The corona epidemic has hit many film festivals hard, including us. But we won’t let ourselves get down. The festival must go on. That is why we want to hold the Uranium Film Festival 2020 in Berlin from October 15th to 18th.
The International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) was founded a few months before the Fukushima nuclear accident happened. No other film festival in Germany or worldwide shows the full range of nuclear threats from uranium mining to nuclear waste and brings so many films about nuclear and radioactive dangers to the cinema. The Uranium Film Festival is the only festival in the world that is dedicated to the topic of radioactivity and the entire atomic fuel chain and fills an important gap in the film festival landscape.
Just one year after the first International Uranium Film Festival 2011 of Rio de Janeiro, the festival was also also organized in Berlin and has become today an indisputable part of Berlin’s cultural landscape and festival scene. Since 2012 the Uranium Film Festival has brought numerous German premieres and dozens of international filmmakers to Berlin.
This time in October the festival program includes 14 films from 10 countries: https://uraniumfilmfestival.org/de/programm-berlin-2020
Co-organizer of IUFF Berlin 2020 is the ICBUW, other cooperation partners are IALANA, IPPNW, Sayonara Nukes Berlin and the Peace Bell Society Berlin.
The International Uranium Film Festival is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Umweltbundesamt.
What is the funded money used for?
We want to bring as many filmmakers as possible to Berlin so that they can present their films in person and exchange ideas with the audience.
The exchange between the filmmakers and the audience and also between the filmmakers themselves is particularly important to us. Through Q & A with the public and interviews the presence of Filmmakers can significantly increase the impact of the films on the audience and improves the media’s attention for the films, filmmakers and the festival.
In a few cases, the presence of the filmmakers in Berlin is supported by the production companies, state representatives or cultural institutes. Because of the importance of the festival, others even travel at their own expense if the festival at least covers the hotel costs.
Advertising too is important to bring audience to the festival and distribute the festival’s message. We would like to reach as many spectators as possible. Since the support of several sponsors is no longer available due to the economic difficulties caused by COVID-19. The festival needs more additional donations. Every cent goes directly to the Uranium Film Film Festival Berlin.
Why is the project an EcoCrowd project?
Nuclear power concerns everyone!
With our films, events and exhibitions, we want to attract the broadest possible public. Nuclear power concerns us all and will continue to do so for many years to come. Even if all nuclear power plants and all uranium mines should one day may have been shut down, for thousands of years our societies will still be responsible for the radioactive remains, nuclear waste dumps and the highly radioactive nuclear waste.
The Uranium Film Festival Berlin is therefore aimed at everyone and at all ages. From young people to retirees. From students to professors, Berliners and non-Berliners. Radioactive risks, nuclear waste and nuclear disasters such as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima must neither be forgotten nor played down.
Even if the nuclear phase-out has already been decided in Germany, other countries such as Brazil, China, India, Russia and several countries in Africa continue to or intend to invest in nuclear energy. In addition, even Germany is still a long way from solving the problem of nuclear waste. Furthermore, NATO and other Armies still use uranium ammunition leaving behind toxic and redioactive contaminated battlefields and military training areas and thousands of human victims. With the festival we can reach a wide audience, and in contrast to the classic transfer of knowledge via print media, work-shops or speaches, movies make the context visually, emotionally and intellectually tangible. Also because of that, International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) is partnering the Uranium Film Festival since 2012.
Around 20 countries have effective tank and bunker busting ammunition with depleted uranium, also known as DU ammunition. Depleted uranium (DU) is waste of the nuclear industry produced during the enrichment process to get nuclear fuel and weapons-grade uranium. DU-ammunition was and is used in war zones. When the projectiles hit armored surfaces, the ammunition bursts into explosive splinters at high temperatures, creating radioactive dust. This leads to epidemic malformations in newborns and to high rates of cancer diseases such as leukemia. The festival in Berlin will present a new important film on this subject, „Balentes – The Brave Ones“ by Lisa Camillo:
The cinema in the KulturBrauerei is easily accessible by public transport. The respective underground and suburban railway stations are equipped with lifts. All event rooms are barrier-free for people with physical disabilities. Wheelchair and walker parking spaces are available. A reduction on the admission price is granted not only for schoolchildren and students but also for the disabled.
The IUFF program is open to the public and for everyone. In addition to the opportunity to attend the cinema screenings, the detailed presentation in the program booklet and the multilingual IUFF website www.uraniumfilmfestival.org provide permanent information on the films and the underlying topics.
The festival itself will be documented by Falko Seidel and the photographer Marek Karakasevic and video interviews will be produced for sustainable evaluation. The website content, trailers and video clips are also distributed via social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Xing) and via our German and international YouTube channel. A film database, the “Yellow Archive” for atomic films, was set up and now includes well over 250 films.
We work consistently with eco-certified, fair trade, regional and recycled resources and use them conscientiously and sparingly. We use renewable energy and recommend our guests from other continents to use climate-neutral flights for their journey.
