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NaturVision Call For Entries 2022

Wildscreen Festival 2022

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The Abbeville Bird and Nature Film Competition is open!

The 2023 Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature Call for Film Entries IS NOW OPEN!

The Abbeville Bird and Nature Festival has been sharing the best birds, wildlife and environmental documentaries with its audience for over 30 years.

You can now submit your latest productions for the 2023 competition on our website or on FilmFreeway.

The Official Selection will be screened by the Jury and the public in several venues of the Bay of Somme during our 32nd edition from April 22nd to 30th, 2023.

Entries end November 6th, 2022

CATEGORIES

Professionals

Main film topic must be birds in their natural environment, wildlife, environment or nature generally speaking.

Feature films or commercials are not allowed. A film shot outdoors but which main theme isn’t one of the above won’t be selected. There's no duration limitation for professional films.

The Jury will award 5 Prizes totalling €12,000 including €4,000 for the Grand Prix.

Amateurs

This competition is also open to amateur wildlife filmmakers who do sound recording, shooting or editing as a hobby and on a non-profit basis. Amateur films must be of 3 to 13 minutes duration.

The public will vote for its fave amateur film. €2,000 will be offered to the Public Prize.

Competition rules here!

Enter here: festival-oiseau-nature.com/concours/en/film-competition

Photographers, ENTER OUR PHOTO COMPETITION!

Since 1991, our Festival has become one of the biggest bird photography competitions in Europe.

The Grand Prix will win €1,500 and 1st Prize in each category, €800. The Public Prize and the Prix du Public and the Young Talent will get €500.

An exhibition of the best pictures will be set up in Le Crotoy, Bay of Somme, during the 32nd edition of the Bird and Nature Festival, April 22- 30, 2023.

Find out more here: festival-oiseau-nature.com/concours/en/concours-photo-international
Closing December 1st, 2022 at 10 pm (Paris time)

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Official Awards of the 20th Matsalu Nature Film Festival
By Jason Peters
24th September 2022

The 20th Matsalu Nature Film Festival AKA Matsalu Loodusfilmide Festival was held in beautiful Lihula, Estonia from the 21st until the 25th of September, the Award Winners being announced on the evening of the 24th.

The Matsalu Nature Film Festival (MAFF) is an annual nature film event held in Estonia. It is named after the nearby Matsalu National Park, which is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Europe.

MAFF is organized by the Matsalu Nature Film Festival non-profit organization in cooperation with the Lääneranna municipal government. The festival promotes nature-oriented and sustainable ways of life and respect for the nature-connected traditions of indigenous people. It showcases a variety of new international documentaries about wildlife, conservation and the environment that inspire, inform and ignite change.

Traditionally, the festival features various art and nature photography exhibitions, photo presentations and meetings of both professional and amateur photographers. The program also includes screenings, activities and workshops for schoolchildren, roundtable discussions on different nature-related topics and other cultural events.

MAFF takes place in the tiny town of Lihula in Western Estonia. A selection of films are then shown all over Estonia.

There are two film categories at MAFF:

NATURE - documentaries that depict the natural world in its diversity.

MAN AND NATURE - documentaries that depict the relationship and balance between nature and humanity.

This year I was invited to be on the final jury for the festival (specifically the "nature" category) and I was happy to accept, and attend. It was a fantastic experience and my fellow jury members were a great bunch: maff.ee/en/film-program/jury

Houbara, an Iranian film about the poaching and trafficking of bustards came out top with two awards, including the Grand Prix, with Estonian film The Great Swamp coming in second with two awards.

The winners of the fesitval are:

Grand Prix

Houbara
Directors: Fathollah Amiri, Nima Asgari
Cinematographer: Nima Asgari
Editors: Mostafa Gandomkar, Sogol Moradi
Composer: Babak Mirzakhani
Producer: Mohammad Ala
Production Company: Wildlife Pictures Institute
Country: Iran

Houbara or Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueni) is one of the favorite birds among hunters and falconers in the Persian Gulf countries. Unfortunately in the last decades, bustard’s hunting and catching alive have caused a drastic reduction in its population and as a result, it is now considered one of the most vulnerable and endangered species in Iran and all over the world.


20. MAFF | Houbara - trailer

Jury comment: Iranian men in uniforms, chasing poor bedouin poachers with guns. Trapped birds sold to rich people in neighbouring countries. Women being kept out of sight and mentioned only once - as the presumed head of the criminal network. Houbara is an incredibly thought-provoking film. We were on the edge of our seats rooting for environmental workers to be able to put a stop to the awful persecution of this beautiful species. Making a detective-action nature film is a difficult task. Houbara definitely achieved it. The film is quite a journey, exciting and full of jeopardy, and involves passionate people. There’s human suffering on both sides, as the poachers feel the need to trap the birds due to poverty, and the wildlife protection unit despair at the treatment of the birds, and their endangerment. Wealthier Middle-Eastern countries are taking advantage of their poorer neighbors by exploiting their natural resources pretty much like the rest of us are doing with our planet’s resources and using them to our amusement without any regard to the consequences. This is a message that needs to be amplified, and that is what we hope this award will do.

Runners up: Waves beneath the Water and The Elephant and the Termite

Best Director (Nature)

Waves beneath the Water
Director: Arthur de Bruin
Production Company: Ispida Wildlife Productions

Country: Netherlands

The Netherlands and water, a country and an elemental force inextricably interwoven. The mills, pumping stations, polders and dykes are famous and magnets for tourists. The country is surrounded by water in a captivating landscape of ditches, canals, ponds, pools, lakes and rivers. As much as 16% of the country is fresh water and a third of the land lies below sea level. But... what do we actually know about the aquatic lives of the fresh water residents? In this blue chip film, we see protagonists that are hidden from us in our daily lives, because they live under water. The complexity, beauty and ingenuity of those below the water surface is fascinating. The diversity of species, sizes, behaviour, colours and shapes is enormous. This is a world that you think only exists on coral reefs, until you find a farm ditch and put your head underwater.


WAVES BENEATH THE WATER_TRAILER

Jury comment: A wonderful mix of wildlife stories expertly woven into the journey of a single eel, on her age-old journey from sea to freshwater domain and back, through man-made obstacles, one after another. The director clearly had passion and vision for this film. His expert understandings in the stories told in this film are evident throughout. The cinematography would’ve been hard to capture in these underwater river habitats but the story flow is clean and told with fantastically clear underwater sequences, including a perfectly realised moment when the young eel bumps into a concrete wall. Along with the story of the struggles faced by the eel, there are strong, albeit very subtle, environmental messages expertly woven throughout the film. From people using water as a playground against a struggle for survival beneath the waves, to an image of fishing dropped in, a dog upsetting coots during playtime. Subtle but stark references. Those along with mentions of invasives. All tied together by excellent narration, which was funny in places, and a well put together soundtrack. Unobtrusive music, woven in with appropriate natural sounds, carrying the film along at the right pace. All in all a stunning film, from start to finish, born out of passion, and it showed!

Runners up: The Elephant and the Termite and Bee Wild!

Best Director (Man and Nature)

Houbara
Directors: Fathollah Amiri, Nima Asgari
Production Company: Wildlife Pictures Institute
Country: Iran

Jury comment: It is not a beautiful film featuring charming wildlife stories - but it is one that inevitably needed to be made. It is not the easiest thing to make an investigative film in Iran anyway. The more important is the fact that such a film is made and that it has made it here to our audiences. The film does not provide us with conclusions, but leaves us with a heap of difficult, unanswered questions. What will happen to the houbaras that were confiscated from the smugglers? Will they manage to survive? What about the arrested poachers and their families? How could we possibly get the information about the range of devastation through to the rich people who buy these delicate birds in order to have them torn into pieces by (also imprisoned) falcons? When we buy petrol for our cars here, are we possibly also part of this miserable network of exploitation?

Runners up: Life of a Mutt and Pleistocene Park

Best Cinematography (Nature)

Bee Wild!
Director: Jan Haft
Cinematography: Kay Ziesenhenne, Alexandra Sailer, Jonas Blaha, Jonathan Wirth, Steffen Sailer, Jan Haft Production Company: nautilusfilm GmbH for doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm
Country: Germany

They’re some of our most effective pollinators. Living in bright wooden huts, producing honey and wax. Busy, beneficial and closely tied to human needs. But how do bees live in the wild? And why did they disappear from our forests? This film portrays the wild life of the honey bee in our forests and it shows the important role of this creature in nature.


20. MAFF | BEE WILD! - trailer

Jury comment: There were many films that had great cinematography in the competition this year and so this was a difficult call. Bee Wild! pipped the others to the post however, due to its great variety of shots, including wide, expansive shots, intimate nest cameras, all the way down to perfect, immersive macro. And other techniques. ... use of tracking, slow-mo, timelapse, aerials, thermal etc all working harmoniously together. All telling the story of where wild honey bees once were, and that maybe they will come back. If their challenges can be overcome.

Runners up: Waves beneath the Water and The Elephant and the Termite

Best Cinematography (Man and Nature)

The Great Swamp
Director/Cinematographer: Remek Meel
Production Company: Vesilind
Country: Estonia

Vello moved to the farthest swamp island of Emajõe-Suursoo 30 years ago. He left his previous labor life and the city to live in harmony with the mother of nature. There is still such a nature in Emajõe-Suursoo that is vanishing from the rest of the world. The vast delta allows the species to live on its own, without much human intervention, even though man has been seeking refuge and food supplements in the swamp for thousands of years. Vello makes a living from beekeeping and hunting, his life flows in the rhythm of nature.


THE GREAT SWAMP

Jury comment: Great film that conveys the idea that we all belong to nature. The intimate and sensitive story also determined its visual style - no tricks or effects - that facilitated the core idea to shine through. Primeval nature and human nature in all their full beauty and toughness are effectively conveyed to the viewer.

Runners up: Beyond the White and Lagunaria

Best Editing (Nature)

The Elephant and the Termite
Directors: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone
Editors: Victoria Stone and Sophia Evans
Production Company: Deeble & Stone
Country: United Kingdom

Together, elephants and termites create waterholes. This is the remarkable story of the relationship between Africa’s largest and smallest and the unique biodiversity that they support. It is the story of a seasonal African waterhole in southern Kenya - an extraordinary web of interdependency and the circle of life as never seen before. All from the perspective of a cast of animal characters that live at elephant toe-nail height. It is the intriguing story of their struggle to survive and raise families before their world turns to dust.


20. MAFF | The Elephant & the Termite - trailer

Jury comment: This film is an hugely impressive one. It is beautifully shot, of course, with so many brilliant wildlife moments, like the “pinball dung beetle” and an exquisite moment when a chameleon drinks a dew drop, all expertly captured but what we found was the most standout thing about the film was how these wonderfully diverse wildlife sequences were perfectly knitted together as the bigger story of elephant and termite unfolded. The great cinematography and myriad of stories covered here wouldn’t’ve been nearly as well realised, as emotional, or funny even had the editor not had an in-depth knowledge of all the species, their stories and how they are so intimately connected to the bigger picture/place ... Essentially, the film feels natural, well-paced, immersive, the stories expertly and wonderfully cut together, creating a web of life that seems whole. Feels right.

Runners up: Hippo King and Superbirds - The Secret Life Of Tits

Best Editing (Man and Nature)

Life of a Mutt
Director: Tanja Brzakovic
Editors: Jelena Bosanac, Srdjan Mitrovic, Branka Pavovic, Irena Domazetovic, Mina Nenadovic
Production Company: Talas Film
Country: Serbia

“Life of a mutt” tells true, intimate and authentic stories from the perspective of stray dogs. Combining documentary material with hand drawn animation and voice over, we are crossing between genres and forms of documentary, fiction and animation, giving our silent heroes a voice. The inspiration comes from ancient Indian, Russian, and British stories. Combining seven destinies/scenes in one life story- from birth to a birth again, we witness their dignifying fight for survival.


20. MAFF | Life of a Mutt - trailer

Jury comment: An emotional film that challenges the definition of nature and human-animal co-dependence. Combining candid documentary material with playful hand-drawn animation and voiceover, the film crosses between genres, resulting in a kaleidoscopic story that is neatly pieced together. The film gives stray dogs a voice that so closely resonates with our deepest existential questions. Lost between urban and rural abandoned spaces, where they are close to humans, but far enough not to annoy them, the dogs in this film act out a dignifying fight for survival and belonging.

Runners up: Chickens virus and us and Houbara

Special Jury Prize (Nature)

The Door was Open
Director: Olivier Marin
Cinematography: Malia Chaton
Editing: Léonie Hébrard
Composer: Simon K Blonde
Producer: Léonie Hébrard
Production Company: Les Amis de l'IFFCAM
Country: France

Places evolve endlessly. They are alternatively lairs, shelters, factories or homes. In this man-made environment, abandoned and left on its own, from now on one can hear birds whistling.


La Porte Était Ouverte - Bande-annonce

Jury comment: This film was immediately recognised as a standout film. It was a very interesting look at how wildlife can embrace man-made landscapes as their home, but they are not safe even there. So it is like a double loss, first being pushed out of their natural habitat to make room for an artificial landscape, and then when humans desert it, the wildlife comes back and adjusts to the change, but then humans interfere again, tearing it all down, so the cycle has to start over. We loved the mix of animation, showing the ghostly past, mixed with minimal but powerful snippets of narration, but the story largely carried forward by the images, telling their own story, helped in no small amount by subtle, appropriate music and natural sounds. We all strongly felt that this film deserved to be recognised as a wonderful, well done and refreshingly unique film.

Special Jury Prize (Man and Nature)

Neighborhood of Infinity
Director/Cinematography/Editing: Mark Aitken
Production Company: Tacit
Country: Spain

Birds colonise an urban neighbourhood. People rediscover vital animal instincts. Together they show how confinement might be the ultimate measure of freedom.


NEIGHBOURHOOD OF INFINITY - 1 MIN TRAILER

Jury comment: The best corona-time film. Featuring bird and human behavior. A meditative film that directs the attention of the viewer to minute details of our daily lives that can save one from isolation-induced insanity. Watching wildlife is like watching ourselves.

Special Mention (Nature)

Raccoons, Survival Warriors
Writer/Director: Emma Baus
Cinematography: David Wright, Edmond Carrere
Editing: Rémi Dumas
Composer: Arthur B. Gillette, Jennifer E. Hutt
Producer: Sylvie Randonneix
Production Company: Nord-Ouest Documentaires
Country: France

While all over the world many species are under threat, raccoons are experiencing unprecedented expansion. Behind their innocent and cute look, hides an outstanding survivor's temperament, capable of anything to feed and defend themselves. Omnivorous, curious, intelligent, and super-adaptable, raccoons turn out to be really good at overcoming every challenge they are confronted with. But how did these crafty critters manage to survivre in both the wild and urban environment? What make them so smart? And how did they flourish so quickly throughout the world? Over the course of a summer, this film follows a litter of young raccoons from birth to adulthood, on the wild island of Georgia, USA. Close-ups, subjective camera and underwater footage take us as close as possible to these pint-size creatures to reveal how they have become such amazingly adaptable animals.


Racoons, survival warriors

Jury comment: We thought that this film was charming from the off. The “masked bandit” is a far more interesting and complex animal than might first be thought. With her intimate portrait of a raccoon family Emma Baus impressively manages to convey the world of this survivalist to a broad audience. The film puts you firmly on the side of the featured racoons, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life, and other species, and could well do much for the pest-like reputation of these adorable-looking mammals, egg-farmers aside! Well, in North America anyway, where they are not an invasive species!

Special Mention (Man and Nature)

About the Forest
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Peter Magnusson
Composer: Roll the Dice
Producer: Ewa Cederstam
Production Company: Helion Film AB
Country: Sweden

Sweden has transformed more than 90% of its primeval forests and wilderness into tree plantations, and now the felling of the last stands of unprotected old-growth forests continues. How can we use the forest without consuming it?


20. MAFF | About the Forest - trailer

Jury comment: This is a film on a topic that is also very current here in Estonia, where the situation is the same as the one featured in the film "About the Forest". The faults of global industrial forestry and timber processing manifest themselves in a similar manner throughout the world. Suffering is left to the locals - forest ecosystems, animals that depend on them, humans included, not to mention seemingly less charismatic species such as mushrooms in the soil.

Tartu Nature House Special Prize

Superbirds - The Secret Life Of Tits
Directors: Yann Sochaczewski, Marlen Hundertmark
Cinematographers: Marlen Hundertmark, Yann Sochaczewski, Pavel Grekov, Boas Schwarz, Mirco Tribanek, Atte Henrikson & Max Kujala, Werner & Cissy Maritz, Mark Emery, Benoît Demarle
Editor: Mirco Tribanek
Composer: Oliver Heuss
Producer: Yann Sochaczewski
Production Company: Altay Film
Country: Germany

Tits are intelligent, adaptable and sometimes cheeky. They are among our best-known and most popular domestic birds. Whether in the garden, in the forest or in the city, they can be found everywhere, chirping their song from the trees. We seem to know them very well – and can’t imagine a world without tits. But what do we really know about these common birds? Much of their life remains hidden from us. Do they have everyday problems, neighborhood disputes and jealousy dramas? It's time we take a closer look at the lives of our feathered friends, because no two tits are alike!


