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Chasing Ice at the Science Film Festival

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MiniPhilippines.com was lucky to get the last invite from new media colleague Azrael for the premier film showing of “Chasing Ice,” a film that showed the tricky assignment of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog on the melting glaciers of the Arctic region. This National Geographic project was to capture images that help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. But instead of showing graphs, charts and statistics, Bolog’s time-lapse photographs clearly proved what the scientists and environmentalists have been saying all along — that mountains of ice have been disappearing at a breathtaking and alarming rate. For the first time, you can watch “Global Warming” on film rather than read it. Chasing Ice has won several awards, including from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival.

The film showing was done yesterday evening at the Alliance Française de Manille in Makati City, organized by the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of the United States of America, with the participation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). A crowd of new media bloggers representing Azrael’s Merryland, Juan Manila Express, Work@Home Pinas and RogueWriter, to name a few, and teachers and other guests were treated to wine, juices and a variety of food before everyone was ushered to the auditorium of the French cultural center. The director of the Goethe Institut, Dr. Petra Raymond, spoke about the film and the entire Science Film Festival (click this link for more information) that will take place between yesterday, November 4, until November 29, 2013. Films will be shown at the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Manila Ocean Park, Museo Pambata, Philippine Science Centrum, Quezon City Science Interactive Center, Ablan Foundation, the U.S. Embassy Manila, SM City Baguio, SM City Clark, SM City Lanang in Davao, NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center and inside the Department Of Science Technology’s Science Explorer Bus that will be toured in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Desiree Gestiada of Manila Ocean Park and Ivan Roblas from the Department of Science and Technology both hosted the evening’s preliminaries of introductions and speeches from the representatives of three organizations sponsoring the film showing.

Thirty films from 18 countries were selected by a Film Selection Jury composed of luminaries in the field of science and technology, culture, biodiversity and media. The films are divided in categories such as Family Edutainment, Ecology and Environment, Natural Science, Life Science & Technology, and Culture and History. The festival has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, meanwhile becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach with 130,000 visitors in 2010, 240,000 in 2011 and 370,000 visitors in 2012.

The theme of the festival this year 2013 is “Energy and Sustainability.” It looks at what solutions science and technology can offer in safeguarding the resources and benefits of the present for future generations and why civilization might be facing its greatest collective challenge in history this century.

The Science Film Festival 2013, being held internationally from October 7 – December 15, 2013, takes place in Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestine, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

For more information, you can visit the Science Film Festival 2013 website of the Goethe Institut. You may also “Like” their Facebook Page and view the photos and posts about the festival, or message the organization for more information.

Photos by @raffypekson via MniPhilippines.com

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