Pelicam, the International Film Festival about Environment and People is organized by Les Herbes Folles Association. Created in 2012, Pelicam is an unique event in the Romanian cultural landscape through its main theme, the environment.
Pelicam Festival is member of the Green Film Network since 2013. This network includes 40 worldwide film festivals focused on environment and represents a platform that empowers all festivals to coordinate their activity, to help film promoting and distribution. Furthermore, the Green Film Network encourages initiatives and projects focused specifically on raising awareness for the environmental issues.
Pelicam is the only Romanian international film festival addressing environmental issues. We chose to organize this event – unique in the Romanian cultural scenery – in Tulcea city for its proximity to the Danube Delta, given the fact that a festival focused on environment has the role of informing and coming up with new ways of approaching sustainable development. Pelicam festival aims to attract, engage and expand an audience interested in films and environment, audience from Tulcea, from Romania and from abroad.
During the festival there are film screenings, open air music concerts, workshops, photo exhibitions and conferences/debates on environmental themes.
Most of the films are screened within the four film competitions (The Official Competition, The Black Sea Docs Competition, Fresh Perspectives Competitions and Shorts Competition). All films in competition are screened in national premiere at Pelicam.
In Petrila, a coal mining town in Transylvania, an ex-miner turned artist and activist uses art and absurdism to stop local authorities from demolishing the historic buildings of the oldest coal mine in the country. His quest is not only to preserve the history and the identity of his hometown, but also to find new ways of keeping the community from irreversibly falling apart.
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers—scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies.
In Pursuit of Silence
In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.
Special screenings such as animation films for children or feature films are also popular within the festival.
We value open and direct dialogue between the filmmakers and our audience, therefor we try to invite and bring, each year, the directors and producers whose films are screened in Tulcea. Up to this date, Pelicam has been the host of around 80 foreign guests from France, Spain, USA, Switzerland, India, Peru, Italy, Ukraine, Turkey, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Estonia, Uruguay, Israel.
Pelicam also brings together a great number of journalists, film critics, NGO representatives, filmmakers, actors, producers and Romanian environment specialists.
Cristi Puiu, Ivan Patzaichin, Levente Molnar, Tică Darie, Dacian Cioloș, Ion Barbu, Vlad Alexandrescu, Vintilă Mihăilescu, Thomas Ciulei, Dragoș Lumpan, Mihai Chirilov, Elena Calistru, Alex Baciu, Mircea Toma, Alex Găvan, Dan Curean were among our guests at Pelicam.
Among the foreign guests we thankfully mention THE YES MEN (the famous activists from USA), Heinz Hermans (director of Interfilm Berlin festival), Reet Aus (fashion designer, Estonia), Gerd Haag (producer, Germany), Lucy Siegle (journalist at BBC Uk), Reuben Aaronson (cinematographer, USA), Dan Susman (director, USA), Michael Stewart (festival director for Open City Docs London), Jean-Paul Jaud, Dominique Marchais (directors, France), Carl Fechner (director, Germany), Niels Stockholm (farmer, Denmark), Gaetano Capizzi (festival director for Cinemambiente, Italy), Peter O’Brien (USA), Margaret Parsons (USA).
In 2016 we decided to widen the debates that take place at the festival – we try to find answers to some of the issues raised by the films in our programme and we invite you to take part in the discussions – we call these debates Pelicam Talks and, together with our guests (directors, producers, journalists, NGO representatives), in search for answers, we localize and contextualize global issues. Journalists Andra Matzal and Diana Meseșan host the debates.
Among the subjects we discussed on so far are the fashion industry, social and solidary economy, nuclear energy, urban ecology, coal exploitation.
Up until now, some Romanian and foreign artists performed at Pelicam: Robin and the Backstabbers (Romania), BabaZula (Turkey), Subcarpați (Romania), Șuie Paparude (Romania), Kermesz a l’Est (Belgium), Partizan (Romania), Norzeatic (Romania), Fluffy & Mr. Grey (Romania/Belgium).