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Sundance awards prize to documentary on sport fishing in Guyana

Guyana walks the red carpet at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival thanks to Jungle Fish, which was awarded the second annual Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Award for best documentary short film on susrtainability. The film was produced by Costa, a leading high-end sunglasses firm, in partnership with Guyana Trade and Investment Support II (GTIS), a project funded by USAID and managed by CARANA. GTIS and Costa partnered to develop and sponsor ecotourism initiatives in Guyana, and the film depicts Costa's search for proof of the viability of catching one of the largest freshwater fish, the arapaima, which would make the usually overlooked country a highly desirable sport fishing destination. The adventure was made possible with the expert guidance of GTIS.

Sundance is the premier US independent film awards show and competition was fierce--Jungle Fish competed against 5,000 submissions for the first place in the short film category. The prize money ($5,000 USD) will be donated to fund full-time staff at Rewa Ecolodge, the only destination in the world where sport fishers can catch (and release) the rare arapaima.

Click here to buy the Jungle Fish DVD.

Published January 2013