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Vaasa Wildlife Festival

Vaasa Wildlife Festival is an international nature film festival organized in Vaasa since 2002. The Festival's themes are related to climate change, people's relationship with Nature and conservation. The 11th festival edition celebrates also the festival's 20 years anniversary. Festival dates: 28/09/ - 02/10/2022.

Free of charge

Program at Culture House Fanny

Wed. 28/9/- Sun. 2/10/

Kulttuuritalo Fanny (Kirkkopuistikko 34)

Library building
Free of charge

Program at Drama Hall

Wed. 28/9/- Sun. 2/10/

Vaasa City Library, (Kirjastonkatu 13)

Free of charge

Program at Adult Education Centre Alma (Auditorium)

Wed. 28/9/- Sun. 2/10/

Vaasan kansalaisopisto Alma, Raastuvankatu 31

Free of charge

Program@Ritz Theatre: Winner Films (part)

Sun. 2/10/2022 (14:00-16.00)

RITZ Theatre, (Kirkkopuistikko 22)

Free of charge

THANASIS PANOU: CHROMA & LOGOS

28/9/-10/10/2022

Culture House Fanny (Kirkkopuistikko 34)

DAY CRUISE TO SWEDEN (Vaasa-Umeå-Vaasa)

Fri. 30 September (07-16)

Botnia Aurora Ferry

Free of charge

“METSÄ” concert by Wasa Sinfonietta

Sunday 2.10.2022 (12-13)

RITZ Theatre, (Kirkkopuistikko 22)

Aaltoja ja kiviä Merenkurkun saaristossa.

Vaasa Wildlife

Nature Film Festival Vaasa Wildlife has been organized in Vaasa every two years since 2002 and it's concept includes an international film competition. During the festival years we have screened over 1300 nature films from 100 countries. In September 2022 the festival will celebrate its 20 years. Festival dates: 28 September - 2 October 2022.

Come and watch the Finalists Film Screening at the Fanny on Sunday 02.10. from 14:00-19:00!📍Kulttuuritalo Fanny (Kirkkopuistikko 34), Vaasa. In this session we are screening: “Sensual pill” is a mini-documentary using real satellite photographs available on Google Earth. The Planet is being tyrannized by the human race, but nature begins a dialogue that gradually increases in intensity. “The Fading Nomads” is a film spanning 18 years, documenting the dramatic changes and difficult process of transitioning from nomadic to settled home lifestyle for the last Mongolian herders in a high mountain pasture called "Eternal" on the westernmost border of Xinjiang, China. “In-Tents” breaks down the barrier and personalises the homeless experience hoping to share real-life perspectives in order to de-stigmatize our neighbours in tents. Having experienced homelessness herself, Marcie recounts her time in tents and provides an understanding of the humanity that lies within the homeless population of Hamilton, Ontario. “Web of love” shows a fascinating courtship routine often overlooked in our own gardens. Can this male European garden spider pluck his way into a successful reproduction whilst staying off the menu? “Gaia” is a short film reconstructing the events that led to the ecological catastrophe we are currently experiencing, through the gradual exposure of the main character Gaia, an allegory of the Earth represented by a woman. “Najil aak” is a short documentary about the terrible environmental problem of the loss of habitat of marine turtles in the Mexican Caribbean by the growing tourist industry and the contamination of the oceans with plastic particles. “Hot Money” takes us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change together with former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. All films will be screened in English or will have English subtitles. #Vaasawildlifefestival #Vaasa #Filmfestival #Nature #Balticsea #20thanniversary #International #Wildlife #Festival #Film #Naturefilmfestival #Vaasavasa #Climatechange
01.10.2022 - 18:13

