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Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014 Winners Announced!
By Wildscreen
23rd October 2014

The Oscars of the natural history and wildlife film industry - the Wildscreen Panda Awards - were announced at a prestigious and glittering awards ceremony on Thurdsay 23rd of October 2014. The Panda Awards are the centrepiece of the Wildscreen Festival, and were presented by Monty Halls and Patrick Aryee.

This year, the WWF Golden Panda Award - which is given to the best overall production - was given to On a River in Ireland from Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland). The film also took home the Script Award and shared the Panasonic Cinematography Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award - which is given to an organisation or individual that has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and/or the public's understanding of the environment went to John Downer.

We hope you had a fantastic time at the Festival and look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

Wildscreen Award Winners Announced:

Terra Mater Factual Studios Theatrical - Chimpanzee
Disneynature - Silverback Films (United Kingdom)
Kenya Fixer: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

3D - Enchanted Kingdom
BBC Earth Films (United Kingdom)

Sound: Chris Watson Kenya Fixer: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders Camera: Jonathan Jones

Disneynature Innovation: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

NHK Science: Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Against All Odds: Legends of the Deep - Giant Squid
An NHK, NHK Enterprises and Discovery Channel co-production in association with ZDF and ARTE (Japan and USA)

Panasonic Cinematography: Shared between Chimpanzee and On a River in Ireland
Disneynature/Silverback Films - Camera: Martyn Colbeck & Bill Wallauer (United Kingdom) & Crossing the Line Productions - Camera: John Murray (Ireland)

Children's Choice Award: Deadly Pole to Pole to Arctic
CBBC BBC and BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)

Script: On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Script: Production Team

Discovery People and Nature: Bat Man of Mexico
Tom Mustill - Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

Read the interview with Tom Mustill - Director of The Bat Man of Mexico here!

ORF Universum Animal Behaviour - Chimpanzee
Disneynature - Silverback Films (United Kingdom)

Nat Geo WILD Popular Broadcast - Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
John Downer Productions (United Kingdom)

Icon Films Newcomer: Sirocco How A Dud Became A Stud
Ashwika Kapur – Centre for Science Communication (New Zealand)

Bundu Youth: Elephant Seals
Alex Jones/Wildlife Film Productions (USA)

BBC Earth New Media: Earth Unplugged Youtube Channel
BBC Earth (USA)

Campaign: Tools of the Trade
WildAid and Homestead (USA)

Environment & Conservation: Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater & ABC Australia (Australia)

Music: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)
Music: Ilan Eshkeri

Films@59 Sound: Hidden Kingdoms - Under Open Skies
BBC, Discovery Channel, RTL, France Televisions & CCTV9 (United Kingdom)
Sound: Tim Owens

Series: Hebrides - Islands on the Edge
Maramedia and Otter Films for BBC Scotland and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (United Kingdom)

Doghouse Editing: Leopards: 21st Century Cats Joint with Wild Canada
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom) - Editing: Rupert Troskie with Brian Leith Productions & River Road Films (Canada) - Editing: Matt Meech

Short: The Forgotten Home of Coffee
Kew Gardens & Lonelyleap (United Kingdom)

Presenter Led: Secrets of Bones
BBC & BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Ben Garrod

Special Jury Award: Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Best of Festival: On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)

The photographs of the 2014 Panda Awards Winners are now live and can be viewed on the Wildscreen Flickr. Also see photographs from the photo booth at Club Privé - Wildscreen Tuesday Night Party 2014 here!

More on the Wildscreen Festival website.

Wildlife-film.com winning members are listed in bold above... Congratulations to them all!!
NB. If we've missed out your part in any production, please let us know! :)

Read more and see the full list of winners here...

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JHWFF Science Media Awards 2014 Winners

More than 480 entries competed for 27 awards this year! 100+ preliminary judges screened 3,000+ hours to select the finalists. The 2014 Science Media Award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges preceding the three-day Science Media Symposium. We are thrilled to announce this year's 27 Science Media Award Winners!

2014 Grand Helix Award Winner: Particle Fever
PF Productions, LLC & Anthos Media, LLC
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14-193 Particle Fever Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Check out the list of finalists here...

View the full list of winners here: www.jhfestival.org/2014-finalist--winner-clips.html


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Bold New Creative Iinitiative Launched by Handcrafted Films with the Answer to ‘Who is Protecting our Forests?’

On the Eve of September's Climate Summit, a Film Exhibition was Launched to Address Critical Question: Who is Protecting Our Forests? The award-winning British Handcrafted Films team, brought to the corner of Lexington and 59th Street a world that could not be more different from the streets of Manhattan. Visitors to the storefront witnessed the setbacks and successes of indigenous and traditional peoples who live to protect the endangered tropical forests of the world, from Indonesia to Brazil and Nicaragua. Their stories were featured in the exhibition “If Not Us Then Who?” at the Roger Smith Hotel from 19 September through 24 September. Two short films were premiered and two new reports launched. Written by the Rights and Resources Initiative and Tebtebba, the reports unveiled new research on land rights, extractive industries and social conflict globally.

