From November 11 to 15, while France is experiencing its second confinement, part of the programming of the La Rochelle International Film and Adventure Book Festival was broadcast online.
Cthis year, the 17th edition of La Rochelle International Film and Adventure Book Festival (FIFAV), had to adapt to sanitary conditions. The festival could not take place on-site. But rather than canceling the event entirely, the organizers have chosen to screen the films live and free on the web. A real breath of fresh air for the private festival-goers of the event. They had indeed had to request reimbursement of their seats or their pass due to the health crisis. The initiative was ultimately a great opportunity for everyone to discover this unmissable festival.
“The dates of the festival now fall in the heart of the confinement that is beginning. An online edition would be an opportunity to share with you some of the beautiful 2020 programming. "
A magnificent program
On the FIFAV program, documentaries, meetings and even educational projects. During the first three days of the festival, the forest, the surf, the whales, the decline, Patagonia ... But also the long sailings, Africa, mountaineering, climbing ... And finally, the Amazon and the Mediterranean were thus put in the spotlight thanks to the screening of fascinating adventure films.
The “Adventure and Literature” Encounters enabled us to discover the navigator and author Fabien Clauw, as well as the traveler and writer Cédric Gras, but also the writer awarded the 2011 Goncourt Prize Alexis Jenni. On the women's side, it was the sailor of the extreme Capucine Trochet who was honored.
A weekend not to be missed
During the weekend, the adventure then continued with a busy program. Vincent Perazio's film We slept under the sea, turned out to be a real immersion in the heart of Moorea's coral reef. This region is an important breeding site for corals, lemon sharks and humpback whales. A 60-day, 60-night adventure combining human adventure, exploration and discovery.
A little later, at 21 p.m., Michal Sulima and Jarek Kotomski recounted the extraordinary epic of a 15-year-old piano tuner. This passionate pianist transported his piano from London to a Buddhist village perched 65 meters above sea level in the Himalayas. He then gave a timeless recital, at the crossroads of cultures.
For the last day, Cholitas by Jaime Murciego and Pablo Iraburu, Atsunai Kammak by Cédric Bejeannin and The bear in me by Roman Droux were broadcast in the afternoon.
In the evening, the festival ended with the broadcast of Nomads of Iran, the teacher of the Zagros Mountains. This documentary tells the story of a teacher who followed a family of nomadic shepherds throughout the spring transhumance. For three weeks, the teacher walked with the family every day, so that he could teach the children at the end of the day.
A renowned jury president
This year, the president of the jury is none other than Francois Damilano. He is a mountaineer, mountain guide based in Chamonix, and director. This enthusiast of Alpine and Himalayan peaks, climbing and ice climbing, has participated in the filming of many of the most popular adventure shows. Ushuaia, Mountain or even Adventure diaries… He then embarked on the adventure of directing. In 2014, he became a filmmaker by directing his first adventure film, We're gonna walk on Everest. Later, K2, A special day, will win the prize for best adventure film at the Morrocco International Film Festival.
“Analyst in action, François Damilano takes advantage of his observer-participant gaze to immerse the viewer in the reality of the highest peaks, while offering him tools for reflection. "
The online FIFAV took place from the Vimeo platform… To the delight of spectators comfortably seated on their sofas!