We French are funny people. Too busy to cultivate our garden, too inhabited by Peguy poems, too convinced that only the hills are inspired, too shaped by parochialism, we have forgotten that we live in the second maritime country in the world with 11 million kilometers squares exploitable area and 7 000 miles of coastline! If we were entering more of this reality, we tirerions a little optimism and could correct our endless analysis on the “French decline”. The future of the planet will indeed play in the seas. Exploitation (exploration) of marine resources can only provide answers to the economic, food, energy that formidable demographic pressure (9 billion people by 2030) poses to nations.
Already, without us realizing it, the sea is invited in every field of our lives. Do we know for example that 80% of the movement of goods by sea, 80% of the world’s population live within 100 kilometers of coastline? France has a crucial role to play in this new international situation where the board will be liquid. In July 2012, the Senate has also produced a report under explicit (albeit ugly): “maritimisation”, France against the new geopolitics of oceans. And the Centre for Marine Studies has published an album, “The Earth is blue”, to go on about the need to open the minds of our citizens to the urgency of turning to the sea, the question of protect, study, operate reasonably. This is the message expressed by Erik Orsenna in the preface given in this book: “Something tells me that the growth we so desperately need and wanted to bring some with teeth, is at sea, along it is our shores”. At Dunkirk, the Festival “Les Ecrans de la mer”, organized by La Guilde has no other ambition than to put the sea to the place it deserves: in the heart of all the issues.Sylvain Tesson - President of La Guilde
A jury of five young student in cinema audio from the Noordover school, will also be present to select the film that receives the Youth jury award of Dunkirk metropolitan area: Antoine Guilbert, Noéline Loiselle, Michiel Marie Charlotte Sleigh, Luc Trotignon.
While Lou Delbarre and Elisa Vromen (members of the Youth Jury in 2011) now students Terminal, will film the highlights of the festival.
Pre-selections concerning the edition 2014 of the festival “les Écrans de la Mer” have been concluded on February 28th. The list of the 15 selected films competiting this year will be announced very soon on this page.
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Four professionals of the sea and the documentary surrounding Yves LAGANE to form the jury of the film for 2014. To discover this team, click on the photo on the left.
This year, to complete the “festive effect”, the Écrans de la mer are associated with a large operation in relationship with the sea, name: “Appointments with the sea“. This event create a synergy with three other events: Museum Night, the Feast of the sea and Ça DKartonne !
Maritime Prefect for the Channel and the North Sea, he as been, as well, President of the National Society for Sea Rescue (SNSM) from 2005 to 2013. He spent his entire career (thirty-years) in the French Navy, commanding three submarines. After leaving the Navy, in 2003, he stayed very active in safety and maritime security fields, promoting the values of the “citizen of the sea”: responsibility, solidarity, respect.