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Wildlife Winners and Losers - Brock Initiative

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Wildlife Winners and Losers Film Series Launched!
From Richard Brock/Brock Initiative
1 June 2016

Richard Brock and film-maker/editor Gareth Trezise have been very busy over the past year or so working on the 'Wildlife Winners and Losers' film series... Sixty+ conservation films that aim to show us all "how to turn losers into winners"!! Please get behind the campaign by watching, liking and sharing the films far and wide!!!

Winners and Losers – How to turn losers into winners

Sir David Attenborough: “Sounds like a very good idea” 19/01/15

A message from Richard Brock:

The intention of this 60+ film series is to draw attention to the realistic, positive side of wildlife conservation, as well as showing the problems that lie ahead and what might be done to avoid them. The series is not in the same league as major “landmark” productions with big budgets, big teams and, sometimes, big television audiences – sometimes global, sometimes not. Rather, Winners and Losers is an attempt to reach as many people around the world with fairly short films which include a wide variety of people, places, wildlife and issues, that, hopefully, will connect with those who see them. This could be via any form of media, especially social media, which is growing rapidly everywhere. A special team will ensure that maximum reach is achieved. The series has been made with my own funding (based mainly on my BBC pension) and produced with a small team of professionals filming, editing, design, management and distribution. It is possible to show, therefore, that a relatively modest effort can result in a potentially very useful product, if it is planned, made and distributed well. For me, that is my contribution to our unique “living planet” a previous BBC Natural History Unit series on which I had the pleasure of working – as well as on Life on Earth. Since that time, 25 years ago, much has changed in the natural world mainly because of us. Winners and Losers shows some of those changes – both bad news and good news, from recent archive to now. It’s an attempt to encourage the audience, especially young people globally, to care about the planet and its remarkable wildlife. I really hope the series will make a difference. No income is expected – you could call it my legacy I suppose!

To achieve maximum reach and appeal we have made a series of versions of all of the 60+ films. There is a 3-minute series promo and a 17-minute series promo. Each film has a 5-minute promo and there is also a “main film” each of about 20 minutes, so it is possible to try out each film in several stages. It is also possible to combine different subjects and lengths – a kind of “mix and match”. To name a few – Kenyan eagles, insect migration, Whales, and at Sea World, bluefin tuna, elephants, ecotourism, Shell in the Arctic, sea turtles, the River Thames, wolves, squirrels, chimps, rhinos, Galapagos, McDonald’s, hippos, a Bond girl in Sardinia, “Is Dubai Doomed?” Quite a choice, you could say, and all brought right up to date in 2016 from over the last 10-15 years. And the future? I hope the series will help and, indeed, turn losers into winners.

See the series promos below:


Wildlife Winners and Losers Series Promo - Short Version from Brock Initiative


Wildlife Winners and Losers Series Promo - Long Version from Brock Initiative

The natural world is changing very quickly now. The clock is ticking faster and faster. Some species are winning, some are losing. Many people are trying to help - in some exciting cases wildlife is helping itself. My series "Winners and Losers" looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes - past, present and particularly the future. Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and losers we might expect - and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. In the 60+ shortish films recently finished in 2016 we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!

The films will be released on Vimeo and YouTube over the coming months in groups of ten entitled "Places”, “Places & Tourists”, “Issues”, “Species” & “Solutions”. The first films, available now, are a mixed bag to whet your appetite!

If you're short on time, watch the promo first and then go on to watch the full film when able! Check out this first:


Chimps and Trees PROMO from Brock Initiative

Chimps and Trees - The extraordinary story of one chimp and a dedicated biologist, from the Congo to Kenya.


