2018 Green Film Network Award: and the winners are…

It was hard to choose among many beautiful documentary films and short films, selected by our festival members all over the world. Nevertheless, in the end we have the winners of Green Film Network Award 2018! And the winners are…

Genesis 2.0 by Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev (Switzerland, 2018, 103’)

genesis 2.0

On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. One day, they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass. Resurrecting the woolly mammoth is a first manifestation of the next great technological revolution – genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.

Christian Frei (Director, Producer and Editor)

Swiss director and producer Christian Frei is considered one of today’s most innovative and compelling documentary filmmakers. He was nominated for an Academy Award with War Photographer (2001) and won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance with Space Tourists (2009).

Maxim Arbugaev (Co-director and Cinematographer New Siberian Islands)

Born in 1991 in Tiksi, on the shoreline of the Arctic Ocean, Russian director and cinematographer Maxim Arbugaev grew up to be a professional ice hockey player. Discovering his passion for filmmaking in the solitude of the New Siberian Islands, he currently studies documentary filmmaking at The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. His directorial debut The Hunters (2014) earned several awards.

Water Warriors by Michael Premo (USA – Canada 2017, 22′)

water warriors

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

Michael Premo

Michael Premo is a multi-disciplinary artist, journalist, and filmmaker. He is co-founder and Executive Producer at Storyline. He has created original work with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, and StoryCorps. His most recent projects include Sandy Storyline (2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Transmedia Award-winner) and This Changes Everything.

This year, it is San Francisco Green Film Festival (September 6-13) which hosts the 5th Green Film Network Awards. Nominated by the 40-member festivals and selected by an international jury, the awards include special presentations & screenings at the festival.

Here there is the list of all the 2018 nominated films:


   Empire of Red Gold by Xavier Deleu, Jean-Baptise Malet (France 2017, 55′ )

   Wasted: The Story of Food Waste by Nari Kye, Anna Chai (USA 2017, 85′)

   OWINO by Javier Martin, Yusuf Razzaque (Spain 2017, 72′)

   Holy (un) Holy River by Peter Mc Bride e Jake Norton (USA-India 2016, 60′)

   Ceres by Janet Van Den Brand (Belgium- Netherlands 2018, 73′)

   Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq by Yatri Niehaus (Germany  2017, 86′)

   Living…the Natural Way by Sanjib Parasar (India 2016, 79′)

   Up Down & Sideways by Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikumar (India 2017, 83′)

   GENESIS 2.0 by  Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev (Switzerland 2018, 103’)

   Unfractured  by Chanda Chevannes (Canada 2018, 91′)

   Fish of Mountains and Valleys – Lambs and Wolves of Waters by Balász Szendőfi (Hungary 2017, 52′)

   Rush Hour by Luciana Kaplan (México 2017, 80′)

   Sea of Life by Julia Barnes (Canada 2016, 88′)

   Urban Bay by Ricardo Gomes (Brazil 2017, 70′)

   Anger in the Wind by Amina Weira (France-Benin-Niger 2016, 54′)

   Building Bridges by Heloisa Passos (Brazil 2017, 72′)

   Braguino by Clement Cogitore (France 2017, 50′)

   Love & Bananas: an Elephant Story by Ashley Bell (Thailand-Cambodia-USA 2018, 77′)

   Animals and Other People by Flavio Marchetti (Austria 2017, 88′)


   Refugees by David Rodriguez Muñiz (Spain 2017, 14′)

   Fix & Release by Scott Dobson (Canada 2017, 15′)

   The Tree and Me by Marko Dimić

   Thumbelina – The Story of an Xmas Frog by Ashwika Kapur (India 2016, 20′)

   Fifo by Sacha Ferbus and Jeremy Puffet (Belgium 2017, 12′)

   Ondes Noires by Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (France 2017, 21′)

   Justice Maké by Marion Castéra & Kelzang Ravach (France 2017, 3′)

   Unexmin – Underwater Explorer for flooded Mines by Edit Babinszki, Balázs Gergely, Balázs Lerner (2017, 7′)

   Through the Wall by Tim Nackashi (USA- Messico 2016, 8′)

   Epilogue to the death of Faun by J. Alberto Andrés Lacasta (Spain 2016, 13′)

   Drop by Drop by Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires (Portugal 2017, 9′)

   In the Crosshairs by Marzieh Kheirkhah (Iran 2016, 6′)

  Water Warriors by Michael Premo (Canada-USA 2017, 22′)

  Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy by James Q Martin, Chris Cresci (2016, 16′)

Congratulations to all of them!