2008

2008

100 QUESTIONS ABOUT EUROPEAN UNION
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2007/8min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Tzvtetelina Atanasova
Director: Sonya Hristova
Camera: Ivailo Kouzov
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Waste in the modern world. What is the way to utilize waste? Do Bulgarian people have the consciousness that we can make profit on waste management and even we can save money from our family budget? This is the reason why European practices aim at stimulating households to minimise waste output and also European practices encourage all kind of recycling and re-use.

AFRICA’S GIANT RATS
MEDI CINE
Germany/2007/43min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Scientific
Written by: Herbert Ostwald
Director: Herbert Ostwald
Camera: Roland Gockel
Music: Mark Joggerst
Producer: Bernd Wilting
Distributor: Taglicht media
Miss Marple has a remarkable nose for danger. She is a rat, and she detects land-mines by smelling them. She was born in the training lab of the Belgian company, Apopo, in Tanzania. Here African Giant Rats - the size of a cat - are taught to sniff out explosives hidden in the ground. After a year’s training she is sent on her first mission to neighbouring Mozambique, whose 30 years of war have left millions of mines hidden in the earth. A whole unit of rats walks delicately back and forth over the minefields, attached to lines. When they’ve finished, the fields are safe again. Hundreds of lives have been saved, thousands of crippling injuries avoided. Miss Marple is a true hero rat!. Giant rats are clever and they learn fast. Their sense of smell is better than a dog’s, they have more stamina, and they’re a lot cheaper to train. Apopo’s founder Bert Weetjens makes use of their natural instincts. They are curious and always looking for food. They store whatever they find in their cheeks and bring it home. And because they constantly update the map in their brains, they never get lost. Perfect raw skills that can be honed to work with new scents. First, trainer Niko Saroni must get the new-born Miss Marple accustomed to him. then he gradually acquaints her with the smell of explosives - in the labs, and then with defused mines in the fields. Even a talented rat needs a year to master the skills. Finally, it’s off to the former war zones. Mines kill fifty people around the world every day. And there are a hundred million of them still to be found. 70 trainers and carers are employed at Apopo’s labs in Morogoro, Tanzania. Their first task is to overcome local prejudice. In East Africa rats are seen as crop-seating pests. But the rats will do anything for bananas, avocados or nuts - even find mines! Bert Weetjens is a cofirmed rat fan. He’s even thought up other challenges for them: identiyfing tuberculosis bacteria in human saliva far faster than any human technician could. And if you fit a mini-camera on their back, they can even search for people trapped in collapsed buildings. This film follows Miss Marple and Niko through the training course in the lab and the early tests. We are with Miss Marple each time she gets the hang of another part of her perilous work. It’s a long and hard training, full of surprises, until the day comes when she can finally fulfil her mission.

AGAINST THE CURRENT
RTVE
Spain/2007/30min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Mabel Beltran - Paloma Rico
Director: Manuel Arranz
Camera: Mabel Beltran - Paloma Rico
Producer: Ignacio Lorenzo
Distributor: TVE S.M.
Against the current shows the unequal fight began by the people affected by the future construction of a high-voltage line which will be the most powerful in Spain. The electric power highway will stretch for over 120 kilometres in the north of the country, leaving the beautiful countryside dotted with towers over 50 metres high and going through areas declared Biosphere Reserves. The local residents are not willing to have their lives and the country which they now enjoy conditioned by something that does not benefit them in any way and that is seen as something absolutely against their sustainable development project.

AHMED AND THE RETURN OF THE ARAB PHOENIX
Italy/2007/23min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Giuseppe Bucciarelli
Director: Giuseppe Bucciarelli
Camera: Giuseppe Bucciarelli
Music: Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Radio Tarifa, Mark Emney
Producer: Giuseppe Bucciarelli
Distributor: SD Cinematografica, Rome, Italy
Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix was shot around the Palmyra oasis, Syria, not far from the Euphrates river and the Iraqi border. Despite its bad reputation in the international press, the Syrian government is very much involved in the effort of protecting its natural heritage. This is the story of a handful of visionary men who are fighting in the desert to protect what is left of the biodiversity of Al Badia, the semi-arid desert steppe stretching from the Iraqi border to almost the Mediterranean coast. Their efforts will be rewarded by the discovery, in a remote area, of the last middle eastern breeding colony of the Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the wild, one of the rarest migratory birds and a symbol of wisdom for the Bedouins of the desert…
Awards: Best Newcomer prize at the 4th Annual Montana CINE International, Missoula, Montana USA (2007).
- Best documentary in Endangered species and Habitats Category at EarthVision Film Festival, Santa Cruz, CA USA(2007).
- Merit award for the Use of Music at the “International Wildlife Film Festival”, Missoula,Montana, USA.
- Best Newcomer prize at the “International Nature and Environment Film Festival”, Teramo, Italy).

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
MTV HUNGARIAN TELEVISION CO. LTD.
Hungary/2008/6min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Barbara Pehi
Camera: Laszlo Sefcsik
Producer: Istvan Hegedus
A settlement in Burgenland owes its economic development to the utilisation of renewable energy resources. Nemetujvar (today Gussing) near the Austro-Hungarian border was regarded as the poorest settlement of Austria twenty years ago. In 1990, however, the local government decided to produce the energy needs of the town out of locally found sources. Today the town produces electrical energy, heat, gas and diesel out of solar energy, burnt wood, fermented maize silo and meadow grass.

APART FROM THE WORLD
Explora Films
Spain/2008/52min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Fernando Gonzalez
Director: Fernando Gonzalez
Camera: Manuel Morales, Mario Alonso, Julio Recio
Music: Santi Vega
Producer: Oscar Portillo
Distributor: Explora Films
Geographical islands have represented evolutive
laboratories for species and a challenge for animals and plants that have had to adapt to the local conditions of these territories. Thus, these isolated places have compelled living beings to find ecological solutions that are different from those normally used on the five continents. Likewise, in the interior of the continents, there are specific places with exclusive environmental conditions that are different from the areas that surround them. These inland ecological islands, many of which have been created by man in his devastating attempt to expand, have similar rules to those of geographical
islands. Isolated is the story about the different species that inhabit these islands –the geographical islands and the continental islands – and how they have to confront the local rules of survival, which, surprisingly, have a lot in common. A marine iguana on the Galapagos Islands, a group of lemurs in Madagascar, a tiger in Sariska National Park in India, a deer in the south of Jersey Island (U.K), two grizzly bears on Kodiak Island (Alaska), an orangutan in Borneo, and a crocodile in Papua New Guinea are some of the protagonists of this story about adapting to local paradises. Through them, we will learn about the problem of living in isolation, the challenges of surviving in the limited space of an island, the competition to find a niche to exploit, and the alliances established among the different animals so that they can reach their most important goal: the survival of the species. In this first chapter of the series "Isolated" we will present the concept of isolation and will discuss its different origins. This first episode will be an introduction to the rest of the series. It will give a general vision of the subjects that will later be developed in detail in the following episodes. Here we will discuss adaptation, geological cataclysms, massive extinctions, and ecological frailties.

THE ARSENIC GORGE
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC PLOVDIV
Bulgaria/2008/29min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Tzvetan Simeonov
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC Plovdiv
The water of a village is infected with arsenic by a plant for ore mining.
Awards: Speciac Award “Rober Shuman”, 2007, First Award of the Ethno Festival, 2007

ATLAS – THE GENEROUS EARTH
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2007/30min/DVD
Category: Travel and Heritage
Written by: Simeon Idakiev
Director: Simeon Idakiev
Camera: Kamen Kolev
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Distributor: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
A film devoted to the natural and archeological landmarks of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, whose original beauty and ecology are threatened by human encroachment. The film is based on subjects of the essay “The Earth” created by Gibran Khalil Gibran – writer and philosopher from Lebanon. The videos taken are from: Durankulashko Lake with its interesting visitors centre, the regions of Yaylata, Bolata and Kaliakra, and the mouth of the Kamchia River, the town of Sozopol, the village of Rezovo and the botanical garden of the family of agronomists – Serafimovi in the village of Velika.

