Since 2007, the idyllic town of Eckernförde on the Baltic coast hosts the International Wildlife Film Festival GREEN SCREEN each year in September. Meanwhile, it has grown to become the largest wildlife film festival in Europe.
In 2017, about 18 100 visitors saw nearly one hundred spectacular nature related films and met with important representatives from commerce and politics as well as numerous international filmmakers, producers and many braodcasting commissioners.
GREEN SCREEN has established itself as an international meeting place for natural history filmmakers and offers a unique symbiosis to both professionals and public viewers: In a familiar and casual atmosphere, moviegoers can ask questions, give feedback and make suggestions to attending filmmakers. On the other hand, the filmmakers receive more than just audience ratings: here, they are able to experience the viewer's reactions to their productions first hand.
The five day festival programme includes numerous premieres at different venues as well as official opening festivities and a glamorous awards ceremony. Hundreds of productions are submitted each year and must convince both the pre-jury and the prize- jury in order to be nominated for one of the 16 awards categories and to win one of the coveted trophies made of Baltic sand from Eckernförde.
From the beginning, GREEN SCREEN is highly committed to supporting youth education. In 2017 alone, about 3 000 students watched various wildlife films and then took the opportunity to discuss with the filmmakers.
GREEN SCREEN has realised that the conservation of species in a healthy environment can only succeed if young people not only see the beauty of nature but also understand its growing endangerment.
The nomination jury has chosen the three best entries in 13 award categories.
More than 300 Wildlife films from 71 Countries submitted
Southern yellow-billed hornbill adorns the poster of the next international wildlife film festival
Green Screen, International Wildlife Film Festival Eckernförde once again draws an audience over 30 000 in 2017.