|Small budget big dreams!|
|Written by Paul Mahoney|
|Saturday, 22 November 2008 10:28|
FFC AWARD 2008
Small budget big dreams!
That’s what I thought when I was a finalist nominee for the 2004 FFC Award.
As most filmmakers do, I’d dreamed with big budgets, commissioned movies and documentaries. But, being a finalist next to Alan Root and my acquaintance with Filmmakers for Conservation gave me a stronger commitment with GeoAmbiente.
The opportunity was already there in my weekly TUTV program! Even with a limited budget, the closeness to viewers that television provides and the possibility to address different issues is a great chance to make a difference.
Today, there are 6.7 billion people sharing the Planet, everyone demanding natural resources, water, food and land. All together, we have created problems risking the Earth’s ecological balance.
Puerto Rico has contributed to those problems and we want to be part of the solutions too. Earth is the only home we have, and the time to make a difference in its conservation is now, not “mañana”.
To mediate and facilitate encounters between scientists, environmental groups and government can make a difference now. Backing up communities spread out their conservation efforts should be one of every filmmakers main objectives; public diffusion provokes changes thru awareness, education, and a call to action.
Winning the Filmmakers for Conservation Award 2008 is a great blessing and a big challenge!
First, this is recognition to the efforts of a team committed with excellence and enhancement of environmental programming. At the same time, is a personal challenge to attract a younger generation of Latin American filmmakers to the conservation field and build new relationships to develop projects; to encourage filmmakers to make a difference even with a small budget is one of my objectives.
This award has many names and many voices. TUTV, community groups, scientific collaborators, written media, my family and very specially, “GeoAmbiente’s Crew; on behalf of all of them, I gratefully accept this recognition.
Last, but most important, thanks to God for this special blessing and to all FFC members and judges who’d support my nomination.
May God bless you all!