Day 01: 16 Nov 2020 on the YOUTH

Today, Nicole Itano, Former Executive Director of tve, unveiled the eagerly awaited proceedings of the 9th tve Global Sustainability Film Awards (GSFA) in partnership with Difficult Dialogues, an India based premier conclave to amplify the conversations around global sustainability; and introduced Mei Sim Lai, OBE DL – the Chair of tve, and Surina Narula, MBE – the founder of tve GSFA and Difficult Dialogues.

Both tve GSFA and Difficult Dialogues moved online for the first time this year in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The introductory speeches were followed by the shortlist announcement of the Young Filmmaker category by Nicole. This category is 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 shortlist included:
I AM FRAGILE submitted by Florian Ledoux
TRACES submitted by Sébastien Pins
OPEN ENERGY submitted by Niklas Vullgraf

The tve aims to create awareness for all, including the younger generation by way of films, which is the prime directive of tve/GSFA — to Inspire Change.

In the next segment, Rochak Saxena and Massimilano Mazzotta, two of the eminent jury members of the tve GSFA 2020 shared their experiences of watching the films. Mr. Mazzotta raised the age old ‘difficult dialogue’ of corporations exploiting and THEN sponsoring environmental films. These are exactly the kinds of issues and dialogues that panels at Difficult Dialogues have been engaging on for the last 5 years in Goa, India. 

DARING DEBATES, which is an integral part of Difficult Dialogues, held its first global grand finale today with highly talented young contenders participating from Africa, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the USA. 

Kudos to all the participants for offering such an enthralling and insightful debating session for and against the motion Is Global Sustainability Profitable for Business?”. Hearing the young contenders presenting their arguments so passionately gave us ample hope and food for thought.

The winners of the grand finale of the debate would be announced on 20th November 2020 and uploaded on YouTube for those who were unable to join us for the live session.

In the next segment, Robert Sheehan, a renowned actor and youth-icon, delivered an inspiring message for the younger generation.

The Young Filmmaker Award was announced next by Cheryl Uys-Allie, one of the esteemed jury members of the tve GSFA 2020 and a documentary filmmaker. She awarded this category to TRACES  a film made by Sébastien Pins.


Traces captures the intense beauty of the Ardennes’ landscape, its forests and wealth of wildlife, within a powerful narrative about tradition, conservation and the relationship between man – and woman – and the natural world. This is a beautifully crafted, visually stunning, moving and lyrical, call to action.


The winner of the Young Filmmaker Award, Sébastien Pins accepted the award and delivered his speech after the announcement. 

In the last segment of today’s event, the tve GSFA Youth Ambassadors’ Choice Award a new category voted in by young trailblazers who have joined forces with the tve was announced by Oroon Das, Director of Difficult Dialogues. The film PREMAL KUTUMB (submitted by Composite Films) won this award.

Premal Kutumb is about a community of people, nurturing a sustainable future, through acts of love and kindness. The project pointedly addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals Decent Work (Goal 8), Responsible Consumption and Production (Goal 12), and Partnership for the Goals (Goal 17).

Day 1 (Youth Day) was sponsored by BNP Paribas and dedicated to the youth for they hold the key to a sustainable future.

Day 2 (on Business) promises to be equally captivating with the announcements of the shortlist and winners for the categories — Doing Business Differently and Artificial Intelligence; and a thought-provoking panel discussion on Changing the Mindset.