The End of the Line, a documentary spotlighting the impact of overfishing, became the first winner of the PUMA.Creative Impact Award, from PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation, while Burma VJ received a special commendation.
In The End of the Line, director Rupert Murray followed investigative reporter Charles Clover over two years as he analyzed the effects of overfishing. The film received an award of €50,000.
The PUMA.Creative Impact Award was launched to identify and honor the documentary film that has made the most significant positive impact on society.
A jury which was comprised of Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Morgan Spurlock, The Ford Foundation’s Orlando Bagwell, musician Emmanuel Jal, and Christian Aid director Loretta Minghella, OBE selected the winning documentary from a shortlist of five finalists culled from a pool of 70 submitted films. Other finalists included The Age of Stupid and Trouble the Water.
“Documentary filmmakers are unique in that we want to change the world; we want to make things better, which is why it is fantastic to win the PUMA.Creative Impact Award,” said Murray. “This is an award that truly understands and recognises our investment.”
Additionally, Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country received a special commendation for its social impact and a €25,000 prize. The doc’s filmmakers braved a foreign media ban to document Burmese monks uprising in 2007 against the military regime.
A special on the finalist films and the PUMA.Creative Impact Award will broadcast on Current TV on October 22 in the UK.