LSFF 2016 Grand Prix with EUR 3,000 prize money

  • Film: Soil Farmers
  • Director: Joris van der Kamp
  • Country of Origin: Nizozemí / The Netherlands
  • Jury Statement:
    Quality soil, the alpha and omega for all agricultural activities, is becoming one of the disappearing “endangered species”. The Jury appreciates the way the author managed to capture current successful European tendencies in solving problems of soil fond degradation and the effort to preserve the veritable “wonderland” underneath our feet.

Award of the Ministry of Agriculture

  • Film: Food Race
  • Director: Ute de Groot
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Jury Statement:
    A sufficient amount of quality food is a necessary condition for the sustainable development of any society and its lack leads to the formation of crises. The Jury awards the Award of the Ministry of Agriculture to the film for its complex insight into not only the causes of today’s social and economic problems, but also their possible solutions in the future.

Award of the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources

  • Film: Need for Meat
  • Director: Marijn Frank
  • Country of Origin: The Netherlands
  • Jury Statement:
    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.

Award of the Faculty of Economics and Management

  • Film: Forget Shorter Showers
  • Director: Jordan Brown
  • Country of Origin: Australia
  • Jury Statement:
    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.

Award of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences

  • Film: Suri
  • Director: Pavol Barabáš
  • Country of Origin: Slovakia
  • Jury Statement:
    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.

Award of the Faculty of Engineering

  • Film: The Future of Finland: The Energy of Tomorrow
  • Director: Nina Pulkkis
  • Country of Origin: Finland
  • Jury Statement:
    The current progress in knowledge opens up until recently 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 predispositions for its own prosperity and progress.

Award of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences

  • Film: The Future of Finland: Well-being With Wood
  • Director: Nina Pulkkis
  • Country of Origin: Finland
  • Jury Statement:
    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.

Award of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences

  • Film: Battle on the Booming Grounds
  • Director: Timothy Barksdale
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Jury Statement:
    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.

LSFF 2016 Prize for Science Popularization

The Prize for Science Popularization and the statuette of Ops, the Goddess of Harvest, goes to Marek Janáč from the Vesmír magazine. The prize is awarded for translating the language of science into a language comprehensible to us all.