Eco-Fest 2017 : 23-29 october
The festival presents the most valuable films of long, medium or short length, documentaries or animation, international and Romanian productions, with the theme of environment protection and ecology in its various aspects.
The essential aim of the festival is to promote and develop among the population, especially the younger generation, an active awareness and attitude, militant and creative for the protection and safeguarding of nature and environment.
The Festival is held annually in various cities, where Pro Familia Association and the European Ecological Initiative Association (IEE) are organizing the Indifference-Free Zone.
The films are shown with free access for the general public, with a special emphasis on attracting and interactive participation of pupils and students.
At the screenings , debates, meetings with the public and media, will attend genre filmmakers, distributors, film critics from Romania and abroad, organizers of festivals and international film events, educational factors with responsibilities in environmental policy.
|A Chinese proverb says that when the wind changes direction, some people build walls, and others, windmills. We are one of those who build windmills, but not to give Don Quijote the occasion to work ... although, sometimes, only the loyal Rosinanta is missing, to feel exactly like the knight with cardboard arms. We try to change attitudes, correct mentalities, open hearts and minds through culture, out of love for nature.
We have a lot of environmental issues. Massive deforestation, destruction of natural resources, pollution of land and water are themes of the films presented at ECO FEST, both Romanian and foreign productions, during eight-years long editions. Despite having an extraordinary asset, Romania seems to have wrongly chosen the way and strives to "escape" its most valuable charisma: virgin nature. The ECO FEST mission is to fire alarm signals.
Instead of support, we encounter obstacles. Instead of raising windmills, and with their help to provide energy to sustain environmental policies, we hit the walls raised by those who do not want to hear the frustrating truth that we are saying. There are many who love silence, but there are also many who love the truth spoken out on the screens of the International Festival of Ecology Films. To the latter I want to thank them in particular, because they understand that being an ecologist means to be one step ahead of everyone.
Lavinia Sandru - Director ECO FEST
|The signals that our Planet sends us lately are increasingly explicit and alarming.
It looks like Mother Nature is getting tired to allow the aggressive and self-destructive unconsciousness of the human species.The factors responsible for our destiny are still acting hesitating, unconcerned,most often being limited to a regional or local level.In this context, the declared objective of our manifestation is to bring awareness, especially among young people, of the importance of safeguarding the environment,
the need to find the balance of cohabitation in and with nature.
The fact that, from all of those called to get involved in this approach, school and teachers responded like every time with interest and without hesitation, leads us to hope that our effort will not end up without results in the consciousness and attitude of the young generations towards the environment and implicitly to the quality of everyone's life.
Vladimir Marin - Artistic Director ECO FEST
|An atypical team: usually for each operation are one, two or three people. In our way is contrary: each one has several tasks. The veterans of this team are Gina Stefan and Mihai Apolozan - good at all. A big win for the team was the coming of Mariana Pachis, a complete artist, perhaps one of the best in the world in sand art (drawing with sand), but certainly the best in Romania. Lamiita Melu and Codrin "Toni" Mihalache, are mainly responsible for the image of the festival. The production team, although numerically small - Mirela Banu, Vincentiu Popa and Daniel Voica - has an important contribution to every event.
Cornel Diaconu - Founder of ECO FEST (13.09.1949-23.12.2014)