The 2023 Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF) takes place from 23 November 2023 to 31 January 2024 at various cinemas and classrooms around Taiwan. This year, six short films from 'Climate Stories' join the showcase. They explore various themes linked with climate changes.

 

 

Blackthorn

8 mins, 2020, UK 

Director: Dom Bush  

Producers:  Helen Lawrie, Rebecca Day  

Poetry and Music: Sam Robinson  

Sam Robinson plies the thousand-year-old craft of dry stone walling in Cumbria, in the north of England. Working in all weathers to make and maintain the lie of the land, his philosophy is one of protest, pride and authenticity – a counter-vision to a Britain bound in consumerism, the people removed from the work that once grounded their communities. For Sam, resistance is the honesty of work and words.   

Dom Bush was brought up on a smallholding in northern Cumbria and is closely connected to the landscape and traditions of the rural northwest. He set up his production company Land & Sky Media in 2011 to make films that explore an instinctive bond to the land. His films, including a short for Guardian Documentaries, have been screened internationally and broadcast. 

Made with the support of the BFI Doc Society Fund.

 

Eve

21 mins 7 secs, 2020, UK  

Directors: Joya Berrow, Lucy Jane  

Producer: Orban Wallace    

Eve is the intimate story of a nine year old girl living in one of the oldest off grid communities in the UK. Following her journey returning to school and becoming a young climate activist, her story encapsulates the human complexity of navigating the environmental crisis and what moving to live off grid really means for a UK family.  

Joya Berrow and Lucy Jane make films that focus on climate justice, land and ocean regeneration, extreme sports and amplifying marginalised voices in the climate movement to use film as a tool for positive social change. Their work has been broadcast by National Geographic, Guardian, Nowness, VICE, and others.  

 

To Keep As One

12 mins 24 secs, 2020, USA  

Director: Katie Basile  

Climate change has pushed erosion within feet of the remote Alaska Native community of Newtok. Albertina Charles and the rest of the village residents know that relocating Newtok is the only option. Will Federal funding arrive soon enough or will this community be separated forever?  

Katie Basile is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Bethel, Alaska, USA. Her work focuses on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of Alaska and explores adaptation and resilience in a changing world. Alongside editorial work Katie frequently collaborates on community engagement projects. 

 

The Promise 

6 mins 42 secs, 2020, UK 

Director: Chi Thai 

Illustration and animation: Simon Ratliff 

Based on the book The Promise by Nicola Davies & Laura Carlin 

The Promise is an urban fairy tale that plays out on the mean streets of a mean city. A young thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag but she cannot have it without giving something in return: The Promise.  

Commissioned by the BBC. 

Chi Thai is an independent filmmaker who works across features, documentary, animation & immersive. She has been a Cannes Lions finalist three times and is a recipient of the British Film Institute Vision Award. Her ambition is to dismantle the conditions that marginalise stories & storytellers, creating films that tell of a greener and fairer world. 

 

To Calm the Pig Inside (Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos) 

18 mins 30 secs, Philippines, 2020 

Director: Joanna Vasquez Arong

To Calm the Pig Inside is a contemplation on the effects a typhoon leaves on a seaside city. Myths are woven in to try to understand how people cope with the devastation and trauma. A girl divulges bits and pieces of her own memory of her grandmother and mother to tie in the experiences she felt visiting this ravaged port city. 

Supported by National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippines 

 

Songs of the Earth 

25 mins, 2021, UK

Written, directed, and music by Soumik Datta

Art Director and Animation by Sachin Bhatt

Animated by Anjali Kamat

Songs of the Earth is film and music album response to climate change, weaving issues from climate migration, extreme weather to ocean pollution, deforestation and sustainable fashion through original narrative, songs and immersive visuals. It follows the story of Asha, a young climate refugee from Bengal, as she searches for her missing father through the flood banks of the Sundarban delta, burning forests and melting polar ice caps, highlighting the plight of the Global South.

A British Council Creative Commission for COP26.

 

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About Taiwan European Film Festival

TEFF (Taiwan European Film Festival) is organized by European Economic and Trade Office since 2005. TEFF presents a selection of European films every year aiming to show the diversity of cultures, arts and languages of the European countries. The 19th TEFF will take place from 23 November 2023 to 31 January 2024 at various cinemas and classrooms around Taiwan