The Cinema and Climate Change programme is extended and the Green Spike is inaugurated

Filmmakers and scientists will analyse ways to raise awareness among the public and the film industry of the need to respect the environment and avoid pollution during film shoots

10/15/2018.- The 63rd SEMINCI will host a new edition of the Cinema and Climate Change Day, an initiative which aims to highlight the ability of cinema to raise awareness among film lovers (particularly young people) about environmental issues and the need to protect the planet from phenomena such as climate change.

SEMINCI has received valuable support for the organisation of this event from Greenpeace, Asociación Estatal de Cine (Spanish State Film Association), the University of Valladolid, Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists in Action) and the Department for the Environment at Valladolid City Council. For the first time, films with environmental values will have their own section in the list of award-winners, as this year the first ever Green Spike will be awarded, with its own designated jury. SEMINCI has decided that this award will remain a fixture of the festival in the coming years.

In this edition, as different to the last, the festival will host two Cinema and Climate Change Days on 25th and 26th October. On the first day, environmental scientists and filmmakers (scriptwriters, directors and producers) will participate in a closed debate divided into two sessions, which will also be attended by representatives of organisations such as Greenpeace and Ecologists in Action. On the morning of 25th October, the attendees will participate in a workshop led and moderated by Carlos de Castro, physicist and professor at the University of Valladolid, in which, using scenes from films as an example, he will analyse (and discuss with the filmmakers) hits and misses in the presentation of environmental conflicts and their treatment in cinema. The discussion will focus on common errors and stereotypes appearing in films with environmental themes, and the correct language and approach to adopt in order to convey the intentions and messages to cinemagoers in a clear, simple manner.

During the afternoon session, led by producer Álvaro Longoria, the question Does cinema pollute? will be explored. It is well-known that film shoots tend to be highly polluting for the environment, due to the waste and damage which they can cause in the area where filming is taking place. There are initiatives which allow these impacts, known as the ecological footprint, to be measured both for film shoots and cinematographic events such as SEMINCI itself. Longoria and the participants in the session will analyse progress in the quest for sustainable filming, and will highlight the need for progressive implementation of the Green Shooting Card, a code featuring measures for reducing pollution during film shoots. Specific case studies will be explored, and it is possible that the meeting will give rise to commitments to apply ecological footprint measuring to specific film shoots.

On 26th October, the day will begin with the deliberation of the jury which, for the first time, will award the Green Spike to the film which best conveys the environmental values of the 63rd Seminci, a decision which will be made public during the afternoon session. The jury will be made up of David Baute, director of the Canary Islands International Environmental Film Festival; Agencia EFE journalist Arturo Arena, an expert on environmental topics; Mónica Parrilla, director of the Forest Fires campaign and coordinator of the Gender Team at Greenpeace; Elvira Cámara, national coordinator of Ecologists in Action, and Carmen Duce, an industrial engineer and technician at the Department of International Development Cooperation at the University of Valladolid.

During the afternoon of 26th October, a round table session open to the public and the media will be held, in which the jury’s decision will be made public and a summary of the discussions and conclusions from the first day will be presented. This round table discussion will feature active participation from a Greenpeace representative, who will explain their perspective on the themes addressed during the first day and will describe the organisation’s experiences in the world of environmental film, with reference to the specific case of the film directed by Longoria himself on the degradation of the Antarctic with brothers Javier and Carlos Bardem as direct witnesses. Plans for supporting the fight against climate change will also be presented by Ecologists in Action and companies including Aquavall and Triodos Bank.

The ecological section of the festival will conclude with screenings of four feature-length documentaries and one short documentary at Broadway Cinemas (screens 5 and 9): Youth Unstoppable by Canadian director Slater Jewell-Kemker; Die Grüne Lüge by Austrian director Werner Boote; Poisoning Paradise by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico; and Cantábrico by Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha, as well as the short film Butine Badiaké: un buen viaje by Pilar Díez and Paloma Pérez. These films are in the running for the Green Spike, along with other titles on the programme for the Official Section and Time of History: fiction features Aga by Milko Lazarov and Kona Fer Í Strid (Woman at War) by Benedikt Erlingsson, which will be screened at the Calderón and Carrión theatres, and the documentary A Journey to the Fumigated Towns by Pino Solanas, which can been seen on screen 9 at Broadway cinema.

SEMINCI, greener than ever

The Green Spike

In order to remain consistent in its support for environmental issues, in particular efforts to curb the impacts of climate change, SEMINCI will undergo analysis by a company specialising in measuring ecological footprints, whose report will serve to adopt measures encouraging protection of the environment. The festival has already taken steps to adopt more sustainable practices, such as the use of recycled paper in one of the books which it is publishing this year and the use of paper with lower grammage for other purposes; the fleet of cars used by the festival around the city will incorporate electric vehicles from Renault; the plastic bottles formerly used at ceremonies and meetings will be replaced by glass jugs, and the festival magazine has reduced its black backgrounds to a minimum, to minimise ink consumption.


Films to compete for the Green Spike 

ÁGA, Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria / Germany / France)

CANTÁBRICO, Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha (Spain)

DIE GRÜNE LÜGE (The Green Lie/La mentira verde), Werner Boote (Austria)

KONA FER Í STRID (Woman At War/La mujer de la montaña), Benedikt Erlingsson (France / Iceland / Ukranie)

POISONING PARADISE (Envenenar el paraíso), Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico (USA)

VIAJE A LOS PUEBLOS FUMIGADOS (A Journey To The Fumigated Towns), Pino Solanas (Argentina)

YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE (Otro mundo es posible), Slater Jewell-Kemker (Canada)

Butine Badiaké: un buen viaje, Pilar Díez and Paloma Pérez (España) – Short film

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