Competitive Award Categories

YOUNG FILM MAKER 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.

INSPIRING YOUR WORKFORCE SHORT FILM AWARD

Awarded to the film under 15 minutes that best inspires action to promote sustainability and/or equality within a company or organisation, for example, by promoting behavior change to reduce plastic use or carbon emissions or encouraging the embedding of sustainability into employee's core work.

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.

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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? 

Eligibility Criteria

The tve Global Film Sustainability Awards is a competition that is open to any company, organisation or individual in any country. 
 

To be eligible for the tve Global Film Sustainability Award 2020 (GSFA 2020), all entered films must be original and creative productions by or about the participating organization.
 

It is the responsibility of all filmmakers submitting titles for inclusion in the tve Global Sustainability Awards to ensure that they have received clearance from the rights holders of all archive film, stills and music used in the film. tve will not be responsible for any rights not cleared in the films that are screened as part of the tve Global Sustainability Awards.
 

To be eligible for GSFA 2020 all entered films must be made between the period July 2018 and 28 September 2020.

All films must be entered for one of the nine competitive categories along with the entry fee which are specified in the Categories and Entry Fee section. Entries are eligible for the GSFA 2020 only if entered through the Film Freeway website along with submission of the online Entry Form and payment of the specified Entry Fee.
 

Films entered for all categories should not be of more than 15 minutes duration except for the entries for the Documentary Impact Award category, which is open to feature or broadcast documentaries of at least 30 minutes. A variation in the duration of the film of up to 10 minutes could be considered by the Awards Team on a special request by the submitter.

Entries can only be submitted in English. Films originally made in other languages must be subtitled or dubbed into English. Dialogue lists are not acceptable.
 

Films that have had private, unpublicized screenings are also eligible for submission. 
 

Entries for the GSFA 2020 close at 1pm GMT on Monday, 28 September 2020
 

A film that has been entered for the GSFA in a previous year cannot be resubmitted this year.

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Rules and Terms

All films entered for the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2020 (GSFA 2020) must be cleared for tve’s use in association with the Global Sustainability Film Awards (GSFA). If submitted films containing copyrighted or trademarked materials are included, you must have written permission for their use. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure their submission does not infringe the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, or otherwise be unlawful.
 

Entries for the GSFA 2020, along with the entry fees, payment must be made through the Film Freeway website. Any entries not submitted through Film Freeway, or where the entry fees are not received or the documentation is incomplete or incorrect, may be disqualified. It is the responsibility of the entrants to ensure that their submission meets all the requirements and that all necessary information is provided via their Film Freeway account.
 

If the film entered does not meet the submission criteria for its respective category, it may be disqualified at the discretion of the award organisers. 
 

By entering the Awards, you grant to tve, our licensees and affiliates a worldwide royalty-free, non-exclusive right to record, edit, use, reproduce, screen and distribute, in association with the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, extracts of up to 3 minutes duration in the following media: film, television, online, electronic or by any other means currently known or yet to be devised. Such right will be limited to use in connection with the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards (either in 2020 or in the future).
 

By entering the awards, you grant to tve, our licensees and affiliates the world-wide royalty-free, non-exclusive right to use excerpts of up to 3 minutes of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2020 awards, and for other non-commercial uses related to the delivery and promotion of the awards. You hereby agree to indemnify tve, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.
 

By agreeing to thes terms, you grant tve the right to share submissions with judging panels, delegates, media and other constituencies associated with and participating in GSFA 2020.
 

The evaluation and decision of the shortlisting panels and the final judging panel will be final and binding for all participants.
 

Entry fees once paid are not refundable. Refunds will not be granted for films that are disqualified due to failure to meet the submission criteria or withdrawn by the submitter. 
 

The organizers are entitled without liability to change the rules and terms of the competition during any stage or cancel the awards.
 

The competition is governed by and subject to the laws of England and Wales. The decisions of tve are final and binding in all discretionary matters relating to this competition. 
 

By submitting an entry, participants agree that they have read, understood, and agreed to the rules and terms of the GSFA 2020 and that the information supplied to tve in relation to their film is correct.

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