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Best of Fest | Eldon Activist Award

Best of Fest | Eldon Activist Award
Water Song
Produced by Mill Valley Film Group/Will Parrinello

Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, stood up to Newmont Mining Corporation!

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Women Transforming Media

1st Place
Eva Haller: A Work in Progress
Credits - Jeanne Meyers



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Eva Haller
Global Educator Award

WOJ!
Credits - by Jeanne Meyers & Wendy Milette

Esther Wojcicki shares her vision for a Moonshot Movement in Education.

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Esther Wojcicki
Humanitarian Award

1st Place
Oprah's Surprise Visit to Jeni Stepanek
Credits - Oprah Winfrey Network

Video tribute from Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday

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Jeni Stepanek
MY HERO Media Award

1st Place
Righteous Conversations - MEDIA Award
Credits - Righteous Conversations Project

Righteous Conversations Project mentors youth to tell stories that promote tolerance.

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Ron Kovic Peace Prize

Post-war Machismo: Be a Man
Credits - Liz Mermin

Dragan joined the Be a Man club and now is a community leader and non-violence advocate.

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Dragan Kisin
Immersive Storytelling Award

1st Place
Walk Again Project
Credits - AASDAP and Lente Viva Filmes

Dr. Nicolelis is also founder of the Walk Again Project, an international consortium of scientists and engineers, dedicated to the development of an exoskeleton device to assist severely paralyzed patients in regaining full body mobility.

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Dr. Miguel Nicolelis
Emerging Artist

1st Place
Us and Us
Credits - by Trey Carlisle, Cole Kawana, Sebastian Ko and Jordan Seibel.

A look at dehumanization through the eyes of a black teen and the history of genocides.

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Peoples Choice

1st Place
Waves for Water - Nepal Earthquake
Credits - Produced by: Hurley / Directed by: Aaron Flynn

Jon Rose and Waves For Water's Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

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Jon Rose
Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award

1st Place
Invisible Ocean: Plankton & Plastic
Credits - Emily Driscoll

This doc follows NYC sci-artist Mara G. Haseltine as she creates a sculpture to reveal a microscopic threat beneath the surface of the ocean.

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Relationships First Award

1st Place
Mutual Rescue: Eric & Peety
Credits - Dir. Advocate Creative

Thanks to Peety—everything changed.

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Humane Society Silicon Valley

1st Place
Upstanders:The Mosque Across the Street
Credits - Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

What happens when a mosque moves across the street from a church in the Bible Belt?

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Steve Stone & Bashar Shala
Teen Press Award

1st Place
Superheroes of a New Origin
Credits - Dir. Ramses Mosley-Wise & Kamau Mantague

Eddie Zheng and Harold Atkins overcame hardship and incarceration to now be leaders of their communities.

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Eddie Zheng and Harold Atkins
Special Hero Award

1st Place
A Classy Broad (Trailer)
Credits - Dir. Anne Goursaud

A CLASSY BROAD: Marcia's Adventures in Hollywood is a documentary film by Anne Goursaud on the life and career of Marcia Nasatir, Hollywood's FIRST Woman Studio VP of Production at United Artists.

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Marcia Nasatir

1st Place
FIELDWORKS: Jody Wood, Beauty in Transition
Credits - Rava Films

2014 ABOG Fellow Jody Wood brings her mobile beauty salon to nine homeless shelters over three months in New York City.

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Jody Wood
Tolerance

1st Place
Upstanders: The Mosque Across the Street
Credits - Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

What happens when a mosque moves across the street from a church in the Bible Belt?

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2nd Place
PASAPALABRA - WHISPERER
Credits - Dir. ANDREA TESTINI

Ahmed is an islamic kid who starts to learn the racism and prejudice of occidental culture through the jokes of his classmates.

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3rd Place
Me + You - A Film About Rediscovering Self-Love
Credits - Dir. Brad Etter

Me + You follows a young boy who fragments from his innate sense of self when he begins to judge himself based on society's perceptions.

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3rd Place
The Talk
Credits - Dir. Justin Vaughn

A father, a son and a life or death conversation. 'The Talk' is a short film that takes you through the minds of 2 African American men in relation to police brutality in the USA.

