FICA – International Environmental Film Festival – was idealized by Luiz Felipe Gabriel Jaime Sautchuk, Adnair France and Luis Gonzaga and by the Government of the State of Goias, through it’s Cultural Agency, AGEPEL. The 1st edition happened in June 1999.
The ambitious project had as its goals to promote films that discuss environmental issues, stimulating debate around the subject and boosting the cultural scene in the state of Goias. In addition, the event improved the creative economy and contributed to the increasing development of the cultural sector and tourism in city chosen to host the Festival, the city of Goias. These objectives continue to be met each year with the Festival.
In its first edition FICA featured 154 films from 17 countries. The competition featured 37 productions (4 feature films, 12 medium-length films and 21 short films) from 12 countries. Brazil presented 17 films from 8 states: Brasilia, Goias, Maranhao, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo.
In its second edition, in June 2000, the festival had grown in number of submitted films, budget and public. There were 224 works submitted for the film exhibition, 38 of them were selected from countries such as Germany, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Scotland, Spain, France, Holland, England, Lithuania, Mongolia and Portugal; and 18 productions of 6 Brazilian states: Goias, Paraiba, Parana, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Tocantins. The event took about 70,000 people to the city of Goias and began to consolidate in the annual calendar of film related events.
Nowadays, the Festival offers the largest award in Latin America on the genre: over US$ 75,000 (over € 68,000) in prizes. Its schedule goes beyond the 7th art and includes dance, theater, music and literature, presenting the public with high quality multicultural attractions for free, an tool to promote culture in the State of Goias.
FICA continues having environmental issues as it’s main feature, creating space for discussions regarding sustainable development that go beyond the big screen, promoting workshops, panel discussions, seminars and other activities, taking the environment issue to a broader level of debate, and enhancing, through these activities, the need for an improved awareness of the relationship between man and nature.
In its last edition, in 2016, the official jury evaluated 356 works submitted for the competitive exhibition selecting 22 films: 12 foreign (Artworks from France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, India, Iran and Mexico) and 10 Brazilian (4 movies from Goias).
The 2017 edition will take place in the city of Goias between the 20th and 25th of June.