Films for the Forest is an annual international short film contest created by Rainforest Partnership. Winning films are screened as a part of SXSW Film Festival Community Film Screenings.
In previous years Films for the Forest has received film submissions spanning four continents, been judged by an impressive list of award-winning filmmakers and environmentalists, and has raised $160,000 for Rainforest Partnership’s projects with forest communities in Ecuador and Peru.
The theme for F3 this year was ‘People Will Save the Rainforest’. Filmmakers were encouraged to use the power of storytelling to dynamically interpret this rainforest theme and create a unique, inspiring film to submit.
Films for the Forest once again was able to offer the Peace, Love & Happiness Award: a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by JP’s Peace Love and Happiness Foundation. This year it was awarded to Forest Products by Eric Nelson.
For more information visit: FilmsForTheForest.org
Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 theme and event happenings.
Rainforest Listening is an augmented reality project that layers rainforest soundscapes in urban environments. Listeners access the sounds via mobile devices and sculpt their own experience by walking through urban environments and triggering geolocated soundscapes in iconic locations across the world. This project showcases the value of listening to natural environments in their current state of ecological uncertainty.
Rainforest Listening encourages global communities to engage with one of the most critical environments on earth, the Amazon Rainforest. The installation features pristine sounds recorded in a diversity of ecosystems including lowland tropical rainforest with abundant wildlife. Listeners can hear the rich biodiversity of insects and birdlife and those who venture deeper into the sound maps can discover the endangered Amazon River dolphins or elusive howler monkeys hidden throughout urban environments.
Rainforest Listening launched during Climate Week NYC 2015 in the centre of Times Square where the sounds of the rainforest grew in iconic locations such as Central Park and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, the gateway to the United Nations. Hundreds of people experienced the installation during Climate Week and the work received critical acclaim from high profile New York arts and cultural organizations resulting in a permanent installation in New York City and a global touring exhibition in 2016.