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Professional Portraits of Individuals

1st Place
Water_Song
Credits - Mill Valley Film Group/Will Parrinello

Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, stood up to the giant Colorado based Newmont Mining Corporation over the development of a gold and copper mine on her property.

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Máxima Acuña

2nd Place
The San Diego Highwayman
Credits - Prod. Tammy Foster Dir. Brent Foster

Thomas Weller, a.k.a. The San Diego Highwayman, has been rescuing people stranded on the side of the road for 48 years.

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Thomas Weller

3rd Place
The Last Resort
Credits - Mill Valley Film Group/John Antonelli

Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera led a successful campaign to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor, a critical nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.

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Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera
Professional Portraits of Organizations

1st Place
Maybelle's Story
Credits - Director: Ellie Laks / Producer: Joey Julius

The Gentle Barn stepped in and saved her life...

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The Gentle Barn

2nd Place
THE SPEED SCHOOL FUND
Credits - Produced by: Speed School Fund / Directed by: Mo Scarpelli

Speed School is an accelerated learning program that compresses three years of curriculum into 10 months, enabling out-of-school children to acquire the skills needed to re-enter formal education.

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Speed School Fund

3rd Place
ASTER & TSEGAYE
Credits - Produced by: Speed School Fund / Directed by: Mo Scarpelli

To see a child flourish in school is the dream of many parents like Aster and Tsegaye. Determined to improve his future, they enrolled him in Speed School where he reached the standard that allowed him to join mainstream school.

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3rd Place
Ebenezer
Credits - Produced by: Marc Stein / Directed by: Lori Kallestad

Without words, "Ebenezer" vividly portrays the journey of an old broken-down wheelchair and the many hands that touch the chair as it is given a new purpose and is sent across the world to change the life of a young boy in Ghana.

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Trailer

1st Place
DADDY DON'T GO
Credits - Dir. Emily Abt

“Daddy Don’t Go” illuminates the hardships that impoverished fathers face and provides compelling portraits of men who are unwavering in their commitment to parenthood despite those challenges.

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2nd Place
JOHN [Trailer]
Credits - Dir. Lara Firestone

John Bramblitt always loved art. Suffering from epilepsy, John lost his sight after a seizure, but he's found a way to translate the sense of touch into his paintings.

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John Bramblitt

3rd Place
Fragile Legacy Trailer
Credits - by David O. Brown

Dive into history to discover a sustainable future.

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3rd Place
I Want to Be an Astronaut [Trailer]
Credits - Dir. David Ruck

A young man dreams of becoming an astronaut at a time when America currently has no vehicle capable of human space flight. A touching story about hard work, dedication, and the men and women that are working to continue America's efforts in space exploration.

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Environmental

1st Place
Plastic Bottle Village
Credits - Dir. David Freid

One man's trash is another man's condo.

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Robert Bezeau

2nd Place
One Voice
Credits - Dir. Chris Cilfone

Through all the hard work, protests, demonstrations and perseverance human beings have successfully brought back one of this planets oldest living forms of consciousness.

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Be Blue

2nd Place
Racing Extinction Trailer (2016)
Credits - Dir. Louie Psihoyos

Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

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3rd Place
Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit Documentary
Credits - Black Bean Productions

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is unique in that it is a team made up mostly of women.

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The Black Mamba

3rd Place
Looking After Our Past, Present and Future
Credits - Produced by: Mark Pearce / Directed by: Mark Pearce

Two wise women from two worlds share their knowledge in attempt to protect cultural and biological diversity.

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Aunty Maureen Sulter & Jane Judd
Humanitarian

1st Place
NOW I AM A REFUGEE
Credits - Dir. Christian Als & Kristoffer Juel

This film tells the personal story of one Syrian refugee who crossed to Lesbos in the summer of 2015.

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2nd Place
Blessing's Story
Credits - SHARP Experience

The inspiring story of Blessing and his journey to America for surgery after a land-mine destroyed the lower part of his face.

