WANTED FILM ON THE RUN – CATEGORY: Craft Consciousness
Since the Craft Film Festival was born two years ago, we wanted to be a safe space for artists on the edges of film industry who find difficulties to distribute their films, for economic reasons or of any other kind. Besides that, we also wanted to appear as a festival with a firm conviction that big things can be done without disrespecting our environment. The concept that gives name to our project is crystal clear: we bet on the crafts, on joining small links to build strong chains, on a work done on a small scale, calm and precise, able of creating great products; we’re not interested in savage capitalism and globalization that turn art into a sort of fast-food multinational.
This strict ethical compromise is strongly linked to our sincere worries about one of the key problematics of our time: the environmental crisis. We are living a decisive historical moment. Our planet is close to a point of no return in subjects such as the irresponsible exploitation of our natural resources, the destruction of ecosystems or global warming. As long as governmental institutions in countries that are essential for the fight against this ecological disaster, like the USA, are infected with ignorant rulers who even dare to question scientific evidence about climate change, cinema will keep functioning as an indispensable anti-establishment movement capable of shaking our brains and counteracting the stagnation of politicians.
We know the spectators of our festival possess a highly developed conscience in terms of environmental causes. Proof is the winner of the audience award on the second edition was given to The Albino’s Trees, by Masakazu Kaneko, a film that talks about environment and the absurdity of the conflict between nature and civilization. Our mission as a festival is to maintain our compromise and responsibility with this injustice, that both the team and the audience consider unavoidable. That’s why we are right now looking for films that represent this problematic, as we want to continue to be a festival with an elevated ecological conscience and contribute, the best way we know, to the fight against climate change. If you are a filmmaker with a film of these characteristics, or you know anyone who is, share this article or send us directly your film through Film Freeway. You can find the link at the top of our website. Thank you all very much, and see you really soon!