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Finding Yingying,” won a Chinese Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Documentary category. 2020

“Finding Yingying” won the Breakthrough Voice Jury Award. at SXSW. 2020

“Saving Mes Aynak” won Best Direction Award from the Buddha International Film Festival, held at the National Film Archive of India. 2017

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award of the Festival of Archaeological Films of Bidasoa. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award of the XVth Festival Icronos of Bordeaux. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the Grand Prize from AGON – the 10th International Meeting of Archaeological Film. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the Best Documentary Film at Life After Oil Film Festival, Sardinia, Italy. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” is the winner of Green Spark Award at the American Conservation Film Festival. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the 37th Telly Award and People’s Choice Telly Award in the Film/Video Documentary category. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” won Silver Plaque for the Best Documentary in the Arts & Humanities category in the Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards. 2016

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the Special Jury Mention at the Master of Arts Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. 2016

Brent Huffman was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation. 2016“Saving Mes Aynak” won Best Film One-Hour International Award at CinemAmbiente International Environmental Film Festival. Turin, Italy. 2015

“Saving Mes Aynak” won Grand Prize and Audience Award at Arkhaios Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Festival. South Carolina. 2015

“Saving Mes Aynak” won the Honorary International Documentary Film Award 2015 from the International Academic Forum and will be the “Featured Documentary” at the Forum and Media Asia 2015 Conference in Kobe, Japan. 2015.

“Saving Mes Aynak” was awarded the “Best Film” and “Best Educational Film” at the International Archaeology Film Festival in Oregon. 2015

“Saving Mes Aynak” is awarded Abu Rayhan Biruni Award, honoring the Best Film in the Archaeology, Architecture, History and Urban Planning section, at the Ahvaz International Science Film Festival in Iran. 2015.

“Saving Mes Aynak” is awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant 2014.


“The Colony” wins a Telly award and a Cine Golden Eagle 2012.

“The Women’s Kingdom” won the Best Documentary Short Award at the Fresno Film Festival 2009.

“A Lion in the House” won a Primetime Emmy in the nonfiction category. Brent E. Huffman was an editor and shooter on the four-hour-long documentary that follows five children as they fight cancer with the help of their families.

“Damming the Angry River” was a part of the Emmy Winning Season of Natural Heroes – the first national television series of independent films on the environment 2008.

“The Women’s Kingdom” won a Cine Golden Eagle in their 2007 competition.

“The Women’s Kingdom” won a College Academy Award at the 33rd Annual Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles 2007.

Other Awards and Honors:

International Documentary Association Award Nominee, 2006 for The Women’s Kingdom.

Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2006 for The Weight of the World.

Silver Medal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2006 for The Women’s Kingdom.

Grand Jury Special Award of Recognition by the Grand Jury of the Discovery Channel/American Film Institute’s SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival 2004 in Washington DC for my documentary about maximum security prison life called Welcome to Warren. Distributed by Films Media Group.

National College Emmy and Kodak Film Grant by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2005. For a long form television news story entitled What If… examining four minority perspectives in China, France, California, and South America.

International Documentary Association Award Nominee, 2006 for The Women’s Kingdom.

International Film Festival Award, 2005 for “Best Editing,” The Women’s Kingdom.

Foreign Press Association Scholarship, Foreign Press Association of New York for our international body of work.

KTVU-TV Award, University of California at Berkeley for The Women’s Kingdom.

Knight Foundation Grant, University of California at Berkeley for international China stories.

Good News Award, Sacramento Chapter of American Woman in Radio and Television for What If…

Willie Kee Scholarship, Bay Area Chapter of Asian American Journalists Association.

Frontline/World Journalism Fellowship, PBS for The Women’s Kingdom.

Peter Marino Award, SF/Northern California Chapter of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Simone Otis-Cox Reporting Grant, University of California at Berkeley.

Knight Journalism Reporting Fellowship for The Weight of the World, a documentary about the historic presidential elections in Afghanistan.

UC Berkeley Reporting Fellowship Graduate School of Journalism for The Weight of the World a documentary about the elections in Afghanistan.

Western Psychological Association honoree for Welcome to Warren.

Our documentaries have screened at:

Sundance Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

International Asian American Film Festival

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Hot Docs International Film Festival


the Chicago International Film Festival

Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival

Artivist Hollywood Film Festival

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

The Pacific Film Archive