Member Festivals

The following environmental festivals are member of ECOMOVE International:

  • Ekofilm
  • Green Vision
  • Puchalski Festival
  • Green Image
  • Envirofilm

Ekofilm (Czech Republic)

Festival: October 02 - 05, 2014

"EKOFILM - International Film Festival on the Environment and Natural and Cultural Heritage" is the oldest European film festival on the environment. It was founded in 1974 as a contribution to the World Environmental Day declared by the United Nations. It was first staged in the town of Ostrava as an international film competition and a source of environmental knowledge through audio visual productions. Prior to the November 1989 events, the annual gatherings of environmental experts and the broader public provided the only discussion platform for environmental problems. The EKOFILM staging of the year 2002 was the sixth one held in one of the most charming town of Southern Bohemia, in Cesky Krumlov. The festival is an international competition of the latest foreign and Czech films and video-programs not only from the perspective of environment and life style, but also on the cultural and natural heritage, including preservation of monuments. The charming surrounding of the town of Cesky Krumlov provides for a unique atmosphere. EKOFILM is not only a meeting of film and TV producers, environmental experts and non-governmental ecological organisations, it is also open to the broad public, students, and schools. In addition to the main screening of the programs there are also seminars and discussions with an interesting guests and additional entertainment. But the announcement of results and awards to the most successful films does not end at the festival, there are various screenings throughout the year in other towns and cities.

The Ministry of the Environment and the town of Cesky Krumlov are the promoters and organisers of the festival. EKOFILM is traditionally held the first week of October.

www.ekofilm.cz

Green Vision (Russia)

"Green Vision" in St. Petersburg is organized by the Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety of the City Administration of St. Petersburg with the support of Western European partners. The program is composed of high quality environmental film and television productions not older than four years, usually originated from about 20-25 countries from all over the world. During each festival, a total of more than 2 000 participants join the event, many of them participate in the discussions. Up to thirty film-makers and environmental experts mainly from Western Europe and CIS countries travel to St. Petersburg in order to take part in the festival. Numerous well known film makers and experts from St. Petersburg attend the event. An internationally composed jury of five members awards six prizes to the best films of different categories. The festival is highly appreciated both by film makers and environmental multipliers. It receives high media coverage far beyond the boundaries of St. Petersburg and Russia. The premises, Dom Kino in the heart of St. Petersburg, has proven to be an excellent place to host the event.

Program: The Festival "Green Vision" has some special focus each year: "Preservation of Water", "Sustainable Development", "Saving Resources" etc. It was decided to keep a balanced number of films from each involved country in the program and to select a number of films addressing children and young people.

Participants: Guests from out of town are invited based on the film selection and more than 2 000 invitations to participate in the festival are distributed through all involved partner organizations in St. Petersburg (universities, research institutes, institutions of out-of-school and in-school environmental education, environmental NGOs public administrations such as district administrations, TV and film studios and others).

Awards: Several prizes are defined: Grand-Prix of the Festival, Most Original Approach to Environmental Issues, Most Courageous Film, Best Film for Children and Youth, For Beauty and Humanism, Best Film About Baltic Sea Region and a Prize of the Audience.

Festival Languages: Russian and English. For the guests of the festival all films are translated simultaneously into English. Dom Kino provide 16 and 35 mm film projectors. A betacam recorder and sound equipment has to be leased from another sources. ECAT also provide its video beamer.

Recognition: The Festival receives superb media coverage. The event is covered on television news in Russia and St. Petersburg. All the participants from CIS countries remark that such festivals help them in their work. Local authorities realize the importance of environmental films in raising public awareness and start to order new films by local film-makers. Based on the experience of "Green Vision" several local and regional festivals have started in Northern Russia, Siberia and Far East.

www.infoeco.ru/greenvision

Puchalski Int. Nature Film Festival (Poland)

Festival: June 2015

The Włodzimierz Puchalski International Nature Festival, with its motto ”The promotion of European nature and landscape” is not only the biggest presentation of nature films in Poland, but above all, it is a great festival of ecologists, filmmakers, naturalists, photographers and painters, who are aware of the issues of the present world and the nature surrounding us. The Festival has been held every second year in Lodz since 1980, and in 2001 it changed its status to international. The main organizer of the event is the Educational Film Studio, which for sixty years has specialized in producing nature and educational films, realized in cooperation with eminent film creators.

