Films for agroecology by those in agroecology

This festival, and the process that preceded it, reflects an aspiration for a global exchange of ideas between those working at the frontiers of agroecological transitions; the science, the practice and the social movement.

The films on display represent the culmination of a complex 10 month process that sought to put the power of digital storytelling into the hands of agroecology research networks across 10 countries. This process didn’t collect professionally produced submissions — it sought to develop localised capabilities for place-based, digital storytelling.

Curatorially, this festival reflects a belief in the power of user-generated content, with the festival representing a united effort by farmers and others working with them to exchange grassroots innovation and research in agroecology. These are not glossy promotional films, but rather a celebration of the power of low-tech filmmaking skills in the hands of real people telling their own stories from the field: Progressive, authentic and deeply rooted to the contexts in which they were created.

The film selection goes beyond simply conveying findings of farmer-centred research, offering a deeper portrait of the people, work and ideas within the Collaborative Crop Research Programme today. The films emerged from a wide range of voices from across various networks in three continents. From farmers and extension workers, to community mobilisers and academics, their stories tell an exciting story of the changing face of agricultural research and development.

In the spirit of inclusivity and commitment to diverse voices, we strove to celebrate local language communication, while also ensuring that all films were then available in English, Spanish and French, the 3 main languages of the network.This involved extensive behind the scenes translation work.

The hope is that this process has built not only a collection of short films that will be of use to other agroecology practitioners around the world, but that through the 10-month training and feedback process which birthed these films, new capacities now exist within these networks to leverage the power of digital storytelling to build collective voice, amplify local efforts.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of the Farmer Research Film Festival?

The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) is hosting a virtual festival of film, photography and story, which honors, celebrates, amplifies and strengthens the exciting work being done around farmer-centred research, and shares lessons for taking the practice forward. We look forward to celebrating the films that have been created to reimagine research for Agroecology.We have embarked on a 3-month journey of train-the-trainer in amateur mobile filmmaking to assist project leads and grantees to create short films. We have especially sought to highlight content that showcases co-learning between farmers, researchers and support organisations or amplifies farmer voice.


When is the Farmer Research Film Festival?

The festival will be held over two days, on the 11th and 12th of October.

Day one (October 11th)
Live screening will begin at 4pm - 5pm East Africa Time (EAT, Nairobi Kenya) . It will then be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session at 5pm-5.30pm with the filmmakers.

Day two (October 12th)
Live screening will begin at 4pm and end at 5pm EAT.


Where will the Farmer Research Film Festival be hosted?

The film festival will be screened live via Youtube LiveStream. To register to receive the link, please click here:


Is it open to the public?

Yes, the Festival is open to everyone and we invite people to join us from all over the world. The Live Shows will be screened live in three languages ;  English, French and Spanish. A different selection of films will be selected for each language, helping to showcase the array of wonderful films that have been submitted. We strongly encourage our virtual audience to engage via livechat throughout , as we celebrate the festival.


How were the films selected?

An amazing selection of films were submitted. Films were watched and then selected by a small team of curators who identified some of the most engaging and innovative stories made by groundbreaking artists. The team of curators had a specific criteria that was employed by a democratised system of collaboration to select the final films for the Festival.

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