REEL EARTH: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Kia Ora. Welcome to Reel Earth, the leading film festival in the Southern Hemisphere with a focus on nature and the environment. Hosted in New Zealand’s magnificent Manawatu region: a thriving riverside community with a rich culture of heartland values, commitment to sustainability, and vibrant science and education realm.
New Zealand is globally renowned for the creative expression in film and for its unrivaled and superb natural environment, making it the perfect place to host an international film festival focused on nature and the environment.
Reel Earth sprang from humble origins in 2004, thanks to a small band of friends with a shared passion for film and a sustainable future. Their vision, to encourage environmental awareness, sustainability and changing attitudes through film, continues to underpin the festival. Today Reel Earth has flourished to become recognized by filmmakers and audience alike as a festival that seeks, selects, and accolades the best new films from around New Zealand and around the world, in a juried annual competition.
In recognition of the Festival’s impact and excellence, Reel Earth achieved Finalist status in New Zealand’s annual Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards in 2011. The 2013 season saw the introduction of a series of Public Forums on Water issues and the further development of Filmmaker Forums. We’ve also been ‘breaking down walls’, taking film into new and interesting spaces.
For filmmakers, Reel Earth offers a magnificent reason to visit one of the world’s amazing natural treasures – and most welcoming countries. We offer unparalleled access to an Australasian audience, a professional platform to celebrate nature and sustainability, and the opportunity to test creativity among peers, jurists, and film and environment enthusiasts.
Reel Earth’s annual awards Gala, The Reel Big Night Out, celebrates and honours the best of the international competition films, national films, and children’s films.
REEL EARTH ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL PRINCIPAL FUNDER IS PALMERSTON NORTH CITY COUNCIL.