20. MAFF | Superbirds - The Secret Life Of Tits - trailer

Estonian Fund for Nature Special Prize

Duty of Care - The Climate Trials
Director: Nic Balthazar
Cinematographers: Pascal Poissonier, Ben Steensels, Arne Focketyn, Ant Leake, Kevin Raichl, Ingeborg Janssen, Haider Ali, Kenneth Machiels
Editors: Arne Focketeyn, Pascal Poissonier, Rob Cuypers
Producers: Nic Balthazar & Sarah Tak
Production Company: Wisteria
Country: Belgium

"Duty of Care - The Climate Trials" is the inside story of Roger Cox, the lawyer who initiated ground-breaking legal actions against the Dutch government and oil giant Shell. The result: two landmark rulings that sent shockwaves through political offices and corporate boardrooms around the world, and led to a wave of international climate cases. This is a character-driven journey through the highs and lows of his trials, featuring a cast of creative lawyers, activists, and ordinary citizens pursuing what they see as the legal showdown of the century. Their story is set against interviews with world-leading experts on the principles of justice that can be applied to the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.


DUTY OF CARE, The Climate Trials. A Nic Balthazar film.

Matsalu National Park Special Prizes

Kingdom of Fish Ep 1 - The River
Director: Björn Tjärnberg
Cinematographers: Martin Falklind, Johan Falklind, Anders Lamberg, Rita Strand, Atte Henriksson, Max Kujala, Björn Tjärnberg, Linn Marnfeldt, Rebecca Brander, Hans Berggren, Espen Rekdal, Rolf Nylinder, Tobias Dahlin
Editors: Björn Tjärnberg, Afshin Tahmoury, Johan Falklind
Composers: Jan Lekemark, Mazdak Khosravi
Producer: Maria Ålander
Production Company: ECOFILM AB & SVERIGES TELEVISION AB
Country: Sweden

Let’s travel through Sweden under water! Our journey starts in cold mountain creeks meandering through the breathtaking arctic landscape. The creeks gradually form large rivers as they flow toward the sea. Here we find the arctic char, trout, grayling and – king of the river – the salmon. All graceful species of salmonoid fish dependent on free-flowing rapids and clear, oxygenated water. But something has happened. Our Swedish rivers are no longer moving forward… Hydropower plants are everywhere, producing fossil-free energy. But what happens to our ecosystems when the river’s energy is captured and transferred to power cables?

Kingdom of Fish Ep 2 - The Lake

Swedes love their lakes, and have hundreds of thousands to choose from for relaxation. But few people have visited below the surface. Here the voracious pike rules the ecosystem. The fastest predator of the north, it attacks at the speed of a cheetah. Lakes are merely places where water rests for while, during its endless cycle. Treating lakes as separate units has led to a disconnection. The threatened European eel, once ubiquitous in inland Sweden, can no longer reach its feeding grounds in the lakes. Nor can it escape the lakes and reach the Sargasso sea to spawn.

Kingdom of Fish Ep 3 - The Sea

Sweden’s coastline is as long as the the globe is round. The Baltic and the North Sea once teemed with cod, haddock, herring, shellfish, flat fish, mackerel and eel. But today most of the seas have been fished out. The scarcity of predatory fish has destroyed marine ecosystems. The question asked in this film is how a rich and orderly country like Sweden can allow this to happen. But there’s hope. You’ll be surprised by the many odd inhabitants still down there. And did you know that 300-kilo bluefin tunas have made their comeback in Swedish seas?


20. MAFF | Kingdom of Fish - trailer

NGO Mondo Special Prize

Shepherds of the Earth
Director: Iiris Härmä
Cinematograper: Visa Koiso-Kanttila
Editor: Matti Näränen
Composer: Per Störby Jutbring
Producer: Visa Koiso-Kanttila
Production Company: Guerilla Films
Country: Finland

The story of the film takes place in Turkana, Kenya. This unique place is also known as the Cradle of Humankind where the discoveries of prehistorical human origins are made. The area is nowadays inhabited by the indigenous pastoral tribe called Daasanach. Our main character Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Spanish ethnobiologist arrive to Turkana to study the relationship between humans and nature. He becomes friends with a tribe member Job Nasak, who guides him into the daily life of the village. Alvaro gets impressed by traditional fables and animal stories of the tribe and he is asked to collect them for the first ever Daasanach language story book. The stories paint a picture of vivid nature and a rich wildlife. But while exploring the national park Alvaro discovers dry and bare landscape with hardly any animals left. So starts a fascinating story from the Cradle of Humankind, a story of the nomadic people’s struggle to survive, of poaching, nature reserve rangers, tribal wars over scarce resources and prehistoric fossils. The two worlds of biologists and the tribe members collide revealing the values of wildlife and nature for both.


SHEPHERDS OF THE EARTH -trailer

Estonian Ministry of Environment Special Prize

The Great Swamp
Director/Cinematographer: Remek Meel
Editors: Lauri Laasik, Mirjam Jegorov, Remek Meel, Riho Västrik
Composer: Lauri Õunapuu
Producer: Riho Västrik
Production Company: Vesilind
Country: Estonia

Congratulations to all finalists and winners of the 20th Matsalu Nature Film Festival!!

This was my first time at MAFF and I can honestly say that it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to. Really well organised, incredibly friendly and in an extremely beautiful place! I can't recommend it enough. Enter your films next year and go if in any way possible ... You won't regret it!! :) JP

Thanks so much to the organisers, especially Heli Tetlov, Silvia Lotman and Mart Valner, my fellow jury members Roman Droux, Sven Zacek (Nature Category) and Marina-Evelina Cracana, Madis Reimund, Kadri Tüür (Man and Nature Category) and all the contributers, film, photo and otherwise ... All in all, a brilliant festival of nature!!


Matsalu loodusfilmide festival – Playlist

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How to Speak Whale - A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication by Tom Mustill OUT NOW
By Jason Peters
15th September 2022

A thrilling investigation into the pioneering world of animal communication, where big data and artificial intelligence are changing our relationship with animals forever.

How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication - by Tom Mustill

In 2015, wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill was whale watching when a humpback breached onto his kayak and nearly killed him.

Remember this?


Humpback Whale Breaches on Top of Kayakers

After a video clip of the event went viral, Tom found himself inundated with theories about what happened. He became obsessed with trying to find out what the whale had been thinking and sometimes wished he could just ask it. In the process of making a film about his experience, he discovered that might not be such a crazy idea.

How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication - by Tom Mustill

This is a story about the pioneers in a new age of discovery, whose cutting-edge developments in natural science and technology are taking us to the brink of decoding animal communication - and whales, with their giant mammalian brains and sophisticated vocalisations, offer one of the most realistic opportunities for us to do so. Using 'underwater ears,' robotic fish, big data and machine intelligence, leading scientists and tech-entrepreneurs across the world are working to turn the fantasy of Dr Dolittle into a reality, upending much of what we know about these mysterious creatures. But what would it mean if we were to make contact? And with climate change threatening ever more species with extinction, would doing so alter our approach to the natural world?

Enormously original and hugely entertaining, How to Speak Whale is an unforgettable look at how close we truly are to communicating with another species - and how doing so might change our world beyond recognition.


About "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication" in 60 seconds!

"We all wish we could communicate with animals right? It might simply be with a companion animal, a domesticated animal or it might be with something wild, a whale even. Some of us will believe that we already communicate with animals in all sorts of ways but to have a proper conversation with an animal, find out what it thinks of the impact that humans are making on the planet, the natural world, well that is just a dream, surely? Tom’s book, How to Speak Whale, may have been prompted by a very close call with a breaching humpback whale, but the journey it set him off on is fascinating as he brilliantly navigates all of the current science on animal communication, showcasing whale song and what it could all mean … The prescient question might be whether or not we have the capacity to comprehend it. Tom’s enthusiasm for the subject along with his warm delivery makes for a very charming but also important book. I can't recommend it enough." Jason Peters

Available from Bookdepository.com with FREE delivery worldwide.

We can seriously recommend the Audio Book, beautifully recorded by Tom himself, with extra whale/wildlife sounds included … most excellent for a book on animal communication!!

‘Fascinating’ Greta Thunberg
‘Enthralling’ George Monbiot
‘Brilliant’ Philip Hoare
'Extraordinary’ Christiana Figueres
'Riveting' Sy Montgomery

Also: Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com

How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication - by Tom Mustill


See the Full Feature here ...

Also read - Tom Mustill's Humpback Whales - A Detective Story – Wildlife film-maker Tom Mustill was almost killed by a Humpback Whale while kayaking in California. Now he turns detective to try to find the whale and discover what it was doing.

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Jackson Wild Announces Winners of 2022 Media Awards and Special Jury
From Jackson Wild
29th September 2022

Jackson Wild has announced the winners of the 2022 Jackson Wild Media Awards and Special Jury. Considered the highest bar of achievement in natural history filmmaking, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science, and conservation storytelling.

This year’s competition saw over 600 film entries from 26 different countries, competing for 24 content, craft, program and special jury awards, as well as the Grand Teton Award, recognizing the overall best film in competition.

“Personal, innovative, and purpose-driven global stories inspire a deep connection to the species and places that surround us. Equally important, they amplify the urgency of our need to restore and protect our planet while the opportunity still exists,” said Executive Director of Jackson Wild, Lisa Samford.

Winners were announced at the Grand Teton Awards Gala during the Jackson Wild Summit in Burgenland, Austria. For more information, visit www.jacksonwild.org.


2022 Jackson Wild Media Awards Finalist Trailer

2022 Jackson Wild Media Awards Winners:

Jackson Wild 2022 Winners Announced!

Grand Teton Award
Sponsored by Land Burgenland

The Territory
National Geographic Documentary Films, Protozoa Pictures, Passion Pictures, Real Lava, Documist and Associação Jupaú. In association with Time Studios, XTR Doc Society Climate Story Fund

CONTENT CATEGORIES

Animal Behavior Film

Awarded to the film that most effectively examines animal behavior in an innovative and illuminating way.

Long Form – Sponsored by Love Nature

Titans of the Sea: A Family Affair

Les Films en Vrac, Label Bleu Production, in association with France Télévisions. International distribution: KWANZA

Short Form – Sponsored by National Geographic Content

How Sperm Whales Learned to Outsmart their Hunters

Terra Mater Studios GmbH

Ecosystem

Awarded to the film that most effectively explores a habitat and the interconnectivity of its unique ecosystem.

Long Form – Sponsored by Nationalpark Neusiedlersee - Seewinkel

Path of the Panther

Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath & Common Pictures

Short Form – Sponsored by ORF Universum

Eco-Hack!

Speculative Films

Conservation

Awarded to the film that most effectively relates conservation issues and/or solutions and the individuals, groups or projects dedicated to the protection of a species, ecosystem, resource or any other aspect of the natural world.

Long Form – Sponsored by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

The Territory

National Geographic Documentary Films, Protozoa Pictures, Passion Pictures, Real Lava, Documist and Associação Jupaú. In association with Time Studios, XTR Doc Society Climate Story Fund

Short Form – Sponsored by Global Conservation

sym-bee-o-sis

A Day’s Edge Productions and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios production

Changing Planet

Awarded to the film that most effectively illuminates the forces affecting both our planet in the face of catastrophic climate change and biodiversity collapse, including social and environmental issues, equity and justice, public policy, community conservation and sustainability.

Long Form – Sponsored by Marco Polo Film AG

Into The Ice

Hansen Og Pedersen, Kloos & Co. Nort

Short Form – Sponsored by Land Burgenland

Adaptation: Coral Reefs of Vanuatu

Terra Carrère, PBS, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), The Front

Human Planet

Awarded to the film that best encompasses the role of humanity as an interdependent part of nature, and how our relationship with nature is critical to our spiritual, social, cultural and personal identity as well as our health and prosperity.

Long Form – Sponsored by GBH

The Green Planet: Human Worlds

BBC Studios production for BBC, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions & The Open University

Short Form – Sponsored by EcoAlf

Kumu Niu

QuickActCasual Productions for The National Association of State Foresters

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Breakthrough FilmSponsored by PBS

For outstanding achievement in nature related filmmaking in the face of adversity or limitations. Prioritizing films that are non-commissioned and not currently in commercial distribution, judging will be based on ingenuity, imagination, passion, and overall quality of the work. There is no fee for entry but along with the film, entrants must submit an essay (500 words or less) detailing the experiences confronted during the creation of the film including but not limited to: budgetary restraints, traditional, political, or cultural barriers, physical, technological and regional limitations. etc.

Exposure

PowderKeg Studios and Blumhouse in association with The Redford Center and Fieldhouse Productions

Limited SeriesSponsored by Doclights

Awarded to the limited series that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Individual episodes may be entered into other categories. Entrants submit two episodes that best represent the series.

The Green Planet

BBC Studios production for BBC, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions & The Open University

Global Voices Sponsored by African Wildlife Foundation

For excellence in wildlife, conservation, science, social or cultural storytelling from less represented geographical and cultural perspectives. Prioritizing productions led by media makers in non-Western regions including but not limited to Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, Micronesia and Indigenous communities around the world.

Planting Coral Forests

Vivid Features Ltd, WildlifeDirect

On-screen Personality Sponsored by National Geographic Society

Awarded to the host, presenter, onscreen investigative journalist or collection of expert onscreen commentators that best engage the viewer while communicating the knowledge, message, mission and spirit of a film related to our natural world. Judging will be based not only on excellence and clarity in communication but also on tenacity, originality and ability to engage with new audiences.

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

A production of Passion Planet, The WNET Group, and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films, featuring Martin Dohrn

Micro-Movie Sponsored by Waterbear

Awarded to the most effective and compelling film under five minutes in runtime that best advances an understanding or appreciation of the natural world.

Deep Look: Barnacles Go To Unbelievable Lengths To Hook Up

KQED, PBS Digital Studios

FeatureSponsored by ARRI

Awarded to the feature-length film, 75 minutes or longer in runtime, factual or narrative, that best advances an understanding or appreciation of the natural world.

All That Breathes

A Kiterabbit Films and Rise Films production in collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

StudentSponsored by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

For outstanding wildlife, environmental or natural science focused film produced by a student currently enrolled or no more than two years out of an academic program.

Growing Underground

Kate Colley, University of the West of England

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Cinematography

Awarded for the cinematography that most enhances the nature related film of which it is a part.

Long Form – Sponsored by American Society of Cinematographers

My Garden of a Thousand Bees Cinematography: Martin Dohrn

A production of Passion Planet, The WNET Group, and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films

Short Form – Sponsored by American Society of Cinematographers

Beavers About Town – Cinematography: Yaz Ellis, Jack Mifflin

Yaz Ellis, Jack Mifflin

Editing Sponsored by Swarovski Optik

Awarded for the editing that most enhances the nature related film of which it is a part of.

All That Breathes Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen, Co-Editor: Vedant Joshi

A Kiterabbit Films and Rise Films production in collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Original Music ScoreSponsored by Burgenland Tourism

Awarded for the original musical score that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part.

Miami Wild Days – Original Music: CLEOD9 Music

Edge Productions for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios

WritingSponsored by Smithsonian Channel

Awarded for the writing that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part through the union of imagery, storyline, dialog and narration.

The Elephant and the Termite – Writer: Mark Deeble

A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production with the WNET Group, Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with NHK

Sound Sponsored by Television Academy Sound Peer Group

Awarded for the writing that most enhances the natural history story of which it is a part through the union of imagery, storyline, dialog and narration.

Welcome to Earth: The Silent Roar – Sound Recordists: Phil Bax, Sean Millar, Parker Brown, Connor Birch, Ryan Brooks – Sound Editors: Jay Price, Tom Foster – Sound Mixer: Sam Castleton

Protozoa Pictures, Westbrook Studios, and Nutopia for Disney+ and National Geographic

SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITIONS

Legacy Award in Media Sponsored by Terra Mater Studios

Brian Leith

Legacy Award in Conservation Sponsored by Conservation International

Dr. Paula Kahumbu

Rising Star Award Sponsored by Off the Fence Productions

Faith Musembi

Grand Prismatic Sponsored by St. Martins Therme & Lodge

Juma Xipaia

Impact Campaign Sponsored by Terra Mater Studios

Jackson Wild recognizes innovative approaches to active impact campaigns that extend conservation beyond the screen to inspire measurable on-the-ground change through education, policy change and engagement and outreach.

