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Four days of discussions, screenings and celebration


Friday to Monday
October 18-21st, 2019

Hôtel Pams
Perpignan, France


Image by Meredith Meeks

“The lion’s story will never be told if the hunter is the only one to tell it.”
— West African Proverb

A special event celebrating and highlighting women’s roles in storytelling about nature and the environment, including writers, photographers, filmmakers, as well as camera and sound operators. We will be exploring what a feminine perspective means to women, what they bring in their art and why it is important for society as a whole. We will be giving space for women’s ideas and work that are innovative and important for all audiences to see.

The festival will be held in the dynamic city of Perpignan, France from October 18-21st, 2019. Presenters hail from the media, literature, academia and research, and legal and commercial worlds. Programming will include professional workshops, seminars, film screenings, and mentoring.

Admission is free and certain events will be open to the public.

Image by Russell MacLaughlin of Shannon Benson

Image by Russell MacLaughlin of Shannon Benson


Hosted by the VII Academy


The VII Academy is a not for profit foundation based in France, Bosnia and Thailand. Its mission is to provide tuition-free education in the fields of media practice to women and men from the majority world and to support vocational training and knowledge transfer initiatives to communities that are under-served or under-represented in the media. As a part of our mission, this festival will be a free event open to the public and will support the participation of panelists from across the world.

Here at the VII Academy, we support sustainable living. Please note that the festival will be plastic and paper free.

All information about the festival—programs, maps, and schedules—can be found here on our website.



Hôtel Pams

18 Rue Emile Zola, 66000

Perpignan, France


The festival will be held in the exciting city of Perpignan, France, a historically important city near the Spanish border and the capital of the Pyrenees Orientales department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It is home to many cultural and historical attractions and is culturally bilingual in French and Catalan. The venue for our event is the beautiful Hôtel Pams.



By plane: the Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport operates national and international flights. Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) is a great option for international flights, just 2 hours away from Perpignan by car, wth daily bus and train connections as well.

By car: the A9 motorway connects from Narbonne in the North and Barcelona in the South

By train: the Perpignan station is serviced by high-speed TGV trains, intercity routes and the TER Languedoc-Roussillon regional network.

Daily connections:

- to Paris, Lille and Brussels by TGV

- Paris, Metz and Strasbourg by Corail

- Lunéa - Narbonne, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, Villefranche, Cerbere and Port-Bou by TER.