AZORES UNDER WATER
freeSaM
Czech Republic/2007/26min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: R. Vavra, A. Dlouhy
Director: R. Vavra, A. Dlouhy
Camera: A. Dlouhy, R. Vavra
Music: Varhan Bauer
Producer: freeSaM
Distributor: freeSaM
The documentary Azory under water was shot by Alexandr Dlouhy and Roman Vavra during two among the Azores islands Pico, Faial and Sao Jorge. The aim was to depict the largest toothed animal of the planet, namely sperm whale. This cetacean is a typical representative of a strictly protected or a wildlife sea reserve situated in this area and, therefore, is a symbol of the success of the environment protection.
Awards: First prize, International Festival of Diving Films Slovakia, 2007.

BANKO AND DOBRI
For the Earth(Za zemiata)
Bulgaria/2008/17min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Borislav Georgiev
Director: Borislav Georgiev
Camera: Borislav Georgiev
Producer: For the Earth (Za zemiata)
Distributor: For the Earth (Za zemiata)
The film presents Bansko ski resort in constrast to the village of Dobarsko, both located close to Pirin Mountain. The story evolves through the eyes of Baba Katya from the Dobursko village.

BARCELONA, THE VERTEBRATED CITY
RTVE
Spain/2007/60min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Nel Escudero
Director: Nel Escudero-J. Francisco Rodriguez
Camera: Javier Larraondo
Music: Juan Bardem
Producer: Juan Francisco Rodriguez
Distributor: TVE.S.M.
Barcelona is the second most populated city in Spain and the tenth in Europe, more than 60% of the Catalonians live in its metropolitan area. Barcelona is born from the sea, it grows in the Gothic District, enlarges in the Eixample, goes down to La Ciudadela to the Exhibition of 1888 and it raises up to Montjuic to the 1929 Exhibition. Gaudi, Mies Van den Rohe and Nouvel have dreamt about it thanks to Ildefons Cerda; who designed a high quality urbanism with a reticle that has been imitated over and over again. Museum of all colours, as colourful as the market of La Boqueria, the foundation Miro or the Picasso museum. In addition we portrayed a Barcelona that works in silence and is constantly improving public infrastructures in the neighbourhood, public libraries and popular gyms. Barceloneta beach has been regenerated for kites and leisure is part of the new Barcelona that was coined as a world-wide brand in the 1992 Olympic Games.

BIOSPHERE RESERVES: AN EXAMPLE OF SUSTAINABILITY
RTVE
Spain/2007/30min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Mo, NICA Lazaro
Director: Julio De Benito
Camera: Marian De La Puente
Producer: Ines Lopez, Pez-Francisco Gomez
Distributor: TVE S.M.
The documentary explains how human activity can be compatible with the conservation of nature in Biosphere Reserves in Spain, Australia, Vietnam, Brazil, Morocco, and Benin. A voyage through 6 Biosphere Reserves all over the world serves as our introduction into the diversity of ecosystems, ethnic groups, culture, and biodiversity which comprise Unesco’s “Biosphere Reserves” network.

THE BITTERSWEET RIVER
BHRT-BHT1
Bosnia and Herzegovina/2008/28min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Dinno Kassalo
Director: Dinno Kassalo
Camera: Dinno Kassalo
Music: Rambo Amadeus
Producer: BHRT-BHT1
Distributor: BHRT-NHT1
A hunderd years ago, henry ford’s first car ran on alcohol, while rudolf diesel started his engine on peanut oil, global warming has started. Do we have more time to dream green dreams? Why is the river Ljuta (bitter) sweet?

BUSTARD PROTECTORS
Hungary/2007/30min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Erika Bagladi
Director: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Camera: Antal Szell
Producer: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Distributor: IP-film Hungary
In Hungary, since 2004 the protection of Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is supported by the EU Life Nature Programme. This film shows the activites of persons working in this programme.

THE BUTTERFLY TALE
RAI RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA
Italy/2007/42min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Director: Foresta Olivella
Producer: RAI RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA - GEO&GEO
Distributor: RAI TRADE
In the early 1980’s, Latin America’s first butterfly farm was established in Costa Rica. This new, sustainable form of economic activity, which links Costa Rica, Europe, the USA and Canada, has changed the lives of many local women and their families. Starting from a Butterfly House in Sicily, the documentary tells the tale of these colourfoul insects, at the same time talking a look at life in Costa Rica in general, including the Quetzal bird.

CENOTES - THE HOLY WELLS OF THE MAYA
Austria/2008/44min/miniDV
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Christian Redinger
Director: Christian Redinger
Camera: Christian Redinger
Music: Various Artists
Producer: Christian Redinger
Distributor: ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Cenotes – the Holy Wells of the Maya, a film by Christian Redinger Covered by the dense jungle of the Yucatan peninsula in South Eastern Mexico lie the ruins that witnessed a grand civilization, long perished. In a region where there is hardly a drop of rainfall for two thirds of the year and any precipitation is quickly absorbed by the limestone, the Maya in over 3000 years established a civilization that would experience its mysterious decline even before the Spanish conquerors reached Yucatan. „D`zonot“ – holy wells – was what the Maya called the countless, small water holes in the seasonally dry forest of Yucatan, which guaranteed their survival in times of drought. The Cenotes, as these wells are called today, played a central role in their mythology. Under their surface lay the entrance to the underworld, the lightless primeval sea of the hereafter, home of the gods, ancestors and beasts. In honour of the rain god Chak the Maya sacrificed material offerings as well as humans in the Cenotes. But how could these small ponds sustain the fresh water supply of a whole people and provide enough water for intensive farming for what the Maya had been clearing most of the jungle Yucatans? Just a few years ago, cave divers succeeded to solve this mystery. Flooded passageways, fissures and caves connect the individual Cenotes of Yucatan over great distances. In them, the water from seasonal rainfalls flows in broad underground streams from inland to the ocean. More than 500 kilometres of Yucatans underground rivers have been cartographically documented so far. But this seems to be just a small part of the most extensive, flooded cave system on our planet. In the Mayan mythology the World-Tree, which carries the sky, is the one holding the universe together and making life possible for man and beast. It stretches its roots down into the underworld of the Cenotes, where it drinks water from the primeval sea. The beliefs of the Maya were based on facts. In a mystical way they understood the dependence of Yucatan’s entire vegetation on the water of the Cenotes. After the year 800 Ad, in what is today Guatemala, the downfall of the Maya civilization began. In the 15th century it caught up with the city states of Yucatan. The excessive cultivation of corn exhausted the soil. Erosion, as well as periods of drought was in all likelihood the reason for crop failure. Famine, tuberculosis and wars depopulated whole regions and nobles and priests failed as the keepers of the divine order. Revolts sealed the fate of a highly advanced civilization. The universe had gone out of balance.

CLIMATE CHANGE II
RTVE
Spain/2007/45min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Angel Navarro
Director: Angel Navarro
Camera: Alvaro Benavent
Producer: Ana Pastor
Distributor: TVE S.M.
The scientists talk to the “En Portada” (In Cover) reporters about the potential effects on the Earth of the melting of ice from the Arctic Ocean. This part of the planet has been dramatically affected by the so-called climate change over the last decades, and particularly in the last 5 years, in which the heating and ice melting rates have speeded up.

CLIMATE IN CRISIS PART 1: WARNING FROM THE FUTURE
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Japan/2006/52min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Takehiro Asai
Director: Takehiro Asai
Camera: Fumihiko Saito, Teru Imai, Tatsuhiko Sugita
Music: Takefumi Haketa
Producer: Jun Ochiai (Executive Producer), Shuji Yamamoto (Executive Producer)
Distributor: MICO (Media International Corporation)
What does global warming mean for the future of the human race? According to the Earth Simulator, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, in 100 years, global atmospheric temperatures will increase by 4.2 Degrees C. Due to the significant rise in temperature, heat waves are likely to become more common which, in turn, will cause more heat-related deaths. Typhoons and hurricanes will be bigger; extreme weather disasters more frequent. This documentary includes stunning computer graphics based on the Earth Simulator’s predictions and reports on current global climate anomalies that foreshadow the future. What potential tragedies await our children and grandchildren? Produced before Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, the program portrays the impending crisis in a way that conveys the reality of climate change, and provides viewers an opportunity to consider the significance of the actions we take today.
Awards: Hors Concours (Banff World Television Festival 2007), Silver World Medal (New York Festivals 2007).

