June 4 through 11 Aruba will host its first International Film Festival (AIFF), bringing together lovers of the art of cinema and filmmaking. But the festival was also designed with another theme in mind: honoring the island through pro-environmental practices, which will take place before and during the event.
Founders and producers of the festival, Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira, have joined with the Arikok National Park Foundation to help maintain a Green Aruba.
AIFF will allocate space for Arikok to set up a booth at the festival where they can inform the public about the initiatives the park is taking in reforestation. Volunteers can enlist with Park Rangers and participate on hiking tours. The Festival will also help the Park Foundation build a greenhouse in which to grow trees for reforestation.
To keep the environmental impact of the event to a minimum, AIFF is placing recycling bins around the compound, providing guests with given "green" tips and walking maps, and making reusable water bottles available. Restaurants at Paseo Herencia will be provided with AIFF-branded cups, napkins and other paper products made from recycled paper.