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Formentera Film wraps 5 days of all-ages screenings

foto 2021 FF EAfter five days of festivities and three nights of official selections screened at Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució, islanders have bid farewell to the latest edition of Formentera Film. The festival featured 22 international entries (two from Balears) spanning fiction, documentary film and animation, before culminating with a ceremony and awards gala on Saturday 15 May to honour multiple winners. On the jury of four women and one man were Spanish and international filmmakers Àngela Bosch, Vicka Duran, Irene Moray, Cris Wiegandt and Carlos Bover.

Awards
Alexandre Siqueira's Purpleboy won Jury Selection for Best Short Film.
Thomas Woodroffe's Fiebre Austral and Álvaro Carmona's El Tratamiento won Special Jury Mention.
Carmen Córdoba González's Roberto won Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film.
Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe's Lost & Found won the Children’s Selection for Best Short Film.
Miguel Parra's (A)NORMAL won Audience Pick for Best Short Film. Parra attended the FF gala.
Bruno Collet's Memorable won Audience Pick for Best Animation.

FF prizes were crafted by artists Lorenzo Pepe, Simona Colzi, Andrés Rodríguez, Raquel Caramazana Bocanegra, Sol Courrèges Boné, Enric Majoral and Fran Lucas.

Organisers opted for an entirely in-person format even, as FF director Monica Timperi pointed out, “in times as tricky as these, when most other festivals have gone online”. But nightly screenings at the Sala de Cultura—Cinema never failed to draw enthusiastic, maximum-capacity crowds.

Child- and teen-friendly features ensured younger audiences enjoyed a place at the festival too — as did pleasant weather. The result? “Guests, filmmakers, the jury and the festival team were able to enjoy the complete artistic experience”, beamed Timpieri, noting that efforts were already under way to get the 2023 Formentera Film up and running.


17 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera adds voice to war on LGBTI-phobia

foto 2021 LGTB AThis 17 May, the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce several initiatives in celebration of International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer, deputy premiere Ana Juan and equality and LGTBIQ+ chief Vanessa Parellada gave a press conference in the Sant Francesc plaza in a show of local government’s support for the community with a freshly painted rainbow-coloured bench.

A pedestrian crossing in Sant Ferran has also been painted in the colours of the LGTBIQ+ flag. President Ferrer pointed to ongoing discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and said the newly painted benches and crosswalks were about making a statement: “As a government and as a people, Formentera supports the LGTBIQ+ community”. And she asked islanders to show “respect for diversity — it makes us richer”.

Similar actions will be performed in urban centres across Formentera, said Ferrer, who added that she hoped the visibility would ensure “our show of support rings out loud”.

Building awareness
On Thursday 20 May, local government will take to social media to share a video featuring LGTBIQ+ islanders in dramatized scenes of real-life discrimination. Councillor Parellada took the opportunity to thank the hometown volunteer actors for participating in the educational video and “putting the cause first”.

The Consell de Formentera will mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with an official proclamation at local government’s May plenary assembly.

17 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

At FITUR, Formentera touts qualities as ‘safe and sustainable’ destination

From 19 to 23 May, representatives will be at Madrid’s FITUR 2021 international travel expo staffing Formentera’s individualised space at a stand shared with the rest of the Balearic Islands. In addition to protocols aimed at ensuring the island remains as safe a destination as possible, reps will be touting the plethora of outdoor activities, ways to enjoy the island safely and, according to marketing chief Carlos Bernús, “sustainability-forward initiatives that have been in the works some time now”.

The three central days of FITUR will find the team meeting with spokespeople from niche travel magazines, apps seeking to improve visitor experience, PR agencies and tour operators. “In a year made particularly difficult by the Covid crisis, as ever, we’re thinking of new promotional activities and strengthening our strategy to attract visitors”, asserted Bernús.

Spotlight on Formentera
Thursday 20 May, Alejandra Ferrer will give a presentation titled “Formentera: safe and sustainable”. Beyond collaborative efforts by local government, industry and islanders to make Formentera safer in terms of public health, the Consell de Formentera chief will draw attention to longstanding sustainability-centred projects like formentera.eco, Save Posidonia Project and other new initiatives. She will also underscore events designed for families, such as the brand-new Formentera Astronómica and the retooled Formentera Zen, both star features of the local reps’ spiel before FITUR crowds.

Finally, the spokespeople will take part in two round tables: one, an exploration of sustainable destinations and the other, a close-up on origins and ins and outs of the Formentera Data Observatory.

16 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Paleoformentera’s unprecented look at island’s first settlers and the history of the Formentera landscape

foto 2021 paleo CThe Formentera Department of Heritage is pleased to announce that the winners of local government’s 2020 research grant —Dr. Pau Sureda, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT-CSIC), and Dr. Jordi Revelles, postdoctoral researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES-CERCA)— started work this week on ‘Paleoformentera—History of the landscape and management of plant resources Formentera’s first settlers’. Sureda and Revelles have set out obtaining sedimentary sequences in order to piece together the environmental and climatic history of Estany Pudent and Estany des Peix.

Pioneering research in Pine Islands
The unprecedented effort has seen geologists from the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC) partnering with colleagues from the Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT). “In the coming months samples will be processed and studies will aim to reconstruct the history of vegetation, fires and climatic fluctuations over the last millennia”, said Sureda, asserting the data would offer “key insight into natural dynamics and prehistoric populations’ relationship with the island environment”.

Funding increase
FDH chief Raquel Guasch welcomed the news: “The study will shed light on the history of our island, and help us better understand the footprint of Formentera’s natural heritage”. At €8,500, the 2020 grant constitutes a €2,500 increase on previous years’ amount. Guasch insisted the change was crucial given the importance of the proposed study. Six applications were received in 2020, two more than 2019.

Paleoformentera received additional support from Trasmapi.

15 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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