2009

2009

100 YEARS OF BIRD RINGING IN HUNGARY
SZABOLCS MOSONYI
Hungary/2009/26min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Erika Bagladi
Director: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Camera: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Music: Pierre Langer
Producer: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Distributor: Szabolcs Mosonyi

Bird migration, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena, has always intrigued people. During human history, several accurate observations and – often mistaken –observations and – often mistaken – conclusions have been written down about the migration of birds. Some believed that cuckoos transformed into sparrow-hawks and redstarts turned into robins in the autumn. Others reasoned that birds spent the winter on the Moon. Where do migratory birds disappear in the autumn so that they can reappear in the spring just as fast as they have left?

1253 FOR A DAY
VREME STUDIO
BULGARIA/1979/10min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Pantcho Tsankov
Director: Pantcho Tsankov
Camera: Andrei Chertov
Music: Yulia Gurkovska
Producer: Vreme Studio
Distributor: Bulgaria Film

Six veteran mountaineers in a touching manner clean the lakes of the Rila mountain
from the polution caused by the Sunday tourists. Those old devotees of the nature are moving with their sincere love to the mountain lakes
Awards: Special prize of the Bulgarian Cinema Union; 1st Prize in Ostrava Film Festival; Bronze Triglav from MKF Kran, Slovenia; Special prize of the European Council in Avignon Festival; Special prize in the Beijing Festival.


THE ACORES
ARTE
Germany/2008/43min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Florian Guthknecht
Director: Florian Guthknecht
Camera: Richard Ladkani, Sigi Braun
Music: Sebastian Pobot
Producer: Udo Zimmermann
Distributor: Telepool

Millions of years ago, nine islands rose up out of the seething depths of the earth. In spite of their lethal powers, they’ve become an oasis of life. As if by magic, animals from all parts of the earth are drawn to this region, and in the depths of the ocean remarkable creatures can be found. How they find their way here, when they appear and why they continue visiting this unique ecosystem – these are the mysteries posed by the Acores.


THE ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE
THE NEED OF BIODIVERSITY/Episode 4
LES PODUCTIONS VIC PELLETIER INC.&LATO SENSU PRODUCTIONS
France/52min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Producer: LES PODUCTIONS VIC PELLETIER INC.&LATO SENSU Productions
Distributor: LES PODUCTIONS VIC PELLETIER INC.&LATO SENSU Productions

Is there a way that allows everyone to benefit from our planet’s riches without compromising our recourses for future generation? The answer has been given by men and women from all four corners of the earth who have succesded in creating new models for economical development. They have gone new ways to achieve sustainable and lasting growth for mankind and our planet. They are farmers, chemists, architects, doctors, tradesmen and bankers. These Architects f Change, are looking for and practicing innovative solutions, which counteract the many threats to our future. Far from being political or economical militants, these Architects of Change are, above all, entrepreneurs. Our documentary series will be visiting this new kind of pioneers. They belive in a capitalism that can create social, economic and environmental wealth. They are not the only ones who promote such ideas, but they are the only ones who can prove that their ideas work out in day-to-day life. This is an international documentary series for 30 Architects of Change, 26 different countries, six continents, 10 different themes. Each episode investigates one theme, 3 protagonists, 3 different countries.

THE ARCTIC CIRCLE: OMEN FROM THE NORTH
NHK/JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Japan/2008/49min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: TV programmes
Script: Atsushi Nishida
Director: Atsushi Nishida
Camera: Masaki Watanabe/ Daisuke Soma
Music: Takeshi Kobayashi
Producer: Toshihiro Matsumoto
Distributor: MICO/Media International Corporation

The Arctic is changing drastically as a result of global warming. The area of ice on the Arctic Ocean is the smallest it has been since measurement began, and the polar bears are threatened with extinction. The state of the Arctic is an omen of our own future. This documentary depicts some of the scientific research being conducted and describes the great changes that are now taking place in the far north.

A BOILING SEA
ISPRA
Italy/2008/35min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Sergio Silenzi
Director: Marco Pisapia
Music: Francesco Felli

During the last 100 years the overall temperature of the Earth has increased by 0.7°C. For the next 100 years, according to the various scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions, IPCC predicts an increase in temperature between 1.1°C and more than 6°C.This is a journey around the continents to understand the mechanisms of climate change, future scenarios and possible solutions.

A STATION IN THE BASEMENT
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC Bulgaria/2009/30min./DVD
Category: TV programmes
Script: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Violin Paleykov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

There is an absurd exchange, which happened in Veliko Tarnovo. The town council gave 53 decares of forests in exchange for a basement of 100 sq.m. The new owner – an automechanic from Debelec, intends to cut down(s) trees and (to) build up houses. (The) ecologists warn that this will ruin the flora and fauna, (will) provoke landslide and change the climate.
Awards: European Commission Competition Robert Shuman 2007, Ethno Festival Plovdiv 2007, Euroekofest’08, Koprivstitsa, Bulgaria.

ADRIATIC TSUNAMI
CROATIAN TELEVISION
Croatia/2008/30min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Tanja Kanceljak
Director: Tanja Kanceljak
Camera: Ivan Metes
Music: Oleg Colnago, Drazen Scholz
Producer: Croatian television
Distributor: Croatian television

30 years ago, Vela Luka (has) been affected by large natural catastrophes. Bore in the early dawn flood coastal part of Vela Luka caused huge damage to a small city on the Island of Korcula, and long after that (the) scientists did not even know what actually had happened. Today, we know that the Vela Luka was hit by the meteotsunami – a bore of (the) mutual influence of the atmosphere and the sea. And many thought that the cause of Tsunami earthquake in the Aegean Sea, and a full moon, which is light before this day. This phenomenon was not only noticed in some other places on the Adriatic Sea, but also worldwide. Most cases the one last year when he hit meteotsunami island Ist and one of this summer, when the flood of a house. Citizens of Vela Luka still feel(s) the consequences of the tidal wave and speak emotionally and some of which are affected by this most difficult catastrofy - Adriatic tsunami, can be heard in this documentary by Tanja Kanceljak. Famous scientist from Spain and Italy and in the world participate in the documentary film along with witnesses. In the film, first documentary photos of Vela Luka’s disaster are shown.

ALASKA - WILDERNESS OF FIRE AND ICE
ZDF
Germany/2008/45min./DVD
Category: TV programmes dedicated to ecology
and environmental preservation
Script: Sabine Armsen
Director: Sabine Armsen
Camera: Russel Weston, Craig Baumann
Music: PS Movie Sound
Producer: Thomas Hamm
Distributor: ZDF

Fascination Earth Alaska – Wilderness of fire and ice Synopsis Our planet is unique and the diversity of its habitats is dazzling. The series “Fascination Earth” makes this opulence tangible, with each episode focusing on a different region. In this episode presenter Dirk Steffens takes the viewer into Alaska’s untamed wilderness. In the long and cold winter months Alaska is in the firm grip of ice and snow. But come spring, nature springs to life and presents itself in all its exuberance and plenty. This vast region along the edge of the Arctic Circle is at the mercy of nature’s most violent forces. To survive under these extreme conditions, the rich fauna has developed sophisticated adaptations. And while Alaska still is one of the most remote regions on this planet, it was here that humans set first foot on a new continent. This was the beginning of an epic tale that became the colonization of the Americas. Today these Polar regions are changing faster than ever before. Scientists from all over the world are investigating the mysteries of Alaska’s melting glaciers. Multinational companies, on the other hand, are assessing the potentials of an ice-free Northwest Passage. In this documentary Dirk Steffens unveils some fascinating tales about this land. His stories are spiced with the latest science on wandering herds and fearsome predators as well as cataclysmic geological events that moulded the face of Alaska. Steffens also meets some of Alaska’s indigenous peoples and learns about the great challenges they will face in this majestic wilderness.


ALONG UPPER MARITZA
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2008/27min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Nana Krasteva
Director: Dobrin Keresteliev
Camera: Kamen Kolev
Producer: Bulgarian National Television
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television
The film tells about the Maritsa River (Greek, Evros) and the fascinating animal species and plants, living along its upper river valley. The river was formed millions of years ago by the glaciers of the Rila Mountain. Rila rises up in the very centre of the Balkan Peninsula, boasting a crown of more than 100 peaks, the highest of which, Musala is 2925 meters high – a genuine record not only for the peninsula, but also for the meridian that symbolically crosses the mountain. Maritsa inspires with her 524 kilometres of length, two thirds of which in the territory of Bulgaria, until it flows into the Aegean Sea. It is the most important bio-corridor of the Balkans. The upper part of the river crosses the central and high regions of the Rila Mountain, which constitute a national park – a huge mountain park with natural habitats of Bulgarian and European importance.

ASINA
Spain/2009/27min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Daniel Lagares Ramirez
Director: Daniel Lagares Ramirez

Gotas arrived on the island of Fuerteventura, from the continet of Africa, along the first setters, around the year 500 b.c. A large number of them lived in a state of semifreedom, like a livinglarder. In the first century a.c., the Roman historian Plinius, amazed by the large number of goats that there were, named the island Capraria. Until the middle of 20th century, the capital of the island was called Puerto Cabras (Goat Port).

ATLAS - ONE MAN, ONE CAMERA - THE NAZCA PLATEAU
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2009/27min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Simeon Idakiev
Director: Simeon Idakiev
Camera: Simeon Idakiev
Music: Diana Tekelieva
Producer: Bulgarian National Television
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television

The documentary “The Nazca Plateau” is an attempt at revealing the secret of the pictures and geometric figures of the Nazca Plateau in Peru, which can be seen only from bird’s-eye view, as well as a story about Maria Reiche’s work – a remarkable woman, who dedicated 40 years of her life to study them.

BAIKAL, FESTIVAL
MTV HUNGARIAN TELEVISION
Hungary/2008/26min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Jozsef Safrany
Director: Jozsef Safrany
Camera: Jozsef Safrany
Producer: Jozsef Safrany
We know little of the Russians, of their land; therefore it is always a major experience to meet them. Our experiences are mostly from Soviet times and the concepts of the Hungarian audiences are adjusted to them. The fact that Russia and Siberia are lovely lands with wonderful natural beauty is missing in our knowledge. It is absolutely new that there is great interest in the protection of nature in Russia, for our earlier knowledge was based on facts of violating nature, turning rivers back, and immeasurable industrial pollution. The Film Festival of Irkutsk was an eminent opportunity to enlarge our knowledge, to get acquainted with a lovely landscape, the Baikal, to survey the world view of the Russian nature film-makers, their anxiety about the environment, and to put questions about Russian things we do not understand. All this done in the spirit of friendship which cannot be forced, it either emerges or it does not.

