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Enter New York WILD... Extended deadline September 30!

The 7th annual New York WILD Film Festival will be February 27-March 1, 2020.

The New York WILD Film Festival is the only documentary film festival in New York to present powerful exhilarating films about the wild world around us. These carefully selected films from around the world will cover a spectrum of wild topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife, conservation and the environment.

Find out more and enter here: filmfreeway.com/NewYorkWILDFilmFestival

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Natural History Assistant Producer Needed in London!

Oxford Scientific Films are looking for a Assistant Producer to help set up and go on a shoot in Japan. Must have Natural History experience.

The role is based in London and will start at the beginning of October to Mid November for 6 weeks.

Please send all applications to Jennie Baker at jbaker@oxfordscientificfilms.tv and include at least two references. Thank you!

Visit: facebook.com/job_opening/2081056858866002

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iLCP Event: WiLD about Conservation with member Sandesh Kadur!

The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) in partnership with Summit Photography Workshops is putting on WiLD about Conservation.

WiLD about Conservation is a one night, public event about the passion, perseverance, and patience required in conservation photography. Our three speakers are Sandesh Kadur, Doug Gimesy, and Katie Schuler - all award-winning photographers and filmmakers.

Sandesh is a filmmaker, photographer, and National Geographic Explorer. His most recent work includes filming for Netfilx’s Our Planet.

Doug is an Australian photographer focusing on animal welfare. He has been a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Big Picture Natural World competitions, has won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year ‘Our Impact’ category, and most recently, won the inaugural Wildscreen Panda PhotoStory Award.

Katie is a filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. who is most known for her award-winning film on pangolins, the world’s most illegally trafficked mammal.

The event is happening on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 7 - 9PM at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming.

Registration and additional information can be found here: conservationphotographers.org/wild-about-conservation

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Jackson Wild Media Awards 2019 Finalists Announced!
From Jackson Wild
5th August 2019
Updated: 21st August 2019

Congratulations to this incredible lineup of finalists! This year's submissions included over 1,000 category entries - a record number - competing for more than 30 awards. We are deeply grateful to our more than 250 international preliminary judges who together reviewed over 5,000 hours of media. 

Stay tuned —Audioscape finalists and Special Consideration nominees will be announced mid-August.

See below for a full list of finalists:

Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists!

Best Animal Behavior Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or authoritative way. Sponsored by Disneynature

Blue Planet II: One Ocean
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Dynasties: Painted Wolves
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, Tencent, France Télévisions, CCTV9

Our Planet: Jungles ?
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

Best Animal Behavior Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or authoritative way.

The Great Pretender
A film by Nardine Groch, Produced as part of the UWE Masters of Wildlife Filmmaking course.

Unraveling the Monarch Butterfly Migration Mystery | It's Okay to be Smart
PBS Digital Studios, Spotzen

Whales and SETI
A Rebel Media Productions film, made in partnership with Long Story Short Media, in association with The Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Best Ecosystem Film
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores a unique habitat and its wildlife. Sponsored by Terra Mater

Backyard Wilderness
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider

Kingdoms of the Sky: Himalaya
PBS, BBC Earth

Mighty Rivers: The Ganges
Icon Films for Animal Planet

Our Planet: High Seas
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

Best Earth & Sky Film
Awarded to the film that best explores the science of planet earth and the cosmos beyond. Relevant disciplines include Geology, Paleontology, Oceanography, Astronomy and Meteorology. Sponsored by: WGBH

Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey To Tomorrow
Discovery presents a Moxie Firecracker Films Production

Living Universe: The Explorers
Essential Media Entertainment, ZED, CuriosityStream, ARTE France

Space's Deepest Secrets: Cassini's Grand Finale
BBC Worldwide and Science Channel

Best Conservation Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions. Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare

Blue Planet II: Our Blue Planet
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Kifaru Vs. Goliath
Visual, Ragtag Tribe Films

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

Best Conservation Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions.

