Get ready for Green Screen – the Environmental Film Festival 2017. Green Screen is an annual festival of top local, regional and international films that highlight crucial environmental issues.
Green Screen is a production of Sustain T&T, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to highlighting issues of environmental conservation, alternative energy, climate change, social justice and sustainable development.
Green Screen 2017 will feature over 50 films, mostly free to the public, as well as panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, Q&A’s and other special events to facilitate conversation and action on critical issues facing T&T.
Now celebrating its seventh year, Green Screen, the Environmental Film Festival, will begin on November 2nd with a gala Opening Night screening of Death by a Thousand Cuts at Digicel IMAX. With stunning cinematography and a poignant intimacy, this gripping documentary thriller examines the unsolved murder of a Dominican ranger, amidst the battle to save the Dominican Republic’s protected forests from being depleted by Haitian nationals who scour the hills for fuel.
The event is the festival’s major annual fundraiser. Special corporate packages are available. The festival will run from November 2nd to 10th, with free screenings, receptions, panels on issues like disaster preparedness, indigenous women’s activism, marine conservation and the cocoa industry.
This year’s theme, In Deep, signifies commitment to the cause of sustainable development; focuses attention on marine resources; and, calls for action in the wake of severe hurricanes toward the development of comprehensive disaster preparedness planning.
Each year we highlight issues of sustainability and conservation for secondary school students through the medium of film, with free screenings for school groups at Digicel IMAX. We have hosted over 5,000 pupils over the years.
How you can help
Sustain T&T is inviting members of the private sector to invest in the education of the nation’s youth by sponsoring school groups to attend this year’s Green Screen Schools Screenings, which will take place at Digicel IMAX on November 3, 6 and 7. Sponsorship enables students to attend the films and discussions at no cost to them.
This year’s festival features several collaborations and special events. Green Screen has teamed up with various organisations to present the following panel discussions:
Our Waters | November 4, Medulla Gallery 10 am
This discussion will explore what individuals and institutions can do to ensure we preserve and protect our marine resources. In conjunction with the Institute for Marine Affairs, Sustain T&T has produced the films The Bottle and Nature Man to bring these issues to light.
Disaster Preparedness – How ready are we? | November 4, Medulla Art Gallery 12 noon
Recent hurricanes have changed the Caribbean forever, T&T needs to reflect on our readiness for natural and man made disasters. How ready are we? This panel discussion will bring together public and private sector actors to assess our preparedness and response capability across sectors. A short film series on Climate Change will be precede the panel. Discussion starts at 1:15 pm.
Women & the Environment: Eco-Feminism | November 4, Medulla Art Gallery 6:30 pm
This discussion will focus on women’s activism for environmental justice internationally. The panel will include civil society, social scientists and activists. The discussion will follow the screening of two documentaries: The First Place, The Last Place, and Feed the Green.
Sweet Talk: Chocolate Film Series & Talk | November 9, Medulla Art Gallery 6 pm
We present a series of films exploring the cocoa and chocolate industries in Grenada, Belize and the Dominican Republic, followed by a discussion about the development and current state of the cocoa and chocolate industries in T&T. The films and discussion will be followed by a reception.
Green Screen 2017 will close with on a festive note with a closing party at, #6 Scott Street, St. Clair on November 10th.
Green Screen 2017 is sponsored by Atlantic, Sagicor, The Canadian Embassy, Guardian Media and Culturego.