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The Festival screens wildlife and environmental films from all over the world and hosts workshops, exhibitions and media campaigns designed to foster a culture of environmental stewardship. During the 9 years of the festival’s existence, more than 300 films from 150 countries around the world have been screened. The SunChild International Environmental Festival is the first and only of its kind in the South Caucasus region.


The Festival takes place in autumn, but it also hosts screenings and workshops year round throughout Armenia for youth. This provides a space for youth to understand and engage environmental issues in order to find local solutions.


SunChild International Environmental Festival has been organized annually since 2007 by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC).

Jury

Alberto Gutierrez

Spain

Amy Miller

Canada

Byron A. Martin

Canada

Jaume Quiles

Spain

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Alberto Gutiérrez is the co-founder of the Rural Film Fest El Edén de La Mancha. Born in Valladolid (Spain) in 1973, studied Audiovisuals in Salamanca where made her first short films. Selection in a 44 Seminci Edition in 1999 with shortfilm co-direction “La Curva”.That same year he founded the production company 411 Producción Audiovisual SL in Valladolid. He moved to Elche in 2001 where created Cactus Producción Creativa SL until 2003, finally ends up creating A Cámara Lenta. Member of the jury of the Mostra de Cinema Jove d’Elx and the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente of Elche, EcoCup Festival, Ecozine Film Festival.

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Amy Miller is an award winning media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal.

Her documentaries have been screened in over 100 festivals throughout the world, and have been broadcast in over a dozen countries. She remains dedicated to developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.

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Byron A. Martin is an award-winning producer that develops independent film, television and documentary projects. To date he has produced almost 100 hours of television, filming projects in fifteen countries. He has produced projects for Disney, Sony, Universal, Turner, Bell Media and DHX and managed productions for some of Hollywood’s leading producers (Jerry Bruckheimer, Sam Raimi, Lauren Shuler Donner, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Mark Canton, Dick Wolf, Laurence Mark, John Singleton, Ralph Winter and Don Carmody). Byron was recently honoured with a Gaming & Entertainment Award naming him the Best Independent Producer, Canada.

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Jaume Quiles is founder and director, along with Alberto Gutiérrez, the International Film Festival Rural FilmFest – El Edén de La Mancha and in 2017 the Maderia Fantastic FilmFest (Portugal). He is jury member at the Mostra de Cinema Jove d’Elx, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Elche, ECOCUP Green Documentary Film Festival (Russia) and the Festival Cortometrando from Castellón.

With only 14 years old Quiles starts in the media, shooting more than twenty short films screened in national and international film festivals. His first animation, Chiripajas, co-directed with the Russian animator, Olga Poliektova, has achieved more than 120 selections in international festivals where it highlights the selection at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and a dozen awards received.

Kami Lebaredian

Armenia

Vahan Zanoyan

Armenia

Nino Jacusso

Switzerland

Roffi Petrossian

USA, Armenia

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Kami Lebaredian is American-Armenian actor, writer, and director who graduated from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography. Kami has worked on various films and projects in many different roles including script adaptation, creative consulting, written comic books and also co-wrote and directed short series. Currently he works at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies as an instructor and content developer.

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Vahan Zanoyan is a writer, traveler, retired executive, global energy expert, and anti-trafficking advocate.

 

He has published two volumes of poetry in Armenian, «Վերադարձ» 2010, and «Եզրէն Դուրս» 2011, and three novels in English, A Place Far Away (2013) and The Doves of Ohanavank (2014), both of which were inspired by a chance meeting with a very young victim of sex trafficking, and The Sacred Sands (2016).

 

Zanoyan was educated at The American University in Beirut and at the University of Pennsylvania. Every year, he spends 5-6 months in Armenia. He loves to travel, read, write, drink good wine, and supports several humanitarian causes, primarily aimed at stopping human trafficking and supporting victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence.

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Nino Jacusso is an Italian-born, Swiss filmmaker. He studied at the University of Television and Film in Munich, Germany. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Association for Film for Children in Switzerland. Since 2005, he has also been a member of the film commission for Solothurn, Switzerland. For his complete work up to now he was awarded the Fachpreis für Film of the Canton of Solothurn.

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Roffi Petrossian is an American-Armenian adventurer, writer, and television personality living and working in Yerevan, Armenia.  He is widely known for his television series Janaparh / Ճանապարհ / Road (2017).  Roffi is also involved in numerous commercials, startups, films, cartoons, and radio as a voice actor and narrator.  Along with being a media personality, he also dabbles in modeling, hosting, and gardening. As an avid hiker, mountaineer, and all around curious traveller, when he isn’t in the recording studio, he can be found enjoying the countryside of Armenia.

Awards

The handmade awards for the winners of the SunChild 7th International Environmental Festival’s 3 competition categories – “Wildlife”, “Environmental Issue” and “Children and Youth” – are made of recycled metals.

These unique art works are designed and created by a distinguished artist, founder of Baghdasar Studio Sargis Baghdasaryan.

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