From Asia to Antarctica
Eco-Business

Nigerians fight to protect the world's most trafficked mammal
Katie Schuler, Mike Olcott, Dan Steinmetz, National Geographic Partners

Sides of a Horn
Whirlow Park Pictures, Broad River Productions, YKMD Productions, The Televisionaries, Frame 48

Best People & Nature Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment. ?? ?Sponsored by: The Nature Conservancy

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

The Biggest Little Farm
NEON and LD Entertainment present a FarmLore Films production in association with Diamond Docs and Impact Partners & Artemis Rising

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best People & Nature Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment. ??

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
National Geographic Society

Nigerians fight to protect the world's most trafficked mammal
Katie Schuler, Mike Olcott, Dan Steinmetz, National Geographic Partners

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society

Best Changing Planet Film - Long Form
Awarded for the best examination of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change. Sponsored by Love Nature Picture

Our Planet: Frozen Worlds
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

The Human Element
Earth Vision Film

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Changing Planet Film - Short Form
Awarded for the best examination of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change.

Cowboys & Scientists
Grizzly Creek Films, Archbold Biological Station

How to Save Our Planet
Silverback Films, Netflix, WWF UK

The Last Green Thread
Grizzly Creek Films, Danny Schmidt Films

Best Science in Nature Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively incorporates science, the scientific method and scientific discovery into an understanding of some aspect of the natural world. ? Sponsored by Marco Polo Film AG

700 SHARKS
ARTE France, Le cinquième rêve, Andromède Océanologie, Les gens bien productions, Filmin'Tahiti, CNRS Images, with the participation of FranceTélévisions, National Geographic Wild, Ushuaia TV, Ici Explora, ARTE Distribution, Le CNC, La Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, La Polynésie française.

Laws of the Lizard
Day's Edge Productions for Smithsonian Network

The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World
Smith & Nasht, Real to Reel Productions In association with CuriosityStream, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ZDF/ARTE, SVT Sweden

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Science in Nature Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively incorporates science, the scientific method and scientific discovery into an understanding of some aspect of the natural world.
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Second Genesis
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Market Road Films for PBS

Sounds of Survival
Katie Garrett and bioGraphic

The Anomalies: Venom Race
Day's Edge Productions for bioGraphic

The Lizard's Tale: Anoles
In The City Day's Edge Productions for Smithsonian Network

Best Impact Film - Long Form
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the impact of individuals, groups, organizations or movements committed to the protection, awareness or understanding of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world. Sponsored by ORF

Kifaru Vs. Goliath
Visual, Ragtag Tribe Films Picture Ghost Fleet Vulcan Productions, Seahorse Productions

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn wars
SDBFilms

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Impact Film - Short Form
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the impact of individuals, groups, organizations or movements committed to the protection, awareness or understanding of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world.

Anointed
Mainspring Media, PREL

Blood Island
Lindsey Parietti in association with the University of the West of England

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
National Geographic Society

Saving Grayling
Pioneer Studios, USFW, NFWF

Best Educational/Institutional Film
Awarded to the non-broadcast or commercially distributed program that most successfully educates its audience on some aspect of the natural world. This includes projects created by government agencies, NGOs, universities and other institutions. Sponsored by: PBS

Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Freshwaters Illustrated

M6NTHS
Eline Helena Film in association with the University of the West of England

The Disappeared
Artists in Motion Ltd, Sound Off Films

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Best Limited Series Film - Long Form
Awarded to the mini-series with episodes longer than 20 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Sponsored by: RED Digital Cinema

Blue Planet II
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Okavango - River of Dreams
A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS / WILDLIFE FILMS production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, DOCLIGHTS/NDR NATURFILM in association with PBS, CPB, ARTE FRANCE / Unité Découverte et Connaissance and SVT

Our Planet
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

Best Limited Series Film - Short Form
Awarded to the mini-series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Sponsored by: ARRI

Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

How to Save Our Planet
Silverback Films
, Netflix, WWF UK

Wild_Life: Resurrection Island
The Front and Bertie Gregory for National Geographic

Best Engaging Youth Film
Awarded to the program that most effectively inspires an appreciation of the natural world, or issues associated with animals and the environment to young people 6-12 years of age. Sponsored by: Discovery

Backyard Wilderness
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider

Great Bear Rainforest
Spirit Bear Entertainment

Superpower Dogs
IMAX & Cosmic

Best Host/Presenter Led Film
Awarded to the program that makes the most effective use of a host or presenter in communicating an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. Sponsored by: Vulcan Productions

Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees
Atlantic Productions, Host: Judi Dench

Mighty Rivers: The Ganges
Icon Films for Animal Planet, Host: Jeremy Wade

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war
SDBFilms
, Host: Bonné de Bod

Wild_Life : Resurrection Island
The Front for National Geographic, Host: Bertie Gregory

Best Micro-Movie Film
Awarded to the most effective and compelling project under five minutes in length (including PSAs, music videos, and campaigns), that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. Sponsored by: Seeker

Expand the Field
National Geographic Society

Finding Captain Nemo
Popular Science

March of the Newts
Freshwaters Illustrated

Not A Pet
Triangle Monday, The Big Sky

What is Biodiversity?
Silverback Films
, Netflix, WWF UK

Best Theatrical Film
Awarded to the program created for commercial distribution that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. This category includes programs distributed in theaters, BluRay/DVD or streamed via the internet. Sponsored by: Off the Fence Picture

Free Solo
National Geographic Documentary Films Presents A Little Monster Films Production, an Itinerant Media Production and a Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation Production

Human Nature
Wonder Collaborative, News & Guts Films, Sandbox Films

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Student and Emerging Film
Presented in recognition of the best program produced by either a first-time filmmaker in the field of natural history production, or a student currently enrolled or no more than 2 years out of an academic program. Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

A Voice Above Nature
Annie Moir in association with the ?University of the West of England

Bears of Durango
?Test Area North

Blood Island
Lindsey Parietti in association with the University of the West of England ?

Chungungo: A Mentor's Tale
Visionhawk Films, Aquaterrafilms, Nedo Producciones Ltda.

Best 360° Storytelling
Awarded to the best natural history program created for the immersive platform of Virtual Reality. Sponsored by: USC Cinematic Arts

Everest VR: The Movie Experience
Jonathan Griffith Productions, Legend 3D, Vulcan Productions

Greenland Melting
FRONTLINE, Emblematic Group, NOVA, xRez Studio, Realtra

My Africa
A Passion Planet Production in association with Vision 3 for Conservation International

Polar Obsession
Black Dot Films VR for National Geographic

Best Visualization Film
Awarded for the cinematography or computer generated visual storytelling that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. Sponsored by: Fujifilm and Fujinon Lenses

Blue Planet II: The Deep
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Cinematographer: Gavin Thurston

Dynasties: Chimpanzee
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, Tencent, France Télévisions, CCTV9, Cinematographers: John Brown, Mark MacEwen

Our Planet: One Planet
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Cinematographer: Tim Cragg

Best Editing Film
Awarded for the editing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. Sponsored by: Sony Electronics

Blue Planet II: One Ocean
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Editor: Matthew Meech

Dynasties: Chimpanzee
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, Tencent, France Télévisions, CCTV9, Editor: Nigel Buck

Kifaru Vs. Goliath
Visual, Ragtag Tribe Films, Editor: Andrew Harrison Brown

The Biggest Little Farm NEON and LD Entertainment present a FarmLore Films production in association with Diamond Docs and Impact Partners & Artemis Rising, Editor: Amy Overbeck

Best Writing Film
Awarded for the writing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part through the union of imagery, story line, dialog and narration. Sponsored by: National Geographic

Attenborough´s Ant Mountain
A production of TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by AMMONITE LTD., Writers: Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine

Cute little Killers
A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS production, Writer: Ruth Berry

Sex, Lies and Butterflies
A Production of TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS and CONEFLOWER PRODUCTIONS in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET, Writer: Janet Hess

Best Audioscape
Awarded for the combined contribution of sound editing, musical score, production mixing and post-production mixing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. Sponsored by: Television Academy Sound Peer Group

Cuba's Wild Revolution
A Crossing the Line Film for ORF Universum, PBS Nature, France Télévisions, BBC, SVT, RTÉ, ORF-Enterprise and WNET/Thirteen Productions LLC., Sound Mixer: Paul Finan, Original Music: Badhands

Epic Yellowstone: Life on the Wing
Grizzly Creek Films for Smithsonian Channel, Composer: David Majzlin, Sound Design: Brian Eimer

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey Sound Recordists: JT Bullitt, Col Anderson, Lang Elliott, Steve Wilkes, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and their individual recordists Sound Design: Luke Dunn Gielmuda Sound Editors: Caleb Townsend, Rachel Wardell Sound Mixer: Skip Lievsay, Warner Bros-NY

Wild Shetland: Scotland's Viking Frontier
Maramedia, Sound Editors: Kate Hopkins, Owen Shirley, Mitch Dorf, Original Music: Fraser Purdie

Special Jury
Special Jury Nominations honor programs that stood out to our preliminary judges as worthy of special recognition for some aspect or strength outside of the standard category criteria.

