Eco-Cinema Festival on Zakynthos

Following a powerful debut in Zakynthos last year, the Ecological Film Festival is acquiring a new name this year. Beginning tomorrow and running to Sunday, the Eco-Cinema Festival will be raising a number of issues concerning the planet’s future. Specializing in environmental cinema, the festival is taking place once again on Zakynthos and will feature 50 films from 17 countries, including 22 local productions. The former deputy minister of environment, planning and public works, Ilias Efthymiopoulos, is the festival’s director, while its artistic director, film director Loukia Rikaki, was in charge of selecting the films to be screened. Overall, the festival is divided into 10 themes: politics and political movements, war, nuclear arms, natural and built-up environments, nutrition and the food chain, earthquakes, volunteerism and the environment, arts and the environment, living in other countries and scientific research and environment. The screenings also include a documentary on the events in Genoa – a film shot by 35 Italian filmmakers, including Ettore Scola and the Taviani brothers. The Eco-Cinema Festival – which turns competitive this year, with prizes awarded by the five-member jury of Lefteris Xanthopoulos, Stavros Ioannou, Spyros Kouvelis, Lucien Chabasson and Sofia Tsiliyianni – is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the island’s Foscolo Municipal Cinema. The Press Ministry’s Media Desk Hellas will also present an award for the festival’s best Greek production. Also on the program is a tribute to Jacques Perrin, with screenings of «Le Peuple Migrateur» and «Microcosmos;» a round-table discussion on «Television and the Environment – The Theory of Disasters,» and a National Geographic workshop on technologies for promoting image and sound. ND MP, publisher face libel suits