BIRD WITHOUT BORDERS - BLACK-FACED SPOONBILLS
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE FOUNDATION
Taiwan/2009/52min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Dean Johnson
Director: Dean Johnson
Camera: Chieh-te Liang / Dean Johnson
Music: John Lin
Producer: Selena Tsao
Distributor: Public Television Service Foundation

Found nowhere else but on wetlands in Asia, Black-Faced Spoonbill is the only spoonbill currently endangered. Its migration is captured for the first time on HD, and we reveal dedicated individuals divided by borders, but share one common goal – conservation and protection of this endangered species and their remaining habitats.

BTV REPORTERS - THE RILA FIRE
BTV
Bulgaria/2008/15min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/TV programmes
Script: Konstantin Karadjov
Director: Adriana Alexieva
Camera: Blagoy Momchilov
Music: Olivier Derivière (France)
Producer: Gena Traykova
Distributor: bTV

The biggest forest fire in recent years spread fast through precious woodland landscapes of Rila Mountain last September, revealing not only how badly unequipped Bulgarian firefighters are or how endangered natural forest life was, but inflaming suspicions of shady ski-property investment plans, endorsed by top government officials.

BULGARIAN FOREST – PRESENT AND OBSCURE FUTURE
GREEN BALKANS
Bulgaria/2007/54min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Valentina Fidanova, Konstantin Dichev
Director: Valentina Fidanova
Camera: Konstantin Dichev, Borislav Georgiev, George Stoyanov
Music: Stoyl Kerevanov
Producer: Green Balkans
Distributor: Green Balkans

This movie represents only 8 of more than 300 cases investigated by Green Balkans. They generalize and illustrate the most typical illegal practices for devastation of the Bulgarian forests during the last 15 years.

CARSTENSZ - THE SEVENTH SUMMIT
K2 STUDIO
Slovakia/2009/44min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Pavol Barabas
Director: Pavol Barabas
Camera: Vlado Zboja, Pavol Barabas
Music: Michal Novinski
Producer: K2 studio
Distributor: K2 studio

Snowy Mountains rise high above the untouched jungle of New Guinea, breaking through heavy rain clouds. A limestone pyramid, known as the Carstensz Pyramid, soars above them as the most exotic, but also the most inaccessible mountain in the world. The peak of this mountain was conquered for the first time, by Heinrich Harrer, in 1962. Access to the foothills of this mountain lead through the territory of the legendary Damal native tribes and still belongs amongst the most adventurous expeditions. Apart from obtaining the necessary permits, the biggest problem lies is in persuading the naked natives to help us with the transport of equipment from Beoga, across wild rivers and mountainous jungle, up to the snowy glaciers below the Carstensz Pyramid.
Awards: Grand Prix - Spotkania z filmem gorskim, Zakopane, Poland, 2008, Public Choice - MFHF, Poprad, Slovak Republic, 2008, Jury’s prize - Welzlovo filmobile, Zabrez, Czech Republic, 2009, 1st Prize - Go Kamera, Brno, Czech Republic, 2009


CHINA IN A TORRENT: THE ENVIRONMENTAL DILEMMA
NHK/JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Japan/2008/49min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Toshifumi Kataoka
Director: Toshifumi Kataoka
Camera: Yoshio Kamiizumi
Music: Takehiko Gokita
Producer: Hideo Kado
Distributor: MICO/Media International Corporation

Environmental pollution is one of China’s most difficult policy issues. Countermeasures vary greatly among the regions. In coastal cities, pursuant to a national directive, polluting companies have been exposed one after another and sanctions have been applied, even to the point of shutting the companies down. In Hangzhou, authorities carry out 24-hour monitoring, thanks to a video surveillance system installed in more than 300 major companies. Infractions can trigger intervention by a Pollution Task Force. In China’s interior, however, many local governments are freely dynamiting mountains and damming rivers so as to build hydroelectric plants that will help fulfill supreme directives to establish prosperity. How can China reconcile such conflicting imperatives and achieve a harmonious society?


CITY FLOWERS
CANADA/2007/29min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Stephanie Pihery
Director: Stephanie Pihery
Camera: Stephanie Pihery
Producer: Stephanie Pihery
Distributor: Stephanie Pihery

Every year, some “colored” irreductibles animate the Lower east side in New York to bring to light the saving of the community gardens of New York, the last haven of peace, greenery, community and cultural exchange.

CLEANSING
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2008/27min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Grigory Nedyalkov
Director: Milan Kuzov
Camera: Anton Evlogiev
Presenter: Grigory Nedyalkov
Editor: Vladimir Anastasov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television

This is a documentary dealing with ecological topics and more specifically with the struggle with climate change. It focuses on the purification and reduction of harmful emissions in the United Kingdom. The documentary features interviews with authors of projects related to reduction of emissions, with scientists, university professors, politicians and ordinary people, who discuss and share view points of the latest UK developments in coping with climate change. It shows examples of the implementation of green ideas and of successful good practices, such as wind generators, wind turbines, eco-friendly wood houses, seawave generators, and so on.

CLOUDS’ CATCHERS
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC
Bulgaria/2009/30min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Violin Paleykov, Nikolay Sotirov, Anton Marchev
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

Two men influence the sun and clouds in a very strange way. In fact they shape the climate changes depending on their moods. Orthodox and Muslim do the same. While the whole village lives with the idea of a dragon who defines determines an alternative synoptic reality.
Awards: European Commission Competition Robert Shuman 2007, Ethno Festival Plovdiv 2007, Euroekofest’08, Koprivstitsa, Bulgaria

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PAST...
PUBLIC NATIONAL INSTITUTION OF BROADCASTING COMPANY/TELERADIO-MOLDOVA
Republic of Moldova/2008/32min./Mini DV
Category: TV programmes
Script: Lucia Taut
Director: Carolina Bobeico
Camera: Vadim Voleanski
Music: Maria Triboi
Producer: Lucia Taut
Distributor: Channel TV Moldova 1

To demonstrate the importance, necessity and contribution to the prosperity of Soviet agriculture, the big chemical corporations have chosen as experimental polygon Moldovan soil which without pesticides and chemical fertilizers fructified on average 6 times more than in other European regions of Soviet Union. Thus, under the pretext of a modern agriculture Moldova was drowned by chemicals and fertilizers which more than a quarter of a century have destroyed the whole ecosystem of Moldova. Nowadays there are more than 1600 tons of unusable prohibited pesticides affecting both soil and water. These chemicals have been used heavily in agriculture. When the land became the property of peasants, the deposits where the pesticides were stored have become value share of the owners and were demolished. The Doors, windows and bricks were distributed to the villagers. That is, the pesticides and the chemicals were left out, being a danger for the surface and ground waters. As a result, nowadays a lot of localities are confronted with serious problems of potable water. The Villages Tomesti from Glodeni district, Iargara from Leova district and Lunga from Floresti district, which are presented in the documentary The Consequences of the past… are real examples.

THE CONTACT
RTV/RADIO TELEVISION OF VOJVODINA
Serbia/2008/26min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Vladimir Perovic
Director: Vladimir Perovic
Camera: Igor Petricevic
Producer: Svetelana Paroski

Every summer the heroes of the film Mira and her son Jovan leave their urban place Belgrade and go to a remote mountain. Over there they spend three months in a lonely house, with no inhabited village at sight, with no electricity, TV, internet etc… Far from so called civilization, they experience what the life is like when you live a natural way. They prepare food from what they find in the nature, they drink water from clear springs, they walk on bare foot, they swim in a fresh mountain river, etc… Mira wrote “The Cook-book of edible indigenous vegetables”. With serenity of the people sincerely devoted to something, with deep persuasion, she explains her philosophy of the nature and of mankind’s place in it…

CONCRETE
BULGARIA/2009/28min./MINI DV
Category: Documentaries
Director: Nikolay Vassilev
Camera Borislav Georgiev


Concrete is the sadly story of a bagpipe... about the fire... the rubish... and the power. Forest of embers, mountain of tins and people who possess the willingness to fight up against the drub mind.

CORK - FOREST IN A BOTTLE
BBC NATURAL HISTORY UNIT/MIKE SALISBURY PRODUCTIONS
UK/2008/50min./DVD
Category: TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Mike Salisbury
Director: Mike Salisbury, Paul Morrison
Camera: Graham Horder, Hugh Maynard
Music: Ben Salisbury
Producer: Mike Salisbury, Paul Morrison
Distributor: BBC Worldwide
Every time we weigh up which bottle of wine to buy, we hold the fate of nightingales, rare black storks, secretive wild cats and one of the world’s most remarkable trees in our hands. It’s all to do with the stopper. If it’s cork, it probably came from the bark of one of the ancient cork oak trees from the Montados, in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The cork oak is the only tree in the world whose bark can be periodically removed without killing it. But this tree is amazing in other ways. It survives in poor soil and searing heat and provides not only nesting places for Booted Eagles but also space for some of Europe’s rarest wildflowers. This exquisitely-filmed portrait of the Montados reveals one of the last places in Europe where a sustainable local economy still dovetails harmoniously with nature. Cork producer and wildlife enthusiast, Francisco Garrett explains what will be lost if cork stoppers are replaced by plastic or screwtops.
Prizes: Merit Award for Conservation message

CRANE MIGRATION OF THE HORTOBAGY
A CAMERA IN THE BACKPACK PRODUCTION
Hungary/2007/53min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Zsolt Cseke
Director: Zsolt Cseke
Camera: Zsolt Cseke, Attila Linzenbold, Peter Kery
Musics: 7 steps
Producer: Zsolt Cseke
Distributor: A camera in the backpack production

One of the greatest treasures of the Hortobagy’s special fauna is beyond doubt the water avifauna, which is admired and surveyed by ornithologists from all over the whole world. It is mainly at the time of the birds’ migration in spring and autumn that the wetlands of the park spring into commotion, wild geese and mallards arrive in their thousands, but the greatest spectacle is to be provided by to the first crane flocks appearing on the horizon with flutelike calls. As they draw closer, the news spreads over the plain like wildfire: The event attracting the largest amount of animals in Hortobagy, the autumn migration of the cranes, has begun.
Awards: Special Enviromental Award

DANDELION, WATER - THIRSTY IN BAERSTADT
ZDF
Germany/2008/24min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Andreas Steinhoefel
Director: Klaus Gietinger
Camera: Martin Meyer
Music: Hosenfeld/Denis
Producer: Studio TV for ZDF
Distributor: ZDF Enterprises

What a heat! The entire town of Baerstadt suffers from thirst. Only Fritz’ neighbour Paschulke does not have a water shortage. He is bathing in a sparkling source. But in Fritz’ garden the flowers go limp. He does not have any water left: His little well has dried up and the water tep is empty. Not even Yasemin has left any water in her kiosk. Fritz wants to intervene, but in the waterworks of Baerstadt there is no machine running. How can Baerstadt get water again? Is the town going to be a desert soon? How do human beings, animals and plants handle a long time without water? Following the example set by nature Fritz develops an ingenious idea how to get water.

