Short Film About Organic Oranges Wins Impact DOCS Award

The Orange Life of the Algarve Short Film Algarve

“The Orange Life of the Algarve”, by Sebastiaan Opschoor

– December 6, 2021

Sebastiaan Opschoor, independent filmmaker residing in Portugal, won a prestigious Award of Merit from the Impact DOCS Awards Competition in the United States. The award was given for Sebastiaan Opschoor’s short documentary The Orange Life of the Algarve, which highlights organic orange farming in the Algarve.

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“I set out to showcase the special Algarvian orange but ultimately found a group of passionate organic farmers that forced me to tell a deeper story. A story of an industry that is excessively using chemicals because they think they need it to meet mass demand. It’s organic farmers like João Rocha and Rui Vieira that hopefully inspire a change towards sustainable farming,” says Sebastiaan Opschoor.

The Orange Life of the Algarve has also won the Cotswold International Film Festival for Best Documentary Short Film. The short film was made without any budget and produced by Matteo Rovetti of Algarve Food Experience and Pash Marketing Agency. Postproduction was done by Pim Gelevert from the Netherlands.

The short tells the story of a growing movement of organic farmers that promote “a feasible and sustainable solution that could ultimately position the Algarve as one of the leading organic orange farming areas in Europe”. “In the Algarve, you find a surprisingly sweet and juicy orange, considered one of the best in the world. But production is plagued by commerce, monoculture, and the use of pesticides.

The Orange Life of the Algarve Short Film Inside Carvoeiro

Photo by Rui Vieira

This presents an immediate danger to all life around it. Currently, only around 1% of all oranges in the Algarve are organic. Algarve falls behind to the northern regions of Portugal, where vineyards and olive producers are quickly transitioning to biological farming,” say film producers. The short film has yet to be released to the public as the film is awaiting results of other international film festivals and options are being considered for broader distribution.

Impact DOCS recognises film, television, videography, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award-winning filmmakers and fresh new talent. Entries were judged by professionals in the film and television industry.


Photos by Rui Vieira and João Rocha

Author: Inside Carvoeiro

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