A documentary film has been making waves in the industry as of late. The reason behind the splash isn’t so much the film itself, but rather the technology with which it was produced. Water With Life is an environmental documentary, breaking ground as the first documentary to utilise 8K technology.
Gold Remi Award
The film has been awarded the Gold Remi Award for short film format, presented at the Huston International Film Festival. The event is held annually, and is currently in its 53rd year. Water With Life was produced by NHK Enterprises, sponsored by Delta Electronics Foundation. It is the second film sponsored by Delta to win this award, the first being Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above.
The film itself will be available for purchase sometime in June. Sadly, viewers will not be able to experience in its original 8K format, as such technology is not currently available for home use.
The film’s highlight is the technology at its disposal, and the incredible images that were produced as a result.
Ms. Shan-Shan Guo, vice chairman of Delta Foundation and project leader of the Water with Life, 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 also 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 in the country, playing a massive role in establishing films in the industry. The festival focuses on independent film and video production. This year’s selection was made from a lineup of 4,500 applicants. 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.
The film was produced by Japan’s NHK Enterprises alongside a team of over 50 industry professionals. Filming took one year and nine months to complete, with a budget of approximately $1,000,000. It was a pioneering project for the Delta Foundation, and has led the company to fund two additional films with similar environmental themes.
Delta has also cooperated with large museums to hold non-profit screenings, displaying the film with its very own 37,000-lumen 8K projector. Unfortunately, no new viewings are planned at present, due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.