The first International Emerging Talent Film Festival, slated for Monte-Carlo, Monaco from May 12-15 (just before Cannes), has partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to become one of the few 'green' film events.

Marco Orsini, executive director of the IETFF, was in Berlin to spread the word about the new festival and its two programmes, The Global Film Forum, to encourage film professionals to work with developing countries, and The Global Film Expression, about film-making education for those that lack traditional resources. He was joined by IEFTA president Noriko Bonafede, festival creative director Max Ryerson, and festival producer Mitch Levine at an event on Monday evening.

The festival is designed to promote international emerging talents, with 22 films in competition by rising directors. The Wing Awards Juried Competition will have prizes for best director, best feature film, best short, best cinematography and audience awards for a feature and short.

The NRDC deal means that festival attendees will be told environmentally responsible film production techniques.

The festival will also host Film Pro Meetings, a forum for industry professionals to meet emerging film-makers. The event will also include a mentorship programme.

Attendees for 2007 will include actors Billy Zane and Jennifer Tilly, composer Hans Zimmer, producers Effie Brown, Alan Poul, George and Andria Litto, Bruce Cohen, director Nigel Dick, and attorney Michael Donaldson.