Friday, October 10, 2014

‘The Cli-Fi Movie Awards’ to spotlight climate flicks - Dan Bloom

by Dan Bloom 

With all the news about climate change and global warming over the past few years filling the news pages of newspapers worldwide, from international news to local news stories, the subject has taken on a wider profile worldwide. I recently started a global project with a global outreach, to spotlight nominees and winners of a new movie-awards event that I have dubbed “The Cli-Fi Movie Awards,” or “The Cliffies.”
The platform I have created is set to announce the winners for the best cli-fi movies of this year on Feb. 15, 2015, one week before the Oscars are announced in Hollywood. While it might seem strange at first for a Hollywood event to emanate from a small office far away from Los Angeles, we now live in an interconnected world where climate change issues impact us all.
Cli-fi is a new genre of movies that was coined a few years ago, and the term has caught on with English-language media in the US, the UK and Australia, with news articles about “cli-fi” appearing in the New York Times, the Guardian and Time magazine, among a dozen other publications in North America and Europe.
The Cliffies came out of the media discussion of the genre and it is my hope that The Cliffies become an annual movie-awards event, eventually broadcast on US television and hosted by Hollywood actors. For now, it is a mom-and-pop affair, low-key and with no sponsors.
In a recent article by Shane Harris in Foreign Policy magazine headlined Water Wars, the cli-fi meme took on a new urgency.
“Public anxiety — and fascination — has given rise to a new genre of films, ‘cli-fi,’ with apocalyptic climate-change scenarios at the heart of their stories,” the report said.
As I see it and as I am planning it, the purpose of The Cliffies is to raise awareness of climate-related issues through movies.
The independent awards program is not about glamor or movie stars, but about the future of our planet. Hollywood can do a lot to help raise awareness about climate change and global warming.
With that in mind, nominations are coming in for this year’s best cli-fi movies and the winners are to be announced in mid-February from a global Web platform.
Among the best picture nominees are Into the Storm and Interstellar from Hollywood, Snowpiercer from South Korea, and The Rover by Australian director David Michod, with best actor nods going to Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton and Robert Pattinson, among others.
A small, but important, awards category is for best children’s cli-fi movie of the year, and among the nominees is a local cartoon series titled Weather Boy! and produced by Taiwan-based animation director Chiu Li-wei.
While climate change is a big issue with global repercussions, a small Taiwanese cartoon series is also in the running for a Cliffie next year, and might very well win in the kids category. Weather Boy! has already been shown on TV in Taiwan, and overseas rights are being negotiated for screenings in several other nations.
Nominations for The Cliffies are still being accepted until the end of December. Just e-mail your selections


Dan Bloom is a climate activist who blogs at

Can Cli Fi Save the World?


#CLIFI hashtag PHOTO link:

TIME magazine on CLI FI 
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1 comment:


thank you Mr Padgett! dan bloom former HER EX edit page letters section editor summer of 1983 under mary anne Dolan and stanley cloud