The headquarters of the global Green Film Network has been in Tyrol since the beginning of the year.
As part of the Nature Film Festival, which is currently running, the facade of the Innsbruck Metropol-Kino was redesigned.
© Rudy De Moor
Innsbruck – This year’s Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (INFF) opened on Tuesday evening in the Metropol-Kino with the documentary “Youth Unstoppable” about the development of the global climate movement. For the 20th time, Innsbruck is the meeting point of the international nature film scene for several days. More than 50 short and feature films on the subject of climate and environmental protection as well as numerous supporting events are on the program until Friday.
The festival, which was organized by state environmental lawyer Johannes Kostenzer in 2002 and has been responsible since then, is a member of the global Green Film Network (GF), which brings together the most important nature film festivals in the world – from Washington to Seoul to Buenos Aires. It should facilitate the coordination of the festivals, but also the exchange of filmmakers and film distribution. Since 2014, the association has been awarding the Green Film Network Award, the most prestigious award for films, artistic demands and commitment to environmental policy.
In the meantime, the Innsbruck festival is not only a fixed item in the annual calendar for the network, but also a proverbial home game. The head office of the association has been in Innsbruck since the beginning of the year. “Innsbruck has been the capital of international nature films ever since,” says Liesa Jirka. She is the managing director of the new GFN headquarters.
The state, city of Innsbruck and Innsbruck Tourismus supported Innsbruck’s application for the association headquarters – and are supporting the initiative with 15,000 euros. Deputy Governor Ingrid Felipe (Green Effect) not only expects the further development of the Tyrol as a film location, but also a positive image: “After some negative headlines in the past one and a half years, an international and sustainable Tyrol can present itself.” (jole)