Awards at the Free Spirit Festival
Free Spirit Award was created in 2003 to honour and show appreciation for the works of artistes and individual supporters of Tibet working for the cause of Tibetan people in particular and world peace, social and environmental issues in general.
The tenth award in 2012 was presented to Loten Namling, for his "Coffin Campaign for Tibet" pilgrimage across Switzerland in May 2012.
The ninth award in 2011 was presented to Russel Norman, who openly supported the Tibetan people in their quest for freedom and democracy in Tibet.
The eighth award in 2010, presented to the person, has been withdrawn as unfortunately he did not live up to our expectations and standards.
The seventh award in 2009 was presented to Martin Jahnke, who hurled a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, shouting "Get out of Tibet!"
The sixth award in 2008 was presented to Martin Wyness, who set off a fire extinguisher as the Beijing Olympics 2008 torch was carried through West London; and to Jimmy Jump, who ran onto the pitch towards the end of the Euro 2008 semi-final in Basel, Switzerland, wearing a t-shirt saying "Tibet is not China".
The fifth award in 2007 was presented to Students for a Free Tibet, who unfurled a 450-square foot protest banner reading "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008" in English and Chinese from the top of the Great Wall of China on 7 August 2007.
The fourth award in 2006 was presented to Katie Mallin, Omi Hodwitz, and Kathy Ni Keefe, who scaled the façade of Beijing's Central Railway Station and unfurled a banner reading "China's Tibet Railway: Designed to Destroy" on 30 June 2006.
The third award in 2005 was presented to Han Shan and Liam Phelan, from the US and Australia respectively, for unfurling a protest banner that said: "No Olympics in China until Tibet is free" in Beijing on 31 August 2004.
The second award in 2004 was presented to Meghan Claire Howard, who greeted Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on 10 December 2003 with a Tibetan flag at his talk at Harvard Business School.
The first award was presented in 2003, to Richard Gere for his relentless and unmatched contributions towards the cause of Tibetan people, world peace, environmental issues and campaign against the spread of AIDS.
The recipients of the Tibetan Film Awards 2004 are: The Cup, directed by Jamyang Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche, as the Best Tibetan Feature Film Award; The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet, directed by Tenzin Sonam and Ritu Sarin, was adjudged the Best Tibetan Documentary Film; and Kundun, directed by Martin Scorsese, received the Best Foreign Film Award.
The three film awards were introduced in the Tibetan Film Festival which was held from 5 to 10 October 2004 in Dharamshala, India. The winners of the film awards were among 13 films screened during the Festival. The audience voted for the awards.
The idea of the festival is to promote Tibetan films and filmmakers and to encourage the up and coming Tibetan filmmakers.
There were two categories in the Film Festival. One was about films directed, produced and scripted by Tibetans. The second category was foreign films about freedom movements, social and global issues.
The Tibetan Music Awards are at MusicTibet.Com