The thirty-ninth edition of the World Festival of Underwater Image will take place from 31 October to 4 November, with a new team at its helm. In the continuity of the event created by Daniel Mercier, still honorary president, the FMISM will nevertheless evolve. We asked Rémi Attuyt, new director, to explain in which direction.
ENRICH THE FESTIVAL
"Nothing will change, but the festival will grow richer": Rémi Attuyt, who took office a few weeks ago, is keen on what made the festival so successful. We will continue to show films and images from all walks of life, to give voice to professionals but also to amateurs, to give pride of place to originality, enthusiasm and passion for the image. We will find the exhibitors present each year. "What we want," he specifies, "is to open up even more to the public, therefore to involve them in a more important way, which is a real challenge because we must expand the offer made to it"
A POSITIVE MESSAGE ON OUR OCEANS
Under the impetus of Philippe Vallette, now President of the event but also director of Nausicaa, the Center of the Sea of Boulogne, the festival is now a real melting pot that brings together all the energies around our planet sea: a forum where the general public, professionals and the scientific community meet, around positive initiatives to safeguard our oceans. A dimension that will pass including the multiplication of conferences, around the marine world as a whole.
ACCELERATING THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION
International Network of Marine Protected Areas, Oceans Forum, UNESCO: many institutions that must now have their place in the festival. Because in order to safeguard our underwater heritage, the only viable solution seems to be to multiply the common actions: whether legislation, safeguarding measures or awareness campaigns, only global cooperation may have positive effects.
CONNECTING A NEW PUBLIC
In recent years, the general public has been less likely to walk the aisles of the festival. And that's one of the challenges the new team wants to meet. The goal of the next edition is both to bring the public Marseille, but also to attract lovers of the marine world from elsewhere. By relying on the geographical location of Marseille, the bet is achievable. And the price of entries will drop significantly this year, to go from 15 to 9 euros, and 7,5 euros in reduced price.
THEME 2012: THE ISLANDS
This year, the theme for the festival is "The Islands". They are often, in all their diversity, from the Atlantic to the Pacific or the Indian Ocean, the symbol of the beauty and the fragility of our oceans: to know them, to protect them, to help them to face the threats that weigh now on them is very exactly in agreement with the message that wants from now on, even more than before, to make pass the Festival.