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Operation of Hope

4th Place
Free the Children - WE Charity
Credits - Free the Children

WE Charity carries the power of WE globally, empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty through our holistic, sustainable international development model, Free The Children’s WE Villages.

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WE Charity

4th Place
The Toyota Effect - Coming Home
Credits - Dir. Ross Kauffman

Oscar winner Ross Kauffman nimbly portrays the mission-driven volunteers at St. Bernard Project (SBP) and Toyota and how their partnership made an elderly resident’s ravaged family home whole again.

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St. Bernard Project
Human Rights

1st Place
The Equal Justice Initiative
Credits - Dir. Gabriel Diamond

The US has the world’s highest incarceration rate, with nearly a third of young black men under some form of criminal justice control.

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Equal Justice Initiative

2nd Place
Touching the Untouchable
Credits - Dir. Meena Srinivasan

Touching the Untouchable is the story of the empowerment of a Dalit, Untouchable, community in Tamil Nadu, India

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Gauthama Prabhu & Venerable Pannavati

3rd Place
#AnywhereIsSafer
Credits - Dir. Adam Constable

A short animation set to the words of Warsan Shire's 'Home' – a poem about the experience of refugees fleeing untold atrocities in the countries.

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3rd Place
My Brother - animation
Credits - Dir. Audrey Yeo

“My Brother” is a personal tribute to the silent contributions of migrant workers globally

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Indy Features in Development

1st Place
Phoolan [Trailer]
Credits - Dir. Hossein Fazeli

This is a trailer for the up and coming documentary, Phoolan.

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Phoolan Devi

2nd Place
Wild Souls - Documentary Featurette
Credits - Dir. Malcolm DeSoto

Wild Souls Ranch opens up new and unexpected paths to becoming whole again.

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Wild Souls Ranch

3rd Place
The Pamoja Project - Astridah
Credits - Audrey Emerson

Astridah has helped to found two schools and sits on the board of many others.

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Astridah

4th Place
New Town Utopia
Credits - Produced by: Modern / Directed by: Christopher Smith

Art and culture are almost a distant memory.

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Music Video

1st Place
Yacouba - The Village Fool
Credits - David Puls

This is environmental song about how important it is to sometimes look at things differently.

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Yacouba Sawadogo

2nd Place
Hope in My Veins
Credits - Dir. Margo Stutts Toombs

Based on the song by Jaunetta Cooper and Warren Hanson to honor the runners in the Leukemia/Lymphoma Marathon.

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3rd Place
Beyond Belief
Credits - Carolyn Downie, Neels Britz

Blast off into the future with a mouse who escapes a computer lab in 2012 to discover the universe is changing beyond belief.

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Experimental

1st Place
I AM MORGAN ~ STOLEN FREEDOM
Credits - Heiko Grimm, Carlos Godó Borrás, Irene Buesa García

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world from an orca's point of view?

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1st Place
The Function of Music with Jad Abumrad
Credits - Prod. Divya Gadangi, Adrianna Dufay Dir. Mac Premo

I sat down with Jad Abumrad and talked about sound, music and the function of music.

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2nd Place
The Adaptable Mind
Credits - Dir. Tiffany Shlain

The Adaptable Mind (11 mins) looks at the story of LA Art Professor Mary Beth Heffernen’s project with Ebola health care workers as a jumping off point to explore the skills we need to flourish in today’s world.

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Mary Beth Heffernen
Narrative

1st Place
My Heart
Credits - Dir. Yaser Talebi

Miss Teacher’s heart is sick, and students want to give her a big heart as a present.

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2nd Place
Butterflies
Credits - Dir. Lisa Riccardi

Do you remember your first kiss? and the feeling of chaos when you are in love? like some butterflies have taken possession of your stomach...

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3rd Place
Touch of the Rain
Credits - Zahra Jafari

Rain is a pleasant murmur for beauties of nature. With a childlike view, this film tries to show that there is always hope for raining and even it is our own mind that presents rain to us in a dry

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Documentary

1st Place
Welcome to the Last Bookstore
Credits - Dir. Chad Howitt

Battling against the rise of eReaders, the fall of large bookstore chains, and his own personal obstacles, Josh Spencer opens “The Last Bookstore”.