THE DEAD AND THE LIVING ONES
BELSATTV/LARYSSA KABERNIK
Belarus/2008/33min./ Mini DV
Category: Documentaries
Script: Laryssa Kabernik
Director: Laryssa Kabernik, Pavel Bandzich
Camera: Laryssa Kabernik
Producer: BelsatTV/Laryssa Kabernik
Distributor: Laryssa Kabernik

After the flood, God tells to Noah and his sons that now every flash is their food. Everything was easy from the very beginning: animals lived side by side with the men, they gave food, protected, they were friends or otherwice they filled with consternation... Being more complicated and improved, our civilization produces new possibilities and new problems of coexistence. But until today, there is no excuse of human’s cruelty against animal, regardless of whether it is wild, domestic or laboratory.
Awards: XIII International Environmental Film Festival Green Vision 2008, Prize for the Courage in making an Enironmental film.

DECIDING TOGETHER
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Bulgaria/2009/2min./DVD
Category: Video spots
Script: Hristina Petrova, Ivan Kojuharov
Director: Hristina Petrova
Producer: Regional Environmental Center

DJEMO, GOAT AND BRUCELLOSIS
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA/2009/19MIN./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and educational films
Script: Nisvet Hrustic/screenplay associate: Sead Hrustic
Director: Nisvet Hrustic
Camera: Nisvet Hrustic/second cameramen: Teo Agačevic
Music: Amer Sehic
Producer: Nisvet Hrustic
Distributor: Nisvet Hrustic

Brucellosis is a very dangerous disease that affects sheep, goats and other animals. It, also, gets transferred to people and it is very hard to treat. About 500.000 people get affected every year, worldwide. Until year 2004. in Bosnia and Herzegovina, brucellosis was not significantly present. But, with the uncontrolled import of live stock that started this year, brucellosis became highly increased dicease in this country. In 2007 alone, 500 people got affected. In first half of 2008, 12,500 sheep and goats were euthanised slaughtered, when brucellosis got in epidemic proportions.

DRAGONFLIES OF A BACKWOODS STREAM
FINLAND/2009/16min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Miikka Friman
Director: Miikka Friman
Camera: Miikka Friman
Music: Miikka Friman
Producer: Miikka Friman
Distributor: Miikka Friman

A nature film about damselflies and dragonflies near a small forest stream in South-Eastern Finland. The surrounding of the forest stream hide an entire world into with the variation of dragonfly species from lush settings to rugged rapids. The film has been shot between 2004 and 2008 and it was completed in 2009.

DRIVEN BY WIND
JANNA DEKKER
The Netherlands/2005/13min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Janna Dekker
Director: Janna Dekker
Camera: Janna Dekker
Producer: Janna Dekker
Distributor: Janna Dekker

Miller Henk Borst lived and worked for more than 50 years on the watermill \’Woudaap\’built in 1651. Henk was 72 years old but refused to retire from his job as a miller. He died unexpectedly because of a heartattack. He was one of the last fulltime millers. Nowadays the waterlevel in the Netherlands is regulated by computers.
Awards: Silver Ebenseer Bear and Special Juryprice in Austria Award for best Cinematography in a Documentary in Seattle, USA, Special Jury price in St. Petersburg, Russia

EARTH HOUR
MAD TV
Bulgaria/2009/30sec./DVD
Category: Video spots
Script: MAD TV
Director: Stoyan Stoyanov
Producer: MAD TV
Distributor: MAD TV

MAD TV made a special campaign to support WWF in their “Earth Day”. A special clock on the web site countdowned the hours to Saturday, 28th of March, when from 20:30 to 21:30 the air of MAD TV was switched on an energy saving regime, which encouraged people to turn off the lights at least for one hour. For this purpose a special 30” trailer was made by the production team of MAD TV in support of the great cause. Started out as a campaign encouraging the citizens of Sidney to turn off the lights, “Earth Hour” has now become one of the most serious and important initiations against the climate changes. “Earth Hour” started in 2007 in Sidney, Australia where 2,2 households shut the lights for one hour. A year later the event went on to became a global phenomenon with more than 100 million followers in more than 35 countries.
Award: Special Diploma from WWF for Best Partnership for the Earth Hour Campaign

ECO-CRIMES: FISHING PIRATES
WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, ARTE
Germany/2008/52min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries/TV programmes
Script: Heinz Greuling, Thomas Weidenbach
Director: Heinz Greuling, Thomas Weidenbach
Camera: Steffen Bohn
Music: Oliver Keidel
Producer: Thomas Weidenbach, LAENGENGRAD Film Production
Distributor: United Docs, Cologne, Germany

This film tells the story of an unknown war. It’s being waged in the Southern Ocean, in the fish-rich waters around the Antarctic. Its victims are fish, the Patagonian toothfish, to be precise. It’s sold under various names and is highly prized particularly in the USA, Japan and China for its firm, white flesh that has very few bones - white gold to fishermen, because it fetches a thousand US dollars a fish and more. This lucrative business has attracted illegal fishermen who abide by no fishing quotas or laws. These pirates and the men behind them become millionaires on the rich pickings. Their unscrupulous fishing methods threaten not only the livelihoods of legal fishermen but the integrity of the entire marine eco-system. The starting point of the film is the powerlessness of the AFMA, the Australian Fisheries Manage-ment Authority. For years its officers have had to watch while the rich fishing grounds around the Heard and McDonald Islands have been plundered by fishing pirates. They operate large factory ships that stay at sea for months on end and respect no laws or regulations. Using longlines kilome-tres in length equipped with thousands of hooks, they haul the fish out from depths of up to 4,000 metres. They also bring death to countless sea lions and albatrosses. Again and again, the rough seas help the fishing pirates to escape the fisheries inspectors, who lack the necessary equipment for the chase – into waters made treacherous by ice floes, for example. Above all, though, the in-spectors are unarmed so the pirates have nothing to fear. But a courageous fisheries inspector and a dedicated adviser from the Australian Attorney General’s Office are not prepared to accept the situation. They mobilise the government and the armed forces and set a trap for the pirates. The film relates the genuine case of two pirates ships, the Volga and the Lena - just two ships from a whole pirate fleet in the Southern Ocean. After a hair-raising chase they are boarded with the help of the Australian navy. A special unit – armed to the teeth – abseils onto the ships from a naval helicopter and arrests the illegal fishermen. The investigations uncover an international cartel that stretches from Spain to Russia and on to Indonesia. The case comes to court at the Interna-tional Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, which is dealing with more and more cases like this – something of which the general public remains largely ignorant. Through original footage shot during the chase and capture and through re-enacted scenes, the film presents a scrupulously accurate picture of the events. With the help of Australia\’s former environment and fisheries minister, Ian Macdonald, the film-makers show how unarmed and power-less fisheries inspectors have turned themselves into a hard-hitting force to be reckoned with. The fisheries authorities are given a new ship, an heavily armed ice-breaker capable of pursuing the pirates through the heaviest seas. The fisheries inspectors are trained in the use of weapons and learn how to win through by force of arms. As a result, Australia finally succeeds in driving the pi-rates from its territorial waters. The Lena is sunk, the Volga is scrapped. But the illegal fishing has now spread to other waters, outside Australian sovereignty. Experts estimate that 500,000 tonnes of illegally caught fish find their way onto the market in the European Union alone every year. If illegal fishing is not successfully tackled worldwide, then one of mankind\’s most important food sources and the eco-system of the world\’s oceans will be imperilled.
Awards: Merit Award for Conservation Message 32nd International Wildlife Film Festival 2009, Missoula, USA intermedia-globe Gold Award WorldMediaFestival 2009, Hamburg, Germany Grand Prix ENVIROFILM 2009, Banská Bystrica, Slowak Republic Finalist Blue Ocean Film Festival 2009, Savannah, USA

ECO-CRIMES: OZONE KILLERS
WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, ARTE
Germany/2008/52min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Heinz Greuling, Thomas Weidenbach
Director: Heinz Greuling, Thomas Weidenbach
Camera: Steffen Bohn, Michael Kern
Music: Oliver Keidel
Producer: Thomas Weidenbach, LAENGENGRAD Film Production
Distributor: United Docs, Cologne, Germany

This film tells the story of a problem that everyone thought long solved – and shows just how wrong that assumption is. It concerns the destruction of the protective ozone layer in the Earth’s atmos-phere, which screens mankind from the ultra-violet rays of the sun that cause skin cancer. Back in 1987 the world community adopted the Montreal Protocol and banned the production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) for use as propellants and coolants. These chemicals are considered to be the main cause of the ozone hole. This milestone was greeted with public acclaim. The Montreal Protocol was seen as the most successful environmental protection agreement ever reached. No one at the time had any thoughts of illegal trafficking in CFCs and the involvement of organised crime. The starting point of the film is the research carried out by an ecological organisation in London – the Environmental Investigation Agency or EIA - and by the German customs authorities. At the end of the 90s, a German businessman, Georg G., came to the attention of customs investigators. He used falsified documents to import hundreds of tonnes of the long-banned ozone killers into Europe. His source for the chemicals was China, where a special provision still permits them to be produced up to the year 2010 – as an interim measure and only for domestic use. That was the intention, at least. In 2001 Georg G. was fined 230,000 euros and given a two-year suspended sentence. He had bought CFCs for more than 2.5 million euros and sold them on again for many times that amount: to customers in France, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and the USA. This is the only case of CFC smuggling which has ever come to court in Europe. But the EIA staff in London suspect that the illegal trade is much more widespread. On the basis of import and export statistics they estimate that in the 90s up to 20,000 tonnes of ozone killers were smuggled into the EU alone – per year. In a bid to uncover the manufacturers of the chemicals, Julian Newman and Ezra Clark from the EIA set up a phantom company for importing CFCs. To turn the tables on the traffickers, they them-selves pose as dealers and put out feelers for CFC producers who still exist in threshold and devel-oping countries. They receive replies from 26 companies in China alone. In precise detail the film documents just how CFCs are smuggled into Europe and North America. The film-makers show the EIA members travelling to China undercover and using a hidden camera to film the meetings with the contact companies – impressive and shocking footage. Various Chi-nese industrialists are ruthlessly exploiting the loopholes in the Montreal Protocol and making mil-lions. They laughingly reveal how they outwit the Chinese and European customs authorities. And CFCs are still being offered for illegal export in China today.
Awards: Prize of the International Jury Techfilm 2009, Czech Republic Grand Prix ENVIROFILM 2009, Banská Bystrica, Slowak Republic

ECO-CRIMES: THE TIBET CONNECTION
WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, ARTE
Germany/2008/52min./DVD
Documentary: Documentaries/TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Heinz Greuling, Thomas Weidenbach
Director: Heinz Greuling, Thomas Weidenbach
Camera: Michael Kern
Music: Oliver Keidel
Producer: Thomas Weidenbach, LAENGENGRAD Film Production
Distributor: United Docs, Cologne, Germany

