The LSFF 2015 Grand Prix with EUR 3000 prize money goes to American film In Defense of Food by director Michael Schwarz. The Award of the Ministry of Agriculture goes to Polyfaces made by Lisa Heenan and Darren J. Doherty, the Student Jury awarded the film Making an Ancient Forest: The Kalkalpen National Park by Rita Schlamberger. The Award for Science Popularisation goes to Roman Vaněk for promoting food science.
The LSFF 2015 Grand Prix with EUR 3000 prize money goes to American film In Defense of Food by director Michael Schwarz. Why should something as commonplace as food need defending? Maybe because the stuff we buy in supermarkets and put on our plates is often no food at all… Director Michael Schwarz and script writer Edward Gray have created a groundbreaking documentary based on Michael Pollan’s bestselling book In Defense of Food which brings a simple answer to a complex question “What should we eat?” The answer is quite surprising: “Eat FOOD.” The jury appreciated the way the authors show where humanity lost its direction on its way from “food” to “edibles” and what needs to be done so that food production is restored to common sense.
The Award of the Ministry of Agriculture goes to the Australian film Polyfaces by director Lisa Heenan. The film shows life on the famous Polyface Farm in American Virginia where they use regenerative farming. Its owner Joel Salatin enhanced the methods of his ancestors so that on the one hand they bring high quality and on the other hand they return the landscape to its original shape. The Minister of Agriculture awarded the film for a thorough presentation of the possibilities to join respect to the countryside and high quality agricultural produce.
The Award of the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources goes to German Director Valentin Thurn and his film 10 Billion: What’s on Your Plate? The jury decided to give the award to this broad analytic perspective on global production and distribution. By 2050 the world population will reach 10 billion and the question of food security is at the centre of global attention. The director maps out individual alternatives around the world of how to solve the food crisis and presents possibilities of current innovations as well as future visions.
The Award of the Faculty of Economics and Management goes to German director Philipp Enders and his film Money: A Confused User’s Guide. The jury awards the prize for a funny and clear description of the functioning of the global monetary system and for the presentation of its current limitations and possibilities. Director Philipp Enders interviews philosophers, economists, bankers as well as common people affected by the collapse of financial markets and tries to find out whether it is possible to set up a system with a human face.
The Award of the Faculty of Tropic AgriSciences goes to Germany thanks to the director Sarah Zierul and her film The Banana Price War: Dirt Cheap Food for Thought. The jury awards the prize for the analysis of trade practices of retail chains which strategically use one of the most common commodities – bananas – for their marketing policies which in the end damage banana producers and disable fairer relationships. However, the director reaches the conclusion that customers can have the last say.
The Award of the Faculty of Engineering goes the British-Greek film The Secret Life of Materials filmed by director Panos Raptis. The jury awards the prize for the presentation of revolutionary changes in today’s development in the field of latest materials. Panos Raptis’s documentary clearly shows that the possibilities of new materials will also require a dramatic change in our thinking and in their use.
The Award of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences goes to the French film Banking Nature by Sandrine Feydel and Denis Delestrac. The jury awards the prize for the analysis of problems related to the implementation of allowance trading which affects endangered species. These new economic incentives should lead to environmental protection, but the director shows many absurd situations which testify to the opposite. The film also names several roots of today’s global crisis.
The Award of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences goes to the film Monitoring a Glacier by Germand director Martina Treusch. The jury appreciated the film’s presentation of new methods that modern science uses to study global climate changes. The state of glaciers in Greenland will in many respects determine not only the rise of the global sea level.
The Student Jury Award goes to Rita Schlamberger (Austria) for the film Making of an Ancient Forest: The Kalkalpen National Park. The jury awards the prize for a gripping presentation of natural mechanisms that, if given the chance, can literally do miracles.