Shared Earth Foundation Award for Advocacy

Established for the 2014 Festival as Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy, The Shared Earth Foundation Award for Advocacy recognizes a film that best inspires advocacy in response to a compelling environmental challenge. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.


2019 Winner


This thrilling, inspiring, and action-packed journey follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even in our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the often-violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry. Shark finning is still rampant; shark fin soup is still being consumed on an enormous scale; and endangered sharks are being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late. But exposing illegal activities isn’t easy; protecting sharks has earned him some powerful enemies.


DIRECTOR: Rob Stewart

(USA, 2018, 87 min.)


Past Winners


2018Game Changers (USA, 2018, 88 min.) Directed by Louie Psihoyos

2017Before the Flood, (USA, 2016, 96 min.), Directed by Fisher Stevens.

2016How to Let Go of the World, (USA, 2016, 125min), Directed by Josh Fox.

2015Racing Extinction, (USA, 2015, 90 min.), Directed by Louie Psihoyos.

2014Damnation, (USA, 2014, 94 min.), Directed by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight.