Joseph Péaquin: a view from Aosta Valley to the world, with a documentarist’s ethical responsibility

Sondrio and its Festival were a great experience for me, not only because I won the First Prize in 2010 but also thanks to the friendly atmosphere of the Festival. A festival which encourages a simple, direct relationship between the organizers, the film makers/producers and the audience. At the Sondrio Festival you can experience a strong sense of Humanity, in a mountain environment which is so dear to me.

A message from Nallamuthu, film-maker from India (First Prize at Sondrio Festival 2012)

Participating in the Sondrio Film Festival was a wonderful and enriching experience. This is the first festival I have attended where there is such a strong people's participation unlike other festivals which are more about business. So it gave me great pleasure when I saw people of all ages - young and old coming to see films on environment and conservation and participating in the festival with such enthusiasm. I also enjoyed interacting with students.

Sondrio Festival 2013 Call for film entries

Film entries are open for: Sondrio Festival 2013 – International Documentary Film Festival on Parks (Sondrio, Italy, 30 September – 6 October 2013) This unique documentary film festival and competition focuses on Nature Parks, with further sections on environment, human activities and sustainable development. The festival is also a forum for nature film-making, protected areas and environmental education.

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Welcome to Sondrio Festival

Sondrio Festival is a unique international film festival, mainly dedicated to nature films, of high scientific and cinematographic level, made in nature parks and protected areas worldwide. It takes place every year since 1987 in Sondrio, Italy, in October, during a week.

The works presented in the competition are selected from the best productions worldwide: among the past festivals winners are film-makers from all over the world and famous personalities in the field of nature documentary.

Further film sections may be set up for documentaries made in natural areas, highlighting problems concerning the environment, its conservation, human activities, agriculture and sustainable development.

The Festival International Jury is composed by film-makers, producers, naturalists, park managers and journalists.

The aims of the Festival are the diffusion of the culture of nature parks, protected areas and environmental protection, environmental education and the promotion of nature films.

In the course of a week, the Festival attracts a large audience and the local school children and students who have the opportunity to meet, learn and interact with filmmakers, naturalists and parks managers.

As well as the film screenings (the evening films are shown again on the following day, in the morning for schools and in the afternoon for the general public) the Festival week hosts conferences, exhibitions, shows, meetings with the film-makers and on environmental education for the schools.