The Eco Kids Film Initiative Environmental Film Festival for Kids

The Eco Kids Film Initiative Environmental Film Festival for Kids: and Action!!!

Films FOR kids!

Through films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational it is EKFI’s goal to inspire real change through the children of today and generations to come by promoting a proactive strategy to environmental awareness through film as medium.

Each of the films has been selected for their strong environmental theme by a panel consisting of parents, childhood experts, environmental educators and conservationists. We have taken great care to ensure that the films that have made the final selection speak positively to children of diverse ages, backgrounds and cultures and are made for children rather than about children.

Format: Two parallel screening sessions of a selection of short films, taking place daily from 10am lasting no more than two hours.

Who: The two sessions are for the age groups 7-12 year old and 13-17 year old. (Parents are welcome to attend too)

  • Please note that each screening will be followed by a Q&A session guided by a facilitator. Due to the nature of these sessions we cannot guarantee a specific end-time. However, the entire programme will not take longer than two hours and will be completed by 12pm at the latest.

When: 3 – 7 October 2011; 10am-12pm

It’s a great activity for the school holidays.

Where: Labia cinema in Orange street, Cape Town

Cost: R20 a ticket

Book tickets through the Labia: 021 424 5927

  • Please note that The Book Lounge will be selling environmental books for kids and the whole family at the festival so be sure to bring your pocket money

Monday, 3 October, 10am: GLOBAL WARMING

Facilitators: and Hearth Heritage

Join in as we watch some great films to learn about the effect that global warming is having on the planet and its inhabitants. and Hearth Heritage will also be telling us what we can do at home and at school to minimize the effects.

Tuesday, 4 October, 10am: ENERGY

Facilitators: Koeberg Alert Alliance and Project 90×2030

Today’s films are all about energy in South Africa and the impact that various energy sources have on the environment. We also take a look at how the Johannesburg zoo, Durban botanical garden and our very own Two Oceans Aquarium are using renewable energy sources.

Wednesday, 5 October, 10am: POLLUTION AND LITTER

Facilitators: UCT Green Campus Initiative

Through a series of local and international animated and live-action films we come to grips with how our throw-away lifestyle impacts the environment, the people around us and our own health. UCT Green Campus Initiative will be inspiring us by sharing some of the things that they do on campus to create awareness.

Thursday, 6 October, 10am: WATER

Facilitators: Greenpeace Africa and TBA

Through a series of local and international animated and live-action films we learn more about that thing that makes up 75% of our bodies, water!.. and its health and conservation. We also learn how our actions on land affect the creatures living in the water. Today’s films not only address fresh water, but also its salty counterpart in the oceans.

Friday, 7 October, 10am: WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION

Facilitators: Landmark Foundation and Nature Network

From the scary vulture to the cute penguin, today we learn some fun facts about wildlife and how to conserve our furry and feathery friends and their natural habitats. The films will tell us the stories of some amazing people in South Africa and the world that are doing important and exciting work in the area of conservation. Joining us will be Kate from the Landmark foundation who works with predator conservation. Nature Network will be helping us understand our role in the ecosystem.

Saturday 8 October, 11am: Story time at the Book Lounge

For the younger ones: We Love you Earth Storytime

Age: 3-8

Cost: Free

Where: The Book Lounge, c/o Roeland and Buitenkant Street

The Book Lounge will be hosting an Eco Storytime. They will be reading stories that evoke the sense that we should protect our planet. We will also be adding well-wishes to a Milkwood tree that we have purchased to be planted. For more information please visit or contact the shop at 021 462 2425.

EKFI is brought to you in partnership with:

While You Were Sleeping:

While You Were Sleeping is a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentary films with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.

Hearth Heritage:

Hearth Heritage is a place to tell stories, a place to smell the flowers, a place to learn new things from interesting new people. People may be different, with different languages, different types of food, and different ways of thinking about the world, but we all live on the same earth and everything we do affects the earth and all the living beings who call it ‘home’. At Hearth we tell our stories, stories about our earth, and what we find special about it, our favourite animals, our favourite plants, our favourite, most beautiful river or mountain. We share these stories with each other so that we all may learn how special our earth is to everyone, maybe not always in the same way, but always special. Come and share your stories about why earth is special to you, come and sit and play together, come hear new stories and fun new facts. Come and join us at Hearth Heritage, we’d love to hear your story.

EKFI is brought to you in collaboration with: is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. The online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. 350 means climate safety.