COAL, EARTH, HOME
RHPimages
Germany&USA/2005/40min/DVD
Category: Docummentary/Travel and Heritage
Written by: Robert Harding Pittman
Director: Robert Harding Pittman
Camera: Robert Harding Pittman
Producer: Robert Harding Pittman
Distributor: Robert Harding Pittman
Coal, Earth, Home is about what "home" means to a group of villagers who may lose their 750 year old hometown, Heuersdorf in the former East Germany. The village is located on the edge of an open pit brown coal mine in the heart of the Central German mining region. Since the fall of the Wall, the brown coal mining industry has shrunk considerably, yet with new U.S. American investors, the mining company has become a saavy multinational corporation trying to uphold what little mining remains. The mining company proclaims the need for the expansion of its mine to fuel a new brown coal power plant, but the village is in the way and has to be demolished. Most villlagers do not want to leave. They are disillusioned with the new capitalist system where corporations work with the government to try to control their lives. The environmental and human costs of energy production become very evident through this dilemna. Interviews with townspeople, speeches by top politicians and images of the quaint town contrasted by colossal mining machinery portray a conflict of economics, resources, politics and the individual person common to the world over in the face of "progress".
Awards: Prize Winner- Catalonia International Environmental Film Festival - Ficmac - Spain.

DESERTS IN THE MOVE - EUROPE
medi cine
Germany/2007/52min/betacam SP Pal&DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Ingo Herbst
Director: Ingo Herbst
Camera: J. Schmoll, B.Gudjonsdottir
Producer: Peter Borig
Distributor: medi cine
Most school textbooks continue to recite the conventional wisdom that Europe does not have any deserts. They are out of date. Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are four EU countries that are already so badly affected that they have joined the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD). A fifth of Spanish land is so degraded that it is turning into desert, and in Italy tracts of land in the south are now abandoned and have also been declared desert. But the problem is not confined to these four countries. Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Russia have all reported signs of desertification – and in the Ukraine 41% of agricultural land is at risk of erosion. In 2000, the United Nations published a report in which it stated ‘the first stages of serious soil degradation were being noted in parts of Europe and 150 million hectares are at a high risk of erosion. Deterioration is at a critical point in Mediterranean countries’.
Awards: Ekotop Filmfestival: Prize of Ministry of Environment 2007,
Deutsche Umwelthilfe: Medienpreis 2007.

DESERTS IN THE MOVE - ASIA
medi cine
Germany/2007/52min/betacam SP Pal
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Klaus Feichtenberger
Director: Klaus Feichtenberger
Camera: Francois Couwel
Music: Mark Fischer
Producer: Peter Borig
Distributor: medi cine
According to the United Nations, desertification affects more than 2.6 billion people in 110 countries.
It plagues more than one third of the earth’s land area, and already affects more than 65% croplands worldwide. With more than 3 billion cattle, sheep, and goats, the world’s pastures are being pushed beyond their sustainable limits. This is prompting a mass global migration, with millions of farmers and peasants leaving their homesteads in search of a better life in the cities … sometimes in other countries. In this documentary, we look at how deserts and desertification are changing the world, and affecting Asia in particular.
Awards: Ekotop Filmfestival: Prize of Ministry of Environment 2007, Deutsche Umwelthilfe: Medienpreis 2007, Green Vision 2007: For Comprehensive and profound presentation of the topic.

DOINGS AGAINST WORDS - 1
BBT
Bulgaria/2008/47min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Svetoslava Tadarakova
Distributor: BBT
The central theme in one of the broadcast is the protection of the Bulgarian mountains and the interests of the investors. The journalist Svetoslava Tadarukova is showing the opinions of all the people which are in this legal battle. The themes are the overbuilding of National Park Rila,the problems in "Kremikovtci" and the project Burgas - Aleksandrupolis.

DOINGS AGAINST WORDS - 2
BBT
Bulgaria/200733min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Svetoslava Tadarakova
Distributor: BBT
In one of the editions of this publicistic broadcast Mrs. Svetoslava Tadarukova is seeking for the truth for the wooden mafia. With her own TV equipment the journalist is following the process ,as she meets with the drivers,the guards and their bosses.

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BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC Plovdiv
Bulgaria/2007/30min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Violin Paleikov
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC Plovdiv
Illegal logging of centuries-old forests in the Middle Rhodopi.
Awards: Speciac Award “Rober Shuman”, 2007, First Award of the Ethno Festival, 2007.
E-CUBE ENERGY ECONOMY ECOLOGY
RAI
Italy/2007/29min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Roberto Laurenzi, Marianna Madia
Director: Roberto Laurenzi
Camera: Alessandro Peticca
Producer: RAI Educational - Codesigns srl
Distributor: RAI Trade
A document that has never been brought to light by the USA Inquiry Commission regarding the plots between oil lobbies, the Bush Administration and the subject of environment in America. According to Henry Waxman, Chief of the Commission: “...part of the information we have already obtained suggests that there may have been consistent commitment on behalf of the White House to downplay information to the public regarding the adverse effects of global warming”.

ELEPHANT SHREW
Taglicht media
Germany/2007/43min/betacam SP Pal&DVD
Category: Scientific
Written by: Herbert Ostwald
Director: Herbert Ostwald
Camera: Roland Gockel
Music: Mark Joggerst
Producer: Bernd Wilting
Distributor: Taglicht media
Barely known and never seen, Elephant shrews baffle even the zoologists. With their stilt-like legs and long mobile trunk, joined to the body of a large shrew with a golden bottom, they certainly deserve their name - though they are related to neither elephant not shrew! This shy, endangered creature has become the mascot of Kenya’s beautiful Arabuko National Park. The income they attract via tourism pays for the education of local children. The elephant shrew has truly become the Spirit of the Forest.These are very cautious animals. Hunted by eagles and snakes, they retreat under piles of leaves on the forest floor. During the day they will seek out beetles and worms with their twitching trunk. Biologists once ranked them with mice and hedgehogs, but now they have a class of their own: the Sengis. Their only habitat is the Arabuko forest on Kenya’s East Coast. Kenya’s last coastal forest is a unique - and globally significant - centre of biodiversity. And it even contains ancient ruined cities straight out of The Jungle Book. Its best-known citizen is this creature with its whimsical looks and amusing behaviour; local and international environmentalists have taken the elephant shrew as a symbol for a new approach to protecting our world. Thus the inhabitants are learning to profit from the forest without damaging it. They run butterfly farms, and plant medicinal herb gardens. Projects like these are bringing work and wages to a growing population. As more people begin to understand what the forest can do for them, so there is less poaching in the elephant shrew’s domain. People have stopped cutting down trees to make their fires and build their houses, planting new trees instead. They have built an electric fence to keep the elephants out of their villages; they have come to love the jumbos instead of shooting at them, and they have a new tourist attraction. It’s all about defeating ignorance and adapting old traditions - a full-time job for the forest rangers and researchers. This film follows forest ranger and nature guide Willy Kembo as he educates two 12-year-old cousins, Karim and Karembo, in the ways of the forest, and keeps an eye out for the last of the illegal woodcutters!

ENERGY FROM THE SUN - THE EXAMPLE OF SAMSO ISLAND
For the Earth (Za zemiata)
Bulgaria/2007/8min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Todor Slavov
Director: Todor Slavov
Camera: Ivailo Popov
Producer: For the Earth (Za zemiata)
The film describes Samso Island, which is completely self-sufficient in its energy-production. All energy that the island uses is produced by renewable sources of energy – solar, wind and biomass.

EYE TO EYE WITH ANIMALS - AN ADVENTURE IN THE FOG
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2008/30min/DVD
Category: Scientific
Written by: Girgina Daskalova
Director: Dobrin Keresteliev
Camera: Kamen Kolev
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Distributor: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
In the winter deprived of snow, when the whole country is covered with fog, the team of the "Eye to Eye With Animals” broadcast starts their trip. What kinds of animals will they meet in the fog? Will they be able to see them? Will they manage to take a picture of them? Who else will they meet in the protected territory? Who is the most dangerous predator prowling for the birds near the seacoast and the swamps? Who destroys what nature has created over hundreds of years? And all this in a “winter adventure”.