This film tells the story of a terrible suspicion. It concerns the last tigers in India. They are the most loved of the world\’s great cats, the national symbol of six countries and strictly protected for over thirty years. But that\’s precisely what makes them the target of greed and the craving for status. The tigers are being hunted as never before. For a long time, it was believed that tiger hunting was the work of individual poachers and that the illegal trade in tiger products could be brought under control through appeals and good will. It was assumed that the tigers were killed above all in order to use their bones in traditional Chinese medicine. But the truth is very different. The majestic cats are killed primarily in order to sell their skins to customers that no one had ever suspected. Eco-Crimes reveals just who is behind this mass tiger poaching and who is buying the skins. For those in charge of this trade, it’s about millions. For the Indian tiger, it’s about survival. The starting point of the film is the research carried out by Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protec-tion Society of India. This wildlife photographer and film-maker has given up her career because she can no longer stand idly by, while the tiger is threatened with extinction. No one else keeps as close a count as she of every seizure of smuggled animal products; she knows every detail. She’s all the more surprised, therefore, when at the beginning of the 21st century more and more tiger skins are seized at random road checks. But it’s not just the amount of skins the worries her: the fact that they are carefully processed suggests that the dealers are professional. And on the re-verse of the skins, she starts to notice strange markings. These turn out to be Tibetan names. For quite a while no one has any idea what this could mean. The nature protection authorities are baf-fled and do nothing. It’s only after all the tigers in the Sariska tiger reserve have been killed that the Indian authorities crack down. A special unit of the New Delhi criminal investigation department is formed to track down the man who organises a whole network of poachers and fences: Sansar Chand. For years, his widespread clan has been suspected of dealing in tiger products. The film shows how the special police unit succeeds in arresting the godfather of the poachers - only through employing detective methods that are normally used in the hunt for drug barons and arms traffickers. Following the arrest of Sansar Chand the film-makers accompany Belinda Wright in the search for the people who buy the skins – a quest which takes her to China: to the regions of the Sichuan province inhabited by Tibetans and to the Autonomous Region of Tibet. It’s on this journey that she makes a shocking discovery. She films hundreds of young, affluent Tibetans, who have bought them-selves tiger skins. As status symbols. At a cost per skin of over 10,000 euros. The truth is revealed: for years, the main buyers of the poached skins have been Tibetans. The Chinese authorities turn a blind eye. It’s only an appeal by the Dalai Lama and various education campaigns that bring about a change of attitude.

E-CUBE: AND THIS IS BAD?
RAI EDUCATIONAL
Italy/2009/30min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Roberto Laurenzi and Marianna Madìa
Director: Roberto Laurenzi
Camera: Alessandro Peticca
Music: Non original music
Producer: Roberto Laurenzi
Distributor: Rai Trade

You have melted our glaciers. The Inuit file a report against oil magnates. Climate change is narrated directly by those who experience the climate, a journey with the participation of WWF into the places where the effects of climate change have begun to modify everyday settings. The Arctic and the Antarctic are places where the effects of this change are the most evident and where scientific research continues to look for answers. The legendary Northwest Passage was inaugurated a year ago. And immediately the race for riches in the glaciers burst out, where 25% of the world’s hydrocarbon resources are hidden. But while the great powers try to gain benefits from the changing climate, there are people who pay the price of damages deriving from global warming. Alaska, Argentina and the Sunderbans are places in which glacier melting and an increase in water levels have devastating effects on the population. And the implications are more complicated than one can imagine: the Epa (Environmental Protection Agency), the White House, USA Senate commissions, claims for damage compensation filed against great oil companies.


THE END OF THE JUNGLE FOREST - AS GARDEN FURNITURE IN EUROPE
GERMAN BROADCAST SWR SUEDWESTRUNDFUNK
Germany/2009/45min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Manfred Ladwig
Director: Manfred Ladwig
Camera: Manfred Ladwig, Thomas Reutter
Producer: German Broadcast SWR
Distributor: SWR

Garden furniture made of wood is in demand. Whether swing hammock or beach chair - many consumers want wood instead of plastics. But what do we know about the origin of the wood? Not each piece of furniture has an ecological certificate. The SWR reporters Manfred Ladwig and Thomas Reutter made an exciting journey. They start in German property markets and find out: Garden furniture consists also of robbery wood. Their search leads the reporters - carmouflaged as tourists - to Laos, Kambodscha and Vietnam. With their small camera they follow the wood mafia. They travel on motor bikes through mud and rivers in the protected jungle, following the sound of the saws – although no tree should be felled. They meet villagers, which protect their forest and burn illegal sawmills. A small victory against a superior opponent. Because the trade with the robbery wood in Southeast Asia is well organized. Critics speak also of state crime

FALCONS IN THE MONASTERY
TIERDOKUMENTARFILME/DR. WIELAND LIPPOLDMULLER
Germany/2008/44min./DVD
Category: TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Wieland Lippoldmuller
Director: Wieland Lippoldmuller
Camera: Wieland Lippoldmüller
Music: BR Hans Wiedemann
Producer: Wieland Lippoldmuller
Distributor: Bayerischer Rundfunk

Overlooking in the Rio Guadiana in south-eastern Portugal is a former Franciscan monastery, the Convento Sao Francisco de Mértola. A family of Dutch artists has painstakingly transformed the derelict grounds into a paradise for plants animals. Hier in this \Noah´s Ark\, the endangered Lesser Kestrels (Falco naumanni) in particular find a nesting place and food for their young.

FIRE AND WATER
OSMOZA PRODUCTION
Macedonia/2008/58min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Kiro Urdin
Director: Kiro Urdin
Camera: Brand Fero
Music: Venko Serafimov
Producer: Kiro Urdin

This is a film about life circle of our civilisation. This film main subject is dealing with purpose and function of our life set in the heart of life in Africa. Africans have direct connection with nature; their instinctive respect of nature`s laws is on the contrary to human`s development elsewhere on this planet.
Awards: Grand Prix, International Film Festival Jahorina 2008, Prize for the Best Director of the International Documentary Film Programme, International Film Festival New York 2009

THE FOG GENIE
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE FOUNDATION
Taiwan/2009/15min./DVD
Category: TV programmes
Script: Hsin-chih Hsieh, Song Liu
Director: Hsin-chih Hsieh, Song Liu
Camera: Po-wen Wang, Kuo-wei Hu, Li-jen Tu, Li-an Hsieh
Music: EMI/Taiwan)
Producer: Yi-wen Li, Song Liu
Distributor: Public Television Service Foundation

Taiwan Island, fog envelops all year round on a mountain named Chilan. Only three days of the year are clear of fog, and moisture left on the trees alone can reach 300 millimeters. This fog stabilizes temperature and humidity in this forest, creating a perfect environment to nurture Asia’s precious primal cypress forest. To unlock the mysterious force behind this fog, prominent female scientist Dr. Yi-ling Lai spends her life in the forest like a genie, reaching through the fog to cypress trees around her, discovering the delicate relationship between fog and the growth of plant lives here. How incredible is mother nature!

THE FORGOTTEN DISTRICT
OSMOZA PRODUCTION
France/UK/2008/52min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Oliver Dickinson
Director: Oliver Dickinson
Camera: Oliver Dickinson
Music: Traditional Maya & Charles Forman
Producer: Anthony Dickinson
Distributor: LVP&TPI

Between the Caribbean Sea and the Mayan mountains lies Toledo, known as The Forgotten District of Belize, Central America. For the last 20 years, the Maya have been promoting their own ecotourism programme in order to protect their rainforest and traditions. Despite constant opposition from the government, Margarita, Reyes, Chet and their friends remain strong and optimistic. This film is a tribute to their tireless efforts.

FOREST REBORN
IRISFILM
Slovak Republic/2009/52min./Mini DV
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Jana Sadlonova
Director: Jana Sadlonova
Camera: Vladimir Ruppeldt
Music: Tono Popovic
Producer: Mgr. Jana Sadlonova/IRISFILM, Klub Straze Prirody
Distributor: Mgr. Jana Sadlonova/IRISFILM

A nature documentary with impressive music and images about the mountain forests and calamities shot in four European countries.
Awards: Hubertlov, Levice, SR - 3rd prize in category Documentary and educational films

GIMME A HUG
PROTECT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION
The Netherlands/2008/13min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Geert Droppers
Director: Geert Droppers
Camera: Geert Droppers
Music: Mark Putz
Producer: Geert Droppers
Distributor: Protect The Sharks Foundation

Sharks are one of the most important top-predators in our oceans and there is still a lot we don’t understand, or even know, about these fascinating animals. This short documentary shows one of the most mysterious phenomena in the animal world; amazing animals, showing a totally different behaviour from what most people would expect.

HAVE COW, HAVE MILK
BULGARIA/2009/23min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: George Zdravkov
Director: George Zdravkov
Camera: George Zdravkov
Music: NUFI Shiroka Luka
Producer: George Zdravkov presents
Distributor: George Zdravkov

The village of Kukuvitza is rarely visited, and every human movement there is an occasion. It is a place with only 5 permanent residents, 2 of which are shepherds and another 2 their wives. This is the story of one of those shepherds and his wife, before, during, and after the biggest Christian holiday of the year - Easter.

HELLO, PAPUA!/PART
FILM AGENCY SINIS
Bulgaria/2009/27min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Mario Markov
Director: Mario Markov
Camera: Tzvetan Markov, Mihayl Yanakiev
Music: Liudmila Filipova
Producer: Mario Markov
Distributor: Film Agency Sinis

Higher up, in the freshwater area, they are much smaller, only reaching a length of two metres. Life on the riverbanks is enveloped in mysticism and shaman secrecy. People live in straw dwellings scattered along the banks and use boats made of tree trunks. Living conditions are primitive, and people are mainly preoccupied with surviving. No other place on earth has so many different languages, cultures and customs. Papuans traditionally believe in spirits and practise a deeply embedded cult of their ancestors. There are ghosts all around, and sorcerers are omnipotent.

HELLO, PAPUA!/PART I
FILM AGENCY SINIS
Bulgaria/2009/27min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Mario Markov
Director: Mario Markov
Camera: Tzvetan Markov, Mihayl Yanakiev
Music: Liudmila Filipova
Producer: Mario Markov
Distributor: Film Agency Sinis

Higher up, in the freshwater area, they are much smaller, only reaching a length of two metres. Life on the riverbanks is enveloped in mysticism and shaman secrecy. People live in straw dwellings scattered along the banks and use boats made of tree trunks. Living conditions are primitive, and people are mainly preoccupied with surviving. No other place on earth has so many different languages, cultures and customs. Papuans traditionally believe in spirits and practise a deeply embedded cult of their ancestors. There are ghosts all around, and sorcerers are omnipotent.