Can You Hear Us? Campaign (I Am Greta, Humanity Has Not Yet Failed Us)

Exposure Labs, DocSociety, B-Reels Films and YEA! Impact

Innovation in Green Production Sponsored by ORF Universum

For implementation of sustainable best practices to reduce the environmental impact through the entire lifecycle of a production.

Surviving Paradise - A Family Tale

Netflix, Wild Space Productions, Natural History Film Unit Botswana and Freeborne Media

Engaging Platforms Sponsored by cWave labs

This recognition honors content that best integrates the interactive potential of digital media and technology that engage awareness and understanding of the natural world, including but not limited to apps, games, social media content, podcasts, extended reality, mobile and web-based experiences.

Into the Depths

Podcast by National Geographic.

Congratulations to all of the winners!!

See the Full Winners Feature here ...

See all the Finalists here: wildlife-film.com/features/Jackson-Wild-Media-Awards-2022-Finalists-Announced.html

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Foreign Photographer (Alain Compost) Says Rhino Photo is Banned in Indonesia by KLHK

Professional wildlife photographer Alain Compost opened up about the attitude of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) to him who made it difficult to document rhinoceros in Indonesia.

Alan explained that the ban was not based on an official letter from the KLHK. In fact, he has written an official letter to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry asking for an explanation but has not received an answer.

“There is no official letter but I have contacted the Ministry, contacted the Indonesian Rhinoceros Foundation, a written letter but no clear answer,” he told CNNIndonesia.comTuesday (27/9).

“There is no clear reason to me. I’ve been waiting for a few months and being patient, he continued.

Whereas Alain is known as a photographer who often captures the Javan and Sumatran rhinos. He claims to have a good relationship with KLHK because he works with the support of various authorities in the field.

He claims to have contributed to raising awareness about rhino conservation.

“Sometimes I get paid but many times I share my pictures for free,” he said in his post on Facebook.

He even said that his photo of the Javan rhino was printed and displayed at the KLHK office, without anyone ever asking for permission, but he explained that he didn’t mind it.

According to Alain, KLHK made it difficult for him to film and photograph rhinos, especially in the Sumatran Rhino in the Way Kambas National Park.

“A rhino was born a few months ago and despite repeated approaches to documenting this rare event, I was not allowed to visit it,” he said.

Read more: indonesia.postsen.com/local/238705/Foreign-Photographer-Says-Rhino-Photo-Is-Banned-in-Indonesia-by-KLHK.html


Alain Compost filming a wild Sumatran rhino

Visit Alain's Profile Page for contact details here: Wildlife-film.com/-/AlainCompost.htm

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Wolfgang Bayer, 88, premier wildlife filmmaker dies

Wolfgang Johann Bayer, world-renowned wildlife filmmaker, adventurer extraordinaire and longtime Jackson Hole resident, died surrounded by family on the morning of July 22. He was 88.

The following was provided by his family.

Considered one of the world’s foremost wildlife cinematographers, Wolfgang has been filming, producing and directing wildlife films for over 45 years. Born in 1934 in Vöcklabruck, Austria, he grew up during the turbulent years of World War II, the oldest in a family of four sisters and a young brother. His father, a math teacher, and mother, a homemaker, gave young Wolfgang his first camera at an early age. This camera changed his perspective on life in Austria.

He started making underwater camera equipment from WW II artifacts and after completing his formal education in electrical engineering. He realized that his real ambition was nature and underwater photography. At age 18 he embarked on his first documentary expedition with his buddies to make an underwater film on the volcanic island of Stromboli in the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1959 Wolfgang immigrated to the United States and used his engineering degree to work for Chrysler Motors in Michigan. The dream of working with Disney in Hollywood lured him to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career in the motion picture industry. In 1964, using his own money, he produced a half-hour documentary about wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and sold it to a television station for $250. Following this “blockbuster,” he was hired as a cameraman for Bill Burrud Productions, a leading adventure film company. The timing was perfect with the advent of color television and a new public interest in nature programs. He filmed on safari in East Africa and returned with enough natural history footage to clench a deal for the new network series “Animal World,” which aired in prime-time. He never looked back.

Wolfgang quickly rose through the ranks to become president of the company only to realize that corporate studio life was not for him. Out in the field, on assignment, was what he loved best. It was when he hired a young woman, Candice, as his production coordinator and sound recordist that the couple finally left their jobs to start Wolfgang Bayer Productions.

They accepted an offer from Walt Disney Productions to shoot and direct a yearlong film project in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and then went on to make National Geographic’s “Animals Nobody Loved.” He was awarded an Emmy and Wolfgang and Candice were featured on “Good Morning America.” They set up headquarters in Jackson Hole in what is known as the Serengeti of the West for its abundance of wildlife. In 1975 Wolfgang and Candice were married.

In 1977 Wolfgang Bayer Production’s new assistant, Tristan, was born, and two years later their daughter, Malaika, arrived. The family film team was complete. With an increasing passion for documenting the bizarre and beautiful wildlife and its changing relationships with mankind, Wolfgang and crew crisscrossed the globe spending months at a time filming rare and exotic creatures.

In 1991 Wolfgang founded the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to bring together fellow filmmakers, conservationists, scientists, experts and storytellers from around the world to compete, tell stories and party in the shadow of the Grand Teton.

Read more: jhnewsandguide.com/valley/obituaries/bayer-88-premier-wildlife-photographer


Wildlife Cinematographer Wolfgang Bayer

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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam is Coming Next Month!

The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) is the only film festival for nature documentaries in the Netherlands and shows the most recent films from home and abroad. Since its first edition in 2015, WFFR has been taking place in the Rotterdam film theatre Cinerama, which was also the vibrant heart of the festival this year. The programme consists of beautiful documentaries showing the beauty of nature, as well as films showing the relationship between man and nature. During WFFR, visitors can talk to the many filmmakers present, attend special lectures and take part in interesting activities related to nature conservation.

This year WFFR will be held from 4th – 9th October 2022.

WFFR focuses on the screening of wildlife, conservation and environmental films & documentaries to demonstrate the beauty of nature and to raise awareness about the collective responsibility we have to maintain it.

WFFR is also a meeting place for the wildlife film industry in The Netherlands. We are known for a friendly and informal atmosphere where all our guests feel at home. Here you can catch-up with other film professionals, participate in daily talks/q&a’s and meet the Dutch audience.

In 2022 WFFR will recognise outstanding achievements in eleven Flamingo Award categories. All our winners will be announcement and celebrated during the Flamingo Award Ceremony on 8 October 2022 in Rotterdam.


WFFR 2022

Visit: wffr.nl/festival

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Wildscreen unveils 2022 Official Selection lineup

The Wildscreen Festival has revealed the lineup for its second Official Selection competition, which honors stories that highlight the beauty and urgency of protecting the natural world.

The competition was launched as part of the festival in 2020. It serves as a global launchpad for new voices, and seeks to promote an inclusive and global natural world storytelling community.

The 32 productions chosen for the Official Selection competition range from features to shorts to immersive productions originating from 16 countries. Additionally, 47% of directors identify as being from an underrepresented group in the industry, aligning with Wildscreen’s goal to amplify the voices of marginalized storytellers. Half of the countries of filming were located in the Global South, with 30% situated in South America.

The programming team was led for a second year by Lucy Mukerjee, a “programming disruptor” and social impact film curator who also programs for the Tribeca Film Festival.

“We’ve seen extraordinary films coming from independent storytellers in the natural history field, and we were impressed by the measures taken by production crews to reduce their environmental impact, from those who made the conscious decision to film in their own backyards, to those who left the location better than they found it,” Mukerjee said in a release.

Wildscreen introduced a Sustainability Merit as part of the competition to recognize impactful productions that reduced their environmental footprint and benefited the local community. Described by programmers as “a film about a community coming together to overcome an ecological disaster,” this year’s merit recipient was Jaguaretê – Avá – Pantanal in Flames.

The campaign surrounding Jaguaretê (pictured), from Brazilian filmmaker Lawrence Wahba, has already raised funds to build fire brigades and veterinary practices to protect the animals and habitats that are the subject of his film.

Read more: realscreen.com/2022/08/25/wildscreen-unveils-2022-official-selection-lineup

See the 32 Wildscreen Festival Official Selection productions here: wildscreen.org/festival/official-selection – Big congrat's to Tom Hanner for The Caretakers (pictured).

Watch the trailers:


Wildscreen Official Selection 2022

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Last chance to join the National Film & Television School’s Directing and Producing Science & Natural History course next January!

The last few places are remaining to join the National Film & Television School’s Directing and Producing Science & Natural History course in January 2023.

Train to make impactful films about the natural world on the National Film & Television School Directing & Producing Science & Natural History MA.

Could you make the next Seven Worlds One Planet, Horizon or Forces of Nature?

This is the only MA course of its kind in the UK, combining Science and Natural History in one MA, designed to give students all they need work professionally in this exciting industry. It aims to give students the skills and expertise needed to direct science and wildlife productions, the know-how to produce and direct entire shows and the ability, confidence and knowledge to generate and pitch ideas and formats to commissioning editors.

Train to make impactful films about the #naturalworld on the National Film & Television School Directing & Producing #Science & #NaturalHistory MA Find out more and apply today for this unique course at nfts.co.uk/snh #science #naturalhistory #naturalworld #nature #conservation #wildlifephotography

Posted by National Film and Television School on Friday, 19 August 2022
 

Find out more and apply today for this unique course at nfts.co.uk/snh

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Panda Award Nominations 2022 Announced
By Wildscreen
11th August 2022

Wildscreen are thrilled to announce the nominees for the Wildscreen Panda Awards 2022 – the highest honour in the international natural world storytelling industry - for its 40th anniversary edition!

A standout production with 5 nominations is feature film My Garden of a Thousand Bees. The Passion Planetproduction follows acclaimed wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn, who, locked down by coronavirus, turns his lenses on the surprising and spectacular bees living in his own urban garden in Bristol, England.

Tied for nominations is BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s landmark series highlighting the dramatic lives of plants, The Green Planet. This series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, uses pioneering new filmmaking technology and the very latest science to reveal the strange and wonderful world of plants like never before.

Terra Mater Studios leads the wayas the most nominated production company outside of the United Kingdom, with 7 category nominations. Their feature film Patrick and the Whale is in the running for 3 awards. The film follows former lawyer Patrick Dykstraon his travels to Dominica, as he seeks to find a special sperm whale he once encountered, who reveals the hidden world of her species.

Since 1982

The globally acclaimed Panda Awards, the ‘Green Oscars’ of the international wildlife film and TV industry, have sat at the heart of the Wildscreen Festival since 1982.

The awards consist of 15 craft and specialist categories and 16 awards including our coveted Golden Panda for best overall production. In 2022, Wildscreen welcomed back the Behaviour, Impact and On-Screen Talent Awards as well as creating a standalone Sustainability Award to further our commitment to protecting our natural world as an industry.

The 2022 Panda Award nominees will be announced mid-August. Winner will be announced at the Panda Awards Ceremony on Thursday 13 October 2022.

Panda Award Ceremony and After Party tickets are sold separately, so make sure to purchase your tickets as well as your pass if you’d like to celebrate with us on the big night!

Nominees

Congratulations to the outstanding productions nominated for the 2022 Panda Awards and in the running to receive a coveted bronze Wildscreen Panda.

Out of the 700+ submissions from 38 countries, these final 25 shorts, features and series shone the brightest, featured the very best craft and surprised our jury with their achievements. One of the following productions will go on to receive the gold-enveloped trophy, the Golden Panda at the Awards Ceremony on 13 October.

Watch the Trailers:


Panda Awards Nominees 2022

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Behaviour Award

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films

United Kingdom

The Green Planet: Desert Worlds

BBC Studios, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Televisions & The Open University

United Kingdom

Tiny World – Island

Plimsoll Productions

United Kingdom

Films at 59 Cinematography Award

Dynasties II: Puma

BBC Studios NHU

Key Cinematography Credit(s): John Shier

United Kingdom

Polar Bear

Silverback Films

United Kingdom

The Green Planet: Tropical Worlds

BBC Studios, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Televisions & The Open University

Key Cinematography Credit(s): Tim Shepherd, Oliver Mueller, Todd Kewley, James Aldred, John Brown, Sam Lewis, Chris Field, Eric Huyton, Andrew Lawrence

United Kingdom

Editing Award

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films

Key Editor(s): Steve White

United Kingdom

Patrick and the Whale

Terra Mater Studios

Key Editor(s): Mark Fletcher

Austria

Penguin Town: Learning to Fly

Netflix, Red Rock Films, Red Rock Films International

Key Editor(s): Kevin Chapados, John Freeburn

South Africa

Emerging Talent Award

Mattia Cialoni

For the film My Neighbour is a Bear

University of the West of England

United Kingdom

Conor Ferris

For the film Seabird

National Film and Television School

United Kingdom

Lior Kestenberg

For the film Snakes & Ladders

University of the West of England

United Kingdom, Israel

Save our Seas Foundation Impact Award

Bears About the House

BBC Studios Natural History Unit

United Kingdom

Path of the Panther

Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath, Common Pictures

United States

Tiger 24

W Films, The Tiger Fund

United States

Music Award

Nature’s Networks

A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS PRODUCTION

Key Credit(s) for Music: Joerg Magnus Pfeil, Siggi Mueller

Austria

The Bastard King

Terra Mater Studios, Bonne Pioche, Shibumi Films

Key Credit(s) for Music: Laurent Garnier, Pierre LeFeuvre

Austria, Germany, France

The Green Planet: Water Worlds

BBC Studios, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Televisions & The Open University

Key Credit(s) for Music: Benji, Merrison, Will Slater

United Kingdom

UWE On-Screen Talent Award

Aaron Gekoski

In Eyes of the Orangutan

A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS / CHRIS SCARFFE FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY production

Austria

Jack Harries

In Seat at the Table: How The Climate Crisis Affects Us All

Studio Silverback

United Kingdom

Warren Pereira

In Tiger 24

W Films, The Tiger Fund

United States

Photo Story Award

Fighting the Heat

Photographer: Doug Gimesy

Australia

Historical Rescue of Caimans in Pantanal

Photographer: Fernando Jara Faciole

Brazil

Planktonium

Photographer: Jan van Ijken

Netherlands

Producer/Director Award

David Allen, Martin Dohrn and Gaby Bastyra

For the film My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films

United Kingdom

Mark Fletcher, Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler

For the film Patrick and the Whale

Terra Mater Studios

Austria

Elisabeth Oakham

For the episode The Green Planet: Human Worlds

BBC Studios, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Televisions & The Open University

United Kingdom

Off The Fence Production Team Award

Patagonia – Life on the Edge of the World

Plimsoll Productions Team: Martha Holmes, James Smith, Linda Stephens, Kate Laurie, David Hayes, Rene Araneda, Kevin Zaouali, Rob Wootton, Nick Smith-Baker, Adrian Seymour, Linda Dale, Claire Beirne, Laura Jones, Zoe Strasman, Josie Taylor, Kayleigh Mann, Coli Whelan, Tessa Chan, Ceci Vargas, Sara Montoya, Tom Colvile, Ignacio Walker, Kendra Ivelic.

United Kingdom

Path of the Panther

Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath, Common Pictures Production Team: Eric Bendick, Carlton Ward Jr., Tori Linder, Thomas Winston, Jeff Reed, Malia Byrtus, Danny Schmidt, Dawson Dunning, Rick Smith, Katie Bryden, Andrew Harrison Brown, Scott Sterling, Ashley Siana, Alex Freeze, Kevin Matley, Brian Eimer, Lauren Yoho, George McKenzie Jr.

United States

Springwatch 2020

BBC Studios Natural History Unit ‘The Watches Production Team’ including; Rebecca Candy, Helen Wallbank, Lee Rich, Matthew Andrews, Ben Harris, Laura Howard, Laura Whitley, Rosemary Edwards, Joanna Brame, Mark Flowers

United Kingdom

Scripted Narrative Award

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films

Key Scriptwriter(s): David Allen, Martin Dohrn

United Kingdom

Penguin Town: Hot and Bothered

Netflix, Red Rock Films, Red Rock Films International

Key Scriptwriter(s): Andy Mitchell

South Africa

Pumas: Legends of the Ice Mountains- Episode 2: Rebirth

A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS, WILDLIFE FILMS production

Key Scriptwriter(s): Dereck Joubert

Austria

Terra Mater Studios Series Award

Mediterranean: Life Under Siege

Boreales

France

Patagonia – Life on the Edge of the World

Plimsoll Productions

United Kingdom

Penguin Town

Netflix, Red Rock Films, Red Rock Films International

South Africa

Films at 59 Sound Award

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films

Key Sound Credit(s): Jonny Crew, Paul Ackerman, Hannah Gregory

United Kingdom

Patrick and the Whale

Terra Mater Studios

Key Credit(s) for Sound: Bernhard Zorzi, Michael Plöderl

Austria

Welcome to Earth: The Silent Roar

Nutopia

Key Credit(s) for Sound: Sam Castleton, Tom Foster, Jay Price, Phil Bax, Sean Millar, Parker Brown

United Kingdom

Aurum Sustainability Award

Springwatch 2021

BBC Studios Natural History Unit

United Kingdom

Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale

Netflix, Wild Space Productions, Natural History Film Unit Botswana and Freeborne Media

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SURVIVORS: Rediscovering the Short-Tailed Rain Crayfish

Bookend Trust / Bookend Enterprises Pty. Ltd

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Wildscreen has assembled industry experts across all crafts, fields and countries to help select the very best productions of the past two years.

