Ocean

Innovations Short Film Award WINNER

TURNING THE TIDE

Stramash Film

Turning the Tide conveys the story of innovative Scottish engineering company Orbital Marine Power's journey to help the fight against climate change by introducing a new form of renewable power to the world. The film highlights the company's focus on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a dramatic reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. Key to the story is the introduction of their O2 2MW turbine, which upon completion in 2021 will be the most powerful, technologically advanced tidal turbine in the world - destined to become the blueprint for how to produce low-cost tidal energy for millions.

SHORTLISTED for Innovations Short Film Award

LANDFILLS AS MUSEUMS: A WASTE STUDY

Slow Factory Foundation

Landfills as Museums is an educational initiative that challenges us to recognize landfills as sites of cultural importance, showing how waste can be incorporated into the product design process from the beginning in order to build sustainable circular systems.

This brief documentary shows the experiences and reactions of students and designers as they grapple with the nuanced realities of landfills and waste in our society today.

SHORTLISTED for Innovations Short Film Award

PROTECTING CORAL REEFS

BBC Storyworks

The film begins with a view of the Mediterranean sea off southern France. Over shots of the ocean, we hear how it provides most of the oxygen in the atmosphere, although most of us don’t know it. We see Philippe Sebaron, a marine biologist and professor at Sorbonne University, working in his aquatic laboratory, filled with fish, coral and other marine life. He tells us that he is studying the toxic effects of UV filters in some sunscreens on coral reefs, and working out which are the ingredients that should be removed. He talks about how his findings have led to Avene, of Pierre Fabre, taking out the most harmful molecules from their sun care products, as part of their commitment to protect the ocean.

We hear the extent of the damage that has so far been done to coral reefs – in 30 years, 30% of them have been irreversibly destroyed. As well as trying to reduce their environmental impact by changing their ingredients, Avene is supporting an initiative by PUR Projet, an ecosystem services organisation who are using artificial coral reefs to bring marine life back to the most affected areas in the so-called coral triangle, Bali. This attempt to rebuild ‘the rainforest of the ocean’ and support the biodiversity that depends on it has already been a success – we hear from Emilia, a marine ecosystems expert, who we see re-visiting the area where 80 synthetic reefs have now been implanted. She attests to the enormous impact she has already seen this innovative initiative to have, as we see shots of the fish who are already calling the new structures their home.

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CONSIDERED for Innovations Short Film Award

A STAGE FOR ALL SEASONS

Itty Imprints LLC

PLANTING A FOREST IN YOUR BACKYARD

letmebreathe.in (PLUC)

PROMOTING PEACE IN THE PANDEMIC

Hogan Lovells

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