SFGFF is pleased to announce the following 2018 Green Film Fest Awards.
BEST FEATURE AWARD: ANOTE'S ARK
San Francisco Premiere. Best Feature Award // The remote Pacific Island of Kiribati has almost no environmental footprint yet faces imminent annihilation from sea level rise. President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people from one of the biggest existential challenges facing humanity. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema – Documentary at Sundance 2018.
(Matthieu Rytz, Canada, 2018, 77 mins)
BEST SHORT AWARD: INVISIBLE BLANKET
Invisible Blanket is based on real events and publications of 1950s when the first climate change scientists started to voice their concerns in major US magazines and newspapers. Their predictions turned out to be rather accurate, yet their voices remained “unheard” for more than half of a century...
(Pasha Reshikov, USA, 2017, 8 mins)
GREEN TENACITY AWARD: STROOP - JOURNEY INTO THE RHINO HORN WAR
USA Premiere – In Africa and Asia, two filmmakers embed themselves on the front-lines of a species genocide when they are given exclusive access to the enforcement aspect of the war for rhino horn. From rangers, pilots and K9 units patrolling national parks to elite police units raiding wildlife trafficking dens... they find themselves in some hair-raising situations.
(Susan Scott, South Africa, 2018, 120 mins)
INSPIRING LIVES AWARD: FOOD COOP
USA Premiere – The Park Slope Food Coop, a food cooperative in the heart of Brooklyn with 16,000 members, challenges both traditional capitalism and the basis of food production and distribution systems. The film has spawned a movement in France, including the opening of La Louve Coop in Paris last year.
(Tom Boothe, France, 2016, 97 mins)
YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD: YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE: THE RISE OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE YOUTH MOVEMENT
California Premiere – 2018 Young Filmmaker Award – Slater was just 15 years old when she started questioning her local politicians about their inability to pass laws to protect the environment. She soon took it upon herself to document their eco efforts and growing movement on camera, traveling around the globe on the front lines of climate change.
(Slater Jewell-Kemker, Canada, 2018, 86 mins)
A juried annual award with $1k cash prize for Best San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Feature. The award recognizes the best of independent filmmaking in the SF Bay Area by honoring innovative storytelling and new perspectives on environmental topics.
WILDER THAN WILD: FIRE, FORESTS, AND THE FUTURE
Bay Area filmmakers take us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013 to the Wine Country wildfires of 2017, revealing how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires, and exploring strategies to mitigate future disasters.
(Stephen Most & Kevin White, USA, 2018, 52 mins)
2018 Green Fire Award Jury
Gaetano Capizzi, Director, Cinemambiente; President, Green Film Network
Maribel Guevara, Director, ECOador International Film Festival; Active Cinema Manager, Mill Valley Film Festival
Leah Mahan, Documentary film director/producer; SFGFF Award Winner for Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
Mark Valentine, ReFrame It Consulting
Jale Yoldas, Cultural & Public Diplomacy Officer, Consulate General of Switzerland in SF
SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
For the first time, the SF Film Critics Circle – a group of Greater Bay Area reviewers and film writers – will present an award at this year’s festival. The committee will bestow the honor on the work of a first-time documentary feature filmmaker.
The Park Slope Food Coop, a food cooperative in the heart of Brooklyn with 16,000 members, challenges both traditional capitalism and the basis of food production and distribution systems. The film has spawned a movement in France, including the opening of La Louve Coop in Paris last year.
(Tom Boothe, France, 2016, 97 mins)
GREEN FILM NETWORK AWARDS
SF Green Film Festival is honored to host the 5th Annual International Green Film Network Awards - the first time that this annual ceremony will take place in the USA. This is a celebration of the world’s top environmental films as recognized by the Green Film Network (GFN) to promote environmental films worldwide and encourage initiatives that raise awareness of environmental issues. GFN is an association of the world's leading environmental film festivals to support the diversity and strength of documentary work around the globe, and is partnered with the United Nations Environment Program.
This year, the Network presents two awards, best Feature and best Short for the best environmental documentaries of the year. Nominated by the 40 worldwide member festivals and decided by a global jury.
GREEN FILM NETWORK FEATURE AWARD: GENESIS 2.0
California Premiere – On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters are searching for the tusks of extinct mammoths. Thawing permafrost releases an intact mammoth carcass in addition to the precious ivory, which sets genetic scientists on a controversial quest to clone a living mammoth. Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance 2018.
(Christian Frei and Max Arbugaev, Switzerland, 2018, 112 mins)
GREEN FILM NETWORK SHORT AWARD: WATER WARRIORS
Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight – including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians, and English-speaking families – to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.
(Michael Premo, USA, 2017, 22 mins)
YOUNG FILMMAKER COMPETITION AWARDS
Every year, we screen films from young people who are actively protecting our planet and getting involved in documentary filmmaking. Finalists win cash prizes and a special screening of their film at Green Film Fest.
CAR POLLUTION AND THE AIR YOU BREATHE, Lukas Mills
THE STORY OF A PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE, Cambria Bartlett & Coralyn Taylor
FEED THE FUTURE, Natalie Wylie