EYE TO EYE WITH ANIMALS - LIFE IN THE SALTY LAGOON
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2008/30min/DVD
Category: Scientific
Written by: Katerina Zareva
Director: Dobrin Keresteliev
Camera: Kamen Kolev
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Distributor: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
The salt-cellars of Bulgaria are situated in the Bourgas Bay of The Black Sea. Since ancient times, salt is mined in the Pomorie Lake and the Atanassovsko Lake in a traditional way through evaporation of sea water. These lakes are also reserves, where over 300 species of rare birds threatened with extinction live. A migration way of a special species of birds, Via Pontica, passes above the bay. That is why except for the birds, which are flying to the Bosphurus and Africa, a lot of tourists gather here in the autumn to watch this natural phenomenon.

FATAL CIRCLE
Bosnia and Herzegovina/2007/46min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Nisvet Hrustic
Director: Nisvet Hrustic
Camera: Nisvet Hrustic, Srecko Stipovic, Ivan Opacak, Tarik Bajramovic, Pavle Condric, Hasan Pasic
Music: Amer Sehic
Producer: Nisvet Hrustic
Distributor: Nisvet Hrustic
Garbage and toxic waste is all around us.
Municipal authorities manage to displace large depot of expired medicines, combined with great pressure from Environmental Society and citizen protest. What is the situation with waste dumps, rivers, meadovs and forests in Bosnia and Herzegovina? What do scientists and common people say? What is the future of our planet Earth?Fatal circle?
Awards: Special Award-Cestn, Uznanie - Honor Acknowledgement - Ekotopfilm 2007 Bratislava-Slovakia.


FELIX AND THE WILD ANIMALS - IMMIGRANTS - RACCON DOG, KANAGROO, RHEA
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Germany/2007/25min/betacam SP Pal
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Angelika Sigl
Director: Angelika Sigl
Camera: Frank Lorbiecki, Arnd Frenger
Music: Harald Reitinger, Ulrich Fischer
It’s, but it’s true. Around 4,000 foreign, wild animal species have settled down in Germany within the last few decades. Most of the animals did not come on their own free will. They were brought here by people and somehow managed to escape into the wild. Felix Heidinger introduces a number of animal species that feel at home in our climes. The well-known animal filmmaker reports about where the immigrants come from and how they manage to stay alive here.

FIELDS OF DEMETER
Unifob Natural Science
Norway/2007/46min/DVD
Category: Docummentary/Scientific
Written by: Knut Krzywinski
Director: Knut Krzywinski & Graham Townsley
Camera: Chris Cox
Music: Scanner & Max de Wardener
Producer: Knut Krzywinski
Distributor: Unifob Natural Science
The Greek goddess of fertility, Demeter, lost her only daughter to the realm of the dead for half the year. In this way the seasons were born. Demeter gave agriculture to mankind, for them to survive the unfruitful winter. For thousands of years traditional agriculture has shaped the landscapes diversity of Europe. Pristine nature no longer exists. The landscapes are part of our heritage and contribute to our culture and identity. “Fields of Demeter” is a voyage through the visible and invisible European cultural landscape. With the power of the eagle two young girls set out on a journey to experience the history, diversity, myths and people of the land. The challenge for the future is to maintain the fields of Demeter and the people who sensitively work the land. The landscape and its wonders belong to future generations
Awards: CineEco 2007: Premio Educacao Ambiental, Premios do Jury especial "Cine Eco em movimento".


THE FOUR SEASONS OF WIKTOR WOLKOW
Polish Television
Poland/2008/40min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Beata Hyzy-Czolpinska
Director: Beata Hyzy-Czolpinska
Camera: Roman Wasiluk
Producer: Jerzy Jakutowicz
Distributor: Polish Television
It’s a story about the man, who has been photographing the landscapes and nature of the Podlasie Region for over 40 years.

FROM NOTHING – SOMETHING
Borrowed Nature Association
Bulgaria/2006/26min/DVD
Category: Scientific
Written by: Ina Petkova
Director: Ivan Kozhuharov
Camera: Ivan Kozhuharov
Producer: Prina Consult
Distributor: Bulecopack
This film is an educational documentary on separate waste treatment. It has the aim to popularize the separation of the waste for children and their parents.Film structure is like an object lesson implemented in a real school class-room. The blackboard is used as a video-screen where are shown the main parts of this unusual lesson. Children can see and learn important things about:
why the dung hill is not a good treatment of the waste, how to separate the waste, what is the recycling, how to separate the waste at home, what happens with the waste after it’s separation at home, how looks the process of recycling of the used glass, paper and plastics in special factories.

GAS OVER GALABOVO
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC Plovdiv
Bulgaria/2008/30min/DVD
Category: Tv programmes
Written by: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Violin Paleikov
Galabovo town is being consistentli gassing by the three power-plants nearby.
Awards: Speciac Award “Rober Shuman”, 2007, First Award of the Ethno Festival, 2007.

THE GIANT AND THE RIVER
RAI RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA
Italy/2007/48min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Director: Angelo Figorilli
Producer: RAI - TG2 DOSSIER
Distributor: RAI TRADE
Sudan has long been an impoverished giant asleep along the banks of the upper Nile. But the discovery of immense oil reserves beneath the desert has brought China to its aid, with a series of projects designed to jump-start development, including an enormous dam that will flood dozens of villages and archaeological sites. TG2 Dossier examines the dilemma of modern day-Africa, caught between the need for growth and the risk of losing its cultural traditions and damaging the environment.

GLOBAL WARMING
India/2008/1min/DVD
Category: Tv programmes/ Video Spot
Written by: Nasreen Ahmed
Director: Nasreen Ahmed
Camera: Nasreen Ahmed
Producer: Nasreen Ahmed
Public awareness in simple terms about Global Warming.

GODESS IN THE BLUE SILENCE: GUADALIPE ISLAND: SANCTUARY OF WHITE SHARK
Mexico/2006/33min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Mario Jaime
Director: Mario Jaime & Romeo Saldivar
Camera: Romeo Saldivar
Music: Several Authors
Producer: Luke Inman, Rocio Maceda, Romeo Saldivar, Mario Jaime
This film drive us to Guadalupe Island, home of great white shark. This Story emerges from a narration based in poetic empathy, it’s a visual propousal of sience and poetry. A documentary which invites to known, feel and think.

GREEN 7 - SELECTING THE SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF HUNGARY!
MTV Hungarian Television Co. Ltd.
Hungary/2008/25min/DVD
Category: Scientific/TV programmes
Written by: Zita Zachar
Director: Richard M. Nagy
Producer: Richard M. Nagy
The Green 7 series – which consisted of a one-minute „contestfilm” every day, a 10-minutes summary every week and a 25-minutes short movie introducing professionals, celebrities, guardians and „simple” lovers of nature; and which was aired for 3 months on the second channel of Hungarian Royal Television – encouraged viewers to vote for and elect the seven natural wonders of Hungary. As a basis for the voting, we offered 30 short motion pictures showing 30 Hungarian natural treasures selected with the help of professionals of nature conservation. Viewers could vote by phone, e-mail or sms. On the 22nd of April, the Day of the Earth, the results – the seven natural wonders of Hungary – were announced. The film submitted for the Festival is the broadcast in which the results were proclaimed. We hope that we allowed everyone a glimpse into the wonders of Hungarian natural treasures, thus encouraging the viewer to visit them. The not-very-well-hidden message of all these short films was that each and every one of us has his or her own 7 natural wonders awaiting to be discovered.

GUIDE - BOOK BG
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2007/30min/DVD
Category: Travel and Heritage
Written by: Ekaterina Genova, Dimitar Todorov
Director: Stanislava Kalcheva
Camera: Aleksandar Radoev
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Distributor: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
This program is devoted to the wood-carvers from the town of Triavna and those from Kostenkovtsi village. We are sightseeing the famous tourist town with Zlatimir, who is carrying on the program. We could see the watch tower in the center of the town, the stone bridge, the church, named “St. Archangel Mikhail”, the old school in Triavna, named “Shkoloto” having a permanent exposition, the house-museum of Petko and Pencho Slaveikovi, the house, named Daskalovata with always shining suns on the ceiling, now turned into a museum of Bulgarian wood-carving and an icon-painters’ art, museum of Asian and African art. We are showing where one could stay in the town- in small family hotels and in big ones Also. We enjoy the fresh and Clear Mountain air in the village of Kostenets, where could be found old houses from Bulgarian Renaissance, a dairy farm, opportunities for horse-riding, fishing, tasting of wine.

