Celebrate Earth Day 2021

Chasing Ghosts
Official Selection 2020
Director: Eric Bendick
USA, 2019, 15 min
In their quest to identify the pollinator of the ghost orchid for the first time, a team of explorers, photographers, and filmmakers spent three summers standing waist-deep in alligator- and snake-laden water, swatting air blackened by mosquitoes, and climbing to sometimes nausea-inducing heights. They came away with a startling new discovery – and an even deeper love for Florida’s wildest wetlands – revelations that may help to conserve both the endangered orchid and its shrinking home.

Delta Dawn
Best Short Film 2015
Director: Pete McBride
USA, 2014, 16m
The Colorado River ran to the Sea for six million years but stopped nearly two decades ago. In the spring of 2014, something changed. An experimental pulse of water flooded this river of sand and a team paddled the crest to see if they could be the first to navigate this forgotten delta and once again kiss the sea. 

Douglas Tompkins:  A Wild Legacy
Best Conservation Hero 2017
Directors: James Q Martin & Chris Cresci
USA, 2016, 16m
Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world. In 1968 Doug embarked to the tip of Patagonia – the trip solidified Doug’s place as a rock climbing legend. In the early 1990s Doug moved to Chile to do conservation work with his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Together, they have protected 2.2 million acres, more land than any other individuals. A Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Best Environmental Film 2018
Director: James Redford
USA, 2017, 71m
Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
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Official Selection 2017
Director: Steve Cutts
UK, 2012, 4m
500,000 years ago, the modern man appears. He treats the animals and nature as a consumer, with frivolity and cruelty, and pridefully turns the world into a dumpster. However, someone is watching.

Best Sustainable Film 2020
Director: Tom Mustill
2019, 4m
NatureNow is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate. Made with no flights, recycled footage and zero net carbon.

Shark Girl
Best Advocacy Film 2015
Director: Gisela Kaufmann
Australia, 2014, 46m
For the young Madison Stewart, nothing feels safer or more natural than diving straight into shark-infested waters. Since childhood, growing up by the Great Barrier Reef, she’s treated these predators as family. But they’re vanishing from existence, and because of their bad reputation, few people seem to care. Follow Madison on her mission to protect our sharks, a battle that began when she put her studies on hold, grabbed a camera, and set out to save these incredible, misunderstood creatures.

The Story of Plastic
Best Environmental Film 2020
Director: Deia Schlosberg
USA, 2019, 89m
Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, THE STORY OF PLASTIC brings into focus an alarming, man-made crisis. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material combine in this timely documentary to point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a pressing global challenge that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

Surfer Dan
Official Selection 2019
Director: Tim Kemple
USA, 2018, 8m
In a time when it can feel like you need to fly to the opposite side of the globe to find adventure and challenge. Surfer Dan proves that with dedication, grit and a little creativity you might already have all you need outside you own backdoor. 

Official Selection 2019
Director: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier
France, 2017, 6m
Take to the skies with Jean-Baptiste Chandelier as he brings us along for the ride on a breathtaking journey from the French Alps to the coast of South Africa, and from the Azores islands to the beaches of Brazil, in his latest video short, Weightless.