1.1 Character of the Green Film Network (GFN)
The Green Film Network (GFN) brings together some of the major film festivals that happen annually around the globe with focus on environmental issues. The GFN is a voluntary, democratic, non-profit, non-confessional, cultural Association. The GFN promotes exchange, communication and collaboration regarding the representation of environment issues in moving pictures. The GFN has its headquarters in Torino, Italy, in Via Montebello number 15.
The GFN coordinates its activities through e-mail and internet, regular meetings and special events. Membership to the GFN is open to any Environmental Film Festival that subscribes to the principles and practices as recognized by the GFN and described in our Statute.
1.2 Objectives of the GFN
The network objective is to:
- coordinate the events of the associated festivals;
- promote and distribute films worldwide;
- encourage initiatives and projects that might help people ponder about the environment.
1.3 Activities of the GFN
The GFN is intended to:
- create an international network of cinema festivals with an environmental theme in order to harmonise and coordinate the activities of the participating festivals.
- promote audiovisual products with ecological and environmental themes and encourage initiatives regarding the preservation of the natural, social and cultural environment.
- spread and promote with events, debates, publications, television appearances, the international artistic and cultural production, in particular cinema, musical and literary works.
- realise audiovisual events and activities in order to contribute to the growth of a culture that is aware of the relationship between man and the natural, social and cultural environment.
1.4 The soul of the GFN
Throughout the year, in various part of the world, there are many Environmental Film Festivals — from Seoul to Torino, from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, from Washington to Paris, from Moscow to Toronto.
The idea of the Green Film Network originated in informal contacts between festival coordinators. It was inspired by the shared goal of environmental films festivals of offering films dedicated to the analysis of environmental issues. It was initiated to further the activities of individual festivals and exploit existing synergies and coordination between festivals.
Not only is the cinema an artform, but it is also a very powerful means of communication, an exceptional way of representing reality using a language familiar especially to the younger generations. The words, images and sounds of a film can stir up emotions while calling attention to the message it wishes to convey to its public.
What better way to strengthen the awakening of people’s awareness to environmental problems, than for the GFN, with its Environmental Film Festivals, to become a catalyst for reflection and a vehicle for values and knowledge.
This broadcasting of awareness brought about through the GFN is becoming an essential factor in the process of change, which cannot be put into effect simply with technical solutions, but must be accompanied by an overall transformation in general behaviour. Our interest in ourselves must go hand in glove with our interest for others and the environment.
Our goal is to create a network that promotes environmental awareness. Our dream is that there will be an environmental film festival in every country.