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WSFF Virtually Summer - Award-Winning Shorts

WSFF Virtually Summer - Award-Winning Shorts

Virtual Lobby "Doors" at 6:30 pm / Films at 7:00 pm PT -- Total Run Time: 100 min. -- Tengefu (9 min), Disappearing Penguins (15 min), The Pangolin Man (17 min), TranSending (9 min), The Church Forests of Ethiopia (9 min), District 15 (23 min)

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Welcome to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s Virtually Summer Series! We’re excited to share this program of award-winning shorts from the 2021 flagship festival event that took place in January. Your ticket to the live virtual event also grants you access to the On Demand version of the program once the live event has completed.


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Save the Date! WSFF 2022 will take place January 13-17, 2022 


Thanks for tuning in today. We hope you enjoy the films!


Film Program:

Tengefu (9 min) – 2021 Best Short Film – “Tengefu” is the Swahili word for “protected marine area.” Abubakar spends his days dreaming about corals. On an off-grid island in southern Kenya, Abubakar fights to restore the island’s dying coral reef and instill a sense of conservation in his community through faith and education even in the face of limited resources.

Disappearing Penguins (15 min) – 2021 Best Children’s Film – A team of scientists travels to Elephant Island, a remote island off the Antarctic peninsula, to find out how its penguin population is faring. Penguins are not just charismatic animals. They are a keystone species in Antarctica and an important indicator of the health of the Antarctic ecosystem. The results from this research expedition made headlines around the world and contribute to the call for protection of Antarctica through large scale ocean sanctuaries. The film is narrated by Alison Sudol, actress, singer, and Antarctic ambassador for Greenpeace.

The Pangolin Man (17 min) – 2021 Student Filmmaker Award – Known by locals as the “Pangolin Man”, Moses Arineitwe strives to save the most illegally traded mammal in the world, hoping to change the minds of the very people who hunt them through the use of education and alternatives to poaching. But, with a lack of funding and resources, Moses must overcome his own struggles, in order to achieve his goal.

TranSending (9 min) – 2021 Most Inspiring Adventure film – This film follows the journey of Erin Parisi as she comes into her own identity as a Transgender woman and trains for the Seven Summits to create awareness and visibility for the Trans community. TranSending showcases this journey of extensive vulnerability, heartbreak, and courage.

The Church Forests of Ethiopia (9 min) – 2021 Best in Theme – Over the past century, farming and the needs of a growing population have replaced nearly all of Ethiopia’s old-growth forests with agricultural fields. This film tells the story of the country’s Church Forests–pockets of lush biodiversity that are protected by hundreds of churches “scattered like emerald pearls across the brown sea of farm fields.”

District 15 (23 min) – 2021 Honorable Mention – Communities for a Better Environment does critical work on environmental justice and empowers Californian communities to stand up to polluting industries and build a green energy future. This short film highlights the hope and tenacity of the young activists of Wilmington, California as they push the Los Angeles City Council to prohibit new and existing oil and gas drilling operations within 2,500 feet of homes, schools, and hospitals.