Protecting and promoting our environment and reducing climate change is not an option anymore, it is a global challenge. With this premise, several Albanian NGO’s contributed to co-fund, organize and sustain the 5th edition of the Environmental Film Festival of Albania (EFFA), held from 24 to 28 October 2017. The festival took place in 18 different locations across the country, where local communities despite their age and social background, enjoyed an interesting selection of short and long environmental documentarie from around the world.
The way we eat, the way we treat living beings around us, the greed with which we are spoiling the different resources that planet Earth provides for us, the consequences of rapid and apparently unstoppable logic of massive production - these are just some of issues covered in this EFFA edition. In total there were 56 short and long films, coming from 30 countries.
Three Winners of the EFFA 2017 were chosen for each category.
EFFA 2017 Best Long Movie
Sea of Life by Julia Burne
EFFA 2017 Best Short Movie
Lake of Apples by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska
EFFA LAB 2017
Patok Lagoon- a Paradise by Endrit Zemanaj
The EFFA 2017 Jury was composed of:
• The Jury President, Xhemal Mato, one of the most famous figures of Albanian environmentalism;
• Ema Andrea, well-known actress and pedagogue of the Academy of Arts;
• Mentor Kikia, a journalist often engaged in environmental issues,
• Antoine Avignon, former representative for Environment of the European Union Delegation in Albania.
Since the 1st EFFA edition in 2013, the European Union supported this activity in the larger context of Albania's EU accession and the need to align its legislation and practices with EU standards. The idea was to reach the public in a more innovative way and extend these activities to the whole country.
This 5th edition was organised in Tirana (10 different locations), as well as across Albania in the Visitor Centers of the Regional Administrations of Protected Areas (RAPA) of Shebenik - Jabllanica, Llogara dhe Divjakë– Karavasta, with particular support from NaturAL project. Also in Vlora and Shkodra (with support of the EU Info network), Përmet (with support of CESVI), Peshkopia (with support of ALCDF) and Korça (with the support of the local government). Additional support was provided by REC, IBECA, the Agency for the Support of Civil Society (ASCS).
The Urban Research Institute (URI) was in charge of coordinating the EFFA 2017.
For more information visit EFFA Facebook Page
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