See the Jury members, chaired by Ruth Berry, here wildscreen.org/festival/panda-awards

"This year’s diversity of subject matter and film makers brought 700 entries from 38 countries. Covid continued to bring us closer to our own backyards, inspiring intimate storytelling experiences and some brave experiments... Judging hundreds of films and discussing their merits is challenging and time consuming. But judges unanimously agreed that it was a wonderful experience." Ruth Berry

Wildscreen Festival 2022 will take place live in Bristol and online between 10—14 October 2022, with a variety of ticket pass options, including reduced rates for concessions, hybrid and virtual. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Hamza Yassin is to join the cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2022!

The Strictly Come Dancing line-up is complete, with Kym Marsh, Fleur East, Ellie Simonds and Matt Goss among this year's contestants.

Wildlife presenter and cameraman Hamza Yassin, who hosts the BBC's Animal Park and is a guest presenter on Countryfile, said in a statement he was "over the moon" to be taking part in Strictly.

Announcing his participation, Yassin said: "Never in a million years did I think I'd be on such a cool show. "I've been watching it for years and I can't believe I'll actually be there dancing live in front of the British public," he said. "My dance skills are currently at the level of 1970s disco vibe but I'm ready to work hard and will be shaking it every time I get the chance - shake it 'til you make it!"

Yassin is also well known to younger viewers as Ranger Hamza from the CBeebies show Let's Go For A Walk, and recently fronted a Channel 4 documentary titled Scotland: Escape to the Wilderness.

The show is set to return to BBC One in September. Here are all 15 of this year's Strictly stars: bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-62407451

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NaturVision Film Festival celebrates its 2022 winners
By Ralph Thoms
4th August 2022

Ludwigsburg: the award ceremony of this year’s NaturVision Film Festival saw 13 film awards presented in a total of 12 categories. The prizes went to Switzerland, Austria, England, South Africa, France and Italy.

There was hardly a dry eye in the house as the award ceremony host Dana Hoffmann stepped forward to make a very personal announcement. The documentary film debut of David Klammer's Barrikade – Bilder einer Waldbesetzung [Barricade – Pictures of a Forest Occupation], which ended up winning the NaturVision Rethink Film Award, had such a profound effect on her that she spontaneously donated a €1,000 endowment. The film subjectively yet powerfully tells the story of committed activists attempting to save Germany’s Dannenröder Forest.

The German Biodiversity Film Award is sponsored to the tune of €8,333 by HAHN+KOLB Werkzeuge GmbH, who have turned their company grounds into a biotope and are involved in all kinds of sustainability projects. Member of the management Siegmar Klein presented the award to Heiko De Groot for his film Stilles Land – Vom Verschwinden der Vögel[Silent Land – On the Disappearance of Birds]. The jury were especially impressed by the magical narrative style of the film, which highlights the complex web of biodiversity in the habitat of a north-German meadow.

Thanks to Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector, the German Conservation and Sustainability Film Award also carries an €8,333 prize. The winner of the award was Austrian director Kurt Langbein for his outstanding cinema film Der Bauer und der Bobo [The Farmer and the Townie]. Entertaining to the end, it skilfully uses the conflict between a mountain farmer and a city journalist to explore the contrasts between urban and rural, economy and ecology, tradition and progress – and reflect on the future of farming.

The third main prize of the festival – the German Wildlife Film Award – is sponsored by the city of Ludwigsburg and again worth €8,333. The award went to Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble for their original and artistically constructed film about the savannah, The Elephant and the Termite. Mayor Dr. Matthias Knecht emphasised in his speech how important it is to the city of Ludwigsburg that NaturVision continues to establish itself in Baden-Württemberg. Together with the economic region of Stuttgart and the state of Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg plans to provide further financial support for the film festival.

To give the many courageous and journalistically outstanding works submitted their own forum, the main jury decided on an additional category this year, called Story – investigative. Winner of this special award was Green Warriors: Cursed Uranium by Martin Boudot. The documentary about radioactive pollution arising from the mining and storage of uranium not only impressed the jury with its spectacular drone shots and authentic interviews – it even led to a lawsuit against the mining company.

Five films were nominated in the Newcomer category, each one engaging and unique, making it impossible for the jury to choose just one winner. As a result, the €1,000 prize, sponsored by dieUmweltDruckerei, was shared this year by two remarkable debut works: Circle of Moose by Josefin Kuschela, which humorously brings us the extraordinary relationship between the Alaskan moose and the people who help ensure its survival; and Sagebrush Gold, the graduation film of Marcus Widger, which cleverly explores the price to pay for an energy revolution based on electrical energy – ultimately leaving it up to the viewers to decide.

It is important to NaturVision that children and young people are given a voice in the competition. This year’s NaturVision Youth Jury Award – funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector to the tune of €2,000 – went to a young online documentary series from broadcaster SWR. In Axel Wagner und die Klimakrise – Wasser in der Erderwärmung [Axel Wagner and the Climate Crisis – Water’s Role in Global Warming], the young jury, who handed over their award in person, felt that the presenter really got through to them individually with his direct and unreproaching manner.

The children’s jury practically took over the stage at the Central Filmtheater. They chose Pia und die wilde Natur: Abtauchen in die Seegraswiese [Pia in the Wild: Diving into the Seagrass Meadow] as their winner of the NaturVision Children’s Film Award, and Pia Amofa-Antwi herself was delighted to accept the trophy. The award carries an endowment of €2,000 from the Wiedeking Stiftung.

The NaturVision Camera Award for 2022 went to Swiss filmmaker Mario Theus for WILD – Jäger und Sammler [In the Wild – Hunters & Gatherers]. The jury were deeply impressed by its well-composed images, which create a separate narrative level.

The NaturVision Film Music Award, sponsored by the NaturVision Förderverein with €1,000 prize money, was awarded to Steffen Kaltschmidt for his music for Wildes Marokko – der Goldene Süden [Wild Morocco – The Golden South]. The judges praised his quite unique answer to the film’s dramatic narrative in the form of a regional music connection.

For the fifth time NaturVision joined forces with Audi Environmental Foundation to present the Short Film Award, this year with the theme “Grown to be Wild”. For Managing Director Dr. Rüdiger Recknagel, a key motivation for the foundation’s commitment is to inspire people’s interest in conservation, and films are a particularly effective way to reach them. The €5,000 prize money went to Mattia Cialoni for his moving and witty film My Neighbour is a Bear, based in the village of Villalago in the Apennine Mountains of Italy, whose inhabitants have an unusually friendly relationship with their wild friends, the bears.

The NaturVision Honorary Award has been given out six times in the festival’s twenty-year history – not least to celebrated wildlife filmmaker Heinz Sielmann. In 2022 the award went to Udo Zimmermann, filmmaker and former BR (Bavarian TV) editor. In her tribute speech, Annette Scheurich, producer and head of Marco Polo Film AG, praised his greatest achievements in the realm of nature and wildlife films as an editor, a sensitive mentor to filmmakers and a supporter of NaturVision.

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Capturing the cruelty of orangutan tourism in Asia

British photographer Aaron Gekoski has documented human-wildlife conflict for more than a decade. His latest project exposes the horrors of baby orangutans captured from the wild in Malaysia and Indonesia and forced to perform for tourists around Southeast Asia.

Terra Mater Studios

The work of Aaron Gekoski is unlikely to be found on Netflix anytime soon.

An executive for the video streaming service recently told the British wildlife documentary maker and photojournalist that while he is a fan of his work, Netflix were looking for “cute and fluffy” content.

Gekoski’s latest project does not meet those criteria.

Eyes of the Orangutan is an exploration of Asia’s wildlife tourism industry with a special focus on orangutans, perhaps Southeast Asia’s most potent symbol of wildlife exploitation and habitat loss.

The critically-endangered great apes are being used as tourist attractions in hundreds of venues across the region, and Gekoski’s documentary examines the brutality of the trade and the ruthlessness of the people profiting from a global industry worth more than US$120 billion.

Gekoski documents how poachers venture into the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia to butcher female orangutans and take their babies, which are imprisoned in tiny enclosures and torture-trained to perform as bikini models or kick-boxers in venues around the region.

These establshments are able to justify themselves by claiming they have social value, says Gekoski. “One of the most commonly-peddled arguments for wildlife tourism is education. This claim is verydeceptive.”

Gekoski observes that there is usually little more than a plaque informing visitors where orangutans come from and that they’re endangered. “People really go there to stare at an abused orangutan in a glass box,” he says.

Read more here: eco-business.com/news/capturing-the-cruelty-of-orangutan-tourism-in-asia


Eyes of the Orangutan I Trailer

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Haywards Heath becomes the first town in Europe to endorse the call for a Plant Based Treaty in response to the climate emergency.
By The Plant Based Treaty
21st July 2022

Today Haywards Heath Town Council endorsed the Plant Based Treaty, becoming the first town in Europe to join the initiative to tackle emissions from animal farming and attributed deforestation, a key driver of the climate emergency. The proposed Treaty is backed by 17 municipal governments worldwide, including Boynton Beach in Florida and Rosario in Argentina.

Green Councillor Dr Richard Nicholson, who first presented the Plant Based Treaty to the Climate Change Committee, said, “The Climate Crisis is no longer a distant future threat but an existential crisis that is upon us in 2022. The South East of England has endured the highest ever summer temperatures in history and people’s properties have been destroyed by fire and flood. We cannot wait for governments – we must all act immediately – and moving to a plant-based diet is the most impactful thing any individual can do to help address the grave situation we face. I’d encourage all Town, District, County and Metro councils to sign the Plant Based Treaty immediately.

Haywards Heath Town Council is launching an Education and Business Environmental Awards Scheme. The Plant Based Treaty and food waste reduction will be cornerstones of these initiatives. They will seek to engage local community, environmental groups, and Parish councils to help progress these ground-up activities.

The council has taken a science-based approach to the climate crisis using research from project drawdown to provide a solid scientific foundation. While the council is unable to build large solar farms or wind turbines, we can educate and encourage the local community to reduce food waste and move to plant-based diets to reduce CO2 emissions; activities which are as impactful as a large-scale move to green energy! Not only this, a move to a Plant Based foods helps increase global biodiversity, will improve the local community’s health and, importantly, reduce weekly food bills. Having already supported the 2022 Veganuary initiative, endorsing the Plant Based Treaty was the obvious next step in an ongoing journey for Haywards Heath Town Council.

Nicola Harris, communications director at Plant Based Treaty, said, “Haywards Heath’s decision to call for urgent global action on plant-based solutions to the climate crisis demonstrates true leadership. It will be welcomed by those experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change.

Record-breaking 40C+ temperatures this summer are a bleak reminder that cuts to emissions from fossil fuels and animal agriculture can’t come soon enough. Animal farming is directly responsible for a third of human-caused methane. Therefore we need local, national and international cooperation to reduce food-related emissions through a shift to plant-based diets, boosted by action on food waste.”

Climate campaigners are calling on other towns and cities to follow Haywards Heath’s lead and help create a national council-led movement calling for a shift towards healthier, more sustainable plant-based diets. A petition calling Glastonbury to endorse the Plant Based Treaty has attracted almost 5,000 signatures.

150 councillors from almost 60 towns and cities have individually signed the Plant Based Treaty from parties including Conservatives, Green Party, Labour, and Liberal Democrats.

20MPs signed Early Day Motion 434 , including the Green’s Caroline Lucas and Labour’s former Shadow Chancellor John McDonell. The motion welcomes the Plant Based Treaty and calls for the UK to be a “world leader in recognising the negative impact of industrial animal agriculture on climate change and commit to developing a global strategy to transition towards more sustainable plant-based food systems.”

The Plant Based Treaty has secured high-profile endorsements from celebrities, including Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, who issued a written statement calling for politicians to support the Plant-Based Treaty. They said: “We believe in justice for animals, the environment and people. That’s why we support the Plant Based Treaty and urge individuals and governments to sign it.”


What is the Plant Based Treaty?

The Plant Based Treaty is modelled on the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and inspired by treaties that have addressed the threats of ozone layer depletion and nuclear weapons. Since its launch in August 2021, the initiative has received support from 43,000 individual endorsers, 5 Nobel laureates, IPCC scientists, more than 800 NGOs and community groups and 700 businesses, including Ecotricity, Linda McCartney Foods, Oceanic Preservation Society, Environmental Alliance Project, VIVA!, BOSH!, Animal Rebellion, and chapters of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion.

Wildlife Media Ltd, the company behind Wildlife-film.com, i.e. Jason Peters, is based in Haywards Heath and endorsed The Plant Based Treaty in October 2021.

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Curiosity Orders Supersized Wildlife Series ‘Giants’; Adventurer & Filmmaker Dan O’Neill To Host

Curiosity will explore supersized wildlife in its latest original commission. The global factual streamer has ordered a five-part series called Giants.

Billed as epic in scope, the series will circle the globe to find the biggest beasts to have walked the planet and unlock their evolutionary secrets. Off The Fence, which has provided several shows for Curiosity, is producing.

Giants will premiere on Curiosity’s streamer CuriosityStream in 2023.

British wildlife filmmaker, LGBTQIA+ activist, and host Dan O’Neill will lead an adventurous team of experts, experts, including field biologists, bioengineers, and animal behaviorists, “to explore how these formidable creatures managed to achieve such massive proportions and what processes drive such extremes of nature.”

Among the creatures explored are the the Savanna elephant and its ancient predecessor, and the anaconda and Titanoboa snake, which lived just after the extinction of the dinosaurs. The latest science and cutting-edge CGI will aim to connect the dots between the behemoths that have roamed the natural world and explore how to protect their habitats for the future.

Filming locations include countries in Africa and Australia, where O’Neill track down, observe and measure the largest examples of each living giant.

“Filming Giants brought me back to the adventurous programming I watched as a kid, that inspired me to go outside, learn about the natural world, and become a zoologist,” said O’Neill. “We explored parts of the globe I’d never seen, came within hair-raising distance of some truly formidable creatures, and worked with ardent local conservationists that gave us so much hope for the future survival of threatened animals and their habitats.”

“These evolutionary stories of resilience and survival, combined with the incredible visual elements of the production, promise to make Giants an epic series that Curiosity viewers are going to love,” said Jorge Franzini, Curiosity’s VP of Original Content, Development, and Programming.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the talented filmmakers at Off The Fence, and can’t wait for our viewers to meet Dan O’Neill, our brilliant travel companion on this adventure.”

Read more: deadline.com/2022/08/curiosity-giants-dan-o-neill-1235100046

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Frozen Planet II - Filming locations, wildlife and behind the scenes secrets

Discover how and where Frozen Planet II was filmed and find out more about the fascinating wildlife and locations featured

In 2011, Frozen Planet gave BBC viewers an unprecedented insight into life in the Poles. Now, 11 years later, Frozen Planet II - presented by Sir David Attenborough – returns to the Arctic and Antarctic to observe the amazing species that thrive there.

But, going further than Series 1, it also explores life beyond the Poles – witnessing the wildlife dramas that play out in all the world’s coldest regions: our high mountains, frozen deserts, snowbound forests, and ice-cold oceans.

These are the last true wildernesses on earth; places so challenging for survival that only a heroic cast of animals can live here. From polar bears to penguins, Siberian tigers to snow monkeys, each species must overcome unique challenges to survive their extreme environments.

Filmed in ultra-high definition using the very latest camera technology, and featuring dramatic new behaviours, intimate stories, and sensational natural spectacles filmed for the very first time, this six-part series is a chance to experience the wonder of our planet’s frozen realms as they stand on the brink of major change.

As temperatures rise at an unprecedented rate our frozen planet is literally vanishing before our eyes. The series reveals the true impact on both wildlife and humans. We meet scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to understanding what these changes mean - not just for the animals and people who live there, but for the planet as a whole.


Frozen Planet II | Official Trailer | New Attenborough Series | BBC Studios

Frozen Planet II is made by BBC Studios’ world-renowned Natural History Unit, co-produced by BBC America, the Open University, Migu Video, ZDF and France Televisions.

  • Episode 1 – Frozen Worlds
  • Episode 2 – Frozen Ocean
  • Episode 3 – Frozen Peaks
  • Episode 4 – Frozen South
  • Episode 5 – Frozen Lands
  • Episode 6 – Our Frozen Planet

Q&A With Mark Brownlow, Executive Producer

How did Frozen Planet II come about?

