The idea to create Filmambiente started in 2010, in a conversation between two friends who understood the importance of giving access to knowledge and the search for solutions to the different environmental issues that plague our planet today.
Márcio Guimarães and Suzana Amado, both with more than 30 years of experience in audiovisual, understood that in this new geological era in which human action impacts the planet - the Anthropocene - the power of audiovisual would be an important tool to awaken consciences and inform decisions.
In 2011, Filmambiente was born, with the principle of being a boutique festival: few and excellent films, always!
It's impossible to maintain quality when you prioritise quantity! as Márcio Guimarães used to say.
In 2012, unfortunately, Márcio Guimarães left us, going to another dimension.
But Filmambiente kept its north: excellence in programming, which is widely recognised around the world.
In 2018, Valeria Burke joined the team and now shares the curatorship and is responsible for the executive production of the festival.
We are few; we do it together, and we do it well!
Exhibition of films globally selected among the best.
Development of new audiences for environmental films.
Thematic panel and film debates.
Events for schools, universities, and companies.
Working for more than 20 years in audiovisual productions, either in research, direction or production positions, collaborated in projects of several Brazilian production companies and TV channels such as Futura Channel, Multishow, Raccord Productions, Anima Productions, RW Cine, 4Ventos, TV Zero, 3Tabelas Films, Abbas Films, Conspiração Films, Refinaria Films, Bang Bang Films, Cinegroup & Paladina Films; and some international such as BBC, F&ME, RTL 5 TV, KRO NVCR TV e 2Pilots. Always connected to environmental and sustainable development themes, Valéria is an official Gaia Education / UNESCO Facilitator & SDG Multiplier, and a Master in Science by the University of Edinburgh at the Global Challenges Programme. As part of the Filmambiente team since 2018, Valéria is producer and co-curator of the festival.
A graduate in social communication at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Raquel acts as cinema and TV director and editor through her production company Uirapuru Films. She produced, directed and edited the short documentaries: Garota Bossa Nova (Bossa Nova Girl) about Nara Leão, with Maria Bethânia; O Sapo que virou Rã (The Toad that turned into Frog), with João Donato; Vejo o Rio de Janeiro (I see Rio de Janeiro), with Helena Jobim and Billy Blanco; Garota de Ipanema – based on Tom Jobim’s testimonial; and Um Rapaz de Bem (A Nice Guy), with Johnny Alf and Ed Motta, among others; acted as an assistant director at A Pedra do Reino (The Realm Stone) and assistant of direction at Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers), both series directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho at Globo TV. Part of the Filmambiente team since its first edition, Raquel is responsible for the montage of annual programmes and for the creation of the festival vignettes.