Tell us something about yourself.
The Uranium Film Festival was founded in 2010 by German journalist, filmmaker and book author Norbert G. Suchanek and Brazilian social scientist, teacher and filmmaker Márcia Gomes de Oliveira.
Márcia Gomes de Oliveira was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970 and works there as a sociologist, filmmaker and professor at the Adolpho Bloch / FAETEC Technical School. Norbert G. Suchanek was born in Würzburg in 1963. He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro as a journalist, author, filmmaker and correspondent .
My name is Jutta Wunderlich. I have been working as festival coordinator for the IUFF Berlin since 2014 and as festival producer I have been responsible for all aspects of the preparation and implementation of the festival week in Berlin since 2016.
We work for the future, because ...
we keep you informed about nuclear risks. It is important for the future of mankind and our planet earth that the consequences of atomic bombs and nuclear accidents, the dangers of uranium mining itself, the problem of nuclear waste and the consequences of the use of uranium ammunition are and remain in everyone’s consciousness.
Aktualisierung #3: IUFF in Zeiten von Corona2020-08-12
Es ergeht herzliche Einladung, an unserem Jubiläums Uranium Film Festival in Rio teilzunehmen!
Vom 20.-30. Mai werden 34 atomare Filme mit Unterstützung des MAM Rio gezeigt und kostenlos online zugänglich gemacht.
Darüber hinaus sind immerhin einige Gäste vor Ort, die in Live-Interviews vorgestellt werden: Am 20. Mai drei Atombombenüberlebende aus Hiroshima, die in Brasilien leben, sowie Akira Kawasaki, Koordination der Peace Boat Foundation, am 24. Mai der ehemalige brasilianische Botschafter Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, der sein Leben als Diplomat der Beendigung der nuklearen Bedrohung gewidmet hat und Cristian Ricardo Wittmann (ICAN Mitglied).
– Wir würden uns freuen, wenn Sie während dieser Zeit Gelegenheit finden würden, sich zuzuschalten! –
Rio de Janeiro / April 2021 – Created in Rio de Janeiro, in 2010, the International Uranium Film Festival has reached its tenth edition. A good reason to celebrate! We would have done this glamorous in the gardens of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio with the presence of many international filmmakers. But the ongoing Corona-Virus pandemic made this impossible. For that, from May 20th to 30th, 2021, we’re celebrating the 10th Rio de Janeiro International Uranium Film Festival for free online. And everyone is invited!
We will remember the still unsolved nuclear accident in Fukushima 10 years ago and the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, which has been in force since January of this year. And we dedicate this tenth edition to the filmmakers and producers who have tackled with courage, creativity and passion these difficult issues that threaten the health and lives of millions of people and future generations.
“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second”, said film director Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s. And the filmmakers of the Uranium Film Festival are commited to tell that truth about the history and sometimes hidden consequences of the military and civilian use of nuclear power. We have selected 34 documentaries and movies by 26 filmmakers from 15 countries. The festival program is a mosaic of films by internationally renowned and award-winning directors such as Peter Greenaway as well as young filmmakers such as Peter Anthony, Alessandro Tesei, Brittany Prater and Miguel Silveira, who are well on their way there.
Two films about Fukushima and one film about the creation of the atomic bomb are world premieres. Six films are Latin America premieres. Two live online events complete the mosaic: On May 20, the festival features three atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima, who live in Brazil, and Akira Kawasaki, coordinator of the Peace Boat Foundation. And on May 24th the festival’s live online guests will be former Brazilian Ambassador Sérgio de Queiroz Duarte who has dedicated his life as a diplomat to end the nuclear threat and Cristian Ricardo Wittmann, member of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
Finally, we would like to thank MAM Rio and its Cinematheque, which has been the venue of the festival since 2012, for the long-term support. Let’s hope that the coronavirus pandemic will be over in the coming year and that the festival can take place live here again.
Film Festival Program Link: https://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/rio-2021
Festival Brochure Download: https://uraniumfilmfestival.org/files/2021_rio_uranium_film_festival_program_brochure_english_-_low_resolution.pdf
Free Online Screening Link: https://vimeo.com/showcase/uranium2021
(Screening Link available from May 20 to May 30)Aktualisierung #2: IUFF in Zeiten von Corona2020-08-12
Neues Tauschgut online:
In Zeiten von Corona haben wir als Tauschgut Special Mundschutzmasken mit atomarem Muster bedrucken lassen. Diese sind jetzt ab sofort in limitierter Anzahl hier erhältlich.Aktualisierung #1: IUFF in Zeiten von Corona2020-08-12
Vor wenigen Tagen sind wir in die Finanzierungsphase gestartet und freuen uns über die ersten Unterstützer. – Vielen Dank dafür und vielen Dank die Deutsche Umweltstiftung und ans Team von EcoCrowd!