Competitive Award Categories

YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD

Awarded to the best film under 15 minutes on a sustainability issue by a filmmaker under the age of 35, with a focus on films that bring to light underrepresented voices or issues. The films will be judged both by the quality of their film-making and the significance and credibility of the story depicted.

DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the film under 15 minutes that best explains how a company has changed their core business to become more sustainable, for example by improving their supply chain, reducing their carbon emissions, eliminating waste, changing their financial model, or reducing their impact on biodiversity The films will be judged both on the quality of its storytelling as well as the credibility and impact of the sustainability initiative it depicts.

AI (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE) FILM AWARD

By and large, new technology and innovation are helping to improve people’s lives. And they are instrumental in our aspirations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and unlock a more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future for all,’ says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

AI is a key towards improving healthcare, production and communication services and can improve an organization's social and environmental performance. Entries into this category will show how AI can and will underpin the achievement of all the SDGs. This nominated award is presented in partnership with Grace Bian, Chair, China International Culture Stock Exchange and Global Healthcare.

INNOVATIONS SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the film under 15 minutes that best highlights a new innovation, for example in AI, digital technology, alternative materials, clean energy or new production processes, with the potential for driving sustainability at scale. The films will be judged both on the quality of the storytelling as well as the credibility and potential impact of the sustainability innovation depicted.

 

HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the film under 15 minutes that best explains the links between the environment and human health, including but not limited to the Covid-19 pandemic, mental health, and nutrition. The films will be judged by the quality of the storytelling as well as the credibility and importance of the issues depicted.

 

TRANSFORMING SOCIETY SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the film under 15 minutes that highlights initiatives or ideas to transform society and the way we live to become more sustainable and just world, for example through changes in our economic model, the way we grow our food, consume and work, govern our societies, or build our cities and other infrastructure.

CAMPAIGNING SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the film under 15 minutes that most effectively inspires action in support of more sustainable and just world, for example by driving political, corporate, social or individual behaviour change. The films will be judged by the quality of the storytelling as well as on evidence of their impact.

 

SOLUTIONS NEWS STORY SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the best broadcast or online video news story under 15 minutes about a sustainable solution. Films will be judged both on the quality of the journalism as well as the potential impact of the solution depicted.

DOCUMENTARY IMPACT AWARD

Awarded to the documentary that has had the most impact in helping build a more sustainable future for people and planet, for example by  driving political, corporate, social or individual behaviour change. Both feature and broadcast films are eligible. The films will be judged both on the quality of the storytelling as well as on evidence of their impact in driving real-world change.

Nominated Award Category

FOUNDER'S AWARD: SUSTAINABILITY ON THE BIG SCREEN

Awarded to a feature film that best tackles sustainability issues in a new and innovative way. The films will be judged by the quality of their storytelling, the creativity of its approach, and the credibility of its sustainability message.

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Judging Criteria

Creative Visualization: Evaluate the film on the power of storytelling and the clarity of communication. How does it perform on creative execution aspects like visual style, structure, camerawork, story narration etc?


Engaging: Does the film hold the audience’s attention and make the most of the medium’s potential?  Does the film deliver the story in a way that emotionally or intellectually engages the target audience?
 

Sustainability Relevance: Does the film address a relevant sustainable development goal and cogently explain its importance? Does the film show a relevant solution?
 

Credible: Are the sustainability activities portrayed believable and credible? Does the film reflect best practices for the relevant industry sector or sustainability issue?
 

Impact: Does the film effectively deliver its message to its target audience? Did it have the intended impact, for example by changing behavior, shifting opinions, or driving action? 

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