On December 5, 2018, on the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development the Retrospective of the LAMPA International Film Festival of socially oriented short films, videos and social advertising was held at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
For the first time since 1985, since the International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations, the Russian project has been included in the official list of the United Nations events dedicated to encourage all volunteers around the world!
The LAMPA International Film Festival creates a unique collection of social media stories about volunteers from all over the world who are able to identify and solve problems that are important for all mankind. The event related to volunteerism and people who daily contribute to the sustainable development of our world is of particular relevance at the Palais des Nations in connection with the Year of the Volunteer announced by the President of Russia.
The opening of the Film Festival Retrospective was attended by: Mr. Clemens Adams, the Director of UNOG Administration, Mr. Gennady Gatilov, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva, Lyubov Glebova, Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Tatiana Abdullina, Deputy Prime Minister of Perm Krai, Olga Zubkova, Chairwoman of the Organising Committee of the LAMPA International Film Festival.
Mr. Clemens Adams delivered a message of Michael MØLLER, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, in which he expressed his gratitude to the LAMPA International Film Festival for promoting the ideas of volunteerism and charity in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Gennady Gatilov emphasised the relevance of the Film Festival and specified its goal as “the promotion of high ideals of volunteerism and charity, commendable actions of people who are ready to respond to someone else’s misfortune and lend a helping hand and, thereby, make our world a little bit better.” He also expressed his conviction that: “… the Film Festival brings in the most important impact in spreading the ideas of humanism, philanthropy and volunteerism”.
Lyubov Glebova emphasised the significance of the event: “For us (Russia), the great achievement of the Year of the Volunteer was the fact that we are here today, at the United Nations Office at Geneva, on the International Volunteer Day. Through our films and communication with us, we are happy to share with everyone what Russia is, who Russian people are and what the big Russian soul means, which is known all over the world.” She also expressed her hope that “the retrospectives of films presented today on the topic of volunteering, that were shot by professional directors and even young journalists, are a very close topic for volunteering. And so it will be very useful and will be another place that connects the hearts and souls of people.”
Tatyana Abdullina noted: “Every year, interest in the LAMPA Film Festival is growing. Its film collection has already included more than 5000 works, and the authors of these works are representatives from 123 countries of the world. Over the past 5 years, the Organising Committee of the LAMPA Film Festival has done a tremendous work on a broad range of topics. It is important that within the LAMPA Film Festival the volunteer initiative in the Perm region and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, proclaimed by the United Nations, have been closely connected. It is especially valuable that the LAMPA Film Festival Retrospective takes place on the International Volunteer Day.”
Olga Zubkova, the author of the LAMPA FIlm Festival, noted that “Retrospective of the award-winning films of the LAMPA Film Festival can change the life of each of us in one day. This is a unique social media project that awakens our emotions, educates our souls, clears our minds for sincere complicity and kindness!” Olga Zubkova thanked for the support and partnership Mr. Gennady Gatilov, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva, and Mr. Francesco Pisano, Director of the United Nations Library at Geneva, Chair of the Cultural Activities Committee at UNOG.
On the International Volunteer Day, the UN representatives, diplomats and special guests from all over the world have watched the best short films and videos, dedicated to volunteers and benefactors from different countries who daily perform their civic feat to help other people.
The LAMPA Film Festival Retrospective was attended by the jury members of the Film Festival. The event was hosted by Katerina Shpitsa, Anton Bogdanov and Iana Poplavskaia, holders of the sign of public recognition “Volunteer of Russia”, the jury members of the LAMPA Film Festival, Russian theatre and cinema actors.
Representatives of the United Nations Volunteers, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and many other well-known international organisations participated in the LAMPA International Film Festival Retrospective.
During watching of entries, there were meetings with directors-winners of the Film Festival and awarding ceremonies of filmmakers from Russia, India, Iran, Spain, Italy, Pakistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries.
As part of the Retrospective programme, a round table was held for novice journalists of the Rosatom School project. Young correspondents are not only active participants in the media project, but also winners of a special competitive selection, which was organised ahead of this international event at the United Nations. The round table was attended by jury members of the LAMPA Film Festival. Lyubov Glebova, Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, greeted young participants of the event. Talented schoolchildren took part in the shooting of the event, interviewed filmmakers and heroes of the films that were shown within the event, received certificates of participants in the international event dedicated to the International Volunteer Day.
One of the significant events of the Retrospective has become the opening of the “Brighter than a movie!” exhibition. Bright posters about the authors and heroes of prize-winning films were placed at one of the most visited venues of the Palais des Nations. Within the exhibition, there were given the letters of gratitude to the LAMPA Film Festival’s directors, who came to the event from different countries and continents. Special digests dedicated to the films of the LAMPA International Film Festival were presented at the exhibition.
Mr. David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva, Mr. Francesco Pisano, Director of the United Nations Library at Geneva, Chair of the Cultural Activities Committee at UNOG, Mr. Alexander Alimov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, have performed with welcoming words to the exhibition’s participants.
The “Brighter than a movie!” exhibition will be open at the UN venue until the end of December, 2018. There is an individual QR-code on each information poster, dedicated to LAMPA’s films, that allows everyone to see any of the presented films. The exhibition will become an interactive theatre, and thousands of visitors of the Palais des Nations from around the world will be able to watch its films.
More than 200 representatives of the Permanent Missions to the UN, international organisations, media, cultural and public figures attended the events of the LAMPA Film Festival Retrospective.
International companies involved in the development of corporate volunteering took part in organisation of the LAMPA Film Festival Retrospective: Johnson & Johnson and Philip Morris International, one of the leaders of the National Council for Corporate Volunteering in Russia.
It should be noted that the LAMPA Film Festival is a public initiative of the National Association for Education Development “Notebook of Friendship”, which over 5 years of its implementation has become the international platform.
The event was organised by: the Organising Committee of the LAMPA International Film Festival, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva, the Cultural Activities Committee at UNOG with support of Rosatom International Corporation.
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