'Island President' named best feature film at Yale Film Festival

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Director Jon Shenk on location with President Mohamed Nasheed. (Photo by Lincoln Else)

“The Island President” was named best feature film at the fourth annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY).

The film, about the world’s lowest-lying island nation threatened by rising sea levels, was selected by a jury of Yale faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

Other top honors went to “663114,” an animated film about the reemergence of a 66-year-old cicada just moments before an earthquake and tsunami, which won best short film; “Bestiaire,” which explored the boundaries between nature and “civilization,” which took home a Special Jury Prize; and “The Whale,” a documentary about a killer orca that forms a bond with people, which was selected by filmgoers to receive the EFFY Audience Award.

In addition, the student-run festival, which ran from April 9 to 15, included an advanced screening of Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee,” which will be released nationwide on April 20.

 “It is amazing to see this entirely student-run festival reach this level of success,” said Peter Crane, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “It has become one of the best ways that our school has been able to reach the broader community.”

The festival was sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Whitney Humanities Center, The Study at Yale, Class of 1980 Fun, and Graduate and Professional Student Senate at Yale.

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