For the first time, the Science Film Festival was held in Brazil through a partnership between comKids Festival an initiative of Midiativa, the Brazilian Center on Media for Children and Youth and the Goethe-Institut São Paulo. The three cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis hosted screenings of 23 programs and documentaries from 12 countries from October to December. The total audience of the Brazilian edition was 4,500 viewers and a total of 50 schools participating in the festival. The films were translated and dubbed or subtitled into Portuguese and Spanish. An effort was made to reach other countries in Latin America, such as Argentina and Colombia, who are ready to join in 2020.
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The opening ceremony took place on November 6th at Goethe-Institut São Paulo with the screening of the film "Humboldt, a redescoberta de natureza" about his travels, discoveries and work in the Amazon region. An audience of 140 people attended the opening and took part in an important debate about the pioneering work by the explorer Humboldt and today's climate change challenges, environmental preservation and scientific dissemination. The event was mediated by journalist Mariluce Moura, environmental activist Ciça Wey de Brito e and international renowned scientist Paulo Artaxo. The following week the festival continued at 14 cultural centers in different areas of São Paulo, mainly in suburban areas where there is a need for education initiatives, reaching kids that were very excited to watch the films. In Rio de Janeiro, the festival took place in MAST, the Astronomy and Science Museum, where the general public and students, were able to attend a debate about Alexander von Humboldt and present environmental challenges in Brazil and several public schools had the opportunity to watch the films. In Florianópolis, the festival took place at the multidisciplinary Cultural center where the films were screened from October 16th to November 29th.
The Science Film Festival in Brazil was part of "Humboldt y las Américas" in 2019, the thematic season organized by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut in Latin America on the occasion of Alexander von Humboldt's 250th anniversary and was supported by essential partners like the Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins (MAST), the Ministry of Science and Tecnology, Spcine, the film agency of Secretaria Municipal de Cultura de São Paulo, Mostra de Cinema Infantil de Florianópolis and the Fundação Roberto Marinho Foundation from Globo Organization.