The Song of Padma<br />
Director: Asif Khan<br />
Country: Bangladesh<br />
Duration: 12 min 23 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Asif Khan</p>
<p>Synopsis: <br />
The Song of Padma is a documentary based on the Padma river, one of the largest rivers of Bangladesh. </p>
<p> <br />
88.<a name=”yellowfinmoon” id=”yellowfinmoon”></a><br />
Yellow Fin Moon<br />
Director: Fernando Manso<br />
Country: UK<br />
Duration: 3 min 10 sec</p>
<p> <br />
Fernando Manso</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
Yellow Fin Moon is a bedtime post-apocalyptical story about the end of the world. <br />
<br />
</p>
<p>89.<a name=”potomac” id=”potomac”></a><br />
Potomac the River Runs Through Us<br />
Director: Peggy Fleming and Sean Furmage<br />
Country: USA<br />
Duration: 27 min</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The film follows the flow of the Potomac water from its origin, into our homes and businesses and back into the river. We become aware of the need to protect this essential resource and of how our wellbeing and that of future generations is intertwined with the health of the Potomac.</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes:<br />
Finalist in DC Peer Awards 2013 – Washington, DC, USA<br />
Official Selection at American Conservation Film Festival – Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA<br />
Best Environmental Film at Visions Festival May 2013 – Washington, DC, USA</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>90.<a name=”fisherwomen” id=”fisherwomen”></a><br />
Fisherwomen of the Island<br />
Director: Shahrzad Pouya-Shirin Vahidi<br />
Country: Iran<br />
Duration: 41 min 25 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
In the small Island Hengam in southern part of Iran, women are engaged in fishing to earn their livelihood. This documentary depicts the life story of two fisherwomen in Hengam Island.<br />
</p>
<p>Stop the Drop<br />
Director: Dhanaraj Keezhara<br />
Country: India<br />
Duration: 1 min 29 sec</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
In our fast-paced daily lives, we sometimes overlook the power and importance of a single drop of water. In this production, students have taken perceptions of the role of water in our lives into another realm entirely</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Dhanaraj Keezhara was born in 1969 in Kerala, India. He is a visual media artist and has exhibited his art work in many exhibitions and served as a judge in the  Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards 2013. <br />
</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>91.<a name=”blackwater” id=”blackwater”></a><br />
Black Water<br />
Director: Karlos Alastruey<br />
Country: Spain<br />
Duration: 3 mins 30 secs</p>
<p> <br />
Karlos Alastruey</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
The video follows the cycle of water from a river, from the moment the river is tainted by hazardous materials, till that very water ends up inside the body of a human being.<br />
<br />
</p>
<p>92.<a name=”frayland” id=”frayland”></a><br />
Frayland<br />
Director: Sebastián Mayayo and Ramiro Ozer Ami<br />
Country: Uruguay<br />
Duration: 75 min</p>
<p> <br />
Sebastián Mayayo and Ramiro Ozer Ami</p>
<p>Synopsis:<br />
A Finnish factory. A conflict between two South American countries. A woman caught between two men.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>About the director:<br />
Sebastián Mayayo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1977. He is a graduate of ORT University and is a filmmaker, audiovisual creator, and photographer. <br />
Ramiro Ozer Ami was born in Paysandú, Uruguay in 1972. He is a producer and director with a degree in Graphic Design from ORT University. He is also an ORT University teacher and photographer.</p>
<p>Festivals/Prizes: <br />
Official Selection at International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) 2011 – Amsterdam, Netherlands</p>