Chimps and Trees from Brock Initiative

Get the idea? :)

The series can be followed on Vimeo and YouTube by subscribing to the following:

Vimeo: Winners & Losers - Promos - vimeo.com/channels/1093378
Vimeo: Winners & Losers - Films - vimeo.com/channels/1093375

YouTube: Winners & Losers - Promos -
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQouLjrxDNkEhdtzjGl-UEpJHWqdQ4EAA


Winners & Losers - Promos from brockinitiative

YouTube: Winners & Losers - Films -www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQouLjrxDNkHOcKWtVDjSg39MrrJrCHl6


Winners & Losers - How to turn Losers into Winners! from brockinitiative

The film series can also be followed on social media: facebook.com/winnerslosersfilms & @/Winners_Losers_

Download the pdf brochure with full details here or visit: Richard-Brock-Winners-and-Losers-60+Films-Coming-Soon.html

Richard's films will be released online in the coming months, in the run up to the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol. Keep up-to-date by visiting the film series webpage here: brockinitiative.org/Winners-and-Losers.htm

See the full feature here...

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Wildscreen announces nominations for Panda Film and TV Awards 2016
By Pam Beddard - Wildscreen
30 June 2016

Wildscreen, the charity behind the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling, today announced the nominees for the 2016 edition of the wildlife film and TV industry’s highest accolade - the Wildscreen Panda Awards - often described as the ‘Green Oscars’.

The shortlist names productions from 10 countries, each of them gaining their place after a sifting of nearly 900 entries by a judging panel made up of leading international producers and broadcasters, conservation organisations, and top craft professionals.

Many of the best known names in wildlife film and TV are represented – among them Sir David Attenborough, 90 this year, who presents or narrates six of the nominated films, including all three of the documentaries vying for the Science Award.

But Wildscreen’s CEO Lucie Muir points out: “A much higher proportion of small independents have made it on to the shortlist this year, proving that it doesn’t require a big budget or long track record to tell truly inspiring, brave, bold and beautiful stories.”

In all, 43 titles remain in the running for prizes in the festival’s 20 categories with THE HUNT leading the pack with six nominations followed closely by JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER, five nominations, and RACING EXTINCTION, four nominations.

THE HUNT’s makers, Silverback Films of Bristol, UK, also tops the list of production companies with the most nominations (eight) – just ahead of the BBC Natural History Unit (seven).

This year’s Panda Award winners will be announced as part of the next Wildscreen Festival, happening in Bristol – the world capital of wildlife film and TV production - from October 10 to 14.

The announcements will be made at a glittering awards ceremony taking place at the city’s 2000-seat Colston Hall on Thursday 13 October.

Early Bird festival passes and Panda Awards ceremony tickets are on sale now via www.wildscreen.org.

The Wildscreen Festival is a not-for-profit initiative by the UK-based charity Wildscreen, which also operates Arkive, a free-to-access online encyclopaedia about the natural world, and Wildscreen Exchange, a global hub giving conservation organisations access to imagery and film, TV and photography expertise which helps them to tell the most pertinent conservation stories of our time.

Principal sponsors of the Wildscreen Festival 2016 are BBC Earth, BBC Worldwide and Disneynature.

See the full feature with embedded trailers here!

2016 Wildscreen Panda Award nominations

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD
Africa's Fishing Leopards
Icon Films in association with Natural History Films Unit Botswana
United Kingdom
America's National Parks (for the episode Everglades)
Doclights / NDR Naturfilm with ARTE, ORF for NDR & for National Geographic Channels
Germany
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
Disneynature, Crazy Ape Productions & Silverback Films
United Kingdom

CAMPAIGN AWARD
An Elephant's Tale: The Matriarch
Natalie Cash
USA
Hairy Nose
WildAid & Gwantsi
USA
Migratory Connectivity Project: Songbirds Return
Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Pangolin Pictures
USA

CHILDREN'S AWARD
My Life (for the episode Penguin Post Office)
AGB Films for CBBC
United Kingdom
The Pray
Wildlife Film Productions
USA

Wild and Weird (for the episode Radical Relationships)
BBC & BBC Worldwide
United Kingdom

PANASONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
for large crews:
Disneynature Bears
Disneynature & Silverback Films
United Kingdom
Camerawork by Sophie Darlington, John Shier, Warwick Sloss, Gavin Thurston, Mark Yates, Matthew Aeberhard, John Aitchison, Mark Smith & Jamie McPherson

