Denmark is the frontrunner in tackling climate change. As for any other topics, we believe the film industry must also take its part. That is why five years ago, we founded Polar Bear International Film Festival (PBIFF), which, as far as we know, is the first film festival in the world that is solely centered on the subject of climate change. Our mission is to bring the public closer to the subject through documentaries, fiction, and animated films. (we received over 1800 films from over 100 countries in 2021.) The festival crosses genre and country borders but also generations to illuminate the greatest challenge of our time. This year in cooperation with the schools in Copenhagen, we also added a category for children/adolescents, where they will have the opportunity to comment on the films in a subsequent debate around the subject. We are hoping children/adolescents worldwide are able to participate in our festival to engage and discuss the subject more and to have a broader perspective on this matter. In addition to the main program about climate change, climate activist politicians, artists, and poets are invited to contribute to the PBIFF in 2022. It will be talks and discussions, and that in itself becomes a springboard for further discussions and sharing the ideas.
The festival’s primary purpose is thus to establish Copenhagen as a center for international art that is oriented around the environment and climate change.