International Mountain Day spotlights Nepal’s youth and the environment

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We Are All Connected”, a short film competition organized on the occasion of International Mountain Day by WWF Nepal in partnership with the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, gave motion to the muse – the environment.

Using film as the medium and two-minutes as a window, the competition provided young people, aged between 16 and 35 years, the space to articulate their relationship with the natural environment.

The competition received entries from 29 budding filmmakers from various districts of Nepal, out of which seven were shortlisted and the top-three selected based on their originality, storytelling and production quality by an independent and non-partial panel of judges comprising young Nepalese filmmakers and media personalities.

The seven shortlisted films were screened and awards were presented to the top three at the first day of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival coinciding with International Mountain Day on December 11, 2013.

Now”, an animated video by Mr. Surendra Prajapati, 31 years, was judged the best video which centered on the ‘tree of life’ as the central protagonist and a call for simple actions to help save trees and the planet.
The video can be viewed from the following link: Click here.

Urja” or Energy was awarded the second prize which drew a parallel between the lives and behaviors of two different girls of a common age but different societies. Team Ayush, comprising of four young environmental enthusiasts, all under the age of 25, produced the video.
The video can be viewed from the following link: Click here.

Choice”, produced by Nimesh Shrestha, 19 years, was awarded the third prize which depicted the life of a typical teenager living in Kathmandu who cribs and complains about everything until she decides to make a change starting from herself.
The video can be viewed from the following link: Click here.

The top three winners were awarded with certificates and cash prizes worth Rs. 50,000, Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively.

At the event, Dr. Ghana S Gurung, Conservation Program Director of WWF Nepal, unveiled the organization’s plans of launching the ambitious youth-driven campaign titled ‘The Generation Green’ that would create newer platforms and opportunities for the youth to engage in change for the sake of a living planet.