I was the Series Producer of Blue Planet II and the big question that followed was... what should we do next? We’d just done Planet Earth II, which covered life across the world's continents, as well as Seven Worlds, One Planet. We also did the big exploration of the underwater world, but what we felt was missing was a follow-up to the other big hit of its day, Frozen Planet. When we air this autumn it will be nearly eleven years since the original series first broadcast. So we felt that now was the time to re-examine, re-explore and celebrate life in our frozen regions.

The other thing is that I loved the original Frozen Planet series. As documentary makers we want to surprise the audience every episode and ring the changes. Whilst there’s a huge opportunity to apply new storytelling techniques and go with new filming technology to the Poles, I also felt that we could broaden out the series to really surprise the audience with the breadth and variety of all the different frozen worlds scattered across our globe. Remarkably, at any given time, a fifth of our planet is covered in snow or blanketed in ice. There is an opportunity to tell a much bigger of the frozen zone of the planet. 

And particularly now, because this is the fastest changing region on Earth due to human-caused climate change. We felt that there was a universal film to be made that was contemporary, fresh and had real relevance, linked in to the audience’s greater consciousness around climate change. If we could do a series that celebrates first and foremost the wonder and magic of our frozen worlds, we could also surprise them with the variety and the heroic stories of survival across all of these different frozen areas at a time when they're changing rapidly.

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Q&A with Elizabeth White, Series Producer

What is the overarching narrative of Frozen Planet II?

I was an Assistant Producer and a director on the original Frozen Planet.

That series was very much about life in the polar regions and it was a seasonal story. Frozen Planet II is a broader remit. We are looking at anywhere that is significantly cold for multiple months of the year. This is what scientists call the cryosphere – any region of the planet where water is locked up as ice and snow.

The premise of this series is to showcase a variety of these beautiful, cold worlds, and show the challenges that animals face, or overcome, in order to live in what can seem to us quite remote and hostile worlds. In each episode there are also stories where the animals’ challenge is the fact that their world is melting away. In that sense we've done a more contemporary take than the original series.

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Frozen Planet II in Numbers

  • The Frozen Planet II team completed 102 shoots across the series.
  • Of these, 31 shoots were directed remotely using local crews.
  • The series involved 2188 filming days in the field across three years.
  • Filming happened on every continent, across 18 different countries, all around Antarctica and in space.
  • The longest continuous time any team member spent on location was three months.
  • The longest journey to location took three weeks, and the longest quarantine period (due to COVID) was 42 days.

Technology

Drones

Drones allowed filming both of landscape and an aerial view of animal behaviour in remote places.

  • Light-weight drones enabled an aerial perspective on animal behaviour in situations where other aerial filming would have been disturbing to wildlife or logistically impossible;
  • GPS-programmed drones were used to fly specific routes multiple times to capture changes in the landscape over time, even years, and reveal seasonal changes on the sea ice;
  • High speed FPV (first-person view) ‘racer’ drones were deployed in order to fly down mountains alongside avalanches for the very first time in a TV documentary;
  • Thermal drones were used to follow pumas hunting at night and enable the ground team to get into position;

High-definition remote camera traps

New 4K remote camera traps were employed across multiple locations where animals were too secretive to be filmed from a hide, including the giant Siberian tiger, the secretive Amur leopard and the wild giant pandas roaming the snow-covered forest scent marking trees as they search for food and potential mates.

Long term time-lapse cameras

Ruggedised timelapse cameras were deployed to glaciers across the world so that the team could document changes in ice over the course of filming. Locations include Svalbard, Antarctica, Greenland, and the Quelccaya glacier in the Peruvian Andes.

Timelapse and lapsed time from high altitude and space

The Frozen Planet II team worked with space imaging experts and scientists to document changes happening all across our frozen planet from space. For instance they used repeated photography from satellites to timelapse moulins forming on the Greenland ice sheet, document glaciers flowing and retreating in Greenland and South Georgia and sea ice disappearing during summer in the Arctic.

Old photographs of glaciers were used to compare to what they look today. Revisiting locations to match-frame and then blending between images the series reveals profound changes in glaciers from South Georgia and the European Alps.

Rebreather diving technology and pole cameras

Rebreathers don’t produce bubbles and are less disturbing to wildlife. They were crucial across all underwater sequences. For instance this allowed camera teams to get more intimate footage of harp seal pups learning to swim and Weddell seals interacting underwater. They also allow divers to stay underwater for longer periods of time which was critical in locations severely restricted by extreme weather.

Where conditions were too dangerous to dive, specialist pole cameras were designed and deployed allowing the camera operators to remain safely on the surface, yet film below it. These were also used around unpredictable animals.


Chasing the Rare Snow Leopard I Behind the Scenes of Frozen Planet II | BBC Earth

Read much more about the episodes here: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/frozen-planet-2

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How ‘Polar Bear’ Filmmakers Navigated Making One of the Saddest and Most Inspiring Disney Movies

The new Disneynature film has an urgent message about the effects of climate change

For a company as renowned for its family friendly product as Disney, it has a history of scenes or sequences that are horrifying (if not outright depressing) – Mufasa getting trampled by the wildebeests, Bambi’s mother disappearing into the forest and pretty much everything that happens in “Pinocchio.” (Not to mention live-action atrocities like the end of “Old Yeller” and the beginning of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”) But nothing can prepare you for how sobering and deeply unsettling Disneynature’s “Polar Bear” (streaming on Disney+ this Friday, Earth Day) is.

“Polar Bear” is very much like other Disneynature entries that came before it (things like “Dolphin Reef” or “Penguins”) – it’s beautifully shot, featuring moments you never thought you’d seen (like when a beached whale becomes an unlikely polar bear pool party) and has top notch narration (this time courtesy of Catherine Keener). But in other ways it’s more somber and introspective; the narration is first-person, putting the viewer more directly in the plight of the polar bear. And it’s so overwhelmingly sad. By the end of the movie, you aren’t just worried about the fate of the polar bears; you’re concerned about the livelihood of the planet.

TheWrap spoke to directors Jeff Wilson and Alastair Fothergill about what it was like making “Polar Bear” and whether or not they think we’re all doomed.

Are you running out of animals? You’ve done so many movies.

Alastair Fothergill: Do you know that’s one of the most intelligent questions we’ve had all through this junket and I tell you why – it’s very, very challenging to find a star animal that people will love to watch. That’ll fill 75 minutes of drama. You might think pandas, we all love pandas. That’s true, but pandas do very little apart from eat bamboo and fart, so you would never do a Disneynature film on pandas. We chose polar bears because from our experience of working in the arctic, we absolutely knew there was an amazing story to be told about them and there’ll be no trouble at all in developing a powerful narrative that would last 75 minutes.

You bring up the narrative and this documentary feels very different from other Disneynature features. How did you establish the tone and voice for “Polar Bear,” especially after looking at so much footage?

Jeff Wilson: You’re right, and actually it was something that Alistair and I worried about a lot. We thought long and hard about presenting the narration in the first person and actually there were quite a few people who warned us against it because there’s not many films in the history of cinema that have pulled off first person narration for 75 minutes. It’s quite a rare thing, but we persisted with it and what we’ve found in doing so is that we were able communicate the important messages of the film by giving people a polar bear’s perspective. And by doing that through the first person we were actually kind of engaging our audiences more wholeheartedly in the story. I also think that it’s kind of crucial to bringing a different perspective to the climate change message.

That was very important for us to get across. To know what it’s like to be a polar bear experiencing that uncertainty, to experience the things that are happening around you that you don’t have any comprehension of. It actually mimics the human experience and by telling it in the first person, I think, is a very, very powerful tool that hasn’t been used before. Of course, we didn’t know it was really going to work until Catherine Keener’s fantastic voice was brought to the table and she embodied absolutely everything that Alistair and I dreamt about in terms of presenting this film and the character that’s central to the film. When she started reading that first person narration, was probably the first time that we really knew it was going to absolutely work. : www.scubazoo.com

Read more: thewrap.com/polar-bear-disney-plus-documentary-are-polar-bears-doomed

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UK Wildlife Podcast EP71 – Wildlife Filmmaking with Doug Allan

UK Wildlife talk to Bafta Award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan about how he started his career in natural history videography, what its like filming polar bears and leopards seals, filming in a pub garden, his favourite wildlife sites and his upcoming talks.

"Hello, and welcome to the UK wildlife podcast with me, Victoria Hillman, and me Neil Phillips. And we are absolutely delighted to have with us on this episode, Doug Allen, who is a Emmy and Emmy-award-winning wildlife and documentary cameraman. So hello, Doug, and thank you so much for coming onto the podcast.

My pleasure. It's good to meet you both..." – Listen or Download a Transcript here!


EP71 – Wildlife Filmmaking with Doug Allan

Visit: uk-wildlife.co.uk/ep71-wildlife-filmmaking-with-doug-allan

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“Blue Planet III”, “Signs for Change” among upcoming BBC factual projects

BBC’s director of unscripted Kate Phillips has lifted the veil on three new commissions for BBC Factual at the Edinburgh TV Festival, including the latest Blue Planet iteration and a current affairs doc on the challenges faced by deaf people.

In the natural history genre, BBC unveiled Blue Planet III, following up on the previous 2017 instalment of the series.

The 6 x 60-minute series for BBC One and iPlayer from BBC Studios Natural History Unit will focus on five major underwater habitats: the tropical seas, temperate seas, polar seas, High Seas and deep seas, using the latest underwater filming technology. The sixth episode will meet the scientist discovering how the planet’s seas are changing, for better and worse, faster than at any other time in human history.

The series was commissioned by Jack Bootle, head of commissioning of specialist factual, and the executive producer is Mark Brownlow.

Read more: realscreen.com/2022/08/25/blue-planet-iii-signs-for-change-among-upcoming-bbc-factual-projects

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First ever climate impact award winner announced at Edinburgh TV Festival

The announcement marks another important milestone in the TV Industry’s commitment to do more and better climate storytelling to support society’s transition to a sustainable future

The announcement of Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant as the winner of this year’s inaugural Climate Impact Award at the Edinburgh TV Festival, marks another important milestone in the TV Industry’s commitment to do more and better climate storytelling to support society’s transition to a sustainable future.

The award comes just under a year on from the announcement of the Climate Content Pledge which was convened by albert and launched at COP26. The pledge was designed to commit broadcasters to consider the climate in all commissioned programmes, from a prime-time drama to a day time quiz show.

Read more: wearealbert.org/2022/08/25/first-ever-climate-impact-award-winner-announced-at-edinburgh-tv-festival

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A look into the wider world: Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 15-18 October 2022

The Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (INFF) will take place for the 21st time from 15-18.10.2022.

Around 50 nature films, environmental documentaries and short films will be screened at the internationally renowned film competition. Hot hits as well as works of cooler tones await. The venue is the Metropol Kino – characteristic of Alpine-urban Innsbruck and nestled in a row of historic houses directly beside the river Inn, with the Nordkette mountain range rising majestically behind it.

The INFF 2022 will be royally rounded off with a rollicking nature and environmental programme for both young and old. Locals and guests can experience and explore nature on walks, in exhibitions, workshops, lectures and guest gardens, or on hikes in and around Tyrol's capital. Learn how valuable and beautiful it is to appreciate and protect it, we only live once!

The Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2022 – stands for encounter, exchange and vitality. This will be celebrated sustainably over four days and the team is already in the middle of preparations. The 18-strong selection panel jury has screened more than 250 films submitted from all over the world. Film curator Katja Trippel, who is responsible for the programme, is excited about the diversity.

Save the date 15-18.10.2022! Enjoy your summer.

Find more information about the festival on naturefestival.eu.

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“POO DUNNIT!” says Richard Brock

This story is about the long and beautiful River Wye between Wales and England, from source to mouth, through one year, about one of the most changing parts of Britain.

A crime has been committed with a wildlife and human view, we look at the River Wye as it is, has been, and could be!...in other words, how the river could be winning or losing, and that’s due, as usual, to us. Let’s explore the potential, and see if there’s time to repair damage done, and how the future might look if wildlife and people who care are given a chance, to help this river corridor into the
future. The two characters we’ll follow all the way downstream, the heron and the mallard duck are well-adapted to land, water and the air and we’ll be with them all the way down to the sea in 2022. And that brings us to another crucial world...

Continue reading this and MUCH more in the Brock Initiative Spring 2022 Newsletter!

Subscribe and see past Brock Initiative Newsletters here: brockinitiative.org/newsletter

Poo-dunnit? Coming soon.

The River Wye as it was, how it is today and how it could be in the future, with a lot of help from its friends.

Work-in-progress: Please visit here to view work-in-progress on this film project as we complete the sections: brockinitiative.org/river-wye-work-in-progress

In the meantime, watch our Best Beaches film: brockinitiative.org/best-beaches-for-british-nature-2


Best Beaches for British Nature

Right around Britain in one year with a seabird's eye view... revealing the most beautiful, wildest beaches with the most exciting wildlife to be found there. Meet puffins, sharks, red squirrels, masses of shore birds, ducks and geese, ospreys, reptiles, rare butterflies, otters, salmon, pine martins, little egrets, seals, and orchids in beautiful sand dunes.

Filmed and produced by Richard Brock Aerials Ross Birnie Edited by Gareth Trezise

Go here to find all the Wildlife Winners & Losers films: brockinitiative.org/about/about-wildlife-winners-and-losers

Socials: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, twitter.com/brockinitiative & instagram.com/brock_initiative

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog

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BBC: Chris Packham should NOT be silenced by hunters

The Countryside Alliance has launched a petition, in a long-running campaign, to get Chris Packham removed from the BBC because of his anti-Hunting beliefs.

This petition is to show support for Chris Packham, and to encourage the BBC not to be bullied by pro-hunting groups such as the Countryside Alliance who wish to continue unopposed in all public arenas.

This particular complaint centers around the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) recent and very successful action against the Grouse shooting in the peak district. Chris Packham tweeted a link to the HSA press report

And when it looked as if momentum might falter, we were given what we wanted by the controllers of the money supply. They took a word that had dubious connotations, and turned it into something praiseworthy. Debt became credit. Wages became irrelevant, and it ceased to matter how much a person earned when they could borrow multiples of it.

“Oh dear, what a shame, next . . . More top work by @HuntSabs”.

Hardly offensive to anyone unless you like shooting birds for fun.

The Countryside Alliance is claiming that this breaches the BBC's impartiality rules and supports illegal activity, particularly citing aggravated trespass as a criminal offence.  This is despite the police being present, no such charges or arrests being made, and the incident in question taking place on open access land.

The truth is that the Countryside Alliance cannot stand that such a public figure, and knowledgeable naturalist, as Chris Packham supports the work of the Hunt Saboteurs Association in opposing bloodsports in all its forms, as do the majority of the public as is shown time and again in public opinion surveys.

Chris has also been the target of terrorist attacks by hunting supporters, hanging dead animals on his gate, and setting fire to a car outside his house, a tactic the Countryside Alliance keeps quiet about.

Please support the petition to encourage the BBC not to be bullied and prevent Chris Packham from being forced to choose between his freedom of speech or his work at the BBC.

Sign here: change.org/p/bbc-chris-packham-should-not-be-silenced-by-hunters

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'My body was like a rag doll on his horn' - After being impaled by a buffalo in Botswana, wildlife filmmaker Beverly Joubert sustained injuries that twice took her to the brink of death

Wildlife filmmaker Beverly Joubert was charged at and impaled by a male buffalo. She recalls her body being like a rag doll, and giving a silent plea for help. It took seven surgeons five days of back-to-back operations, 22 sutures and 41 screws to get her back into shape.

When Beverly Joubert woke up riding a buffalo, she thought she was having a strange dream. But very quickly, she says, ‘it hit home that I was in reality’. The wildlife photographer had actually been charged at and impaled by a male buffalo. She realised she was hurtling through the Botswanan swampland, her body pierced and carried by the animal’s horn. ‘My body was like a rag doll, flopping over him. I was probably conscious for about three gallops. I remember giving a silent plea for help. I kind of lived in my head – I think we all do in survival mode – and then I blacked out again.’

It was 2017 and Joubert, 65, a native of South Africa, was working on a wildlife documentary series for National Geographic International and PBS. The shoot was in the Okavango Delta, a two million-hectare maze of rivers in Botswana, Southern Africa. The last photo she had taken that day was of a hippo throwing itself out of the water. ‘It was truly a huge display, more than normal.’ As the sun went down, Joubert packed away her camera and drove back to the camp in the dark.

