The tve Global Sustainability Films Awards (GSFA) recognises outstanding films from the business, non-profit, media and creative sectors that inspire audiences with real-world solutions for a more sustainable future.
Now in its 12th year, the awards promote powerful, effective storytelling that helps contribute to the building of a more just and sustainable future.
The environmental crisis facing the world is as much a communications problem as a scientific one. We believe film can be a powerful tool for helping raise awareness, shift public opinion, and inspire action to protect our planet and transform our societies.
The GSFA is both a film awards and a sustainability awards. It is unique because entries are judged on the power of their storytelling and creativity, as well as on the credibility and impact of their content. Submissions are welcome from businesses and organizations, as well as filmmakers, creatives and other storytellers from all around the world as long as the films focus on delivering sustainable solutions that are relevant in today’s context.
Key lessons learnt from the winning films are made publicly available to encourage the sharing of sustainable solutions and impact-driven film communications for the planet.
Watch the launch of the 12th edition of the awards with an inspiring evening of films and conversation with Lewis Pugh on his first swim at the North Pole.
held at the prestigious Merchant Taylors Hall, London
André Singer is both filmmaker and anthropologist originally making films for World in Action and Disappearing World. He devised and produced the environmental series Battle for the Planet for C4 and wrote the book to accompany it. For the BBC, he founded the documentary series Fine Cut (which later became Storyville) where he first linked up with Werner Herzog subsequently playing a role on sixteen of Werner’s films including Into the Inferno and Fireball : Visitors from Darker Worlds; and co-Directing Meeting Gorbachev. As an Executive Producer he worked on Josh Oppenheimer’s Oscar nominated films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. As a director he was awarded the Peabody and Emmy for his film Night Will Fall, and in 2016 completed an anti-nuclear film Where the Wind Blew which won the Raven Award for best feature documentary at DocUtah.
Adesoji Adeyemi-Adejolu is a Documentary Filmmaker, Media Consultant and Environmentalist. As a creative expert with keen interest in energy and environment, Ade has produced and directed independent and corporate documentaries focused on sustainability. He is passionate about storytelling and filmmaking for change, and a firm believer in the power of film to inspire social change.
Alan Jay Spector spent years as an anti-war, anti-racist community organizer before completing a PhD in sociology and taking a teaching position in a depressed, deindustrializing area just outside of Chicago. Through his teaching, he concluded as Camus wrote: "Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." Consequently, he began, first writing scripts and then engaging in film production itself through his company -- Syncopation. In addition, he has served on panels at the Toronto Film Festival and at Cannes and has served as a judge for script contests.
Andrew Griffiths is Director of Community & Partnerships at PlanetMark, who certify organisations for carbon reduction and the creation of social value. He is Chair of the Institute of Directors National Sustainability Taskforce and also collaborates with Disney’s former Head of Innovation & Creativity on delivering Innovation Masterclasses all over the world.
Christopher was for many years an international banker, mainly conducting corporate and investment banking business in New York, London, Australia and Hong Kong, including as a Chief Operating Officer of various banking groups, and as a board member of Malaysian and South Korean merchant banks. Since then he has led a number of businesses providing technology, software, data and services to the financial industry. He has most currently been acting as a 'monitor' of European banks on behalf of a US banking regulator agency. He has always had a strong interest in both films and the film industry, and in the environment.
Ghaamid is a UN multi award winning Ecohydrologist and a National Geographic Explorer. He is the Executive Director of Tanzania Biodiversity Organization, a non-profit focused on the National policy advocacy on Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. He founded the Conserve Afrika Media which is a platform for Sciencetelling stories and films of the most vulnerable climate impacted continent. Addtionally he co directs EARTHDAY.ORG in Africa advocating for climate education in African governments.
Imogen Pierce works in sustainable mobility and future technology for Fully Charged and ethical AI company Bubblr. She is an alumni of electric vehicle startup Arrival where she was Head of City Engagement and Integration at Arrival working with cities to understand, develop and accelerate their future mobility ambitions. Imogen has also worked in Experience Strategy looking at future trends for the automotive world. Prior to Arrival, Imogen worked as an aerodynamicist at Jaguar Land Rover before running the company's technology and innovation communications.
