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Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes Premieres on National Geographic Channels Network Asia
24 April 2018

Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes recently premiered in South East Asia on 18 April and in Taiwan and China on 22 April, coinciding with Earth Day. This one hour special is produced by NHNZ as a commission for National Geographic Channels Network Asia.

Featuring world famous actor Jackie Chan and multi-talented entrepreneur Arthur Huang, Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes is an inspirational environmental story with some of China’s most dramatic scenery as a backdrop. Arthur and Jackie are on a mission to show the world what the new face of recycling can look like with the help of their co-creation: Trashpresso. Trashpresso is a unique factory on wheels, which can turn waste plastic into multi-use tiles on-site – even at the top of the world – the Tibetan Plateau.

Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes focuses on motivating younger generations to change the way humanity approaches environmental challenges such as plastic waste. Under Jackie’s supervision, the local children revel in helping operate the Trashpresso, including sorting rubbish and adding plastic to this revolutionary machine.

“Jackie is genuinely passionate about environmental protection and together with Arthur’s practical expertise; innovative inventions like the Trashpresso are making a positive impact on remote communities. NHNZ is a company that has been telling environmental stories for the last 40 years and we also are genuinely committed to helping others make sustainable choices. We’re incredibly proud to be able to help tell Jackie and Arthur’s story for NGC,” says NHNZ Managing Director, Kyle Murdoch.

Filming took place in October and November, 2017. Producer David Hay was impressed by the spectacular locations and felt privileged to have the opportunity to work with Jackie Chan. “It was inspirational to see someone as famous as Jackie behave so humbly. Every time we were between takes he was picking up trash. A girl asked him for an autograph and as she walked away she was picking up trash. That’s the power of the influence he has.”

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41st Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced
from IWFF
April 2018

Congratulations to the IWFF 41 award winning films.

We are pleased to announce the Award Winners for the 2018 International Wildlife FIlm Festival. The 41st IWFF Awards took place on Friday, April 20th at the Montana Natural History Center.

Broadcast Feature Film

Law of the Lizard
Directed by Neil Losin and Nate Dappen, US

When scientists ask big questions about the rules of nature, they often seek out unlikely creatures to find the answers. In LAWS OF THE LIZARD, two filmmakers embark on a year-long adventure to reveal the surprising story of anoles, the most important lizards in the world!

Best Feature Conservation Film

The Last Rhino
Directed by Rowan Deacon, US

THE LAST RHINO introduces viewers to Sudan, the very last male Northern white rhinoceros. His harrowing journey is told through the international cast of characters who have been involved in Sudan’s life, from when he was snatched as a calf from his mother’s side in war-torn Central Africa, to his captivity as a prized exhibit in a cold, concrete zoo behind the Iron Curtain while poaching devastated his kind back home. Now 43 years old and half-blind, Sudan is living out his days under the 24-hour watch of an armed guard on a protective sanctuary in Kenya. Meanwhile, a team of scientists and experts led by Professor Thomas Hildebrandt from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research turn to technology in a race against time to save this majestic rhino subspecies whose origins date back at least five million years.

Best Short Conservation Film

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest
Directed by Colin Arisman, US

LAST STAND: THE VANISHING CARIBOU RAINFOREST is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem.

Best Environmental Films - a tie

Islands in Time
Directed by Paul Reddish, Austria

The richest seas in the world surround the islands that lie between Asia and Australia. The moon holds sway over these seas where fiddler crabs dance to the moon whilst bizarre fish run away from water, and even odder fish hide in trees. The power of the moon is still felt beyond the range of the tide. Manta rays and whale sharks feast on the plankton and mobula rays attack the millions of tiny fish that thrive in these rich tropical seas.

Queen without Land
Directed by Asgeir Helgestad, Norway

A beautiful film about a polar bear mother and her cubs living on the arctic islands of Svalbard. We follow Frost through five years and learn how she is affected by rising temperatures as ice disappears from her fjords.

Best Human Wildlife Interaction Film

Bears of Durango
Directed by Dusty Hulet, United States

Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists who study the effect of human urban development on bear behavior. "If we want our native biodiversity here, if we want these large carnivores to be back on our landscapes, ultimately we're going to have to figure out, how do we coexist? How do we share a single landscape?” — Heather Johnson, PhD, Lead Wildlife Researcher.

