The silver tree Audience Award at SA Eco Film Festival

Since it’s inception the SA Eco Film Festival has solicited audience votes to determine each years Audience Choice Award. The laurels presented to the winning film are based on the Silver Tree. This plant is particularly suitable to represent our Festival as it is is an endangered species endemic to a small area of the Cape Peninsula. Classified as RARE it is currently threatened by urban expansion, alien plant invasion and habitat fragmentation.
Audiences are invited to score films out of a maximum of 5, and after averages for all films are calculated the winner is announced on our web site and social media. Audience members that participate and give us their contact details go into a prize draw for Festival goodies.


2016 LANDFILL HARMONIC
Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.
2015 COWSPIRACY
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
2014 BRINGING IT HOME
A father’s search to find the healthiest building materials leads him to the completion of the nation’s first hemp house. Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material. The drawback — although research is legal in some states, hemp remains off-limits to almost all U.S. farmers. Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that makes 1,000’s of sustainable products and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. Here in the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here?