The seventh annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale
(EFFY), a student-run event being held April 3 to 11, has selected 26 films from hundreds of submissions representing more than 30 countries.
The festival lineup, which was announced today, includes “The Chinese Mayor,” a Sundance Film Festival award-winning film that provides an intimate glimpse of one official’s attempt to transform a polluted city in the face of a national system that makes it difficult to do so; “Monsoon,” an incomparable examination of the effects of the monsoon season in India which won the Audience Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival; and the U.S. premiere of “Umi Yama Aida,” an evocative film that illustrates the link between nature and humanity in Japanese culture.
This year, the festival has added a symposium where filmmakers, students, and faculty are invited to explore the intersection of academia and film. These workshops, held on Friday, April 3 in Kroon Hall will feature an introduction to the basics of filmmaking by Peabody Award-winning documentarian Ian Cheney
and an examination of effective environmental storytelling by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Paul Lussier
. The workshop will conclude with a lessons-learned presentation by David Gelber
, executive producer of the Showtime television series “Years of Living Dangerously.” EFFY is also screening one of its favorite films from the 2014 festival, the Oscar-nominated animated short “The Dam Keeper,” for New Haven school students.
All events will be held at venues across Yale University and are free and open to the public.