Humphrey Hawksley, former BBC Foreign Correspondent and author, welcomed everybody to the Day 4 of the ongoing awards week, and introduced Andrew Wilson, the President of the tve GSFA 2020, to say a few words.
Following Andrew’s speech, Humphrey announced the shortlist of the Transforming Society Award, and played short clips from the films. This category is awarded to a 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, and govern our societies, or build our cities and other infrastructure.
The shortlist included: AGAINST THE TIDE: SHELLFISH GROWERS PUSH BACK ON CLIMATE CHANGE (submitted by The Nature Conservancy) OUR TERRITORY (submitted by If Not Us Then Who) BREEF AND ROLEX PRESERVE & PROTECT NATURE (submitted by The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation)
Saumya Verma and Anu Menon, esteemed members of the jury panel of the tve GSFA 2020, shared their judging experiences through video messages.
The shortlist of the Campaigning Award was announced next by Humphrey – it is an award category for a 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. Short clips from each of the three shortlisted films were played out.
The shortlist included: 10 MYTHS ABOUT DEFORESTATION AND FOOD (submitted by WWF-UK) HOW A SOLAR IRRIGATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT TRANSFORMED AGRICULTURE IN A VILLAGE IN BIHAR (submitted by Video Volunteers) OIL ON THEIR HANDS (submitted by If Not Us Then Who)
Liz Callegari, one of the eminent jury members of the tve GSFA 2020 shared her views on adjudicating the films.
This panel, which was hosted by Difficult Dialogues, included Mark Wood, an established speaker, author and explorer who operates within the cold extremes of our planet, Anthony Costello, eminent British Paediatrician, former Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the WHO in Geneva, Adam Ricobanni, an AI entrepreneur and author, and CEO of Critical Future, a technology & strategy consultancy; and Imogen Pierce, Head of Experience Strategy at Arrival, an electric vehicle company.
The panel outlined key initiatives that need to be taken to achieve the future sustainable development goals across social, economic and environmental areas.
Followed by the panel discussion, Richard Thumitho, one of the distinguished jurors of the tve GSFA 2020, announced BREEF AND ROLEX PRESERVE & PROTECT NATURE – a film by The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) - to be the winning film of the Transforming Society category.
Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, the Founder of BREEF and Fran Mendez, the filmmaker accepted the award virtually and shared their thoughts.
In the next segment, the winner of the Campaigning Short Film Award, which has been sponsored by Azad Ayub Ltd this year, was announced. Azad Ayub, the Founder and Managing Director of Azad Ayub Ltd announced 10 Myths about Deforestation and Food to be the winning film of this category.
Sarah Inge from the winning organisation WWF-UK accepted the award and communicated a few words.
More than 25 youth ambassadors joined the tve GSFA 2020 in order to create awareness amongst the youth to take affirmative action and create a sustainable future. During the event today, video messages made by two of our Youth Ambassadors were played with the aim to enhance their voice and mission.
Tomorrow is the final day of the event which will unveil the winners of the Solutions News Story Short Film Award, the Documentary Impact Award, and the Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen along with an evocative panel discussion on – Hidden Stories, Impact Journalism: Business and Politics of Global Sustainability. The winners of the grand finale of Daring Debates, which took place on the first day of the awards week (16 December 2020) would also be announced tomorrow.