“Green Carpet” at the Venice Film Festival

(Credit: Max Edkins/Connect4Climate)

Green Cross Italy and the Municipality of Venice have announced the fourth Green Drop Award, to accompany the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (Venezia72). This year the President of the Green Drop Award Jury will be the Italian actor Remo Girone, best known for the role he played in the TV miniseries La Piovra (The Octopus), about the Mafia.

The prize will be awarded to one of 21 competing films, chosen by the Official Selection, which “has best interpreted the values of ecology and sustainable development, with particular attention to the preservation of the planet and its ecosystems for future generations, to lifestyle and to the cooperation between peoples”.

For the 2015 Green Drop Award will bring in the Lido many interesting events that will support the presentation of the award ceremony and the announcement of the winner.

Anna Moccia-Giorgia Fanari/Green Cross Italy

Connect4Climate (C4C), the World Bank Group’s climate communication program, organized a special discussion between Alfonso Cuaron, president of the jury of Venezia72, and his brother Alfredo, noted ecologist and climate expert, on 7 September. On Friday, 11 September, there will be a tribute to the film “Back to the Future” on the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary. A DeLorean DMC-12 – the car model used for the time machine shown using organic waste as fuel in the second episode of the trilogy – will transport the jury to the award ceremony.

Anna Moccia-Giorgia Fanari/Green Cross Italy

The day will end with the awarding of the trophy, blown by a master glassmaker, which represents a drop of water inside of which is placed soil from a different country each year. In the past three editions the soil came from Brazil, Egypt and Antartica. This year the soil comes from Senegal, to focus attention on the problem of drought and other effects of climate change, about 100 days before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.