Best Independent Film

Bird of Prey
Directed by Eric Liner, United States

Wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig embarks on what could be the most challenging assignment of his career: to find and film the rarest eagle on the planet. BIRD OF PREY explores the vanishing world of the Great Philippine Eagle and acknowledges the people determined to save it.

Best Newcomer Film

Camera Trap
Directed by Marty O’Brien, Canada

In this half-hour documentary, aspiring wildlife photographer Peter Mather puts everything on the line in his quest to capture one photo that will tell the story of the Porcupine Caribou herd’s migration, one of the greatest land migrations on earth.

Best Short Film

A Film About Animals (for my children to watch when they are older)
Director Eric Daniel Metzgar, United States

This harrowing film follows a team of armed Cambodian government soldiers charged with investigating illegal wildlife trade and enforcing national policy prohibiting animals from being taken from the wild. The director chronicles the experience in a “filmed letter” to his children to hear for themselves when they’re old enough to understand it.

Best Student Film

THE FIREFOX GUARDIAN - A Conservation Love Story

Firefox Guardian
Director Gunjan Menon, India

In a small village in Nepal, a native woman steps up as an unconventional warrior to change the unfortunate fate of the red pandas in her community forest. This film takes you on a mesmerizing journey with the first female forest guardian through remote bamboo jungles, scaling the mighty Himalayan wilderness into the hidden world of red pandas.

Best Children's Film

Tipping Point
Directed by Dylan D’haeze Director in Attendance, United States

TIPPING POINT explains climate change from a kid’s perspective, and shows kids what they can do to help solve the problem. Dylan is a 14 year old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands in Washington who has gone on a quest to make environmental films for his peers to help save the planet.

Special Jury Prize

Sky Migrations
Directed by Charles Post, Forrest Woodward and Max Lowe, United States

Each fall our skies fill with the wings of raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

Best of Festival

The Hollow Heart
Directed by Barend van der Watt, South Africa
This is the incredible story of a tree that has been around for eight hundred years. It can withstand the harshest condition, and is more loved by insects, birds and animals than any other: the enormous baobab.

Founder's Award

Bob Landis

Huge congrats to all winners from, with a special mention to member Gunjan Menon! :)

International Wildlife Film Festival Award Show IWFF41

Watch the IWFF 41 Trailer!

IWFF 41 - Official Trailer


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Wildscreen Launches New Photography Panda Award!
By Wildscreen
18 April 2018

For the first time in Wildscreen's 36 year history, the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards, widely regarded as the most prestigious accolade in the wildlife film and TV genre, will recognise the craft of wildlife photography, with the introduction of the Wildscreen Photo Story Panda Award.

The award is being launched to further cement the conservation charity’s commitment to and belief in photography as a powerful and impactful tool for raising awareness about and protecting the natural world across society. It will celebrate and recognise the very best in photographic narrative, uniting it alongside the world’s very best natural world film talent.

Call for entries

Entrants have between the 18 April to 8 June 2018 to submit photo stories comprising of between six to ten images that have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus, with a clear and powerful narrative weaved between the images.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide, over 18 years. The judges will also be looking for exceptional emerging talent photographers, under the age of 30, which will be considered for an ‘Emerging Talent Photo Story Panda Award’.

Entries can be made via the online submission portal on the Wildscreen website, available at:

Find out more here:

Visit: ; find Wildscreen Fest on Facebook, follow @WildscreenFest on Twitter.

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The Japan Wildlife Film Festival 13th Edition Winners are...
From Japan Wildlife Film Festival
7th April 2018

The 13th Japan Wildlife Film Festival was held from the 2nd to 3rd of April 2018 in Tokyo Women’s Plaza. From 200 films 31 were nominated.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Winners!

These movies show the struggles in nature and the determination to survive that cannot be observed in everyday life. The emotions they make us feel transcend both borders and speech. All the lives on our Earth are intertwined, and we only have this one blue planet. If we can understand this connection, this will definitely give us strength to pave the way for a future shared by nature, wildlife and human beings. This film festival has been held every 2 years since 1993. This year commemorates the 13th biennial festival. We believe that it will be a chance to think about the future of our planet. We want to show our planet’s present condition to as many people as possible, with the hope of entrusting a beautiful world to the children who will bear this burden in the next generation.

