Eric Moe Award

For Best Short on Sustainability

2024 Winner Wings of Dust

(PE, 2022, 30mins)

Vidal Merma, a Peruvian Indigenous journalist, risks his life daily to secure a future where his son, Erik, can savor the simple joy of drinking clean water. “Wings of Dust” illuminates a father's sacrifice, community resilience, and the unwavering human spirit in the face of environmental injustice.

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The Flo Stone & Roger D. Stone Award

For Outstanding Artistry in Filmmaking

2024 Winner The Night Visitors

(US, 2023, 72mins)

A movie about moths. While the film closely considers these underknown creatures as orgranisms, its engagement with them is not primarily entomological. Instead, it looks at moths as aesthetic beings and as carriers of meaning, aiming for a deep encounter with the beauty and incommensurability of the profoundly other.

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Shared Earth Foundation Award

For Advocacy

2024 Winner We Are Guardians

(BR, 2023, 82mins)

Follows Indigenous forest guardian Marçal Guajajara and activist Puyr Tembé as they fight to protect their territories from deforestation; an illegal logger who has no choice but to cut the forest down; and a large landowner at the mercy of thousands of invaders and extractive industry.

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William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award

For Reflecting a Spirit of Reverence for the Natural World

2024 Winner Mongolia, Valley of the Bears

(FR, 2023, 90mins)

The rich natural resources of these Mongolian lands have fallen prey to illegal hunters and miners, causing an alarming decrease in biodiversity. Faced with this worrying situation, the Mongolian Ministry of Environment appointed ranger Jal Tumursukh on a delicate mission to enforce the law of environmental protection.

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The DCEFF Environmental Champion Award

2024 Winner Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

Rev Yearwood is a tireless advocate and strategist for racial justice and climate justice. He is the President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, host of the award-winning climate and environmental justice podcast The Coolest Show, and Senior Advisor of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Beyond Petrochemicals Campaign. He is a White House Champion of Change for Climate Leadership and was called a “New Green Hero” by Rolling Stone.

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Polly Krakora Award

For Artistry in Film

2019 Winner Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

(CA, 2018, 87mins)

High-end production values and state-of-the-art camera techniques capture evidence of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, this film bears witness to a critical moment in geological history.

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Hausman Foundation for the Environment Award

for Best International Film

2020 Winner Sea of Shadows

Director: Richard Ladkani (AT, 2019, 104mins)

Follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas.

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