The final day of the special awards week put together by the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in association with Difficult Dialogues was presented by Nabanita Sircar, a senior international journalist, columnist and business communications professional.
Nabanita started off the day’s proceedings by showcasing video messages sent by Gabriella Wright, one of the eminent ambassadors of the tve GSFA 2020; and from one of the youth ambassadors of the tve GSFA 2020.
The panel examined how larger political and trade interests affect global sustainability and how in an increasingly bipolar world, on-the-ground investigations will change for the media working to showcase irregularities.
The panel was followed by Nabanita introducing Nick Nuttall, Chair of the jury of the tve GSFA 2020, who announced the shortlist of the Solutions News Story category and played brief clips from the shortlisted films. This category is awarded to the best broadcast or online video news story about a sustainable solution.
The shortlist included: PARISIANS FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH A SURPRISING WEAPON (submitted by BBC News) SEEDS OF HOPE (submitted by WWF-UK) BIILL GATES-BACKED CARBON CAPTURE PLANT DOES THE WORK OF 40 MILLION TREES (submitted by CNBC) THE MAN WHO GREW HIS OWN AMAZON RAINFOREST (submitted by BBC, People Fixing the World)
Followed by the shortlist announcement, Rifat Munim, one of the eminent members of the jury panel of the tve GSFA 2020 shared a few words about his judging experience.
Next, Nick invited his fellow juror Ketan Mehta, to announce the winner of this category. Ketan, who is an award-winning filmmaker from India, announced THE MAN WHO GREW HIS OWN AMAZON RAINFOREST (submitted by BBC, People Fixing the World) to be the winning film of the Solutions News Story category.
Daniel Gordon, the director of the winning film, delivered an acceptance speech after the announcement.
In the next segment, Nick announced the shortlist of the Documentary Impact Award category and played brief clips from the shortlisted films. This category is 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.
The shortlist included: ONCE YOU KNOW (submitted by Pulp Films) LORDS OF WATER (submitted by Java Films) KISS THE GROUND (submitted by Big Picture Ranch) OUR PLANET: OUR BUSINESS (submitted by WWF-UK)
In the next segment, United Living, sponsor of the Documentary Impact award, announced the winners. Neil Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of United Living, declared the films ONCE YOU KNOW (Pulp Films) and OUR PLANET: OUR BUSINESS (WWF- UK) to be the joint winners of this category.
Clarisse Barreau from Pulp Films and Rhiannon Shah from WWF-UK accepted the award virtually and shared their thoughts.
In the next segment, the Founder’s Award category was introduced by Denise Parkinson, one of the eminent jurors of this nominated category.
Denise’s message was followed by Steven Bernstein, one of the noted judges of this category, announcing MY OCTOPUS TEACHER, a Netflix Original documentary film, to be the winner of the Founder’s Award this year.
James Reed, one of the directors of the winning film, delivered an acceptance speech and engaged in an interesting conversation with Denise.
During the final segment of the event, the winners of the grand finale of the Daring Debates, which had taken place on the first day of the awards week, was announced. Gloria Oziohu Alonge from University of Lagos, Nigeria, Africa, and Aditya Dhar from Harvard University, United States of America were declared the winners of the competition for and against the motion respectively.
Mei Sim Lai, Chair of the tve, thanked everybody for their support and brought the five day-long awards week to a close.