The Green Film Network Awards are the International awards for the best environmental documentaries of the year.
The Green Film Network (GFN) is an association of the leading environmental film festivals worldwide that supports the diversity and strength of documentary work around the globe. The network aims to coordinate the events of associated festivals, promote and distribute films worldwide, and encourage initiatives and projects that increase awareness of environmental issues.
The Awards are nominated by each of the GFN's almost 40 member festivals around the world and decided by an international jury.
The 4th Annual International Green Film Network Awards will take place on October 20, 2017, at Planet in Focus, Canada’s foremost and longest running environmental film festival.
Green Cinema Award 2017: Plastic China
Jiu-liang Wang | China | 2016 | 81 min
The class system is alive in all its toxicity in Jiu-liang Wang’s IDFA award-winning Plastic China, a film shot in Shandong on the country’s east coast. There, the hard drinking Peng makes $6.50 a day working in a plastic recycling plant run by the authoritarian Kun. Working alongside Peng are his three children, including the 11- year old Yi-Jie, a bright girl who wants to attend school. While Kun’s son gets to go to private school, Yi-Jie’s prospects of getting an education and bettering herself are minimal. “Wang’s inquisitive cameras compile a grim reportage of what looks like an unwholesome, even toxic environment for workers, bosses and pint-sized residents alike. Harmful, insidious, invisible forces are evidently at work here, both of a socioeconomic and physiological nature.”—Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
Green Vision Award 2017: 24 Snow
Mikhail Barynin | Russia | 2016 | 90 min
If temperatures of -40°C make Canadian winter seem intolerable, then one can only imagine living in a climate that dips below -70°. But that’s the reality for farmers like Sergei in the Siberian Russian territory of Yakutia who breeds horses in an environment where the ground is almost always frozen. Despite the unforgiving weather, 24 Snow captures Yakutia in all its staggering beauty. Sumptuous cinematography and a vibrant score make this film a work of art and a stirring portrait of a land and its inhabitants. This gorgeous film shows how Sergei and his neighbors thrive despite the extreme elements and warm up to modern technology as they adapt their way of life to the south.