Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Coming to Abaco in 2012!

The internationally acclaimed traveling Wild and Scenic Film Festival will make three stops in Abaco: Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Treasure Cay. Hosted locally by Friends of the Environment the Film Festival is designed around environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Featured films include “Bag It” a humorous look at combatting the increasing use of plastic in everyday life, “Witness” about the role of photography in conservation, and the “1% story” about innovative corporations and their role in saving the planet. The finale will be “What’s so great about turtles?” the winner of the 2010 Spotlight Abaco student film competition sponsored by Friends of the Environment and Loggerhead Productions. James Boyce, the winner, worked with Director Matthew McCoy to make the short film about the recent ban on turtles. This year there will be a One Minute film competition for youth and a conservation photo contest for adults. Details will be announced at the film festivals.

FRIENDS received a grant to host the Festival based on the concept that people who aren’t interested in other kinds of environmental events may be attracted to watching films on the big screen. Especially as film festivals aren’t often available in Abaco. FRIENDS members will receive a half price entry to the Festival and a raffle ticket, new members who sign up at the film festival will get a free entry and a raffle ticket (family and individual memberships will be available) and there will be full price tickets ($10) for those who choose not to become a FRIENDS member.

The Marsh Harbour film festival will be held at New Vision Ministries from 7 – 9 on Friday, January 6th. There will be a slate of films for grown-ups in the parish hall and a special set of films and activities for kids in the Youth Group’s “Zone Room.”

The Film Festival will visit Hope Town Harbour Lodge on Saturday, January 28th from 6 – 8 p.m. and the Treasure Cay Community Center on Friday February 3rd from 6 – 8 p.m. For more information visit the Friends of the Environment web page: or the event page on Facebook!

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