Life Story (for the episode First Steps)
BBC, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV & the Open University
United Kingdom
Camerawork by John Brown, Rob Drewett, Tom Fitz, Kevin Flay, Alastair MacEwen, Ian McCarthy, Jamie McPherson, Mark Payne-Gill, Paul Stewart, Toby Strong, Gavin Thurston & Mateo Willis
The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Camerawork by Jamie McPherson, John Aitcheson, Mark Smith, Sophie Darlington, Doug Anderson, Mark & Vicky Deeble-Stone

Wonders of the Monsoon (for the episode The Drought)
BBC & Discovery
United Kingdom
Camerawork by Rolf Steinmann, Paul Stewart, Barrie Britton, Warwick Sloss, Nick Lyon & Lindsay Cupper

for small crews:
In Between
Rolf Steinmann
Germany
Camerawork by Rolf Steinmann
Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Camerawork by James Morgan, Mark Sharman (underwater) & Ben Sadd (aerial)
Vanishing Kings: Lions of the Namib
A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian Networks, Into Nature Productions & Boksdocs with ORF-Enterprise
Austria
Camerawork by Lianne Steenkamp

CREATIVE INNOVATION AWARD
India's Wandering Lions
Ammonite Films & Kosmik Global Media
India

Life Is One
Tawak Pictures
France

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Life Is One
Life is One - Patrick Rouxel

Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery Channel present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA
Wild Expectations
Equilibrio Films, LLC in association with Nedo Producciones Ltda. for Animal Planet
USA

EDITING AWARD
Huntwatch
IFAW

USA
Editing by Brant Backlund, David Kennedy, Nicholas Rexford, Alexander Mejia-Johnson & Casey Clark

Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Editing by Sam Rogers
Moose: A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater
Twig Eaters Inc. in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, WNET Thirteen and BBC Bristol
Canada
Editing by Roderick Deogrades & Robert Ruzic
The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Editing by Matt Meech

EMERGING TALENT AWARD
Cees van Kempen for Returning: Kingfisher
Netherlands


scene from the film KINGFISHER - laying egg from Ispida

Tristan Thompsonfor Uncharted Amazon
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Uncharted Amazon
Uncharted Amazon - Tristan Thompson

Ryan Patrick Killackey for Yasuni Man
USA

IMPACT AWARD
Explorer: Warlords of Ivory
National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
USA
Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA
The Islands and the Whales
Intrepid Cinema
United Kingdom

MUSIC AWARD
Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Music by William Goodchild
Magical Moors
nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Germany
Music by Joerg Magnus Pfeil & Siggi Mueller
The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Music by Steven Price

PEOPLE AND NATURE AWARD
Honey Hunters
Arkana Studio co-produced with ARTE G.E.I.E.; Telewizja Polska S.A; Studio Produkcyjne ORKA; MX35 Wajda Szlenkier Litwin SP.J
Poland
India's Wandering Lions
Ammonite Films & Kosmik Global Media
India
Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery Channel present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA

POPULAR BROADCAST AWARD
John Bishop's Gorilla Adventure
Tigress Productions & LOLA Entertainment
United Kingdom
Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA
Wild Expectations
Equilibrio Films, LLC in association with Nedo Producciones Ltda. for Animal Planet
USA

PRESENTER AWARD
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom
Presented by David Attenborough
Explorer: Warlords of Ivory
National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
USA
Presented by Bryan Christy
Tribes, Predators and Me
BBC & BBC Worldwide
United Kingdom
Presented by Gordon Buchanan

NHK SCIENCE AWARD
Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur
BBC, BBC Worldwide & PBS
United Kingdom
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom
David Attenborough's Light on Earth
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films production in co-production with CuriosityStream in association with BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia
Austria/UK

SCRIPT AWARD
The Hunt (for the episode Hide and Seek)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Script by Jonnie Hughes
The Memory of Fish
Jennifer Galvin, reelblue LLC
USA
Script by Erin Barnett, Fernanda Rossi & Jennifer Galvin
Wild Weather with Richard Hammond(for the episode Water: The Shape Shifter)
An Oxford Scientific Films/Terra Mater Factual Studios/Open University Co-Production (in association with Hamster’s Wheel and PAAN)
Austria/UK
Script by Graham Booth

