Leading environmental journalist to host tve’s glittering Awards at BAFTA

With a deadline for entries of Friday 29 September, media charitytve is delighted to announce that influential environmental journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegle will host this year’s Awards ceremony at BAFTA. Last year’s winners included HSBC, Electrolux and Essilor International. Entries to the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2017 in association with Fastflow Group can be submitted via the awards website. Films must be no longer than ten minutes, and made within the last three years.

“I’m excited to host the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2017. The award ceremony is always a glittering occasion and reinforces the fact that film has an unrivalled ability to engage, inform and influence,” says Lucy who presented a category award in 2016 and has directed and produced several films around sustainability. “Last year we had a huge range of films from the UK and around the world showing how companies are doing their bit to work towards a more sustainable, fairer future. I hope even more companies will get involved this year. This type of communication is pivotal to embedding the type of decisive, positive action that can shift the dial on sustainability.”

The sixth tve Global Sustainability Film Awards was launched in April in association with main sponsors, asset maintenance company Fastflow Group. The competition culminates on Monday 27 November in a formal awards ceremony at BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). The judges will announce the winning films showcasing the best of corporate sustainability on supply issues such as Fairtrade, organic, recycling, waste reduction, redistribution of surplus food, and green energy; rights issues such as trafficking, access to water, and healthcare; and conservation issues such as eco hotels and river and ocean pollution. Entrants in past years have included Adidas, DLA Piper, HSBC, Electrolux, Essilor International, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the Irish Food Board, L’Oreal and New Zealand Wine Growers.

This year tve is challenging companies to focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of business in making the vision of the Goals a reality. The competition welcomes films in three categories:

  • Protecting the environment
  • Transforming society
  • Reshaping the economy

Shortlisted films will be judged by a panel including sustainability communications strategist Victoria Brooks, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s James Birch, University of Westminster senior lecturer in television production Rob Benfield, Simon Evans of Eco-Age, and Planet First’s head of communications Louise Bateman. Nick Nuttall, head of communications and spokesperson for UN Climate Change chairs the panel of judges.

Lucy Siegle is a longstanding Observer newspaper columnist on eco living and founder of the annual Ethical Awards, run through the Guardian and Observer which attracts thousands of entries. She is a longstanding reporter for The One Show on BBC1, and known as a host and chair on environmental issues. She is often also found behind the camera directing and producing film content. Her film credits include executive producer on feature length documentary The True Cost (Netflix) for Untold LA and Green Cut for the London Film Festival, focusing on the social and environmental impact of the $3trillion global fashion industry, on which she is an expert. Her book, To Die For: is fashion is wearing out the world?  is the set text on fashion courses across the world. She is currently making a radio documentary on the science of sustainable fashion for BBC Radio 4. For more information or to enter the awards, visit http://gsfa.tve.org/enter-awards/

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. http://tve.org/

The tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, now in its sixth year, is a film competition for companies and institutions, acknowledging filmmakers whose films most eloquently and powerfully portray solutions for sustainability. The award-winning films from 2016 include entries from HSBC, Electrolux and Essilor International. For the second year running we are focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals which set ambitious targets for world development: eradicating poverty and hunger; ensuring good health, quality education and gender equality; and setting targets for affordable and clean energy, climate action and responsible consumption and production.

Fastflow Group is the Awards’ main sponsor for the third year running. The Group operates within the support services sector 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 company 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

For media enquiries, contact Rollo Gordon, Awards fundraiser and coordinator, at rollo.gordon@tve.org.uk  0207 963 7451