The 2012 Grand Jury Prizes were selected by a panel of jurors whose information is to the right.
Grand Jury Prize, Feature:
The Island President, a film about the world’s lowest-lying island nation threatened by rising sea levels.
Grand Jury Prize, Short:
663114, an animated film about the reemergence of a 66-year-old cicada moments before an earthquake and tsunami.
Special Jury Prize:
Bestiaire, a feature films that explores the boundaries between nature and humanity.
EFFY Audience Award:
The Whale, a documentary about an orca that forms a bond with people.
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, IT Support Technician
Scott Rumage became fixated with films when his grandmother took him to see Gigi in 1982. After getting fed up with his parents' small tv & horrible sound, he re-wired their house for a laserdisc player and surround sound in 1989. His large collection of laserdiscs, VHS tapes, DVDs, HD-DVDs, & Blurays (he totally skipped betamax) is arranged by his librarian husband, Allen Townsend, in Library of Congress Format, and is managed by their miniature piebald daschund, Dashelle. When he isn't watching movies, he can be found pickling, canning, knitting, scuba diving, sous viding, gardening, composting, or completely geeking out.
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the School of Public Health, Master's Student
David Krause is a joint degree student between the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Public Health. His professional and academic work focuses on the relationship between the natural environment and human health. David has long had an interest in environmental films' ability to educate and inspire.
Amistad High School, New Haven
Zachary Obinna-Enumah teaches science at Amistad High School in New Haven, CT. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in African Studies from Yale University. Zachary co-produced and edited the film, "Spirits, Camels, and Poetry," a film that explores one Tanzanian man's maternal history as rooted in poetry and which premiered at the Zanzibar Film Festival in 2010. He is currently working on the FLIPPED classroom model to bring more videos and technology into his high school science classrooms.
Yale Sustainable Food Project, Research Fellow
Samara has worked in sustainable food systems for over 15 years with a variety of food-focused NGOs locally and internationally (largely in Cuba and Argentina), as a food systems planner at the the City of Vancouver, and as a foundation program officer funding food, fisheries and climate change issues. She is currently a research fellow at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. She has also dabbled in film-making and co-created Planners for Tomorrow a stop animation film featuring a robot that circled the globe finding innovative solutions to pressing urban challenges, which was featured at the World Planners Congress and the UN's World Urban Forum.
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master's Student
Omar is a second-year master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry, where he studies global environmental governance. He also pursues environmental media production. He thinks EFFY is a great way to engage the public with modern issues of science and policy.
Click here to see the jury panel from last year's festival.