2019 Global Sustainability Film Awards shortlist announced

Admin/ October 22, 2019/ news

From a list of films showing projects across 24 different countries, leading communications and sustainability experts have selected a shortlist to go forward to the final judges of the 2019 Global Sustainability Film Awards.

The shortlisting panel judged the films against two main criteria: creative execution and the credibility of the sustainability initiatives they depict.

The shortlisted films show sustainability work from around the world, from an app for reforestation in the Philippines to a circular economy model used to produce tequila in Mexico, from carbon free cooling in China to biomedical innovation using forestry off cuts in Finland. Watch the full list of submissions across the six award categories.

Nick Nuttall, international communications director of Earth Day Network, chaired the shortlisting panels: ‘I think we have handed over to the final judging a very rich array of films that present fresh and new ideas on the challenges of our time – videos that showcase sustainability solutions in local and national contexts that also have potential for scaling-up to have global impact.’

A final judging panel, chaired by sustainability communications strategist and Vice President of Bloom Victoria Brooks, will select the winners. Winning films will be announced and showcased at the high-profile film awards ceremony on 18 November at The May Fair Hotel.

Join us on this evening to celebrate the efforts of businesses and organisations worldwide who are working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Secure your tickets to the event. All ticket sales go in support of our work as a media charity to inspire change for a greener, fairer world through the power of film.

The 2019 Shortlisted films are:

AI and Digital Innovation
Environmental Defense Fund | Breathe London
World Wide Generation | Mobilising a generation
WWF UK | Robot cameras reveal secret lives of basking sharks

Companies Taking Climate Action
Environmental Defense Fund | Innovating to save the monarch butterfly
Mynt | GCash Forest
Olleco | Introducing Olleco’s Climate Emergency Service
Tequila Herradura | Zero Waste at Casa Herradura
WWF UK | How underwater farming could revolutionise food production

Infrastructures for the Future
CineTecture | A Low Carbon Future for China’s Furnace Cities
EBRD | Green Cities Programme
WWF UK | How turning cities into giant sponges can help tackle floods

Sky: Beyond Plastic
City to Sea | Be a Good A**Hole
City to Sea | Turning Tides
Dow | Building Hope
Halo Coffee Co. | The world’s best coffees in a way that’s best for the world
RB | The planet is talking. Are you listening?

Sustainable Transactions
Barclays and Unreasonable Group | Unreasonable Impact, created with Barclays
Mynt | GCash Forest

Transforming Society
Fair Trade USA Celebrates 20 Years of Impact
Keppel Land | A Gift of Sight
MultiVu Creative | Kimberly-Clark: A Water Story
UPM | UPM GrowDex – A unique biomedical innovation and a true climate action from sustainably managed forest
Waterman Group | Waterman celebrates International Women in Engineering Day 2018

Notes for editors:

The annual tve Global Sustainability Film Awards,
 now their 8th year, celebrate short films showing authentic and innovative sustainability initiatives from companies and institutions worldwide. Jennifer Viccars, Octopus Group’s brand and marketing director, is president of the 2019 Awards which will take place on 18 November 2019 at The May Fair Hotel, London. Reserve your ticket to the ceremony and gala dinner event here. Winning films will be announced and showcased from across the following competitive categories: Companies Taking Climate ActionTransforming SocietySustainable TransactionsSky: Beyond PlasticInfrastructures for the Future, and AI and Digital Innovationtve will also run the nominated categories, The Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen, an award for feature length films addressing one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and the PA Award for Environmental Storytellingwww.gsfa.tve.org

tve is the non-profit based in London that organises the Awards. It creates and enables others to create powerful, effective communications about the environment and sustainable 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 Awards are tve’s main fundraiser each year. www.tve.org

Fastflow Group employs over 1,100 people across the UK and operates within the support services sector. It provides infrastructure maintenance and improvement services to Northumbrian Water and Scottish Water, and a wide range of high pressure gas transmission engineering projects for clients such as National Grid and Cadent Gas. From Thame, Oxfordshire it delivers planned and responsive repairs for housing associations such as A2Dominion, Catalyst Housing, Southern Housing and Karbon Homes, owning around 200,000 homes across the south of the UK.

Fastflow Group has recently merged with United Living, a new and refurbished housing specialist, allowing them to broaden their maintenance and development capability in the property sector.

The company embraces the strategic, competitive advantages of a sustainable business model and conducts its business ethically to make a positive contribution to society. Fastflow Group has supported the tve Awards since 2014 and has been main sponsor since 2015. www.fastflow.co.uk

Sky has partnered with tve to sponsor the Beyond Plastic category for a second year. Through Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky is using its voice and reach to inspire simple, everyday changes to stop the oceans from drowning in plastic. Since January 2017 over 45.8 million people are aware of the campaign and 7 million Sky households have changed their attitudes towards single-use plastic. Sky has ambitious plans for future engagement with more ground-breaking content and sports partnerships. As a business, Sky is committed to leading by example and transforming its own business by eliminating all single use plastics from its operations by 2020. It is encouraging and supporting innovation to develop solutions through Sky Ocean Ventures, a £25M venture fund. www.sky.com/

PA has partnered with tve for the PA award for environmental storytelling for the third year. The award recognises television programming – news, current affairs and factual in a range of formats – which best engages the audience with the environment. Established as the Press Association in 1868, PA is the UK’s leading provider of multimedia content and services. PA remains the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, serving the major media and digital brands around the world, businesses and public sector organisations. PA’s products and services also span pictures, video, data APIs, hosted live blogs, graphics, listings pages, social media curation and page production. The news agency is part of the PA Group of specialist media companies. www.pa.media/

Azad Ayub has founded the new Infrastructures for the Future category for the 2019 Awards. Prior to his career in property, Azad practiced as a senior civil and structural engineer for over 15 years at Freeman Fox and Partners, where he was involved in many large scale infrastructure projects such as the design and supervision of the M5 Motorway in Devon, the Exe Viaduct and Exminster Bridge. As founder of the property management company, Azad Ayub Limited, he provides accommodation to a wide range of clients in London and has won several landlord awards over the years. Azad is passionate that both large scale infrastructure projects and local-level residential development should prioritise sustainability in their design and function. www.azadayub.co.uk

Elemental Financial is a new RegTech payments solutions provider, reconnecting emerging markets to the big banks through expertise in cross-border compliance. The company’s mission is to deliver sustainable, scalable and practical risk-managed payments solutions to meet clients’ needs and expectations. Elemental has developed best in class risk policies, frameworks and procedures, coupled with regulatory technology that manages compliance and overcomes operational inefficiencies. www.elemental.financial

Contact:
Lucy Walmsley, tve business and sustainability programme manager, lucy.walmsley@tve.org.uk

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