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Clooney puts New Zealandfilmmaker on the shortlist

Clooney puts New Zealandfilmmaker on the shortlist

A short film made by an up and coming New Zealand filmmaker Haydn Butler has reached the final of the prestigious Current TV eco spot competition. The competition was open to entries from around the world and the shortlist judged by the likes of Cameron Diaz and George Clooney.

Haydn's film, 'The Bags', was shot in London and encourages recycling through the chilling vision of a city drowning in its own waste. The Bags is the only finalist from a New Zealand filmmaker. The general public can now watch the finalists and select the winning films at Current TV's website Get voting now! 


Haydn is a young director and writer from Kawerau currently living in London. His short films have won various awards around the world including the best film and the audience prize at London's UpOverDownUnder film festival.

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Current and the Alliance for Climate Protection challenged people from around the world to make provocative ecospots, short video messages designed to inspire people to get involved in solving the climate crisis. Hundreds upon hundreds of ecospots were submitted, and George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Orlando Bloom, Rihanna, among other celebrity judges, picked 23 semifinalists. The contest has now entered its open voting phase--the community is choosing the winners at (Voting closes Friday November 9th at 12:01 PST / 3:01pm EST.)

The top four ecospots as chosen by the community will be broadcast internationally on Current TV, showcased on MySpace's Impact Channel and featured in the Alliance 's national campaign. Having users choose the winners empowers the audience to help shape how the world thinks about the climate crisis, while also helping to spread the message virally.


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