SERIES AWARD
Earth - A New Wild
A Passion Planet and National Geographic Studios Production for PBS
United Kingdom
Life Story
BBC, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV & the Open University
United Kingdom
The Hunt
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Wordwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Wild Weather with Richard Hammond
An Oxford Scientific Films/Terra Mater Factual Studios/Open University Co-Production (in association with Hamster’s Wheel and PAAN)
Austria/UK

SHORT AWARD
Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish
Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck, Sweet Fern Productions
USA
In Between
Rolf Steinmann
Germany
Pangolin
Coral & Oak Studios, co-produced with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
Philippines

FILMS AT 59 SOUND AWARD
Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Sound by Tim Owens & Ben Peace at Wounded Buffalo
Magical Moors
nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Germany
Sound by Oliver Goertz
The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Sound Design by Kate Hopkins

TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD
Big Blue Live
BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America & PBS
United Kingdom
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom
David Attenborough's Light on Earth
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films production in co-production with CuriosityStream in association with BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia
Austria/UK

THEATRICAL AWARD
Ivory
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production in association with Vulcan Productions & in association with Malaika Pictures
Austria
Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale
Vulcan Productions in association with Off The Fence
USA
Unbranded
Fin & Fur Films LLC, Implement Productions & Cedar Creek Media LLC
USA

The winners of the 2016 Wildscreen Panda Awards will be presented at the Panda Awards Ceremony on Thursday 13 October 2016 at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. In addition to the above awards, Wildscreen will also present the Golden Panda Award for overall best production, and the Outstanding Achievement Award which is given to an individual in recognition of their significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and the public’s understanding of the environment.

Congratulations to all Wildlife-film.com member nominations listed in bold above! :)

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Volunteer recruitment for Wildscreen 2016 is now open!

The Wildscreen Festival could not take place without our loyal and hard working team of volunteers that give up a week of their time to help deliver the event and make sure attendees get the most out their time in Bristol. We're now accepting applications from people who want to volunteer at the 2016 Wildscreen Festival and who share our passion for wildlife film and photography and providing great customer service to delegates.

Why volunteer?

The rewards for volunteering include:

  • The chance to see the Panda Award-nominated films and attend Festival events
  • Access to the Delegate Lounge and networking events
  • Access to the film library
  • Insight into the industry's issues and players
  • Learning new skills
  • Making new friends

The serious stuff

  • Successful volunteers are required to be available for full-time work Sunday 9 to Friday 14 October 2016 inclusive. The Festival is open from early in the morning to late at night so expect shifts with early starts and/or late finishes.
  • We're sorry, but all volunteers must be aged 18 or over
  • Applications are via the online form.
  • We do not accept applications by email, CV or covering letters.
  • Wildscreen is a charity and these are unpaid volunteer posts and we're unable to cover the cost of travel to or accommodation in Bristol.
  • A uniform and meals/refreshments will be provided.

If you feel you have the necessary skills to be a proactive and hardworking member of the volunteer team, please send us your application by Friday 29 July. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted throughout August for a telephone/Skype interview to assess your suitability and motivation, with successful volunteers being notified by early September. Due to the expected high number of applications we are not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants..

Find out more about the roles and apply here: www.wildscreen.org/festival/volunteering


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Wildeye have a few course places available later this year... Don't delay, join in!!

There's places available on the ever popular Introduction to Wildlife Film-making, 2–4 September 2016 - These weekends, in the heart of Norfolk, provide a unique hands-on introduction to wildlife film-making. The sessions cover all aspects of wildlife film-making with opportunities for practical filming work as well as advice about how to get started and what equipment to use. This course is the perfect start for those wishing to work in the wildlife film-making industry, whether as a camera operator, producer, researcher, script-writer, presenter and so on. It is also suitable for those wishing to pursue wildlife film-making as a fascinating hobby. Just £295 for the weekend, including accommodation and food! More here!

The new dates for our Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 28-30 October 2016, just announced, has places available... Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money. More here!

