Awards and Distinctions

Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute have won over 65 awards and distinctions, including:

The Future Starts Here

  • Nominated for an Emmy Award (New Approaches: Arts, Culture, Lifestyle 2014)
  • 2015: Best of Fest - The My Hero Project Film Festival
  • 2015: Relationships First Award - The My Hero Project Film Festival
  • 2015: Best Documentary / Comedy US - Webfest Montréal
  • 2015: Best Non-Fiction - Rome Web Awards
  • 2015: Best Editing - Rome Web Awards
  • 2015: Media Partner Award - WAU (Best Innovative Creation) - Rome Web Awards
  • 2015: Outstanding Host - LA Web Fest
  • 2015: Outstanding Editing - LA Web Fest
  • 2015: Outstanding Sound Design - LA Web Fest
  • 2014: Best Educational Film- Robot Film Festival (Why We Love Robots)
  • 2013: Nominee Best Original Non-Scripted Video Show/Series- Digiday Video Awards

Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology (2011)

Connected has played at over 70 top film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes MIPdoc, Nashville Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, and Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.

  • 2013: Best Documentary Film - Mumbai Women’s Int’l Film Festival
  • 2013: Best Feature - The Big Easy Film and Music Festival
  • 2012: Disruptive Innovation Award - The Tribeca Film Festival
  • 2012: Selected by the US State Department & USC for the 2012 American Film Showcase 
  • 2012: Best Documentary Feature - Atlanta Int’l Film Festival
  • 2012: Best in Show- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: Best Director- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: Best Visual Effects- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: 1st Place Feature Documentary- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: Award of Excellence from the Accolade Competition
  • 2011: Women in Film Award - All Roads Grant National Geographic
  • 2011: Interdependence Film Prize - Berlin Film Festival & The Interdependence Movement
  • 2011: Audience Award for Best Documentary - Maui Film Festival
  • 2011: Metta Media Award - Dallas Video Fest
  • 2011: Best Feature Documentary - Portland Maine Film Festival
  • 2011: Honorable Mention - Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival
  • 2011: World Premiere Sundance Film Festival
  • Included in the Sundance Collection at UCLA
  • Script selected to be part of the core collection at the Library of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

The Science of Character (2014)

  • 2014: Selected by the U.S. State Department for the 2014 American Film Showcase
  • 2014: Best Educational Film from My HERO Film Festival

Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks (2013)

  • 2013: Selected by the U.S. State Department for the 2013 American Film Showcase
  • 2013: 1st Place in “Animated” Film from MY HERO Film Festival
  • 2013: The Best Short Educational Film from The Int’l Family Film Festival
  • 2013: The Best Documentary award at The West Chester Film Festival

A Declaration of Interdependence (2011)

A Declaration of Interdependence premiered at Interdependence Day on September 12, 2011 at Ground Zero and was selected to play on YouTube’s homepage. The film has begun its festival tour this spring with the Black Maria Film Festival and the Rincon International Film Festival.

  • 2013: 1st Place in “Experimental” Film from MY HERO Film Festival
  • 2012: Nominated for Best Chronicle, Best Music and Best Editing- Maverick Movie Awards
  • 2012: Selected by the National Gallery of Art screening - Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2012: Director’s Choice - Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2012: Award of Merit- Best Shorts Competition
  • Translated into 65 different languages

Yelp:With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl (2011)

Yelp has played at over 20 film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Chicago Reel Shorts, SF Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco Green Film Festival and Rincon International Film Festival.

  • 2012: Juror’s Citation - Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2012: Award of Excellence - Best Shorts Competition
  • 2011: Best Performance (Peter Coyote-Narrator) - Maverick Movie Awards
  • 2011: Nominated for Ovation TV Short Film Contest Finalist
  • 2011: Airing on Outside TV starting November 2011 in Telluride, CO
  • 2011: World Premiere Sundance Film Festival
  • 2010: Guggenheim Museum/Youtube Video Biennial Short List
  • Included in The Journal of Short Films Volume 26
  • Included in the Sundance Collection at UCLA

The Tribe (2006)

The Tribe has played at over 100 film festival including: Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Warsaw.

