2017 Theme Announcement
The Earth Day Film Festival is officially open for 2017 film submissions.
The 2017 theme is FIRE.
As the Earth spins upon its axis in rotation around a burning sun, we, as the conscious beings of this planet experience the different elements and how they might feel to us in human form. From there we categorize them, label them for the sake of eased communication. Their source, as in all things, still the planet.
Every year at The Earth Day Film Festival we honor a specific area of this Earthly experience. It is a way for us to focus our collective minds on a brush stroke of the masterpiece of existence. By doing so we bring awareness to it and allow for the many varied perspectives to come forward to illustrate, as in all areas of existence, even when we focus in on what we might believe to be concrete, it too, is in motion. What we are left with is an appreciation to the fluidity of existence and the honoring of the unique perspectives we all have, as the consciousness of the Earth.
2016 is set to be the hottest year on record since record keeping began in 1880 and would make the third year in a row that the record was broken. In fact the warmest 16 years on record fall between 1998 and now. Things are undoubtedly heating up and this according to a vast majority of scientists, is caused by human activity. From our fiery passion to convert resources into what we deem efficient and usable, pulling oil and coal from the Earth to burn, clearing forests to plant our crops and culling the oceans of their vibrant life to fill our bellies. It is a race of transformation and consumption. In light of all this activity we have chosen FIRE as the 2017 theme for The Earth Day Film Festival. Fire, symbolic of transition, the Earth is at a place of transition, as we move away from old systems that are set in patriarchal hierarchy to a remembrance of a maternal, horizontal, system. As we burn up our resources there is a global youth that is passionate to strip the ways and means that came before leaving them in the ashes, to sprout a new, sustainable future. We are looking at the physical, emotional and symbolic interpretations of FIRE and encourage you to do so as well in submitting your film, project, or art.
Fire has been one way for humans to leverage their will on the rest of the natural systems that we too are tied to. And therein lies the caveat, if you are going to play with fire you are going to get burned. We are undoubtedly in a closed system, so what we put in we will get back out.
Original art work and design by: Joshua Nissen King