WATCH: ‘In Search of Zotz’ Trailer

Get a sneak peek of a new short by DCEFF 2015 award winner, Jason Jaacks.

Each year, DCEFF honors a new class of award-winning films about the environment.

At the 2016 Festival, our Eric Moe Award, which celebrates short films on sustainability, went to co-directors Matthew Podolsky & Neil Paprocki for their film Bluebird Man, about 92-year-old, self-taught conservationist, Al “Bluebird Man Larson.” 

The previous year saw the award go to Jason Jaacks for his film Silent River, a short documentary that followed a young woman and her family as they attempted to save the Santiago River, one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.

Jaacks’ latest film In Search of Zotz, co-directed with Anand Varma, premiered at Mountainfilm 2016 in Telluride, Colorado.



The 10-minute short goes deep into the Yucatan rainforest with University of Mexico Professor of Ecology Rodrigo Medellin in an effort to research and document two rare species of Vampire bats, known as “the jaguars of the bat world.”

Take a look at the trailer for his new short and be sure to check out Jaacks’ 2015 film, Silent River. You can watch it online here.

Stay tuned for news on our 2017 submissions cycle and past DCEFF award winners.


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