Published January 18, 2011
Television for the Environment and Television Trust for the Environment, a UK-registered company trading as tve, calls upon YouTube viewers across the world to cast their votes for the winner of tveâ€™s biomovies competition that will see the winner walk away with a cool Â£1000 prize.
The voting is on 12 quirky, hard-hitting, subversive, witty and funny films and animations made by filmmakers and animators of a wide range of ages and nationalities – from a 14-year-old girl in north London to a lawyer in Indonesia â€“ the 2-minute films offer a new take on one of the most critical threats to the planetâ€™s survival, from the lighthearted and hilarious to a gritty Orwellian world.
From the UK, 18-year-old Becca Hyman said: â€˜I entered the competition because Iâ€™m interested in film and wanted to practise my animation, and when you get the facts you realise oh, this is an actual problem that needs fixing. â€˜
â€˜Plants and animals all over the world are rapidly becoming homeless.Â One of the main reasons for this is the destruction and degradation of our forests,â€™ said Danish filmmaker Tim Whyte. â€˜The good news is that we can actually do something about it.Â And that is what our movie is trying to show people in 90 seconds.â€™
The 12 shortlisted filmmakers and animators in this yearâ€™s biomovies competition were selected from 130 submissions by a panel of judges representing WWF, Bioversity International, cult filmmakers Eddsworld and The Inlaks Foundation company chairman Azad Shivdasani.
Now itâ€™s the publicâ€™s decision â€“ vote for your favourite by January 31, 2011 by clicking the â€˜likeâ€™ button www.youtube.com/user/tveinspiringchange , and the winners will be awarded a Â£1000 prize.
â€˜We knew from our success with our climate change film that thereâ€™s a huge untapped audience on YouTube for films and animations that are different and exciting,â€™ said one of the judges, Tom of Eddsworld.Â tveâ€™s first YouTube initiative, for which Eddsworld produced its stunning â€˜Climate Changeâ€™ animation in the run-up to the Copenhagen summit, gained more than 1 million views.
â€˜We need these films to wake up the planet,â€™ said tve executive director Cheryl Campbell. â€˜A single species, humans, is determining the fate of the other 14 million â€“ and that fate is looking increasingly bleak as more and more species vanish.
â€˜â€˜Our biomovies show that, with humour and verve, passion and creativity, filmmakers and animators worldwide are calling on viewers to take a stand.â€™
The films include â€˜Food Chainâ€™, a funny, tongue-in-cheek animation from a UK competitor, the powerful â€˜Traffick Crumbsâ€™ from Namibia, the whimsical â€˜Dance of the Woodland Spriteâ€™ and â€˜Alternative Solutionsâ€™, a black-and-white gritty assault on government by a 14-year-old from north London.
TheÂ compilation of the 12 films was shown at the closing ceremony of the UN Year of Biodiversity, in Kanazawa, Japan, on December 18, 2010.