Environmental Film Festival begins journalism award tradition

Christopher Head, Juliet Eilperin, H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Waldner, and Dr. Enric Sala. Image credit: Rick Miller with Reflections Event Photography & Video Production

Nature and sustainability enthusiasts gathered earlier this month at the Austrian Embassy for a benefit reception in advance of the 27th annual Environmental Film Festival, taking place March 14- 24.  The festival, which this year will present more than 120 films from around the globe, has worked toward inspiring understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film since 1993. 

At the reception, attendees not only learned more about this year’s upcoming film offerings and met Austrian Ambassador H.E. Doctor Wolfgang Waldner, but they also witnessed the festival’s presentation of its first ever “Excellence in Journalism Award,” given to Juliet Eilperin, Senior National Affairs Correspondent for the Washington Post.

Eiplerin, a D.C. native and author of two books, has covered much in her decades long career, but her work often centers on environmental issues.

“We are pleased to honor Juliet and to present her with our first ever Excellence in Journalism Award,” said, Christopher Head, the Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival. “Juliet Eilperin’s excellent journalism has helped to pave the way for understanding what’s at stake and what our government is or isn’t doing at this moment of environmental crisis.”