08/06/2010 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

An international film festival featuring movies with ecological themes opened Tuesday in this picturesque Brazilian town with a projection of an Oscar-winning U.S. documentary about a Japanese slaughter of dolphins.

The Cove,” which came out last year, is a tense investigation exposing the illicit killing of dolphins to sell their flesh as “whale meat,” prized in Japanese restaurants.

The picture leads a list of 28 movies from a dozen countries to be shown at the festival, considered the biggest of its type in Latin America. Subjects range from global warming to industrial pollution to endangered species.

The winner will receive a prize of US$132,000, the organizers said.

Festival Data:

* Established: 1999

* Genre: Documentary (click to see)

* Attendance: 10000

* Media Attendance: 200

* Accredited Industry Attendance: 700

* Total Number of Films Submitted: 851

* Total Number of Films Screened: 169

* Total Screenings: 100

* Nr of Shorts Screened: 66

* Nr of Features Screened: 103

Festival Description:

Each year the city of Goiás transforms into a great stage to present  FICA – International Festival of Environmental Film and Video to examine the world’s environmental questions and issues.

Since the beginning, the festival endeavors to be a discussion place for environmental themes in a big concept, that deals  with the development of best quality of life quality for the planet. In this aspect, Fica not only offer a sustainable development discussions in the screen, but also promoting workshops, roundtables, seminars and many other activities, delving into subjects that examine the best relation between man and nature.

FICA Festival offers one of the biggest awards in Latin America: R$ 240 two hundred forty thousand in prizes.

Thus, FICA goes beyond the cinema. It has a multicultural parallel program that shows films which value the musical creation, theater, dance and literature.

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