Shorts Program: Newsmakers

The environment in which we live impacts how we live. It influences the jobs we work, the activities that we take part in, and the culture that we form. As the scarcity and competition over resources increases, humans will have to make a cultural and societal shift toward sustainability, or face environmental and societal upheaval in their communities. This program features short films from newsmakers, such as the Associated Press and The Atlantic, that explore the many implications of the ecological shifts driven by humans.


What Can Be Saved: Vanishing Venezuela (World Premiere)

Scientists in Venezuela persevere in their quest to study fragile alpine ecosystems as the country’s only glacier quickly disappears and their country is in chaos.


Directed by the Associated Press

(Venezuela, 2020, 13 min.)



Green Gold? (World Premiere)

As the global demand for the super food avocados has soared, Chile has become the world’s third-largest exporter of avocados. But the community of Petorca, Chile, say drought—and the insatiable appetite for avocados—has brought desperate water shortages. This film explores a quiet water war. Allegations of water theft, of exploitation, and of death threats against those who speak out are rife. “When you export our avocados, you export our water,” says one community member. The government says it is bringing change, but as exports continue to grow, Green Gold? explores an uncomfortable global moral dilemma.


Directed by Nicky Milne

(United Kingdom, 2020, 26 min.)



Open Water (U.S. Premiere)

The perfect storm of a changing climate and the rapid encroachment of the modern age has dramatically impacted the Arctic people — forcing them to cope with change beyond their immediate control in the present — not the future. The short film **Open Water** is a triptych narrative, based on the lives of three Greenlanders: a hunter, a ship’s captain, and a fisherman, individuals whose very existence and heritage is intertwined with the Arctic Ocean. On a warming planet, open water, an ocean without ice, offers both economic opportunity for fishermen in terms of access to halibut grounds in winter and a longer tourism season, but also cultural decay in terms of traditional ways of life.


Directed by Danny McDougall

(United Kingdom, 2019, 16 min.)



In Dry Water

Adama and Adja have a problem on their hands. Their country, Senegal, is running out of fish. As foreign trawlers and climate change cripple their stocks, the friends face a choice: Stay or follow the same trail as the fish.


Directed by Kevin Clancy

(USA, 2019, 14 min.)



Death of a Species (World Premiere)

Snails in Hawaii are disappearing at a faster rate than any other animal on the planet. Meet the scientists fighting for their survival.


Directed by Nicolas Pollock

(Canada, 2020, 12 min.)



Films showing as part of this event