She was there with her husband and collaborator, Dereck. The pair have known each other since they were teenagers. They’ve worked on game lodges, become National Geographic explorers, and are two of the world’s top wildlife filmmakers – with more than 40 films and eight Emmy awards under their belts. In the 1980s, the Jouberts had taken their first trip to Botswana and knew straightaway it was where they wanted to live. ‘We were hopelessly in love – with each other, yes! – but also with that true wilderness.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11161497/After-impaled-buffalo-wildlife-filmmaker-Beverly-Joubert-went-brink-death-twice.html

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The Lynx and Us by David Hetherington with images by Laurent Geslin

David Hetherington has spent over a decade following the fortunes of an expanding lynx population in mainland Europe. In this book he offers a fascinating insight into how lynx and people interact in this, the busiest of continents, his words perfectly complemented by Laurent Geslin’s spectacular collection of wild lynx images.

Unlike wolves and bears that weaved their way into our childhood consciousness, the lynx is largely unknown to us. What do these secretive ambush hunters look like? What do they eat? How do they live? And how do they get on with people? This fascinating book examines what it's like to live alongside an apex predator and looks at the implications for a possible reintroduction to mainland Britain.

Using examples from across Europe, ‘The Lynx and Us’ describes how this enigmatic predator is recovering lost ground and, crucially, what that means for the human population in this, the busiest of continents.

As wolves, bears and lynx return to landscapes across the Continent, it seems likely that Britain will be the last corner of Europe without any of its missing large predators. This book concludes therefore, with a question: What would it mean to live once more alongside Europe’s largest cat, the Eurasian lynx?

Dive in and find out:

Hardback at £25 scotlandbigpicture.com/Store/books/the-lynx-and-us or Digital at £10 scotlandbigpicture.com/Store/ebooks/the-lynx-and-us-ebook

Also available at Amazon.co.uk

Published by member SCOTLAND The Big Picture See: scotlandbigpicture.org/lynx-to-scotland

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"Hwange Zambezi Chobe" with Robert Hofmeyr

Moving Pictures Africa's Robert and his chum Andy are off on their travels again ... from Hermanus, up and around much of Southern Africa!

"We set out on our journey from Hermanus, South Africa to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. We travel for 3 days across 2 borders and eventually arrive at Bomani Tented Lodge on a concession in Hwange. For the next 3 weeks we will be filming wildlife, testing equipment and camping and staying at lodges in National Parks.

In this series we are filming in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe with Imvelo Safari Lodges. From there we travel North, up though the park to Victoria Falls and we camp for a few nights next to the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park. Then we move across to Botswana and stay at Pangolin Chobe hotel for a night before camping for a few nights in Chobe National Park at Ihaha campsite. Then we take the long and scenic route home across the Caprivi strip and down through Namibia."

Join them on their journey:


Hwange Zambezi Chobe 2022

They don't make much money from these videos. So if you like what they do, please consider supporting them on Patreon: patreon.com/movingpicturesafrica

Website: www.movingpictures.africa

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How To Turn Climate Anxiety Into Action

Our house is on fire, so why aren’t we acting like it’s an emergency?

This episode speaks to the feelings of sadness, grief and anxiety that many of us feel when faced with the enormity of the climate crisis and looks to the role of community to overcome these.

Guests: Caroline Hickman, Psychotherapist and Climate Psychology Researcher, Britt Wray, Author and Climate Grief Researcher, and Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Climate Justice Activist.


How To Turn Climate Anxiety Into Action

You can watch the episodes and directly take action via Waterbear Network: join.waterbear.com

This series was produced by Earthrise Studio: earthrise.studio

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'Hope? and how to grieve for the planet'

'Hope? and how to grieve for the planet' is a photography project by environmental scientist turned photojournalist Neal Haddaway

"‘Do you feel hope about the state of the planet?’ – this is a question that has been churning around in my head over the last few years. I’m an environmental scientist – I’ve worked on biodiversity, extinction, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability, international development, climate change. My research focuses on how to get research into actionable policy. Do I feel hope? No. Not at all. I feel a searing sense of fear. I feel anxious. I feel depressed. I feel demotivated. I feel fraudulent. I feel overwhelmed. I feel guilty. But now, I also feel better than I did 12 months ago. I want to tell you why."

Read more: nealhaddaway.com/hope/about_hope.html

"Most people are aware of the precarious state of the planet as we forge into the 21st Century: forest fires tearing across parched landscapes, houses destroyed by flooding, and record after record broken as summer temperatures soar. Today, the world largely understands the problems and increasingly appreciates the need for solutions to the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and rising social inequality. This awareness evokes fear, panic and perhaps hope in all of us.

But what about the people on the ‘front lines’ of environmental research: those who produce and translate knowledge and evidence to help us make the best decisions when dealing with environmental crises? They are painfully aware of humanity’s precarious situation and have made it their life’s work to make things better. How, then, do they feel about the state of the planet? Did they imagine things would be this way in 2021? What do they fear or hope the future holds for us and our descendants?

This project explores the emotional connections that science researchers and communicators have with the planet and their work to preserve it. Through in-depth conversations and a co-design process influenced by social science methods, these frontline workers in the global fight against environmental crises have chosen three adjectives to describe their feelings as they stand on the brink, and have selected their own images that they feel capture these words.

You are seeing them. Their fears. Their hopes.

May this not be in vain."

Visit: nealhaddaway.com/hope

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"Changing human nature is the only way to give real nature a chance" – Doug Allan

TWO hundred and fifty years ago, the Industrial Revolution was galvanised by the burning of coal for power, especially favouring the UK with its abundant supplies. Progress leapt forward. In the age of empire, economic evolution was supercharged and grew ever more sophisticated.

With the end of the Second World War, two economic systems faced each other. The belief that all goods are owned in common and available to all stood against the faith that products and prices are determined by competition in a free market. Communism versus capitalism.

Within 10 years, the US Journal of Retailing reported: "Our economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual and ego satisfactions in consumption…. We need things bought, worn out, discarded and replaced at an ever increasing rate."

And when it looked as if momentum might falter, we were given what we wanted by the controllers of the money supply. They took a word that had dubious connotations, and turned it into something praiseworthy. Debt became credit. Wages became irrelevant, and it ceased to matter how much a person earned when they could borrow multiples of it.

And so "development" continued apace, made possible through an exponential increase in the production of energy. Advances in science brought the exploitation of new supplies of concentrated fossilised sunshine.

Fifty years ago a few hands began to be raised in cautionary prophesy, but the politics and economics of what was now a global model for trade ensured business as usual was the mantra of the day. Relentless GDP increase was the holy grail across countries. It didn’t matter that no biological, chemical or physical system ever showed perpetual growth. Economics had to be the exception. Fed with lies and offered doubt about the science by oil companies and others with vested interests, we as consumers kept on being given what we wanted. Or rather what we were being told we wanted.

And now we face the consequences. Climate breakdown with positive feedback loops and tipping points ahead will create significant and often unstoppable changes. Take the Arctic – the more sea ice cover we lose in the warming north, the greater the area of dark sea. This absorbs more heat, the warmer water prevents ice formation, and we’re into a cycle of ever-diminishing sea ice. The Arctic Ocean utterly changed.

Read more: heraldscotland.com/opinion/20844655.agenda-changing-human-nature-way-give-real-nature-chance

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Sound artist Chris Watson on a quest to make climate change audible

Field recordings of the natural world are woven into ‘Weather’, a visual, orchestral extravaganza with the Manchester Collective

Chris Watson has long been aware of the link between sound and memory. “I can play back a recording I made last year or 10 years ago and within seconds I know where it is, what I was doing, how I felt, what the equipment was like and what the weather was like,” he tells me.

But in his five-decade career, the 68-year-old sound artist has rarely taken a more extensive trip down memory lane than in his upcoming multimedia project with the Manchester Collective.

That project is Weather, which — in addition to film footage and a performance of a post-minimalist orchestral composition by American composer Michael Gordon — will include decades’ worth of Watson’s field recordings. We’ll hear sounds from the Amber Mountain rainforest in Madagascar, from the Namib desert in southern Africa, from the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, which Watson has been visiting for 20 years.

Read more: ft.com/content/dafc5ee6-5ac0-41e4-8eec-0fbc9fe41b3b

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America’s National Parks’ Anwar Mamon on The Beauty and Importance of National Parks

The Koalition's Entertainment Editor spoke to America’s National Park's Executive Producer Anwar Mamon to learn more about the 5-part docuseries that celebrates America's lesser-known National Parks.

America’s National Parks fascinate millions of visitors, and in this spectacular series, it will show you what happens beyond the lookouts. More than 3 years in the making will enable the audience to witness moments full of drama, watch stories of life and death and discover hidden gems they never believed could be found in a place they thought they knew. Follow an epic journey from the geysers of Yellowstone to the rugged Pacific coast of the Olympic peninsula, from the hot desert of Saguaro to the icy Gates of the Arctic, from the subtropical sea of grass in the Everglades to the world-famous peaks of Yosemite and from the mystic Smoky Mountains to the biggest gorge on Earth: The Grand Canyon. America’s National Parks docuseries was created for the Centennial of the National Park Service and will present North America’s natural wonders visitors have never experienced them before.

Narrated by Garth Brooks, each episode starts with a message from first lady Jill Biden about the highlighted national park and how it plays a part in America’s history and will be featured in a PSA reminding current service members and Gold Star families of their free admission to national parks. 

To celebrate this docuseries and to learn more about developing this series, The Koalition spoke to Executive Producer of NatGeo’s America’s National Parks, Anwar Mamon.


America’s National Parks' Anwar Mamon Talks About Creating The NatGeo 5-Part Docuseries

Read more: thekoalition.com/2022/americas-national-parks-anwar-mamon

Anwar Mamon Talks National Geographic America’s National Parks – Muse TV

Michael Sandoval talks with Executive Producer Anwar Mamon about his series coming to National Geographic, America’s National Parks.


Anwar Mamon Talks National Geographic America's National Parks

Read more: musetv.net/anwar-mamon-talks-national-geographic-americas-national-parks

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ZDF Studios & Curiosity explore ‘Restless Planet’ in co-pro docuseries

ZDF Studios subsidiary ZDF Digital has partnered with Curiosity and ZDFinfo for Restless Planet (working title), a new science series exploring the history of the world.

The 5 x 50-minute Curiosity original science documentary series spans 4.5 billion years when Earth was first formed through to the modern day, exploring the dramatic history of our planet and the catastrophes that determined Earth’s fate.

Produced by ZDF Digital, a subsidiary wholly owned by ZDF Studios, in association with Curiosity and its flagship streamer Curiosity Stream, as well as ZDFinfo, the series is now filming in eight locations: Chile, Australia, Indonesia, Iceland, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Germany. The title will be delivered in June 2023 and ZDF Studios will handle all international sales outside of the co-production partner’s rights.

Ralf Rueckauer, VP of unscripted, ZDF Studios, commented: “Restless Planet is an extraordinary series based on all the latest research with the involvement of some of the world’s top experts in the fields of planetology, science, geology, physics and biology.

“This is also a timely and thought-provoking documentary as we face the ever-growing threat of climate change.”

In related news, ZDF Studios has secured global distribution rights to Smart Swarms, a new 2 x 52-minute documentary that studies the behaviour of wildlife operating within swarms. Produced by Spiegel TV for ZDF’s Terra X slot, the two-parter is expected to have completed production by mid 2023.

“The scientists involved in making this production, their experiments and findings add another layer to this fascinating subject. Combined with beautifully filmed scenes of nature’s swarms, this is a documentary that will captivate audiences everywhere,” said Rueckauer.

From: tbivision.com/2022/09/06/zdf-studios-curiosity-explore-restless-planet-in-co-pro-docuseries

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Ecoflix Podcast with Ian Redmond OBE

Ecoflix started a podcast!

Founder and CEO of Ecoflix, launch the first ever Ecoflix Podcast with their very own Head of Conservation Ian Redmond about his incredible career in conservation with some brilliant stories about the legendary Sir David Attenborough.

Visit: watch.ecoflix.com/videos/ecoflix-podcast-episode-1-ian-redmond

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BBC Proms 2022: Earth Prom with Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin

In the centenary year of the BBC, the Proms brings a celebration of its world-famous Natural History Unit through the years, from Sir David Attenborough’s pioneering early adventures to an exciting preview of what promises to be the latest blockbuster series, Frozen Planet II.

Featuring breathtaking images, natural sounds, spoken words and, of course, music, this spectacular event will include classic documentary scores from renowned composers such as George Fenton, Murray Gold, Sarah Class and Nitin Sawhney and a collaboration by Hans Zimmer and Camila Cabello.

The evening culminates with the world premiere of Earth Symphony, a work arranged by Iain Farrington that draws on scores from Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Seven Worlds One Planet. Ben Palmer conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Presented by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin from the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

Watch/Listen/Wonder: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001bnjw/bbc-proms-2022-bbcs-earth-prom

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New documentary unearths Bristol’s wildlife treasures

A new documentary unearths the rich and often unexpected wildlife that calls Bristol home.

The 17-minute doc, BRISTOL: A Hidden Eden, took three years of planning and necessitated night shoots and 4am wake up calls to film some of the camera-shy animals.

Researched, filmed and produced by 20 University of Bristol students, the doc has been called “sensational” by naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall.

Viewers learn about the UK’s largest mammal, the profusion of wildlife to be found in Eastville Park, the night-time adventures of urban foxes and ‘Bristol’s greatest conservationist’ – the goat.

The original score to the film was written by award-winning composer Owain Llwyd.

Director and producer Matteo Clarke began planning the documentary during his first year as a Zoology student at the University of Bristol.

The 21-year-old said: “I think we were all really motivated to make this because we were making a proper wildlife documentary about the amazing wildlife in our own city.

“And also to challenge ourselves that if you put your mind to it, you can make a great documentary with the animals that are right at our doorstep.”


BRISTOL: A Hidden Eden

Read more: bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/august/doc-unearths-wildlife-treasures.html

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Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch from the eco-apocalypse file

This documentary about bees going extinct in the Hanyuan valley doesn’t seem interested in the wider context but instead offers a soothing watch of farmers at work

This Swedish-produced documentary about China’s Hanyuan valley is nominally another dispatch from the eco-apocalypse file, so the final harmonious impression it leaves behind suggests it hasn’t done its job properly. Located in Sichuan province, the valley is a place where bees are on the verge of extinction, the consequences of which we see in the opening sequence of fruit farmer Cao and his wife hand-pollinating flowers on their trees.

They are one of three families in this agricultural triptych: there is also maize-cropper Ye, who is thinking of branching out into fruit in order to pay for a new house, and beekeeper Zhang, who leaves her grandparents to look after her young daughter so she and her husband can take refuge in the far-flung part of the valley where insects still thrive. As Cao testifies, the problem is modern pesticides, which caused fruit harvests to fail shortly after they started being used in the mid-1960s.

Is there a growing awareness of the problem? Do bee friendly chemicals exist? Is the frankly frightening amount of cigarette smoking in the fields here what is actually driving away the insects? The incurious Earth: Muted doesn’t seem interested in prising open the wider context; it rests wholly on extended sequences of the farmers at work unsheathing corn cobs or collecting pollen, with halting commentary superimposed. The film touches on the issues: Cao alludes to informing the Chinese authorities about pesticides’ harmful effects, while Ye’s father is adamant they can be safely used without harming the bees. But there is no real inquiry.


Earth Muted | Watch on TrueStory.film | Out Aug 5

Read more: theguardian.com/film/2022/aug/01/earth-muted-review-bees-go-missing-in-china-despatch-from-the-eco-apocalypse-file Watch here: truestory.film/videos/earth-muted-1

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The Largest Gathering of Gigantic Fin Whales EVER FILMED – Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory

Watch hundreds of fin whales in the largest feeding aggregation EVER filmed as part of the upcoming Disney+ Original series from National Geographic, “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory.”

The filming of the second largest whales on the planet, some growing up to 90 feet long, took place in the Drake Passage off the tip of the Antarctica Peninsula. To capture the almost mythical wildlife filmmaking event — which doubled the previous record and included 300 whales along with albatross, thousands of sea birds and a huge amount of other marine wildlife — it took Nat Geo Explorer Bertie Gregory and his film crew six weeks aboard a small 75-foot-long, ice-strengthened sailboat. Battling terrible weather conditions and 95 knots of wind, Bertie and the team pushed through to capture the incredible moment.

Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory, from National Geographic, premieres Sept. 8 only on Disney+


The Largest Gathering of Gigantic Fin Whales EVER FILMED | Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory

National Geographic: youtube.com/natgeo

Bertie: bertiegregory.com

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What is "Tina in the Wild"?

Tina in the wild is a series Tina Hansen (and her cameraman) made last year in September when they worked with a capture team in South Africa.

It was a 3 week course full of laughs, challanges, friendship and adrenaline filled moments!

The aim of the series is to shed a light on how conservation efforts in Africa actually looks like. It is to educate about conservation, wildlife and vet med; but in an interesting and fun format - suitable for the whole family to watch!

