Odyssey 2050

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Odyssey 2050
Directed by Daniel Bermejo
Story by Bruce Callow
Synchro Films
Young people across the world
Starring Jair Cruz
Carlos Lewis
Hanzell Carballo
Bruce Callow
Douglas Williamson
Sharon Campbell
Gabriel Facchini
Music by Harris Montero
Bruce Callow
Cinematography Harris Montero
Miguel Bermejo
Daniel Bermejo
Edited by Synchro Films
Running time
Short Film in Spanish and English: 12 minutes
Longer Spanish version: 47 minutes
Feature Film: tbc
Country Costa Rica
United Kingdom
Language Spanish

Odyssey 2050 is a film project that incorporates digital animation as well as documentary and live action sequences with the aim of motivating young people from around the world into taking constructive action on climate change. Odyssey 2050 is a registered NGO and the film is being produced in Costa Rica by Daniel and Miguel Bermejo of the Synchro Film company, Bruce Callow of the UK Embassy in Costa Rica, and with the collaboration and assistance of various organisations, such as the Earth Charter Initiative[1] and the British Council.

Odyssey 2050 blends animation and graphics with real life images of environmental destruction, and aims to raise awareness, create positive change and to reach young people across the world.

Odyssey 2050 is managed by the Odyssey 2050 Association, which enjoys the backing of the British Embassy in Costa Rica, and along with the production of the film, the team at Odyssey 2050 are engaged worldwide in running workshops at schools and universities, climate change conferences and businesses.


The year is 2050 and alien space travelers look down on Planet Earth and witness the terrible devastation that it has suffered from climate change and environmental destruction at the hands of its most dominant species—humans. Incomprehension sweeps throughout the alien ship and into their alien thoughts, as they ask 'how can such an intelligent and creative species treat their own planet like this?' They return to the present day to warn young people about the society that awaits them if positive action is not taken. Time is running out—it's not too late.


The objective of Odyssey 2050 is to educate and motivate a generation of environmentally conscious young people to put ideas into action. As explained by Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz during the film - "it's not your fault....but it's your responsibility, unfortunately. So you will have to take action, and you will have to lead the world into making some changes..... it will require a lot of firm action of your part."[2]

Odyssey 2050 engages its young audience in a relevant way that makes it fun and motivating and encourages them to start thinking about sustainability and the biophysical environment. To achieve this, it combines computer-animated aliens, audience interaction, fun graphics and real-life footage of young environmental activists who are making a difference. It seeks to highlight the reality and multiple dimensions of climate change, such as droughts, failing crops, global warming, carbon emissions, melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels, and that protecting the environment is a shared responsibility, and human actions, whether it is a nation or a single person, can affect all animals and species that co-exist on our planet.

Promotion, Workshops, Conferences[edit]

The Odyssey 2050 Comic Book[edit]

The promotional Odyssey 2050 comic book was released in March 2012 in London and was sponsored by Artists' Project Earth, a UK registered charity.[3] One of the objectives of Odyssey 2050 is to reach out to young people from across the world, and especially marginalised and vulnerable groups who often don't have access to electricity, computers and DVD players. The comic book enables young people in areas of limited technology and financial resources to be introduced to the project and have fun while they learn about climate change and the need to take action on it. The comic has been distributed across schools in remote and neglected parts of Latin America’s poorest country, Nicaragua. The Odyssey 2050 association works in partnership with the Caribbean Coast Catholic Church coordinators that run schools for 17,000 young Nicaraguans and ensure that the comics are used well by the schools and compliment existing environmental education programmes.[4]

Following in the success of the Odyssey 2050 Comic Book, a short photo and information book highlighting Odysseys global work will be produced.

Interactive Audience[edit]

A unique feature of Odyssey 2050 is that it is interactive. Young people from across the world have been invited to submit videos, illustrations, graphics, and written ideas to Odyssey 2050 to express how they think the script should develop or to highlight the actions they are taking in their communities to tackle climate change and protect the environment. Using these ideas and messages the script writers and technical team for Odyssey 2050 are developing and creating the story.


A key to Odyssey 2050´s success is the way it combines artistic, environmental and scientific elements. The short film serves as a climate change educational resource in a number of countries across the world.