The theme was “Life, emotion. Connection... " and the purpose of the festival is:

1. To show people the many shapes of “life” in order to secure a beautiful world for future generations.
2. To convey through images of nature and wildlife, the magnificence of our planet, and spread the awareness of the need to protect the environment.
3. To strengthen the ties between the three main World Wildlife Film Festivals (England’s Wild Screen, America’s Jackson Hole Wild Life Film Festival, Japan’s JWF), and to use films as a medium for education about the global environment.
4. To promote the protection and revitalization of the environment within global society through the collaboration between citizens, governments and corporations.

THE LAST PIG - Official Trailer

1. Grand Award – The Last Pig (Directed by Allison Argo, Piggy Films, USA)
The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. For over a decade, Bob Comis has provided a humane—even idyllic—life for the pigs he farms. But as he cares for the pigs, he develops a respect that begins to haunt him; weekly trips to the slaughterhouse become agonizing. With 250 pigs on the farm, Comis suddenly finds himself trapped in a life he can no longer live. Through this immersive and intimate journey, The Last Pig raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts that will haunt him forever.

2. Sheltered in Oak (Directed by Mehdi Noormohammadi, Hiro Film, Iran)

3. Best Animal Behavior – The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia (Ceylon Sights (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka)

scene from the film KINGFISHER - laying egg

4. Best Animal Behavior – Returning: Kingfisher (Cees van Kempen, Caroline Brett & Alan Miller, Ispida Wildlife Productions, The Netherlands/UK)

The Ispida Wildlife Productions team said "Winning the Best Animal Behaviour award for Returning: Kingfisher at the 13th Japan Wildlife Film Festival was an honour and welcome surprise. We are very proud of the film. The kingfisher is a familiar bird but very few people get to see its intimate life secrets. The hours of dedicated filming, research, observation and crafting paid off.  We learned things about these iridescent streaks of blue that cannot be found in books and were are able to show viewers some amazing behaviour. When the team loves their subject, film making is a joy."

5. Best Cinematography – Making an Ancient (Forest Science Vision Filmproduction, Austria)

6. Best Nature and People – Samadhi We Are (One Frama Film Int., Switzerland)

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7. Best Nature and People – India's Wandering Lions (Kosmik Global & Ammonite Films, India/UK)

8. Best Underwater – The Dark Side of the Ocean (WILD LOGIC, LLC, USA)

Sonic Sea — Trailer

9. Best Environmental – Sonic Sea (IFAW/NRDC/Discovery Channel, USA)

10. Best Educational – The Mystery of Bird Migration (ZDF, Germany)

11. Asia/Oceana – Black-necked Cranes (Shanghai Science & Techology Museum, China)

12. Best Newcomer – The little wood near where I live (Robert Henno, Belgium)

13. Best Newcomer – Flying Rainbow (Indian Wilderness, India)

14. Best Scientific – Superplants - How to Make Money By Saving The Environment (Florianfilm, Germany)

15. Best Series – Destination Wild: Europe Life Below Zero (Off The Fence, Netherlands/UK)

16. New Perspective – Behind the Cove (Yagi Film, Japan)

17. Best Wildlife Contribution – The Fabulous Story of Canelle the Chimp (ZED, France)

18. Best Short Documentary – A passion of gold and fire (PINS Sebastian, France)

19. Best Eco-system – Magical Moors (Nautilus, Germany)

David Attenborough’s Light on Earth

20. Best Presenter – David Attenborough's Light on Earth (A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films Production, Austria/UK) congratulates all of the winners, especially members highlighted with links!

NB. The 2017 festival was meant to be held in November last year, but due to construction work delays at the organisations new headquarters which included a mini theater, dates had to be changed to 2018. The next festival will be helpd in October 2019. 

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Science Media Awards Open for Entries & SMASH Dates Announced!
6 March 2018

Science Media Awards Open for Entries!

Enter over 20 categories that cover various science disciplines, types of programs and crafts. Preliminary judging is thorough, with finalists announced in early August. Winners will be celebrated September 27, at an Awards Gala in Boston during SMASH18..