HELLO, PAPUA!/PART II
FILM AGENCY SINIS
Bulgaria/2009/27min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Mario Markov
Director: Mario Markov
Camera: Tzvetan Markov, Mihayl Yanakiev
Music: Liudmila Filipova
Producer: Mario Markov
Distributor: Film Agency Sinis

Higher up, in the freshwater area, they are much smaller, only reaching a length of two metres. Life on the riverbanks is enveloped in mysticism and shaman secrecy. People live in straw dwellings scattered along the banks and use boats made of tree trunks. Living conditions are primitive, and people are mainly preoccupied with surviving. No other place on earth has so many different languages, cultures and customs. Papuans traditionally believe in spirits and practise a deeply embedded cult of their ancestors. There are ghosts all around, and sorcerers are omnipotent.

THE HOMELESS CLUB
LATURMADOCUS/CLAUDIA BRENLLA
Spain/2008/55min./Mini DV
Category: Documentaries
Script: Claudia Brenlla
Director: Claudia Brenlla
Camera: Claudia Brenlla
Music: Aldo Dinis, Bnegão e os Seletores de Freqüência, Eddie
Producer: Claudia Brenlla
Distributor: Claudia Brenlla

Pituba: an elite neighbourhood in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil. Along the seafront of the city, before reaching the famous Itapuá beach, the Clube Português premises draw our attention. It’s a sport complex with its main building surrounded by swimming pools, tennis courts, a football pitch and other facilities. The condition of the premises is pitiful: boards and canvas spread all over, the grass coming out in between the tiles, the dirty water of the pools, and all you can see has been reused according to its current dwellers’ needs: 85 families that belong to the Salvador homeless movement (MSTS). Walking around what used to be a luxury club for white people, we become aware of the origin and reasons of that movement and their living-together rules. In the former party and celebration halls, Dadinha and Shirley, inseparable neighbours, have their own cosy place. Rosa, however, prefers the terrace intimacy for her and her children, although it can be wet in the rainy season… Even the toilets became a home for Sandra and Lifael or for the lonely Edjauma Dias.
Awards: Best documentary Sección Transfrontera. Extrema’doc International Festival (IV edition).Cáceres (Spain). Best documentary ex aequo with “Pancho Villa, la revolución no ha terminado” Xóm. Xanela ó Mundo. Festival de Cine Documental de As Mariñas. (I edition) Betanzos. A Coruña (Spain) Documentary selected by the Consorcio Audiovisual de Galicia for the promotion program of galicians documentaries Docs Galicia 09.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO SELL THE SKY AND WARMTH OF THE EARTH?
SERBIA/2009/27min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Petar Lalovic, Rados Glisic
Director: Petar Lalovic
Camera: Petar Lalovic
Music: Antonin Dvorzak
Producer: PL Global Film, Dunav Film, Avala Film, Radio Beograd RTS

Indian cheef has wroten a letter to abraham licoln where he predicts course of modern civilization. The serbia’s ecology disasters all over the country is witness to that course.

INVASION - NATURE ON THE MOVE
ZDF
Germany/2009/30min./DVD
Category: TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Sabine Armsen
Director: Juergen J. Grosse
Music: PS Movie Sound
Producer: Thomas Hamm
Distributor: ZDF

Invasion – Nature on the move Synopsis Our desire for total mobility: successful strategy or dangerous game? Life in the 21st century is life on the move. It is made possible by total mobility, unrestricted and unlimited. Global traffic and communication form the basis of our society and enhance our quality of life and prosperity. But there is also a downside: modern transport provides unwanted invaders with an easy route of entry. Pathogens – viruses and bacteria – travel around the world as blind passengers and thus spread disease at an ever accelerating pace. Global mobility also presents opportunities for larger organisms like invasive plants and animals. They propagate at explosive rates. These new arrivals are a danger for local biodiversity and can even threaten the livelihoods of people. High-speed global travel opens up a Pandora’s Box by transporting living creatures into regions where indigenous competitors have no means to defend themselves. Evolution is then being taken out of its natural boundaries. It is an experiment on nature with global dimensions. As for the results, mankind is still in for suprises.

THE INVISIBLE BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER
TERMESZETFILM.HU/FILMJUNGLE.EU
Hungary/2009/25min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: David Attila Molnar
Director: David Attila Molnar, Zsolt Marcell Toth
Camera: David Attila Molnar, Zsolt Marcell Toth
Music: Sandor Faludi
Producer: Termeszetfilm.hu/Filmjungle.eu

To take a good picture of a bird is hard and difficult. To take the perfect picture of a bird doing things you’ve never seen before - is nearly impossible. Bence’s pictures are telling everything about the secret lives of birds - but telling nothing about the secrets of cutting-edge bird-photography. If you want to know how this young and obsessed young man won every imaginable prize worldwide, how he was/is awarded time after time on BBC’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition you just have go and ask.
Awards: IWFF-Merit Award for Creative Approach.

IRON CURTAIN - RIBBON OF LIFE
BBC/NDR
Free Spirit Films
UK/2009/49min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/TV programmes
Script: Paul Reddish
Director: Paul Reddish
Camera: Claus Muhr, Mike Potts, Ivo Nörenberg, Simon Werry, Thomas Hackl
Music: Kurt Adametz
Producer: Paul Reddish

20 years ago the Iron Curtain collapsed. Its demise was a surprise to most of the citizens of Europe who had been cruelly divided for over 40 years. But even as Europe celebrated, a group of conservationists from East and West Germany were meeting to create a new movement, the Grünes Band, the Green Belt; a movement that would grow into the largest conservation project in the world. The no-man’s land, inside the barbed wire and fences was a haven for rare plants and animals. Dr Kai Frobel and his fellow conservationists set out to save this precious strip of land and its wildlife. This is the story of their endeavour to protect everything from bears in Finland to rare Eagles in Bulgaria.

LAPALALA-AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW
TERMESZETFILM.HU/FILMJUNGLE.EU
Hungary/2008/26min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Cintia Garai
Director: Zsolt Marcell Toth
Camera: David Attila Molnar, Zsolt Marcell Toth
Producer: Zsolt Marcell Toth

After it was confiscated from the native people, land was bought and sold for practically nothing in South Africa\’s Waterberg Mountains. Then in 1981 came two man - Dale Parker and Clive Walker – and immediately saw the perspective in this remote part of South Africa. Thanks to their joint effort 19 farms were obtained, and so Lapalala Wilderness was established. By now the 36 thousand hectare reserve became a safeheaven for endangered species like the white and black rhino. In Lapalala native people and professional conservationists are giving each other a helping hand in order to save natural habitats of the area. If their efforts are coming into fruition, or not, is still a question. But one thing is sure. This nature reserve - in a lot of sense - sets an example to follow.

LET THERE BE LIGHT
RTV/RADIO TELEVISION OF VOJVODINA
Serbia/2008/22min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Vladimir Perovic
Director: Vladimir Perovic
Camera: Zelimir Tot
Music: Valachian
Producer: Svetelana Paroski

What they need is the light. What they lack is the light. What they dream of is the light. What they search for is the light. They live under the oil lamp light. And a giant hydroelectric power station is roaring nearby...
Awards: Mefest, Vel. Gradiste, Sept. 2008 – Best Editing, Festef, Kučevo, Oct 2008 – Best Direction.

LIFE ON SNOW
FINLAND/2009/10MIN./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Miikka Friman
Director: Miikka Friman
Camera: Miikka Friman
Music: Miikka Friman
Producer: Miikka Friman
Distributor: Miikka Friman

This is a film that showcases the interaction between intertebrates and their environment, the forest in a cold dale covered with snow. There is life also in winter, from springtails to stoneflies, even if the temperature is below 0 degree Celsius.

LOOKING FOR WILD-GEESE
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2009/30min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Katerina Zareva
Director: Dobrin Keresteliev
Camera: Kamen Kolev
Producer: Bulgarian National Television
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television

The crew of the film follows wild-geese, which spend the winter along the lakes around the village of Durankulak and the town of Shabla, near the Black Sea coast. We meet an exceptionally rare representative of the protected species of wild-geese Branta ruficollis, whose population spend the winter in Bulgaria.

MALTA AND LAMPEDUSA FOR MARINE ENVIRONMENT
ISPRA
Italy/2008/23min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Ernesto Azzurro, Alfonso Scarpato
Director: Marco Pisapia
Music: Stefano Lentini
Producer: Raffaella Piermarini

Human activities are drastically modifying natural systems by causing deep changes that increasingly influence our lives and our ability to cohabit within the planet hosting us. For Malta and Lampedusa islands, MonItaMal’s scientific activities focus on the most pressing environmental themes, such as chemical pollution, alterations in biodiversity, and climatic changes in progress.

THE MEDIEVAL FORTRESSES OF THE EASTERN RODOPY MOUNTAIN AHRIDOS’ FORTRESSES, PART I
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC PLOVDIV
BULGARIA/2008/54min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Zlatin Boyadzhiev
Director: Zlatin Boyadzhiev
Camera: Violin Paleykov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

The series in three parts studies the history of originating, existence and disappearing of the fortresses built by the Byzantine empire and the Second Bulgarian state in the region of the eastern Rodopy mountain. Dozens of fortified posts and fortresses have been built near the river Arda from 5th to 14th century. They used to guard the roads leading to Constantinople, Adrianople (Odrin) and Philipople (Plovdiv). The most popular are Perpericon, Ustra, Patmos, Crivus, Lyutitsa nearby Ivailovgrad and Mezek nearby Svilengrad. There have also been built fortified monasteries like “St. John Precursor” situated in today’s town of Kardzhaly. A consultant of the film is Prof. Nicolay Ovcharov. The other participants in the first part are Bonny Petrunova, Doctor of History, form the National Archeological Institute to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Daniela Kodzhamanova from the Regional Historic Museum in the town of Kardzhaly.

THE MEDIEVAL FORTRESSES OF THE EASTERN RODOPY MOUNTAIN THE MARCHES OF KALOYAN, PART II
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC PLOVDIV
BULGARIA/2009/42min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Zlatin Boyadzhiev
Director: Zlatin Boyadzhiev
Camera: Violin Paleykov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

The second part studies the marches of tsar Kaloyan (1197–1207). The third ruler of the Asenev clan, the youngest of the brothers, headed the uprising and the restoration of the Bulgarian state from the Byzantine slavery in 1185. In a series of heavy battles Tsar Kaloyan managed to protect his country from the expansion of a new invader in the Balkans – the Latin empire. The barons from France and Venice put in claims for the lands of the Byzantine empire after conquering Constantinople in 1204. They are participants in the fourth Crusade organized by Pope Inocentiy III. The film studies the famous battle in Odrin in which the first emperor of the Latin empire – Baldwin – has been captured. For the first time the battles of Kaloyan by Rusiyon, Syar and the eastern Rodopy have been viewed. The second baron of the Latin Empire – Bonifaciy Monferatsky – died in the battle of Mosinopol, near the Makaza pass, in September 1207. The fortresses of Dimotica and Pition in the Republic of Greece and Odrin in Turkey have been filmed too. A consultant of the film is Prof. Nicolay Ovcharov. Another participant in the second part is Atanasios Guidis – a Greek historic, studying the history of the region of Dimotica, Soflu and the border areas with Bulgaria.

