London is incredibly important for film, acting and the written word. London is unbelievably good at producing people who are truly at the top of their respective games. From Alfred Hitchcock to Christopher Nolan, from Sir Ian McKellan to Idris Elba. London can now be seen to be the focus of films that are made for change, for global improvement, for equality.
London Eco- Film Festival is an event to inspire as well as inform, at a time where, due to global political, economical and environmental instability, millennials are questioning their ability to shape their own future. Individuals must be empowered, and we want to do that by demonstrating how important the actions of committed people can be. We want to combine the talent of filmmakers around the world with those people on the ground making a difference, which will provide a platform to demonstrate the difference that committed individuals can make.
LEFF19 will be presented primarily across three performance spaces and a three-screen cinema at one of the London’s most diverse and dynamic arts centres, Rich Mix. Also, with an ever-expanding number of fantastic venues across the city joining the LEFF19 screening network, there are going to be venues to cater for all tastes.
Scientists, environmentalists and naturalists study and protect the world in which we live, whereas filmmakers interpret and divulge this knowledge and expertise to society. The focus of the LEFF19 will be on youth and community impact across the Commonwealth and English speaking world - the people behind conservation.
Passionate individuals throughout the Commonwealth patrol national parks to prevent poaching and campaign to stop human/animal conflict, brave sub-freezing temperatures to take blood samples from polar bears and trek for days through a humid rainforest to set camera traps.
Putting their beliefs into practice, these conservation heroes are active social mobilisers, emphasising the benefits of grass roots conservation for local communities and creating awareness, as well as informed policy decision making through better understanding the problems on the ground. Individuals around the world make huge sacrifices in the name of conservation and we want to provide a platform to celebrate not just the results of conservation, but the people behind the success.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;