Read more here: www.ifnotusthenwho.me


If not us then who? from Handcrafted Films

Visit www.ifnotusthenwho.me & www.handcraftedfilms.net
Social media links: @ifnotus_thenwho, Facebook Page and Instagram

 

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The Environmental Investigation Agency – 30 game-changing years of exposing environmental crime and exploitation
By Paul Newman EIA
September 2014

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a campaigning organisation like no other, and September 17, 2014 marked 30 years of working on the front lines to expose environmental crime and exploitation.

It began with three young activists seeking to make a difference and has grown into unique, manoeuvrable and hugely effective organisation, driving changes in international law and putting the concept of organised transnational environmental crime onto political agendas around the world.

Carving out a solid reputation for investigations and campaigns, EIA works on a wide range of environmental crimes including illegal wildlife trade (tigers, elephants and cetaceans), illegal logging, hazardous waste and trade in climate- and ozone-altering chemicals.

EIA differs from other NGOs in its strong focus on environmental criminality, dispatching investigators to work undercover with hidden cameras, false-front companies and assumed identities, often in harrowing and potentially dangerous circumstances.

Its findings are shared with appropriate enforcement authorities for action, and used to highlight issues and bring pressure to bear on them.

“EIA has been the boots on the ground in this effort way before we came to the fight … in the environmental movement, EIA is the equivalent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove

“The reason for their success is not just the information gathered, it is the way they use it as a political lobbying tool. One of Britain’s most effective conservation groups” – BBC Wildlife Magazine

“EIA performs an extremely important role in investigating various abuses of the natural world. I believe it deserves support from anyone concerned about the future of the living world” – Sir Peter Scott, conservationist and WWF founder

As well as investigations and campaigns, EIA also shares its skills and donates equipment to individuals and groups around the world to help train effective local voices for change. EIA’s major successes in the past 30 years include:

  • playing a pivotal role in securing the worldwide ban on ivory trade in 1989; • dramatically reducing the international trade in wild caught birds;
  • exposing the largest rhino horn poaching operation in the world;
  • significantly reducing the demand for whale and dolphin meat in Japan and successfully campaigning for leading internet marketplaces Amazon, Google and Rakuten to stop selling such products;
  • highlighting the illegal trade in big cat skins and exposing the trans-Himalayan trafficking routes for big cat body parts;
  • contributing to the closure of 53 illegal mines in prime tiger habitat in India;
  • exposing rife elephant poaching in Tanzania and Zambia in 2010 and so directly defeating their bids to sell stockpiled ivory;
  • playing key roles in achieving the 2010’s European Union Timber Regulation and 2011’s historic Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Indonesia to help safeguard Indonesia’s forests.

EIA has an extensive archive of stills and footage from its 30 years of investigations, which can be made available to the Media on request. Please watch the following examples:

Visit: www.eia-international.org & facebook.com/environmentalinvestigationagency & @EIAinvestigator

EIA has one of the world's largest archive of footage devoted to the illegal trade in wildlife products and other environmentally damaging commodities. The collection is data-based and is available on a professional basis to journalists, publishers and programme-makers. All the funds raised from the sale of this archive help to fund future campaigns. The visual media you see on this website is indicative of what is available in the whole collection. Contact: communications@eia-international.org for further information or to find out about footage sales.


Balaenoptera Legacy - 30 Years On from EIA
A short film to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Environmental Investigation Agency
Shot on C100 graded with FilmConvert

Feature Page: www.wildlife-film.com/features/EIA-30-game-changing-years-of-exposing-environmental-crime-and-exploitation.html

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The 10th Annual Fall 2014 Film Series - An SOC Signature Series - Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer

  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 7 pm - Greenpeace Video: Brand jamming, mini films galore, and Postcards from Climate Change
    Melissa Thompson, Senior Video Producer for Greenpeace USA, describes how Greenpeace uses video (make it funny! make it sharable! tell a good story!). She will show lots of clips and discuss her best tips for getting videos out there to be seen by millions.
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 at 7 pm - Classroom in the Wild: Film Screening Followed by Q&A
    Come and hear first-hand accounts from students about their extraordinary experiences during Classroom in the Wild in the Chesapeake Bay and in Alaska. Professor Larry Engel, who led the summer Alaska course will attend, as will Lauren Demko who co-led the Chesapeake Bay course. In a presentation of photos and videos by the students themselves, you will learn more about these unique courses, as well as future opportunities to practice environmental filmmaking in Classroom in the Wild in 2015.

Free and Open to the Public - No Reservations Required: www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm

Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: www.american.edu/maps
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU
 
For more information, please contact: Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or palmer@american.edu

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Max Moller and The Platypus Journey!

