About us

Claudio Lauria

Claudio Lauria

Founder

Founder, 26 years ago, of the SUNCINE Barcelona Environmental Film Festival (FICMA, the oldest film festival of its genre in the world) by passion and conviction.
I am Director and Producer of Documentary Film by choice and studies.
Writer, Photographer and Dreamer by feeling and vital need.
Founder and Director of FICMA Mexico because I believe that culture has no borders, specially between Spain and America.
For already 7 years, FICMA is "the festival" chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to do touring exhibitions in the 36 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean Area and to be the "audiovisual branch" of UNEP.
Founder of the First Environmental Film Online Archive (with exclusive and free use for environmental education in Catalonia, Spain and Latin America), "The FiCMATECA", because without memory there is no future.
Speaker at several national and supranational institutions such as the United Nations and Universities in Spain and Latin America, issuing Environmental Documentary Construction diplomas at the University of Cali, Colombia, because to socialize and share experiences are the pillars of integral education.
Member of a Jury in more than 25 Film Festivals around the world, because some people trust my judgment.

--> "I am in SUNCINE because who does not live as he thinks, ends up thinking as he lives"

Jaume Gil

Jaume Gil

Director

I started working in SUNCINE in its fifth edition as a producer. I am a vocational screenwriter and I got educated for it and also to be filmmaker and producer. In 2005 I took over from Claudio Lauria as director to date.
SUNCINE is a lifestyle not just a job, because it allows me to develop myself not only as a professional but also as a person.
As a professional, the challenge is year after year to pull up the blinds of the cinemas where the festival takes place and offer the best environmental films of last year and make SUNCINE a meeting point for cinema and planet lovers.
To create activities for all is a challenge that goes beyond the activities themselves. I want to create value in each of the activities and projections of SUNCINE, so that the child and the adult find inside SUNCINE a space for fun but also for reflection and knowledge. This is what attracts me most of SUNCINE.

--> "As a person SUNCINE allows me to connect with all these positive values and so to create a more habitable, more sustainable and fairer world made by the professionals that present their films and activities and also by the organizations and individuals that work for the environment, and from all of them we learn.
I am proud to be part of SUNCINE."

Barbara Destefanis

Barbara Destefanis

Production

I have found in my voluntary exile in Barcelona the vocation that allows me to combine my critical and analytical skills with my passion for spreading and promoting artistic projects, and thereby facing my real personal challenge.
Graduate in Foreign Languages and Literature at the Università degli Studi di Torino (2001), I have developed since 2004 the promotion and management of cultural projects.
I started my activity in the audiovisual sector in 2007 commercializing sports documentaries internationally. I have been selected as a speaker at numerous audiovisual production professional meetings and I have been a member of the jury at national and international film festivals.
I am executive producer and member of the Selection Committee and the Organizing Committee of the BCN Sports Film Festival since it started in 2010.

--> "I feel completely identified with SUNCINE's mission: make aware everybody about our main duty, which is to preserve our most precious treasure, Mother Earth."

Vannesa Sancho

Vanessa Sancho

Public Relations

Biologist. Nature connection guide. Artist. Storyteller. Events planner and hostess. Rooted in Barcelona and in the Canary Island of La Palma, and living currently in the latter, a tiny continent bathed in ocean, stars, volcanoes and ancient forests.
Of course, we are all so much more than what’s shared in an introduction like this one. Deeply, we are defined more for where we are doing things from, what is what’s pulling our hearts, than whatever we are really doing in the end. Life, beauty, consciousness. These are my callings, the pulls my heart feels since I was born into this world, and these ones resonate in sync with SUNCINE, too.

- > I’ve been in touch with the Festival for a few years, and I was volunteering there during 2017. But it’s in this 25th Anniversary when I join the team fully and wholeheartedly, really joyful and eager to take care of the amazing guests we have, and having at my core the idea that is remembering our interconnectedness as human beings, our capacity for empathy and respect for differences, that we will be able to remember our connection with the more-than-human community we belong into.
That we will be able to open our hearts to welcome the whole universe inside.

