ERR film Sparkling Rivers, writer Anna Gavronski, director Märten Vaher and cinematographer Meelis Kadastik, was selected to the official programme of Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival FICMA. It was 24th time the festival took place, which makes it the oldest environmental film festival in the world.
We arrived in Barcelona on 7th of November. First news we got form the organisers were a bit concerning- they said that there is a chance that our film screening might be cancelled due to general strike. Fortunately, just after they had warned us, they received a phone call, that our film will be still shown on the big screen. We were very happy and thankful for the organisers for managing to preserve the screening. Besides that we went to meet the other filmmakers at the evening in the cinema and watched some short animation films.
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The second day of our trip was a big day for us, because it was a day, when our film was screened. As it was on the same day as the general strike, we went to watch the protests during lunchtime. Later we heard that other filmmakers did the same. I think curiosity is embedded to all documentary filmmakers. In the evening, we watched some other films and then our film Sparkling Rivers was shown. After the screening people asked questions and it was interesting to see that our film moved people even though it was filmed in Georgia by Estonian filmmakers.
On our third day, we had filmmakers’ lunch, where we met a lot of people. It was a good place for changing contacts. To our surprise one of the crewmembers of Swedish film came to speak with us in fluent Estonian. It turned out that both of his parents were from Estonia that they thought him the language. After the lunch we went to watch the Swedish film, which was about soil.
In the evening we went to the festival closing event, which took place at a very nice natural science museum.
To our big surprise Sparkling Rivers won the award for the best short documentary, it was a great honour and made us very happy.
Besides Barcelona our film Sparkling Rivers was shown in October at the SunChild International Environmental Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. The festival is the first and only of its kind in the South Caucasus region. Our film was one of the 83 films chosen for the official section, it was selected from 1214 submitted films.