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CEEW wins 2023 CMCC Climate Change Communication Award "Rebecca Ballestra"


CEEW's Faces of Climate Resilience, a 16-part short documentary series in partnership with India Climate Collaborative, Edelgive Foundation and Drokpa Films, won the prestigious 2023 CMCC Climate Change Communication Award "Rebecca Ballestra" in Florence, Italy. The project stood out among 372 entries (and 25 finalists) from over 50 countries. The CMCC Foundation, established in 2005 with the support of the Italian Ministries of Education and Environment, sponsors the award.

The projects considered for the award were a mix of immersive experiences, art installations, audio-visual stories, information design projects, gamification and campaigns. The shortlisted projects included entries from international institutions, scholars and artists like the World Bank, EU Climate Action, Climate Central, architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti and artist Thijs Biersteker. A jury comprising American Book Award-winning Author and Founder of the Climate Narrative Project Jeff Biggers, water artist Giuseppe La Spada, Artist and Professor at UMass Amherst Carolina Aragón, Visual Anthropologist at the University of British Columbia Fiona McDonald and Head of the Communication and Media Office at CMCC Mauro Buonocore selected the winner.

Since its launch in August 2022, Faces of Climate Resilience has won awards at the Docs Without Border International Festival (USA) and the Aravali International Film Festival (India). It's also an official selection at Kalamata International Short Documentary Festival (Greece) 2023, Goethe-Institut's Science Film Festival (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) 2023, Urban Climate Film Festival (India) 2023, MediaOne Academy Film Festival 2023 (India) and Ankur Film Festival (India) 2022.

Watch the films here.