LSFF 2017 Grand Prix with EUR 3,000 prize money

  • Film: The World According to Termites
  • Director: Jan Hošek
  • Country of Origin: Czech Republic
  • Jury Statement:
    Termites – for some they stand for exotic insects, for other they represent pests that cause huge economic damage. The jury awards the LSFF 2017 Grand Prix for the film’s adaptation of the scientific story that describes termites as a fascinating object of research and as a huge source of inspiration.

Award of the Ministry of Agriculture

  • Film: The Living Skin of Planet Earth – Geoderma
  • Director: Ladislav Miko, Ivan Stříteský
  • Country of Origin: Czech Republic
  • Jury Statement:
    We come from the dust of the earth and we will return there again. The jury proposes to award this very relevant film essay on how we treat the most precious source of life today.

Award of the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources

  • Film: Good – Better – Vegan?
  • Director: John A. Kantara
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Jury Statement:
    For some people veganism is an ethical choice, for others it is a modern lifestyle and for others yet it is a question of a healthy approach to life. The jury appreciated the cinematic rendering of the topic of veganism as a space for a new economy that calls for new scientific research and development of new food industry applications.

Award of the Faculty of Economics and Management

  • Film: iRony
  • Director: Radheya Jegatheva
  • Country of Origin: Australia
  • Jury Statement:
    Today, technology connects continents, it multiplies work productivity, it looks at the universe as well as in the nanoworld. But what happens to people? The jury values the cinematic expression of the fact that today there are still people at the end of every technological device.

Award of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences

  • Film: Seven Sins of Civilization
  • Director: Ľubomír Viluda, Ivan Kršiak
  • Country of Origin: Slovakia
  • Jury Statement:
    Terrorist attacks have become everyday reality and climatic issues are no longer a problem of the future only. There is a migration tsunami going through Europe and the problems of others suddenly become our problems too. The jury awards the prize for the documentary treatment of the clash of different worlds, for recording the sins of our civilisation and the fact that the weight of these sins falls on our shoulders today.

Award of the Faculty of Engineering

  • Film: Bugs: Nature’s Little Superheroes
  • Director: Björn Platz
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Jury Statement:
    Are insects pests? Think twice before you answer. The jury appreciates the impeccable visual treatment and inspiring approach to the fact that these supposed pests can help solve big scientific problems – from biofuel production and bacterial resistance to cancer treatment.

Award of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences

  • Film: Intelligent Trees
  • Director: Julia Dordel, Guido Tölke
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Jury Statement:
    The jury values the film for an exceptionally inspiring interpretation of the latest scientific research in the field of plant communication which can bring significant changes to the relationship of the forest and those who manage it.

Award of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences

  • Film: Even Big Data Starts Small
  • Director: Geoff Haines-Stiles
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Jury Statement:
    Big data? It is certain that however big it is already today, it brings huge changes to our lives. The jury appreciates the film’s treatment of the latest trends in the so-called citizen science, which is a growing space that gives data and its usage entirely new meanings.

Best Food Film Award

  • Film: Barbecue
  • Director: Matthew Salleh
  • Country of Origin: Australia
  • Jury Statement:
    Meat and fire… Since the dawn of human history these two things have symbolised survival. The jury recommends awarding the prize for the cinematic treatment of a story that can bring together the whole world.

LSFF 2017 Prize for Science Popularization

Jan Farkač

The Prize for Science Popularization and the statuette of Ops, the Goddess of Harvest, goes to Jan Farkač for his long-term effort in developing the project of “Biological Olympics” since 1993.