On October 14th, local NGO Sustain T&T hosted a media launch for the sixth annual installment of Green Screen – The Environmental Film Festival.

The lead sponsor of this year’s festival is the German Embassy of the Republic of Germany, and the launch was held at the official residence of the Ambassador.

The event was attended by Deputy Mayor of Port of Spain Asha Permanand, representatives from the creative and corporate sectors, members of environmental organisations, filmmakers and festival partners.

Sustain T&T is dedicated to highlighting issues of environmental conservation, alternative energy, climate change and sustainable development. Green Screen is an annual festival of top local, regional and international narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films, which highlight crucial environmental issues and get people talking.

Green Screen 2016 is sponsored by The German Embassy, Atlantic, Sagicor General, Vemco, and Film TT.

Speaking at the launch, German Ambassador Lutz Görgens stressed the importance of Green Screen’s work to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Sagicor Manager of Business Development and Marketing Lisa Mahabir said the company was pleased to sponsor the Films for a Better Place Jury Award, helping to encourage the development of the local film sector and raise awareness of environmental issues.

Film TT General Manager Nneka Luke, pledged support and congratulated the Green Screen team on its growth through the years, from a total audience of 200 in its first year, to over 2,000 in 2015, and with a diverse and substantial schedule of events for 2016.

Festival Director Carver Bacchus gave guests an overview of the films and events in store for the 2016 festival, including The Pearl Button which will be featured at the opening Benefit Launch at Imax on November 1st; the Films for a Better Place program, which has facilitated the creation of five new short films; festival visitors including filmmakers and the co-founder of Greenpeace; and, The Big Picture, a panel discussion aimed at pushing forward the Beverage Container Bill, on November 8th at NALIS, Port of Spain.