HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: December 2022 Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: THE CHANGING OCEAN ASIA in 4 parts
Best Long Form Short Film: FOOD AS RESISTANCE
Best Short Form Short Film: BEE THE SOLUTION
Best Direction: THE BOUNDARY WATERS TRAVERSE
Best Music Video: CLEAR
Best Dance Film: RENEWABLE
Best Nature: THE BEAUTY BETWEEN
Best Experimental: SPA SYBARITE
Best Climate: SURFACE TENSION

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE CHANGING OCEAN ASIA in 4 parts,. Australia, Documentary
Directed by Liz Courtney
Narrated by Dr Sylvia Earle: A 4 x 30 mins series, the Ocean is our planet’s life support system. It regulates our climate, absorbing huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and provides us with vast stores of food. But the Ocean is in trouble. Population growth, rapid developments in infrastructure, climate change, and events happening far away in polar regions are impacting oceans, affecting all aspects of life across south-east Asia.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE BEAUTY BETWEEN, 5min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Austin Smock
The Great Salt Lake is often overlooked and misunderstood. Through her passion for wildlife photography, Mary Anne Karren unexpectedly fell in love with the lake’s unique landscape and the 10 million birds that rely on it. She now uses her photography to bring attention to the lake’s dire situation in an attempt to save it

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

There were so many amazing skies we saw during our time in Newfoundland with Brad James. One of the amazing ones was at the gannet colony and the water took on a wonderful orange hue. I focused on this one Northern Gannet perched atop this squarish rock that stood out by itself. I flicked the teleconverter switch on the lens and went to 560mm and went for the totally smooth orange background.

SPA SYBARITE, 3min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Joshua Ashish Dawson
The World health organization states that “Although it is unequivocal that climate change affects human health, it remains challenging to accurately estimate the scale and impact of many climate-sensitive health risks. In the short- to medium-term, the health impacts of climate change will be determined mainly by the vulnerability of populations, their resilience to the current rate of climate change, and the extent and pace of adaptation.”

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


SURFACE TENSION, 6min,. UK, Documentary
Directed by Amanda Bluglass, Zena Holloway
What lies beneath the surface of Britain’s rivers? Our relationship with our waterways is a romantic one, but England’s precious chalk streams are as polluted as they were half a decade ago. Surprising discoveries are revealed in this poignant reflection on life, above and below the waterline.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BEE THE SOLUTION, 9min., UK, Documentary
Directed by Charlotte Quintanar
Leading bee experts explain the causes for declining bee populations around the world and offer approachable solutions individuals can take to support their local pollinators.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE BOUNDARY WATERS TRAVERSE, 12min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Erik Nelson
The Running for the Boundary Waters project is designed to highlight the issue of potential sulfide-ore copper mining proposals in the watershed of, and directly adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the running community. Trail runners and environmental advocate Alex Falconer ran the Border Route and Kekekabic trail, creating the boundary waters traverse, a 110 mile run, in 38 hrs 15 mins and 3 seconds. This shows his journey.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


FOOD AS RESISTANCE, 27min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Keitlyn Alcantara
Set in Tlaxcala, Mexico, a tiny state with a legacy of resistance, this documentary short presents archaeology as a key tool for remembering food histories that predate capitalist, colonial worldviews. In the late 1400s, the expansive Aztec Empire encircled Tlaxcala, cutting it off from trade – yet it remained an anomalous blip of defiance. Paleodiet analyses shows how, with a lens of abundance, the Tlaxcalteca turned to their surrounding landscape for sustenance and sovereignty. 500 years later, descendants of the Tlaxcalteca form part of grassroots food sovereignty movements, which look to the landscape as the solution to contemporary ills such as diabetes, financial stress, and depression.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


CLEAR, 5min., USA, Music Video
Directed by Jedidiah Roberson
Clear is about the clarity that our environment is in danger and understanding what side you are on. It’s proof that anyone can be changed to respect nature’s beauty, you just have to see it for yourself. It’s the urgency that something has to be done now, and that it cannot wait. That we all have that rebel in us that wants to do what’s right.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


RENEWABLE, 4min., UK, Dance
Directed by Susan Hay
Inspired by the different landscapes and environments of Scotland and Indonesia and renewable energy sources, this screendance work was created through a digital art residency (Dance Dialogue) between Marc Brew (Marc Brew Company) and Mariska Febriyani (Ballet.id) exploring the concept of space and restrictions, (reflecting on the pandemic). There are audio described versions of the film in English and Bahasa available.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


By comedyfestival

Film and Writing Festival for Comedy. Showcasing best of comedy short films at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Plus, showcasing best of comedy novels, short stories, poems, screenplays (TV, short, feature) at the festival performed by professional actors.

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