2012 Film Festival Award Winners

Rachel Caplan & Anthony BaxterThe 2nd San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF), from March 1-7, 2012, has announced the recipients of the festival’s 2012 film awards.

SFGFF is the Bay Area’s only festival dedicated to films and new forms of media that explore green issues and sustainable living. This year’s festival included 18 programs with local premieres of 40 films from around the globe, with 60 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers.

The festival kicked off with the San Francisco Premiere of The Island President, Bay Area filmmaker Jon Shenk's critically acclaimed film about ousted President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film theatrically in San Francisco on March 30th at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema. The festival also featured special events, parties, panels and educational programs, inviting festival attendees to get involved and take action with environmental causes important to them. The 2012 SFGFF attracted more than 2,000 visitors with 8 sold-out shows and events. The Festival’s 16-person Screening Committee, including international filmmakers, environmentalists, journalists, industry executives, and content experts, have elected the 2012 award recipients.

Photo: Festival Executive Director Rachel Caplan with filmmaker Anthony Baxter, winner of the Festival's Best Feature Award for You've Been Trumped. Photo credit: Sarah Adler/San Francisco Chronicle.


The 2012 SFGFF Awards winners are:

You've Been TrumpedBest Feature


Anthony Baxter, UK, 2011, 95 mins.

Coverage abounds Anthony Baxter’s film that risks life and limb to penetrate the operation of Donald Trump and his designs on Aberdeen, Scotland and its precious sand dunes. This film festival circuit favorite is a constant juggle of humor, confrontation, espionage and strange compelling characters (Trump included). www.youvebeentrumped.com

Best Short


Simon Robson, UK, 2010, 16 mins.

Coalition of the Willing is crafted by a network of 24 top animation artists from around the world using varied and eclectic film making techniques. This optimistic and principled film explores how we could use new Internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change. coalitionofthewilling.org.uk

BLOOD IN THE MOBILEGreen Tenacity Award


Frank Piasecki Poulsen, Denmark/Germany, 2010, 82 mins.

Did you know your mobile phone contributes to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Danish Director Frank Piasecki Poulsen takes on the Congolese military and warlords to gain access to Bisie, a militia controlled mine that produces cassiterite, a tin oxide used in cell phones. In this courageous documentary, Poulsen reveals a mineral trade plagued with violence and human exploitation. bloodinthemobile.org

The Green Tenacity Award is given annually to a filmmaker who shows great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work. Last year’s inaugural award recipient was director Fredrik Gertten for his film BANANAS!* which screened at the 2011 festival.

Urban RootsInspiring Lives Award


Mark MacInnis, USA, 2011, 93 mins.

Against all odds, in the boarded up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated Detroiters have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform a city after its collapse. www.urbanrootsamerica.com

Sushi: the Global CatchAudience Award


Mark Hall, USA, 2011, 75 mins.

How did sushi become a global cuisine? What began as a simple but elegant food sold by Tokyo street vendors has become a worldwide phenomenon. Shot in five nations, the film explores the tradition, growth and future of this popular cuisine. As ocean predators such as Bluefin Tuna are auctioned at astronomical rates, we see that sushi is big money and these fish are gold. www.sushitheglobalcatch.com

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About the San Francisco Green Film Festival SFGFF’s mission is to increase public awareness of the environment through forward-thinking programs of films and discussions. The films that we premiere explore the relationship between people and the planet and offer compelling insights into the environmental challenges we face as well as the creative social entrepreneurs who are crafting a vision for a greener future. SFGFF’s inaugural festival from March 3-6, 2011, brought in over 2,000 attendees to screen a broad array of new films in carefully curated sessions that challenged, provoked, and entertained audiences over its four-day-run. For more information, and the full Festival Program please visit: sfgreenfilmfest.org.

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