48Hour Green Film Contest @ Cannes

Cannes wrapped up last weekend with the Palme d'Or going to Terrence Malick's apparently slightly sprawling epic The Tree of Life. From what I've read, the movie looks to be a mix of personal drama and a lush celebration of the Earth's beauty (trailer).  While not specifically an environmental film, it works out an evocative parallel between the evolving lives and struggles of individual people, and the larger evolution of the natural world around us.



Just as Cannes was closing, I stumbled on 5 other films that were screening as part of the festival's short-films program.  All five are the winners of this year's 48hour Go Green Film competition. Embedded above is the winning film, "Charlie The Man Who Brought Back the Sea."  Browsing the other films on the website is an excellent way to while away a few minutes of non-productive Friday afternoon time.

48 hour film competitions are the Iron Chef of the movie world.  Teams are given a theme and 48 hours to write, film, edit, and submit their films. The quality is a little uneven, but there are inevitably a few diamonds in the rough. 

Some of this year's Go Green winners were a bit too fuzzy for me. The heartwarming melodrama about recycling, for example, was a bit of a stretch. But "ER" is a slick dystopic sci-fi, and "The Land of the Setting Sun" is excellent. The 2009 entries also have some good surprises in them.

But beyond the specific films, I love the idea. I think there's real potential that events like these can help us discard some of the tired stereotypes we have about "green" issues and to help us see them in new ways. I don't think we are there yet, but we'll see what the 2012 competition has in store.

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