The winning films at the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2017 in association with Fastflow Group, took the audience at BAFTA around the world – from Argentina to Ghana, from the UK to India and from the Marshall Islands to the USA.
In his closing speech to attendees, Fastflow Group chairman and CEO, Neil Armstrong said: “To think about issues on a global scale – how our actions affect the entire world – is overwhelming. Which is why we must all be particularly thankful for these films… Because we are here celebrating some brilliant films, and like those filmmakers, we are all here to effect positive change… In these films we have seen the change we want to be, but for the sake of our future story, and as Gandhi so aptly put it: it’s time to be the change we want to see.
“One clear strand of progress seen in the films is in education. Such as the STEM programme inspiring the next generation to engage with sciences and deliver a more sustainable future. Awareness of HIV is being shared in communities to help to reduce the transmission from mother to baby. And there are remarkable individuals instigating change, such as Bechibila, a young woman in Ghana who travels from village to village despite her physical limitations, to educate locals on water issues. Organisations and individuals working to make a better world… Proving that the smallest of ripples when multiplied again and again will produce a tidal wave of improvement.”
In the Reshaping the Economy category sponsored by Choice International Ltd, the winner was Neste for ‘Everybody dies, but not everybody lives‘ and Highly Commended was World Animal Protection for ‘Ghost Gear‘.
In the Transforming Society category in partnership with Grace Bian, chair of China International Culture Stock Exchange, the winner was Co-op Group for ‘Great Things Happen When We Work Together‘ and Highly Commended was P&G for ‘Meet Bechibila‘.
The winner of the Judges’ Special Mention Award was C40 Cities and Citi Foundation for ‘We Live Here Together‘.
Winner of the Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen was ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha‘, produced by Prakash Jha and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.
The winner of the Press Association Award for Environmental Storytelling was Sky News, for ‘A Plastic Whale’. The documentary highlights the devastating effects of plastic on ocean wildlife, after a post-mortem of a Cuvier’s beaked whale confirmed its intestines were entirely clogged with plastic.
In his opening speech, David Morley, Awards president and chairman of Elaghmore Private Equity Fund, said “This year we’ve detected a shift in thinking from companies submitting their films. The shift is being led by some forward-thinking companies who have built their business model around sustainability. They have embraced the idea that transforming society for the better while making a profit are not incompatible or mutually exclusive. The opposite is, in fact, truer.”
Judges for Reshaping the Economy, Transforming Society, Protecting the Environment and the Judges’ Special Mention Award, included communications and campaigns expert Eileen Maybin, Louise Bateman of Planet First, sustainability communications strategist Victoria Brooks and Simon Evans of Eco-Age. Chair of the judges was Nick Nuttall, spokesperson and director of communications at UN Climate Change.
Judges for the Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen were Richard Creasey, managing director of BFC Media Ltd, owner of Moscow’s first IMAX theatre; Denise Parkinson, entertainment director, global and UK, for the Telegraph Media Group, and Surina Narula MBE. The panel was chaired by award-winning cinematographer, director and screenwriter, Steven Bernstein.
The Judges’ panel for the Press Association Award for Environmental Storytelling was chaired by Pete Clifton, editor-in-chief at Press Association. Fellow judges were Alex Rothwell, head of video at Press Association, and Cheryl Campbell, tve executive director.
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