GREEN HORIZONS AWARD

In 2018, the Sustainability Award "Green Horizons", donated by the Oeding Group, will be presented for the first time for the best film in the sustainability series "Green Horizons". A jury will award the film that is most likely to have the greatest potential to move people to change behaviour, thoughts or attitudes in the interest of sustainable development through the combination of facts, stories, commitment, words, music and images shown.

 

Winner 2021

JOURNEY TO UTOPIA is the winner of the 2021 Green Horizon Award.

 

Mother, father and three children live in a postcard idyll in the Norwegian countryside. But the parents are seriously concerned about the state the current generation will leave the world in for their children. Together as a family, they decide to throw their lives overboard and make a fresh start in an eco-village that is just being built in Denmark. Documentary filmmaker Erlend E. Mo has succeeded in making a refreshing, thoughtful and at the same time cheerful documentary in which he follows his own family up close with all the ups and downs in the major project of their lives.

Biography Director:Norwegian filmmaker Erlend E. Mo studied literature, Scandinavian languages, and film and television. His documentaries are mainly about people and society. The director passed away in 2021 at the age of 54.

JURY-STATEMENT

The film we would like to award tonight does not offer answers to individual ecologically pressing problems, as the name of the prize - Green Horizons - might suggest. Instead, we experience - at times shockingly unembellished - the everyday life of a family setting out from the tranquil, well-off mountains of Norway to find a more environmentally sustainable future in a living community in the Danish countryside. But it proves much easier to have the right opinion than to live it out. Erlend E. Mo, the filmmaker and father portrays with incredible closeness and empathy his family in which idealism and reality, individual freedom and responsibility towards the community collide. The result is a sensitive and at the same time courageous film, which in many moments directs the gaze to the unspoken and the not so easily recognizable, thus taking us again and again into everyday situations to which we can connect. We had a long and controversial discussion about this film in the jury: Because so many decisions are made, some of them ecologically questionable. And because it offers no clear answer to the question of how and where we can find this more environmentally friendly, more sustainable future. From our point of view, this makes the documentary JOURNEY TO UTOPIA a very special one: A film that has the power to spark a discussion among the audience and talk about this family that thinks it has understood that we have to act - all of us - that we have to break away from the old familiar and look for new ways. After the decision, the festival management informed us that Erlend E. Mo, passed away earlier this year. We do not know under what circumstances, but it is not decisive for the awarding of this prize. This award would certainly have pleased him as a courageous, clever filmmaker.

Winner 2020

The Green Horizons Award 2020 for the best documentary with an ecological theme has been awarded to NUCLEAR FOREVER, directed by Carsten Rau.

The jury commended this beautifully shot and edited film for the calm and objective way in which it discusses the difficult issues that continue to arise out of the contrasting nuclear energy policies of Germany and France. Access to several of the major sites involved, in both countries, allows us to sample a variety of expert viewpoints – technical, economic and political – concerning the respective advantages and disadvantages of either national system. In bringing forward a series of strong voices at plant and community level, in an open-minded way, the film invites the audience to come to its own conclusions on a vital and complex issue of our time.

Special mention goes to another film in the competition, THE STORY OF PLASTIC, directed by Deia Schlosberg, for its ‘elegance, lucidity and overall power of argument.’

Jury 2018

Hische/Skowron

Alina Hische (25) and Johannes Skowron ( 24) are the founders of the social startup "Re-Athlete". It has been already two years since the two students started selling recycled Sportswear made out of ocean trash. They unite sustainability and sport with regional production of goods

Antje Hubert

Born in Celle in Niedersachsen. She studied Arts and History in Braunschweig and Kiel. Until 2016 she was director, producer and chief executive in the filmproduction GbR. Since 2018 Antje Hubert created her own label mairafilm and produces films.

Roland Makulla

Born in Braunschweig, he returned after various stations abroad in 2007 to the Löwenstadt, made a career change and took over the quality and sustainability management at oeding print GmbH and stands with great personal conviction behind the transformation of the company into one of the "greenest" printing houses in Germany.