Artifishal
Liars & Thieves

Disneynature Penguins
Disneynature / Silverback Films

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy
The Film Crew, Inc.

Hostile Planet: Oceans
Plimsoll Productions for National Geographic Channels

Inventing Tomorrow
A Fishbowl Films Production in association with Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI | Tangled Bank Studios.

Our Gorongosa
Gorongosa Media and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

The Most Unknown
Sandbox Films, VICE Media, Wicked Delicate

The River and The Wall
Rio Grande Film

2019 Legacy Award Recipient: Paul Hawken

The Jackson Wild Legacy Awards recognize visionary filmmakers, conservationists, scientists and thought leaders. This year's 2019 Legacy Award Recipient is Paul Hawken. Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with heads of state and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. Business he has started include Erewhon, Smith & Hawken, and OneSun Solar (now called Energy Everywhere). He has written eight books including five national and NYT bestsellers: The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, Blessed Unrest, and Drawdown (2017). He is the founder of Project Drawdown, which works with over two hundred scholars, students, scientists, researchers, and activists to map, measure, and model the one hundred most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming by reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases. Paul's Keynote conversation will be on Sunday, September 22, 7:30 - 8:30pm.

Wildlife-film.com congratulates all of the finalsists, especially those of our members that have made the list (in bold above). It's likely other members have worked on some of these productions... Let us know if you have!

Visit: jacksonwild.org/2019-finalists.html

Founded in 1991, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has become Jackson Wild, expanding our reach and impact around the globe. Jackson Wild believes in the power of media to inspire wonder for our living planet and ignite action to restore and protect it through high-impact collaboration.?

Jackson Wild creates impact through four pillars of engagement: Summits, Awards, New Frontiers and Global Impact. See: www.jacksonwild.org/about.html

The Summit Programming & Schedule is Live!

More than ever before, we are inspired by the urgency of our times, and we are committed to creating a convening that will move the dial to restore and protect the world's ecosystems, species and cultures. With this in mind, we have an extensive lineup focusing on impact, innovation and collaboration through the power of storytelling.

See the 2019 programming here: www.jacksonwild.org/programming.html

The Jackson Wild Media Awards Gala is slated during a week of critical importance in the industry: the Jackson Wild Summit and the Living Oceans Summit. Jackson Wild events attract participation from key influencers in the conservation, science and media communities. For more information about the Summit programming, sponsorship, or conference attendance, please call 307-200-3286 or visit www.jacksonwild.org.

Visit/Like facebook.com/jacksonwildorg & follow twitter/jacksonwildorg & instagram.com/jacksonwildorg

Full Feature Page here!

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Not a Tall Tale: Giraffe Conservation Documentary – Agatha Jackson – Please support her!

'Not a Tall Tale' is a documentary aiming to highlight issues of the conservation state of giraffes, species silently vanishing from our planet. The film is done in a reality-TV style in hope to captivate the attention of audiences not typically interested in purely environmental matters. It showcases images of giraffes from Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa with a commentary from one of the reserve's rangers, Kurt von Maltitz, as well as a discussion with the conservationist Osiris Doumbe  about his work with 'critically endangered' Kordofan giraffes in Cameroon and Bristol's local conservation initiative - Wild Place Project.

'The conservation status of seven of the currently IUCN-recognised nine giraffe subspecies has been assessed –five of these subspecies for the first time ever. For many, it comes as a shock that three of the giraffe subspecies are now listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ (Kordofan and Nubian giraffe) and ‘Endangered’ (Reticulated giraffe), while others range from ‘Vulnerable’ (Thornicroft’s and West African giraffe) to ‘Near Threatened’ (Rothschild’s giraffe). Only Angolan giraffe – with their stronghold in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe – seem to be out of trouble and are listed as ‘Least Concern’. Only the South African and Masai giraffe are yet to be assessed. While South African giraffe appear to be doing well, Masai giraffe have plummeted and will most likely be placed within one of the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List.'