The goal of the Festival is promoting Polish and international nature films, evaluation of the present state and future prospects of the nature film development, defining the possibilities of using nature films in educating the young and honouring the most valuable films and TV programs dealing with nature issues. The films which participate in the Festival are short or medium – length, dealing with problems of nature, environment protection, the coexistence of man and nature, and related topics. The main prize of the Festival is Włodzimierz Puchalski Grand Prix for the best film participating in the competition. The total amount of the festival prizes is € 12,000. The Festival is known internationally. The Selection Committee receives films from all over the world. Producers and filmmakers, as well as organizers of film festivals from many countries arrive in Lodz during the Festival film competition.

The Włodzimierz Puchalski International Nature Festival belongs to the ECOMOVE International organization, which has been formed for nature film festivals from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Portugal, Japan and Italy, thus promoting Polish cinematography, especially this particular branch – the nature film. Apart from competition viewings the Festival offers various, unique accompanying events. The participants of the Festival take part in photography and picture previews with talks, meetings discussing the presented films or field trips where they can see what is done in real life to save the environment. The workshops conducted during the Festival aim to teach the youth how to express their emotions and knowledge, how to use various artistic means of expression : there are photography, film and art classes.

The Festival is named after Włodzimierz Puchalski, who was born in 1909 in Mosty Wielkie near Lvov. He was an engineer of agronomy, studied at the Academy of Agriculture in Dublany, at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry. He assisted professor Witold Romer at the Department of Photochemistry of Lvov Polytechnic, where he developed a method of making nature films. His great love for nature together with his skills as a photographer and filmmaker resulted in renowned photography albums and nature films. They brought him popularity and recognition in Poland and abroad. In 1937 he received the gold medal at the Great Hunting Olympics in Berlin for his photography “ Wild Boar in Winter”, and the premiere presentation of his nature film “Bloodless Hunt” in 1939 was a sensation. “A Film Poland Has Never Seen” – that was the title of one of the reviews. In the 1950s he began his cooperation with the Educational Film Studio in Lodz. He made 58 films; won many awards at Polish festivals and abroad. He died in 1979 on King George Island, during the film expedition in the Antarctic.

www.wfo.com.pl

Green Image (Japan)

Festival: March 2015

What is Green Image Global Environmental Film Festival ?

A visual forum to think about the environment through moving images
A festival to see the world’s best environmental fillms and to meet creative talents
Broadening opportunities to encounter the environment issues
Promoting environmental education for children and youth
An expanding network inside and outside of Japan

www.green-image.jp

Envirofilm (Slovakia)

Festival: May 19 - 24, 2014

The objective of "ENVIROFILM - International Festival of Films, TV and video Programmes dealing with the Environment and Protection" is to present new films that broaden knowledge about nature and environmental protection by their contents and artistic level. ENVIROFILM provides an opportunity for international co-operation and exchange of opinions and helps to find new ways for their application. It is a meeting place for creative filmmakers and experts. The programme of the Festival consists of an international contest of films and video programmes, projection of non-competing films for children dealing with nature and environmental protection, conferences, professional and creative seminars and workshops, "green discussions" for general public, meetings, press conferences and special accompanying events for children and students.

Film and video programmes sent for the Festival should focus on nature and environmental protection, sustainable development, environmentally friendly technologies and healthy lifestyles. Films dealing with the protection of environmental components (such as water, soil, air, bedding rocks, etc.), nature and landscape protection, protection of health, residential and working environment (impacts of ManÕs economic activity and possibility to eliminate these negative impacts), global problems of the Earth, environmental education, promotion, civil activities, economic and social aspects of the environment, optimum use of natural resources, sustainable agricultural production, ecologisation of agriculture and international co-operation.

Films, TV and video programmes are classified in following categories:

A Video programmes (magazines) and films
B Documentaries
C Educational and instructive video programmes and films
D Dramatic films on the Festival topic (animated cartoons, puppet films, videoclips, etc.)

The International Jury decide on following prizes awarding:

- GRAND PRIX of the ENVIROFILM endowed with 5,000 DM
- Main prize in A category for the best script of the publicist video programme (magazine) or film awarded by the Minister of the Environment of the SR
- Main prize in B category for the best production of a documentary awarded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the SR
- Main prize in C category for the best script of the educational video programme or film awarded by the Minister of Education of the SR
- Main prize in D category for the best production of the dramatic film (animated cartoons, puppet films, videoclips, etc.) awarded by the Minister of Culture of the SR
- The Jury is entitled to recommend the awarding of further Prizes. A non-statutory prize is every year awarded during the Awarding Ceremony. This is the Prize of the Union of Slovak Television Programmes Makers and the Literature Fund for the long-term contribution in the field of Slovak audio-visual production focused on the environment. This Prize is governed by its own statute.

www.envirofilm.sk