Enric Auli i Mellado

Enric Auli i Mellado

Public Relations & Consultant

I have been collaborating with SUNCINE since its first edition and have been honored with the "Golden Sun". I have always tried to promote this festival from the different positions where I have worked, but mostly I have used FICMA as a tool for communication, raise awareness and environmental education.
I have been lucky to work in several countries, organizations, universities, companies and administrations and I have noticed the evolution of the environment through the themes that each year have been presented by SUNCINE, and what I find the most important, presented by its protagonists, actors or victims.
These last three years I have completed a Master in Contemporary Philosophy and I have realized that the symbiosis between Philosophy and Ecology is about to open a new dimension to environmental approaches.

--> "For sure, SUNCINE 2019 will show us good examples."

Luis Caturla Goñi

Luis Caturla Goñi

RRPP Assistant

I understood that I wanted to be part of SUNCINE since I started working in the festival in 2013, when it celebrated 20 years, because my worldview coincided with the purposes of the Festival:

-> “ SUNCINE does not only want to raise awareness and protect the environment but encourages universal values that are necessary today to evolve towards a well-balanced world.”

Tippi Degré

Tippi Degré

SUNCINE EDU

Born almost at the same time as the very new Namibia, I was raised in the bush where my parents lived as wildlife photographers and filmmakers. I travelled with them in Southern Africa and Madagascar for the first ten years of my life.
The photos and films from my childhood were published and portrayed me close to the San Bushmen, the Himbas and befriending wild animals.
Directing films in the future I wish to help reconnect Human and Animals as I have always known that they were linked from the beginning of time.
My best audience until now and my hope for our future being the children, I am the happy Director of « SUNCINE EDU», the children section of SUNCINE.
I trust the natural wisdom and understanding of children to make an alliance with the animals to create a world where we could all share our planet in harmony.

--> "SUNCINE gives me a home from where I can pass on to the children the vision of the world I was given to enjoy as a child born free to run in the wild, next to my kin the animals.
SUNCINE provides me with a family united to share the responsibility of making people change the way they make use and care for Nature, using the power of images."

Angel Varela

Angel Varela

Press

Journalist by training and sometimes by vocation, I keep working in media almost 20 years later, combining it with other areas of the communication.
My professional relationship with the environment started with from a report on fishing for the TV channel Euronews. One job led to another and in 2012 I was leading the niunpezporlaborda.org campaign. Thanks to this initiative, I got to know SUNCINE in 2012.
That year at the festival, we presented the documentary "Hugh's Fish Fight", which launched a digital campaign that made the European Union to change its laws and forbid to throw away fish that could be consumed, just to fulfill some quotas. People mobilized, put pressure and got it!
"Not a fish away" gave me many professional and personal satisfactions, including meeting passionate people like Claudio and Jaume, who work hard on something they believe in.
-> "I was very excited when Claudio called me to tell the media what we will see in SUNCINE 2019, a global and necessary project I feel identified with. We want to raise awareness among people about what we are doing to our planet."

Aleix López Simón

Aleix López Simón

Audiovisual Comunication

When the Festival comes I know that I will be meeting a family that hears new ideas, that make questions and above all, from which I learn.
I arrived to SUNCINE in its 21st edition as a simple itinerant camera and its way of working captivated me; mainly the proposal to look at the other side of cinema. A side that we don’t see in Instagram, Facebook and other social networks, a side that they don’t want us to look but SUNCINE does.
I am Director of Photography in the film world and a photographer. I started in 2008 and gradually I have been growing and learning from many photographers, art directors, interior designers and filmmakers. Now SUNCINE gives me the opportunity to be at the front of the audiovisual content and allows me to give my vision to change things and be the connection between the people who want to talk and the people who want to hear.

--> "SUNCINE brings me a state of mind, a way of living and seeing things."