HIDDEN FROM THE MODERN WORLD
Prina Consult
Bulgaria/2007/43min/DVD
Category: Travel and Heritage
Written by: Ivan Kozhuharov
Director: Ivan Kozhuharov
Camera: Ivan Kozhuharov
Producer: Prina Consult
Distributor: Garmen Municipality
This film is a documentary about tourist challenges in Garmen municipality region.

HIDDEN WATERLAND
Hungary/2006/26min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Erika Bagladi
Director: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Camera: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Producer: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Distributor: IP-film Hungary
In the southern part of Hungary, there is a land which is mentioned often, but is well-known only by a few people. Formerly the politics, nowadays the protection of nature keeps the curious eyes off from here.But now, we can cast a glance at one of the most magnificent sanctuaries of the nature.

HOMOLJE MOUNTAINS
RTS-SERBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Serbia/2007/27min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Tv programmes
Written by: Dragana Vasiljevic
Director: Dragana Vasiljevic
Camera: Aleksandar Lukovic
Producer: RTS-SERBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Distributor: RTS-SERBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
For ages, Homolje Mountains have been known for the remarkable natural beauty that has also influenced the beliefs and customs of local people. Hidden in mountains around Kucevo there are dozens of astonishing caves that nature has been carving for millions of years. From ancient times people believed that nymphs, dragons and monsters lived in those dark places. Actually, hidden in them you can find true underground treasures - marvelous ornaments made of shiny crystal calcite in all sorts of strange shapes. For centuries the "gold diggers" have been ravaging those caves. Ceremosnja is a deep cave located some 15 km away from Kucevo and is considered one of the most beautiful in Serbia. Cave consists of one large cavern called Arena which is 24 meters high with exceptional acoustic features. Ravnistarka is a river cave, 500 meters long. Until year 1980 it was hidden from the eyes of the public and the experts. This cave was discovered by courageous locals who decided to work on it although they didn’t have any expert or financial support. The team of Eco Caravan documented numerous stories about these underground rock caverns told by Prof Dr Radenko Lazarevic, our famous geomorphologist who also takes care of them. Both of these caves are under the protection of the Nature Protection Institute of Serbia.

IN MALESEVIJA
MACEDONIAN TELEVISION
Republic of Macedonia/2008/27min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Kamelija Sojlevska
Director: Kamelija Sojlevska
Camera: Zdravko Petrusevski
Producer: Macedonian Television
The Maleshevija region possesses special beauty and magic which is difficult to describe in words. It has to be experienced and shared with your close ones. If you drive the way to the Berovo Lake you’ll be enthralled by the calmness, the particularity of the wild magnificence of the nature. You’ll see a variety of beech, pine and oak woods and you’ll feel a special climate which makes this town more fresh than the other towns in the country. And the points of interests… See for yourselves.

INTERCONTINENTAL RESERVE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN: TWO SHORES
RTVE
Spain/2007/30min/DVD
Category: Scientific/TV programmes
Written by: Monica Lozaro
Director: Julio De Benito
Camera: David Herranz - Pedro Fernondezvara
Music: Yann Diez
Producer: Ines Lo, Pez-Francisco Gomez
Distributor: TVE.S.M.
This documentary film shows the natural, historical and cultural values shared by the Mediterranean regions of southern Spain (Andalusia) and northern Morocco, which fact has led Unesco to declare this area the first Biosphere Reserve between two continents. The main argument of the film is a comparison between the two areas, by showing traditional human activities, architecture and the plant and animal life which two of the towns inside the area have in common: Grazalema, in Spain, and Chefchauen, in Morocco. They were both chosen as representative of the very many protected nature areas and of the towns which integrate human beings into their environment within the boundaries of this Biosphere Reserve.

THE KOROS-MAROS NATIONAL PARK
MTV Hungarian Television Co. Ltd.
Hungary/2007/25min/DVD
Category: Docummentary/Scientific
Written by: Zita Zachar
Camera: Zsolt Marcell Toth
Music: Laszlo Herczeg
Producer: Andras Fenyes, Gabor Torok
The Del-Tiszantul region is an empire of capriciously watery, plain prairies rich in sodium carbonate; migrating-nesting legions of rare european birds and floral and faunal rarities, which must be protected. Our film – shot during all four seasons in the Koros-Maros National Park – introduces a considerable percentage of our natural legacy. It briefly summarises the history of this landscape, recites poems of its most famous children from Janos Arany to Jozsef Erdolyi and takes the words of Zsigmond Rethy – a wise and respectful inspector of this land – as a motto: „…the omnipresent spirit of the place means different things to all of us. In most of the cases, we cannot even explain this. Maybe we are not meant to do so, just to live in it with respect and love in our never-again lives.”

LIFE IN THE FLOODS
BAYERISCHES FERNSEHEN/ARTE
Germany/2007/43min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Docummentary/Scientific
Written by: Florian Guthknecht/Doris Tromballa
Director: Florian Guthknecht/Doris Tromballa
Camera: Sigi Braun, Frank Lorbiecki
Producer: Bayerisches Fernsehen/arte
Distributor: Telepool
Water is life, for without water nothing on life can exist. But water can also mean death and destruction. When rivers flood their banks, then the element reveals its devastating power. In 1997 the Oder flooded its banks, in 2002 the Elbe, and in 2005 there were floods throughout the land at the foothills of the Alps. Evacuations of entire districts, damages in the billions, people injured and dead were the consequences. Floods are more feared than almost any catastrophe. Yet life in nature waits longingly each year for this event. In spring, when the snow melts and the first rainfalls cause the water level to rise, then life returns to the river after the winter. Alluvial forests are among the eco-systems with the greatest abundance of species in Central Europe. The kingfisher builds its nest burrow in steep banks, the beaver causes small floods with its dams, frogs and newts settle in damp hollows and material that is washed away from one place stays put somewhere else. River banks and their forests are Europe’s last jungles – and of great significance not only for flora and fauna. Alluvial forests are actually a perfect protection against the devastating floods that people fear so much. But only a small fraction of the rivers in Europe still has natural flood-plain woods. Straightened, dammed and dyked – man has tried to tame the rivers and use them for his own purposes. But water cannot be locked in.The documentary shows how the rivers are now reclaiming their rightful place in the landscape, how skilfully the animals cope with the floods and how humans could learn from the cleverness of nature.

LILIPUTIAN MIMICRI
Termeszetfilm.hu
Hungary/2007/30min/mini DV
Category: Scientific
Written by: David Attila Molnar
Director: David Attila Molnar
Camera: David Attila Molnar
Music: Attila Matyas Merkaba
Producer: Zsolt Marcell Toth
Distributor: Compoundeyefilms.com
Of all marine creatures the smallest are the hardest to film. Due to their size and their amazing ability to hide, they are almost invisible to the human eye. By applying special camera techniques and using the help of experienced "critter hunters" these sea critters are at last brought to the screen! Underwater cameraman and wildlife-filmmaker David Attila Molnar gives an amazing introduction into the hidden world of marine liliputians. Geared up in technical scuba gear, he talks about his underwater adventures when submerged in a sea aquarium! Thanks to a 2-way underwater communication system he talks live to a group of schoolchildren listening outside. Special sound and visual effects, animations and fantastic wildlife stories. A joyful, happy documentary suitable for every age!
Awards: International Wildlife Film Festival, Montana - Special mention, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival - Best of Fest.

LIVING WITH SHAME
Taizhou TV Station
China/2007-2008/20min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Huaqing Jin
Director: Huaqing Jin
Camera: Huaqing Jin
Producer: Xinjing Lv
There is a small town with a twenty-year history of dismantling and decomposing metal scraps. More than 50,000 workers from other places are the main force behind the industry. They have no knowledge, but nevertheless are performing the miracle of turning stones into gold in their own original way. They made a lot of money, much more than they could have during an entire lifetime in their hometown, but it has taken a heavy toll on them…

LOST IN PALM OIL
Altemeier & Hornung Film Production
Germany/2007/44min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Inge Altemeier
Director: Inge Altemeier
Camera: Birgit Handke, Reinhard Hornung
Producer: Altemeier & Hornung Film Production
Distributor: Journeyman Pictures
Palm oil, used to produce biofuel, is being billed as a sustainable solution to the world’s energy problems. According to an EU directive, by 2030 all petrol must contain at least 20% biofuel. But does palm oil deserve its ‘green’ reputation? What are the human and environmental costs of the explosion in palm oil plantations? This week’s documentary investigates how palm oil cultivation is contributing to global warming. It reveals how indigenous tribes are being forced from their land, rivers and water supplies polluted and rainforests destroyed by a rapacious palm oil industry.

