In early April, VSI were delighted that Perspective Film Production got in touch to see if, despite a very fast turnaround, it was able to provide translation and foreign voice-overs for a series of films featuring the 2015 Equator Prize winners. The Equator Prize is a biennial award from the Equator Initiative, a programme established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to recognise what indigenous peoples and local communities are doing to save their environment, combat climate change and protect biodiversity.
The film project began in September 2015 when Janet Boston, Director of Perspective Film Production, was approached by the Equator Initiative to see if she could produce a series of films in time for the Paris Climate Change Conference.
Janet describes a hectic schedule of 6 days a week kicking off in October, with an end result of 21 projects filmed covering a wide range of locations from Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea. Furthermore, two sets of edits were produced, with 5 films shown at the Mogador Theatre to a packed audience of over 1500, and 21 short films which were finished just before Christmas.
The reception in Paris was extraordinary and helped raise the profile of what the award winning communities are doing to combat climate change; and how their efforts have global significance, particularly in achieving the targets agreed in Paris. While the main purpose of the 10 minute films was for use in Paris and news media at the time, the five minute films were primarily designed for use by the Equator Prize winners and for local distribution. Creating language versions was therefore critical to extend their outreach and impact; as was a deadline linked to the signing of the Paris Climate Change agreement in New York on April 21st.
Undaunted by the time frame VSI provided translations and voice-over artists for all 21 films, covering a range of some of the world’s most prominent, and most rare, languages. From Amharic, to Bahasa and Dari, VSI’s all-encompassing database of over 2,500 translators ensured that even the most uncommon languages were made fully accessible. The project was managed centrally by one of VSI London’s experienced project managers who worked closely with Janet to meet the April 21st deadline. The great news is that having achieved the target date many of the local United Nations Development Programme offices were able to hold local award ceremonies for the 2015 Equator Prize winners and have been full of praise for the accuracy of the translation and quality of the voiceovers.
This isn’t the first time VSI has been involved in such an Important cause. Take a look at the #OursToLose campaign here >http://bit.ly/1WnBqXc - another project we worked on that was designed to bring climate change to the forefront of our priorities.