A small segment of his latest documentary shot in RED Epic 5K. An extremely rare footage shot in super HD following a platypus walk between creeks in Tasmania. Shot in RED Epic.


The Platypus Journey from Black Devil Productions

Email: max@maxmoller.tv Website:www.maxmoller.tv or www.blackdevil.tv Catch him at Wildscreen!

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The Last Seahorse in Studland? from member Andy Jackson/Subsea TV

We went to Dorset to film seahorses in August. We were planning to tell their life cycle story: seahorse breeding time, courtship displays, and how male seahorses are the ones to give birth. Unfortunately, after many hours of searching, with the help of local experts, we found just one lonely seahorse: the only seahorse sighted in Studland this year. You may have seen this in the news a few weeks ago. We also found unrestricted anchoring and destructive mooring systems that tear up the eelgrass beds in the bay. So we made this film instead, because we believe there is a way to save the seahorses while still having fun on boats. It will take a bit of will - and a bit of money. Please share our film and help to give Studland's seahorses a voice and a chance. Sign up to support Studland being designated a Marine Conservation Zone here: action.wildlifetrusts.org


the last seahorse in studland? from Andy Jackson

Visit: www.subseatv.net

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition tour!

The BWPA touring exhibition is now in Gloucestershire! Catch the stunning 2014 collection at Nature in Art until the 16th November. For our full list of tour dates, visit the BWPA website:
www.bwpawards.org/c/galleries/exhibitions.

See the 2014 Winners Feature Page here!

The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014.

This superb collection of imagery showcases the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual competition celebrating the breathtaking diversity of the natural history of the British Isles. The photographs within the book demonstrate an extraordinary range of viewpoints and differing approaches. Every picture is accompanied by the photographer's personal account of the inspiration behind the image: wonderfully varied, amusing and illuminating stories that help bring us closer to the fascinating and often unseen world of nature. Also included are the photographer's notes, outlining their technique and the type of equipment used, making this an invaluable resource for anyone interested in improving their photography or investing in new equipment.The book is available here: www.amazon.co.uk

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American Conservation Film Festival News!

The schedule has been set, official versions of films have been arriving to our mailbox and programs are at the printers! We're looking forward to kicking off the 12th annual American Conservation Film Festival on Thursday, October 30th! The four day Festival will feature discussions with filmmakers, professional workshops, family programming, and social events — all with the mission of engaging, informing, and inspiring the audience through the power of film. This year’s Festival will present films with a wide range of environmental and conservation themes. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, ACFF will feature a block of awe-inspiring wilderness-themed films, including selections from the National Park Service series American Wilderness and the film Wrenched about iconoclastic conservationist Edward Abbey. Other highlights include a feature on Madagascar’s endangered lemurs, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar from David Douglas and Drew Fellman and narrated by Morgan Freeman. Read more here.

You can view a listing of our 2014 Films HERE and view our Film Schedule HERE.

Web: www.conservationfilm.org & facebook & @ConservationFF

Environmental Investigation Agency

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SeeSense prices held on their top selling HD camera modifications- "SupaMods"

SeeSense miniature cameras have seen use in a variety of Broadcast applications including: Sports Cameras - Goal Camera - Stadium View Camera - POV, etc, etc Entertainment - Hidden Camera - Special POV, etc, etc Natural History - Special POV, Kangaroo (JoeyCam), Underwater, etc, etc Studio - POV for Jewellery TV, Lottery, Live Internet Casino, etc, etc News - Commentary booth, Helicopter Reporter POV, etc, etc Events - POV crowd view for large screens, Concert and Public Speaking view, etc

Find out more here & visit: www.seesense.eu

Filmmakers For Conservation

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Big welcomes to our two new freelancer full members of September!

Olivier Nijs - A sound recordist with twenty years experience in capturing in and outdoor soundscapes.

Anna Kozlova - Enthusiastic, experienced diver and underwater videographer. With a background in science and additional education in cinematography.

There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing, Profile Page and additional benefits, become a full member: Wildlife-film.com/freelancers or Wildlife-film.com/companies

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See 'Kit For Sale' for items from members/subscribers!

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Since the late 1990s Wildlife-film.com has been the leading source of information for the wildlife filmmaking industry worldwide. For over twelve years the site has been Google's number one ranking site for 'wildlife film' and related searches. Our site is viewed in over 175 countries. Our newsletter, Wildlife Film News, is read every month by thousands of people involved in wildlife filmmaking - from broadcasters and producers, to cameramen - we encourage readers to submit their news. We also serve as an online resource for industry professionals and services. Find producers, editors, presenters and more in our Freelancer section, and find out about festivals, training and conservation in Organisations. We encourage amateur and professional freelancers to join our network and welcome all wildlife-film related organisations to join our team.


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