filmambiente took place in Rio de Janeiro, November 14th to 24th, 2011. In 2011 all the films presented at filmambiente were selected by the curator: films in competition - shorts and feature - and various showcases grouped by theme. More that sixty films were presented, many of them followed by a Q&A section between the audience and the representatives of the films. An international jury awarded the best feature and short in competition and the audience selected the best film of the event.
filmambiente was sponsored by OI and the Government of Rio de Janeiro/Secretary of Culture and its Incentive to Culture Act. The festival had the support of OI Futuro and the aid of UNIC-Rio and was produced by Amado arte&produção with the contribution of ECOMOVE International.
filmambiente presented a feature-lenght and short film competition as well as various special Screenings. The films and videos presented on the 2011 edition have been selected among the best of the international productions based on three principles: its quality, the relevance of the issues presented and its suitability for the Brazilian audience.
filmambiente Catalogue 2011 [pdf | 1,1mb]
Slawomir Grunberg, born in Lublin (Poland), is a graduate of Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied cinematography and directing. Between 1974-76 he worked as a cinematographer for Polish Television Network in Warsaw, Poland. He emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981, and has since shot and produced over 35 television documentaries. His independent works focus on critical social and political issues and have won him international recognition. Slawomir has been a contributing director of photography and editor for the PBS’ series: Frontline, American Masters, NOVA, AIDS Quarterly and Health Quarterly. He has also shot for ABC, NBC, HBO, Lifetime and Discovery networks. Slawomir had worked with such filmmakers as: Tod Lending (Legacy), Roger Weisberg (Breaking the Cycle) and Lee Grant (Confronting the Crisis) In 2000 Slawomir won the Emmy Award for a documentary he photographed, directed and co-produced: School Prayer: A Community at War. As a principal director of photography, he has shot over 50 documentaries, four of which received Emmy Nominations. His director of photography credits include among others: Legacy, which received an Academy Award Nomination for the best documentary feature in 2001, and Sister Rose’s Passion, which won the Best in Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and received an Academy Award Nomination for the best documentary short in 2005. In 1997, Slawomir Grunberg was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Documentary Filmmaking, in 2002 received a New York Artist's Fellowship and in 2003 Soros Justice Media Fellowship.
Manuel Almeida de Silva
Manuel Almeida de Silva, born in Brazil, has a master degree in education (FGV) and worked at UN from 1979 to 2008, in many countries and different occupations related to social communication. His last work was as the head of the Strategic Communication Section at UN headquarters in New York. E Silva was second spokesman to the General Secretary between 98 and 2001 and also worked in Afghanistan (02-05), East Timor (99-00), Guatemala (97-98), Genève (940-98 and 91-92), among other countries. Since his return to Brazil Almeida e Silva has been giving consulting on Environmental Education. In the 80’s he coordinated the official press conferences for FestRio (International Film Festival of Rio).
Philipp Hartmann, German Filmmaker, has a masters degree in Cinema at the Art School of Hamburg (HfbK Hamburg), where he had Gerd Roscher and Wim Wenders as teachers. He also holds a masters degree in Latin-American Sciences (University of Cologne and University of Fortaleza), as well as a Ph.D. in Economics. He worked as a consultant on hydric resources for various institutiions in Brazil. Hartman has been working as an independent film director since 2000, and his filmography includes several short and feature lenghth documentaries and experimental films, among them many films on art. He has been a curator for various film events in Germany and Brazil, among them the Short Film Festival and the Young Video- and FilmArt in Karlsruhe. He was also a juror for the Postdam Film Festival, in Germany and the Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário, in Rio.
Amado arte&produção, based in Rio de Janeiro, produces audiovisual
for cinema, television and internet. Its recent productions include the television series A Turma do Pererê,
EBC/TVBrasil(2009), the feature films Transcending Lynch, by Marcos Andrade
(2011), Forbidden to Forbid, by Jorge Durán (2005 – co-producer) and the
documentaries I’ll sell my heart (2011 – on going production), Hercules
56, by Silvio DaRin (2007), Seven Generations into the future, by Carole Hart
(local producer – 2005).
ECOMOVE International is a non-profit organisation active throughout Germany and at international level (with a focus on Brasil). It supports, promotes and distributes audio-visual media concerning the environment and sustainable development as well as enhancing global learning. Founded in 2001, ECOMOVE organises film events, compiles film series, implements educational projects and provides supporting services.