Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week celebrated its second annual virtual film festival from October 11 to October 14 with more than 40 films and interactive discussions between artists, communities, and decision-makers on environmental topics. The award winning films and honorable mentions all told powerful stories from the eyes of Latino, Black, Indigenous and other people of color with roots in nature, reminding us to uplift the nexus between human communities and the lands, waterways, and ocean we call home.
This year, a jury composed of creatives, activists, and personalities who work in cinema, culture, nonprofits and advocacy organizations committed to environmental justice and conservation work selected films to win in the following categories: Best Animated Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Experimental Film, and Best Narrative Film. Each award winner received a $600 prize.
“It’s an honor to have had so many filmmakers of color submit their films to this year’s Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “With so many amazingly produced films, it was truly a difficult decision to select only a few films for these awards. We hope through our film festival, we helped elevate filmmakers of color and elevate their stories, culture and heritage, but also started a dialogue between communities and decision-makers around the importance of engaging in climate action and policy during the events.”
Below is the complete list of award winners and honorable mentions for the inaugural Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week:
Best Animated Short Award
- Winner - OrHoDa (Tigris alt sakda, Canada)
Best Documentary Film Award
- Winner - Greenway (Jed Terrence Lee, United States)
- Honorable Mention - Barry the Beekeeper (Ikram Ahmed, United Kingdom)
Best Experimental Film Award
- Winner - I Was Just a Child (Breech Asher Marfil Harani, Philippines)
Best Narrative Film Award
- Winner - The Echo (Praveen, India)
- Honorable Mentions - Htrae (Rishav Sha, India) and Seven Ridges (Antonio Coello, Mexico)