HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: March 2021 ENVIRONMENTAL Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Feature Film: RESCUE STORY – SAVING COMPANION ANIMALS
Best Short Film: SMALL FOOTPRINTS: CRAFTING AN ECO-LODGE IN WILD ALASKA
Best Cinematography: THE NAMELESS CALL – INSIDE COSTA RICA
Best Sound & Music: PARADISE WON’T PROTECT ITSELF

Theme of night: New world. New environment.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival poster SMALL FOOTPRINTS: CRAFTING AN ECO-LODGE IN WILD ALASKA, 40min., USA, Documentary
festival posterTHE NAMELESS CALL – INSIDE COSTA RICA, 5min., Italy, Documentary
festival posterPARADISE WON’T PROTECT ITSELF, 13min., Australia, Documentary
festival posterRESCUE STORY – SAVING COMPANION ANIMALS, 64min., USA, Documentary

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Kurt Gerard Heinlein (BETWEEN THE CREAG AND THE SKY)

Kurt is the Head of Acting at Missouri State University. He is a working member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. He has worked extensively since completing his MFA in Acting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), with union performance credits that include Broadway, national theatre tours, national concert tours, regional theatre, daytime drama, film, commercial print, and over 30 national SAG-AFTRA television spots. His movement, stunt, and combat work/stunt coordination have been seen in feature films, daytime drama, national commercials, and in professional and educational theatre circuits throughout the nation. A lifelong environmental activist, Kurt has earned several awards for his work in Green Theatre. He has published Green Theatre: Promoting Ecological Preservation and Advancing the Sustainability of Humanity and Nature (book), Evangeline Drowning (play), and numerous articles.

Director Biography – Morade Azzouz, Anca Ulea (OUR SEA OF WASTE)

Anca Ulea is a Romanian-American journalist who has been based in France for 5 years. After studying documentary film at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she joined the international newsrooms of Reuters and France 24 in Paris. She is currently developing a production company to tell meaningful long-form stories around the world.

Morade Azzouz is a French cameraman, director and journalist. Trained in International Journalism at London’s City University, he’s spent more than a decade covering top stories across Europe for outlets including Reuters and Al Jazeera English. He’s recently made the shift to documentary filmmaking with his company Manya Productions.

Short Film: AZILALI: THEY DON’T SLEEP, 12min., South Africa, Documentary


The creatures of the sea are always awake to connect with you. Journeying through the life of a dark
shyshark foetus, this film is a deep cinematic and aural bowing to the sacredness of the kelp forests and
its myriad life forms and non-life forms. It gently reaches out to that which is beyond what can be said about
the profundity, mysteriousness and beauty of nature and the universe.

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Director Biography – Maarten Slooves (CLEANING SHIPWRECKS)

Maarten Slooves is a cinematographer who combines modern technology and traditional film-making skills to document unique experiences and perceptions. He seeks to visualise authentic, yet thought-provoking and captivating stories that quickly engage a targeted public in short documentaries, films and commercials. His work has been recognised by the Dutch Drone Film Festival and Italy Peugeot Drone Film Festival and was a finalist at the Los Angeles Drone Film Festival in 2017.

Director Statement

Film making is a fascinating craft. What intrigues me is how vividly a story can be visualised through film. I am passionate about creating films with a cinematic and atmospheric feel by capturing the essence of stories in abstract yet goal oriented ways.

Short Film: CLEANING SHIPWRECKS, 4min., Netherlands, Documentary

In the night of 1st and 2nd of January 2019, the ship MSCZoe lost 342 cargo containers in the North Sea. Plastics in the sea accumulates around shipwrecks and threatens the water quality of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A team of experienced North Sea wreck divers voluntarily heads out to salvage the waste around wreck sites.

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