We are pleased to announce the grant recipient for the $10K Action Grant in conjunction with the Points North Institute was awarded over the weekend. Alex Finn and his project Whale Heritage Series was awarded this grant last night at the Camden International Film Festival.
Alex is a filmmaker from the United Kingdom working in collaboration with the World Cetacean Alliance. His proposed project is a 3-minute interactive online film with embedded 360VR inserts that tells the story of the journey to becoming a Whale Heritage Site. The video will provide immersive, interactive insight into the life of a whale watching tour operator, his business, and the environmental, social and economic benefits of becoming part of an accredited Whale Heritage Site. Alex plans to measure the impact of the film through direct inquiries from an embedded call-to-action in the multi-media project, and through applications & sign-ups to the Whale Heritage Sites program.
Alex was one of three finalists to visit Camden this weekend after being selected from a large and competitive pool of applicants. Jeff Talbott and his project Protecting the Great Bear Sea and Doug Woodring and Gary Bencheghib's project Global Alert - Floating Trash were the other two Finalists for this award, and each provided a thoughtful and compelling grant proposal. Applications were accepted this summer for this grant opportunity and the top 3 finalists were provided with travel and accommodations and a festival pass to come to Camden, meet the CMG team, and explain their project in further detail.
Check out World Cetacean Alliance's blog on Alex's project and Action Grant award - and stay tuned for more information about Alex and this project in the next couple of weeks.
Congratulations to Alex!