Eco-Oscars

Student filmmakers vie for top prize at the Ecological Society of America's film fest

Elie Dolgin
Aug 13, 2008
The green carpet was rolled out on August 4 for the first-ever linkurl:Ecological Society of America;http://www.esa.org/students/section/?q=node/51 (ESA) Student Ecofilm Festival, part of the ESA's linkurl:annual meeting;http://www.esa.org/milwaukee/ in Milwaukee, WI. There was no popcorn in sight, but there was plenty of beer and chips to go around -- this is a city founded on brewing, after all.The Ecofilm Festival was the brainchild of linkurl:Alan Covich,;http://www.ecology.uga.edu/people/faculty/covich.htm an ecologist at the University of Georgia and former ESA president. Covich devised the event as a way for students to engage in linkurl:educational outreach.;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53611/ Young ecologists cum filmmakers were invited to submit 5-7 minute short movies in one of three categories: "methods in ecology," "pure nature," and "humans and the environment." A panel of eight judges -- seven ESA members together with the EarthDance Environmental Film Festival's founding director linkurl:Zakary Zide;http://www.zakaryzide.com/ -- then chose the best film in each category. The winners received a free...

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