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Josh Spencer

2nd Place
Post-war Machismo:Be a Man
Credits - Liz Mermin

Dragan joined the Be a Man club and now is a community leader and non-violence advocate.

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Dragan Kisin

3rd Place
Beneath Paradise
Credits - Dir. Darlien Morales

The island of Culebra, located off the coast of Puerto Rico, is one of the richest ecosystems in the Caribbean.

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Mary Ann Lucking & Dr. Edwin A. Hernández-Delgado & Druso Daubson & Flores de Soto

3rd Place
We Are Ngarrindjeri
Credits - Dir. Jennifer Lyons-Reid, Johanis Lyons-Reid

Ngarrindjeri are claiming their rights to culture through an ongoing struggle for survival.

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NGARRINDJERI REGIONAL AUTHORITY

4th Place
Endurance: Ultra Marathon
Credits - Dir. J Earle



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Matt Williamson
Series

1st Place
Talk It Up TV - Hannah’s Dream
Credits - Dir. Anny Havland

Hannah only has 2 very small dreams, to have cheekbones one day and to swim with a dolphin in Hawaii.

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2nd Place
The Toyota Effect - Saving Sight
Credits - Dir. Kief Davidson

Oscar-nominated director Kief Davidson visits the busy eye clinic at Harbor-UCLA hospital, where patients were going blind waiting for medical services.

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3rd Place
Orange Slices TV Show Features Ocean Defenders Alliance
Credits - Dir. Christina Macauly

Ocean Defenders Alliance(ODA) is based in southern California, and has been removing "ghost gear" from our coastal waters for over 15 years.

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Ocean Defenders Alliance

3rd Place
Talk It Up TV - Dwayne Wynne
Credits - Dir. Rick Walters (II)

The 2014 Season Premier of Talk It Up TV takes us on another wild ride from Seattle, to Bellingham then all the way down to San Diego.

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Womens Rights

1st Place
Antigone of Syria: Meet the Inspiring Fedwa from Damascus
Credits - Dir. Bridgette Auger & Itab Azzam Prod. Hal Scardino

Fadwa gives an insight into the 'Antigone of Syria' project.

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Open Art Foundation

2nd Place
Approaches towards ending Female Genital Mutilation
Credits - Dir. Gato & Mono Design, Ana María Vallejo

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) GIZ has contributed to international efforts to overcome FGM since 1999.

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GIZ

2nd Place
The Barefoot Lawyers of Uganda
Credits - Producer: Claire Miller / Director: Nikki Hausherr

This is the story of Winnie, a woman who stood up for herself and used her legal rights to overcome a multitude of hardships.

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Barefoot Law

3rd Place
Besh Machio
Credits - Cheikh Seck

Besh Machio is a Kenian journalist and a passionate female activist who fights for the African women to know their rights.

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Besh Machio
Overcoming Obstacles

1st Place
Mutual Rescue:Eric & Peety
Credits - Dir. Advocate Creative

Thanks to Peety—everything changed.

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Humane Society of Silicon Valley

2nd Place
I Am Able
Credits - Isaac and Jacob Seigel-Boettner

Painter. Cyclist. Inspiration. In 1998, Frederick Ndabaramiye lost his hands to the Interhamwe rebels. Now, he teaches people around the world that disability does not mean inability. This is his story.

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Frederick Ndabaramiye

3rd Place
Anna's Story
Credits - Dir. Mike Kepka

Anna Wilson Musuya's mother died when she was 12.

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Anna Wilson Musuya

3rd Place
Step by Step
Credits - Dir. Meghan Shea



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Individuality

1st Place
The Way of the Dodo
Credits - Dir. Liam Saint-Pierre

ümit fights to keep his passion for celluloid alive in an ever changing digital world.

