Pins’s “A Passion of Gold and Fire” shines a light on natural beauty

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. “A Passion of Gold and Fire” definitely helps our environment to keep on living.

Fascinated by the beauty, fragility and mystery of Nature, Director Sébastien Pins showed an early interest in photography. He relentlessly strives to capture strong and magical moments of connection between Man and Nature. His work has received numerous awards across Europe.

Pins currently continues his directing work in nature-fiction short movies. He is busy shooting a short film featuring lumberjack horses and their masters. His objective is to shed some light on a very little known activity as well as to value the work of people who have always contributed to the good health and the preservation of our forests.

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Q/A with Sébastien Pins

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

80% of crop around the world depend on the activity of insects for pollination and bees are widely considered some of the best pollinators! We’re currently living a time where a fragile balance is in jeopardy… Passionate by beekeeping and as a director, I couldn’t stay back and watch the apiate of Ecole de Huy deal with all those difficulties. Convinced that pictures and video are suited for helping the apiary and can bring a positive change for Mr. Fontignie, I decided to make a documentary on him and the day-to-day struggle of his work.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

What I love most is being behind the camera and share the daily life of people dedicated to preserve our nature.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

I don’t have any specific influences, I try and develop my own style. I love very much the films from Jacques Perrin, Luc Jacquet, Terrence Malick, Nicolas Vanier,…

4. What is your favorite film?

“The Tree of Life” from Terrence Malick. A truly inspiring piece!

“A Passion of Gold and Fire” is the tenth short film in the Short Film Session #1 on Friday, August 25 starting at 11am.


Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit

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