A documentary film award is making the news recently and that’s not something that happens that often. The reason behind the splash isn’t so much the film itself, but the technology with which it was made. Water with life is an environmental documentary but what makes it unique is how it’s filmed.
It’s the first 8K documentary that utilizes this innovative technology to showcase its subject matter and present it to the viewer in a newly engaging way.
Gold Remi Award
The award in question is called Gold Remi Award for a short film and it’s awarded at the Huston international film festival. It’s an annual event and this was the 53rd edition of the festival. The film was produced by NHK Enterprises and sponsored by Delta Electronics Foundation. It’s the second film sponsored by Delta to win this award, the first one being, “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above”.
The film itself will be available for purchase sometime in June but not in the 8K version since most viewers wouldn’t be able to watch it in that technology in the first place.
What makes the film interesting is that it very much utilizes the technology that it has at its disposal and the technology itself is the main focus, meaning the images that it’s able to reproduce.
Ms. Shan-Shan Guo, vice chairman of Delta Foundation and project leader of the “Water with Life” film, said, “This documentary doesn’t focus on criticizing the environment problems we are facing. On the contrary, it uniquely highlights the grace of Taiwan’s water resources with groundbreaking 8K images. Each vivid 8K scene of this film was conceived to bring the audience’s souls closer to those gorgeous places, so that we all cherish and protect the natural resources of our planet.”
Ms. Shan-Shan Guo added, “How mankind protects the environment is a main axis of this documentary film. The wildlife rehabilitator for the Formosan landlocked salmon, the guide of Qilan Forest, and the young artists who created popsicles out of polluted water, are all captivating conservation stories within the film that have inspired every stakeholder to value our planet more. Also, the film includes several scenes reflecting culture elements related to water resources in Taiwan, such as dried persimmon making in Beipu, paper umbrella art in Meinong, traditional craft of hand-making paper in Puli, all put in place to highlight the joy of living in this treasure island. The way this film brings people and the environment together has certainly been a core feature valued by the jury of the Houston International Film Festival Awards.”
The WordFest Huston festival is one of the oldest of such festivals in the country and it plays a big role in establishing a film in the industry and helping it find the audience. It focuses on independent film and on video production in general, that goes beyond the film industry itself.
This year the selection was made between 4500 films that applied. All the films needed to be broadcasted somewhere before and Water with Life was broadcasted on a Japanese channel that was able to support the technology and show it in full 8K resolution.
The film was produced by Japan’s NHK Enterprises and a team of over 50 professionals. The filming took one year and nine months and it cost approximately $1 million. It was a pioneering project for the Delta Foundation and it has let to this company funding two other such films both with the environmental message and theme.
One of them regarding humpback whales, and one regarding the effects of ocean warming on coral reefs and both are using the revolutionary technology to showcase those subjects.
Delta also cooperated with large museums to hold non-profit screening events to display the film with its very own 37,000-lumen 8K projector. Unfortunately, there are no new viewings due to the covid19 outbreak.
The company was founded in 1971 and it’s a global leader in switching power supplies and thermal management products with a thriving portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions in the fields of industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display, to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities.
It tries to brand itself as a corporate citizen and one that cares about the issues related to the environment and other socially responsible topics. These films are a part of that effort and a rather successful one.
The film Water with Life wins an award for the best documentary mostly due to the new and groundbreaking filming technique that it uses. It’s an 8K film about the water resources in Japan. The technology will soon find its ways to other ventures.