tvebiomovies 2016 short film winners announced

After six thrilling weeks, the tvebiomovies 2016 short film competition came to an end on Thursday 15 December. The 17 finalist films have been featured on tve’s YouTube channel, with each view counting as one vote. Together the one-minute films have clocked up more than 130,000 views over 45 days of voting.

The tvebiomovies 2016 short film competition winners are:

  • ‘The Tiger Troll’ – a drama by Sudan Bhandari from Nepal for the GEF Biodiversity Prize;
  • ‘Video Justicia’ – a drama by Marisol Galindo from Colombia for the GEF Forests Prize;
  • ‘Climate change towards women, adapt or change’ – a documentary by Hongwei Liu from China for the IFAD Family Farmers Prize;
  • ‘The Swap’ – an animation by Markus Trasberg from Estonia for the Lighthouse Foundation Oceans and Seas Prize;
  • ‘Reuse Ravishingly’ – a drama by Hermanta Panthi from Nepal for the tve Reusing and Recycling Prize;

The winners will each receive a prize of US$1500. All of the finalist films can be watched on tve’s YouTube channel.

Now in its seventh successful year, tvebiomovies 2016 was themed around planetary boundaries and invited film-makers to submit film proposals in five languages – French, German, Spanish, Arabic and English, to one of five individual categories – ‘Forests’, ‘Biodiversity’, ‘Family Farmers’, ‘Oceans and Seas’ and ‘Reusing and Recycling’.  Each of the short-listed finalists was awarded US$300 to make their films.

Notes to editors

tvebiomovies is in its seventh year. The latest competition was launched at a press conference at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn in May 2016. tve also commissioned two films from popular You Tubers to promote the competition. The films, by matugarces and VictoriousSponge are streaming on the tvebiomovies website. The tvebiomovies 2016 short film competition received 240 entries from 67 countries, from entrants aged 13 to 57.

tvebiomovies 2016 is supported by the Lighthouse Foundation, the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Connect4Climate, an initiative of the World Bank.

tvebiomovies 2016 also included for the second year running the Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change in partnership with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  181 video diaries were received with 40 shortlisted entries in two categories, Climate Action and Public Awareness, being seen by over 230,000 times in a ‘people’s vote’ on You Tube.  The two winners, Faouzia Bahloul from Tunisia for the Climate Action category and Phuong Vu Hoang from Vietnam for the Public Awareness category, were flown to Marrakech to be part of the media team reporting from the climate talks in November 2016.

tvebiomovies 2016 featured two new challenges in 2016: the Connect4Climate Sustainable Worlds on Minecraft competition asked entrants to use the Minecraft game platform to design a sustainable world. The winner, Nyasha from the UK, outlined how cutting edge technology can help us to live within the earth’s limits; the #stopthatdrop video competition on Instagram received over 40 short films giving water saving advice.

tve has been producing and coproducing films about the environment and development for over 30 years, broadcasting to millions of viewers across the world and distributing films through DVD, internet and community screenings to hundreds of thousands more every year. Find out more at

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