A jury of renowned filmmakers, including Bernardo Bertolucci, have announced the winners of Action4Climate’s global competition to find the best documentaries about climate change.

Young film crews from across the globe are trying to change the planet’s future for the better through the power of film. The competition Action4Climate is run by Connect4Climate, a campaign committed to igniting international movements to take action on climate change. The 100 inspiring films explore stories as diverse as the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan, disappearing glaciers in Uganda, and the effects of climate change on young people in Vietnam.

As Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group, said, “These talented young film makers connect to their audience in emotional and powerful ways about the dangers of climate change. They have done serious, important work, which shows that climate change could result in a world that is unrecognizable today, and that we need act now to protect the planet for future generations.”

Winner: 18 – 35 category, “The Trail of a Tale” by Gonçalo Tocha, Portugal

A letter from the future is written to our recent past, telling us how the world “turned out right”. In this letter, the world agrees that the “Fundamental belief that the purpose of the economic system is to improve the wellbeing for all, within the limits of what the planet can sustain.” This has a three-fold knock-on effect: overconsumption stops; people start to become more self-sufficient and produce more locally; and the public recognise we cannot buy happiness.

The video’s message calls us, as individuals and communities, to act now to transform the future. It calls business to protect the vulnerable planet. It calls for simpler and more sustainable living.

Winner: 14-17 category, “The Violin Player” by Francina Ramos and Benjamin Braceras, Argentina

In this wordless, animated documentary about a violinist who closes his eyes and dreams the world is melting, the viewer is chilled by the impact of climate change. Francina Ramos comments about his award, “What an amazing honor! I am so excited. I hope The Violin Player makes people want to stand up and tackle climate change.”

Winner: People’s Choice Prize, “Pachamama”, by Andressa Nowasyk, Luiza Stalder, Mauricio Iwaoka & Thiaggo Castro, Brazil

This documentary discusses the effects of climate change in São Carlos, a city in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. It focuses on how the noticeable change in seasons has affected São Carlos citizens, especially a farmer called Adinalsa. We are reminded poignantly that “consequences of climate change are known today as an effect of human action,” and the film goes on to illustrate how by changing our daily lives we can make a difference.

Are you inspired to take action? Find out more and watch all the winning films at www.action4climate.org

- Background and thumbnail images from Getty.

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