UNDP partners with Film Festival on MDGs in Brussels

Antonio Banderas, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador invites you to the festival
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas' message to invite you to the 5th edition of the Millenium Film Festival in 2013.

UNDP Brussels, the MDG Achievment Fund (MDGF) and the wider UN family in Brussels are proud partners of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, taking place every year since 2009 in Brussels.

Through the film festival, we, together with the organizers of the festival, seek to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development, topics which are often not very high on the agenda of people outside the development realm.

In his video message ahead of the 2013 edition of the festival taking place 31st May to 9th June, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Antonio Banderas, says that the festival has an impressive panel of films that put a human face on the MDGs. "Documentary films inspire us, they inspire change, they mobilise and unite us around our common goal: a better world for all of us."

The Millenium International Documentary Film Festival was created in 2008 and had its first edition in 2009. The festival is unique in that its programming is devoted to the eight MDGs and related social, cultural and environmental issues. The festival screens documentaries from all corners of the world

The festival strongly supports the voices of documentary filmmakers who persistently continue to portray the world, in all its richness and complexity. The festival has been able to show that high quality documentaries will help us understand the world more accurately, and help us reflect on how our societies can deal with major issues in a better way. We believe that documentary films are a strong and subtle communication tool that can help us raise the awareness of issues that are important in our times.

After 4 editions, the festival has become an international event, a real forum and meeting centre on major issues of development. It brings together committed filmmakers, scientists, intellectuals, policy makers, lobbyists, journalists and an international public. The 2012 edition of the festival screened 50 films portraying the MDGs in one way or another. The festival was attended by 12,600 people. 15 high-quality and inspiring documentaries competed for 7 MDG-related awards, out of which the film “Up in Smoke” won the “Objectif d’Argent” – UNDP’s Award for Best Development Message.

Millenium Film Festival in 2013


In 2013, the festival takes place in Brussels from 31 May until 9 June 2013, with screenings, the official competition, conferences, concerts and other events organized around the festival.


The festival brings together a programme of films from around the world. This year, over 100 films from 50 countries are screened.


The festival is sponsored by UNDP and other UN Agencies, as well as the MDG Achievment Fund (MDGF).


For more information about the festival, with clips of films, and for an interview with UN/UNDP in Brussels Director, Antonio Vigilante (who is a member of the jury), please visit the official website of the Millenium Film Festival.


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Opening of the Film Festival 2013

The opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the international Millenium MDGs documentary film festival on 31st May featured John Webster's Recipes for Disaster.  The film invites us to go on a diet before it is too late - a “carbon diet”.


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"A better place"
The MDG Achievment Fund, main sponsors of the Millenium Film Festival, put together this song that brings together musicians from around the world to speak out against inequality and for social justice.