Awarding environmental values with the new Green Spike

‘Butine Bakiaké, un buen camino’ by Pilar Díez and Paloma Pérez

15/10/2018.- The 63rd Valladolid International Film Festival, Seminci, welcomes a new edition of Film and Climate Change Day on Friday, 26th October, an initiative that seeks to illustrate the seventh art’s ability to educate on the problems currently facing society and to contribute towards raising awareness of the need to protect the planet. For the first time ever, films that possess environmental values will have their own space at Seminci, as this year a Green Spike will be awarded. It will also boast its own jury.

Two days will be set aside in this edition. On the 25th, a working meeting will be held during which filmmakers and scientists will have the opportunity to share opinions and experiences about the treatment of environmentally oriented topics on the big screen.

On the 26th, the conclusions drawn will be heard at a round-table discussion in the Salón de los Espejos Hall, where participants will also talk about the ecological footprint during a shooting and about environmental film projects led by Greenpeace. What is more, the new official support measures for awareness-raising projects in this field will be presented and the winner of the Green Spike will be announced.

The green section of the festival will be rounded off with the screening of four feature-length documentaries and one short: Youth Unstoppable, by Canadian director Slater Jewell-Kemker; Die Grüne Lüge by Austria’s Werner Boote; Poisoning Paradise by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico; Cantábrico by Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha; and the short Butine Badiaké: un buen viaje by Pilar Díez and Paloma Pérez.

In addition, Seminci will undergo an analysis led by a company that specialises in detecting the ecological footprint, and based on the outcome actions can be taken to help protect the environment going forward. The festival has already taken steps to adopt more sustainable practices. For example, recycled paper has been used for one of the books published this year and lower grammage paper for the rest; the festival’s car fleet is made up of Renault electric vehicles; plastic bottles will be replaced with water jugs during the festival’s events; and the black background has been reduced to a minimum in the festival’s magazine, thus saving on ink.

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