Odyssey 2050 has been adopted by The British Council who have developed an online intermediate English lesson plan that incorporates the main messages of the film into its teaching.[5]

United Nations Climate Change Conferences[edit]

Odyssey 2050 milestones include energetic interventions at COP 16 and Cop 17. In December 2010, Odyssey 2050 participated in COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico. The short-film was screened to Cancun high school students at the COP 16 Climate Change Village. Award winning Odyssey 2050 graphic artwork from Poland, New Zealand, Armenia, South Korea and Sweden was featured at the event. In the lead up to this conference competitions were held in countries all over the world to have their works represented at the conference alongside Odyssey 2050 and the prize winners from Mexico and Central America were in attendance and exchanged ideas about how to protect the environment.[6]

Whilst attending in DurbanCOP17 the Odyssey 2050 Association held workshops with children

In December 2011, whilst attending COP 17, Odyssey 2050 held workshops with primary, high school and university students in Durban and the film short was shown in the UNFCCC Digital Media Lounge to government negotiators, NGOs and journalists from across the world.[7]

In 2012 Odyssey 2050 will be attending COP 18 in Qatar, and also the London Olympics.[8]

TEDx Pura Vida Conferences[edit]

In 2011, British ambassador Tom Kennedy gave a presentation on Odyssey 2050 at the TEDx Pura Vida Conference in San Jose Costa Rica generating interest throughout the Spanish speaking world. Later in the year, Ambassadors Sharon Campbell and Chris Campbell gave a sneak preview of the first module of Odyssey 2050 at the TEDx Joven Pura Vida conference at the Nova Cinema. At these conferences, reaction to the film was positive, and has resulted in competitions being launched for the students who attended the conferences, the winners of which will visit Synchro Studios and/or have lunch with Ambassadors.

Odyssey 2050 Time Capsule and Launch of Spanish version of the film[edit]

Juan Pablo Alfaro

On September 26 in the auditorum of the National Centre for Advanced Technology (CENAT) in San Jose Costa Rica, the premiere of the 45 minute Spanish language version of Odyssey 2050 took place. 350 Costa Rican students attended the event and also participated in the launch of the Odyssey 2050 Time Capsule which is housed within the CENAT and will be opened in September 2050. Over 800 messages for the Time Capsule were collected from young people from countries around the world including South Africa, Canada and Spain and Nicaragua. At the event 18-year-old Juan Pablo Alfaro received a special award from Odyssey 2050 and the Costa Rican Ministry of Science for an invention he developed that filters toxic gases emitted from vehicles. Popular Costa Rican television personalities Yiyo and Choche ( who also act in the film) helped host the event making it highly enjoyable for the young audience.


Dr. Chang with students during the filming at Ad Astra Rocket Company.

Odyssey 2050 has the support of Costa Rican scientist and former NASA astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang, who joined the Odyssey 2050 team in May 2010 and currently appears in the film short.[9]

In November 2011, FCO Minister Jeremy Browne attended an Odyssey 2050 event where he presented awards to Odyssey 2050 champions from across Costa Rica. During his visit, he described Odyssey 2050s objective as getting young people from across the globe to 'engage with their environment and inspiring them to change it for the better' and he described the project as 'valuable' offering a unique voice and perspective.[10]

Jeremy Browne working with the Odyssey 2050 team in Costa Rica

In May 2011, the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla declared Odyssey 2050 of 'Public and Cultural Interest'.[11]

Odyssey 2050 enjoys the backing of the British Embassy in Costa Rica, and works closely with HM Ambassadors Sharon Campbell and Christopher Campbell.

The 47 minute Spanish version of the film will be making its television premier in Costa Rica in December 2012.


  1. ^ Earth, Charter. "Odyssey 2050, A Climate Change and Environmental Education Film Premieres in Costa Rica at the Franklin Chang Institute". Earth Charter. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Chang Diaz, Franklin. "Odyssey 2050 Film Short". Odyssey 2050. Synchro Film. 
  3. ^ Odyssey 2050, Registered Charity no. 1113451 at the Charity Commission
  4. ^ Callow, Bruce. "Odyssey 2050 Art Competition in Nicaragua". British Embassy Costa Rica. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  5. ^ Council, British. "Lesson Plan Odyssey 2050". Odyssey 2050. Synchro Films. 
  6. ^ Callow, Bruce. "Odyssey 2050 Energises COP 16". Odyssey 2050. British Foreign Commonwealth Office. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Callow, Bruce. "COP 17: Post Script.". Odyssey 2050. Synchro Films. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Callow, Bruce. "Earth Charter Odyssey 2050 Video Competition". Odyssey 2050. British Foreign Common Wealth Office. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Callow, Bruce. "Odyssey 2050 film project aims for the stars". Odyssey 2050. The British Foreign Commonwealth Office. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Callow, Bruce. "Young Central Americans share their vision for 2050 by Jeremy Browne". Odyssey 2050. British Embassy Costa Rica. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Garita, Mario. "Costa Rican animated film teaches about climate change". Odyssey 2050. The Costa Rican News. 

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