The International Competition
F.I.F.E.S. honors international films in order to highlight environmental and societal initiatives.
The international competition will be composed of medium and feature films with documentaries, fictions and animations. The ambition of the selected films is to address the enormous issues and challenges of our time in a systemic approach: water, agriculture, society, energy, health, education, technology, economy, politics, “buen vivir” or “Sumak Kawsay” in Quechua, the good life, etc.
The members of the jury are carefully chosen to represent the ecological and/or social commitment and the world of cinema. Gender parity is respected. We also make sure that from one edition to the next we alternate between a president and a president of the jury.
Thus, this year, Emmanuel Cappellin succeeds Sophie Rabhi-Bouquet as president of the jury of the international competition.
The international jury
He started out with Frédéric Back, an early environmental activist and Oscar-winning animator, then directed several short films, edited Jodie Martinson’s documentary To the Tar Sands (2007) and went to China to produce and direct Thoughts & Reflections (2010). Chief cameraman for television and regular collaborator of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, he has conducted hundreds of interviews for the films Témoins du Climat (2009, France5), Human (2015, Venice Film Festival, France2) and Woman (2020, released in theaters). He is now a partner in the production company Pulp Films, where he wrote and directed, in collaboration with Anne-Marie Sangla, Une fois que tu sais, his first documentary film, released in September 2021.
For fifteen years, I have devoted myself daily to ecology in all its forms and dimensions.
Reports on polluted areas, passion for energy and nuclear power in particular, monitoring of international climate negotiations, analysis of public policies, articles on the fight against unnecessary infrastructure, etc.
As a filmmaker, I have contributed to two major investigations on nuclear waste and safety. I also made a film on shale gas, another with American climate skeptics, and a
big survey on PMA, the best of all worlds? In 2018, co-directed Après-Demain with Cyril Dion. In 2021, broadcast of my series on eco-anxiety, Carbonized, online until
2024 on francetv.fr.
As an author, I like to write in the long run. Latest books published: Comment rester écolo sans finir dépressif, éditions Tana. 2020. And Bifurquer par temps incertains, Tana editions. 2023.
Professor of Political Economy at the University, director of postgraduate courses and coordinator of international meetings of South American universities, he has participated in the World Conferences on Higher Education (UNESCO) in Havana and Paris. He is the co-author of the program to connect prominent Uruguayans living abroad with their country of origin. Promoter and signatory of the Cooperation Agreement between the University of Nice and the University of Uruguay, he also participated in the International Water Symposium from 2004 to 2016 presenting numerous works on the subject.
He received the UNESCO “Lights of Water” award 2010
Founding member of the “International Chair of Water and Sustainable Development”, he regularly comes to Cannes to participate in its cultural events.
In publishing, Pascale has published a dozen books, with Glénat, Les Petits Matins or Ulmer, including Sisters in Ecology (editions La Mer Salée, 2017) on the history and place of women in ecology from the Middle Ages to today and the graphic essay L’Écoféminisme, un nouveau regard sur le monde (editions La Plage, 2021).
As a director, she wrote and directed NATURA (with the participation of Canal+), the first international survey on the benefits of the experience of nature on physical, mental and emotional health, and AQUA (with Canal+) on the therapeutic virtues of water, fresh and salt, on the diseases of civilization, and published on the same subject Natura, pourquoi la nature nous soigne et nous rend plus heureux (Les Liens qui Libèrent, 2019) and La Santé Bleue, la nouvelle médecine de l’eau (Massot editions, 2021). His latest book, L’École de la forêt, was published in June 2022 by La Plage and presents the pedagogy of schools in the forest. She is currently developing four documentary films for the ARTE channel on ecofeminism (India, Kenya, West Indies, Poland). She is a certified forest bathing guide (Shinrin Yoku 2021 method), and a member of the United Nations Harmony with Nature network.