Thursday, May 18, 2017

Festival promotes global cooperation theme

Filmmakers whose topics speak to global understanding were invited to compete for the 2017  One World Award in the US International Film & Video Festival. The award recognizes a production that demonstrates international cooperation and has been sponsored for 25 years by the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ).

2012 Statuette

In the past decade, winners have represented 10 countries and addressed topics such as AIDS, nuclear power, religious tolerance, green technology, child labor and counterfeit products. US International Film & Video entrants nominate their own works for One World consideration. Judges in the festival also can recommend works for the award.

We are just a few weeks away from knowing more about this year's One World participants. IQ judges are in the process of viewing nominees, and the insider info is that it will be a tough duty.  

Here's a quick look back at some past One World winners:
In 2016, Arizona Films, Brussels, won for “Wattway – Solar Roads.”  The film was done for Colas Group Paris, a civil engineering firm, and considers the possibilities of innovative road technology as a source for energy.

GMA News TV, The Philippines, received the award in both 2014 and 2015. A 2014 documentary, "Brigada (The Brigade): Gintong Krudo (Black Gold)," raised awareness of the 5.5 million Filipino children considered child laborers. The 2015 winning program, “Front Row: ALS,” exposed the hardships of families caring for members with the debilitating disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Other One World winners:

  • 2004 "Walk the World" Momentum NL, The Netherlands 
  • 2005 “Gorbachev’s Revolution” Director Fern Levitt and Barna-Alper Productions, Toronto, Canada 2006 "Tracking the Monster: Confronting AIDS in Africa" Boom Pictures, New York City 
  • 2007 "The Battle of Chernobyl" Discovery Networks International (USA) 
  • 2008 "Five Times God" Kanguruh-Film Berline GmbH, Berlin
  • 2009 "Beyond Beliefs" Closer Productions, Adelaide for Issues Deliberation Australia/America (IDA) 
  • 2010 "IBM Multitask—Popsicle—Heart" Wizz Design, Clichy, France 
  • 2011 “New Standard for Environmental Action” Pohjantahti-Elokuva, Helsinki, Finland 
  • 2012 “Heritage Saved is History Preserved” Henk van Mierlo VOF for NV Bergkwartier, Deventer, The Netherlands 
  • 2013 “Counterfeit Culture” Tell Tale Productions, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

More as soon as we know.