Not a Tall Tale: Giraffe Conservation Documentary

PLEASE HELP ME REACH A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH THE MESSAGE OF THIS FILM AND SUPPORT THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN AIMING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FILM FESTIVAL FEES AND ONLINE PROMOTION. www.gofundme.com/not-a-tall-tale

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Walk For Wildscreen – Lucie & Molly did it!

Lucie and Molly, who make up the Wildscreen Team, walked a whopping 100km over one weekend (that's the same distance a tiger travels to establish its territory, and they have double the amount of legs!) The Wildscreen duo took on some of the most challenging sections of the UK’s South West Coastal Path, in some of the most challenging weather Britain has seen this year!

The funds raised will support 375 conservation organisations in over 38 countries. Wildscreen Exchange has over 25,000 images available to conservation organisations to help them tell their stories and gather the momentum to ultimately save the species and habitats they work with.


Walk for Wildscreen - WE DID IT

You can still donate here: gofundme.com/walk-with-wildscreen

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THE BIG PICTURE CONFERENCE hosted by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

The Big Picture Conference, Scotland’s only event dedicated to rewilding, comes to Stirling on 21st September 2019.

The day will focus on inspirational stories and experiences from around Scotland and from around the world, delivered by rewilding practitioners, policymakers and storytellers. Delegates can browse the Rewilding Market and network with attendees from all over Scotland and from many different sectors.

Tickets are on sale now. Venue: Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.

Don't miss out on what is set to be an inspirational day: www.scotlandbigpicture.com/conference

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ECOSTREAMZ — Introducing the first documentary subscription service for the global activist community - by Kate on Conservation

There are so many incredible documentaries out there that have genuinely changed my perception of life. Whether causing me to seriously re-evaluate my lifestyle (I turned vegetarian in 2016 after watching Racing Extinction and switched to a plant-based lifestyle after seeing Earthlings the following year), or spurring me into action to join the fight against an injustice (I attended my first protest march against Taiji Cove’s dolphin slaughter after watching The Cove), there have been a fair few films in recent years that have had an immediate impact.

My regular readers will be aware of the passionate blog posts shared on this blog to raise awareness of wildlife-related issues after watching films like Black Fish and Sides of a Horn.

Helping to spread a message

One thing I’ve always found challenging, however, is that the accessibility of these important films can end up being a barrier to spreading their vital awareness.

Remembering how and where to reach these great films in order to pass them onto friends or fellow advocates can present an obstacle: for example, I watched The Cove via its official website, Racing Extinction on DVD, JANE when it aired on National Geographic Channel, Virunga on Netflix, Earthlings on YouTube, etc.

This has also meant that most of the environmental films I’ve watched have been directly recommended to me. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a wealth of these types of documentaries and thought-provoking fictional narrative films in one place? To know exactly where to go to discover more for yourself, to be able to instantly follow up with more information on the issue at hand, and discover ways to immediately get involved?

Enter ECOSTREAMZ; a documentary subscription service with a difference. I spoke to Jim Branchflower, Founder and CEO of ECOSTREAMZ to find out more….

The concept behind ECOSTREAMZ

Hi Jim, nice to chat to you. Can you tell us a bit about what ECOSTREAMZ actually is?

Wow.  Where to begin? Well, there are lots of different digital streaming services out there.  But the one thing I’ve noticed over the last several years is that not one of them has directly focused on the global activist community.

ECOSTREAMZ is changing that. We are creating an ever-evolving platform providing concerned citizens of the world with a variety of media, not just film, covering issues from wildlife conservation to human rights to the environment — all of which are important to the world today.

Our sincere hope is that over time, ECOSTREAMZ, will become THE preeminent online community and media resource for global impact activism.

Wow, I’m super excited! What charities/ projects / film makers does ECOSTREAMZ currently support?