MEMORIES OF NEVER
GLOBAL EVENTS BUSINESS
Romania/2009/8min./DVD
Category: TV programmes
Script: Viorel Costea
Director: Viorel Costea
Camera: Lucian Banu
Music: Valeriu Ciubotaru
Producer: Viorel Costea
Distributor: Global Events Business

An essay on the consequences of the human activity on the environment, but also on its own species. The film is divided into four sections, each of it representing a symbolic birth and a confrontation of the main character, the Man, with the surrounding reality altered by him and his fellows. The contrast between the voice-over and the images stresses the differences between the natural state of the environment (crystal clear water, sunlight, peace, green nature) and the inner state of the Man. All four sections begin with a symbolic birth of the main character, thrown on the hall of a hospital where he learns to make his first steps in the real world. Once out in the daylight, he gets familiar to the daily teeming, filth and misery. In the second part, the Man is presented to the viewer while participating to a symbolic hunt, where the wood is replaced by the supermarket and the game by the already packed products on the shelves. In the third part, the Man confronts the war, especially the war against his own environment destroying the animals just because he can. The last section presents the same symbolic character – the Man in a hospital where he is born again, surrounded by many devices to keep him alive while being fed with artificially images of the planet as it looked once. The apocalyptic image of a lurid and dark sky world is not impossible, but more and more probable. It is up to us to save what has been left to save.

MICROB SOFT
FEELME CREW
Bulgaria/2007/1min./Mini DV
Category: Video spots
Script: Andrey Chernev
Director: Andrey Chernev
Camera: Andrey Chernev
Music: Andrey Chernev
Producer: Andrey Chernev
Distributor: Andrey Chernev

A short diaporama making fun of the default windows desktop.

MISSION TREETOP
ZDF
Germany/2007/48min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Marion Pollmann
Director: Rainer Bergomaz, Marion Pollmann
Camera: Rainer Bergomaz, Luis de Maja, Yung Sandy
Music: Florian Moser
Producer: Marion Pollmann
Distributor: Marion Pollmann

Floods, storms, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. We are sufficiently familiar with these consequences of global warming. But CO2 and climate change also impact our environment in quite different ways. In the tropical rainforest, especially in the treetops, the first signs that might well fundamentally change the rainforest eco-system can already be seen. Dr. Jörg Salzer, a biologist and liana expert from Germany is investigating these changes. But in order to gain a better understanding of what is happening, he must climb up to the treetops. So he lives on a small platform, open to nature and animals. He becomes foster-mother to an orphaned kinkajou that soon shows him how closely intertwined the lofty habitat is. And in a daring DIY effort, he develops a one-man flight system that allows him to hover like a hummingbird in, around and above the highest tops of the trees. And ultimately to gain long-awaited insights into the interplay of trees and lianas.

MITRA AGAINST MILKA
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC PLOVDIV
Bulgaria/2009/30min./DVD
Category: TV programmes dedicated to ecology and environmental preservation
Script: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Nikolay Sotirov, Violin Paleykov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

From beginning of next year it will be necessary farmers in Rodopi mountains to kill all their livestock because of clerk’s instruction. It makes villagers to grow up at least 5 cows, to have their cattle-sheds somewhere on the hills, and that the milk meets not-known over -the world requirements. Otherwise, dairying factories are not permitted to buy up. The specialists affirm that when this happens-after the animals, the people also will be gone, the mountain will be spread over by parasite plants and the ecological situation will be totally changed.
Awards: European Commission Competition Robert Shuman 2007; Ethno Festival Plovdiv 2007; Euroekofest’08, Koprivstitsa, Bulgaria.

MOUNTAIN
FEELME CREW
Bulgaria/2009/1min./Mini DV
Category: Video spots
Script: Andrey Chernev
Director: Andrey Chernev
Camera: Andrey Chernev
Music: Andrey Chernev
Producer: Andrey Chernev
Distributor: Andrey Chernev

A girl and a woman having fun close to nature.

MY AFRICA - SERENGETI
MTV HUNGARIAN TELEVISION
Hungary/2008/15min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/TV programmes
Script: Jozsef Safrany
Director: Jozsef Safrany
Camera: Jozsef Safrany
Producer: Jozsef Safrany

The current episode of the series of twenty parts takes the viewer to the largest and one of the best known national parks of the world. It is not an idealised world of nature films but reality as the common visiting tourist can see it. The extent of the Serengeti National Park is one-third of the territory of Hungary, and an exemplary work of nature protection has been in progress in that huge area. Tourists do not see it, they are not interested in it; they only want to see lions, rhinos, elephants and gazelles. The film narrates the cost of it, somewhat reducing illusions related to African game keeping.

MY WORLD - COROMANDEL
MTV HUNGARIAN TELEVISION
Hungary/2008/16min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/TV programmes
Script: Jozsef Safrany
Director: Jozsef Safrany
Camera: Jozsef Safrany
Producer: Jozsef Safrany

The Coromandel Coast is the eastern coastline of the Indian subcontinent. It includes a great deal of what characterises the entire country. At the northern end, near the metropolis of Calcutta visitors are attracted by the sculpture of the Sun Temple of Konarak today considered pornographic; a little further south there is the holy Hindu city of Puri. Its sea coast is called “public latrine” by travel books. The visitor is not in quest of traces of his or her own culture in these regions but would rather get acquainted with what is exotic. The attraction of the middle of the Coromandel Coast is the temple ensemble of Mahabalipuram focusing on Krishna; there are some structures that surfaced as a result of the destruction of the tsunami of 2005. After a long train journey one reaches the southern tip of the subcontinent, Cape Comorin. The tsunami was most devastating here. The survivors pray for the victims but immediately set themselves to reconstruction.

MYSTERY OF UNDERGROUND
K2 STUDIO
Slovakia/2009/16min./DVD
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Pavol Barabas
Director: Pavol Barabas
Camera: Pavol Barabas
Music: Maok
Producer: K2 studio
Distributor: K2 studio
Join us in descending into the mysterious underground of Slovakia. Let’s walk through unrepeatable sinter formations, bewitching aragonite or cooling ice decorations which offer an unusual view of the mysteries hidden deep beneath the Earth\’s crust. You will be captivated by a variety of formations, passages preserved by water, massive underground halls, narrow canyons with roaring waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. No wonder that many of these caves were listed in the World Natural Heritage register.

NATURA 2000 IN BULGARIA
GREEN BALKANS
Bulgaria/2007/31min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Simeon Marin, George Stoyanov
Director: Zlatka Nikolova
Camera: Liubomir Andreev, George Stoyanov
Music: Balkandji
Producer: Green Balkans
Distributor: Green Balkans

The ecological network Natura 2000 had to be implemented in all member states of the European Union. How did it happen in Bulgaria? The unique combination of geographic and climate characteristics makes Bulgaria one of the countries with the richest biodiversity in Europe. About one third of the significant habitats and species which need special protection in Europe can be observed in Bulgaria. Bulgaria’s nature is a priceless part of the European and world natural heritage.

NATURE CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE
FEELME CREW
Bulgaria/2009/1min./Mini DV
Category: Video spots
Script: Andrey Chernev
Director: Andrey Chernev
Camera: Andrey Chernev
Music: Andrey Chernev
Producer: Andrey Chernev
Distributor: Andrey Chernev

A traffic light gone crazy…

NOAH’S ARK OF SOFIA
SVIDAS
Bulgaria/2009/54min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Scripts: Katerina Zareva
Director: Krassimir Simeonov
Camera: Yaroslav Yachev
Producer: Svidas

The programme is composed around 120 year’s history of Sofia’s Zoo – the oldest and the largest one on a Balkans. One can see everyday’s life and the fests in the Zoo. And look upon the variety of the seasons and the secrets of life, love and death among the animals – our little brothers.

ONCE THERE WAS A HILL - THE BEREMEND LUMP
MTV HUNGARIAN TELEVISION
Hungary/2008/26min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Tv programmes
Script: Jozsef Safrany
Director: Jozsef Safrany
Camera: Jozsef Safrany
Producer: Jozsef Safrany

Long ago there was a hill at the southernmost point of Hungary. Today it is no more. Cement industry has mined all of it and as a result the Pannonian landscape has become significantly poorer. Cement is evidently needed; the contemporary world cannot be imagined without it. We are, however, not quite sure that our loveliest regions should be destroyed in its interest. Is appeasement between man and man possible? And between man and nature?

PACHAMAMA
DOLPHIN PRODUCTIONS
USA/2009/104min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Director: Toshifumi Matsushita
Camera: Gustavo Soto, Guillermo Ruiz, Carlos Crespo, Cesar Perez
Music: Luzmila Carpio
Producer: Toshifumi Matsushita, Keiko Komori, Yamar Sanchez
In the Salar de Uyuni, where many families work with salt, there is a 13 year-old boy named Kunturi who lives a normal life, much like the others in his village. But he suffers when his Grandmother dies and his friend moves away so he experiments going on his first trip with the llama caravan. For three months he travels throughout the “Ruta de la Sal” exchanging salt for other products of the Andes, the antiplano and the valleys. In the snow covered peaks his father sacrifices his favorite llama. The boy does not understand his father’s action and distances himself. Kunturi’s lives and learns from these different experiences as he travels. The caravan arrives at its destination, the town of Macha where the “Tinku” Festiva takes place, and Kuturi’s life is changed. There he finds the most beautiful girl he could ever imagined, Ulala. Kunturi and Ulala share the same dream “to run together across the immense white sea that is the Salar de Uyunim until they reach the end of the horizon”.

PANNONIAN DESERT
SZABOLCS MOSONYI PRODUCTIONS
Hungary/2008/29min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Erika Bagladi
Director: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Camera: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Music: Pierre Langer
Producer: Szabolcs Mosonyi
Distributor: Szabolcs Mosonyi

The forests of Central Europe are facing a great challenge. Nobody knows for sure, how much time they have been left for acclimatization. The changing climate can alter wildlife evolution into a still unpredictable direction. However signs are clear: more frequent droughts and floods, storms and fires causing enormous damages.
Awards: Main Prize, HFW

PESTER TRADITIONS
RTS/SERBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Serbia/2009/17min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: TV programmes
Script: Aleksandra Sarkovic
Director: Aleksandra Sarkovic
Camera: Gojko Despotovic
Music: Svetlana Azanjac
Producer: RTS/Serbian Broadcasting Corporation
Distributor: RTS/Serbian Broadcasting Corporation

The Pešter highlands located in South-Western Serbia span across the border of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. With an average elevation of 1100 meters and winter temperatures that drop down to -38C it is ruled by a climate that makes cattle breeding the only productive activity for the locals. The Pešter cheese has a reputation reaching beyond Serbia. Once it was produced using sheep\’s milk only, but with the falling number of sheep, the cow\’s milk variant is gradually taking over. Locals talk about the harsh life in the Pešter region where winter often lasts seven months. Proud of their traditional products which include a type of cheese that has been nominated for a DOC product, they talk calmly and without remorse about their struggle to preserve the traditional production and find buyers for their cheese which represents their only source of income Within the 18 minutes program the viewers will also have a chance of hearing authentic music of the Pešter highlands that is often referred to as Serbian Tibet due to the harsh climate and its specific natural environment.

