Finalists announced for first ever IFAD COPEAM Film Award

IFAD Asset Request Portlet

Asset Publisher

Finalists announced for first ever IFAD COPEAM Film Award

Rome, 12 July – Climate change and ecosystem health will dominate Sicily’s big screen this summer, with today’s announcement of three finalists in the first-ever IFAD COPEAM Film Award at the Sicily Movie Festival del cinema di Agrigento.

The finalists are:

  • “Wrapped in Plastic”, directed by Rocco Muraro, a short documentary which exposes the issue of plastic waste generated by intensive agricultural practices in southern Spain.
  • “Beyond the Glaciers” directed by David Rodriguez Muñoz a short film from Kazakhstan, which analyses the impact of climate change and human activity on fishing communities on the Aral Sea.
  • “Los ojos de la Tierra”, a film directed by Marcos Altuve which highlights how tortoises are an indicator for ecosystem health in Morocco.

The award was created by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with the Union of Mediterranean Broadcasters (COPEAM), to celebrate the best short documentary films that focus on food security and issues that affect rural communities in the Mediterranean and Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia regions.

The Sicily Movie Festival is held in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily.  The festival will screen all types of short films, documentaries, video clips and animation shorts between 22 and 25 July.

Notes to Editors:

Watch the announcement of the winner of the first ever IFAD COPEAM Film Award live from the Sicily Movie Festival from 21:00 CEST on Sunday 25 July at

Press release No.: IFAD/37/2021

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$23.2 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached an estimated 518 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialized agency based in Rome – the United Nations food and agriculture hub.

Media contact

Image of Enza Falco

Enza Falco

Broadcast Communication Officer, Communications Division