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2nd Place
The King Within
Credits - Dir. Liam Saint-Pierre

The self-proclaimed “twin brother” of Elvis, Raja Danapat grew up in Kharagpur, India and from an early age loved to sing

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3rd Place
Beatrix
Credits - Dir. Michelle Miles, Grace Hoffman

A short documentary film about the style muse of Charlottesville, Beatrix Ost, and her inspirations and thoughts on individuality.

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3rd Place
Lena Nozizwe presents Alice Princess is Fresh!
Credits - Lena Nozizwe

As a child in Malawi, Africa, Alice Princess Msumba Siwundhla, Ph.D., was handed a hoe and told to help contribute to the meals in her village.

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Alice Princess Msumba Siwundhla
PSA

1st Place
Nature is Speaking - Julia Roberts is Mother Nature
Credits - Dir. Lee Clow

Watch the films and take action at http://natureisspeaking.org

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Conservation International

2nd Place
It's About Time
Credits - Dir. Elyse Kelly

True gender equality won't be reached until men are taking on 50% of the childcare and domestic work.

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2nd Place
The Allegory of the Spoons
Credits - Dir. Denizcan Yuzgul, Prod. EALLIN

Around the world, Caritas helps people so that they can feed their families.

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Caritas Internationalis

3rd Place
To Be a Parent
Credits - Dir. Gareth Bowler

What it is to raise twins with Tuberous Sclerosis, a mothers bitter sweet story of tragedy, violence and unconditional love.

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College Narrative

1st Place
The Dragon's Scale
Credits - Dir. James Cunningham

In an ancient world a warrior takes his son on a quest seeking a magical dragon scale.

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2nd Place
Sparks
Credits - Dir. Tancredi Di Paola

In a world where wizards and witches are believed to be evil, Math, a young witch, has to save her best friend from being assaulted, without revealing her true nature.

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3rd Place
Shark Attack
Credits - Dir. Victoria Cragg

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A dorky fifth-grader braves the bully-infested waters of his neighborhood pool party to win the heart of the dark princess of his dreams.


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3rd Place
The Waste Picker
Credits - Prod. Riad Hawlader Dir. Saifullah Saif

A discarded bottle has a purpose.

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College Documentary

1st Place
How Far I Want to Go
Credits - Dir. David Hutchinson

A short film about love, pain, and the meaning of life, as told by former Kenyan street children.

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2nd Place
Dreams Come True
Credits - Dir. Miguel Angel Lopez Rojas

“Dreams Come True” is a short documentary film about Raul Morales, an immigrant from Michoacan, Mexico, that as a child always had dreams and came to the United States to realise his dreams

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2nd Place
Gotong-Royong
Credits - Prod.: Jane Weber / Dir.: Karsu Nalbantoglu

The Cycling Kuala Lumpur movement created a map of ways to cycle around the city.

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Jeffrey Lim

3rd Place
People Like Us
Credits - Prod. Grace Song / Dir. Sara Young

The children are our future, even ones borrowed.

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Student/Mentor Music Video

1st Place
Hard Times
Credits - Dir. Alex Sorto & Hugo Castillo

A music video to an original song touching on how youth of color in San Francisco feel about the police brutality they see in the community.

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2nd Place
Stand Up
Credits - P.M. Eaton

Another shining example of living like a hero by P.M. Eaton & Girard College Lower School Choir

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3rd Place
The Healthy Wrap
Credits - Produced by: Paascalino Schaller / Directed by: Paascalino Schaller, William Bower, Laiman Tuilagi

Five fruit and veggies a day equals the healthy way.

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High School Documentary

1st Place
Us and Us_
Credits - Trey Carlisle, Cole Kawana, Sebastian Ko and Jordan Seibel.

A look at dehumanization through the eyes of a black teen and the history of genocides.

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2nd Place
Peace by Piece: The Story of Harry Davids
Credits - Righteous Conversations Project Students

A group of teens use animation to illustrate the 70-year quest of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust as he pieces together his story of Nazi persecution, Dutch resistance, and emigration to South Africa.

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2nd Place
Priced Out of Education
Credits - Dir. D'Arion Curry-Matthews

Since the 1970s, the population of African Americans in San Francisco has declined from 14% to 6%.

