The winner of the 6th Life Sciences Film Festival is “Soil Farmers” by the Dutch director Joris van der Kamp and Fransjan de Waard. The Award of the Ministry of Agriculture goes to Germany and director Ute de Groot for her film “Food Race”.
Director Joris van der Kamp co-founded the Future Farmers in the Spotlight initiative, a film project aimed at inspiring young sustainable farmers in Europe. His film Soil Farmers, which has been awarded the LSFF 2016 Grand Prix, is an insightful story about five Dutch farmers who have found their own way to observe and improve soil and grow healthy food without destroying the landscape. The film provides a fresh perspective on the issue as well as surprising information about the universe under our feet which we so often take for granted.
The Award of the Ministry of Agriculture goes to German director Ute de Groot for her film Food Race. Enough food is a necessary condition for the sustainable development of any society and its lack leads to the formation of crises. The Jury grants the Award of the Ministry of Agriculture for the film’s complex insight into not only the causes of today’s social and economic problems, but also their possible solutions in the future.
The Award of the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources goes to Dutch director Marijn Frank for her film Need For Meat. Modes of eating have organically developed together with mankind from prehistory to nowadays. The Jury appreciates the exceptionally creative treatment of the effort to search for an organic, psychological, social and spiritual optimum.
The Award of the Faculty of Economics and Management goes to Australian director Jordan Brown for the film Forget Shorter Showers. There is no doubt each period in history has its own problems. And there is no doubt the global present is swaying in various global crises. The Jury appreciates the cinematic appeal for searching for the nuclei of positive solutions which every epoch not only needs but also provides.
The Award of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences goes to Slovakia and director Pavol Barabáš for his film Suri. We live in the heart of Europe, weaved into global connections and relations, tossed by supranational interests. The Jury appreciates the author’s deep insight into one of the last cultures that still live today in a way that used to be natural to all humankind.
The Award of the Faculty of Engineering goes to The Future of Finland: The Energy of Tomorrow by director Nina Pulkkis. The current progress in knowledge opens up unforeseen opportunities. The Jury appreciates the complex view of the possibilities in which even a small nation can significantly contribute to the solution of global issues and at the same time establish a foundation for its own prosperity and progress.
The Award of the Faculty of Engineering goes to The Future of Finland: Well-being with Wood by director Nina Pulkkis. The rational use of natural resources is a necessary precondition for sustainability as well as progress. New bioeconomic trends foreshadow future development. The Jury appreciates the attractive treatment and introduction of new possibilities in using forest resources.
The Award of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences goes to American director Timothy Barksdale for his film Battle on the Booming Grounds. Nowadays the evolution of species is often terminated by the evolution of one sole species, humans. That is one of the reasons the current period has earned the name of anthropocene. The Jury appreciates the urgency with which the authors of the film managed to explain the reasons why the society should protect every species, not only the Greater Prairie Chicken.
The Prize for Science Popularization and the statuette of Ops, the Goddess of Harvest, goes to Marek Janáč from Vesmír magazine. The prize is awarded for translating the language of science into a language comprehensible to us all. Marek Janáč has made over one hundred documentary programmes and thousands of journalistic articles many of which have won awards at Czech as well as international festivals. As he says: “Although I work on scientific topics and the current state of knowledge, I see popularisation of science as similar to a translation of a poem. The result – unlike the witticism comparing a good translation with a woman – should be faithful and beautiful at the same time.”