International Forest Film Festival in Celebration of the International Year of Forests 2011

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011). To celebrate Forests 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat is working with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to organise the International Forest Film Festival (IFFF).

IFFF winning films will be presented to delegates of all 192 countries at the launch of Forests 2011 at United Nations Headquarters in New York in February, 2011. The launch of Forests 2011 will take place as part of the official programme of the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). Subsequently, the winning films will also be screened around the world.

Key Dates:
  • 2010 Submission Deadline: November 30, 2010
  • Jury Deliberation: December 2010.
  • Announcement and awarding the IFFF Winners: February 2-3, 2011, during the High-Level Segment of the 9th Session of the UNFF
  • Forests 2011 Launch screenings: January 24-Feb 4, 2011 (UN HQ, New York City)
Film Categories:

The IFFF aims to raise awareness on the importance of forests, their relationship with people and the planet we share, and consequently,
to inspire a sense of personal responsibility/stewardship for a greener, more equitable, sustainable future.

The overall theme of the Festival will be: Forests for People, with sub categories:

  • 360 Degrees on All Things Forest: Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economic or spiritual interconnectivity to forests.
  • Living Forests: Awarded to the film that most effectively showcases the rich diversity and complexity of the forest ecosystem.
  • Issues & Solutions: Awarded to the film that most effectively communicates solutions to environmental and sustainability issues facing forests and all its inhabitants, including people.
  • Forest Hero: Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of individuals or groups committed to forest research and sustainability.
  • “This is my forest”: Awarded to the film that tells the story of the forest, captures the best or most moving personal experience with forests, whether it’s in your backyard, in the city or in the country, that mean the most to you.
  • Shorts: Awarded to the best forest film of less than 15 minutes in length.

The Festival welcomes films in all United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). English subtitles will be required for non-English films.

To learn more about The IFFF, visit www.forestfilmfestival.org or Forests 2011:www.un.org/forests or the United Nations Forum on Forests: www.un.org/esa/forests

If you have any questions about the Film Festival, please e-mail the Film Festival at forest@jhfestival.org

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I am the principal of Klahanie Research Ltd and the co-ordinator of "The Canadian Forest History Preservation Project."

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