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Come and watch the Finalists Film Screening at the Fanny on Sunday 02.20. from 11:00-13:00! 🎥🥳 📍Kulttuuritalo Fanny (Kirkkopuistikko 34), Vaasa. In this session we are screening: “Braunkehlchen” sets an orgiastic firework display and shows the exuberant variety of shapes and colours of European bird life. An emotional story about the whinchat surrounds the colourful journey. A music video with a deeper meaning. “The Meadow” is a habitat close to extinction due to modern agriculture. How come this habitat only exists, if it is destroyed regularly? Why do so many creatures make their home in a meadow that is cut down by machines twice a year? Can’t we just leave the meadows alone, let them grow, and stop cutting them? “Mount Suswa - Life in a volcano” is the first film to exclusively focus on the natural history wonder that is Mount Suswa. Mount Suswa’s rugged flanks conceal an untouched treasure trove of biodiversity hidden inside its craters and in the deep and mysterious scars left behind by its turbulent past. “The Heart of the Elephant” is a documentary about love, family, and the future. It is a story of wonder woven together from a tapestry of eyewitness accounts and scientific proof of the gentle giants’ intelligence and undeniable emotional capacity, which is far more powerful than we ever acknowledged. All films will be screened in English or will have English subtitles. #Vaasawildlifefestival #Vaasa #Filmfestival #Nature #Balticsea #20thanniversary #International #Wildlife #Festival #Film #Naturefilmfestival #Vaasavasa #Climatechange #Sustainability #Health #Nature #Finland #Suomi #Movie #Documentary #Finalists #Braunkehlchen #Themeadow #Mountsuswa #Theheartoftheelephant
01.10.2022 - 18:11

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COME AND WATCH the Human Health Screening at the Drama Hall on Saturday 01.10.22 from 14:00-19:00! 📍Address: Kirjastonkatu 13, Vaasa. 📽In this session we are screening: 👷‍♂️“THE CHORDS OF SOUTH”Directed by: NICKOLAS TSIAMANTANIS.The documentary "The Chords of South" is an experiential recording of labor in the community service programs of OAED in Volos. The main protagonists are the workers who participate in these programs and consequently the employees who work in the cleaning service of the Municipality. In the programs we find people affected by the financial crisis, middle-aged, long-term unemployed who are paid very little money compared to the permanent and non-permanent staff of the Municipality, while claiming contract renewal and permanent employment. 🦍“ Gorilla Trekking Film (Uganda)”Directed by: Allison Carden Hanes.The "Gorilla Trekking Film (Uganda)" is based off her research and recommendations in the publication - Assessment of Health Risks Posed by Tourists Visiting Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. 🐍“Snakes and people of the Val Grande - Unexpected travel companions”Director :Marco Tessaro.It may sound strange, but for centuries humans helped out snakes. The gradual settlement of the Alps for livestock grazing created clearings, meadows, and pastures. This slow transformation of the landscape diversified natural habitats and created favorable conditions for numerous species, with some quite surprising relationships. 📽All films will be screened in English or will have English subtitles. #Vaasawildlifefestival #Vaasa #Filmfestival #Nature #Balticsea #20thanniversary #International #Wildlife #Festival #Film #Naturefilmfestival #Vaasavasa #Climatechange #Sustainability #Health #Nature #Finland #Suomi #Movie #Documentary #Human #Health #Conservation
30.09.2022 - 16:48

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TOMORROW! COME AND WATCH the Films Screening at the Culture House Fanny on Saturday 01.10 from 13:00-15:00! 📍Address: Kirkkopuistikko 34, Vaasa 📽In this session we are screening: 📽“A Young Crane´s Long Journey”Directed by: Jouni Hiltunen. Documentary filmmaker Jouni Hiltunen has filmed Cranes for many years. He decides to once again follow the Crane family's summer in Finland from early spring to the birth of a Crane chick. After the nesting he packs his car and leaves on a so-called ”birds road” with migrating Cranes, towards Hungary and finally to Israel, to find out if there is a winter paradise for migrating Cranes somewhere.The film about the year of the Cranes and the migration journey expands to a story about the coexistence of a man and nature in a rapidly changing world. 📽“They Came to Stay - Our Alien Animal Neighbors: Rheas”Directed by: Herbert Ostwald. A small area in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is home to the only colony of wild rheas living in Europe. The forebears of these ostrich-like birds from South America escaped from an enclosure in northern Germany twenty years ago. Since then, they have been multiplying largely undisturbed. 🐹“Hamsters-Hidden Heroes in the field”Director: Uwe Miller European hamsters live a life in secrecy. A hamster year is short and full of dangers. There are only six months for a female to raise their offspring and prepare herself for hibernation. The camera observes heroic battles in the field and the weal and woe of hamster lives in burrows: mating, birth of pups, collection of grain for the winter. 🦉“WILDLIFE REBIRTH IN THE OLD MINE”Directed by :JAVIER ORTEGA MARTINEZ. La Jayona, a mining operation closed at the beginning of the 20th century in southwestern Spain, became a gigantic open sore in the landscape. An inert scene of rubble, bare rocks and empty hollows. 🌍All films will be screened in English or with English subtitles. #Vaasawildlifefestival #Vaasa #Filmfestival #Nature #Balticsea #20thanniversary #International #Wildlife #Festival #Film #Vaasavasa #Climatechange #Sustainability #Health #Nature #Finland #Suomi #Movie #Documentary #crane #theyoungcranes #wise_animals
30.09.2022 - 12:30

