Shorts Program: Climate Connections

“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.” (The Emergency Brake


The climate crisis connects us all. All around the globe, people are joining together to demand that their governments finally take action and quit turning a blind eye to the reality of climate change. Time is up, and people are ready to take action. 


The Emergency Brake (U.S. Premiere)

Inspired by the powerful words of Greta Thunberg, this animated short film by the 2019 class of the Powell River Digital Film School is a collaboration between students who are passionate about the state of their world and future.


Directed by Macy How

(Canada, 2019, 4 min.)



The Resilient (U.S. Premiere)

Follow the drought-stricken Norwegian farmer Einar as he searches for a way to continue the family legacy of dairy farming. After the most difficult season of his life, he travels to Malawi in East Africa to learn from farmers who have been living with the impacts of climate change for more than a decade.


Directed by Julie Lunde Lillesæter

(Norway, 2019, 28 min.)



Melted (World Premiere)

Imagine the future of the world if nothing is done to address the global climate crisis. The year is 2098, the ice caps have melted, and all the snow is gone. The world we live in is barren, dry, dystopian, and inhospitable to human life. The pursuit of adventure remains as the protagonists seek the thrill of skiing. Budding filmmaker and professional skier, Sierra Quitiquit makes her directorial debut with this beautiful and emotionally provocative plea to protect what is dearest to her: snow, the natural world, and this beautiful planet.


Directed by Sierra Quitiquit

(USA, 2020, 4 min.)



The Climate Limbo (U.S. Premiere – Encore screening only)

This documentary analyzes how climate change impacts migrations and fuels poverty and wars. By 2050, climate change-related disasters could displace up to 250 million people.


Directed by Elena Brunello, Paolo Caselli, Francesco Ferri

(Italy, 2019, 40 min.)



We Will Stay (World Premiere)

Tangier Island, located in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, has been shrinking because of climate change. Cameron Evans, a young local photographer and crab man, is completely set on a mission to document the life of the island to be remembered for the future and to create awareness about rising sea levels and climate change.


Directed by Francisco Campos-Lopez

(USA, 2020, 10 min.)



80° North (World Premiere)

A group of international artists explore the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. Set against dramatic natural backdrops, the artists share their hopes, fears, and insights on encountering an environment undergoing radical change.


Directed by Brandon Holmes

(USA, 2020, 15 min.)



Into the Dark (U.S. Premiere)

Battling subzero temperatures and 40-foot seas, a team of scientists embark on a perilous winter expedition into the darkest regions of the Arctic. Their mission: to understand how trace amounts of light may be radically altering the mysterious world of the polar night. What they discover has implications for the global climate and the future of the Arctic.


Directed by Michael O. Snyder

(USA/Norway, 2019, 28 min.)



Followed by a post-screening discussion feat. Michael O. Snyder (Director, Into the Dark), Francisco Campos-Lopez (Director, We Will Stay), Cameron Evans (Film Subject, We Will Stay), and Eli Kintisch (Co-producer, Into the Dark)


Films showing as part of this event

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