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3rd Place
Super heroes of a New Origin
Credits - Dir. Ramses Mosley-Wise & Kamau Mantague

Eddie Zheng and Harold Atkins overcame hardship and incarceration to now be leaders of their communities.

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Eddie Zheng and Harold Atkins

4th Place
Dreams of Nthulu
Credits - Dir. Kate Gondwe

A short film on what it's like to go to school in one of the poorest countries in the world from the problems they face to the dreams the students have.

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4th Place
Livin the Lies
Credits - Dir. Annmarie Soba

An unflinching portrait of a conflicted Jamaican teenager struggling to be honest to his true identity.

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High School Narrative

1st Place
Reflections
Credits - Dir. Kevin Gordon

An anti-bullying film by high school students that depicts verbal abuse amongst girls.

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1st Place
The Bench
Credits - Dir. Cameron Burnett



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2nd Place
Climate Change
Credits - Dir. Leo Pfeifer, Meagen Tajalle

A boy sets out to take action after envisioning a grim future.

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3rd Place
Fairytale
Credits - Karina Patel

A girl escapes her reality through a magical book and learns to accept her herself.

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3rd Place
Fault Lines
Credits - Dir. Ginger Chen



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Animation College

1st Place
The Present
Credits - Dir. Anna Matacz

Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

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2nd Place
Who Rules the Earth?
Credits - Dir. Paul Steinberg

A young woman takes a journey to uncover the forces that are ruining the planet.

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3rd Place
Eloise, little dreamer
Credits - Myriam Obin

The realities of celebration and protest are blurred as young Eloise traverses streets full of colour and sound, in search of the one face that that will provide her comfort.

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4th Place
Hedge Hero
Credits - Dir. Lauren Hammond

When his friend is taken by a dastardly serpent chef, Ned the hedgehog must gather the courage to become the superhero he’s always been inside.

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Animation

1st Place
The Hero's Journey
Credits - Dir. Iskander Krayenbosch

Since the beginning of time people are fascinated by stories of hero’s.

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2nd Place
Unsung Hero
Credits - Dir. Chris Schoultz

The adventure of a brave little knight who is being tested and gets rewarded for his bravery with a very special discovery.

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3rd Place
Love Ain't Enough
Credits - Dir. Dustin Grella



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Student/Mentor

1st Place
Amai's Paintings of Peace
Credits - Fauzia Aziz Minallah

Amai's Paintings of Peace is a tribute to the children of the Army Public School who were martyred by terrorists.

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2nd Place
Dear People of the Future
Credits - Dir. Shira Feinberg, Zohar Harrington, Carly Myers, Katie Zieff

Produced by IKAR 7th Grade Limudim students in The Righteous Conversations Project.

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3rd Place
My Students-My Little Heroes
Credits - Dir. Olesea Jechiu

This video is about learning while teaching.

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4th Place
My Hero - Call to Action
Credits - Dir. Aytan Bashirova and ELC students

A Learning Circles Project.

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Poetic

1st Place
Dayvon's Dream
Credits - Dir. Paul Santana, Prod. Brad English

The true story of Dayvon Ross's rise from the streets of L.A. to the NFL.

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2nd Place
In Between
Credits - Dir. Rolf Steinmann

In a remote corner of the world a living relic from a prehistoric age still exists.

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2nd Place
The Spectrum
Credits - Dir. Sean MacLaughlin

Quinn MacLaughlin overcame open heart surgery his first week of life, only to overcome another mountain. The Label of Autism.

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3rd Place
Reflections of an Underwater Cameraman
Credits - Ken O'Sullivan

Appreciating and connecting to the beauty of the sea inspires action.

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Educational

1st Place
The Story of Ebola
Credits - Prod. Deborah Van Dyke / Dir. Yoni Goodman

The Story of Ebola is an animated narrative made for "at risk" communities in Africa.

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2nd Place
Lincoln Brower on Monarchs: Migration at Risk
Credits - Dir. Dorothy Fadiman

The annual monarch butterfly migration is one of the most beautiful spectacles in nature.

