The Les Arcs Film Festival, which will take place from December 14 to 21 in the French Alps, has announced a new prize of € 10,000 ($ 11,153) intended to encourage feature films exploring ecological issues and with an element of history linked to a mountainous region.
“Concerned about our environmental impact, we have been offsetting our carbon footprint since our first edition in 2009,” the festival said in a statement.
“We want to change our way of doing things from 2020, to be closer to the objectives of the festival,” he continued. “From 2020, our carbon offset will be used to finance a fund aimed at encouraging the development of films focused on the future of our planet and our mountains.
The festival said the initiative was sparked by the fact that very few fictional feature films deal with ecological issues and this is an area explored primarily in documentary form.
The festival said the winning project could have a storyline related to any mountainous area, although a connection to the French Alps would be a bonus factor.
In addition to the € 10,000 prize, the winning project will be invited to participate in the festival’s Co-production Village platform, which presents around twenty European projects in development each year to help them find producer and commercial partners.
A call for projects will be launched next year.
The prize is also supported by the regional film fund Auvergne Rhône Alpes Cinéma and ADS, the company that manages the Les Arcs ski area.
The new award, which will begin in 2020, was announced as part of the festival’s first Cinema Green Lab. The initiative was launched this year with the aim of helping film professionals adopt more environmentally friendly working practices throughout the film chain, from production to exploitation. Its first edition included panels on incentives for sustainable productions and what filmmakers can do to encourage people to take care of the planet through their films.