Films of example footage/fun from last month's camera course:


Wildeye Time Lapse Trials Jun16
from Wildeye


Wildeye Aerials June 16 from Wildeye


Wildeye Highspeed June 2016
from Simon Beer

Last years' first Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda trip was a big success... This years' dates are: 14-25 November 2016 – There are 3 Places Available! Join the Great Ape Adventure (A Wildeye /GAFI Project) - Trek to see/film wild mountian gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda, whilst learning about and participating in conservation projects to protect our close relatives. A unique itinerary is planned to give participants an incredible opportunity to see wild great apes and engage in their conservation... More here!

Sound recordist, Colin Hunter, was a particpant on last year's Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda trip... A recording he made on the trip has been winning awards! He says:

"One of the recordings I made whilst we were together has won three awards at the Wildlife Sound Recording Society 2015 Competition. The recording in question is of the frog and toad chorus at the Buffalo Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are several categories and I was awarded as runner up of the open class of class 4 (Habitat), the restricted winner and I won the certificate for the overall restricted winner, all three awards for the same recording. I actually made the recording during the crazy thunderstorm that rolled over whilst we were having dinner. Just after the rain stopped, one of the guards took me down to the side of the pond and I captured the intense chorus with the dominant voices those of the Guttural Toad and the Rocket Frog. At the end of the recording we hear a clap of thunder. A few seconds prior to this, a bolt of lightning had forked down to the ground a kilometre or so away, and for a split second the entire lake had been lit up in bright purple. It was only at this point that I realized a hippo was standing in the middle of the lake, about 30 metres from where I was standing. The guard said after that he'd clocked it when we arrived, but I had no clue. I have amazing memories of the whole trip we spent together but this particular moment was very vivid. So it's really nice that the recording has now been recognised as a prize winning recording"
Listen: Intense Frog And Toad Chorus - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

The second Audio Post Production Course wirh Pip Norton & Chris Watson, 16-18 December 2016 has availabilty too... This two-day course explores techniques of editing audio files on a computer and mixing soundtracks. Through demonstration and working on practical tasks you will learn how to create, edit, manipulate and improve sound recordings, and also how they can be effectively combined and mixed together to produce a soundtrack. This could be for a television or radio programme, for installations, movies, video games, CD/audio-file releases or for your own enjoyment. The course includes the creation and production of Foley sound and sound effects, how to record the perfect voice over/narration, and covers the growing area of multi-channel mixing. It is suitable for those who have already taken our Introduction to Wildlife Sound Recording course, or those who already have some experience of audio work. It will also be invaluable for video editors and producers who oversee the post production process. More here!

Check out the homepage for up-to-date availability: www.wildeye.co.uk


Brock Initiative

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6th Green-Go Short Film Contest - Call for Entries Open!

CEEweb for Biodiversityafter five year success and at least 60 hundred great short films later, just has launched Green-Go Short Film Contest for the 6th time in 2016. This year we are looking for short movies which raise awareness about small scale agriculture, the circular economy and Europe's nature wonders. Just like in the previous years, we would like to kindly ask you to be our partners to be able to reach even more interested people and raise awareness about the environmental issues we are living with. The best shorts will not only win valuable prizes but will be showed at international events that affect our future..

Green-Go Short Film Contest 2016

For more information please visit www.greengofest.eu

Wild Pages

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The 15th NaturVision Film Festival is coming this month: 21–24 July!

We would like to invite you to the 15th NaturVision Film Festival from 21 – 24 July 2016!

For the fifth time in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, Germany, you can enjoy some 100 fantastic films, with audience discussions, catching up with friends and colleagues, and of course the opportunity to celebrate together!

Grand opening: Thursday 21st July at 7.30 p.m. in the Central Theater In keeping with our ongoing special theme "Islands of the Future" – this year focusing on "The City" – we will be showing the film "Im Auftrag meiner Enkel – Norbert Blüm erkundet die Zukunft" (On Behalf of my Grandson – Norbert Blüm Explores the Future) to open the festival, and we are delighted to be able to welcome former German Federal Minister Mr. Blüm himself in person. After the event, we hope you will join us for snacks to toast the start of the festival.

