Voting opens to choose winners in tvebiomovies 2013 competition Tue, Oct 29, 2013

Now in its fourth successful year, tvebiomovies 2013 invited aspiring and established film-makers to submit film proposals in five languages - Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and English.

Friday October 25th -  After a record 565 film proposals from 75 countries were entered for this year’s tvebiomovies competition, the 14 finalists’ films selected to go into production today go live onYouTube ? marking the start of the two month voting period to find the ultimate 2013 winners by 19th December.

This year’s tvebiomovies finalists come from across the globe, from Bolivia, Cameroun, Canada, Colombia, France, Mauritius, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, the USA and the UK, with our film-makers ages ranging from two 15- year olds - Ronan Baranger fromConcarneau in France, and Connor Kelley from Pueblo West in Colorado, USA - to 39-year old Raúl Pérez Albrecht from La Paz in Bolivia. Their ambitious - sometimes poignant, sometimes whacky - one-minute films tackle a wide spectrum of big ideas on the environment; from halting global climate change to tackling marine pollution, from cutting back food waste to restoring degraded soils. They employ an equally wide range of techniques and styles to get their messages across ? from animation and music, to drama and satire.

Now it’s up to the global public to choose the winning films. With every view on YouTube notching up one vote, the winners will be the most watched films on the tvebiomovies website: with one victor to be chosen in each of seven categories, each film has a 50:50 chance to win. The films which attract the most YouTube views by December 19th will each receive a US$1,500 prize. 

UNEP (the UN Environment Programme) will also screen all 14 films at the next UN Climate Conference COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, on 11th November. 

Twenty-three year old contestant Marta Jordana Fuertes from Barcelona told us why she had decided to enter the competition. “A colleague told it to me - and I thought that it could be a good idea to promote environmental protection,” she said. “I love nature and as I studied screenplay, I just wanted to apply for it in order to collaborate a little on this topic.”

“I'm currently an independent animator working out of home,” wrote 21-year old Brooke Snider from Toronto, Canada. “I like the short film circuit and, in particular, tve's method of trying to raise environmental awareness through these short films. The idea of trying to explore such highly debated subjects and prove or convey a viewpoint in such a short amount of time (perhaps with limited resources) is fascinating to me.”

“We are a team of youngsters from Mauritius, studying chemistry, with a concern for the future of our planet. We endeavour to aim high and make the most of available resources,” emailed 26-year old Jalal Zumar Ahmud Laloo from Mauritius. “tvebiomovies 2013 provided us with the opportunity to impact the world by broadcasting our project to a world-wide audience.”

“I’m in high school,” explained French student Ronan Baranger, “I think the tvebiomovies, it's something great and cause i want to make something great - me too.”

Now in its fourth successful year, tvebiomovies 2013 invited aspiringand established film-makers to submit film proposals in five languages - Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and English. Entries could be made for seven individual categories - Climate Change; Seas and Oceans; Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity; People and the Planet; Food Waste; Sustainable Resource Initiative; and A World Worth Protecting, with the 14 short-listed finalists each given US$300 to make their films over the summer.

Notes to editors

  1. tvebiomovies is in its fourth year. The competition was launched in June 2013 with films from six cult YouTubers - BertieBertG (The Environment), Christopher Bingham (Nature (is dangerous)), proektKOZA (СУПЕР-КОНКУРС О ПРИРОДЕ!), KrisSdeNerf (Concours TVEBiomovies 2013 (jusqu'à 1500$)),Pillelo (Una triste historia que TU puedes cambiar), and matugarces (¿CÓMO GANAR 1500 USD?)- on the tve biomovies website: to date, their films have been viewed 207,581 times on the tvebiomovies website.tvebiomovies 2013 received 565 entries, an increase of 32 per cent above the 2012 total, from 75 countries. 
  2. tvebiomovies 2013 is supported by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for the Climate Change and Food Waste film categories; the Lighthouse Foundation for the Seas and Oceans category; Biodiversity International for the Agriculture and Forest Diversity category; The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation for the People and The Planet category; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the Sustainable Resource Initiative (films in this category must come from the 63 EBRD member states); and WWF-UK for the category A World Worth Protecting.

  3. tve has been making films about the environment and development for 29 years, broadcasting to millions of viewers worldwide and distributing films through DVD, internet and community screenings to hundreds of thousands more every year. Find out more at

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