On 22nd November 2020 ThaiPBS hosted the first CCCL Film Festival on location in Bangkok.
Christopher G. Moore (standing centre), founder of the Changing Climate, Changing Lives Film Festival 2020 presided over the award presentation ceremony recently at the Thai PBS head office. Photo shows the awardees in a group photo with the film fest sponsors and partners, namely Singha Estate, the Sang Foundation, James Gulkin of Siam Canadian, Peter Dennis, Thai PBS, UNDP, and the Goethe Institute.  
CCCL was also grateful for the attendance of Dr. Sarah Taylor, Canadian Ambassador who is pictured with the award-winning film makers.


“Pa-Fung-Meung” (ป่า-ฝั่ง-เมือง)

by Weeraya Vichaprasertkul and Naruedol Sittirath

Received a cash prize of 150,000THB and a Trophy presented by Sirithon Thamrongnawasawat, Vice President – Marketing Strategic Planning, Singha Estate Pcl

Watch the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QzG-wjVQcg


1st Runner Up

“Hear The Unheard”

by Fashion Revolution

Received a cash prize of 70,000THB and a trophy presented by Jim Gulkin, Group Managing Director, Siam Canadian

Watch the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjKJ4zFbktc


2nd Runner Up

“Manoot-Chuer-Rok” (มนุษย์-เชื้อ-โลก)

by Seree lachonnabot

Received a cash prize of 50,000THB and a trophy presented by Surachai Pannoi, Director of Disaster Communication Development Center at Thai PBS

Watch the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYkw6-GqVWw


Top 10 Finalists (In random order) “Ban Khong Chun” (บ้านของฉัน), “Jane” (เจน), “Fast Fashion”,  “Kaset Ruk Pa” (เกษตรรักษ์ป่า), “Turning A Blind Eye” (หลับตา), “Sorry” (ขอโทษครับพี่ … ผมไม่ได้ตั้งใจ), “Sick Girl”, “Winai Plian Lok” (วินัยเปลี่ยนโลก), “The Undo Button” and “Change The World Right, Before Nothing’s Left”

Watch the films: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-YSYA5UU9bqrqR1mVgtQz1R0QexpBtqV

The ThaiPBS program called 2degrees produced a wonderful episode featuring the CCCL Film festival 2020. You can view the program by going to this link https://fb.watch/2n12zkQki2/

The Second Annual Changing Climate, Changing Lives Film Festival 2021 will be inviting your submission of short films about the mitigation and adaptation to the impact of climate change in Thailand.

Interested in submitting your film, stay tune for the new opening date. In our 2021 competition has 2 categories; Documentary and Non-Documentary. If you're interested in receiving more information, register below to catch up on our latest news

Why now? Why Thailand?

Because we face a high risk, high impact future. Here are some facts.


Thailand is one of 16 countries facing “extreme risks” of climate change in the coming 30 years, according to the IPCC. Thailand’s own assessment shows evidence of high climate risks of since the 1970.


Thailand ranks No. 10 in the world on the Global Climate Risk Index.


In the 2010 decade, Thailand has recorded ever higher maximum temperatures exceeding 44 degree Celsius in at least 9 provinces in the hot season. While temperatures have continued to rise in all regions of the country, patterns of rainfall have also changed—since 1955 rainfalls have been less frequent and shortened, but more intense and more concentrated over smaller geographical areas. El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean has resulted in extreme events, such as floods, droughts and heatwaves in the tropics. (What is El Niño?)


In 2011, Thailand had its worse floods in decades with the heaviest rainfalls on record in 60 years. It had “the worst droughts in decades” in 2014-2016 during the El Niño event in the same period. The year 2019 looks to be yet another “worst drought in decades.” Extreme floods and extended droughts are becoming increasingly frequent.


Changing climate is not just about rising temperatures and sea levels or changing rain patterns, but its impacts affect millions of lives. Natural disasters—floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts—mean deaths and injuries, damages or loss of homes and livelihoods, crop failures, and economic losses.


We are inviting film makers to submit up to 10-minute dramatisations the current and future impacts resulting from a changing climate.


In Thailand’s 2011 floods alone, 680 people perished, 5.5% of the country’s landmass was flooded, including 11 million rai of farmland and a number of industrial estates, resulting in THB 1.43 trillion in damages and loss. As many as 13 million people (nearly one in 5 citizens) were affected. While the manufacturing industry suffered a huge loss, those hardest hit were the poor with marginal livelihoods, including farmers, factory workers, day labourers, and petty traders.


During 2013-2016, heat-related death rates in Thailand have also soared, from 0.77 to 5.28 per 100,000 population, especially among older farmers, field labourers and school children, according to the Ministry of Public Health. Deaths from dengue fever, malaria, respiratory illness and food and water-borne diseases are also on the rise.  


Thailand has been getting hotter. The trend is clear. Temperatures are expected to rise further by 0.5-1.5 degree Celsius over the next 20 years, and 2-4 degree Celsius by 2099 in various mathematical models. Thailand’s exposure to climate change risks is significant. As proportions of its landmass, 87% is exposed to extreme heat (temperature over 40 degree Celsius), 39% to droughts, 7.5% to floods, and 25% to landslides. These data are from various Thai government policy documents. Good news is that Thailand has a master plan on climate change.


There is no doubt that Thailand needs to prepare for the climate change impacts on so many fronts: natural disasters, water shortages, agricultural production and food security, health of natural resources (soil, water, forests, coastal and marine resources) and the ecosystems, health impacts on the populations and human security.


These threats seem abstract. So what do all these mean for people, individuals and communities? We are looking inspiring stories of creativity and resilience to share.     

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