A nationwide celebration of environmental films
Opening Night Gala 3rd May
European Premiere: Bikes vs Cars Dir. Fredrik Gertten
Bringing an exceptional line-up of UK premiere titles with an environmental theme to cinemas all over the country, the annual UK Green Film Festival, sponsored by Friends of the Earth, returns for the fifth time to inspire and entertain a nationwide audience. Taking place this year between the 3rd and 10th of May, the festival’s cinema network will span the nation from the Scottish Highlands to London, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK’s only nationwide environmental film festival is known for showcasing captivating independent documentary films and exploring a wide range of environmental causes, concerns and debates.
The festival programme will consist of seven feature length documentaries, including one European Premiere and five UK premieres, from all over the world. Each documentary will also compete for the coveted Palme Verte Award, as well as the UKGFF Audience Award. This year, the festival will host a number of special events including special guest speakers, Q&As and talks with filmmakers, environmental campaigners and pioneering green thinkers.
The festival will open on the 3rd of May with the European premiere of Bikes vs Cars, the new film by the Bananas!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten. Coming to the festival straight from its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas, the inspiring documentary investigates the daily global drama in traffic and meets with cycling activists fighting for safer and cleaner cities. The festival’s closing gala is held on the 10th of May with an awards ceremony and special guests from film and the environmental movement.
Other programme highlights include H20 MX, an inspiring documentary asking if Mexico City can mobilize the 22 million citizens of its metropolitan area to become water sustainable; Divide in Concord, the gripping and emotional story of an octogenarian activist’s battle to ban bottled water in small town America; Good Things Await, an enthralling tale of a Danish man whose biodynamic, holistic farm provides Michelin star restaurants; and Seeds of Time, a captivating documentary detailing the race against time to protect the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. Also featured are Above All Else, a favourite at SXSW in 2014, that tells the story of a man who rallies his neighbours and activists to join him in a blockade against a controversial oil pipeline; and Sud Eau Nord Déplacer, a remarkably eye-opening and beautiful journey along the Nan Shui Bei Diao, the world’s biggest water transfer project stretching from the south to the north of China.