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Visions of Nature, Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival Announces 2013 Awards
Following an exciting festival of packed theaters and appreciative audiences, the organizers of the Environmental Film Festival have announced the winners of the 2013 "Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature" Awards.
"Our guest speakers informed and entertained us, and their films exposed us to new ways of thinking about our connections with the natural world," said Catherine Griggs, Ph.D., Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of American Studies, and Nathan Andersen, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
"This year's awards recognize films that were able to educate at the same time as they entertained and surprised audiences, provoking strong reactions and insightful questions."
The Audience Choice Award goes to a clear favorite - one that combines gripping imagery, a personal story of struggle and conviction, and an urgent message about the impact of climate change.
Director, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Australia, 78m, 2009)
Acknowledged by the jury for its highly innovative and deeply moving approach to telling its story of first contact in Australia, the Special Jury Award goes to a film that was also a close runner-up for the Audience Choice award.