Climate change documentary '2040' to open the 2019 Into Film Festival

15 Aug 2019

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The opening film for the 2019 Into Film Festival
The opening film for the 2019 Into Film Festival

We are extremely excited to announce that this year's Into Film Festival will open across the UK on 6 November 2019 with 40 simultaneous pupil premieres of award-winning climate change documentary 2040 ahead of its UK release.

Cited as the first film aimed at young audiences to offer a hopeful response to youth ‘eco-anxiety', 2040 looks to a future two decades ahead, where it has been possible to galvanise a global movement to invest in regenerative solutions that improve the wellbeing of the planet. Positive, practical and informative, the 2040 launch events, screening as part of the Festival's ‘Natural World' strand, will be supported by special celebrity guests and a UK network of Greenpeace speakers.

Damon Gameau's upbeat documentary predicts our best selves saving the planet.

The Guardian review of '2040'

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Ed Fuller, campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: "We're delighted that our Greenpeace volunteers will be presenting to young audiences across the UK, where they'll be talking about the need to protect the environment, the climate emergency we're facing and what can be done to help. This is a great opportunity to reach the next generation of climate campaigners and activists."

This year's Into Film Festival will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and with Unicef UK we are encouraging children and young people to celebrate this landmark moment and stand up for their rights and be inspired by young people in films and on screen making a difference. 

As part of the pupil premieres, young audiences will be encouraged to take part in the #WhatsYour2040 campaign, creating their vision for a sustainable future.

Anna Kettley, Director of Programmes at Unicef UK said: "We are really pleased that this year the Into Film Festival will be joining us to celebrate 30 years of children's rights. The Convention forms the basis of all Unicef's work both in the UK and overseas and at its heart it is a simple promise to every child, that they are entitled to the best possible start in life. That's why we need to talk about children's rights, why that promise to all children matters and why we're asking everyone to celebrate 30 years of children's rights."

The 2019 Into Film Festival will take place 6-22 November. Priority bookings go live on 4 September for those with an Into Film Club, while general bookings go live on 5 September.

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