Vaasa Wildlife Festival


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25 September Friday 2020
27 September Sunday 2020
9/25/2020 to 9/27/2020.
Location: Main library

Vaasa Wildlife Festival is an international nature film festival and it has been organized in Vaasa since 2002. Festival's themes are related to climate change, people's relationship with Nature and its conservation.  

Festival day 25.9.

Screening of 2018 winning films, free admission, limited audience
(max. 40 seats)

12-12.15 Daroji Sugandhi Gadadhar, India 2016, 15 min (language: ENG, text: FIN)

A short film for children, introducing them to wildlife with Bindu, a female Indian Sloth Bear, that tells the story of different families, including her own. Bindu shares a friendly note with her audience, suggesting that humans and animals can co-exist in harmony.

12.15-12.30 Blue tomorrow Numan Ayaz, Turkey 2017, 15 min (best animated film 2018)

A man who lives alone on his island goes on an unknown journey caused by the rising ocean. After witnessing a catastrophe on the way, he finds hope again with other people. But when the ocean rises again he makes an unexpected decision to head to the unknown…

12.30-12.40 The Pale Horse – Coral Apocalypse, 8 min (language: ENG) The Jetlagged, Hendrik S. Schmitt, Claudia Schmitt, Germany 2017

Our world climate is changing. We can already feel it, but other organisms sense it quicker than us and even more drastically. Such are tropical, reef-building corals. Their polyps react very sensitive to changing conditions like water quality and in particular the surrounding ocean temperature: the stress caused by rising temperatures drives them to expel symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white.

12.40-13.00 Grassroots Frank Oly, Tegan Nock, 20 min, Australia (text: FIN or SVE)

As a soil specialist, Guy Webb has spent years, searching for ways to improve the health of Australia’s degraded farming soils. When he stumbles upon a piece of microbial research, that is a breakthrough in soil science, he inadvertently becomes responsible for ensuring that this essential knowledge is not lost. With the help of the farmers around him, he sets himself the challenge to take scientific knowledge and transform it into a practical technology to be used across the globe. Grassroots follows Guy Webb and his friends, unlikely heroes, on a quest to bring a genuine climate change solution to the world.

klo 14.00-15.00 Queen without Land, Arctic Light, Asgeir Helgestad, Norja 2017, 53 min (language: ENG, text: FIN) – The best Nordic film 2018

A beautiful film about a polar bear mother and her cubs, living on the arctic islands of Svalbard. We follow Frost through five years, and learn how she is affected by rising temperatures as ice disappears from her fjords. She is not the only one to be affected by climate change, but the whole ecosystem is changing.

klo 17.00-17.30 Penguins Spring Mario Nardin, Italy 20 min
(language: IT, text: FIN, SVE)

The film depicts the life of penguins in the Antarctic as they move from the icy sea to the mainland to nest.

klo 17.30-18.30 White Wolves-The Ghosts of the Arctic Gulo Film, Doclights/ NDR Naturfilm, Oliver Goetz, Ivo Nörenberg, Alain Lusignan, Germany 2018, 56min (language: ENG)

At the very northern edge of Canada is Ellesmere Island, where the unforgiving Arctic winds tear through the tundra, dipping temperatures to 40 below zero. With never-before-seen footage of wolf family life, this film is a dramatic and touching story of loyalty, companionship and devotion and an epic true tale that reveals the struggles and triumphs of a family working to survive in one of the last great wildernesses on Earth.

Festival day 26.9.

Screening of 2018 winning films, free admission, limited audience
(max. 40 seats)
11.00-11.30 The fight for the Arctic Deutsche Welle, Science Docu, Andreas Ewels, Norbert Porta, Germany 2018, 26 min (language: ENG)
The Arctic ice is retreating due to climate change. The region’s once inaccessible raw materials have caught the attention of major world powers.
11.30-12.00 World without Insects Andreas Ewels, Norbert Porta, ZDF, Germany 2018, 29 min (language: ENG, text: FIN)
First the insects die, then the birds and then the humans. In parts of Central Europe, as many as 70% of all insects are extinct and even the birds are less. In China there are no more insects in some places and humans have to pollinate the plants themselves. The film shows in an impressive way the decline of insects and birds. The authors show a variety of causes and offer solutions.

klo 14.00-15.00 The Secret Life of Materials Metfilm Production, APT / Artfactual, Ohj. Panos Raptis, United Kingdom, Greece, 2016, 60 min

From the earliest tool hewn from a piece of stone to implanted bionics, the history of human civilization is a history of materials. We embark on a journey, across Europe, to meet the pioneer of material science and reveal their extraordinary discoveries that are transforming our world.

klo 17.00-18.30 SPECIAL SCREENING Pihkaa sielussa Arttu Kotisara 51min/ Finland 2019
(language: FIN, text: ENG)

Pihkaa sielussa -film is based on an early summer canoe trip on a wilderness river. The incredibly wonderful Finnish nature with its forests and swamps is starring the film. However, in addition to observing nature and its changes, the hike also creates a reflective journey into the history of the filmmaker’s lifelong relationship with nature and to the present day.

Festival day 27.9.

Screening of 2018 winning films, free admission, limited audience
(max. 40 seats)
klo 11.00-12.00 Life behind the Stars, 291 science film, Daniel Vega, Spain 2016, 52 min (language: ENG, text: FIN)
Everything that surrounds us, animals, the air we breathe, the water we drink, is composed of atoms that were created inside the stars. We are made of star-stuff. Recent scientific findings highlight an even deeper and disturbing idea. The role of the stars doesn’t stop there. Not only they created the matter, the atom s that make living things. They may also be responsible for creating, evolving and extinguishing life anywhere in the universe. Here begins an adventure to discover a natural phenomenon hidden from our eyes; the cosmic radiation.

klo 14.00-15.00 Budapest Inferno Filmjungle, Balazs Lerner, Gergely Balazs, David Attila, Molnar, Zsolt Marcell Toth, Hungary 2017, 52 min
(language: ENG, text: FIN)

Recently cave divers and biologists have found previously unknown species under the picturesque capital of Hungary. The Molnár János Cave, the largest underwater thermokarst cave in Europe, has many more secrets to store. Following decided explorers ‘Budapest Inferno’ reveals the never before seen underground wonders of Budapest and the deepest secrets of evolution.

klo 17.00-18.30 Lemming -The Giant of the North
(The best film of the festival 2018 ) Wild Tales Productions, Doclights NDR Naturfilm, Zoltan Török, Janne Henriksson, Germany 2017, 50 min (language: ENG, text: FIN)

They are small, angry, and every four years they appear in large numbers out of nowhere. Meet the norway lemming, perhaps the most misunderstood and mystical animal in the Nordic fells.