Director, editor and first-time film competition contender, Shane Hosein, triumphed over 40 others with his short film Soluble to win $10,000 cash in Green Screen’s Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition.
Also copping a victory was Renaldo “Red” Frederick’s I Refuse which took home the $5,000 Jury Award: Youth Winner in the 17-25 years category.
The announcement was on Wednesday at the opening night gala of the 8th annual Environmental Film Festival— Green Screen, held at Digicel IMAX last night, which followed the screening of the 20 (one-minute) films in competition.
The competition is the newest feature in the Environmental Film Festival’s lineup.
Over 40 entries were submitted, and a panel of industry experts and filmmakers narrowed the list to 20 finalists whose films best conveyed the theme Stories of our Rivers and Seas, according to a statement from the Green Screen organisers.
The final jury panel included talented filmmaker Danielle Dieffenthaler, writer and film programmer Jonathan Ali, Martiniquan film programmer Steve Zebina and water and sanitation specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Gilroy Lewis. In his competition debut, Hosein said his film was made to raise awareness of soluble pollutants from people’s day-to-day activities entering the natural ecosystems.
Frederick’s film featured a dystopian take on a society without clean water that barters plastic in exchange for water.
While presenting Hosein with his prize, Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) CEO Ronald Roach, praised the competition saying, “This provides an opportunity to spread key environmental messages through the medium of film.
Increasing problems of over-consumption of resources, environmental degradation and species loss are affecting our climate in unprecedented ways, leading to increases in natural disasters, as evidenced by the disastrous flooding that was experienced in Trinidad two weeks ago.”
SWMCOL, FilmTT, Atlantic, the Canadian High Commission and Culturego Magazine sponsored the film festival and will continue through Saturday, with school screenings at Digicel IMAX today from 10 am.
The 20 one-minute finalist films will be screened along with the animated feature The Adventures of Zack & Molly. Students will learn also about possible careers in marine and coastal zone management from experts in the field through the debut of the festival’s Green Career Talks initiative.