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Green Film Festival @UEA encourages sustainability conversations

Members of the public are invited to the third annual Green Film Festival @UEA, which aims to raise awareness around global environmental issues and encourage conversation about solutions.

The free annual event at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which usually attracts around 500 visitors, runs from 3–5 May with film screenings on a variety of key environmental issues such as climate change, global environmental politics, extinction, and issues of ethical food production.

The event will come to a close with an all-day interactive exhibition on Saturday 5 May with stalls from local organisations and artists, tours, talks, workshops and discussion panels.

UEA experts from the Schools of Biological Sciences, International Development, and Art, Media, and American Studies will showcase their research around themes such as forest governance and biodiversity.

The interactive exhibition and workshops involve the local branches of Greenpeace and Climate Hope Action in Norfolk (CHAIN), the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), the Broads Authority, FarmShare, Norwich Community Solar and Norwich Food Hub, Norwich Sustainable Living Initiative and local artists, amongst other groups.

It will take place in the state-of-the-art Enterprise Centre, which is known for its green credentials for meeting the highest energy and environmental standards. The Enterprise Centre’s low carbon design and bio-renewable building materials have won a total of 29 national and international awards to date.

Catrin Darsley, Sustainable Development Manager for the University, said: “The Green Film Festival at UEA is a highlight of our event calendar each year, and an amazing opportunity to share new and popular films and documentaries with people from across the region. I’m personally very excited about our programme this year, and in particular our new collaborations with local artists.”

The John Jarrold Trust and the Enterprise Centre sponsor the event, which has been organised by  Sustainable UEA, the School of Art, Media and American Studies, and community groups Climate Hope Action in Norfolk (CHAIN) and Norwich Greenpeace.

There’s also a final chance to view the WHOLE EARTH? exhibition, a 60-,eter long installation highlighting sustainability issues, before it moves from UEA in June.

Christine Cornea, Event Organiser and Lecturer in the Department of Film, Television, and Media, added: “It is great to see people from different schools across the University taking positive action to raise awareness about some of our planet’s most important issues.”

“This event offers a much needed focus for multi-disciplinary research and engagement at UEA and enables us to engage mixed audiences in topical sustainable development issues.”

Attendees are encouraged to start online discussion by tweeting their thoughts and ideas throughout the Festival via @GreenFilmsUEA and @SustainableUEA.

Film screenings, workshops and tours are free, but there are limited places. To book, click here.

Booking is not necessary for the interactive showcase on Saturday, which is open for people to freely attend throughout the day.