Climate Crisis Film Festival returns to shine light on global threat


The Climate Crisis Film Festival is returning for its second edition, showcasing a diverse collection of eye-opening cinema exploring the climate crisis from every angle.

It is the only UK film festival that focuses exclusively on the climate crisis and advocates for change, and will run from 16-22 November.

Organisers have curated a number of powerful films that zoom in on personal stories from people living on the frontlines of climate breakdown and zoom out to analyse the systemic issues that are causing the crisis.

The 2020 programme brings together breathtaking cinema, exciting imaginings of a climate positive future, and masterclasses on how we can all take direct action to fight for the future we need.

“This year we have expanded our special events programme, for which we have gathered some of the most prominent names in the climate activism sphere for a series of discussions and workshops.

“Hear what’s happening at the cutting edge of envisioning a better future with leaders from Green New Deal UK, WWF, Stop Climate Chaos, Stop Ecocide, Climate Reality Europe, MockCOP, We Don’t Have Time, Young Wilders, Advaya and many other organisations that strive for real impact from the grassroots up.”

Guests can also tune in for talks on Climate Anxiety vs Positive Resilience and System Change, Not Climate Change, as well as join the Drawing Your Future workshop and learn how to Grow Your Urban Food Garden and build up your Activism Toolkit with the festival’s masterclass series.

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“Our website, the Climate Crisis Hub, makes direct connections between each film and how to take meaningful climate action — we don’t pretend that ‘climate action’ is only about recycling and shopping at different stores; we can connect you with ambitious projects that have a real impact on the ground.”

Simon Mélizan, Co-founder of the festival, added: “We are delighted to go ahead with this year’s festival, especially after Covid-19 forced all of us to rethink our relationship with nature, consumption, and the ‘business as usual’ mentality.

“We think our program can offer a great opportunity to reflect on this urgent challenge and take a step towards active engagement.

“We strive to create a space that can feel inclusive both to traditional environmentalists and to new audiences that may be interested or concerned by climate change but not yet have a precise idea of how to get involved.

“Central to our vision is the belief that visual arts can be the best catalyst to inform, empower and mobilise.

“With the lockdown forcing us all to slow down, we think that having the opportunity to actively engage with thought-provoking films, learn something fun and practical with a masterclass, or even sketch your vision for the future in an art session is a welcome break from the lockdown routine.”

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