Enter the 2018 Science Media Awards!

SMASH18 Dates Announced

Join Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH in Boston, September 25-27, 2018,for the Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub (SMASH), where more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape. Stay tuned in the coming months for information regarding programming and speakers!

Science Media Awards Preliminary Judging

Earn your pass to the Science Media Summit by watching Science Media Awards entries. Questions? Email


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The Pitching Session 2018 is hitting the next round!

On Friday, September 14th 2018 during the GREEN SCREEN International Wildlife Filmfestival, you have the chance to present new projects.

With leading professionals Annette Scheurich and Udo Zimmermann and a panel of editors and producers, ideas and concepts can be submitted until May 30th, 2018

To Participate, the following must be submitted:

1. An Exposé, not more than 2 pages. This should describe the project, time of filming, places and persons involved.
2. A brief curriculum vitae of the lecturer
3. An approximate short estimate or at least one budget presentation.
4. If available, a trailer or other material.

As the promotion of emerging talent in naturefilm has always been a concern of GREEN SCREEN, submissions by newcomers and ambitious young filmmakers are expressly encouraged.

A pre-selection panel will select 6 to 8 participants for the pitching session from the submitted projects by 1st August 2018

Contact for further information on how to submit.


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NHNZ Announces Production of 4K Natural History Docu-Soap, Orangutan Jungle School, Commissioned for Love Nature
2 April 2018

The 10-part docu-soap, filmed in Borneo, Indonesia, takes viewers inside the intimate and emotional journey of baby orangutans, and their caregivers, at the world's largest primate rescue and rehabilitation project managed by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).

Blue Ant International oversees licensing of Orangutan Jungle School and will feature the docu-soap at MIPTV 2018.

NHNZ, Blue Ant Media’s New Zealand-based factual television production house creating original content for global broadcasters, announced today that it is currently in production on a new HDR natural history docu-soap, Orangutan Jungle School (10x60’HDR). Commissioned for Love Nature, home to the largest 4K wildlife and nature library in the world, Orangutan Jungle School follows the hilarious antics, triumphs and tragedies of a group of orphaned orangutans as they progress through a unique forest school system. The series is filmed at Nyaru Menteng, in Borneo, Indonesia, where the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) manages the largest primate rescue and rehabilitation project in the world. Blue Ant International oversees the docu-soap’s licensing, which will be featured at MIPTV 2018.

Orangutan Jungle School introduces audiences to BOSF’s highly skilled team who rescues orangutans that have been displaced from their habitat because of forest destruction, separated from their mothers or kept illegally as pets, and teaches them the skills necessary to return to the wild. Once in the care of BOSF, they have the chance for a future of freedom – but the road back to the wild is long as they embark on the various stages of their education. The nursery, five stages of forest school and pre-release islands teach the orangutans essential lessons for survival. The charismatic and intelligent orangutans have distinct characters and viewers are guaranteed to become emotionally invested in their journey to freedom. The docu-series is an entertaining and fascinating insight into the world of orangutans, which will foster awareness for the plight of this endangered species and the fragile ecosystem in which these charismatic apes lead their lives.

Orangutan Jungle School - Sizzle

“The individual storylines and overarching narrative of this series is comparable to anyone’s favourite long-running drama soap. The scope of material for our production team is a banquet of delights including edge-of-seat drama, tear-jerking moments and plenty of comic relief. The orangutans themselves take over the script development and come up with stories we would never even think of,” said Judith Curran, Writer and Executive Producer.

“It is an exciting time for NHNZ to see the engaging and visually vibrant results of Orangutan Jungle School,” said Kyle Murdoch, Managing Director, NHNZ. “We are anticipating a very positive response from viewers. The series combines light-hearted fun with the jeopardy of a real-life conservation mission; it strikes a great balance.”

Orangutan Jungle School is emblematic of Love Nature's new commissioning strategy. The series delights with rich characters and entertaining storylines that have broad audience appeal," said Carlyn Staudt, EVP, Programming & Development, Love Nature. "Our viewers will be captivated by the stories captured at Nyaru Menteng, anchored by the credibility that the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation brings to this important docu-soap.”