Award ceremony: Saturday 23 July at 7.30 p.m. in the Central Theater followed by a reception.

Get-together: As every year, we’re offering all industry visitors a chance to catch up at a special get-together on the Friday evening from 6.00 p.m.

Workshops: Learn something new in our fascinating workshops: A music workshop with Jörg Magnus Pfeil (composition) and Alexander Gress (sound design) (Fri. 2.00–5.00 p.m.) and a workshop about the challenges of using 4K cameras (Sat. 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.). For inquiries and reservations, please contact Anne Harder: Tel. +49 (0)7141-9922480 –harder@natur-vision.org

Please register for your accreditation online at: festival.natur-vision.de/accreditation-trade-visitors

Attention: The English version of our website is coming soon! See www.facebook.com/NaturVision

Please note: Early-bird offer until 10 July only; accreditation is free for entrants to our 2016 film competition.)

We look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time!

Best regards, Ralph Thoms, Kay Hoffmann and the entire NaturVision Team

NaturVision Filmfestival, Arsenalstraße 4, 71638 Ludwigsburg
+49 (0)7141 992248-0
e-mail thoms@natur-vision.org
website www.natur-vision.de


NaturVision Festival-Trailer 2016 from NaturVision Filmfestival

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New York WILD Film Festival CALL FOR ENTRIES Now Open!

We invite filmmakers from around the world to submit your work to the 4th annual New York WILD Film Festival hosted by the Explorers Club Headquarters, February 23-26, 2017.

NY WILD celebrates the filmmakers who, through the power of their images and storytelling, promote awareness, educate and inspire interest in exploring and protecting the natural world around us.

"The experience of screening at the NYWFF has been amazing...it provides a forum that, through the films it selects, is a vitally important moment." JONATHAN DEMME, Director, "The Silence of The Lambs," "What’s Motivating Hayes"

Films eligible for the 2017 competition festival must be documentaries with a focus on the subjects of exploration, adventure, wildlife, conservation and the environment.

We are accepting short films and features up to 90 minutes that are completed between January 1, 2015 and December 1, 2016. Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway, earlybird deadline is July 11, 2016


NY WILD FILM FESTIVAL TRAILER 2015 from Nancy Rosenthal

For questions please email nywildff@gmail.com with festival entry in the subject. Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to receiving your entry!

Best, Nancy Rosenthal Founder & Executive Director: www.nywildfilmfestival.com

So You Want to Be a WIldlifre Photographer?

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Stories Lived Environmental Video Short Contest Open for Entries!

Through July 17th, StoriesLived.com is taking submissions in the Environmental Category for its online video contest.

$5,000 in cash prizes are being awarded in a variety of categories, with a single video eligible for $4,000 in prizes. No limit on number of videos a filmmaker can submit!

For more details please visit the contest page at: www.StoriesLived.com/contest

Stories Lived Environmental Video Short Contest

Stories Lived is a repository of video shorts that move and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves we can be. It is a unique site in which one can see, learn and in turn, draw upon that grace that others show in their lives and hopefully use it in our own to be a blessing to others.


Stories Lived from Stories Lived

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Wildlife Documentary Video Workshop with Tom and Sabrina Karges

If you are passionate about wildlife and have a desire to learn about wildlife filmmaking, TaTanka Productions, Castle Rock, Colorado is putting on a Wildlife Documentary Video Workshop at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Bring your camera and learn how to produce your own 10 to 12 minute wildlife documentary on our nation's newly proclaimed national mammal, the Bison.

The workshop will run for 5 days July 31-August 5, 2016.

The spectacular Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a true gem of the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge's mixed grass prairies, lush meadows and majestic mountains with hundreds of buffalo is the backdrop for this learning experience.

