15.10.2009 - UNESCO Venice Office

H2Ooooh! Water, And yet it moves-Galileo, Pet Pals-Marco Polo’s Code. UNESCO General Conference Paris (France), 14 October 2009


In the frame of a joint collaboration between UNESCO Venice and Gruppo Alcuni to further develop a series of animated films/cartoons for the promotion of science education amongst schoolchildren, 3 recent cartoon productions will be introduced during the UNESCO General Conference on 14 October 2009 at 6 pm at the Cinema of the Fontenoy Building, in Paris (France). The trailers will also be screened at the “Water Stand" of the "Cultures and Developments" Exhibition.

The animated projects presented by Engelbert Ruoss (UNESCO Venice), Giovanna Masobello and Francesco Manfio (Gruppo Alcuni) highlight current topics such as the protection of the atmosphere, conservation and preservation of the our water, climate change and pollution.

-  [H2Ooooh Water] an animated television series, developed by Gruppo Alcuni in collaboration with UNESCO Venice Office and RAI Fiction invites school children to create stories related to water: its use, its exploitation, its limited availability, and the sharing of conservation tips. The animated storyboards will be broadcasted by RAI2 during the first months of 2010. This initiative is an important creative contribution to science education where children around the world can share in new and fun way their experiences and proposals towards the protection of the environment. Science is transformed into fun and can be taught by children!

- [And yet it moves – Galileo]  an extremely innovative television programme that combines animation with live action, created by Gruppo Alcuni in coproduction with RAI Fiction will be televised on RAI 2. These animated modern day “adventures” will attempt to spur youngsters to see the world with a critical and curious eye. Filled with useful information and scientific facts the series, will deal with daily issues/problems facing our planet: such as alternative energy resources, waste, pollution, climate change, the extinction of animal species and plants, intercultural exchange, and food.

- [Pet Pals - Marco Polo’s Code]
the 3-D animated film created by Gruppo Alcuni, will be screened in 22 Italian cinemas next January 2010. The film starring the Pet Pals characters is situated in Venice and the topic concerns defending the water of the lagoon that encircles the City from the “wicked witch” who wants to destroy it. The film is a coproduction with the Grupo Edebé (Spain) and was funded by contributions from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Eurimages, and by the MEDIA programme of the European Union.

Contact : UNESCO Venice Office at veniceoffice(at)unesco.org

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