Over $30,000 in awards to the top seven filmmakers
The filmmakers of seven films will receive awards valued at over $30,000. The Possible Futures Award and The Pachamama Award are chosen by our team of world class judges according to our judging criteria. Five additional People’s Choice Awards are determined by the films that receive the most votes by viewers. Winning films will be announced July 25th (check out our full timeline) and will be premiered at an awards ceremony in San Francisco, CA, United States.

The Possible Futures Award:
$10,000 plus a trip the rainforest
One outstanding film will be selected as the best from all category submissions by our five Global Judges. The filmmaker will receive the highest of honors for expressing the greatest potential for solutions in our relationships with Peace and Freedom, Human Fulfillment, Sustainability, and Fair Societies. The Possible Futures Award recipient will receive $10,000 in cash and a experiential trip for two to the Amazon Rainforest with The Pachamama Alliance’s Rainforest Journeys Program (excludes airfare).

About your journey into the Amazon
Journey with us to the heart of the natural world — the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador — and become one of a handful of people to experience a direct, intimate encounter with the Achuar, an ancient and intact dream culture. Experience the soul stirring awe of being in one of the largest untouched stands of primary forests in the world, breathing the purest, most oxygenated air possible.

Canoe down tributaries; search for monkeys, parrots and the legendary pink river dolphins; hike through the lush forest with the Achuar guiding and teaching us how they live sustainably and interdependently with their pristine rainforest home.

Have the unique opportunity to stay in both an Achuar village, where we’ll share in their daily traditions and may be offered the opportunity to participate in their sacred ceremonies, as well as the award-winning Kapawi Ecolodge and/or the newly constructed Tiinkias rustic lodge in a remote part of Achuar territory.

And there will be time for reflection and restoration — the perfect respite from a busy life and the ideal space for reconnecting to what’s truly important. Being outside of what is familiar will give you a vast new perspective on your own culture and life.

The majestic Andean highlands will bookend the rainforest experience, allowing for a greater awareness and appreciation of the immense geographic, biological and cultural diversity of Ecuador.

The award includes meals, double accommodations, transportation, guides and equipment within Ecuador. It does not include international air travel to and from Quito, tax at the airport, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, shamanic experiences or optional activities. Please read our Rules and Regulations for all the fine print about The Possible Futures Award.