Since 2010, Cinema Verde has hosted a multidisciplinary program of film, music, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and public forums focused on broad themes related to the environment and cultural and economic sustainability.
The goal of the Festival is to increase public awareness about environmental practices that enhance public health and that improve the quality of life for all persons. The Festival also serves as a forum for community organizations, businesses, and citizens to discuss ways to work together to create a sustainable culture.
An integral part of the festival is a film competition. A call for entries is issued worldwide at a recognized website for film makers. The competition has categories for professionals and students–high school and college. Winning films are recognized at an award ceremony and shown during the festival. The film contestants are invited to come to Gainesville. In previous years, we have received films from all around the world.
In addition to screening films, Cinema Verde brings national, international, and local filmmakers, artists, scientists, and government and community leaders to the festival in person and by skype to discuss the films and the issues with audiences after films and at related events such as forums to collaborate toward creating a more sustainable community.
“The logo for the festival is the passion flower, and Cinema Verde films open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds so that a passion will flower in us to preserve our world because it surrounds us and supports us. Caring for the environment is ultimately caring for ourselves.” Lynn Dirk, Board Member
The Festival films are powerful and shocking, moving and compelling, enlightening and frightening, and sometimes funny and sweet – all focused on the many ways our lives are tightly woven into our environment, how we treat the environment and how that comes back to us. The films topics range from A to Z: animals, climate, chemicals, economics, energy, food, happiness, nature, plastics, resources, sustainability, waste, water, and zeroing in on solutions.
With personal stories, revealing images, and dynamic illustrations of causes and effects, these films are an antidote to bad news headlines and long complicated explanations in print.
Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival is a production of GoGreenNation.org.