SATOYAMA: JAPAN’S SECRET FOREST
NHK/JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Japan/2008/52min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: TVprogrammes
Script: Satoko Nakahara/Peter Hayden
Director: Tetsunori Kikuchi
Camera: Hiroyuki Kozako/ Kou Kakizaki
Producer: Shinichi Murata/ Ryoji Ishida
Distributor: MICO/Media International Corporation

The acclaimed Satoyama series explores Japanese rural environments where people and nature coexist in harmony. The third part takes us into a mountain forest near Japan’s largest lake. Shot in stunning high definition and narrated from the perspective of an old oak tree, it shows how the locals use traditional wisdom to manage the forest in ways that allow them to harness nature for food without ravaging the environment. It reveals, for example, how the harvesting of trees for mushroom cultivation encourages new growth, how bees play a role in the cycle of life, and how the forest plays a part in the traditional rituals of o-bon, when the locals honor the spirits of their ancestors.

SAVE BULGARIA’S NATURE
GREEN BALKANS
Bulgaria/2008/5min./DVD
Category: Video spots
Script: Elena Tilova, Liubomir Andreev
Director: Elena Tilova, Liubomir Andreev
Camera: Liubomir Andreev, Tanyo Markov, George Stoyanov
Music: Isihia
Producer: Green Balkans
Distributor: Green Balkans

This video was created in order to raise the public awareness concerning the problems of nature protection in Bulgaria. Almost all significant nature sites in Bulgaria have been threatened by the intentions of shady investors during the last few years. The message towards the larger audience is: Without your help Bulgaria will never be the same.

SAWFISH -NEPTUNS FORGOTTEN CHILDREN
ARTE/BFS
Germany/2008/43min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Florian Guthknecht
Director: Florian Guthknecht
Camera: Richard Fitzpatrik, Athol Forster
Music: Sebastian Pobot
Producer: Udo Zimmermann
Distributor: Telepool

We tend to think that our homes are ours alone, but in fact we have billions of subtenants: golden spider beetles, daddy long-legs spiders, drugstore beetles, book scorpions and many more. Countless species even live on our skins, like demodex. Immediately after birth they move on from the mother to the baby. We hardly know anything about these organisms: Where and how do they live? What do they eat? Are they harmful or just tedious? Their number is growing steadily. Due to the changing climate for example the Pharaoh ant, an extremely dangerous carrier animal, is on a permanent rise. The documentary “Subtenants – Life in Hiding” enters this mysterious microcosm. And presents creatures that never have been shown on TV before.
Awards: Albert Price of Jury Naturvision Winner

SILENT DISAPPEARANCE
RTV/RADIO TELEVISION OF VOJVODINA
Serbia/2007/21min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Tv programmes
Script: Nevena Kljajic
Director: Nevena Kljajic
Camera: Zelimir Tot, Jozef Madar
Music: archival
Producer: RTV/Radio Television of Vojvodina
Distributor: RTV/Radio Television of Vojvodina


This is the story of the Shanghai settlement (suburbs of the city of Novi Sad Vojvodina, Serbia) living between an oil refinery and heating plant. The settlement is slowly disappearing due to the pollution which has increased since 1999 bombardment. Inhabitants suffer from cancer, but nobody cares…

SIMILIA SIMILIBUS CURENTUR OR ONE INFINITELY SMALL DOSE
BULGARIA/2008/30min./ MINIDV
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Ekaterina Hristova Ribareva
Director: Ekaterina Hristova Ribareva
Camera: Ekaterina Hristova Ribareva
Producer: Ekaterina Hristova Ribareva
Distributor: Ekaterina Hristova Ribareva

Similia Similibus Curentur or One Infinitely Small Dose Homeopathy appeared in Germany more than 200 years ago with the investigations of Christian Hahnemann, but its roots lie far in the past. The father of medicine Hippocrates knew that like cures like – SIMILIA SIMILUBUS CURENTUR, which is the primary principle in the art of healing with homeopathy. What is the essence of this method and how was it discovered? Is it possible for a substance, diluted in water 1:1 000 000 to affect the physique, mentality and emotions of a human, thus curing him…

THE SHORE
TURKISHMOON
Turkey/2008/56min./Mini DV
Category: Documentaries
Script: Ruya Arzu Koksal
Director: Ruya Arzu Koksal
Camera: Aydin Kudu
Music: Burak Ayranci, Mustafa Parlak
Producer: Turkishmoon
Distributor: Turkishmoon

THE SOUL OF WATER
DYNAMO FILM
Sweden/2008/57min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Kurt Skoog
Director: Kurt Skoog
Camera: Kurt Skoog
Music: Mats Sundin
Producer: Kurt Skoog
Distributor: Kurt Skoog

We live on a water planet and each single drop of water bellies a world of remarkable abilities. Water is a very simple substance but the small water molecule carries properties that seem designed to fit perfectly into the requirements of life. And water never rests, it has an ongoing movement. From a very personal point of view the film deals with water from different perspectives; From the structure of the water molecule to waterways in the landscape, from micro cosmos to macro cosmos, from a scientific perspective to an emotional, poetic perspective.
Awards: Best film about water at Green Vision St Petersburg, Honourable mention for creative approach International WIldlife Film Festival, Missoula Montana USA 2009.

THE STRAIT, THE GATEWAY TO THE WORLDS
ARTICAM PRODUCCIONES
Spain/2008/54min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Alberto Gomez Latorre
Director: Alberto Gomez Latorre
Camera: Alejandro Diaz
Music: Emilio Alquezar
Producer: Josep M Reixa
Distributor: Articam producciones

The documentary The Strait, Gateway to the Worlds, explain how the migratory birds are changing its usual behaviour as a result of the climate change effects. Throughout history the Strait of Gibraltar has been a communication bridge between Africa and Europe, but now this enclave is threatened, just like many other places in the Mediterranean Coast. The documentary shows images of the animals in absolute freedom, as the act in the wild, as no “actor animals” has been used in the filming.

THE SWIMMING CLASSROOM
BAVARIAN TELEVISION COOPERATION
Germany/2008/30min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and educational films/TV programmes
Script: Arno Trumper
Director: Arno Trumper
Camera: Arno Trumper
Music: Pink Floyd
Producer: Bavarian Television Cooperation
Distributor: Bavarian Television Cooperation, ARTE

The Floating Classroom – Students Researching in the Arctic Sea. Teaching physics in the Arctic Circle? Biology lessons between polar bears and walrusses? School must be like this! We must fill more students with enthusiasm for science. The researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven/Germany are concerned about the lack of young scientists. As consequence, the researchers founded their own school: it provides advanced biology and numerous other school subjects. 2 days a week 20 students are studying in the research school. For the rest of the week they attend a normal school. Classic teaching is taboo in the AWI. The students are learning subject matter in the form of research projects, working hand in hand with the real scientists. Highlight of their 3 years at the Alfred Wegener Institute is the student research trip on the ship. In October 2008 the students left for Svalbard. In their minds a spectacular research assignment: they should search for a crystal in the polar ice. Finding it would prove a new theory on climate change. In a 45 meter two mast sailing schooner they travel the polar sea. Nothing for sensitive minds, because the trip takes place at the beginning of winter. The students are supposing the crystal in the fresh sea ice. Now there is only a few hours of natural light during the day and the sea is often rough. But this does not prevent the young researchers from their mission. They want the scientific sensation: Students prove new theory on climate change! Despite all the euphoria: the unusual school project has also got the very practical purpose to prepare the students for the A-Levels (German Abitur). Those responsible at the Alfred Wegener Institute say: Our students learn more and better than the students of normal schools. They even believe that their school could be a model for Germany’s crisis-ridden education system. Arno Trumper, filmmaker of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, accompanied the students on their journey into the Arctic Sea.

SOFIA TRASH
FEELME CREW
Bulgaria/2007/1min./DVD
Category: Video spots
Script: Andrey Chernev
Director: Andrey Chernev
Camera: Andrey Chernev
Music: Andrey Chernev
Producer: Andrey Chernev
Distributor: Andrey Chernev

Trash pouring out of dust bins.

STINKY SKIRMISH
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC PLOVDIV
Bulgaria/
Category: TV programmes
Script: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Violin Paleykov, Nikolay Sotirov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

For years our country is busy with Sofia’s garbage. The first political men are loudly arguing and of course in front of the media, without having any reasonable decision. The garbage is baling and in the process of time turning into eco bomb. That’s why in Europe we were hinted at future penalties.
Awards: European Commission Competition Robert Shuman 2007, Ethno Festival Plovdiv 2007, Euroekofest’08, Koprivstitsa, Bulgaria.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF A FLOW
RTV/RADIO TELEVISION OF VOJVODINA
Serbia/2008/17min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Vladimir Perovic
Director: Vladimir Perovic
Camera: Igor Petricevic
Producer: Svetelana Paroski

In this film, where apparently nothing is happening, the development flow (the narration) is – the flow of a river and its development. We follow the most beautiful, most pellucid and most limpid river, from the very first drops and first gurgles at its spring, via the smooth flow and the purl, across waterfalls and hoot, up to the real river… And up to the indications of man’s presence. From that point on, the river carry on flowing, but – not beautiful, pellucid, limpid any more. Maybe – even not alive. The man – the one that disturbs, the one that ruins the primeval beauty and the harmony… Only at first glance the film is about the river…

TALES OF THE TRIGRAD GORGE
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2008/27min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Krassimir Simeonov
Director: Dobrin Keresteliev
Camera: Kamen Kolev
Music: Diana Tekelieva
Producer: Bulgarian National Television
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television

The film tells about one of the most charming places in Bulgaria in the Rhodopi Mountains – homeland of Dionysus, Orpheus and Spartacus. Here is where the mysterious and enigmatic cave leading to the Underworld is. The gorge in its very throat, the so-called Devil’s Throat (Dyavolskoto Garlo), formed by a mountain river, gives home to many rare and endangered species, where they live in natural harmony. And when autumn gives way to winter, nature’s beauty overwhelms us.

THE LODGERS
ARTE
Germany/2008/43min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Florian Guthknecht
Director: Florian Guthknecht
Camera: Richard Ladkani, Sigi Braun
Music: Sebastian Pobot
Producer: Udo Zimmermann
Distributor: Telepool

We tend to think that our homes are ours alone, but in fact we have billions of subtenants: golden spider beetles, daddy long-legs spiders, drugstore beetles, book scorpions and many more. Countless species even live on our skins, like demodex. Immediately after birth they move on from the mother to the baby. We hardly know anything about these organisms: Where and how do they live? What do they eat? Are they harmful or just tedious? Their number is growing steadily. Due to the changing climate for example the Pharaoh ant, an extremely dangerous carrier animal, is on a permanent rise. The documentary “Subtenants – Life in Hiding” enters this mysterious microcosm. And presents creatures that never have been shown on TV before.