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3rd Place
Lincoln Brower on What Good is a Butterfly
Credits - Dir. Dorothy Fadiman

Dr. Lincoln Brower responds with passion to a question he hears far too often, "What good is a butterfly?"

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3rd Place
Water for Gold
Credits - Dir. Rose Archer

Water for Gold tells the alarming story of how international trade law is leading us to trade our most basic rights to clean, safe water for access to gold.

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Youth Activism

1st Place
Upstanders: The Kids Who Killed an Incinerator
Credits - Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran [Starbucks]

The high school students who battled a giant incinerator — and won.

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Destiny Watford

2nd Place
Kids vs. Global Warming
Credits - Dir. Lynne Cherry

12-year-old Alec Loorz created Kids vs. Global Warming, the Sea Level Awareness Project and the Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels campaign.

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2nd Place
Save Tomorrow
Credits - Dir. Lynne Cherry

Save Tomorrow is the 10th Young Voices for the Planet film.

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3rd Place
Longing for a Local Lunch
Credits - Dir. Lynne Cherry

Despite numerous obstacles, four Massachusetts high school students change their cafeteria fare from processed food to local meat and local fresh vegetables.

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Teacher

1st Place
Notes on a Violin
Credits - Dir. Taly Oehler

NOTES on a VIOLIN is a short documentary film which follows a violin teacher who wants to promote beauty in an otherwise dissonant world.

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2nd Place
Azalaeche
Credits - Produced by: Speed School Fund / Directed by: Mo Scarpelli

Meet Azalaeche, a young teacher from Loke Abaya in the Sidama region of Ethiopia.

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3rd Place
I Am Fundi
Credits - Producer: Violetta Rulova / Director: Riede Dervay

"I Am Fundi" is a short documentary depicting the education system in Uganda and the measures that the organization, Fundibots, is taking to create change.

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Arts Heroes

1st Place
CONSUMED
Credits - Cecilie Stuart, Claire Bryett Andrew

Know the Cost of your lifestyle.

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2nd Place
The Hope Project
Credits - Dir. Hannah Brewer

A documentary following the impact of the Orlando shooting on the young artists at Kentucky's Governor's Scholar for the Arts.

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3rd Place
SING FOR HOPE celebrates 10 years of ART FOR ALL!
Credits - Sing For Hope

Since 2006, Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs have brought hope and inspiration to thousands of individuals in under-resourced schools, public hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes, and disability networks.

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3rd Place
The Letter
Credits - Dir. Stella Kimmel

An 11 year old girl writes a letter to someone who has been an inspiration in her life.

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High School PSA

1st Place
The Test
Credits - Ben Schaffer, Faiz Shamji, Jacob Adivi, and Rene Servin

Students take a particularly stressful final exam.

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2nd Place
An American Girl
Credits - Naja Butler, Samrina Vasani, and Sophia Villatoro

A day in the life of a typical American girl. This Public Service Announcement was produced by students in The Righteous Conversations Project.

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3rd Place
Period.
Credits - Milken Summer 2016 Students

An animated PSA that illustrates the factors that inhibit girls in developing nations from reaching their full potential.

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4th Place
Rebirth of Earth
Credits - by Angela Shi

Save Our Planet Earth

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4th Place
SARA PSA
Credits - Dir. Zachariah Beck, Nathaniel Clauss, Drew Heilman, James Hill, Clark McGuire, Nathan Ridings

This 30 second PSA was created for the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA).

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Strides in Science and Technology

1st Place
The $1 Microscope
Credits - by: Michael Schwarz

A device made from paper promises to make microscopes as widely available as pencils.

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Manu Prakash

2nd Place
Whale Aware
Credits - Lauren Gilbertson

A mobile app will be used to decrease the number of whale strikes by ships in busy shipping lanes in the US.

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3rd Place
Loki Lego Launcher
Credits - Directed by: Winston Yeung

Our family had a great time with this Loki Lego Launcher project.

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3rd Place
Madeline the Robot Tamer
Credits - Dir. Charles Nordstrom

During her residency at Pier 9, Madeline Gannon developed a project called Quipt.

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