Austrian film ‘Utopia Revisited’ is the winner of the CineEco festival

The film ‘Utopia Revisited’ by Austrian Kurt Langbein is the winner of the 24th CineEco – International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela, announced today the organization.

The documentary, which was the winner of the Long International Competition, addresses “experiences of alternative models to the globalized capitalist system through the voice and projects of four entrepreneurs and social activists who have created spaces where it is possible to cooperate, share and preserve nature,” according to the source.

The CineEco, which ended today in Seia, Serra da Estela, in the Guarda district, awarded the Environmental Insurance Prize – Liberty Seguros ‘The Ark of Anote’, a documentary that “portrays the odyssey of a people about to be swallowed by the sea , the fruit of climate change, “by Matthieu Rytz (Canada).

‘To the Last Drop – The Secret War in Europe’ (France / Greece), by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, won the Environmental Education Award – Mares Navegados Association.

It is a film “that follows the trail of money and corporate interests in six European Union countries, with a critical reflection on democracy and contemporary European values on the issue of water,” according to a statement from the organization.

Still in the Long International Competition, ‘Pointless Return’ by Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly (United States of America), which depicts one of the greatest achievements in aviation history – piloting a solar-powered plane around the world, honourable mention.

The film ‘Corre’, by Francisco Rojas (Dominican Republic), won the competition documentaries and television reports, receiving the International Short Film Prize – Turistrela.

The Prize Documentary and Reports for Television – Lusocargo was awarded to the work ‘The Empire of the Red Gold’, by Xavier Deleu and Jean-Baptiste Malet (France).

The direction of the festival announced that the Lusofonia / Camacho Costa Grand Prize went to ‘Macaroni – the roots of our children’, by Fábio Ribeiro (Mozambique), and the Regional Panorama Award / Casa da Passarella went to Evgenia’s ‘Floresta Eterna’ Emets (Portugal).

John Webster (Finland / Germany / Russia / Norway / Latvia) received the Best Long Youth Prize and was awarded the Water Value Prize.

The Best Short of Youth Award went to ’15 Memórias do Fogo ‘by Rodrigo Oliveira and Tiago Cerveira.

“The 2018 edition of CineEco was a landmark for the city [of Seia] and for the country!” We were pioneers with the realization of the 1st International Forum of Film Festivals Ambiente, framed in CineEco. , in a city in the interior, an expressive number of people from several countries with a single purpose – the promotion of environmental cinema and the discussion of current issues related to the Environment, “said the director of the festival, Mário Branquinho, quoted in the note.

The event, organized by Seia City Hall, is one of the oldest environmental film festivals in the world. It is a founding member and is part of the Green Film Network, a platform for 40 environmental film festivals.

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