MAN AND EIDER
KVIK film Productions
Iceland/2008/48min/DVD
Category: Docummentary/Tv programmes
Written by: Pall Steingrimsson
Director: Pall Steingrimsson
Camera: Pall Steingrimsson
Music: Matthias Hemstock
Producer: Pall Steingrimsson
Distributor: Pall Steingrimsson
The story tells of the relationship between the eider, a charming wild bird, and humans and how both benefit from it. The birds are protected against their natural enemies; foxes, birds of prey and mink and the farmers collect the down which the females line their nests with to keep the eggs warm, a very valuable product.
In Iceland the eider has been totally protected for 160 years. Therefore its behavior towards man has changed, it is not afraid and can even be touched on the nest. In the nesting grounds there is a process of scientific research on the reaction of the birds to outside disturbance and their energy requirements during the incubation period.

MORE THAN THAT
Bosnia and Herzegovina/2006/17min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Nisvet Hrustic
Director: Nisvet Hrustic
Camera: Nisvet Hrustic
Music: Amer Sehic
Producer: Nisvet Hrustic
Distributor: Nisvet Hrustic
Sheep......domestic animal, dog......home-dog and shepherd-dog, music...... Unusual connection and apposition between children from urban surrounding and shepherd from mountain interleaved with sounds of shepherd’s flute and violine and sheep, simply uncovers and connects differences of living.

MY FAMILY AREN’T WASTERS
RTE
Ireland/2008/26.06min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Director: Petra Burgin
Camera: Ben Kilroy and Declan Emerson
Producer: Simon McKeon
Distributor: RTE
In My Family Aren’t Wasters two Irish families, the Moriartys in rural Kerry and the Quinlans in Dublin, with massive carbon footprints and unbelievable energy costs, are challenged to make considerable changes to their lifestyles. The team from the Power of One has wired the families homes with state-of-the-art energy monitoring equipment. Whatever our families use can be seen by the experts back at their base. This programme opened everyone’s eyes, including the viewers.

NYLON APOCALYPSE OR...
bTV
Bulgaria/2007/28/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Gena Traikova
Director: Gena Traikova
Camera: Valentin Nikolov
Producer: Gena Traikova
Distributor: bTV
The citizens of the EU throw out 1.3 billion tons of waste every year. In 2005 each of us has thrown away about 500 kg of refuse. In this documentary we are trying to show the European waste depots built in Bulgaria and some not exactly European practices in waste management.Our team is trying to find out whether our country meets the European requirements. And also we are trying to explane how we can reduce the volume of waste.

OAK 419
RHPimages
USA&Germany/2006/52min/betacam SP Pal&DVD&mini DV
Category: Docummentary/Travel and Heritage
Written by: Robert Harding Pittman
Director: Robert Harding Pittman
Camera: Robert Harding Pittman
Producer: Robert Harding Pittman
Distributor: Robert Harding Pittman
A 400 year old oak tree is to be cut down to make way for a new highway. The roadway is to lead to the next projected development, with 20,000 housing units, in the ever growing urban sprawl of Los Angeles County. "Oak 419" is a documentary about the protest movement to try to save this tree, led by John Quigley who spent 71 days living on its limbs. The movement became much bigger than just this tree, receiving great media attention, which became the main tool of the protest. The significance of someone having the courage to stand up for what he believes in was reflected in the enthusiastic crowd of people who were drawn to the tree: television reporters and camerapeople, photographers, radio announcers, musicians, people in frog suits, Latino immigrants, Filippino immigrants, cheerleaders, Native Americans and even Santa Claus – symbolic of the cultural diversity of Los Angeles and California. The film is about an attempt to reclaim democracy in today’s divided, neoconservative America. The occupied tree became the "proverbial line in the sand" between nature, and the voracious development that is happening all over the world in the age of global warming. It became a symbol of a phenomenon that is common to the world over in the face of "progress". Can one weigh the value of real estate development against that of nature? What is "progress"?

OTTER MAN
Azara Film
Hungary/2007/46min/DVD
Category: Docummentary/Tv programmes
Written by: Zoltan Torok
Director: Zoltan Torok
Camera: Zoltan Torok
Producer: Zoltan Torok
A man and a woman with two different views about wild animals... plus a rescued, orphaned otter pup... Hungary has one of the strongest populations of otters in the world. The story revolves around an orphaned otter pup, through her dramatic, emotional story welearn about the life of the otters and the work which is going in the background to save them and their biotope, the Hungarian wetlands.
Awards: Best director (Hungarian Film Week - Best natural history film (-Dok.Ro Romanian-Hungarian Documentary Film Festival).

OUR ANTARCTIC DREAM
Public Television Service Foundation
Taiwan/2008/56min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Chin-yuan Ke/Tai-ping Chang
Director: Chin-yuan Ke
Camera: Chin-yuan Ke
Producer: Chin-yuan Ke
Distributor: Public Television Service Foundation
The South Pole. Here, the temperature is lowest, wind is strongest, and the average elevation is highest compared to anywhere else on Earth. Here, human cannot live for extended periods.This film documents human’s self challenges and the realization of dreams. It also bears witness to the changes in the icy white world of the Antarctic, as well as the challenges it faces, due to the changing environment.

PRESPA-THE TEARS OF GOD
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION RTVC Blagoevgrad
Bulgaria/2008/32min/DVD
Category: Travel and Heritage
Written by: Valeri Yakov , Krasimir Koushev
Director: Rumyana Angelakova
Camera: Liuben Pankov
Music: Petyo Kratsev
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION RTVC Blagoevgrad
A captivating story about the priceless cultural and historical legacy in the region of the lake of Prespa shared by the Republic of Macedonia,Albania and Greece and its unique nature preserved by time to the present day.
Awards: Award for the best programme for the cultural and historical heritage, “On the historical coast of Europe”, Film Festival Veliko Turnovo, 2008.

PENGUINS, THE STORY OF BIRDS THAT WANTED TO BE FISH
EXPLORA FILMS
Spain/2007/52min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentary
Script: FERNANDO GONZALEZ SITGES
Director: FERNANDO GONZALEZ SITGES
Camera: MARIO ALONSO, MANUEL MORALES
Music: SANTI VEGA
Producer: OSCAR PORTILLO
Distributor: EXPLORA FILMS
Ever since birds first appeared on earth, their remarkable
diversification allowed them to conquer all the different habitats on the
planet's surface. Their wings gave them the ability to fly and to reach places no other kind of animal could reach. Only the sea deterred them. Until the arrival of penguins. Determined to conquer the oceans, penguins took millions of years to realize their objective. They managed to adapt in ways that had never been seen before amongst birds. They acquired the ability to live in water for months at a time, to dive to depths of as much as 300 meters, and to withstand the rigors of the coldest regions in the southern hemisphere. But on their long journey to do so, they paid a very high price. Diversification produced different species, all capable of tolerating seemingly impossible temperatures; penguins became masters of environmental adaptation, sufferers-in-silence and noisy members of large colonies. No other family of birds has as extraordinary a tale as do penguins… the birds who wanted to be fish.
Awards: Special Mention Photography & Graphic Design (Wildlife Film Festival Montana).

PRIVATE CASE
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2007/6min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Maya Dimitrova
Camera: Ivan Nenkov
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Distributor: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
The Gorubso factory for ore enrichment is settled in the center of the town of Kurdjali. The production site is situated 300 meters away form the living buildings, as well as the two storages for dangerous substances. Natrium cyanide is stored in one of them. When a reaction between natrium cyanide and acids is held, it turns into the poisonous gas hydrocyanogen. The factory is preparing to start producing golden bricks in the center of the city, which is dangerous and is against the European Union decrees. Wastewater and liquid effluents tanks of “Gorubso” for the waste products from the process of ore enrichment do not fulfill the ecological requirements. Two villages are situated several meters away from the wastewater and liquid effluents tanks and the people breathe the dangerous dust. The number of the diseases increases.

