- ONLINE SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS
- STRAWS REACTION
EARTHxFilm launched its first annual online competition and awards for digital environmentally themed short films in 2017.
The objective of EarthxFilm’s Young Filmmakers Short Film Competition was to:
- Encourage and incentivize the next generation to be environmentally conscious
- Challenge young adults to think outside of the box to raise awareness
- Promote discussion involving environmental crises
- Drive young adults to take action and get involved in their communities
- Inspire young consumers to express themselves and explore their creativity using film and social media
Winners were be announced at a special screening on Sunday, April 23 at the Music Hall in Fair Park.
See all of the competition films here:
See the Films
Students and teachers said they were educated and engaged during our pre-festival screenings of STRAWS at area schools.
Director Linda Booker’s short film shows how the billions of non-recyclable plastic straws that are used annually end up in landfills, litter the streets and find their way into our oceans.
Some of the reactions:
“I really enjoyed watching the STRAWS film. It really engaged me straight from the beginning and I think it was easy and fun for my high school students to follow too. It had just the right amount of factual information and tug on the heart-strings to really help me think about this global issue of plastic in our world today. Since watching the film, I have switched to strictly paper or metal or re-useable plastic straws!”
—Sarah Francis, Science Instructor, Ursuline Academy of Dallas
“I thought the STRAWS video did a great job of showing the destructive qualities a simple straw can do. The sea turtle’s pain hurt my heart and provoked change in many people around me.”
—Student, Ursuline Academy, Dallas TX
“They really tuned in and were much more responsive than I expected, especially since the last class of the day they are ready to bolt! I attribute that not just to the message of the film, but also to your great rapport with them during the post-Q&A. You really connected with them at their level, as responsible adults rather than school children. You provided thoughtful answers to their questions and stimulating questions for them to ponder. The activity where a reusable straw was the “reward” if they answered a question was brilliant! And several students were interested in doing internships with Melina, which was a great outreach by her! One suggestion I’d make is that you provide an on-line survey – such as SurveyMonkey, or Today’s Meet, something quick and easy to assess the impact of the film right after it’s been shown, as well as some time later to see what viewers retained. That would make it easier to track trends pertaining to the message, and one done during class can also be the springboard for discussions. Most students have cell phones that can be used for this purpose if they don’t have laptops.
Senior classes ended last week so my students aren’t on campus for me to talk with them now, but I did ask them at the next class what they thought about the film and got all positive responses. They said that the film was just the right length and level – not too scientific or elementary, or overdramatic (although the “operation” on the sea turtle to remove the straw from its nose was not for the squeamish!). Many said they thought the evidence was clearly and fairly presented, and spoke for itself. I appreciated the inclusion of female scientists who are usually given short shrift or not included in environmental films. Our girls need to see role models in careers that are fulfilling and provide service to others outside of the traditional ones (such as teaching and nursing).
The overall majority of my class not only enjoyed it, but many went home and told their parents and siblings to stop using plastic disposable straws immediately! In fact, a few weeks later several told me they asked their parents to buy reusable or paper straws, and several of them, including myself, still think twice before accepting or asking for a straw or ask for ones that can be recycled. So it did have a positive—and lasting—impact, without being “preachy”, as many environmental films are wont to be.
—Hillary Kasbarian, Faculty Member, Ursaline Academy, Dallas TX