In the jungle classroom, lessons range from cracking open a coconut to nest building, snake awareness and how to become an expert climber. The youngest students are less than one year old and the oldest are the equivalent of human teenagers. Adolescent and adult graduates wait their turn for wild release on special river islands.

The docu-series’ “cast” includes an all-star line-up of best mates, rivals and prima donnas, including:

  • Valentino: the class clown who BOSF carers hope will smarten up enough to graduate.
  • Mema: a picky eater who thinks snack time is gross.
  • Malika: the clumsy toddler who doesn’t know how to climb.
  • Big-bellied Beni: the glutton who has to go on a diet.
  • Kesi: the inspiring amputee victim whose hand was cut off by a machete as she clung to her mother’s back. Nothing stands in her way and she’s always at the top of her class, even in climbing!
  • Cinta: one of Jungle School’s cleverest, boldest and most resourceful students. She is full of surprises!

Orangutan Jungle School is created, executive produced and written by Judith Curran. Kyle Murdoch serves as Executive in Charge in Production and Anya Durling is Head of Development. Anna Sand is the Executive Producer for Blue Ant Media.

Wild Studios

NHNZ, based in Dunedin (New Zealand) with an office in Beijing, has been in operation for 40 years and is one of the largest and most respected natural history and factual production houses in the world. NHNZ’s storytelling prowess has been recognized with more than 300 international honours including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda. The production house’s highly anticipated blue chip series Big Pacific (5×60), co-produced with partners PBS, CCTV, ZDF Enterprises, Discovery International, Channel 9 and ARTE was met with critical acclaim. NHNZ’s roster of partners and buyers also include National Geographic Channels, Animal Planet and NHK. The company’s team is made up of over 100 highly-skilled filmmakers, craftspeople, media executives, researchers and a dedicated group of technicians. NHNZ is a Blue Ant Media production company.

Love Nature, a Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks joint venture, creates and distributes the largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content in the world. Love Nature brings audiences closer to the beauty and wonder of nature, sharing awe-inspiring stories and shining a light on the fight for survival in a changing world. With commercial-free linear and streaming video platforms and original content shot in the highest quality, Love Nature offers viewers exclusive content from around the globe. Love Nature is available via linear television internationally and streaming video in 65+ countries worldwide.

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A gentle giant: the whale shark with member Francisco Castro Velasco

In this video we go on the look for the world's largest fish: the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in the Sea of Cortez. Watching and swimming with them is a popular ectourism activity; but what do they eat? where do they go? how do the local people coexist with these giants by coast? Follow us and meet some amazing wildlife, along with the local experts that study and protect this species! Creators: Francisco Castro, Arturo Arreola

A gentle giant: the whale shark (part 1)



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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 - Call for Entries

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS – The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017 are open for entries. Find out more here:

With 15 separate categories covering all aspects of British Wildlife share your vision with us and compete for a chance to win a prestigious prize. The £20,000 prize fund includes £5,000 cash first prize and cameras from lead sponsor Canon.

Be featured in a touring exhibition and reach millions across the UK through a touring exhibition and a beautiful book.

Whether incredible behaviour, a characterful portrait, an atmospheric woodland scene, or the secret world that lives in the undergrowth we want to see your pictures and films.

Be part of a competition and community that is supported by the UK's major conservation charities and celebrates excellence in wildlife photography and film.

Be inspired by our recent FILM and PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS winners:

Last years winners:

Some 'Highly Commended' photo's from the 2017 competition on the left. More details here.

The competition is open until midnight 8th of June 2018.

The 2017 Wildlife in HD Video Winner

Caddisfly Larva by Liam Marsh from BWPAwards

Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2017:

BWPA Highlights from 2017 from BWPAwards.

Also see: BWPA 2017 Winners Announced!

See the Full Call For 2018 Entries Feature here..


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Ménigoute Festival 2018 Call For Entries

The 34th "International Festival of Ornithological Film" will take place from October 30th to November 4th 2018 in Ménigoute (Deux - Sèvres - FRANCE).

Ménigoute Festival’s main purpose is to inspire to the greatest public increased awareness of the need to conserve the natural environment. At the same time, it aims to encourage the documentaries’ production and broadcasting. About 40 ornithological and wildlife entries, French premieres, will be selected to be screened in competition during public performances.

Entries are free of fees.

