2017 Films for the Forest Winners

Shorts 1st Place

Bright Spots
Directed by: Jilli Ross

Shorts 2nd Place

Owner’s of the Forest
Directed by: Paul Redman

Shorts 3rd Place (tie)

Directed by: Adrian Arce

Shorts 3rd Place (tie)

Tigers in the Backyard
Directed by: Sugandhi Gadadhar

Short Shorts 1st Place

Our Wonderful Nature
Directed by: Markus Klatsch

Short Shorts 2nd Place

Lost Pines
Directed by: Sullivan Rauzi

Short Shorts 3rd Place

Directed by: Sanyog Mohite

Youth 1st Place

Difference Maker
Directed by: Heather Garcia

2017 Films for the Forest Judges

Michael Cain


A native of Dallas, Michael received a Master in Fine Arts | Producing from the American Film Institute (AFI). While in Los Angeles, Michael produced and executive produced over 20 feature-length films for HBO and SHOWTIME. Michael formed Deep Ellum Pictures in 1999. From 2006 to 2011 he served in multiple roles as the Co-Founder, Founding Artistic Director, CEO, Chairman of the Board and President of The Dallas Film Society which hosts the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). He served as an Executive Producer on the Steve Jobs bio-pic starring Ashton Kutcher and is an Executive Producer on the Stanley Marcus documentary. He recently teamed up with Trammell S. Crow and the worlds largest Earth Day Exhibition/Conference “Earth Day Texas” to launch an environmental impact film festival in April of 2017.

Richard Linklater

Detour Filmproduction, Austin Film Society

Oscar-nominated Linklater is a respected writer-director and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.The Austin Film Society has given out over $800,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers and received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America. He is a long-time supporter of Rainforest Partnership and has been a Films for the Forest judge since its inception in 2009. His films include “Fast Food Nation,” “Dazed and Confused’” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset” and “Boyhood.”

Alonso Mayo


Mayo is a US-Peruvian director and screenwriter. His AFI thesis film won the Student Academy Award and his first feature “The Story of Luke” was released in 2013 and won over 20 top festival prizes. He directed the documentary “Viva La Causa” about Cesar Chavez’ farmworker movement as well as the unscripted webseries “Untitled Fiction Project”. He is currently finishing his second feature, the comedy “Fixed”.