Joan Grivé

Joan Grivé

Comunication

Ambientòleg. Estudiar ciències ambientals m'ha dotat d'un coneixement interdisciplinari que em permet entendre una mica com funciona el nostre planeta i com afecta l'activitat humana a l'ecosistema.
Ambientòleg de títol, comunicador de professió. En 2017 vaig començar en el món de les xarxes socials amb la intenció d'utilitzar internet com a eina de divulgació i conscienciació ambiental, però també amb moltes ganes de comunicar les meves inquietuds més enllà del medi ambient. En 2018 vaig treballar per primera vegada en la ràdio i la tele de Catalunya. En 2019 vaig acabar la carrera amb un treball final titulat “els mitjans de comunicació com a eina ambiental estratègica” evidentment una entrevista al *FICMA no podia faltar en el treball i així va ser com vaig conèixer a Claudio i a Jaume.
-> "Veig en SUNCINE la possibilitat de fer arribar a totes les persones aquell coneixement imprescindible per a entendre-ho".

Carla Galbas

Carla Galbas

Comunicació

Sóc estudiant de comunicació i gestió d'indústries culturals per la Universitat de Barcelona. Entusiasta de tot allò que envolta aquest món. M'encanten els desafiaments i aprendre d'ells, formar-me i traçar nous ponts i obrir nous camins.

Disposada a treballar per a un món que es comunica diferent i avança a ritmes incontrolables; atenc que la nova societat de la Informació i la tecnologia conrea altres necessitats. Crec en el treball en equip com a motor empresarial i així ho he transmès durant sent community manager i ajudant a gestionar d'esdeveniments i audiovisuals. Vull vetllar pel món de la cultura i la preservació de la mateixa a nivell mundial.

-> "Faig servir i viu la comunicació per comprendre les necessitats socials i crear un món millor, interdisciplinar i culturalment connectat. És per això que em sento identificada amb SUNCINE perquè mitjançant la comunicació audiovisual procura conscienciar i informar sobre el que està passant el planeta i al medi ambient. SUNCINE és cultura i la cultura som tots i totes "

Berta Raspall

Berta Raspall

Social networks

Fotògrafa. Artista. Cantant. Directora d'Art i Publicista de formació recentment graduada, combino les meves passions per viure i fer d'aquest món un món millor. Gràcies a la comunicació podem arribar a moltes persones i enviar missatges de consciència: ambiental, social... El cinema, les fotografies, la música o la publicitat són eines que ens ajuden a travessar oceans i fan possible la visibilització de projectes tan macos com el FICMA. Somniadora i optimista des de sempre, m'apassiona conèixer noves persones, viatjar i aprendre. M'agrada crear i creure en allò què faig.

—>; "Crec fermament que hem de ser el canvi que volem veure al món i no hi ha millor manera per a fer-ho que a través de l'art en totes les seves formes. Treballar amb FICMA em permet lluitar per conscienciar sobre la crisi climàtica i, a la vegada, fer difusió, a partir de l'audiovisual, de missatges que van més enllà d'una pantalla de cinema. Amb FICMA creixem entre totes les persones.

Clara Rodriguez

Digitla communication

Roberto Conde

Roberto Conde

Graphic Design

I am a multidisciplinary professional of communication that started in 2016 the project "Aborixe - Communication for social transformation", collaborating in the creation of new speeches in order to change codes and divert everybody’s attention to initiatives with a strong social or cultural nature.
Trained as a screenwriter and audiovisual maker, I carried out my career in Galicia, Barcelona and Cologne (Germany) getting stuck into any cultural or audiovisual project, in production tasks, video editing, graphic design, script or film directing.

-> "SUNCINE ... to work in tune with my environmental awareness is what makes it great to collaborate with the oldest Environmental Film Festival of the world!

Rubén Arenas y Juanjo López

Rubén Arenas y Juanjo López

Webmasters

We are "Projectes a Internet" and we develop personalized web environments. We are small but we like to do great things.
12 years ago we started the "technology" experience with SUNCINE; a team, people and values we identified with since the beginning and that makes working with them very easy.

-->"If we had to describe our relationship with SUNCINE in two words, for sure those would be: trust and friendship.
Long life to SUNCINE!"

Danilo Lauria

Danilo Lauria

SUNCINE in New York (USA)

My professional career began in the advertising world.
After moving between different agencies I decided to begin a new route, and focused my talents on social media.
Improvising became my routine: create content in unexpected situations.

--> "Improvisation fuels creativity. Its in SUNCINE's DNA, the window through which we see the world.
The Festival where reality overpowers fiction."