While our site visitors are the ones who support these wonderful organisations, filmmakers and projects by subscribing to ECOSTREAMZ and/or donating to a participating cause, we facilitate their philanthropy through our easy to use platform.

In terms of who we’ve partnered with, the list is constantly growing, but currently includes WildAid, In Defense of Animals, Ape Alliance, UNICEF, The Borneo Project, Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the International Wildlife Film Festival. Some of the films on our site include award-winning, festival favourites such as Angel Azul, Blood Lions, Gods in Shackles and Sides of a Horn.

Ecostreamz - Gat a Free Trial
Ecostreamz - Gat a Free Trial

While Phase 1 of ECOSTREAMZ, the film streaming service, is live, we have been working behind the scenes on Phase 2* which is due to launch Mid October 2019.  To create a truly interactive, community-based website we are adding the following sections to roll out on a monthly basis starting in September.

Read more here: kateonconservation.com/2019/08/19/introducing-ecostreamz

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Attend GREEN SCREEN 11-15th September ... Register!

Dear Filmmakers, we invite you to join the celebration of Nature Film in beautiful beachtown Eckernförde!

Over 150 film screenings, lectures and seminars, a state-of-the-art camera and drone workshop, sailing trips and other get togethers and last but not least the festive opening and award ceremonies offer plenty of opportunities to engage with the audiences as well as with collegues from all over the world!

Registration for industry representatives is open now: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/professional/accreditation

You can log in via your existing account, otherwise please create a new one. The accreditation fee for all 5 days is €70. The daily accreditation fee is €25 per day. All events, seminars and workshops, and all film screenings are included. (Please make sure to reserve your tickets via the registration link, otherwise you may be denied entry to sold out screenings and/or events)

Free registration: all jury and panel members 2019, reporting press and young filmmakers under 18 years.

Feel free to browse the catalogue: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/download

We are looking forward to five fantastic festival days with you! Your GREEN SCREEN Team

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Sir David Attenborough: “My extraordinary life at 93 and why we must save our planet now”

An exclusive interview with the celebrated English broadcaster and natural historian on the future of life on Earth, global warming, the real threats to the environment and our civilization, what he’s most proud of and the faults of the European Union on Brexit

LONDON. Waiting outside his home, in bucolic Richmond. What kind of home will the greatest naturalist and scientific communicator on Earth have? Where does “the Noah of our times” live, after having travelled and narrated the world, now threatened by climate change, on television for over half a century, at the helm of his “ark” with countless and bizarre living beings?  What will his London microcosm be like?

His daughter Susan, who opens the pale door, unveils the mystery. “Please be careful with photos and videos”, she requests, “it must be impossible to understand where we live”. “Hellooo!” Suddenly, out of a corner, appears Sir David Attenborough, at home for once despite his relentless nomadism: light blue shirt, emerald eyes, straight white hair, the physique and the smile of a 70-year-old, despite being born in 1926, like Her Majesty the Queen, born two weeks before him.

Sir David leads us into his immense, bright, two story living room. Books everywhere, of all kinds, on both floors. Tribal, African and Oceanic sculptures, long and dry like exotic Giacomettis. And then a black piano, with Bach sonatas on it: “I like to play when I come home”. Sir David Attenborough, a splendid 93-year-old, stayed on here after the death of his beloved wife Jane, 22 years ago, followed by that of his two brothers: John, manager of Alfa Romeo in 2012 and Richard, the Oscar winning actor, who passed in 2014.

This legendary British scholar very rarely gives interviews in his London “habitat”, but he has made an exception for “Repubblica”. Sir Attenborough, went to school in Leicester (where his father, Frederick, was rector), graduated in natural sciences from Cambridge, then went up to London to lead an intense life with the BBC, narrating, protecting and “adopting” every tiny form of life on Earth in his extraordinary documentaries (from the  “Life” series to "Our Planet”, the last one on Netflix). He is just back from Glastonbury, where he took to the stage of the greatest musical festival in Europe like a rockstar to praise the crowds for ditching the use of plastic bottles. “What strange creatures…” 

Read the interview here: rep.repubblica.it

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The Sea is Rising and so are We – Extinction Rebellion

On Sunday 11th August - Extinction Rebellion's Ocean Red Rebel Brigade made their first ever appearance. They came to Porthmeor Beach in St.Ives, Cornwall. Accompanied by The Penitents and a group of supporters, they processed around the beach and then entered the ocean.