Nine prizes, totalling about 16,930 €, will be awarded.

Register your film for the competition here:

Deadline for entries: July 1st 2018

Any film longer than 15 minutes will be entered in the category "long program" and all films less than 15 minutes in the category "short program". The rules and conditions of participation are identical for these two categories.

Many other activities are sheduled for the festival, including photographic exhibitions, conferences, art shows, guided visits to sites in the local area for their landscape and wildlife interest.



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2018 WFFR Flamingo Awards now open for entries

The fourth edition of The Netherlands’ main wildlife film festival is now open for entries! We invite wildlife and environmental filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate in our popular Flamingo Award Competition and get the opportunity to have your film screened for a large Dutch audience. The festival is held in several theaters in the exciting city center of Rotterdam from 24-28 October 2018.

WFFR screens movies with a central focus on the natural world, but also critical and informative documentaries on raising awareness, the environment and conservation. The competition is free of fees. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 1 May 2018.

In 2018 WFFR will recognise outstanding achievements in ten Flamingo Award categories. You can find the submission form HERE.

Each award winning film will receive their Flamingo Award during the award ceremony on Saturday 27 October 2018. WFFR invites the filmmaker to participate during this award ceremony and infamous Flamingo afterparty.


Tuesday 1 May 2018: Official submission deadline
Wednesday 1 August 2018: Announcement of the selected finalists and Flamingo Award nominees
Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 October 2018: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, held in one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities according to the Lonely Planet.

Filmmakers can choose to compete also in the following 7 categories:

  • WFFR Awareness Award
  • WFFR Conservation Award
  • WFFR Environmental Award
  • WFFR Children’s Award
  • WFFR Underwater Award
  • WFFR Virtual Reality Award
  • WFFR Newcomer Award

Any questions you can contact


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Super Early Bird Wildscreen Festival Passes - ON SALE NOW!

Buy your delegate pass before April the 30th and get 30% off a full price week pass... A £150 saving:

SPECIAL RATES: We want our festival to be as accessible and affordable as possible so we’ve introduced new weekly delegate pass types with up to 50% off for 2018.

Check out the Wildscreen Festival 2018 Trailer


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Call for Nature Film Entries for Sondrio Festival 2018

Film entries are open for: Sondrio Festival 2018 – International Documentary Film Festival on Parks (32nd edition, Sondrio, Italy, between 12 and 25 November 2018).

The Festival is open to film-makers of documentaries featuring naturalistic, ethnographic and managerial aspects of National Parks, Nature Reserves and other types of Protected Areas.

Films selected for the Festival will be considered for the First Prize “Town of Sondrio" (4,000 Euros), the “Stelvio National Park” Award (3,000 Euros) and, for films shot in the European Union, the “Lombardy Region” Award (3,000 Euros).

The Festival organization may create new categories out of competition for films that address environmental, agricultural and conservation issues, as well as sustainable development and human activities.

Films should be entered and sent not later than 18 May 2017. There is no entry fee.

The Festival is managed by ASSOMIDOP, an association comprising Sondrio Town Council, the Italian Alpine Club, the B.I.M. Consortium, the Stelvio National Park and Orobie Valtellinesi Nature Park.



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News from Darryl Saffer

Spring is here and there are several news items to report.

The lineup for the Sarasota Film Festival was announced today and Darryl's film Black Skimmers of Lido Beach will be shown on April 14th and Earth Day April 22nd. Skimmers have always nested along Florida's West Coast. There have always been challenges from storms and predators and some years have seen many of the eggs and chicks lost. But rising ocean levels are another matter.
Diane Cirksena, the narrator of the film, will be at the screenings, filling in for Darryl.

Black Skimmers of Lido Beach

Darryl in the meantime is frantically editing the Wild Orchid Man in the Devil's Realm in their new Colorado studio. Diane and Darryl needed a break from the congestion and construction in Florida. They have kept their house near Ringling College and will be returning to Sarasota periodically.

Stig has returned from Bhutan and will be speaking at the Sarasota Orchid Society on April 2 and the Englewood Area Orchid Society on April 9.

In other Wild Orchid Man news, Stig and Darryl are making preliminary arrangements to return to Western Australia to search for the Queen of Sheba orchid in September. Any contributions towards this expedition would be greatly appreciated! Exciting times!

