From December 9 to 12, 2022, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Telefilm Canada are teaming up to present Espace vert, a series of film screenings, virtual reality (VR) experiences and round tables, all free of charge, as part of the official cultural program of COP15 in Montreal. This international conference aims to slow down the loss of biodiversity in the world. The Green Space will be accessible to COP15 participants as well as to the public, at the NFB’s headquarters in Montreal, Place des Festivals, at the Espace NFB and at the Alanis Obomsawin Theatre. This initiative is presented in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
“It was important for us at the NFB to partner with Telefilm Canada to present a selection of films and VR works that raise essential environmental issues, as COP15 participants debate these same issues in Montreal. As a producer and public distributor, we have a duty to support works that explore such subjects, at a time in which we live, when crucial decisions must be made to ensure the future of our planet. – Julie Roy, Executive Director, Creation, Distribution and Marketing and Head of Programming, NFB
“Telefilm’s ongoing commitment to supporting a sustainable and inclusive audiovisual industry is part of this partnership with the NFB, which allows us to help amplify climate impact stories through films and reality experiences. Virtual. We are excited to participate in COP15 and be part of these important discussions and learn from them. Sharing knowledge is essential to change, and we will all benefit from a better understanding of how to support a more equitable, sustainable and responsible future together. – Francesca Accinelli, Interim Director General and CEO, Telefilm Canada
Green space at the ONF is:
- Eight documentary and animated films, including several award-winning ones, which raise current environmental issues and are taken from the NFB’s collection or kept by Telefilm Canada. Among them, The Magnitude of All Things by Jennifer Abbott, Borealis by Kevin McMahon, Carface by Claude Cloutier, Into the Weeds by Jennifer Baichwal and Earth: Vu from the Heart by Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol, starring Hubert Reeves.
- Four captivating VR experiences that invite us to reflect on the environment: Plastisapiens by Miri Chekhanovich and Édith Jorisch with , The Orchid and the Bee by Frances Adair Mckenzie, Biidaaban: First Light by Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the NFB, and Unceded Territories by Paisley Smith and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.
- Round tables on the issues raised by the films, with plenty of time devoted to questions from the public, notably on Sunday December 11 at 4:30 p.m. with filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.
To find out about the complete program and reserve your free tickets: billetterie-onf.laissezpasser.net/fr/liste/onf.
The Green Space is part of the COP15 Public Action Zone, located on the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal. Details: reseau-environnement.com/evenement/cop15-public-action-zone
About Telefilm Canada
As a partner of choice, Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation dedicated to the success of the Canadian audiovisual industry, fostering access and excellence by delivering programs that support cultural resonance and audience engagement. With a view to fairness, inclusiveness and sustainability, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and a range of creative talents in the country and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual coproduction treaties to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and administers Canada Media Fund programs. Launched in 2012, the Talent Fund collects private donations that primarily support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Telefilm_Canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada.
The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) is a United Nations conference held in Montreal, bringing together representatives of 196 world governments to agree on a new set of concrete agreements aimed at slowing the loss of biodiversity in the world during the next 10 years. More than 10,000 dignitaries, heads of state, experts and delegates will gather at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from December 7 to 19, 2022 to discuss these challenges of global importance.
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