New Earth International Film Festival is the first international environmental film festival held in Poland. It is aimed to open the door for the audience to gaining awareness of contemporary threats to the natural environment.“We have to find various ways to start building the awareness of the damage caused to the environment, as well as to convey this awareness to children and young people. Therefore, we decided that in the first edition of the festival artists can take up any topics related to environmental risks such as: deforestation, air pollution, water pollution, protection of endangered animal and plant species, climate change, depletion of natural resources, food waste, use of renewable energy, etc.”, say the organisers.
The festival will feature movies by Polish filmmakers from eight categories:
- short fiction film
- short animated film
- short documentary film
- short foreign film
- fiction feature film
- animated feature film
- documentary feature film
- foreign feature film
The organisers of the festival will also choose projects from around the world to be presented in a separate category: international films. The festival audience will nominate films for special awards. From among the nominated productions, the festival jury will select the best ones and award prizes in the categories of best music, best pictures and best director.
The organisers are planning to hold 5 days of themed conferences and film screenings to attract not only young people but also entire families. They have also prepared a surprise for the viewers. A special prize will be presented to the selected filmmaker during the closing ceremony.
The festival will be held under the honorary auspices of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University Prof. Wojciech Nowak.