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2013 Festival Awards Announced

San Francisco, June 11, 2013 – The 3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF), which ran from May 30-June 5, 2013, has announced the recipients of the festival’s 2013 film awards. SFGFF is the Bay Area’s only festival dedicated to films and new forms of media that explore green issues and sustainable living.

This year’s festival presented the San Francisco premieres of over 20 internationally acclaimed environmentally focused feature films and more than 50 films from around the globe, with over 60 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water, and art in the environment. The 2013 SFGFF attracted more than 2,200 visitors.

The festival kicked off with the San Francisco Premiere of Rebels with a Cause by Bay Area filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, which celebrates the epic story of those who fought to save the Marin County coast, and closed on UN World Environment Day with Trash Dance.

The Festival’s 16-person Screening Committee, including international filmmakers, environmentalists, journalists, industry executives, and content experts have elected the 2013 award recipients.

Markus Imhoof with 2013 Best Feature Award

Makrus Imhoof with 2013 Best Feature Award for “More Than Honey”.

The 2013 SFGFF Awards winners are:

Best Feature Award
Markus Imhoof
MORE THAN HONEY

Best Short Award
Douglas Gayeton
THE STORY OF AN EGG

Inspiring Lives Award
Beth and George Gage
BIDDER 70

Green Tenacity Award
Thomas Riedelsheimer

Audience Award
Patrick Shen
LA SOURCE

Friends of the Urban Forest donated a tree-planting as part of the Audience Award. The tree will be planted as a gift from the audience of the Green Film Festival in San Francisco in honor of the film La Source.

Best Feature Award
The San Francisco Green Film Festival presents the 2013 Best Feature Award to Markus Imhoof and More Than Honey for the clear, honest and visually unique insight into an urgent environmental issue. We also honor the tremendous success and impact that the film has had in Europe and we hope for similar success in the USA.

Green Tenacity Award
The award is given annually by the Festival to a filmmaker who shows great tenacity in exploring environmental issues in their work. This year, we honor Thomas Riedelsheimer’s unique vision and dedication to the difficult endeavor of expressing art and nature through film, for his two films Garden in the Sea and Breathing Earth. Past winners include Fredrik Gertten for Bananas!*, and Frank Poulsen for Blood in the Mobile.

Type A Machines
This year’s awards were 3-D printed in the cinema lobby during the Festival by Type A Machines, from green, non-toxic, recyclable and compostable materials. The awards use a zero waste process and are 100% percent locally produced. More info >>

About the San Francisco Green Film Festival
The San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) is the West Coast’s leading destination for groundbreaking and compelling films on the urgent environmental issues of our time. The festival’s mission is to educate and connect communities through forward-thinking programs of environmental films and discussions. Launched in 2011, SFGFF presents an annual film festival each spring, along with year-round community screenings and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFGFF brings critical and contemporary environmental issues to local audiences and highlights the vital work of our many partners, including local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations. Since 2011, the festival has partnered with over 30 community organizations, presented over 175 programs, and inspired over 7,000 attendees.

For more information please visit: sfgreenfilmfest.org.

Media Contact:
Cindy Lang: 415.789.9090, cal@cidlang.com
Darcy Whittier: 206.307.8474, darcy@sfgreenfilmfest.org

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