Tina says "I’m being fully authentic in this series - leaving bloopers, poor translations and spelling mistakes all in there! (Haha, as you know this is also my first time in front of a proper camera!)"

The series can now be found on a streaming platform (like Netflix) called ONESTNETWORK!

The first and the second episode are already on there, and the other five are coming out next month!

When you sign up you have 2 weeks for free (and can cancel at any time), and then the price is at $1,99 per month! (Fairly cheap compared to the other platforms out there!)

Watch the first episode for free here: onestnetwork.com/zen/tinainthewild-e1

Find trailers on Tina's Instagram: instagram.com/travelingvetstudent

Also Facebook: facebook.com/travelingvetstudent

Websites: www.travelingvetstudent.wixsite.com/blog & www.beacons.page/travelingvetstudent

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The Wilderland Festival Autumn Tour is Coming!

Wilderland is the UK’s first touring wildlife film festival. Sharing with audiences the very best natural history films by world class filmmakers across the globe.

Selected from over a hundred entries, Wilderland is now back for its third year touring the 2022 Official Selection showcase.

These groundbreaking independent films will offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible stories from our natural world. A must-see for lovers of wildlife, film, travel, conservation and adventure.

Hosted by wildlife television presenter, filmmaker, and field biologist Dan O’Neill

Dates & Venues:

October

13th – KENT - GULBENKIAN THEATRE: thegulbenkian.co.uk/events/wilderland-wildlife-film-festival
14th – LEATHERHEAD THEATRE: theleatherheadtheatre.com/whatson/wilderland-wildlife-film-festival
15th – ABINGDON SCHOOL: abingdonschool.savoysystems.co.uk
16th – BATH - KOMEDIA: komedia.co.uk/bath/film/wilderland-festival
17th – SWINDON - WYVERN THEATRE: swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-wilderland-film-festival-swindon-2022
18th – BRISTOL - 1532: 1532bristol.co.uk/events/wilderland-wildlife-film-festival
19th – EXETER - NORTHCOTT: exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/wilderland-film-festival/

November

6th – EDINBURGH - ROXY: assemblyfestival.com/roxy/whats-on/wilderland-film-festival
7th – ABERDEEN - TIVOLI: aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/wilderland-festival
8th – GLASGOW - EASTWOOD THEATRE: ercultureandleisure.org/events/wilderland-film-festival
9th – OBAN - CORRAN HALLS: seetickets.com/event/wilderland-film-festival/corran-halls/2315679
10th – CUMBRIA - RHEGED: rheged.com/event/wilderland-wildlife-film-festival-cinema
12th – SHETLAND ARTS CENTRE: tickets.shetlandarts.org/sales/categories/literature/wilderland-film-festival-2022

“It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time” - Steve Backshall

“Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife” - Gordon Buchanan

Visit: wilderlandfestival.com

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Nat Geo sets premiere date for Wildstar’s “America’s National Parks”

National Geographic has set a premiere date for America’s National Parks, a series that comes from some of the production talent behind Planet Earth, among other natural history titles.

The five-part series, which is set to premiere on August 29, explores both world-famous and lesser-known U.S. national parks. U.S. country music star Garth Brooks will narrate and executive produce the show, which will air over five consecutive nights. Afterwards, all of the episodes will be available to stream on August 31 on Disney+.

The series is produced by Wildstar Films for National Geographic. Executive producing alongside Brooks are Anwar Mamon and Dan Rees for Wildstar, and Drew Jones for National Geographic. Myles Connolly and Ben Wallis serve as series producers.

Each episode will also include remarks from U.S. First Lady Jill Biden (pictured), commenting on how each park connects people to a piece of U.S. history. National Geographic also plans to premiere a PSA throughout the series with the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative, wherein Biden shows appreciation for the U.S. military community, and reminds current service members, their families, veterans, and Gold Star families that they have free entry to all U.S. national parks.

“America’s national parks are full of unrivaled natural beauty, geological wonders, cultural history and amazing wildlife,” Biden said in a news release. “Each national park connects people to a piece of the American story — who we are and where we came from. With at least one national park in every state, all Americans can enjoy them.”

Each episode will focus on a different park, beginning with the Grand Canyon and moving on to Yosemite National Park, Big Bend, Badlands National Park and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Read more: realscreen.com/2022/08/09/nat-geo-sets-premiere-date-for-wildstars-americas-national-parks

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Wildlife Warriors Season 2 wins the Special Jury Award at the Pridelands Wildlife Film Festival

Dr. Paula Kahumbu receives the Special Jury Award from Fiona Tande the founder of Pridelands Wildlife Film Festival (PWFF)

The Special Jury award at the Pridelands Wildlife Film Festival was won for the entire series of Wildlife Warriors Season 2!

The jury stated: "There are times when the power of media transcends the impact of any single film or any single series. From its charismatic host to the variety of wildlife species and conservationists – private, international and local – featured, this show has launched hundreds of wildlife clubs across Kenya and engaged students through a nationwide program of experiential school-based citizen science activities. What cannot be measured is the lasting impression made on a child upon seeing themselves reflected in the stories of their natural heritage, helmed by and highlighting conservationists who look like them. With Africans employed in front of and behind the camera, the series breaks new ground in leveling the playing field. For its Special Jury Award, the jury recognizes Wildlife Warriors for its contributions to changing behavior, changing the narrative and empowering the next generation of filmmakers and wildlife protectors." said Natalie Cash on behalf of the 2022 PWFF judging panel. Wildlife Warriors series is produced and hosted by our CEO, award-winning Kenyan conservationist Dr. Paula Kahumbu. It has been filmed and edited by the Nairobi-based production house Vivid Features Ltd. The production of this series has been made possible with the generous support of the American people through the US Agency for International Development and the US Department of Interior, the Wild Lives Foundation and the Great Plains Foundation.

You can watch last week's episode 'Stories of the Sea' HERE – And meet Jahawi Bertolli

Visit: wildlifedirect.org

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This is Animal Photojournalism – We Animals Media

Step into the world of animal photojournalism. This work is not easy, but it's necessary.

In one minute Miguel Endara shows us what animal photojournalism is.

Be the first to watch it and please share.


This is Animal Photojournalism

Video credit: Miguel Endara of Vidara Films

Read this interview with Miguel: weanimalsmedia.org/2022/05/19/interview-with-filmmaker-miguel-endara

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Puneeth Rajkumar’s last film, Gandhada Gudi gets a release date

Actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s last film Gandhada Gudi has gotten its release date. The docu-drama, directed by Amoghavarsha, will be hitting the screens on October 28.

An official announcement of the release date was shared by Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar via her Twitter handle, “Appu’s last film where he explores Karnataka’s forests as himself as a tribute to the land that showered immense love on him.” She adds, “The audience will get a true blue Appu in an unscripted way.”

Filmmaker Amoghvarsha also took to his social media account, where he mentioned that “it has been the most humbling and yet grandest of experiences with Appu.” He adds, “The film features Puneeth as himself and is shot across the length and breadth of Karnataka. It is said that the film will highlight the jungles, beaches, and the natural beauty of the state.

Interestingly, on October 27, two days before his death, Puneeth tweeted about Gandhada Gudi being his dream project. The film is shot outdoors and will feature Puneeth’s voice, which his fans are calling a fitting tribute to the actor.


GG - Gandhada Gudi | Official Teaser | Dr. Puneeth Rajkumar | Amoghavarsha | PRK Production

From: cinemaexpress.com/kannada/news/2022/jul/16/puneeth-rajkumars-last-film-gandhada-gudi-gets-a-release-date-32794.html

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Animal Aid’s latest investigation: Pheasants and Partridges in Wales

Caged, wounded and distressed: latest game bird farm investigation

Animal Aid has been investigating the game bird breeding industry in Wales and England since 2004, and in November that year our undercover footage was shown on BBC’s Countryfile programme. Our first major report, the following year, revealed in detail the horrors of the use of battery cages for breeding birds.

The birds are so stressed by being confined, that they repeatedly fly upwards in an effort to escape, and they attack one another out of frustration and lack of space.  Often, the gamekeeper’s solution is to put clips on the birds’ beaks to restrict movement and dressings on the birds’ backs to prevent mating injuries. But of course, this does nothing to alleviate the birds’ anxiety and may even serve to increase it.


Investigation into game bird farms in Wales, 2022

Since 2004, Animal Aid has made numerous visits to game farms in Wales and England, cataloguing the miserable confinement of the breeding birds, their physical injuries and their anxiety. We have reported our findings to the relevant authorities, and repeatedly called for a ban on the use of the cages.

Our latest investigation has revealed that, almost 20 years later, nothing has changed. An inspection of two game bird breeding operations in Wales in May this year, found countless pheasants and partridges confined in dreadful battery cages on these vast, soulless industrial farms. See timeline, here, for details.: animalaid.org.uk/pheasants-and-partridges-in-wales

Take action: bangamebirdcages.org.uk

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Sir David Attenborough Behind BBC Landmark ‘Wild Isles’ On British Wildlife From Silverback Films

Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC natural history landmark is Wild Isles (working title), aiming to “do for the wildlife of Britain what the Planet Earth series has done for the wildlife of the world.”

The five-part landmark, which has been in the making for three years, will show a “wild side to the British Isles,” said the BBC, starting with an episode on why the region is so globally important for nature before profiling one key habitat per ep: woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine. The like of killer whales, sea eagles and butterflies will all be on show.

Netflix’s David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet producer Silverback Films, which was recently acquired by All3Media, is producing and The Open University, the RSPB and WWF are all co-producers.

Attenborough said British wildlife “matches anything I have seen on my global travels,” describing “astonishing scenery, extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles.”

Jack Bootle, BBC Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History, said viewers will exit the show “thinking a meadow in Somerset is as beautiful as the Serengeti, and the North Atlantic as wild and dramatic as the Antarctic Ocean.”

More here: deadline.com/2022/08/sir-david-attenborough-bbc-wild-isles-silverback-films-1235092096
Also see: bbc.com/mediacentre/2022/sir-david-attenborough-to-present-major-new-series-on-uk-wildlife-for-bbc-one

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Team Sayari Revealed as Title for National Geographic Kids Africa Programme

Following field production commencing earlier this year, as well as the announcement of the local hosts, The Walt Disney Company Africa, together with its project partners, National Geographic, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect have today revealed both the title and the set of the highly anticipated National Geographic Kids programme.

Inspired by the programme’s aim to motivate lasting, impactful behavioural change in young viewers across the continent and create the next generation of environmental conservation leaders, the programme will be titled Team Sayari. Incorporating the Swahili term for ‘planet’, the title embodies the programme’s goal – to provide viewers with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to conserve and protect the natural world, in a fun way.

In the series, the young presenters will visit the wild to meet African experts in five countries across the continent to explore, discover, learn about our environmental challenges and be inspired to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature.

Filming has also commenced in a custom-built set in Nairobi, the Sayari Basecamp. A first-of-its-kind in Kenya, the set embodies childhood imagination and adventure with a tree house-inspired hideout that is locally built and designed, including African-inspired and nature-based motifs, coupled with elements of advanced technology. It comes complete with a mission control wall, a cosy chill area and a lively interview spot. The Sayari basecamp was produced almost entirely from recycled and upcycled materials, true to the ethos of the show.

Read more: zawya.com/en/press-release/africa-press-releases/team-sayari-revealed-as-title-for-national-geographic-kids-africa-programme-llbx2ksi

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IFLScience Meets: Director Pamela Gordon On "Lion: The Rise And Fall Of The Marsh Pride"

"This film not only documents the history of these incredible wild creatures but also the increasing and urgent issue of human animal conflict."

As one of Britain’s foremost documentary filmmakers, director Pamela Gordon has been working in factual broadcasting for over 30 years. From history to human conflict and even taking TV chef Gordon Ramsey behind bars, her portfolio is rich and varied and most recently includes a feature-length film about lions.

Lion: The Rise and Fall of the Marsh Pride, created in collaboration with the BBC Science and Natural History Unit, tells the story of the most-filmed pride of lions on Earth living in the Maasai Mara. Exploring the plight of these animals whose future isn’t guaranteed, the film also looks at the human conflicts that have threatened them and the conservation advocates fighting to keep them alive.

We spoke to Gordon to find out more about the very serious issues that underlie the documentary, but also to learn more about what makes this kind of filmmaking so fulfilling for those involved.

How did you come to work on Lion: The Rise And Fall Of The Marsh Pride?

This film takes a natural history subject, told through the amazing archive that the BBC has of the Marsh Pride, but uses a documentary approach. I have worked as a documentary director for 25 years and have made many films about people’s life stories and situations, but I am passionate about conservation. When the opportunity came up to direct this film, I jumped at it. I have experience of working with archive in history films, like the Thatcher and Blair series for the BBC which I made recently, but finding the lions’ stories in hundreds of hours of footage was a new challenge. Traveling to Kenya for the interviews and present-day filming, I was able to use my documentary-making experience to capture the current situation regarding human-animal conflict as well as the relationship between people and the lions both past and present.

Read more: iflscience.com/iflscience-meets-director-pamela-gordon-on-lion-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-marsh-pride-64925


Revisiting a lion pride 15 years on | Lion: The Rise & Fall of Marsh Pride - BBC

Watch Lion: The Rise and Fall of the Marsh Pride: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001bg5g

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Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast episode 47: Tony Lee Moral – Natural History Filmmaker, Director & Author

From directing Bear Grylls in a camel carcass in the Sahara to becoming an Author & Novelist Tony has had a diverse palette of roles.

Tony began the early decade at the internationally renowned BBC Natural History Unit where he spent many formative years filming in remote places around the world from the Himalayas to the Amazonian rainforest. He moved to California in 1999 to work on the award winning The Shape of Life series and to write his book on Alfred Hitchcock, ending the millennium on the beaches of Hawaii.

Tony has been interviewing an A-Z of celebrities in the arts and sciences. His documentaries continue to be diverse and eclectic, ranging from biographies to current affairs, with the common thread of high quality journalism.

As well as making films around the world, Tony has launched his own production company, Sabana Films, dedicated to making bespoke documentaries such as The Mountain War to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War in Europe.


Tony Lee Moral - Award Winning Filmmaker, Author & Novelist

Find Tony: tonyleemoral.com, tonyleemoralbooks.com

The Cat That Changed America book: amazon.co.uk/Cat-That-Changed-America-Hollywood

Visit: jakewillers.com Support Jake: patreon.com/MWFP

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Locarno: Austrian Doc ‘Matter Out of Place’ Wins Inaugural Green Leopard Environmental Prize

Nikolaus Geyrhalter's doc, which tracks how the world's garbage problem is getting out of control, takes home the inaugural Pardo Verde WWF, handed out by the Locarno Film Festival and the World Wildlife Fund.

Matter Out of Place, a sobering documentary about the growing global problem of garbage and waste management, has won the inaugural “green leopard,” the Pardo Verde WWF environmental prize from the Locarno Film Festival and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Directed by famed Austrian documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread, Earth), Matter Out of Place tracks how the rich world’s garbage is dumped in remote areas around the globe and follows the Sisyphus-like work of garbage collectors and waste managers trying to clean up the mess. Autlook Filmsales is handling worldwide sales for the project.

With its new environmental film prize, Locarno hopes to raise awareness and provide promotional support for movies that highlight ecological issues and offer “audiences new and challenging interpretations that inspire change.” The Pardo Verde WWF trophy is a bright green version of Locarno’s traditional golden leopard award stature.

Read more: hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/locarno-2022-award-environmental-documentary-1235197839


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Nature streamer WaterBear names co-CEO in leadership restructure

Environmental streaming service WaterBear has promoted Sam Sutaria to co-CEO, ahead of him taking on the role in full, as part of a restructure of its executive leadership team.

The moves also see Poppy Mason-Watts named chief growth and impact officer, while Louis Botha becomes CFO. Former Deloitte consultant Jonny Siskind has also been named as VP of business operations.

Sutaria, who previously served as VP of strategy and business development, was described by WaterBear as its “first employee”, having been with the firm since before its 2020 launch. He will now serve as co-CEO alongside Ellen Windemuth, who founded the company and moved from Off The Fence to become its full-time CEO late last year.

At the end of 2022, Windemuth will transition into her role as founder of WaterBear and will continue to focus on company strategy, original productions, investor relations and fundraising, while from 2023, Sutaria will take on the full duties as sole CEO.

Windemuth said that Sutaria is “uniquely placed to take WaterBear to the next level.”

Read more: tbivision.com/2022/08/15/nature-streamer-waterbear-names-co-ceo-in-leadership-restructure

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What's eating our planet?: Untangled – WWF

We all need to eat, but the way we do it today is the main cause of biodiversity loss – the treasured variety of life on Earth. It is also a major contributor to the climate crisis – responsible for around one-third of all global greenhouse emissions. 

