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
tve trustee and Chair of tve's GSFA Judging panel. Nick is a director and presenter with the
Stockholm-based climate platform and broadcaster We Don't Have Time.
He is also
the former Spokesperson and Director of Communications and Outreach for the UN
Environment Programme headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change headquartered in Bonn, Germany. Nick was the official spokesperson for the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015.
Andrew is a highly experienced director with professional expertise in sustainability strategy, corporate responsibility and business purpose. He has 25 years’ experience advising C-suite executives in sectors including FMCG, healthcare, consumer electronics, automotive and retail, working with companies across Europe, USA, Japan, Korea, China, India, Russia and Brazil. He currently works as an independent consultant, helping clients to develop and implement corporate strategies that deliver their commercial goals aligned with social and environmental success.
With a background in news and a passion for documentary storytelling, she has produced, directed and written for various international news channels and NPO’s covering human interest stories across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, from Brazil to Rwanda and Afghanistan. She has launched three TV channels for MultiChoice Africa in Angola, South Africa and Zambia. For the past three years she was Director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory launching three film academies for MultiChoice in Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya, supporting the development of young passionate filmmakers across the African continent. She continues to focus on media that matters.
Njoki Muhoho is a Kenyan award winning film producer and writer. She has over 18 years experience in film making and is a member of the International Emmys. Njoki is currently the Executive Producer of ‘Salem’ a 260 Episodes Telenovela for Mnet/DSTV Channels.
A former Director with the Kenya Film Commission, the government body mandated with the national development and marketing of film, Njoki has a passion for national film development. She is the founding and former Academy Director for the MultiChoice Talent Factory - East Africa, the Multichoice Africa Group sponsored film academy for talented youth.
Elena Doms was born and raised in the Arctic. She spent 18 years there, surrounded by ice and boreal forests, witnessing climate change happen right in front of her.
Throughout her career Elena led an NGO, focusing on social impact. Worked as a Director at Mastercard, merging digital and sustainable transformations. Led teams of up to 500 people and became a LinkedIn influencer with a video series “What’s new in Sustainability this week in 1 min”.
Seeing her childhood home melt away and becoming a mother inspired Elena to quit her corporate job in search of real impact. In partnership with C-biotech, she launched Earth Plus, a start-up with a crazy bold mission: To create the largest soil & CO2 cleanup in history with nature. The Earth Plus team collaborates with scientists to clean soils from chemical pollution and capture CO2 with plants. These plants are then turned into local circular construction materials that help decarbonize our cities.
Victoria is a strategist specialising in the development of sustainability stories that inspire change. With over 20 years in the communications industry, Victoria has led brand strategy teams on both sides of the Atlantic in advertising agencies working with global companies and NGOs on the creation of integrated marketing campaigns.
Currently, Victoria is a Strategy Director at the Responsible Marketing Agency, working with Diageo on their global Progressive Media strategy and with the World Federation of Advertisers on the creation of a global framework for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from the media value chain.
Victoria also is a Trustee and was a founding Director of Bloom UK, a women’s professional network in media and marketing, where she spent six years building Bloom from a grassroots organisation to a limited non-profit company with 500 members who together aim to support women in tackling the most taboo barriers to women's success in the media industry.
Victoria is a former trustee of tve (Television for the Environment), and was the 2018 Co-Vice President of the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards. Victoria is returning as a judge for the sixth year in 2023.
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.
James works in businesses and initiatives around climate change and restoring biodiversity. He’s on the board of Vertis Environmental Finance, an emissions trading firm, and cofounder of Zsamboki Biokert, Planet League, Flite Protein and Wild Power, (struggling) start-ups doing innovative things in climate action. He wrote Climate Change for Football Fans.
Jessica has worked in the film and broadcast industry in the UK and India for 20 years, working on films such as Lagaan and Slumdog Millionaire. She wrote a bestselling book on Bollywood called Looking for the Big B: Bollywood, Bachchan and Me. She founded a content company that worked with India's film and sport megastars including Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, creating branded licensable content for mobile and web.
Jessica is an expert in the overlap between politics, action and entertainment. She has led creative projects on climate change, renewable energy, air pollution and avoidable blindness in the UK, USA and India. Her passion is finding ways of using culture to create access to new audiences, for example working with comedians to push climate change messaging into Republican audiences in Middle America on Funny or Die. Jessica is the co-founder of Fingerprint Content.
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.
Liz Perkins is the night news editor of the Daily Express. She has worked across the national press from the Daily Telegraph to the Sunday Times. Liz has won awards for her journalism and has been recognised for her work in her law-changing, “End This Injustice” campaign in the Daily Express. She has reported from Afghanistan and broke the exclusive on sexism and misogyny in the Welsh Rugby Union.
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.
Judith is an Executive Director in the Media Banking Office at Coutts & Co, a leading private bank with a specialist media division involved in all areas of the media and creative industries including film, television, music, theatre, arts, games, advertising, marketing services, publishing, tech and fashion. She heads up its business development for the team, originating new business, developing new products and specialises in structuring film and television debt transactions. Judith has over twenty-five years’ experience in media financing, starting her career at an investment bank in Los Angeles where she spearheaded the Bank’s involvement with the independent film and television sectors, followed by Ingenious Media where she managed three equity funds principally investing in film and television content, and over 15 years with the Media team at Coutts.
Judith is currently a Trustee of Film London, The National Film and Television School Foundation, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Resilient Foundation and a Development Board member of the National Youth Theatre.
Steve has written for many years on travel, business, wildlife and climate change. As chief reporter for the Society of Environmental Authors & Journalists, he covers major events in, for example, film, conservation and travel. Personally, he has published a number of books under his TheLonePenguin imprint. He also writes and produces nature-based documentaries. Steve serves as chairman of the Sacred Nature Initiative.
Massimiliano Mazzotta is the Reporter & Artistic Director of LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival. Almost a decade ago he released his investigative documentary on a refinery in southern Sardinia (Italy).
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.
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.
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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