The fourteenth annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival will present 70 films from Feb. 9 to 14. The entire festival will be online, with live director discussions following screenings. Or should that be streamings?
Watching all these films at home in your jammies is much less elegant and exciting than attending a film festival in person. But it’s a heck of a lot cheaper and more convenient. You can get a one-day pass for only $5. Want to attend the whole festival? Buy a monthly pass for $10 or an annual pass for $60, and you’ll continue to be able to access materials well beyond the festival dates.
“We are proud to celebrate these amazing films from all around the world,” said Cinema Verde Director Trish Riley in a statement. “Cinema Verde is here to guide us toward a healthier future.”
The festival will take you around the world. A snake narrates a visit to the Ecuadorian cloud forest in the short film “Dipsas Speaks.” A contribution from Iran called “Dot,” which features a cast of characters with extreme cases of text neck, describes itself as, “In the not-too-distant future, when depression and loneliness are rampant in modern lifestyles, human limbs have been bent by the extreme use of technological tools, and their field of vision has been limited to the digital screen in front of them. A young man who leads a regular and repetitive life, accidentally notices the beauty of nature and tries to see it again in different way.”
Meanwhile, “Gaia & Luna: A Mermaid Dream Journey” was inspired by a nine-year-old’s dream about Saint Croix. Many, though not all, are short films, ranging from six to 30 minutes. There’s a great variety, and many intriguing offerings.
Over the past 13 years, Cinema Verde has brought more than 200 environmental films to a global audience. The organization also provides environmental news, hosts a private discussion forum and streams filmmaker question and answer sessions. If you buy a Cinema Verde subscription for yourself or as a gift, you’ll be directly supporting filmmakers, who are paid per viewership of their films.
Lead image via Cinema Verde