Eric Moe Award

For Best Short on Sustainability

2023 Winner For the Bees

Director: Chloë Fitzmaurice (US, 2022, 16mins)

Khaled came from war-torn Yemen to Oakland, CA to pursue beekeeping and a better life. But with an increasing amount of uncertainties, life’s not always as sweet as honey.

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Shared Earth Foundation Award

For Advocacy

2023 Winner To The End

Director: Rachel Lears (US, 2022, 94mins)

Follows four exceptional young women — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist Varshini Prakash, climate policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and political strategist Alexandra Rojas — as they grapple with challenges of leadership and power and work together to enact the most sweeping climate change legislation in U.S. history.

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William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award

For Reflecting a Spirit of Reverence for the Natural World

2023 Winner Delikado

Director: Karl Malakunas (US, 2022, 94mins)

In the idyllic Philippine tourist destination of Palawan, a small troop of environmental crusaders risk their lives to catch those responsible for destroying forests and wildlife.

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The Flo Stone & Roger D. Stone Award

For Outstanding Artistry in Filmmaking

2023 Winner Geographies of Solitude

Director: Jacquelyn Mills (CA, 2022, 113mins)

An immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, a remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic, the film follows Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived there for over 40 years.

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DCEFF Audience Award

for Best Feature Film

2023 Winner The Plastic Bag Store

Director: Robin Frohardt (US, 2022, 58mins)

Inventive puppetry, shadow play, and intricate handmade sets tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story of how the overabundance of plastic waste we leave behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.

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DCEFF Audience Award

for Best Short Film

2023 Winner Between Earth & Sky

Director: Andrew Nadkarni (US, 2023, 26mins)

While on a research climb in 2015, world-renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni fell fifty feet from a tree and nearly died. After making a miraculous recovery, Nalini begins to explore a new research subject: herself.

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The DCEFF Environmental Champion Award

2022 Winner Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world. Dr. Goodall is known for groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, which forever changed our understanding of our relationship to the animal kingdom – helping to open the door to a more empathetic balance between our shared needs. Today, Jane continues to connect with worldwide audiences, despite the challenges of the pandemic, through ‘Virtual Jane’ including remote lectures, recordings, and her podcast, the “Jane Goodall Hopecast”.

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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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