'Baja's Secret Miracle' Donates Online Award Money to Al Gore Charity

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The short documentary won the audience award for online film festival #VOFF 4, organized by VOD service Viewster

The winners of the audience award of online film festival #VOFF 4 have donated their $20,000 prize money to the Climate Reality Project, the environmental charity set up by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Baja's Secret Miracle, a 12-minute documentary from Mexican director Eliana Alvarez Martinez, garnered the most votes from users of VOD service Viewster, which organizes the online film festival.

The film tells the story of Mario Castro, a Mexican fisherman who decides to take on the industrial fishing world by creating an environmental, and commercially viable, alternative. Martinez picked Gore's charity from among a list of 14 organizations named by Viewster as the possible recipients of the prize money.

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Baja's Secret Miracle now also goes in the running for the festival's overall awards, which will be chosen by an expert jury and announced on Dec. 8. The winners will receive a total of $80,000 in prize money.

The other nominees, chosen by Viewster's online community, include French docs Urban Escape and Overcast: Another day of Mankind from Romanian filmmaker Alexandru Vlad; German title Incomplete Faith, the sci-fi drama (Un)sunny from Spanish director Victor Nores; and New Zealand-set documentary Raising the Peaceable Kingdom.

All the films in the #VOFF 4 festival are available for screening online on Viewster's site.

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