CinemAmbiente 2015 is special in several ways. The festival date has been moved from June to October to coincide with Feeding the Cities, a project promoted by the City of Turin in conjunction with the events held during the World Forum for Local Economic Development. Since CinemAmbiente is also included in the ExpoTo 2015 calendar, this year’s Festival has an added food dimension in keeping with the main theme of Expo 2015. What will we be eating in 2050 when we’ll be sharing the table with 10 billion hungry people? The Festival’s opening night film, 10 Billion: What’s on Your Plate? by German filmmaker Valentin Thurn, seeks to answer that question.
Other questions are raised by Luc Jacquet’s La Glace et le Ciel, whose March of the Penguins garnered him an Oscar, and Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s HUMAN, which evokes a sort of existential experience.
As in past festivals, selected films will be running in three competition categories: eight films in the international documentary category, outstanding reportage films in the One Hour category, and national productions in the Italian documentary category.
Panorama features films screened at Interfilm Berlin, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, a selection of films on the topic of food from the National Archive for Industrial Film, plus a variety of shorts, animation films, fiction, commercials, and short documentaries which, altogether, provide an overview of the health of our planet.
There are two special awards. The Torino e le Alpi special award offered by the Compagnia di San Paolo will be given in recognition of the film that best presents the environmental and social dimensions of the Alps. The Cooperativa Arcobaleno special award will go to the film that best presents green economy as an opportunity for employment and social inclusion.
The Ecotalk section is devoted to deepening our understanding of the topics covered by the films and in discussions with experts from various fields. The ever popular Ecoevents will be held in collaboration with Coldiretti, Bike Pride, Legambiente, Cooperativa Arcobaleno, MacA, Spazio Agorà in piazza Castello, and many other associations with which CinemAmbiente continues to collaborate.
CinemAmbiente 2015 once again demonstrates that it is much more than a film festival. Over the years, it has become a focal point for scores of cultural and social activities where the environment is our third teacher. Consistent with this view, the CinemAmbiente project provides a valuable Web-based media resource for educators working on environmental themes with their classes or professionals needing films for their seminars. In addition, CinemAmbiente heads the Green Film Network, which currently includes 29 festivals from 26 countries.
Finally, I wish to thank the National Museum of Cinema, the City of Turin, the Fondazione per la Cultura Torino, the Ministry of the Environment, the private sponsors, and particularly the Festival’s two main corporate sponsors, CONAI, the national packaging consortium, and Iren S.p.A, for their support. It is my hope that audiences will find CinemAmbiente 2015 an entertaining and rewarding experience and that CinemAmbiente will continue to involve the community in building a greener future.