  • 2011: Selected as one of the retrospective films to stream in the Tribeca Online Film Festival
  • 2010: Ovation Award for Best Documentary - LACMA screening in LA
  • 2008: Best Documentary Short - Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
  • 2008: Third Prize - Brothers Festival of Shorts
  • 2008: Best Documentary - Westchester Film Festival
  • 2007: First Documentary to be #1 on iTunes
  • 2007: Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Doc - Florida Film Festival
  • 2007: Best Documentary - New York Shorts Fest
  • 2007: Best Documentary Short - Golden Star Awards
  • 2007: Best Short Documentary: Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
  • 2007: Best Contemporary Jewish Film: Warsaw International Film Festival of Jewish Motifs
  • 2007: Best Documentary: LA Shorts Fest
  • 2007: Best Int'l Jewish Topics - Argentina Int'l Jewish Film Festival
  • 2007: Pioneer Award - Warsaw Film Festival
  • 2006: Indiewire’s Sundance Critics' Choice Award
  • 2006: Best Short Documentary - Nashville Film Festival
  • 2006: Directors Choice Award - Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2006: Audience Award - Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • 2006: Best Historical Documentary - San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (2003)

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness played at 20 film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

  • 2004: Honorable Mention in the Best Women’s Short Film Category at the Cleveland International Film Festival
  • 2004: Inclusion in the Sundance Collection at UCLA
  • 2003: Best Documentary Short - Moab Film Festival
  • 2003: Juror’s Citation - Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2003: Finalist in National Short Film & Video Competition - USA Film Festival 
  • 2003: Affiliate Award for Excellence from Planned Parenthood Federation
  • 2003: Nominated for Golden Gate Award - San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
  • 2003: Honorable Mention in Best Women's Short Category - Cleveland Int'l Film Festival

Earlier Films:

  • 1992: Best Experimental Film - Hunter & Pandora - Cinequest Film Festival
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Highest Award in Art by the Chancellor's Committee - UCBerkeley

Art & Design: 

  • 2006: Artist-in-Residence - Headland Center for the Arts
  • 2001: HOW International Design Award for Webby Awards Invitation
  • 1999: American Graphic Design Award for Webby Awards Invitation

Leadership:

  • 2012 - present: American Film Showcase filmmaker for the past 3 years
  • 2013: Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival
  • 2007 - present: Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute
  • 2011: Nominated for Women of Vision Award - L'Oreal/Entertainment Weekly/Sundance
  • 2010: Named one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century"
  • 2010: Keynote Commencement Address at UCBerkeley
  • Recipient: Creating Socially Responsible Films by Partners Ending Domestic Abuse
  • Recipient: The Victoria Award for Ethical Leadership - The Woodhull Institute 
  • Recipient: Activist Award on behalf of Women's Rights - Ritz Carlton from Planned Parenthood
  • Recipient: Shining Star Award - American Women in Radio in Television
  • 1992: Valedictorian Speaker - Interdisciplinary Department UCBerkeley
  • 1988: Student Ambassador in the People to People program - traveled to the USSR

Special Screenings:

  • 2014: The Science of Character screened online and at over 1,500 schools and organizations around the world for our first ever Global Cloud Film Premiere
  • 2014: Brain Power screened in Tel Aviv, Israel as part of The American Film Showcase
  • 2013: Special San Francisco screening of the full series, The Future Starts Here at the new Exploratorium Theater
  • 2013: Launched The Future Starts Here AOL original series in New York City
  • 2013: Premiered Brain Power the film and TED Book simultaneously at The California Academy of Sciences Nightlife
  • 2012: Screening Connected in South Africa as part of The American Film Showcase
  • 2012: Connected had a theatrical release and screened in 11 cities around the US
  • 2011: Premiered A Declaration of Interdependence at Ground Zero on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11
  • 2011: Both Connected and Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's Howl premiered at Sundance
  • 2004: "Film Feasts" - award winning shorts screening Ohio
  • 2004: The Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences
  • 2004: Berkeley Rep. Theater Berkeley, California
  • 2004: Parkway Theater, Oakland
  • 2004: IFP Los Angeles
  • 2004: Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles - Political Documentary Run
  • 2004: Reproductive Rights March in DC
  • 2004: Inclusion in "Best of Film Festival Shorts DVD"
  • 2003: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF200
  • 2003: Pacific Film Archive at UCBerkeley
  • 2003: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF Ten Year Anniversary
  • 2003: Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2003: Queen's Bench - San Francisco Women's Lawyers
  • 2002: Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Gala (600 attendees)
  • 2002: Headland Center for the Arts - Machine Time
  • 2002: NYU Film School Director's Series
  • 2001: San Francisco Opera House - Natural Connection
  • 2000: San Francisco Masonic Theater - Machine Time