In 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched the first-ever Forest Heroes Awards and Forest Film Festival in celebration of the International Year of Forests. The success of this effort was the inspiration for the 2012/2013 UN Forests for People Awards.Photo credit: United Nations Forum on Forests
Short Film festival
Each entry shares a unique story of how forests inspire and contribute to our lives. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat partnered with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to honor film makers who capture relationships between forests and the people who depend on them. This year’s Film Festival was for short films of five minutes or less. 128 entries from 38 countries competed to win. An international jury awarded 5 films.
All over the world people are working in quiet and heroic ways to sustain, protect and manage our forests. The Forest Hero Awards celebrates these “unsung” heroes who inspire positive change for forests.
Watch nature film making at its most raw and innovative – An Unseen World by Paul Rosolie – one of 5 winning films from the International Forests Short Film Festival. Watch it here or on 24 September at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
In Ma Forêt, a talented young film maker and writer, Sebastien Pins tells the evocative tale of a forest seen through the eyes of a boy. Watch it here or on 24 September at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
Green tells the story of habitat loss and the resultant impact on orangutans. This gripping film won at the International Forests Film Festival. Watch it here or at the Great Apes Summit.
Congratulations Rowan Pybus! Amazing Grace is a finalist at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The film is a window into the complex relationship between a charcoal burner and forests.
Meet Forest Hero Madison Vorva at the Great Apes Summit on 24 September! Hear how she and fellow Girl Scout Rhiannon Tomtishen have raised awareness on endangered orangutans and their rain-forest habitat.
Watch Reynaldo – the inspiring tale of how one man can make a difference! This short film won at the 2013 International Forests Short Film Festival. Watch it here or on 24 Sep at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
Feel Like A Mountain, a voyage of self discovery by 19-year old filmmaker Alonso Vasquez. This coming of age story is full of hope and won accolades at the International Forests Short Film Festival.