About The Festival
Thanks to its unique, international perspective, Arcadia aims to create an international community of “eco-active” citizens. Its assets? A strong team of French-Australians supported by an annual festival broadcast and a network of active organizations. From Northern cities to villages of the South, sports cafés to country schools, the Arcadia Festival puts environmental culture accessible to all audiences.Come and join other people like you on our Facebook and Twitter
Arcadia takes its name from the mythological character Arcas. In Greek mythology, it was the home of the god Pan. In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness that also refers to some imaginary idyllic paradise.
The Arcadia International Environmental Film Festival, a non-for-profit initiative, was launched at the end of 2013 simultaneously in 3 continents worldwide. Movies and environmental documentaries are at the center of Arcadia. The focus of the festival is on environmental protection, food security, social inequalities, climate change, pollution and activism. The aim is to enlighten and empower individuals and communities globally to take actions, together, to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
At the heart of Arcadia are values of care, consideration, respect, courage and perseverance. Social responsibility is the cornerstone of the way we work. As forward thinkers, we know that the choices we make today will impact on what happens tomorrow.
To put this immensely important project together requires working together on this shared vision with all concerned, from responsible businesses to environmental organizations, right up to individual commitments. We require resources to make this festival grow up and with your financial support, we will go ahead to make this happen.
The Film Festival will work hand-in-hand with leading environmental organizations worldwide by providing an opportunity for these organizations to showcase their efforts in creating a better future. Arcadia believes in working together for this shared vision. This festival is of crucial importance for socially responsible businesses as they have now an incredible opportunity to showcase their great products and services by supporting one or more events.
The project has the support of leading environmentalists such as Indira Naidoo, Tim Silverwood and David Kennett from Australia. Other various environmental organizations from all around the world are whole heartedly supporting us.
The Team Making it Happen
My name is Aymeric Maudous, born and raised in the bountiful vineyards of Bordeaux, France. I now live in Sydney, Australia which I have called home now for the past 8 years. Two of my particular passions come together in this film festival: films and the environment.
Passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle, I have always believed in a balanced world where technology, social progress, individual flourishing and environmental protection intermingle perfectly to sustain our own personal growth.
I am Florent, born in the amazing landscapes of the Northern Alps, in Annecy. As an engineer, I always thought that I had to try to answer to the questions of my generation and of the future ones. Actually I think we all have to! As an answer, I decided to meet many environmentalists around the world and to highlight their work, thanks to the association “Un an pour la Planète” that I created. In this trip with Nicolas Goursot, we met Aymeric Maudous in Sydney and founded the Arcadia Festival. I am also Program Director in France for the NGO “Noé Conservation”, which focuses on biodiversity issues. I definitely hope that you will enjoy Arcadia Festival!
My name is Nicolas, I love to travel and meet people around. Shaped by a French-German culture I traveled all over Europe a few years to work as an engineer. My second passion is about sustainability which made me discover a bit of the entire world with “Un an pour la Planète”.
Reporting, sharing and making people switch their mindset so that it suits their expectations and the environment is now part of my self-imposed task.
My name is Carine. I am from the South of France. I traveled around the world, whilst volunteering in different organizations, on conservation and environmental projects from September 2011 to September 2012.
I got involved with the Arcadia Film Festival since my return in France. I strongly believe in this project as it relies on critical values for our society, such as respect (towards both humans & nature), open-mindness, engagement, sharing and optimism.
My name is Marine Munich. I live in Strasbourg and just got back from a Working Holiday Visa in Australia. I got involved with Arcadia Festival while I was there, and it is a real pleasure for me to present it to you now in Paris.
I love trekking, camping, hitch- hiking, living outside and meeting people all the time. I am planning to study sustainable tourism for one more year and travel again to South America. I am 24.
My name is Maud and I currently study cinema in Paris. My goal is to become a screenwriter. I like traveling and discovering new countries and cultures. I horse ride and through this sport I have found another way to get closer to nature. I joined Arcadia because I wanted to do something to preserve the nature and the beauty of our earth.
The festival is for me an opportunity to warn people about the future of our planet, and make them to feel more responsible. Taking part of this project allows me to combine business with pleasure : looking for smart docos and helping the planet at the same time!