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DREFF: Special Guest at the First International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal

September 17, 2018

CineEco, in collaboration with the Green Film Network (GFN), will organize the 1st International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal, next October. The event, supported by the Portuguese Tourism Center, will take place during the 24th edition of the CineEco festival, October 13th to 15th. Natasha Despotovic, Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)’s Director, has been invited to attend as a special guest, together with representatives of the most relevant environmental festivals around the world. 

This 1st Forum has the goal to bring together the most important 38 environmental film festivals in the world, members of the Green Film Network (GFN), with the purpose to strengthening ties, promoting debate and reflection the importance of the audiovisual platforms that promote social changes and sustainability. This event also intends to contribute to a greater professionalization of the festivals, and to convene a general meeting to discuss common issues to each festival. Represented countries include: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America, and Portugal.

The Forum will have the presence of relevant international figures that stand on environmental issues and the cinema, encouraging debate and reflection on concerns of the contemporary world.

With this initiative, the municipality of Seia, which has the support of Tourism Center of Portugal, intends to create a large international event in Seia, in order to affirm the territory, and strengthen the brand Serra da Estrela, in the tourism region’s center context.

About 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 network objective is to coordinate the events of the associated festivals, promote and distribute films worldwide, and encourage initiatives and projects that might help people ponder about the environment.

Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) –an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode)– has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, along with its challenges and best practices, while celebrating the unique beauty and wealth that is the Dominican Republic’s natural heritage.

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