Showing that every non-human animal is an individual with a unique personality: Maria Tiqwah (NL)

“Let us be, first and above all, kind”

Caring about animals and caring about humans don’t rule each other out: Anna Morozova (the Baltics)

“Social and political movements which have equality and compassion in focus are important to me. Compassion in the widest meaning of it, be it to fellow Earthlings, or to planet Earth in general, or to other races, genders, alternative lifestyles, what not. I might say a strange thing, but I think that tolerance is not enough. You can tolerate and secretly hate something or someone at the same time. Compassion and empathy go a longer way, in my opinion. Of course, veganism and third-wave feminism are important. Extinction Rebellion is important, even if I am not involved too much. Various kind of environmental actions, be it within Let’s Do It! frames or otherwise. Those promoting human rights and creating opportunities.”

Promoting vegan, feminist and environmental messages on film and also behind the camera: Melanie Light (UK)

“There is something which is like an addiction from working in the film industry, I love it as form of art and creativity. It is really hard, long hours and can fuck with your mental health but I feel like there is nothing else I could do with myself. I am working hard to get myself into a position where I can use my platform of film making to spread messages and awareness of positivity.”

Making people smile: Maarika (Teacup Goblins; EE)

“I want my art to make people smile. It's not a huge goal but it might just make a small difference in someone's day. To me that's good enough.”