PRIVATE CASE STUDIO
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2007/30min/DVD
Category: Tv programmes
Written by: Vladimir Bereanu
Director: Rositsa Mladenova
Camera: Ivan Nenkov
Producer: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Distributor: BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
The big energy company "Enel" buys "Maritsa Iztok 3" Heat Power Station and the agreement includes investments of 150 million euro for decontamination of the harmful emissions in the atmosphere as well as for other measures for environmental pollution prevention. "Enel" doesn’t make these investments and on a regular basis pays the fines. This infringes not only on the EU’s rights, but it also violates the ordinary human life because the town of Galabovo, which is nearby, is regularly polluted with gas.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
BBT
Bulgaria/2008/44min/DVD
Category: Tv programmes
Written by: Nikola Nikolov
Distributor: BBT
This is a weekly publicistic broadcast, which turns its focus on the most actual themes from the week. In the concrete edition are produced all points of view for the theme "Super Panichishte". We have the points of view of the investors, the ecologists and the local residents.

RIBBON OF SAND
Harpers Ferry Center
USA/2007/27min/DVD
Category: Scientific
Written by: John Grabowska
Director: John Grabowska
Camera: Steve Ruth
Music: Todd Boekelheide
Producer: John Grabowska
Distributor: PBS
The famed Outer Banks of North Carolina are a slim and moving line of sand in the open Atlantic. Many travelers think they know these islands--but south of Ocracoke Inlet there rises a luminous bar of sand sixty miles in extent, with no roads, no bridges, no hotels: the wild beaches of Cape Lookout, one of the few remaining natural barrier islands in the world. At once an exaltation and elegy, Ribbon of Sand profiles this seascape and the transitory islands doomed to disappear due to the twin threats of global warming and development. The film features quotes by environmental pioneer Rachel Carson as interpreted by acclaimed actress Meryl Streep.
Awards: IDA Pare Lorentz Award Nominee, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Finalist, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival - Artistic Award, International Wildlife Film Festival - Merit Award, Sondrio Film Festival on Parks, Italy – Finalist, American Association of Museums Silver Award, Insight Award of Excellence, National Association of Film and Media Artists, Gold Screen Award, National Association of Government Communicators.

RIDERS IN THE CITY
Bulgaria/2008/6min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Elitza Grancharova
Director: Delyan Spasov & Elitza Grancharova
Camera: Delyan Spasov
Music: Logoped
Producer: Delyan Spasov
Take your bicycle and get out on the street to show that you exist. Call your friends and ask for your rights, even if you don’t know where this might take you. Be near the nature on two wheels, or call the nature to come by you by creating a cleaner environment even in the city jammed by cars.

RIVER OF WAR ROVER OF LIFE.THE FATE OF THE NILE
RAI-INTERNATIONAL
Italy/2007/25min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Luciana Capretti
Director: Luciana Capretti
Camera: Massimo Baiocchini
Music: Villa Villa
Distributor: RAI-TRADE
The documentary tells the story of the Nile, the longest river in the world and one of the most exploited. It brings life to the 370 million people who populate the 10 nations washed by its waters.How will it be possible to fairly use this great African river whilst avoiding conflicts between trbes or even nations?

SEARCHING FOR THE ECO-TOWN
Public Television Service Foundation
Taiwan/2008/22min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Yi-Ci Shu
Director: Jen-Chieh Chu
Camera: Jheng-Fong Sie
Producer: Fang-Chuan Sun/Yi-Ci Shu
Distributor: Public Television Service Foundation
Can you believe that there once was a rural village which needed green coverage? Today Professor Han and Siao-bing will take you to Ottenhausen, a picturesque village in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of only 578. Thirty years ago, in order to modernize the village, the villagers widened the roads, and covered the village square with cement for parking. But then they realized that the trees, frogs and bats disappeared, and their success brought frequent flooding. The worsening conditions led the villagers to reconsider, and they launched a full-scale village renewal movement. The renewed Ottenhausen was awarded a gold medal as a model village, and it serves as an example for future eco-rural villages.

SILENT DISAPPEARANCE
RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina
Serbia/2007/21min/DVD
Category: Tv programmes
Written by: Nevena Kljajic
Director: Nevena Kljajic
Camera: Zelimir Tot, Jozef Magyar
Music: archival
Producer: RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina
Distributor: RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina
This is a story about the citizens of the Shanghai settlement (Vojvodina, Serbia) living between an oil rafinery and a heating plant. The settlement is slowly disappearing due to pollution which has increased since 1999 bombardement. The suffer from cancer rpesent more and more, but nobody cares…

THE SMOKE
Zeta Film
Montenegro/2006/26min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Vladimir Perovic
Director: Vladimir Perovic
Camera: Milan Stanic
Producer: Nikola Krapovic
Distributor: Zeta Film
Once removed from his primordial surroundings, a man doesn’t stop longing for them… In order to preserve these relations, our hero persistently repeats performing a ritual of his own, full of strong primeval symbolism. He leaves a place of urban living, and takes a steep narrow path through the rocks, to reach the dead village high up in the mountains, abandoned long time ago. There, amidst scattered remnants of former houses, on the hearth of his ancestors, he always makes a fire. The roof emanates thin, blue patches of smoke, and the smoke means: hearth, fire, family, life... Alone as the last man on the Earth, surrounded only by the elements (air, water, earth, fire), the hero sends the message that life still exists there…
Awards: Belgrade Short & Documentary Film Festival, April 2006; Best Photography, 15. Festef, Kuchevo, Serbia, July 2006; Silver Shepard Belgrade Short & Documentary Film Festival, April 2006; Best Photography, 24th International Film Festival of Uruguay, Montevideo, April 2006; 54th Trento Filmfestival, Italy, April/May 2006; 12th Envirofilm International Environmental FF, Banska Bistrica, Slovakia, May 2006; 15th “Golden Knight”, Serpuhov, Russia, May 2006; 45th Cracow Film Festival, Poland, May 2006; 3rd Vis (Vienna Independent Shorts), Vienna, May 2006; Ecofilms, Rhodes, Greece, June 2006; 13th International Environmental Film Festival Catalonia, Barcelona-Gava June 2006; International Documentary & Anthropolgy Film Festival, Parnu, Estonia, July 2006; 15 Festival of ethnologic films Festef, Kuchevo, Serbia, July 2006; Silver Shepard, 5th EUGANEA Movie Movement, Short & Doc FF, Monselice, Italy, July 2006; 3rd Int’l Revue of Ethno films, Banya Kovilyacha, Serbia, 2006; Malescorto 2006, Malesco, Italy, 2006; Best Documentary, Zlatna Buklija, Velika Plana, 2008, Grand-Prix.

SPIRITS OF ORCHID ISLAND
Public Television Service Foundation
Taiwan/2008/53min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Nick Upton
Director: Nick Upton
Camera: Syaman Yeh-hai Chang/Antony Kuo/Micky Chen
Music: Matthew Lien
Producer: Wen Cheng/Shuwa Chang
Over a thousand kinds of fish and numerous seasnakes populate Orchid Island’s coral reefs, while Lanyu Scops Owls, Whistling Green Pigeons and Birdwing butterflies thrive in forests that teem with life. The Tao people came here from the Philippines nearly a thousand years ago and their guardianship of both forest and ocean has preserved the island’s wild nature. They still harvest the sea from hand-made boats, and many spiritual beliefs and links with nature survive, despite the modernizing influence of nearby Taiwan. Syaman Rapongan, a highly-respected Tao writer, reveals the traditions of his tribe and how he follows the old taboos, respecting nature and the spirits that watch over it. He acts as a passionate and thoughtful guide to the colorful ceremonies and ancient beliefs of the Tao. His insights into this unique culture have much to tell a modern world whose values have lost touch with nature.
Awards: 2008, Winner/Environmental Sustainability,EarthVision,US;
2008, Honorable Mention for Good Documentation of Stewardship by Indigenous, IWFF, US

THE STORK AND US
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Japan/2006/49min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Yasuhiro Ono, Emi Kuboshima
Director: Yasuhiro Ono, Emi Kuboshima
Camera: Teiji Tsukakoshi
Music: Kensaku Tanikawa
Producer: Gen Sasaki (Executive Producer), Teiji Ohno (Executive Producer)
It was during Japan’s period of high economic growth that the Oriental White Stork disappeared from the Japanese islands. Forests were torn down, and chemical pesticides were used extensively, causing the storks to lose their habitat and their source of food. And now, in the exact same place from where the storks disappeared, in the land of Toyooka in Hyogo Prefecture, a second attempt to co-exist with the storks has begun. Storks bred in captivity are now being released into the wild with the cooperation of the farmers and local citizens. Through the changing of the seasons and the cycles of nature, we will hear the thoughts and hopes of the people, and witness the difficulties these captivity-bred storks face in the ‘real wild’ world.

