Wasted Film Competition Results; shortly after Film:New Forest announced the New Forest Film Festival for 2019, spudWORKS got in touch and asked if we would also like to support their inaugural sustainability themed short film competition "WASTED" as one of the festival events, it was an easy decision - of course!

The competition received over 500 international entries, all concerning our environment. The team at spud whittled these down to a final 10, of which were showcased to the judges ahead of the main event which took place on June 16th at spudWORKS in Sway.

One of the judges and also winner of the Zero Budget "Forest Solace" Libby Watt beautifully summarized the evening "The selected ten films were a poignant nod to the raw passion evoked within all of us regarding our planet, our global concern being the same in every language. One film featured an American young child hiding his father’s car tyre in a bid to keep him off the road and contributing to climate change, another featured a Spanish stop motion character called Mr Green who endeavoured to battle garbage monsters.

Our personal favourite was Irene Cubell’s Baked Fish, which was a decision supported by the fellow judging team. It won both Adult and People’s Choice, and we could not be happier to have been introduced to this incredible piece of film. The animation depicts the journey of a fish from sea to plate through a substitute use of a plastic bottle, highlighting the damage our sealife encouter for the sake of our culinary pleasure."

A highlight of the evening was the viewing of 73 Cows by Alex Lockwood. The thought provoking, BAFTA winning short film explores the story of a beef farmer no longer able to deal with the guilt of slaughtering his cattle. Lockwood follows farmer Jay Wilde as he endeavours to sell his herd to a sanctuary and become a meat free farmer, with breathtaking cinematography capturing the emotional torment of Wilde while he describes the relationship he has with his cattle. The film shies away from prejudice and is careful to not be misconstrued as a pro-vegan film, instead focusing on the emotion between farmer and herd.

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