Jyotsna is the Founder and CEO of Lucknow Farmers Market, the first sustainable online community in India connecting grassroot level entrepreneurs and farmers with consumers with an interactive space to learn to live sustainably. She is an MBA from CASS Business School London with over 20 years of experience worldwide in International Marketing, having lived and worked in Dubai, London, Mumbai and Delhi.
Lyndy Stout edits and curates the online magazine and creative awards show 1.4 which showcases the hottest international short-form filmmaking talent. In other lives she edited shots magazine for over a decade, was deputy editor of Creative Review and was also a travel writer.
Manya Patil Seth is an independent film producer, designer, public relations professional and a social worker. She is the Founder & Executive Trustee of the Smita Patil Foundation set up in the memory of the late Ms. Smita Patil, one of India’s most respected and renowned film artists. Several Film Festivals and Film Retrospectives have been presented under the aegis of the Foundation and in collaboration with prestigious institutions like the Lincoln Center, The Asia Society and The Whitney Museum in the USA, the Mumbai Film Festival, Mumbai and the Cinemaya Film Festival in New Delhi.
Marco De Luca is a UK based Italian filmmaker. Since studying filmmaking in Denmark, Marco has explored different aspects of visual arts through painting and photography.
He has directed many award winning short films and two feature films, the latest one "Beneath the Trees" is available on Amazon Prime. Since relocating to the UK Marco has worked in television making documentaries for various channels.
Mumtaaz has been working in the trenches of South African television for twelve years.For the past three years Mumtaaz serves as a SAFTA (South African Film and TV awards) judge for documentary short, feature, wildlife and natural history.
Nicky is a multiple award-winning documentary film-maker and executive producer. She spent four years as Head of Documentaries at Thomson Reuters Foundation, where she spearheaded films across the organisation’s human rights remit of climate change, LGBT+, land rights, women’s rights, human trafficking.
She has developed, executive produced and directed four series of an environmental documentary series with PBS, USA, ‘Earth Focus.’ Prior to TRF she was head of Film and Photo at a global NGO with a mission to alleviate poverty, and a commissioning executive in BBC Factual Television.
Her love of photography has led her to exhibit in London, and work as a freelance photographer before moving back into roles which allowed her to combine film and photography.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Okito Wedi is the Founder and CEO of Crtve Development, a pan-African organisation that harnesses the power of art and creativity to deliver pan-African campaigns that bridge the gap between community and policy. She is also medical doctor, global health and development specialist, and academic researcher with over 10 years years of experience working across development issues such as health security, climate change, gender equity, WASH, and public policy for various organizations and institutions, including the UN, the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (UTC), and Global Citizen to name a few.
Rajendra has been working in the field of environment awareness and conservation for more than a quarter century and has represented various state, national and international organisations. Mr Kerkar has written thousands of articles in English, Marathi, Konkani and Hindi focussing on different environmental aspects. He scripted documentary films on the wildlife and environment of Western Ghat areas and is involved with various movements related to - saving the forests, wildlife of Goa, and the vicinity regions.
Rochak Saxena is a Mass Media Teacher in Vadodara, Gujarat, a former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. Apart from being an academician, he is also an independent film critic reviewing Hindi films on his website filmreviewmagic.com under the name Magical Suspension of Disbelief. With a keen interest in cinema and its analysis, he has also produced radio shows for the community radio. He is also an independent Bollywood Quizmaster conducting quizzing events across Gujarat.
Violet Verigo is an actress and musician who is passionate about the environmental and social issues affecting the world we all live in. You may have seen her most recently in Netflix’s Anatomy Of A Scandal, or heard her singing for dance music artists Example and Todd Edwards. She is excited to be joining the TVE family for this year’s Global Sustainability Film Awards, and is looking forward to seeing some new impactful art.
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