TO THE NATURE PARENT LIM
RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina
Serbia/2007/31min/DVD
Category: Docummentary/TV programmes/
Travel and Heritage
Written by: Svetlana Paroski
Director: Svetlana Paroski
Camera: Igor Petricevcic, Vladimir Karadjinovic
Producer: RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina
Distributor: RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina
We do not deal with the rafting as a sport discipline of brave or adrenaline addicted people. In our documentary man and nature embrace, as do the soil, the skies and the waters; flowers and noise; and small particles with the parent cosmos reflected in the Lim River. The rafting on the Lim adventure is not the only theme of the documentary. It also deals with the tame and wild nature surrounding the Lim Valley; steep slopes and not so steep hills rising above these fascinating waters; and man living together in peace or clashing with the elements from time immemorial - with the nature parent.
Awards: European Federation Tourist Press Award – Mefest, Brus, Kopaonik 2007, Prize for Best Direction – Zlatna Buklija, V. Plana 2008.

UNKNOWN ANTARCTICA
K2 Studio
Slovakia/2007/40min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Pavol Barabas
Director: Pavol Barabas
Camera: Pavol Barabas
Music: Michal Novinski
Producer: K2 Studio
Distributor: K2 Studio
The first day is calm. Deceitful sun shines continuously, day and night. Frightening silence in one’s ears. It flows in from everywhere; it literally hurts. And the awful cold. It hurts too. Real and imaginable. Wherever you look there is just an endless white desert. Snow and sky. Nothing else. Just two colours: white and blue. And mainly the absolute purity. In your head, under your feet and everywhere around. A non-sharable experience. Twenty four million square kilometres of ice and them. Alone, somewhere in the middle of the world’s coldest continent. They decided to walk on foot from the edge of the Antarctic continent as far as its highest point.
Awards: Award - Camera Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2008,
The Best Slovak Film - Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, 2008.

THE UNSPOKEN WORDS OF THE SEA
RAI
Italy/2008/26min/DVD
Category: Docummentary
Written by: Luigi Giuliano Ceccarelli
Director: Leopoldo Antinozzi, Maura Calefati
Camera: Francesca Gernini, Pierfrancesco Careddu
Music: Luigi Giuliano Ceccarelli
Producer: RAI Educational
Distributor: RAI Trade
Poetry and reality, history and myth, truth and legend, to tell about “the unspoken words of the sea”: an art documentary that, through poetic quotes and songs, topical items and episodes from the past, tells what the sea represents, in a journey over the Italian Mediterranean from Palermo to Venice, from Naples to Genoa. The sea as a challenge to a seaman’s courage, as a fisherman’s source of wealth, or as a lovers’ accomplice on warm summer nights. The sea of crimes, from traffickers transporting illegal aliens by boat to smugglers, the five-star sea of yachts and cruises, the sea as a treasure chest of time, from the Riace bronzes to the Dancing Satyr. The sea wounded by pollution, the sea of quarantines and healings. The sea, the salty cradle of life, the place of the soul, a metaphor of life itself. Because: “Life is the sea because of its unpredictability; never knowing how far the next wave will arrive.”

UNSUNG HEROES OF MT. JADE
Public Television Service Foundation
Taiwan/2008/23min/DVD
Category: TV programmes
Written by: Chia-chun Huang
Director: Chia-chun Huang
Camera: Li-an Hsieh/Chia-chun Huang
Producer: Chieh Teng
Distributor: Public Television Service Foundation
Most people shun cleaning the toilet. There is, however, a group of volunteers who are willing to ascend 3000 meters above sea level to clean a toilet atop Jade Mountain. This is no ordinary toilet. This toilet is an experimental facility that allows volunteers to convert human waste into fertilizer. If successful, the experiment will substantially benefit the construction of toilets in remote areas, environmental protection efforts, and the water sources. Nevertheless, cleaning this toilet requires a three-day trip. Chen Ta-sen, one of the volunteers, has been cleaning the toilet two to three times a month over the past year. What is his motivation? Perhaps, it is the love for the land and a feeling of gratefulness toward the forest and mountain.

WALKING WITH THE WOLVES
Belarusian Videocenter
Belarus/2007/26min/DVD
Category: Scientific
Written by: Igor Byshnev
Director: Igor Byshnev
Camera: Pavel Zoubritskij
Music: Vladimir Sivitskij
Producer: Belarusian Videocenter
Distributor: Belarusian Videocenter
The film depicts complex relationship between the man and the wolf.

WELCOME
Prina Consult
Bulgaria/2007/2min/DVD
Category: Travel and Heritage/Video spots
Written by: Ivan Kozhuharov
Director: Ivan Kozhuharov
Camera: Ivan Kozhuharov
Producer: Prina Consult
Distributor: Garmen Municipality
This is a promotional video-spot about tourist challenges in Garmen municipality region.

WHALERS
RTVE
Spain/2007/30min/DVD
Category: Documentary
Written by: Paco Garrido
Director: Paco Garrido
Music: Pablo Miyar
Producer: Rosa Perez
Distributor: TVE S.M.
This series recalls the adventures of whale hunters in Spain. A history full of reminiscences, largely unknown today yet a constant part of life on the coasts of Spain since medieval times. In fact, Basques were among the first to hunt whales with harpoons and until recently there have been factories devoted to processing whale meat in places as dissimilar as Vigo or Ceuta.

WHITE STORKS OF MY VALLEY
Institute For Nature Conservation of Serbia
Serbia/2008/27min/ mini DV
Category: TV programmes
Written by: MSc Oliver Fojkar
Director: MSc Oliver Fojkar
Camera: Dusan Cekic
Music: Miroslav Jovancic
Producer: Academic Society for Nature Study and Conservation Novi Sad
Distributor: Academic Society for Nature Study and Conservation Novi Sad
This is a film on white birds, which have already been for centuries the symbol of Vojvodina, North Serbia. The film shooting required great love and patience, it took three years (2005 – 2007), mostly in the villages and marshes along the Rivers Tamis and Danube. This film is particularly valuable because it records subtle feelings and specific Stork behaviour during the mating season, egg hatching, feeding, delivering of babies and dying. With this film we have also supported the young ornithologists’ Project: "Safe Nest for White Storks", aimed to prevent Storks from becoming electrical shock victims. We are certain that this film shall touch the soul of the audience, since it basically deals with life, which is not easy at all, but "must go on".

ZADAR BARKAJOLI
Croatian Television
Croatia/2007/27min/betacam SP Pal
Category: Docummentary/Travel and Heritage
Written by: Tanja Kanceljak
Director: Tanja Kanceljak
Camera: Mirko Vojanic
Producer: Croatian Television
Distributor: Croatian Television
Zadar barkajolI are unique thing on the Adriatic sea and they are symbol of Zadar town. In the documentary made by Tanja Kanceljak will find out why people from Zadar say that who ever visits Zadar and did not took a ride with barkajol did not actually visit Zadar. For 800 years barkajols are been a brand for Zadar but the main thing is a transport for Zadar’s working people. In small boats powered by rowing all weather conditions they transport people from one point to the other, shortining a long walk arround peninsula. Most working people use this way of transportation for the whole time of being employed. Barkajols are very proud of their work. This business is in families for many generations. For many passangers they are information desk but also a needed friend. It is easy in a summer time then in a winter when are hands in a freezing and sometimes they are there only one person.