They changed the climate and destroyed the peace
And together we can stop them!
There are many of us with memory, firmness and conviction.
And they can’t hold us back anymore!
With SUNCINE, the cinema of hope, we are joining together
with the voice of the planet, of the people, of the youth,
for Justice, Peace and Equality.
There is a proverb that says, “If you want to know your present, look at what you put into your past; if you want to know what will happen in the future, take care of what you do in your present.”
Our planet is in the situation that it’s in, and now is the time to be critical and to see how far our responsibility can go, commit ourselves to it and push for change.
We owe this self-criticism to the youngest among us, to those that are inheriting the future, to those who have for years been heading out onto the streets to demand change in everything associated with environmental policy.
The environment is life. And young people are the most important force in this transformation. Here at the festival we want to empower them and facilitate leadership and commitment to new generations: they are the light; the new sun. They are SUNCINE.
FICMA —the initials that the festival was known by until now— from this year will be called “the cinema of the Sun”: the cinema of this star that gives us life and warmth. The sunrise each day is a rebirth: a new page in our lives and our planet.
SUNCINE this year presents films starring young people; they are the people who have decided to set the scene for sustainability, peace and humanity, so that our future is a dignified place for all living things.
As with every year, more than 90 films shared between different sections, aimed at all types of audience, are brought to the festival. A chance to get together, to celebrate life, to connect with each other and with the directors of these marvellous audio-visual pieces, and to share experiences and inspire ourselves and each other. Cinema, workshops, conferences, talks… this is SUNCINE!
On the website and in the catalogue you can see the wonderful programme that we have prepared, with the majority of the productions yet to be premiered in our country. A unique opportunity to enjoy this homage to Earth. “Earth gives us life, it gives us shelter, it nourishes us, and it embraces us when we die… how are we not to love it?”
Enjoy the festival!
It is only through individual and collective commitment that we can face up to the climate emergency. Only through a joint struggle, from all spheres of life, will we be able to take action against the climate crisis. We have a duty towards the planet; an obligation to this world that we leave to our sons and daughters. It is a duty from which we cannot escape.
The Environmental Film Festival has become a reference, after a 26-year journey, for its contribution to fostering this commitment. It achieves this through art, culture and emotion, and this is why it gets to the heart of the people. Citizens start to move when they are challenged; they are pressured to act.
The Government of Catalonia would like to thank you for this incorruptible commitment to the environment, to climate change and to the future. Your work is vital in order to reach more of the population, and more effectively; to unite a consciousness that, through every action accomplished, can help to overcome the planetary emergency that we are living in.
We congratulate you on contributing to improving our society, to making it more sustainable, efficient and prosperous. Congratulations on spreading the name of Catalonia far and wide, a commitment that you have kept for more than a quarter of a century. Congratulations; because your involvement is absolute and only with this attitude can we channel this situation of climatic emergency together.
At a time when the climate crisis is marking the political agenda in a resounding way, being able to access a space for environmental reflection through art, culture and entertainment is crucial. “Nature whispers, but only faintly, its secret to us”, says Marià Manent. Listening to our surroundings, to exist in harmony with all living creatures, awakening consciences and making our planet more habitable is, at this stage, an essential requirement of all society in order to guarantee our survival.
This year, at the 26th edition of the Barcelona Environmental Film Festival, I would like to highlight its consolidation as the oldest event dedicated to the subject. And one of the newest changes to this edition is its name. From 2019 on, the festival will be called Suncine and will seek to generate positive social change through artistic expression. SUN, the brightest star which gives heat and life to Earth, is a concept that defines the spirit of the festival. The sun was already the festival’s logo, as well as being the name of the oldest environmental film award in the world, the Golden Sun. Then, CINE (meaning cinema in Catalan and Spanish), the illusion of movement created by the viewing of still images; the seventh art. Documentaries and fiction films, a world of audio-visual which allows us to connect with the emotion of the spectator, share knowledge and make everyone aware of our role in finding solutions for the sustainability of the environment.
Suncine is aimed at all audiences: general, young, professional, children, families and university students. It is in this same spirit that we organise the “University route”, with the involvement of the Universitat de Barcelona, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Universitat Blanquerna; and the participation in “Fridays for Future” and “Petit Ficma”, with workshops and screenings for children and families. Similarly, we highlight the importance of “Every classroom, a cinema” working towards audio-visual material being included in the classrooms of every school in Catalonia, thus educating citizens to be critical, teaching them solidarity and awareness of the importance of conserving the environment. We also feature “Cinema samples”, which travels all around Catalonia presenting subjects for social reflection which are affecting everyone. All this, added to the international relevance of the festival, has turned Suncine into a worldwide pioneer and reference. Let’s get this project underway; I hope you enjoy this edition’s programme.