Film makers who play in the festival are treated like Gaia herself. The Earth Day Film Festival was organized by filmmakers, who know the work it takes to create a film. Selected filmmakers receive epic gift bags from our in-kind sponsors and two VIP passes to the Festival. The festival week becomes a hot spot for meetings, and introductions which form into future collaborations and activism for environmental love.

Along with the traditional accolades and awards of a film festival, best cinematography, editing and sound; The Earth Day Film Festival has a few prestigious awards that are part of changing the content we celebrate and how it is celebrated.

The Earth’s Choice Award

This is a unique and coveted award as only one exists and much like the Earth the winner is only a temporary shepherd of it. Their name engraved on it and then passed on to the next years winner. Careful consideration is given to this film as we nurture a new society and see the opportunity to do so as a film festival. This film is made most inline with the Earth from conception to final film, where production is done so with limited waste and with clean energy. The final message is typically feminine in tone, not a direct way of speaking but one that is an invitation to a remembrance of our interconnectedness to the planet and all beings.  The winner of this award receives a $888 cash award to propagate future Earth minded work.

The New Paradigm Award

Goes to the film that calls on a new direction and presents a clear vision on how to realize a healthier Earth. Careful consideration is given to this film as it is a unique and paramount award. We are nurturing a new society and see the opportunity to do so as a film festival by recognizing those giving voice to the Earth. This film is one that is second level of awareness meaning, after recognizing the systems that need to be changed, they are actively pursuing a new course and offering an answer to the question of, what is next? With a voice that is harmonizing with the Earth. It is the manifestation in film, as well, of a new paradigm. The winner of this film receives a plaque and a $222 cash award to propagate future Earth minded work.

The Activist Award

This award goes to the film that tells the story of people’s courageous views, efforts & actions toward repairing injustice and disconnect from each other and the Earth. Careful consideration is given to this film as it is unique and paramount award as we nurture a new society and see the opportunity to do so as a film festival. The film alone is not the only consideration, but how the filmmakers present their work, the partnerships and allies they form and their post production journey to activate and rally the community to action. The winner of this film receives a plaque and a $111 cash award to propagate future Earth minded work.

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