The facts are pretty shocking, and the warning signs are clear. We’re seeing more extreme temperatures and erratic rainfall, increasing water scarcity, collapsed fish stocks, exhausted and eroded soils, and alarming declines in insects like bees that pollinate life-sustaining crops.  There’s no doubt that our current food systems are eating our planet.

The good news is that there are huge opportunities to feed the world in a way that works with nature, not against it. If we do things differently, we can stop forests turning into fields, keep rivers flowing, restore soil fertility, reverse the loss of life on Earth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – all the while ensuring there’s enough healthy and nutritious food for every person, now and in the future.

Here’s how we can make that happen:


What's eating our planet?: Untangled

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Brand new campaign: 'Eating the Earth' from Viva!

Our Fight for the World's Wildlife – The world’s wildlife is rapidly disappearing, and with it the foundations of humanity’s survival.

Viva!'s brand new campaign 'Eating the Earth' focuses on global wildlife loss as a result of our insatiable demand for meat, dairy, fish and eggs. This campaign reveals how animal agriculture is the number one driver for wildlife extinction and will highlight what this means for our future health and livelihoods.

We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with currently one million species under threat. There is only one solution to the climate and wildlife crises - GOING VEGAN! 

Help Viva! to save the world’s wildlife by acting now and getting involved in our campaign - it’s urgent!

Watch the hard-hitting new campaign video:


We are EATING THE EARTH

Discover which animals are at risk of extinction due to our deadly appetite for meat, dairy, fish and eggs in this interactive map.

Read online the full Nature in Danger Report, by Dr Justine Butler, Viva!: viva.org.uk/planet/nature-in-danger

Visit for more ways to help: viva.org.uk/planet/campaigns/eating-the-earth


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Kate Winslet-narrated climate doc Eating Our Way to Extinction debuts on YouTube for free

The pro-plant-based film, narrated by acclaimed actor Kate Winslet, sheds light on how animal agriculture is the most destructive industry in the world.

Award-winning climate change documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction is now available to watch for free on YouTube.

Narrated by acclaimed actor Kate Winslet, the film sheds light on how animal agriculture is the most destructive industry in the world, making audiences “question their everyday choices”.

‘Ecological collapse’

“Eating our Way to Extinction is a documentary which takes audiences on a cinematic journey around the world,” the film’s description reads.

“From the depths of the Amazon rainforest to the Taiwanese Mountains, the Mongolian desert, the US Dust Bowl, the Norwegian Fjords and the Scottish coastlines; telling the story of our planet through testimonials from indigenous people most affected by our ever-changing planet and globally renowned figures”.

World-renowned experts such as Dr Sylvia Earle (Former Chief Scientist of NOAA and explorer) and Prof. Olivier de Schutter (Former United Nations Special Rapporteur) also feature in the doc.


Eating Our Way to Extinction | Official Documentary

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, a former Principal Scientist who appears in the film, said: “Scientists have predicted that in just over two decades, species loss will be so great that we won’t recover, the Earth will suffer ecological collapse and the most impactful thing you and I can do to stop this, is to change our diets.”

Read more: veganfoodandliving.com/news/eating-our-way-to-extinction-debuts-on-youtube-for-free

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WaterBear slates animal-cruelty doc Slay for Fashion Month premiere

Eco-activist content platform WaterBear Network has slated the premiere of Slay, a new feature doc that aims to raise awareness of the environmental damage wrought by the global fashion industry, for September 8, to coincide with Fashion Month.

Directed by Rebecca Cappelli, who also co-produces along with Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy), Slay foregrounds investigative footage shot over three years to make its case that the fashion industry is responsible for the deaths of 2.5 billion animals every year. The doc also includes interviews with experts and activists who seek to show that the industry also contributes to a host of other urgent contemporary problems, including deforestation, water contamination and the exploitation of low-wage workers.

“The fashion industry is not addressing animal suffering in their supply chain,” Cappelli said in a release. “We have an urgent moral obligation to respond to the suffering of hundreds of millions of individuals in the fashion industry, as animal rights and sustainability are intimately linked. We want Slay to open people’s eyes to the dark underbelly of some of the most common and sought-after skins in fashion.”

“WaterBear Network provides a global hub for converting storytelling into action,” added WaterBear founder and CEO Ellen Windemuth. “Our platform and streaming service helps activists, brands, consumers, and NGOs to deliver on their sustainability initiatives. It’s vital to have powerful documentaries like Slay on our platform to engage consumers and drive change in the fashion industry.”

From: realscreen.com/2022/07/12/extra-red-sauce-recommission-for-channel-5-myanmar-civil-war-doc-for-c4

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Undercover Keep The Ban investigation exposes sick birds bred to be shot

WHO CARES? NOT THE SHOOTING INDUSTRY.

We all know that that the shooting industry is all about selling birds to shooters to use as live targets on ‘days out’. It supports a cruel hobby that masquerades as a ‘sport’.

Shooting profits by rearing flocks of near-tame birds to kill, promising its clients huge ‘bags’ (the disrespectful collective term they use rather than referring to individual birds) and charging them hundreds of pounds a day for the privilege of standing in a valley by a woodland while ‘beaters’ drive the unsuspecting birds towards them.

It’s obvious that they don’t care about the birds they send out to be shot, but you would think that they would at least properly look after the young birds in their care before then.

In fact, as footage taken by the Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) this summer clearly shows, the shooting industry doesn’t even care about ‘their’ birds when they’re young and still growing.

The video we’re publishing, filmed during the heatwave on an estate in Derbyshire though it could have been taken almost anywhere the shooting industry has set up shop, shows the reality.


Undercover investigation exposes sick birds bred to be shot

Visit: keeptheban.uk/post/undercover-investigation-exposes-sick-birds-bred-to-be-shot

Keep The Ban was established in 2015 to expose and eradicate cruelty inflicted on wildlife. Since then, thousands of people have joined us on our mission, and we rely on our supporters to help fund our campaigns and support anti-hunting organisations across the country: If you would like to help us, please consider giving a small one-off or recurring donation from as little as £1 a month: keeptheban.uk/donate

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Kate Winslet Reveals A Shocking Truth About Our Planet’s Future

A destructive industry is killing our planet! Documentary 'Eating Our Way To Extinction' shines a light on why we MUST take the role of animal agriculture seriously when it comes to the climate crisis.

EATING OUR WAY TO EXTINCTION takes audiences on a cinematic journey around the world, from the depths of the Amazon rainforests to the Taiwanese Mountains, the Mongolian desert, the US Dust Bowl, the Norwegian Fjords and the Scottish coastlines, telling the story of our planet through shocking testimonials, poignant accounts from indigenous people most affected by our ever-changing planet, globally renowned figures and leading scientists. This powerful documentary sends a simple but impactful message by uncovering hard truths and addressing, on the big screen, the most pressing issue of our generation – ecological collapse.


Kate Winslet Reveals A Shocking Truth About Our Planet’s Future

Find out more about the documentary: eating2extinction.com

Watch the full documentary here: youtu.be/LaPge01NQTQ

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New Documentary Warns Of ‘Tremendous Suffering’ In Brazil’s Animal Export Trade

Actor Luísa Mell features in the new short film, which shines a light on cruel practices in the animal export industry

A new documentary is spotlighting cruelty in the live animal export industry.

Produced by Mercy For Animals and fronted by Brazilian actor Luísa Mell, the short film aims to raise awareness of the 11 million bovines who are shipped around the world every year, before being slaughtered at their end destination.

According to the documentary, 280,000 cattle leave Barcarena’s Porto De Vila Do Conde (Brazil’s main port for live animal export) every year. From there, in cramped, dirty conditions, they are shipped off on weeks-long journeys to the Middle East and North Africa.

“In slaughterhouses in the Middle East, animals are slashed in the legs with knives, gashed at the throat, and left to bleed to death, all while conscious and able to feel pain,” Mercy For Animals states. “Live export causes tremendous suffering, and it needs to end now.”


Exportação Vergonha - Documentário sobre a exportação de animais vivos (Com Luisa Mell)

Read more: plantbasednews.org/culture/film/documentary-tremendous-suffering-brazil-live-animal-export-trade

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This is how the US invented chicken

The story of how modern chickens were invented is shocking. It’s a story of greed, it’s a story of placing profit over ethics, and it’s a story of creating unprecedented suffering.

"I want to share this story with you today because, even though we can’t change the past, we can shape the future - and the choices that we make today will decide what the future will look like and we can decide to create a future that increases suffering or a future that dramatically reduces suffering. That choice is ours." Earthling Ed


How the US Invented Chicken

Ed is on TikTok: @earthlinged

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Plant-based alternatives continue to grow, Spain's new animal rights law & more | Month in a Minute

It’s time for the August edition of Sentient Media’s The month in a Minute, narrated by Jasmine C. Leyva.

Climate activists in the UK are taking their government to court for its lack of proposals to reduce meat and dairy consumption. A new investigation also revealed that the country now has more than 1,000 livestock mega-farms - that’s up 200 from five years ago. Meanwhile the government’s own Food Tsar stated that England must reduce meat intake to avoid climate breakdown.

Plant-based alternatives continued to spread across the fast-food industry as a new study from Future Foods confirmed plant-based animal product alternatives really are healthier and more environmentally sustainable.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands plant-based meat is now cheaper than animal meat.

The USDA announced it must now publicly report all animal welfare violations, ending a practice which permitted animal welfare inspectors to omit certain violations from public reports.

An animal sanctuary founder was jailed after cows wandered from a nearby cattle farm onto her property.

In Europe, Spain banned pigeon-shooting, zoos and dolphinariums while Italy banned the slaughter of male chicks.

A report by Earthsight revealed that US agribusiness giants’ soy is linked to stolen indigenous land and murder in Brazil, while in Britain hens will be fed insects to lay carbon-neutral eggs for supermarket chain Morrisons to avoid the whole soy issue. Meanwhile scientists say Insects could be used give a meaty taste to food to help the environment.

And Freya the walrus, who liked to bask in the sun in an Oslo fjord, was euthanized because, according to officials, they could not guarantee the wellbeing of the animal. I’ll say.

Watch all this and more in our August media recap:


Plant-based alternatives continue to grow, Spain's new animal rights law & more | Month in a Minute

Head to read the overview of the rest of the news, for those of you with more than a minute to spare: sentientmedia.org/month-in-a-minute-august-2022

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John Wendle – An experienced self shooting producer director based in Dakar, Senegal in West Africa.

John has worked as a journalist for 20 years in places from Afghanistan to Svalbard and Cameroon to Myanmar.

Covering wildlife, science, and conflict stories, he has worked for National Geographic, BBC, and many others.

He currently operates a Sony FS7, flies a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and edits in Premiere.

John will help get your stories off the ground from pre-production services to shooting and editing from anywhere across West Africa, the continent, and beyond.

He speaks fluent Russian and French.


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Alain Compost – an experienced DOP, Wildlife Cameraman, Photographer & Ecologist based in Indonesia

Photography of Endangered species, Rain forest of South East Asia, Environment and Sustainability.

Documentary Film Making, International Television Productions Animal Behaviour, Culture and Traditions, Extreme working conditions.

Combining an artist's vision with an activist's passion, Alain Compost portrays the wonder and tragedy of the planet’s endangered wildlife.

Working alone or as part of a film crew, Alain Compost provides a self-contained high-definition video system and digital still photography.

His 20.000 image catalog comprises one of the most comprehensive image libraries of Indonesian and Southeast Asian wildlife.

Specialties: Nature Photography and Documentary Films.


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Native to Earth Limited – Wildlife Conservation Documentaries and Media: Connecting audiences to the true guardians of the Earth.

Native to Earth is a collection of creatives passionate about conserving the natural world. We exist to unite audiences’ understanding of the Earth’s offerings, the truth about their misuse and vulnerability, and to empower everyone to make positive change. We aim to document the natural world whilst carrying a responsibility to communicate the truth about both the challenges and how to overcome them.

Our vision is for people across the globe to reconnect with nature and unite as Natives of the Earth through exposure to alternative perspectives of what it means to live sustainably, cherish nature’s offerings, and value the work it takes to protect and live in harmony with the natural world, enriching their lives in the process.

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To produce documentaries and interactive media that engage audiences with the challenges of the Biodiversity Crisis, from ecological breakdown to socioeconomic struggle. To inform audiences of how and by whom the challenges of the Biodiversity Crisis are being addressed. To empower audiences to contribute to solutions that make real change.

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Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (INFF) – The established film competition on the subjects of nature, environment and sustainability since 2002

Short or long, documentary or story, thought-provoking, factual, shocking, fascinating, or just simply beautiful: films that will be shown to the public at Innsbruck’s Metropol cinema this autumn at INFF!

The established international Nature Film Competition on the subject of nature, environment and sustainability features high quality projects from throughout the world and celebrates its 21st edition in 2022.

As an environmental film festival in the middle of the Alps, INFF pays special attention to networking and values in the sense of the European Green Deal. INFF is a European platform for the exchange of filmmakers, production companies and broadcasters from all over the world.

Feel free to join INFF personally 15-18 October 2022


20th Innsbruck Nature Film Festival

For details head over to the website: www.naturefestival.eu

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Benjamin Smail Productions (BSP) – offering full solutions in natural history & documentary filmmaking.

From Pre to Post production we can cover the whole production line, with a wide range of in-house equipment, knowledge and skills.

Working in live TV broadcast for over 10 years, I followed my dream and started up my own production company 2 years ago. To turn my Natural history filmmaking and photography passion into a job that I love. Now working with a range of clients creating wildlife content.

Some of our regular clients include Nature parks & Eco wildlife tourism companies which we create documentaries and promotional content for. As well as creating and hosting live awards shows for the international Nature Photographer of the year (NPOTY) contest and editor and filmmaker for online virtual Nature Photography festivals.

Certificate in Wildlife-film Natural history course and a university degree in film & TV production. With work experience working on shows like the BBC natural history unit's "Natural World" series.

Working with a whole range of in-house kits from large format 4K cameras (and higher 8k). With specialist grip and kits, associated with natural history filmmaking. Including high-speed cameras for slow-motion, sliders, motion control time-lapses, cranes, aerial drones, gimbal stabilised rigs, camera traps & macro scopes to name a few. (Please see website for the whole in-house kit list)

We can provide services for all of the production, for example, audio, broadcast engineering & repairs, data management, pre-production & planning, post-production, presenting, writing, narrating, lighting and still photography among others.

With BSP (Benjamin Smail Productions) you are in safe & trusted hands for all aspects of production, to create beautiful natural history documentaries. We don't just offer a wildlife camera operator and video, we offer a solution in creative Natural history storytelling. Of course completely bespoke to the client.

Please contact me for more information I love to hear about new exciting projects!


Best Wildlife Experience in The Netherlands | Nocturnal Wildlife | Pine Martens | Night Photography

Website: www.benjaminsmailproductions.com

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Tina Hansen – Veterinarian/Program host, AKA “Tina in the wild”

Tina Hansen is an influencer and soon to be veterinary graduate, as of March 2023.

“Tina in the wild” is a documentary filmed last September (2021) at a wildlife capture course in South Africa!

Cameraman Mauritz Eklund (See below) and Tina made a film series about their trip to South Africa in September 2021, when they were working with wildlife there.

They are interested in promoting this series and are open to other missions in the future ... Not necessarily together!

Trailer coming soon ... Subscribe: youtube.com/channel/UCzlv6f4B5-weR-B2UbjhLDg

Website: www.travelingvetstudent.wixsite.com/blog

Also see: www.beacons.page/travelingvetstudent

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Carl-Mauritz Axel Eklund – Film student: Cinematographer, co-director, editor and producer.

Tina Hansen is an influencer and soon to be veterinary graduate, as of March 2023.

Carl-Mauritz worked as a cameraman on the “Tina in the wild” project, also directing Tina Hansen.

After filming he had the main responsibility of editing the series.


Traveling To ICELAND During A PANDEMIC | "Be The Best Version Of Yourself" Project

Find him here: instagram.com/mauritzeklund & youtube.com/channel/UCg3dDxeDIBva6Fbe0F--R_g

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24-7mediaconceptS.L. – Production Services in the Canary Islands.

Services include everything from interviews to complete Film and TV production services:

  • Location Scouting
  • Local Crew Management
  • Production management
  • Casting
  • Livestream with own mobile Studio, up to 9 Cameras
  • Sound, Lighting, Grip
  • Permits
  • We provide all of the Equipment required for any Standard Interview

Website: www.24-7mediaconcept.com

CEO: Günther Haase – gunther@24-7mediaconcept.com

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NewyonderA global streaming service, film studios and certified B Corp dedicated to leaving our planet wilder through storytelling optimism and change.

Go beyond the story and subscribe for change®.

Watch Newyonder Originals in 4K UHD on compatible devices, at any time, and help drive real tangible change from your own sofa – with a % of the revenue going towards regenerative and sustainable impact projects.

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