Darryl Saffer
Studio Ray Productions

The award-winning Florida Field Journal

Brock Initiative


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'Artificial Reefs | A solution to overfishing in Madagascar' from Tom Nelson/This World Can

A short film about the role low-cost artificial reefs can play in addressing over-fishing, an issue that is heavily impacting traditional Vezo fishing communities in southwest Madagascar. Narrative by Bruno Keza Souvenir, President of FIMIHARA, the local fishermen's association of the Bay of Ranobe (Toliara) that is working in partnership with Reef Doctor to implement artificial reefs.

Artificial Reefs | A solution to overfishing in Madagascar

You can read more about this project on the Reef Doctor website:


Wild Pages


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Join NFTS for their Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA open day!

If you have a passion for wildlife filmmaking don't miss the National Film and Television School's Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA open day on the 23rd April - book now at

A unique course, the only one of its kind in the UK, designed to fast track you into the industry.

Top reasons to apply:

Exclusive scholarship available for this course with RSPB and other partners.* The course includes masterclasses from leading practitioners in industry, including from the world-renowned BBC NHU Students will gain the skills and expertise needed to direct science, natural history and wildlife productions and the know-how to produce entire shows. The course gives students the ability to generate science and natural history programme ideas and formats. Gain the confidence and know-how to pitch those ideas to commissioning editors. Graduate with brilliant list of industry contacts and relevant skills for building a sustainable career as a Producer/Director. Work experience at the UK’s major wildlife production companies.

'A new MA designed to bring on the next generation of natural-history programme makers' BBC Wildlife

'You are the future. It’s up to you to change things about the way you look at the natural world, using formats I haven’t dreamed about.' Sir David Attenborough, NFTS Masterclass 2017 (Picture: Sir David Attenborough with Science and Natural History Students)

Application Deadline: 03 May 2018 Visit:

Wildlife Winners and Losers - Brock Initiative


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Documenting a race against time for Africa’s elephants – from VMI

The fate of Africa’s elephants, under immediate threat from poaching and an irrevocably changing habitat, should concern us all but filmmaker Lizzie Daly is intent on making a difference.

The up and coming wildlife biologist and broadcaster, who has worked as a presenter on Cbeebies, CBBC, National Geographic and BBC Earth Unplugged, regularly makes her own films with the aim of inspiring more people to produce educational wildlife videos through online vlogging.

Her passion for highlighting the conflicting needs of wildlife and growing human populations is clear in her current project which documents the work of elephant conservation organisation Space For Giants.

While living and researching alongside rangers in Kenya’s Laikipia reserve, Daly is documenting efforts to protect the elephants by making an online series for the charity to help them expose the issues and develop their social media presence.

“I am producing a 10-part diary style online series showing what life is like in Kenya with elephants and people now living side by side due to a growing human population,” she explains. “Conflict between people and wildlife is at an all-time high. Elephants are trying to find food by crop raiding but in doing so they are destroying livelihoods. In an effort to save their crops people are doing all they can to get rid of the elephants but as a result, are being killed. On top of that elephants are being poached, poisoned and killed by humans.”

Daly is presenter, co-producer (alongside Space For Giants), filmmaker, editor and script writer for the whole series. She performed similar multiple roles last year in South America documenting the wildlife of Panama, filming crocodiles underwater in the Everglades and elephant seals, orcas and southern right whales in Patagonia.

On both occasions VMI sponsored her with a portable shoot package including Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 70-200mm zoom, a Canon 2x Extender and a GoPro Hero5.

“I wanted to produce a high quality film using professional equipment that was also fairly easy to carry as well as durable since I am out in the bush for extended periods of time,” she explains. “VMI provided it all for me, for which I am most grateful.”

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Why are Greenpeace in the Antarctic?

We are in the Antarctic. Sailing through the Antarctic Ocean building a case for the world’s largest protected area.

Why are we in the Antarctic

"The Antarctic: A Place for Penguins Not Industrial Fishing" by Chris Packham

Penguins have lived in the Antarctic for millions of years. They’re perfectly adapted for surviving conditions in one of the harshest environments on earth.