The Sea is Rising and so are We | Extinction Rebellion

Join the rebellion: Rebellion.Earth

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How Our Planet by member Silverback Films Became a Surprise Emmy Heavyweight – With More Nominations Than ‘Veep’

A total of 12 television programs reached double digits in nominations this year, starting with “Game of Thrones” and continuing with a lot of the ones that were expected to do well: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Chernobyl,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Barry,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “When They See Us,” “Russian Doll,” “Escape at Dannemora,” “Fleabag,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Our Planet” …

Wait. “Our Planet?” What’s a British nature show doing on the list of most-recognized shows, with 10 nominations, beating every other nonfiction program and also topping the likes of “Better Call Saul,” “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “This Is Us” and even “Veep” in total nominations?

It’s dominating, that’s what, scoring nominations not just for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series but also one for narrator David Attenborough, one for writing, two for music, two for sound and three for its spectacular cinematography capturing animals in their natural habitats around the world and under the sea.

“We were surprised — overjoyed and surprised,” said Keith Scholey, who produces the Netflix show with Alastair Fothergill in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund. “You don’t normally expect that to happen, but what is even more fantastic for us is that it was spread across the whole team.

“And it was a real joy to get the three cinematography nominations. In natural-history filmmaking, you live and die by the skill of your cinematographers. It’s not just what they capture, it’s their understanding of the natural world and the huge efforts they go to to get those shots, often putting themselves in danger.”

All this for a series that had a simple but substantial goal. “We wanted to make a difference,” he said. “We, and especially Alastair, have made some of the biggest landmarks in natural-history filmmaking, but we looked at each other and said, ‘Yeah, the audience really loved them, but have we changed things? Have we changed the mood toward conservation?’ So we set out to try and do that, to communicate to the audience that the world is in difficulty.”

Read more: yahoo.com/entertainment/planet-became-surprise-emmy-heavyweight-173001270.html

Follow: twitter.com/ourplanet Visit: ourplanet.com Watch: netflix.com/title/80049832

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By helping marine mammals survive, member ifaw is helping people and animals thrive together.

From a small team named the Cape Cod Stranding network in the 2000's, to today's IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team, the mission has remained the same - to help marine mammals. Brian Sharp, Director of IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team, reviews the challenges and the accomplishments of the team over 20 years.


By helping marine mammals survive, ifaw is helping people and animals thrive together.

Visit: ifaw.org/eu/projects/stranded-marine-mammal-rescue-and-research-global

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Sumatran Rhino in 60 seconds – SZtv

The Sumatran Rhino is possibly the most endangered large mammal on the planet, with fewer than 80 surviving in fragmented sub-populations across Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.


Sumatran Rhino in 60 seconds

All footage is available for licensing, please contact stockfootage@scubazoo.com for more information, or visit our online library to see more.


Brock Initiative

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Wasps battles ants for aphids from Team Candiru

Aphid hunting wasps needs to collect aphids for her young. But to do this she has to first get past their bodyguards.


Wasps battles ants for aphids

Visit: www.teamcandiru.co.uk

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Brazil: Is Bolsonaro a death sentence for the rainforest?

In Brazil, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has increased rapidly under President Jair Bolsonaro. The far-right leader says environmental protections have held back Brazil's economy, and since taking office this year, he has scaled back regulations while giving support to logging, mining and other development projects.

Environmentalists worry that too much deforestation in the Amazon could create irreversible ecological damage and worsen the global state of climate change. In this episode, we'll discuss how opening up the Amazon to business interests could impact the world's largest rainforest.


Brazil: Is Bolsonaro a death sentence for the rainforest? | The Stream

Visit: stream.aljazeera.com/story/201908121951-0025898

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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How climate crisis threatens world’s food supply and land

Climate change is degrading the very land we depend on to sustain human life. That's the stark finding from the latest UN report, which warns of potentially irreversible damage if we fail to act urgently.

But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change does offer some hope - arguing climate crisis CAN be averted, if we are prepared for fundamental change.