You will be filming during the most exciting time of the year – the bison rut (mating season), where you will observe bison behavior to the maximum. The bulls when their tails go straight up, pounding the earth with their hooves and their bellows are deafening, signaling they are primed and ready for combat to challenge the other bulls that may come their way. The winning bulls get the prize, the females. The documentary you produce will be on your observations of bison behavior. Until you have intimately observed bison behavior and the rut – it is nothing like you have ever seen before. A refuge biologist will be on hand to discuss the nuances of bison behavior. Other wildlife to be observed on the refuge are elk, deer, prairie dog, burrowing owls, eagles, vast variety of other raptors, southern song birds and possibly the endangered black-capped vireo.

Tom and Sabrina Karges, owners of TaTanka Productions, a non profit 501c3, have been producing documentaries for thirty plus years specializing in Natural History and Social Awareness programs. Their work has taken them all over the world. But, their favorite place to return to is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They have been filming at the Refuge for more than twenty five years and have produced several films for the Refuge Visitors Center. Their latest film “Wild Side of Eden” is presently being shown at the Visitors Center. You can see “WILD SIDE OF EDEN” on Youtube.


Wild Side of Eden from Tom-Sabrina Karges

The workshop is limited to 12 individuals. You will work in a small team learning how to produce your wildlife documentary program. You will learn the importance of research before you ever turn on the camera, idea script, script writing, shooting, audio and the basics of editing.

Students attending the workshop should have a passion for wildlife and wildlife filmmaking. To produce a successful wildlife film takes more than just shooting hours of footage. You must be able to combine your creative story telling ability with your technical expertise in shooting and then putting it altogether in the final edit. In essence the goal of the workshop is to inspire you to develop your skills to be a successful wildlife filmmaker.

The price for the seminar is $785.00 for the week. TaTanka is a 501c3 non profit so your tuition is considered a TAX DEDUCTION. At the conclusion of the five day seminar you will have your own professionally produced 10 to 12 minute documentary on bison behavior that you have shot and edited to take home.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom or Sabrina Karges - tatankaproductions@hotmail.com
www.tatankaproductions.net

REVOLUTION - The movie

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Another triumph from the marvellous Tom Mustill - Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants

Everyone loves giraffes, but what do we really know about them? Dr Julian Fennessy starts to reveal their secrets - the most important being that they are disappearing. In an urgent and daring mission, with a determined Ugandan team, he plans to round up 20 of the world's rarest giraffe to take across and beyond the mighty Nile River. The stakes are high, but if they succeed the reward will be a brighter future for an animal we have somehow overlooked.

A sneak preview of Tom's film ‘Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants’- www.bbc.co.uk


Watch the film on BBC iPlayer (for the next 21 days!): www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07hp89f/natural-world-20162017-6-giraffes-africas-gentle-giants

Support giraffe conservation here: giraffeconservation.org

We think Tom should do a masterclass on how to make a perfect conservation film, and get it broadcast! Remember the award-winning The Bat Man of Mexico? His too... We love you Tom!! :)

Visit Tom's Website: www.grippingfilms.com & follow him on Twitter: @tommustill

Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference


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Wildlife Filmmaking Tutorial Number 4 #Luck - By Darryl Saffer

Darryl says: "Luck does play a part in getting the great shot, but you can give your luck a little help!
If you like these videos, please subscribe and let me know."


Wildlife Filmmaking 4 - Luck from The Field Journal

Also see:

Double award-winning "Florida Field Journal" produced by Darryl Saffer, engages and educates the viewing public, both on cable and You Tube, to care about the environment.


Florida Field Journal from TheEdChannel20

Website: www.thefieldjournal.net

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Welcome to our new full members from June!

Artemis Evlogimenou - A qualified HSE underwater camera operator who has recently passed a Marine Biology Level 3 course with Distinction, wanting to work with marine biologists and conservationists.

Mark Anthony Coger - A DOP/produce and editor from San Diego, with experience of filming in the polar regions.

Mike Johnson - Wildlife, nature, travel, and adventure cinematographer and editor based in the central US and available for worldwide travel.

Cees van Kempen - Founder/Producer/DOP of Ispida Wildlife Productions, an independent production company, dedicated to create the highest quality of wildlife films.

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

Environmental Investigation Agency

Filmmakers For Conservation

Production Gear

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

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


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