THE PRAYER
RTS/SERBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Serbia/2008/31min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Tourist films about the protection of Cultural heritage
Script: Aleksandra Bozovic
Director: Aleksandra Bozovic
Camera: Ivan Jasarevic
Music: Svetlana Azanjac
Producer: RTS/Serbian Broadcasting Corporation
Distributor: RTS/Serbian Broadcasting Corporation

The prayer under Mt. Midžor deals with an ancient custom of celebrating St George΄s day worshiping spring and nature. The rituals performed on this occasion under Mt Midžor have pagan roots and reveal the unison of man and nature in the past. The prayer has the role of protection of crops, fertility of livestock and health and prosperity of the household and village. This custom was widespread from ancient times and was known throughout Europe. Today it is losing some of its authentic rituals and is about to disappear.

THE TERRIBLE PEOPLE’S MISFORTUNE
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION, RTVC PLOVDIV
Bulgaria/2009/30min./DVD
Category: TV programmes
Script: Tzvetan Simeonov
Director: Tzvetan Simeonov
Camera: Violin Paleykov
Producer: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv
Distributor: Bulgarian National Television, RTVC Plovdiv

The film presents the need of prevention in case of disastrous situations. It turns out that out of all known natural elements in our country; only two of them are not examined. The scientists are worried about one big earthquake which will hit. “The terrible people’s misfortune” is the name of a book which describes the destructions in the region of Plovdiv and Chirpan. It appears that even now people don’t know how to react in such a situation, and the government still hasn’t worked out an integrated crisis plan.
Awards: European Commission Competition Robert Shuman 2007, Ethno Festival Plovdiv 2007,
Euroekofest’08, Koprivstitsa, Bulgaria

THE TOXINS RETURN
ALTEMEIER&HORNUNG FILMPRODUKTION
Germany/2009/44min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Inge Altemeier
Director: Reinhard Hornung
Camera: Birgit Handke, Ayhan Salar
Producer: Altemeier&Hornung Film Production
Distributor: Altemeier&Hornung Film Production

More and more toxics are banned in Europe. The knowledge that chemical residues threatens our health is widely spread. Never the less - the toxic returns. Weather it is in textiles or toys. Goods produced in China and India do have harmful chemical residues. The background: those toxics, banned in Europe are still produced by global companies like BAYER in India and China. And they are cheap. So there is no other alternative for the global producers. The film tells the story of the victims in China, in India and in Germany.

TO PLANT A TREE
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION
Bulgaria/2009/1min./DVD/Mini DV
Category: Video spots
Script: Nina Doneva
Director: Nikolay Vassilev
Camera: Borislav Georgiev
Producer: Bulgarian National Television

TWILIGHT OF A LAND
Canada/2008/52min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Jean-Guillaume Caplain
Director: Jean-Guillaume Caplain
Camera: Steoh
Music: Stephan Mengui, Jean-Guillaume Caplain
Producer: David Denton
Distributor: Stéphanie Pihéry
On November 5th, 2005, closed the doors of the dam Eastmain-1 in the North of Quebec, activating the flood of 600 km of Cree traditional lands. A part of a heritage of world interest is threatened to disappear with the floods … A team of archaeologists begins from summer, 2003 a campaign of archaeological rescue along the river Eastmain. Joining them, young people and elder of the Cree community shout affected by the stake in waters involved in the process of excavation, beginning a reflection on tracks left by their ancestors; at the same time as this update of the vestiges of past, they were able to envisage a work of collective mourning on this earth ground today flooded.

VALDEZ, THE WHALE PARADISE
FREESAM
Czech Republic/2009/86min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Sasa Dlouhy
Director: Sasa Dlouhy, Roman Vavra
Camera: Sasa Dlouhy, Roman Vavra
Music: Martin Ledvina
Producer: freeSaM
Distributor: freeSaM

A documentary on how the endangered world of whale is seen by film-makers and divers from a country that itself has no ocean no sea.

WALKING WITH THE WOLVES
BELARUSIAN VIDEOCENTER
Republic of Belarus/2008/39min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Igor Byshnev
Director: Igor Byshnev
Camera: Pavel Zoubritskij, Ivan Goncharouk
Music: Vladimir Sivitskij
Producer: Belarusian Videocenter
Distributor: Belarusian Videocenter

The film depicts complex relationships between the man and the wolf, captures the desire to better perceive and understand the nature of this exceptional animal, so controversially portrayed by humans over the centuries. Man always punished wolves most severely for their evil deeds, yet now, no longer suffering from hunger or cold, we began to reflect upon our own actions.

WATER: SAVE LOCAL, SOLVE GLOBAL
SAPIENS PRODUCTIONS/EU MEDA WATER
The Netherlands/2009/41min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Joshka Wessels
Director: Joshka Wessels
Camera: Joshka Wessels
Producer: Joshka Wessels

With a global water crisis looming, the Mediterranean region urgently needs to act to use its local water resources wisely and efficiently. Every year, countries in this region experience water scarcity and longer and frequent droughts at an alarming rate. Growing demand from agriculture and industry puts huge pressure on the national water resources. Regional cooperation is necessary. Managing the demand more efficiently and using alternative water resources such as reused waste-water are ways forward to sustainable water management. But these solutions lie mainly in the hands of the people at local level. This film travels from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and turkey to tell stories from the ground.

WATERPROOF
SAPIENS PRODUCTIONS/NOW
The Netherlands/2008/30min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Joshka Wessels
Director: Joshka Wessels
Camera: Joshka Wessels
Producer: Joshka Wessels
Distributor: NWO Dutch Scientific Organisation

The recent report of the Dutch Delta committee, guided by ex-minister Cees Veerman warned that even with all efforts possible to reduce C02-emissions, climate change is going to affect The Netherlands. The sea level will rise together with our main rivers. We have to prepare for this, it is gradually going to change our lives. Forecasting the exact impact of climate change is however a complex and difficult process. Despite the global climate change models, predicting climate change locally is full of uncertainties. Climate change is traditionally the area of physical sciences such as meteorology and climatic research but this film shows how important social science is to be able to develop future scenarios and contribute to making The Netherlands Waterproof. This film shows a selection of projects of the VAM (Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation) programme funded by the N W O (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). The VAM programme aims to encourage scientific research into the social, behavioural and legal aspects of climate change.

WHERE THE PEULS GO
AJC!&FREEBAND PROD
Belgium/France/2007/52min./Betacam SP Pal
Category: Documentaries
Script: Sylvain Vesco
Director: Sylvain Vesco
Camera: Antoine Challeil
Producer: AJC! & Freeband prod
Distributor: AJC! Valérie Berteau

Intimists and emblematic portraits tell the current destiny of the peuls of West Africa. In Mali, one of the poorest states of the world, these people are confronted with the terrible question of his future. In a malian society in full transformation, can the traditions and the way of life of these seminomad shepherds continue to exist in front of the inevitable modernization of the country? Through a touching meeting with this traditional culture, the narrative shows the universal movement of transformation of rural mentalities.
Awards: 8èmes Rencontres du Cinéma Européen, France. Prix du Conseil Général.

WHITE STORKS OF MY VALLEY
SERBIA/2007/27min./DVD
Category: Documentaries/Scientific and Educational films
Script: Oliver Fojkar, Dusan Cekic, Marko Tucakov, ornithologist
Director: Petar Lalovic, Ivan Obrenov
Camera: Petar Lalovic, Ivan Obrenov

A film on storcks, mascots of Vojvodina and Pannonian Plain. The plains are traditionally known for fertile cultivated field, but also marshes and swamps, which offer shelter to White Storks. This film has knocked down a stereotype – established opinion that we already know everything about White Storks. In other words “White storcks of my valley” does not observe some scientific tabooes, but advocates that animals do have a soul, i. e. that they know how to love, grieve, to be happy and really think!
Awards: Memoriam Award – Alexander Sasa Petrovic, Award for Modern General Sensibility of Ecological Film – Mefest 2008, Serbia

WILD TURKEY
NAUTILUSFILM GMBH
Germany/2007/45min./DVD
Category: Documentaries
Script: Jan Haft
Director: Jan Haft
Camera: Jan Haft
Music: Joe Dinkelbach
Producer: Britta Kiesewetter
Distributor: Parthenon Entertainment

Between Europe and Asia, lies a land full of natural wonders. Here, between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, between the mountain ranges of Pontus and Taurus a large variety of plants and a huge diversity of animals can be found. Many of them are immigrants that arrived from all directions - before, during and after the last ice age. Others return to Turkey every year to hibernate or simply to raise their young. Analogous to animals – people from all parts of the world have immigrated to Turkey, it today is a melting pot and a bridge between continents – for all its inhabitants.

WISENT’S FATE
BELARUSIAN VIDEOCENTER
Republic of Belarus/2008/13min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: Igor Byshnev
Director: Igor Byshnev
Camera: Igor Byshnev
Producer: Belarusian Videocenter
Distributor: Belarusian Videocenter

Europe’s most ancient woodland – Belavezha forest – is going to celebrate its 600th anniversary as the first nature reserve on the planet. This forest is many centuries old. Its primeval origins are revealed by the presence of the largest land animal surviving in Europe – the wisent, or the European bison. 300 of them live here.

WONDERS OF WATER
KVIK FILM PRODUCTIONS
Iceland/2008/52min./Mini DV
Category: Documentaries
Script: Pall Steingrímsson, Finnbogi Rognvaldsson
Director: Pall Steingrímsson
Camera: Fridthjofur Helgason
Music: Askell Masson
Producer: Pall Steingrímsson
Distributor: KVIK Film Productions

Nowhere in the world is there access to study the varied behaviour of water like in Iceland. The tremendous open North Atlantic, numerous lakes, roaring waterfalls, clear rivers and muddy glacier rivers, which flood large areas when frequent eruptions occur under the glaciers. Vatnajökull is the biggest glacier in Europe with numerous icecaves. Geothermal areas, hot mudpools and geysers. This has encouraged us to concentrate on Iceland in a film about this remarkable element.

YELLOWSTONE - LAND TO LIFE
HARPERS FERRY CENTER
USA/2009/20min./DVD
Category: Scientific and Educational films
Script: John DeLancey
Director: John Grabowska, Tim Lay
Camera: Jeff Hogan, Bob Landis
Music: John Kusiak
Producer: John Grabowska
Distributor: Yellowstone Association
In Yellowstone: Land to Life, filmmaker John Grabowska explores the connections between the geology of a singular landscape and the life that has evolved there, from microscopic organisms to the American bison. Stunningly photographed, with a lush original score, Land to Life lyrically reveals the significance of the world\’s first national park.