Our Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson is in Greenland, where recent record temperatures saw over ten billion tonnes of ice melt in a SINGLE day last week.


How climate crisis threatens world’s food supply and land

Visit: channel4.com/news/how-climate-crisis-is-threatening-the-worlds-food-supply

The Green Hub Project

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The Scariest Movie Ever Made Is a Vegan Documentary

The scariest movie ever made is a vegan documentary. "Dominion" exposes the conditions on Australian farms and has inspired national protest.

Vegan documentary “Dominion” — released in 2018 — is so disturbing, some viewers said they were unable to finish watching it. According to The Daily Mail, one social media user wrote, “got six minutes into Dominion and that’s all I could cope with.” Another added, “I believe it should be compulsory viewing for all omnivores.” Some said they felt sick whilst watching and others said that although they found it difficult, they forced themselves to watch the whole thing.


Dominion Trailer (2018)

More here: livekindly.co/scariest-movie-ever-vegan-documentary

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Wildlife with Bertie Gregory: The Big Freeze | National Geographic

National Geographic wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory heads to the unforgiving Canadian Arctic. He follows a unique annual event when the polar bears come to the edge of the land, waiting for the “big freeze” that will allow them to start hunting on the ocean ice. In their footsteps, follow other remarkably adapted animals that can survive the Arctic’s frigid temperatures.


Wildlife with Bertie Gregory: The Big Freeze | National Geographic

Visit: nationalgeographic.com/tv/wild-life-with-bertie-gregory

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


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"We are chasing the last of the big fish" Greenpeace Unearthed Interview with fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly

A century of industrial fishing and whaling has emptied the world's oceans, according to one of the world's most prominent fisheries scientists. He paints a bleak picture of humanity's relationship to the sea – but on climate change, the biggest challenge we now face, he still has hope that humans will turn things around in time.


"We are chasing the last of the big fish" | Interview with fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly

To learn more about the global wildlife crisis, watch our series Life Support

Unearthed is an award-winning investigative journalism platform funded by Greenpeace supporters. We are editorially independent. Check out our latest stories: unearthed.greenpeace.org

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Can Land cause Climate Change? asks Climate Adam

A brand new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows just how much global warming affects our use of land, and how land use affects the planet. From farming to forests, we have to learn to protect our land from ourselves.


Can Land cause Climate Change? (new IPCC report)

Visit: ipcc.ch/srccl-report-download-page

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Welcome to our Newest Full Members!

Ireland Wildlife Film FestivalThe first of its kind in Ireland and seeks to bring stories of conservation and species preservation to the big screen while also striving to create a community of filmmakers and audience members who care deeply about environmental issues.

The Inaugural Festival will be held on the 14th of September 2019 at the University College Cork Campus. NB. WFN editor Jason Peters will be a judge, so please join him there if you can!


Ireland Wildlife Film Festival - Lineup Trailer 2019

Website: www.irelandwildlifefilmfestival.com

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Scott Abraham – A Scotland based wildlife film-maker/camera assistant/photographer.

He has experience documenting cutting edge research in a wide variety of environments, from 6 week long Nat-Geo sponsored research trips to remote Western Amazonia to long 2 month research projects exploring Sub-Saharan Africa, journeying from the Kalahari to the Lowveld, with plenty of experience in producing high level 4k films and photographs in these harsh environments.

Showreel available to watch on his website: scottabrahamphotography.com/showreel

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Lauren Ayres – A wildlife presenter, host, narrator, and conservation influencer.

She can be seen as a host on San Diego Zoo Kids Network and most recently appeared on Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’ as a zookeeper & animal presenter. Her network credits include Animal Planet, National Geographic, NBC, CBS, and the CW. She has experience in live broadcasts, teleprompter, stage, animal handling & presenting, voiceover, and improv.

Showreel available upon request.

Website: www.laurenayres.com

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Chema Domenech – a Montana based filmmaker specializing in wildlife and nature cinematography working allover the world. He enjoys working on a variety of projects and in different capacities.

Chema’s credits include Assistant Camera and Camera Operator work for National Geographic, BBC, CBC, PBS, Smithsonian Channel, and the Rwanda Development Board.


2019 Wildlife Sequence Reel

Website: www.chemadomenech.com

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