THE FRAGILE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD
Fondation Iris is a private foundation under the aegis of Fondation de France. It was created in December 2012. Its aim is to promote conservation of the environment and to safeguard the fragile beauty of the world.
The foundation supports actions to preserve or restore vulnerable sites, whether cultural or natural, as well as actions to respond concretely to the loss of biodiversity in all kinds of environments. It promotes events and works by artists and photographers, who contribute to the enhancement of the sites or the public awareness on these themes. The foundation also supports agroecology in France.Finally the foundation organizes or supports scientific expeditions around the world.
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
Green Forests and The Red Carpet
To help the renowned botanist Francis Hallé in his fight for the tropical forests, a documentary film maker passionate with nature decides to explore the movie industry, the cinema.
He wants to achieve a Hollywood Blockbuster, an ecological Thriller, which would reach a larger audience, and push people to act for nature. He envisions Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role.
By going out of his comfort zone, the filmmaker starts a new and difficult adventure, for the sake of the forests. In between two filming sessions where one discovers him in Amazonia, Gabon, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica… one sees him making his way with malice and obstination to Hollywood, Berlin, Cannes, Paris, up to the editing room of Claude Lelouch, the office of Juliette Binoche, and many others.
“GREEN FORESTS And The RED CARPET” tells this path, that obsession, and delivers a universal lesson : never give up and hang on to your dreams. This adventure is a suspensfull thriller… with at stake: will his movie – to help save the tropical forests – exist one day?
The Film which will be released in theaters in 2021.
Dedicated to Jean-Marie HULLOT
Décembre 2020 - Iris Foundation contributes this year again, for the fifth time, to the "Bourse Iris - Terre Sauvage", a photographic grant that will be awarded, on November 20th 2020, during the Montier Photo Festival.
Florine Menetrey & Jérémy Nourrisson
The 17th Festival "Le Grand Bivouac"
(Travel Festival, The Big Camp) in Alberville October 18 October 21, 2020.
Outre mer grandeur nature "Overseas Life-size": a photo exhibition displayed on the Palais du Luxembourg garden fence in Paris from September 19, 2020 to January 17, 2021
The Fondation Iris has decided to support the remarkable work of the OCEINDIA association, a collective of photographers who have embarked in an outstanding adventure to bear witness of the "fragile beauty" of the French ultramarine territories.
Truly, the vast and unknown French overseas territories deserved a major exhibition to celebrate their immense biodiversity and breath-taking scenary. If some areas are preserved in land and marine protected sites, if remoteness allows them to remain untouched, isn’t our awareness of their irreplaceable and inestimable value the best way to protect them?
Let us have the wisdom to allow those lands that are still virgin to remain a distant and inaccessible dream.
The 12th Festival Terres d'ailleurs (Elsewhere Lands)
Toulouse. November 20 - November 24, 2020.
40 avenue Hoche
75008 - Paris, France