Greenpeace: is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Greenpeace is an independent environmental organization with the largest global presence. Greenpeace has offices in more than 40 countries and on all continents, populated by activists world-wide from all cultures joining together in a common cause through non-violent direct action. The teams, donors and subscribers come from all sectors of society and a myriad of cultures. They have scientists, lawyers, doctors, journalists, students, engineers, parents and grandparents… a myriad of people necessary for founding universally legitimate and accessible campaigns. We count 11.6 million people amongst our subscribers, we have 2.8 million donors.

Koeberg Alert Alliance: is part of a global campaign against nuclear power. KKA is not only active in lobbying government and industry, but also in creating awareness about broader energy concerns facing South Africa through grassroots activism and public educational programmes.

Landmark Foundation:  Leopard and Predator Project works to stop the persecution of predators in South Africa with a special focus on leopards in the Cape. It has established a leopard rescue, rehabilitation, release and research program operating between Hermanus and Port Elizabeth in the mountains and coastal belt. The project works to expand wildlife friendly habitats, influence policy that affects these animals and is establishing a wildlife friendly brand called Fair GameTM to incentivize wildlife friendly farming. Since its start in 2004 the project has developed an extensive education program with school, adult, industry and consumer campaigns. Landmark Foundation is a conservation NGO, its mission is building the conservation economy.

Nature Network:  provides environmental learning experiences for children, teachers and corporates, in fact anyone who would like to reawaken their sense of wonder in the natural world. At schools children explore their school grounds through new eyes and experience that nature begins at their fingertips. Through enjoyable interactions they can come to understand their role in the ecosystem and respect all facets from the praying mantis to the rainstorm. Generally facilitated as an extra-mural and holiday programme, it can also be run as a curriculum-based weekly entra-mural or a once-off workshop that supports the current teaching theme.

Project 90×2030: is working to get South Africans to significantly change the way they live by the year 2030. These figures stem from George Monbiot’s thesis in his book “Heat” – that Industrialised nations needed to reduce their carbon emissions by 90% by 2030. However, given that South Africa is a developing country (with admittedly very high emissions!) we decided to shift the focus slightly to focus on something we can all control – the way that we live. By changing our lifestyles radically we can ultimately significantly reduce our carbon footprints.

UCT Green Campus Initiative: is a group of students at UCT who are dedicated to making the future world a brighter, greener place! The GCI has many projects which involve all areas of UCT greening – from raising awareness in individual students to making UCT management more sustainable. Some of our biggest projects include things such as a campus-wide recycling project and a Ridelink sustainable transport project. Throughout the year we have many events, such as our annual “Green Week” which raises awareness amongst the whole UCT population about sustainability. And we have loads of fun while doing it!

Deep Print: specialises in offering a full range of environmentally friendly print services including chlorine free, fully recycled papers, papers from sustainably farmed and waste by-product sources. They also print using vegetable based inks that are not harmful to our environment in a print process that uses the lowest possible amount of alcohol. The printing presses are energy efficient, that minimise on waste by-products. All waste products produced are effectively managed and recycled.

Mr. Recycle: from participating households, corporations and industry uses the collection and processing of our unwanted materials, of a social, environmental & financial value, to create jobs and skills training for previously employed and commercially unemployable people.
The collected materials are delivered to geographically distributed job creation centers, where job & skills training for commercially unemployable occurs in a safe and supervised conditions.

Labia Cinema: is situated at 68 Orange Street in the Gardens. It is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in the country. Originally it was an Italian Embassy ballroom, and was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theatre for the staging of live performances. For the past twenty-nine years, it has been operating as a cinema on the alternative circuit appealing mainly to the more discerning viewer who enjoys its quality product and the charm of its old-world ambience.

Please be kind to the environment and think before you print.

Environmental Film Festival Brochure


3 responses to “The Eco Kids Film Initiative Environmental Film Festival for Kids

  1. Congratulations with this great initiative!

  2. What a great initiative! “But we slept” is a beautiful documentary being shown on Monday that the whole world should see. Well done Samantha Gray! Awesome to be involved in a tiny way to be able to contribute to educating people about the world we live in. 🙂

  3. Excellent initiative! We totally have to find new, fun and creative ways to get the message across to our young earth stewards and eco-warriors. For my part, I’ve tried to do this through my book, “Turtle Walk”. If you’re interested, check out:
    And also through talks to young people about Teens, tweens and Leatherbacks (yup, there are similarities!).

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