DREFF to participate in 20th Environmental International Film Festival (FICMA)
New York, October 29, 2013Tweet
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an initiative of GFDD and FUNGLODE, will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain, from November 5 – 9, 2013, to participate in several activities complementing screenings at the 20th Environmental International Film Festival (FICMA), one of the world’s largest and most established film festivals of its kind.
DREFF’s 2013 original 17 minute short film Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience (¿Basura o Recurso/Materia Prima? Experiencia de la República), which recently premiered during the III DREFF in September, will be among two DREFF short films to be screened on Thursday, November 5, at the Biblioteca Sagrada Familia, at 7pm. (View Synopsis | View Trailer).
Additionally, DREFF, as represented by Directors Natasha Despotovic and Yamile Eusebio, will participate in FICMA’s latest initiative, Global Encounter for Environmental Education. It is a new initiative which brings together leading environmental organizations from around the world, including the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), Goodplanet Foundation, and Fundacion Biodiversidad, among others, to share lessons learned and help promote their respective environmental education programs. Ms. Despotovic will be presenting the DREFF Education programs and activities at this event to take place Saturday, November 9 at 11am, at the Cosmo Caixa venue.
The International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA) was founded in Barcelona, Spain, in 1993 and has been held every year since without exception. As such, it has the distinction of being the longest running environmental film festival in the world and is the only festival of its kind to hold competitions and which does not accept productions that are more than a year old. This places it ahead of other festivals of this type. The FICMA is an internationally recognized festival and in the year 2000 received the Princes’ Award (a European Community prize awarded by the European Agency for the Environment of the EC and the Princes’ Award Foundation).
FICMA is the founder of the largest and most important global network of festivals of this kind: The EFFN (Environmental Film Festival Network). The EFFN is made up of festivals in many countries such as the United States, Argentina, Peru, Spain, Portugal, Ghana, Israel, France and Mexico, and it aims to maintain a solidarity and a collaborative relationship between different events as well as being an international reference point for the latest news on cinema and the environment on the web.
FICMA has given cinema an important role in raising awareness and disseminating information about global environmental concerns through a medium that entertains and educates audiences at the same time. FICMA up-holds and defends the idea that “the environment is a human right”, a common good that has a great relevance and importance for our life and that of the planet. Ecology, culture, economics, migrations, wars, the widespread felling of forests and social issues, amongst many others, are the essence of why this festival was created, and continues to thrive, until the present day.
- Cinemas Girona in Barcelona (Carrer Girona 173 / Metro Line 5, Stop “Verdaguer”)
- Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona (Avda Diagional 643 / Metro Line 3, Stop “Palau Reial”)
- CosmoCaixa (Carrer Isaac Newton 26 / Metro FCC, Stop “Avda Tibidabo”)
- Sagrada Familia Library (Carrer Provenza 480 / Metro Line 2, Stop “Sagrada Familia”)
- French Institute of Barcelona (Carrer Moiá 8 / Metro Line 3, Stop “Diagonal”)
For more information and full schedule please visit: http://www.ficma.com
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