Emperor penguins’ agile flippers mean they almost fly underwater, swimming as deep as 500 metres beneath the icy Antarctic surface in search of food. With none of the alternatives open to other birds, Adelie penguins build their nests from stones, and the exchange of useful pebbles is central to their mating rituals. Gentoo penguins are so streamlined they can reach speeds of 22 miles per hour underwater, useful when your search for food might involve dodging deadly Leopard seals.

Penguins survive in the Antarctic because of krill. Krill are small crustaceans, pretty similar in appearance to shrimp. There are several different species – the ones that live in the Antarctic are the biggest, but they still only grow to be 6 cm long. They gather in huge swarms of millions of individuals, and they are central to all life in the Antarctic. Almost everything there eats krill – not just penguins, but Crabeater seals, Humpback whales, Black-browed albatross and more – and those that don’t eat krill probably eat something that does.

But Antarctic animals aren’t the only ones with an appetite for krill. Industrial fishing ships are hungry to expand their operations further, as revealed in a new report from Greenpeace, and hope to catch krill in previously untapped waters. It is processed and ends up as food for fish farms around the world, or is even sold as unnecessary ‘krill oil’ health supplements. The industry uses nets or even massive suction tubes to scoop up swarms of krill. And they’re taking it from exactly the places that penguins feed: I’ve led expeditions to the Antarctic and seen boats fishing just a mile or so from huge penguin colonies. The simple truth is that the science that these companies are using to justify their business is out of date. No one knows enough about krill populations, let alone about the local impacts of catching krill so close to areas of astonishing biodiversity. Also, any industrial fishing brings with it other threats. We’ve seen fishing accidents all over the world: oil spills, ships running aground, huge fires. Just one of these could have devastating results in such a remote and extreme environment.

This is why I am supporting Greenpeace’s campaign for Antarctic Ocean Sanctuaries. These huge areas would be off-limits to fishing ships, and would mean protection for places that are vital as foraging grounds for penguins and other wildlife.

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Keep Watching & Sharing Brock Initiative's Wildlife Winners & Losers Films ... Make a Difference!

As part of the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit, wildlife filmmaker Richard Brock has witnessed the changing threats to the natural world first hand. His credits include work on the landmark series Life on Earth and The Living Planet alongside David Attenborough. Richard says, “Some years ago when I was in the renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol I was getting more and more angry that some programmes were basically “lying”. I even said that to David Attenborough, perhaps not a great career move. But there was a definite reluctance to show much at all about what was really happening to the planet. In fact, any “gloom and doom” was rejected by the commissioners – in their apparent wisdom. Indeed, the series Blue Planet (One) was shown in full on BBC1 but the truth, in the last episode, was hidden away on BBC2. In the USA, where that last episode “Deep Trouble” was not shown at all, a potential donor to charity said he’d seen the series, as shown, with no problems visible in the oceans. Now, years later, David tells it as it really is – plastics and all. What a difference the truth makes.

He explains, “My series “Wildlife Winners and Losers” looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes – past, present and particularly the future. Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and the losers we might expect – and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. And you can help too… With films across over eighty subjects, we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!”

My Wildlife Winners and Losers series shows that films can be made – with basic footage filmed on any device – to help get the word out about conservation.

“There is still time to save the planet. My Wildlife Winners and Losers series is my contribution. Now it’s your turn. Watch these free films. Choose from these 80+ films of different lengths to inspire you to take action. They’re free to watch and share with as many people as possible. Use the Series to give you ammunition to help save the planet.”

Watch these here on our website or visit our YouTube

All this is free for use anywhere around the world in my attempt to help the planet and its wildlife.

The main idea is that social media will enable people to spread the word using these Wildlife Winners and Losers films as “ammunition” at a time when I believe they are particularly needed.

With so many, and such a variety, it is easy to put together a mix-and-match permutation, under various headings and many aspects of conservation e.g marine, plastics, Africa, tourism, wetlands, rainforests, big corporations, human conflict, etc. – how to turn losers into winners.

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Examples of huge corporations hit by bad publicity e.g. in Dubai, SeaWorld, Coca Cola, John Lewis, Unilever, Volkswagen, Shell. Every win for conservation adds to the power of film-makers in the future. If you would like to see more of this story please follow the link to watch the full film. Thank you RB Visit:

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