Forest In Focus: a film festival fundraiser in celebration of our forests

Greenpop will be hosting FOREST IN FOCUS in Cape Town in June 2013.

This integrative media event will screen a selection of winning short films from the United Nations Forum on Forests, Forests for People awards, provide a platform for innovative music and visual artists and encourage exchange through a curation of talks, Q&A’s and speakers.

In association with the United Nations Forum on Forests, Forest for People awards, this dynamic program will screen five award-winning documentary shorts and feature a different musical act and guest speaker every evening. Forest in Focus, an event fusing activism and culture, arts and environmentalism is the first of its kind for Greenpop. The event will take place at South Africa’s oldest Independent cinema, the Labia Theatre, on June 6th, 9th and 11th 2013. All funds raised from Forest in Focus will go towards supporting Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia Action Event happening in July 2013 – http://www.greenpop.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Trees-for-Zambia-2013-Concept-Note.pdf Forest in Focus Aims ● Raise local awareness on what is happening to our forests, both in Africa and on a global scale, disseminated through the curation of UNFF nominated films. ● To enrich the Cape Town cultural calendar with an integrative curation of arts, education, environmentalism and culture. Inciting a new wave of modern activism through the sharing of information. ● Congratulate Greenpop’s media partner, Makhulu, for winning the UN Forum on Forests Short Film award for the Africa region, for their film Amazing Grace made during Greenpop’s first Trees for Zambia action conference in 2012. (this will be one of the films screened during Forest in Focus). ● Inspire more people to take reforestation action in Africa and promote the Trees for Zambia 2013 action conference. ● Raise funds for Trees for Zambia 2013. Guest Speakers and Musical Acts

On each evening, Forest in Focus will integrate a musical act and guest speaker into the evening program. Thursday 6th June: Musical performance by: Speaker: Screenings of UNFF Forests for People Short film award winners Sunday 9th June: Musical performance by: Ronan Skillen (a bit about him) Speaker: Screenings of UNFF Forests for People Short film award winners 11th June: Musical performance by: Speaker: Screenings of UNFF Forests for People Short film award winners

Drive for Digital Media Activism Greenpop believes that digital media has a large role to play in re-defining activism and is a great vehicle for facilitating widespread knowledge sharing. With this in mind, Greenpop would like to invite every member of the audience to take the message into their own hands and share the stories from the program with their own networks. Greenpop asks audience members to bring a USB flash drive to the event, which they will be able to have the evening program loaded onto, so they may host their own mini screenings and disseminate the awareness they’ve gained as far as it can go. Event Particulars In Association with: ● United Nations Forum on Forests, Forests for People Awards Partners ● Makhulu (http://makhulu.blogspot.com/) ● Short & Sweet (http://shortandsweet.tv/) ● Bos (http://www.bosicetea.com/) ● Green Shebeen (http://www.greenshebeen.com/) ● Hemporium (http://www.hemporium.com/ ● The Labia (thelabia.co.za) ● POD Hotel (http://www.pod.co.za/) Dates: Thursday 6th June, Sunday 9th June, Tuesday 11th June Time: Thursday, screening begins at 19.45 [arrive from 19.15 for a welcome drink] Sunday and Tuesday screening begins at 18.15 [arrive from 17.30 for a welcome drink] Venue: The Labia on Orange, 68 Orange Street, Gardens Tickets: Presale R50 NuTicket or via phone +27(0)214245927. R50 at the door For more information or any further questions, please contact Filippa Harrington-Griffin at Greenpop Filippa@greenpop.org Office – 021 461 9265 Mobile phone – 060 324 1668 Greenpop on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreenpopTreevolution Greenpop on twitter: @GreenpopSA Greenpop website: http://www.greenpop.org/ Forest in Focus Hashtag: #Forestinfocus About Greenpop (www.greenpop.org) Greenpop is a social enterprise that believes greening and sustainable living can be fun, POPular and accessible for all. We believe in inspiring a greener, more conscious, inclusive movement and do this through tree planting projects, green action events, education, social media, voluntourism and activating people to start DOING! www.greenpop.org Greenpop initiated Trees for Zambia in 2012 to help alleviate the rampant deforestation that Zambia has seen in recent decades, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal.

About Trees for Zambia In 2012 Greenpop launched Trees for Zambia, a reforestation and eco-awareness project which began with a 3-week tree planting event and was followed by an ongoing campaign to inspire awareness about deforestation, climate change, tree planting, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Trees for Zambia 2013 will be the second Action Event hosted in Livingstone to boost the project and plant around 5000 trees in schools, on subsistence farms and in reforestation sites. Again Greenpop will host educational workshops for school children, subsistence farmers and volunteers. Trees for Zambia is a holistic awareness campaign based on getting people active about making sustainable changes. For a full Concept Note on the Trees for Zambia project, please click here: http://www.greenpop.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Trees-for-Zambia-2013-Concept-Note.pdf Background – United Nations Forum on Forests, Forests for People Awards

For Forest in Focus, Greenpop are working in association with the United Nations Forum on Forests, Forests for People Awards to present five UNFF winning documentary shorts. Greenpop and the UNFF are associated as a result of Greenpop’s media partner, Makhulu, winning the Short Film award for the Africa region at the tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul. The winning film for Africa, Amazing Grace, was made during Greenpop’s first Trees for Zambia project in 2012 and tells the story of Lloyd Maanyina, a Zambian man who stopped cutting down trees for charcoal and started growing and caring for them – he is now one of Greenpop’s tree sapling suppliers and partners. Makhulu is Greenpop’s media partner and has been making short films in partnership with the South African and Zambian based social enterprise since they began in September 2010. Email lauren@greenpop.org for details or to get involved with Trees for Zambia Trees for Zambia webpage: http://www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia/ Gift a tree (or 2 or 3) to the Trees for Zambia project: http://www.givengain.com/activist/62243/projects/4481/