The Gran Paradiso Film Festival walking on the path of the future
Almost five hundred people greeted the opening of the 19 Gran Paradiso Film Festival with the concert by L'Orage. A massive presence that continued also in the evening for the screening of the films: in Cogne two new rooms have been activated in order to face the "sold out" of Maison de la Grivola, and both were full. Crowded venues also in Ceresole Reale, Champorcher, Rhêmes-Saint-Georges and Villeneuve with 1.774 total spectators.
The new element of this year's opening ceremony was the signing of the Gran Paradiso valleys Charter, a work with different contributions aiming at bring awareness in stakeholders, institutions and citizens on the fundamental role played by every individual in the conservation of biodiversity and environment.
«There is an analogy between the Gran Paradiso valleys Charter and the Charter of Milan proposed for EXPO 2015, with a substantial difference: the Gran Paradiso valleys Charter is a bottom-up example of active citizenship, taking origin from experience and good practises that are always been a distinctive character of the Gran Paradiso territory. It is a document showing great attention and a strong feeling of belonging to these valleys from those who live, love and respect them. It is an innovative and praise-worthy initiative that contributes to the Government goals», declared Barbara Degani, Under-Secretary for Environment, Land and Sea.
«The Gran Paradiso valleys Charter embraces the pinciple of the participation of citizens to the elaboration of long-term strategies on sustainability and shows that the Gran Paradiso valleys generate an important example and a signal of the vitality of a mountain territory that deserves to be shared with Europe» said Renata Briano, member of the European Parliament – Committee of the Environment.
«The Charter develops and gives concrete contents to the principles of the European environmental policy, offering an example and a good practice for the goals for the Sustainable Development of the politcal agreement reached recently within the United Nations on the Agenda 2030 » underlined Marco Onida, member of the European Commission and moderator of the debate of presentation of the Charter.
The Charter is subscribed personally and can be read and signed on the website www.carta.grand-paradis.it; on the same page the "Shared Agenda 2.0" is open to those who wish to contribute to the Cahrter with their ideas and suggestions.
The path of the Festival continues today with the events De Rerum Natura; with CortoNatura and, at 9 p.m., with the screenings of the International Competition. Today are scheduled Natural World: The Bat Man Of Mexico by Tom Mustill and Freedom, La Légende Des Aigles by Muriel Barra and Jacques-Olivier Travers.
The Festival is organised by Fondation Grand Paradis in partnership with Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region - Department of Tourism, Sport, Commerce and Transport; Giroparchi Project – PAR FAS Valle d’Aosta 2007/2013; Compagnia di San Paolo; Fondazione CRT; Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; Gran Paradiso National Park; Municipality of Cogne; Federparchi; Office Régional du Tourisme; Municipality of Ceresole Reale; Municipality of Champorcher; Municipality of Rhêmes-Saint-Georges; Municipality of Villeneuve; Alpine Convention and Montura.