CPH:DOX and Olafur Eliasson’s social business Little Sun present the video competition, Little Changes.
The world-famous artist and Little Sun co-founder Olafur Eliasson has initiated the competition in order to encourage both established and aspiring documentary filmmakers to produce creative videos with a fresh, new perspective on the earth’s own resources: sun, water and wind.
Little changes – with real impact
Climate change is much more than images of polar bears on melting icebergs. And lectures given from UN podiums are not always the most effective way to spark social engagement and challenge our understanding of climate challenges. But surprising, quirky and creative videos about the little changes we can all create might be.
“This year CPH:DOX has a greater focus than ever before on sustainability and climate change. Because it’s one of the biggest challenges today, but also because we want to help secure the potential of a new kind of dialogue leading up to COP21 in Paris in December,” says festival director and founder, Tine Fischer.
“It’s our ambition to not only enlighten and share knowledge through our film programme, but to instead motivate and engage the festival audience by asking them to actively participate and share their own stories about personal engagement. We need to develop a new language and a new way to communicate, and Little Changes is our attempt to begin this process.”
That is why this year, CPH:DOX collaborates with Little Sun. The social business and global project was founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to work towards bringing clean, reliable and affordable light to the 1.1 billion people in the world living in areas without reliable access to electricity. Through projects and workshops all over the world, Little Sun raises awareness for the need for sustainable energy and energy access for all.
Show it, don’t tell it
It is Olafur Eliasson himself who has defined the video competition, including a creative constraint – the video has to be without any words:
“With Little Changes we want to encourage small, funny or artistic, but above all original videos, involving issues around climate change. Videos that address how to make small-scale sustainable changes. But the videos have to be wordless – and this is a constraint we chose, because we hope to see videos that do not tell us, but show us how to create those little changes, that potentially can help us build a better world,” Olafur Eliasson says.
Watch Olafur Eliasson’s video
Little Changes on the video platform Everyday
CPH:DOX has, since its beginning in 2003, helped raise the ambitions of Danish documentary filmmaking, and for such a benchmark festival, the next obvious step was to develop a digital platform to reach out across the country – and potentially worldwide. Thus CPH:DOX with the support from Nordea-fonden has launched Everyday – an alternative media platform with an eye for different realities, with room for the stories we otherwise would never see or hear.
“With Everyday we want to engage and motivate ordinary people to tell their extraordinary stories. But we can’t secure that level of commitment alone. And that’s exactly why we have teamed up with Little Sun, who are behind one of the greatest examples of small changes that cause meaningful impact by empowering thousands of people,” Tine Fischer explains.
Join in to win prizes signed by Olafur Eliasson
Anyone who wants to tell stories with moving pictures can join in! You don’t need expensive equipment or years of film experience to be a part of the Little Changes mission. Simply shoot and edit your video, upload it to www.everydayproject.dk with the hashtag #littlechanges in the video description, and you have automatically entered the competition.
The top ten videos selected by the judges will all receive Little Sun lamps, signed by Olafur Eliasson. The overall winner of the Little Changes competition will also receive a signed lamp as well as being one of the first in the world to receive a solar-powered Little Sun Charge signed by Olafur Eliasson, along with two festival passes for CPH:DOX 2016.
About Little Sun
Little Sun is a social business and global project founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to get clean, reliable, affordable energy to the 1.1 billion people in the world living in off-grid areas without electricity. The project’s first product, the Little Sun solar LED lamp, is sold all over the world and will soon be followed by Little Sun Charge, a solar phone charger, available worldwide in early 2016. Purchasing Little Suns in areas of the world with electricity makes the products available in off-grid areas at reduced, locally affordable prices, where they provide a clean alternative to toxic and expensive fuel-based lighting and a steadfast and clean alternative to relying on the electrical grid.
About Little Sun
Little Sun addresses the need for energy in a sustainable way that benefits off-grid communities by working with local entrepreneurs, creating local jobs, and generating local profits. The Little Sun project was officially launched in July 2012 at London’s Tate Modern. Since then, more than 300,000 Little Sun lamps have been distributed worldwide, with almost half going to off-grid areas. In April 2014, Little Sun received a ground-breaking $5 million impact investment loan from Bloomberg Philanthropies, making it possible to scale Little Sun’s operations across the African continent.