Jungle Fish awarded at Sundance Film Festival

JUNGLE FISH, a fishing film that outlines the struggle for economic independence by the native people of Guyana, has taken out a 2013 LightStay Sustainablitly Film Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Costa Sunglasses accepted the award from the Sundance Institute and Hilton Worldwide for its work alongside Director Louisiana Kreutz in the short featureh. The winning films and directors were celebrated in Park City, Utah on Jan. 20 as part of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The 2013 LightStay Sustainability Award winners were chosen out of 1500 feature-length documentaries and more than 5000 short film entries submitted to the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund. The winning films each reflect global issues relevant to Hilton Worldwide’s business and community impact.

Jungle Fish‘s portrayal of the native people of Guyana outl;ines how poverty and illiteracy have forced many of the adults into a life of lawlessness and poaching while children often flee the country to seek work in Brazil’s dangerous mines.

But hope prowls in Guyana’s rivers in the form of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima. The film follows three expert fishermen on a two-week voyage deep into the heart of Guyana’s rainforest to demonstrate how the arapaima can be caught with a fly rod. If they succeed, it will prove that the country’s fledgling sport fishing industry is viable and able to provide a brighter future for the native people, the rainforest they call home, and the endangered arapaima.

Jungle Fish has been selected to screen in several film festivals in 2013, including the Idyllwild Cinema Fest in California and the Fly Fishing Film Tour.

View a trailer of Jungle Fish HERE.

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