tve announces new award for feature film industry

Films for the big screen will be recognised at the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in association with Fastflow Group, for the first time this year. An expert panel of judges, led by award-winning cinematographer, director and screenwriter Steven Bernstein has selected the winner of the inaugural Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen, sponsored by Surina Narula MBE.

The Award will recognise a film which focuses the spotlight on an issue addressed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will be presented at the Awards ceremony at BAFTA on 27 November 2017.

The ceremony is followed by a gala-dinner, charity auction and entertainment. For the last remaining tickets please go to gsfa.tve.org/tickets-tables

‘What better cinematic focus is there for feature films than the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the theme of this year’s awards? Life and death issues – stark injustices for women, the drama of not-so-natural disasters, the future of the planet – are at stake,’ says Mrs Narula, who founded the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in 2012. ‘We hope that our new award, sustainability on the big screen, will inspire more screenwriters and producers to explore sustainability and the crucial challenges for us all.’

Judges, chaired by Mr Bernstein, included Richard Creasey, managing director of BFC Media Ltd, owner of Moscow’s first IMAX theatre; Denise Parkinson, entertainment director, global and UK for the Telegraph Media Group, and Mrs Narula. The judges nominated films from around the world.

The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at the awards ceremony at BAFTA in Piccadilly on Monday 27 November. The tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in association with Fastflow Group, now in their sixth year, put the spotlight on corporate innovation in sustainability through film. 27 companies have entered films in categories covering Protecting the Environment, Reshaping the Economy sponsored by Choice International Ltd, and Transforming Society. A new award focused on the UK broadcast industry, the Press Association Award for Environmental Storytelling, will also be presented at the ceremony.

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Surina Narula MBE is a UK and India-based businesswoman and philanthropic fundraiser. She is founder and patron of the UK-based Consortium for Street Children, and founder sponsor and advisor for the Jaipur Literature Festival and the DSC South Asian prize for literature. In 2012 Mrs Narula founded the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards and in 2016 she founded the policy-focused Difficult Dialogues . She has been awarded the Beacon Prize, Asian of the Year Award and an MBE for her charitable work in India.

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.

The tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, now in its sixth year, is a film competition for companies and institutions, recognising those whose films most powerfully portray solutions for sustainability. Films shortlisted for this year’s awards include entries from HSBC, the Co-op Group, Selfridges and Good Energy. 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. gsfa.tve.org/tickets-tables

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 including National Grid, 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

Choice International Ltd: Choice International Ltd is sponsoring the Reshaping the Economy category. Choice International Ltd is a Financial Conduct Authority-regulated provider of financial infrastructure services to small and medium banking and non-banking institutions in the UK, the EU and the developing world. Founded in 2004, the company has evolved from offering conventional Forex and payment services into a specialist provider of vital solutions for small and medium sized financial businesses. Choice International Ltd provides cash logistics and processing services (conversion of physical cash to electronic funds), electronic means of card acceptance (physical point-of-sale, web and smartphone app), payment accounts, foreign exchange and global payments, alongside state-of-the-art anti-money laundering/anti-terrorist financing compliance systems and support. www.choicemoney.co.uk

PA Group is presenting the Press Association Award for Environmental Storytelling at this year’s awards. Headquartered in London, PA Group incorporates news, information, technology and communications businesses. It is the parent company of the Press Association – the UK’s leading multimedia news agency – along with five other specialist media companies. These are Commotion, a branded content agency, Globelynx, which provides TV-ready remotely monitored camera systems for corporate clients to connect with TV news organisations; Sticky Content, a full-service digital creative and social agency; StreamAMG, a video streaming business; and TNR, a broadcast communications consultancy. It also owns a stake in Baize Group, a leading provider of automotive content, events and PR services, and the social video creation platform, Wochit.

PA Group has 26 shareholders, made up mainly of UK national and regional newspaper publishers. The largest shareholders include dmg media Limited, News UK plc, Trinity Mirror plc and UBM plc.

The University of Westminster is a long-standing media partner of tve for the Awards. The University is a leading education provider. Its commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high-quality students from within the UK and around the globe. This year’s Awards will be filmed by students from the highly regarded television and journalism courses. www.westminster.ac.uk

For media enquiries, contact Sonia Hunt, awards coordinator, at sonia.hunt@tve.org.uk or call 0207 963 7451