Delegation of the European Union to Russia

The EU brings European green documentary films to Siberia!

Moscow, 01/10/2019 - 11:08, UNIQUE ID: 191001_4
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ECOCUP International Green Documentary Film Festival in Novosibirsk and Barnaul on 1 – 6 October 2019 will feature movies and expert debates focusing on climate change, ecocentrism, sustainable consumption, and green economy.

“The EU is at the forefront of international efforts to fight climate change and raise awareness of the impacts of climate change. And movies are one of the most effective ways to stir a public discussion on a topical issue. That is why we are co-organizing the ECOCUP festival that has been playing to a full house in Moscow and St. Petersburg for several years. In 2018, the festival team ventured on an ambitious step - to bring ECOCUP to Russian regions. We supported this initiative. This summer, the festival was held in Sochi, and now the EU Delegation, together with partners, takes it to Novosibirsk and Barnaul,” said Luca Kadar, spokesperson of the EU Delegation to Russia.

The festival has set "Wild Amsterdam" (The Netherlands, 2017) as its opening film, first in Novosibirsk on 1 October and then in Barnaul on 4 October. Shown through the eyes of Fritz the cat, the story reminds us that a city does not exist solely for the convenience of humans. There are millions of other inhabitants, sometimes invisible to us who adapt so well to the streets, canals, bricks and reinforced concrete buildings, they feel almost as comfortable living there as they do in nature.

For one week in both cities, the festival will feature 14 screenings of films from Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and the US as well as open lectures, meetings with experts, photo exhibitions and even an environmental game.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humankind today. Preventing its dangerous consequences is a key priority for the European Union. The EU focuses its efforts on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and becoming climate neutral, and calls on other nations and regions to do the same.

ECOCUP festival is organized with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia, the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Russia, and the US Embassy in Russia. The festival in Novosibirsk and Barnaul falls on the European Climate Diplomacy Week on 24 September – 6 October 2019.

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