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Film festival in Garachico will raise awareness of the environment 

PAGE 29 FILM FESTIVAL

The municipality of Garachico will host from May 25th to June 3rd the International Festival of Environmental Film of the Canary Islands (FICMEC), which this year celebrates its 20th edition.

The cultural event will return to the old convent of San Francisco with the best environmental cinema in the world and a complete parallel programming. In this way, the village and port will be the epicentre of the environmental and cultural world for ten days.

The FICMEC has the support of Garachico council, Tenerife Cabildo, the Government of the Canary Islands, La Caixa and the CajaCanarias Foundation and will be directed by David Baute.

The event’s launch was attended by the Vice President and Environment Minister, José Antonio Valbuena; the Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Canary Islands Govern-ment, Blanca Pérez; the Mayor of Garachico, José Heriberto González; the director of the CajaCanarias Foundation, Natalia Aznarez; the director of the Centro de Instituciones de Canarias in CaixaBank, Antonio Fragoso; and the director of the Festival, David Baute.

Sr. Baute highlighted the large number of activities that will take place during the event and the quality of the participants “in a festival whose only secret is that the town of Garachico feels it is theirs.”

For the director of FICMEC, “every year we try to go a step further and I think the activities are attractive enough for everyone to visit Garachico. This time we dedicate it to mobility be-cause we believe that it is possible to move in a different way and in the film festival it can be verified “.

In that sense, under the hashtag #desplazamien-tonatural, the contest will touch on this theme that takes centre stage in the daily routine of many cities around the world.

For José Antonio Valbuena, betting on sustainability “is not only to recycle and reuse but also to support this type of festivals, which help us to raise awareness among the population of the importance of the environment and of caring for our territory”.

In that sense, Blanca Pérez indicated that “for the Government of the Canary Islands sustainability is fundamental” and praised the FICMEC “because it carries out training, dissemination and awareness-raising work for the whole society”.

Natalia Aznarez highlighted the CajaCanarias Foundation’s commitment to the festival “because the environment is a strategic element for us and more so in a territory like ours, which is very visited and that we must take care of so that everyone can enjoy it”.

Winning works can be seen in the CajaCanarias Cultural Space during the month of June, once the FICMEC has finished.

The image for this edition has sought the positive part of the theme chosen and has been prepared by Moio Estudio. He has fled pejorative images and wanted to show the other side that helps the environment. Through a colourful and positive illustration, the design team of Moio has managed to make the image flow around a bicycle wheel to which he has also added other elements of sustainable mobility and vegetable nature.