The sixth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) came to an end after six wonderful days, 140 screenings in over 40 venues in 11 cities, reaching more than 10,000 people.
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, as well as examples of best practices to achieve them, while celebrating the unique beauty and natural heritage of the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and the movie, Landfill Harmonic, winner of the Green Film Network Award, the Oscar of environmental film, were the stars of the closing ceremony, which took place at Funglode’s headquarters in Santo Domingo.
During the closing ceremony, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri – 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recipient on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – received this year’s highest recognition of the Film Festival, the Colibrí Award, for his outstanding academic and professional career. In addition to receiving the award, Dr. Pachauri, born in India, also gave the keynote speech entitled, “Sustainability and Sustainable Development: A Challenge for All.