In person Green Lake, WI in Sept & Globally Virtually January 13th-15th, 2022 image

In person Green Lake, WI in Sept & Globally Virtually January 13th-15th, 2022

A Better World : Beyond Pandemics

$3,215 raised

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Freeland Film Festival 2021

What will the 2021 festival feature? We are coming back to the Green Lake community AND engage the global audience we built during our 2020 virtual festival.

A Better World : Beyond Pandemics.
Our only life-long vaccine: Nature Protection.
Focus: Root Causes of Pandemics, including Destruction of Wild Habitat; Industrial Farming; Wildlife Trade.
A Better World: Beyond Pandemics is this year's banner for Freeland Film Festival 2021, as we look beyond vaccines for stories that illuminate the root causes of zoonotic outbreaks, including wildlife trafficking, destruction of nature, often for industrial agriculture and factory farming. We invite stories that explain the drivers of pandemics and how we can prevent the next one. As always, we prioritize films that point to solutions and inspire hope for our planet and people.

Freeland Film Festival is a global story-telling platform. This year, we are focusing on films that explain the drivers and impacts of pandemics, and how we can prevent them from recurring by addressing their root causes. As always, we want to showcase films that inspire hope for our planet and all of its inhabitants

Freeland’s Mission: We are a frontline counter-trafficking organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Our team of law enforcement, development and communications specialists work alongside partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to build capacity, raise awareness, strengthen networks and promote good governance to protect critical ecosystems and vulnerable people from criminal and over-exploitation. Since early February 2020, we have been co-leading a global campaign called “End Pandemics”, which aims to address the root causes of pandemics, including commercial trade in wild animals, destruction of wild habitat, and intense, industrial farming.

This year's festival will be held mainly virtually due to restrictions from COVID-19, but we will also have small audiences and panel discussions held at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Bangkok and the Town Square of Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Look at just a few of the many positive responses from our 2020 audience:

  • “Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed the festival. Our hats are off to you and the team for putting together such an outstanding program.” - Attendee Jeanette C.
  • “It was so well organized and I was honored to be in such fine company.” - Panelist Carole Baskin
  • “I have bragged to a number of people about having a first-rate international film festival right here in our community, it is something we and you (including the whole Freeland staff) can be proud of.” - Attendee Eric G.
  • “I just wanted to say how much Jack and I loved the film festival. It was extremely well done and we can't wait for the next one! Way to go on all your hard work- it definitely was amazing!” - Attendee Lauren G.

Freeland's US office is in Green Lake where its founder, Steve Galster, and Festival Coordinator, sister Evelyn Galster are from. We will be joined again by Festival Producer, Dawn Borchardt, Rich Christian our Executive Producer, and our professional production team. And more importantly, we will once again coordinate and co-produce this weekend event with the local community.

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