‘Highest quality’ shortlist for global sustainability film awards

Press Release

6 October 2016: The 2016 tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in association with Fastflow Group has announced its shortlist of inspiring, high-quality films which will now compete for the final awards on 28 November.

Companies including Adidas, HSBC and L’Oreal put their films in the ring to win the prestigious sustainability awards.

‘We had the highest quality of films submitted in the Awards’ history,’ said Victoria Brooks, a director at the Comms Lab, who chaired the shortlisting day. ‘Forty-four inspiring films tell stories of sustainable development from the banks of the Ganges to the sugar plantations in Paraguay to First Nations communities in Canada, and it was difficult to make the selection.  I look forward to the final judging to see which of these will be winners!’

Films were shortlisted in each of four award categories: protecting the environment; reshaping the economy; transforming society and net-positive leadership.

The Judges, chaired by Nick Nuttall, head of communications and spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will select winners and runners up from the shortlists on 31 October.

The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly on Monday 28 November. Book your tickets here: http://gsfa.tve.org/tickets-tables/

The shortlisting judges were: Victoria Brooks, The Comms Lab; James Birch, a senior programme manager, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Mike Blair, head of consumer and current affairs at ITV Shiver; Claudine Blamey, head of sustainability and stewardship at the Crown Estate, and Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; Emma De’Ath, commissioning editor, BBC Global News; Sarah Gillet, head of partnerships at Planet First; and Phil Hughes, professor of screen writing at Regent’s University.

The shortlisted films in each category are:

Protecting the environment

Adidas Group   adidas x Parley: From Sea to Shoe
BASF SE  The New Source
HSBC Water Programme/WWF-UK  Living Rivers – part of the #waterstories series
HSBC Water Programme/WWF-UK  How improving farms helps protect the Mara River: Nancy’s story
L’Oreal  The L’Oréal approach to ensure the full traceability of palm oil and its derivatives

Reshaping the economy

Essilor International  China Vision Ambassadors: a new pathway for community vision care
FREITAG lab. Ag  The road to F-ABRIC
JDE – Jacobs Douwe Egberts  Kenco’s Coffee vs Gangs
Honest Tea, Inc  Honest Origins: Paraguay
Placemaking Video  Cities for People – Jan Gehl

Transforming society

April Doubleday  Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia
Faircloth  Prema
HSBC Bank Canada Pathways HSBC Indigenous Educational Attainment Fund
Youth Career Initiative  Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking
Essilor International  Eye Mitra: Friends Of the Eyes

‘Net-positive’ leadership

Electrolux  For the Better
FIA Formula E  Formula E’s Sustainable Legacy at the 2016 VISA London ePrix

Notes to editors
tve creates and enables others to create powerful, effective communications about the environment and development. Through film, animation, documentaries, debates and social media, the media charity reaches global audiences, giving a voice to a new generation committed to a greener and fairer world. www.tve.org

Fastflow Group is the Awards’ main sponsor for the second year running. The Group operates within the support services and infrastructure sectors supplying cost-effective and value-added services in a collaborative, proactive, fair and responsible manner. Fastflow Group has a customer base including public and private organisations such as FTSE top 100 giant National Grid, leading water companies Northumbrian Water Group, Scottish Water and Housing Associations A2Dominion, Catalyst Housing and Southern Housing.

The company embraces the strategic, competitive advantages of a sustainable business model and conducts its business ethically, thereby establishing and maintaining long-term relationships to make a positive contribution to society. www.fastflow.co.uk

Eco-Age is a partner for this year’s Awards. It is an ideas consultancy which powerfully aggregates global thought leaders and influencers to address the compelling issues and opportunities of our day by delivering solutions, through ethical and sustainable values. Eco-Age has a market leading track record for addressing sustainability issues across complex supply chains, in broad industry sectors, for the mutual benefit of people and planet. Eco-Age.com

For all enquiries, contact Rollo Gordon, Awards fundraiser and coordinatorrollo.gordon@tve.org.uk  + 44 207 963 7451