2. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EARTH TALKS

Films, entertainment and knowledge for people who care.

EARTH TALKS – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

COMPETITIVE AWARDS FESTIVAL IN PRAGUE

A showcase of documentaries from around the world, lectures by experts, discussions with directors and celebrities, workshops, concerts, exhibitions, program for children. Films which by their form and content contribute most to a sustainable future of life on our planet will be awarded by an international jury.

Every year in October in Prague.

40 FILM FESTIVALS AROUND THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The best documentaries, lectures, concerts, workshops and themed events for public during the year in 40 towns around the Czech Republic.
Around the Czech Republic from November 2017 till April 2018.

PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS

Films, competitions and interactiv education program for children from selected primary and secondary schools. At the moment there are more than 240 participating schools from the Czech Republic.

Every year exclusively for schools from November till April.

WHAT DO WE OFFER

MEANINGFUL ENTERTAINMENT
Come to have fun, experience something and watch the movies, in which your breath is taken away. You will leave full of new impressions, new thoughts and inspiration to find meaningfulness in your lives.

EXPANDING OF VISION AND FINDING SOLUTIONS
We all know about global issues, but we often have no idea how we can help. Come and expand your horizon, share your views or discuss them. Join us in finding solutions to do things differently.

SHARING WITH OTHERS
People who teach us, people who inspire us, people who have something to say. It’s not just celebrities, filmmakers and experts from different areas who honoured the festival with their participation, but also you and your friends with whom you can experience things together.

INTERNATIONAL JURY

MICHAEL HAVAS

A New Zealand documentary filmmaker and producer with Czech roots is the honorary chairman of the jury for the International Film Festival Earth Talks 2017.

He is credited with more than 60 films, with a significant amount winning international awards. Through his work, he tries to highlight  the remainingparts of virgin nature and their inhabitants and protect it from civilization, and the environmental impact.

Thanks to his endless pursuit of documentation of life, events and human lives, his work has led him to the university auditoriums, where he lectures on visual anthropology.

“At the Earth Talks festival, I especially appreciate the fact that it shows the world in a broader context. I look forward to the role of chairman of the jury of this festival, ” said Michael Havas heartedly.

JOANA JEDRUSIK

Jury, Poland

An independent Polish film critic, screenwriter, producer, environmental activist and, above all prominent artist, who is also a member of the Polish Artists’ Association. Throughout her life, she has been involved in studio painting, designing book cover, and writing texts about art and film.

She has had 19 solo exhibitions in Poland, Germany, Australia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Joanna Jedrusik is also the scriptwriter and co-director of the feature documentary “Circles on the Water” (2006).

“Documentaries are more important than fiction films: they boldly depict some of the world’s most momentous issues as opposed to providing yet another means of distraction.” Joanna Jedrusik says enthusiastically.

MgA. JAN SVATOŠ

Jury, CZ

A photographer and director of more than ten documentary films. His films are known for a deep interest in the chosen subject, which he reveals in new and often quite shocking connections. Through his films, he tries to overcome typical cultural and social stereotypes. He is intensively dedicated to the issues of the environment. Jan Svatoš accepted the position on the jury at the International Film Festival Earth Talks 2017 with a great enthusiasm.

“I am very pleased with the Earth Talks Festival, and I also think that film platform needs to highlight the unconventional wildlife documents,” added Jan Svatoš

THOMAS LICHTAG

Jury, CZ

Singer, musician and frontman of the famous band Airfare. Their single “Sorry Baby” broke all music charts a few years ago. Listeners still love this song today.

The youngest member of the jury, Thomas Lichtag, is delighted to join such a great project as the International Film Festival Earth Talks 2017.

“I like projects that have the courage to tell the story the way it really is … without embellishment and commercial influence. I always rate the film  depending on if it appeals to me and tells the whole story or not, “says Thomas enthusiastically.

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RICH BAXTER

Jury, Zimbabwe

Richard Baxter is a Research Assistant, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies on University of Zürich. He is a reputable scientist and a co-organizer of the Global Eco Film Festival 2017.

His leading projects are saving the species and restore habitats across the globe. He has worked in the Seychelles with Aldabra Giant Tortoises, in Mauritius on Pink Pigeons and in Siberia he was monitoring permafrost and tundra change.

Baxter is also an avid wildlife photographer and has an insatiable appetite for film, having consulted and assisted on productions by Starlite Pictures, National Geographic, Silverback Productions and the BBC Natural History Unit.

COMEPTITION SECTION

An international jury of experts will award documentary films in the following competition film sections:

MOMENTS

Short documentary films

FASCINATED BY NATURE

Documentary films that show nature in its most diverse form and help to strengthen the relationship between humans and nature.

RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY

Documentary films about the development of society, education, health, gender issues, communities, lives of inspiring celebrities, social movements, experiments and human values. Films that document mutual influence of society and nature, and outline the social solutions and the concept of sustainability.

DEVELOPMENT: SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Documentary films that bring new technological, scientific knowledge and solutions about the sustainability of life on our planet.

IN BALANCE: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND THE ECONOMY

Documentary films dealing with human consumption, economic growth, sustainability and responsibility, such as the approach of society to waste, etc.

THROUGH CHILDREN’S EYES

Documentary films for children

FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM

Feature length documentary film

PREVIOUS YEAR

The International festival of documentary films on sustainable development Ekotopfilm was the first edition of the festival in 2016.

Competitive festival toook place in October 15 – 19, 2016 in Prague hotel Olšanka. From November 2016 to May 2017 visited another 50 cities around the Czech Republic. The festival was drawing attention to the extinction of endangered species with a campaign called ”We are running out of actors” , which has in April 2017received a prestigious award – the “Louskáček”.

81
FILMS
23
COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD
72 000
VISITORS
50
CITIES

AWARDED FILMS OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR

ABOUT THE ORGANISER

Ekotopfilm s. r. o., based in Czech Republic, promotes and organises the international film festival Earth Talks. The company was founded in 2016 with the mission to help find solutions for a sustainable future of our planet through film, entertainment and knowledge. The emergence of the festival was inspired by other similar festivals abroad. For the first edition of the festival, which was called Ekotopfilm, films were loaned by an affiliate festival from Slovakia. The first edition of the festival had 72 000 visitors in 50 cities. In 2017, the festival runs under the new name Earth Talks and is completely independent.

FRANTIŠEK ŠTEFAN
Founder and festival director

STEVE LICHTAG
Honorary President