LSFF 2015 Grand Prix with EUR 3,000 prize money

In-Defense-of-FoodFilm: In Defense of Food
Director: Michael Schwarz
Country of Origin: USA

Jury statement: The jury awards the prize not only for a complex treatment of the issue of food and health, but primarily for the appeal to return to common sense. Director Michael Schwarz and screenwriter Michael Gray created a groundbreaking documentary based on the bestselling book of the same title. On the one hand it takes into consideration the latest scientific knowledge, and on the other hand it is undoubtedly a work that can change people’s lives.

Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources

Film:  10 Billion: What’s on Your Plate?
Director: Valentin Thurn
Country of Origin: Germany

Jury statement: The jury awards the prize for a 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.

Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management

Film: Money: A Confused User’s Guide
Director: Philipp Enders
Country of Origin: Germany, France, Sweden

Jury’s Statement: 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.

Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences

Film:  The Banana Price War: Dirt Cheap Food for Thought
Director: Sarah Zierul
Country of Origin: Germany

Jury’s Statement: 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.

Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

Film: The Secret Life of Materials
Director: Panos Raptis
Country of Origin: UK, Greece

Jury’s Statement: 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.

Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences

Film:  Banking Nature
Director: Sandrine Feydel a Denis Delestrac
Country of origin: France

Jury’s Statement: 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.

Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences

Film: Monitoring a Glacier
Director: Martina Treusch
Country of Origin: Germany

Jury’s Statement: The jury awards the prize for the 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.

Student Jury Award

Film:  Making an Ancient Forest – Kalkapen National Park
Director: Rita Schlamberger
Country of Origin: Czech Republic

Jury’s Statement: The jury awards the prize for a gripping presentation of natural mechanisms that, if given the chance, can literally do miracles.

AWARD OF THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

Film: Polyfaces
Director: Lisa Heenan a Isabella Doherty
Country of Origin: Australia

Jury’s Statement: The jury proposes to award the prize for the presentation of regenerative farming. The soil is the origin of all biological processes and the future of not only agriculture relies on methods that restore soil’s original biodiversity.