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COME AND WATCH the Human Health Screening at the Drama Hall on Saturday 01.10.22 from 14:00-19:00! 📍Address: Kirjastonkatu 13, Vaasa. 📽In this session we are screening: 📽'Count the Dead' [Music Video] by The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara”Directed by: Daphne Ang, Andrea Papi. The events of 2020-21 have exposed the fragility of our global systems and the flawed foundations on which modern societies and economies are built. ‘Count the Dead’ brings attention to complex issues concerning the value of human life. ☕It's Bean Too Hot” Directed by :Hedvika Michnová Can you imagine our world without coffee? It’s a very real possibility. It’s Bean Too Hot tells the story of the coffee heroes – small farmers in Costa Rica and Tanzania who are fighting climate change every day to save their livelihoods and your daily cup of coffee. 💉"IYEZA MEDICINE BIOPIRACY”Directed by :SIBONGILE L NENE.Biopiracy is a plague that has hit the African continent like a tornado. Biochemical industry is frantic to patent bio resources at such a fast pace, indigenous society and owners of Intellectual property of the bio resources are flailing to keep up with Western laws of patenting genes of bio species. 💯“My Gut Feeling” Directed by: Claudia Marquis. Is the broken food system destroying our health? This participatory, investigative documentary reveals the hidden costs of the food industry on our gut health. 📽All films will be screened in English or will have English subtitles. #Vaasawildlifefestival #Vaasa #Filmfestival #Nature #Balticsea #20thanniversary #International #Wildlife #Festival #Film #Naturefilmfestival #Vaasavasa #Climatechange #Sustainability #Health #Nature #Finland #Suomi #Movie #Documentary #Human #Health #Conservation #IYEMZA #Mygutfeeling #It´sBeantoohot
30.09.2022 - 11:06

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TOMORROW! COME AND WATCH the Films Screening at the Culture House Fanny on Saturday 01.10 from 10:00-12:00! 📍Address: Kirkkopuistikko 34, Vaasa 📽In this session we are screening: ❄"Land of the Far North" by Steffan & Alexandra Sailer. This film transports viewers to the wonderful world of polar day in northern Scandinavia, exploring life under the midnight sun. 🗻"Magical Iceland" by Jan Haft. This film tells of the volcanic activity which has shaped the country's rugged northern wilderness like no other place on earth; both above and below water. 🐣"Nest 38" by Tegan Good. This documentary follows a pair of banded dotterels who attempt to defy the odds to raise their chicks on a surprisingly hostile New Zealand beach, as their self-appointed guardisn Ailsa watches on. 🐘"The Genetics of Tusklessness in Elephants" by Nathan Dappen & Neil Losin. This film shares the evolutionary biology behind elephants who never grow tusks while living in the wild, and investigates the process of natural genetic modification as a method of adapting to a creature's environment, as well as the possible reasons for doing so. 🌍All films will be screened in English or with English subtitles. #Vaasawildlifefestival #Vaasa #Filmfestival #Nature #Balticsea #20thanniversary #International #Wildlife #Festival #Film #Vaasavasa #Climatechange #Sustainability #Health #Nature #Finland #Suomi #Movie #Documentary #Landofthefarnorth #Magicaliceland #Nest38 #Thegeneticsoftusklessnessinelephants
30.09.2022 - 04:59

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