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The Harry Percy Award for Young Wildlife Filmmakers launched in collaboration with the Born Free Foundation
by Jason Peters
30 April 2019

The Harry Percy Award for young wildlife filmmakers is a new annual competition for young film industry amateurs and professionals, looking to break into the world of wildlife conservation.

It is a chance to produce exciting new work and win a career-boosting cash prize, whilst helping to support Born Free’s mission to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.

The award will be entirely funded by donations in memory of Harry Percy, via JustGiving: justgiving.com/campaign/HarryPercyAward

Acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and presenter, Gordon Buchannan, is supporting this award and will be part of the judging panel to select the winning film. Gordon says:

"This is a unique new opportunity to support young people starting out in the wildlife film industry and I am very much looking forward to seeing the exciting work being produced. Money raised through this campaign will enable us to launch this important award and raise awareness of Born Free’s vital conservation work. It is a fitting tribute for a remarkable and talented young man who had a promising career in filmmaking ahead of him."

Watch this short film, created using Harry Percy's incredible wildlife video footage and still images, edited by Harry's good friend Matt Couldwell:

Matt says of his friend: "Harry Percy was one of most selfless, positive and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We bonded over our passion for wildlife conservation and visual storytelling where our focal point was to produce content that would make a difference. My aim is to continue the journey he started."

ABOUT HARRY PERCY, 1995-2018

In October 2018, freelance filmmaker and keen conservationist, Harry Percy, attended a Born Free event at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

There he met Born Free’s CEO Howard Jones and enthusiastically spoke of his ambitions to visit Africa to film the work of the international wildlife charity. Just days later, Harry tragically passed away unexpectedly.

He was only 22 years old.

Aware of their son’s desire to become more involved with wildlife conservation, Harry’s parents Tim Percy and Dominique de Bellefroid contacted Born Free with the idea of launching the Harry Percy Award for young wildlife filmmakers, to honour Harry’s memory.

THE AWARD

The Harry Percy Award will be made to an individual who is judged to have employed the medium of film, to best effect for public understanding, whilst inspiring others to engage with the spirit and message of the film, to make positive changes towards co-existence.

The theme for the inaugural award will be Wildlife: Welfare and Captivity

First prize is £5,000. An additional amount of up to £5,000 will be made available to develop and create a Born Free film made by the award winner. There are also three runners-up prizes of £1,000 each.

Entries will be accepted between 3rd June and 31st August 2019.

Full terms and conditions, including technical information, how to enter and details about the judging process, can be found here.

Visit: www.bornfree.org.uk/harry-percy-award

Give: www.justgiving.com/campaign/HarryPercyAward

See the full feature here!

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42nd Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced
from IWFF
20
April 2019

Congratulations to the IWFF 42 award winning films.

We are pleased to announce the Award Winners for the 2019 International Wildlife FIlm Festival. The 42nd IWFF Awards took place on Friday, April 19th at The Wilma.

Best Human-Wildlife Interaction Film

Whale Wisdom
Director: Rick Rosenthal, Producer: Katya Shirokow
Whales live in a world so removed from our own that we can barely imagine their lives. Marine biologist and filmmaker Rick Rosenthal has filmed whales for much of his long career. Now he is on a quest to probe deeper into their lives, to compare scientists’ observations against his own experience, and just maybe, to get a glimpse of the world as it must seem to these ocean giants.

Best Children’s Film

Backyard Wilderness
Directors & Producers: Susan Todd, Andrew Young
BACKYARD WILDERNESS will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses: literally in our own backyards. Spanning four seasons, the film captures unique wildlife images and behavior in rare and breathtaking intimacy. Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that in ordinary places, we can discover extraordinary things – if we just step outside.

Best Young Adult Film

IWFF 42


Take Back the Harbor

Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Roger Ross Williams & Producers: Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn, Kristi Jacobson
On New York’s Governor’s Island there is an ambitious goal: to restore oysters to New York Harbor. The foot soldiers of this environmental movement are an unlikely group–high school students at a public school which teaches waterways stewardship alongside math and English. TAKE BACK THE HARBOR highlights these students and their teachers as they persevere to turn the tide on decades of neglect and bring back the health of their city’s waterways.

Best Newcomer Film

Fox Chaser
Director: Rio Mitchell & Producer: Chris Hsiung
In the deep freeze of Northern Alberta, a young man finds freedom and his livelihood on the trapline. But with increasing family obligations, and with industrial development encroaching upon the area’s wildlife, this may be his last chance to live his passion for the wilderness.

Best Independent Feature Film

Stroop: A Journey Into the Rhino Horn War
Director: Susan Scott & Producer: Bonné de Bod
In this roller coaster ride between Africa and Asia, two first-time filmmakers embed themselves on the front-lines of the rhinoceros genocide. Carving out six months for the project, the women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, emerging from their odyssey four years later.

Best Broadcast Feature Film

Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators
Directors: Thomas Winston, Jeff Reed, Shasta Winston & Producers: Thomas Winston, Tria Thalman, Eric Bendick, Avela Grenier, Jeff Reed, Shasta Winston, Smithsonian Channel
It’s a bird’s eye view of a iconic place, Yellowstone National Park. Soaring above the erupting Old Faithful Geyser, the cascading Lower Falls, and the brilliant Grand Prismatic Springs, Yellowstone’s winged creatures survey an extraordinary landscape. But a bird’s life in the extremes of the world’s first national park is anything but an easy glide.

Best Short Film

Sides of a Horn
Director: Toby Wosskow & Producers: Toby Wosskow, Emmanuel Castis, Charlie Hicks, Erika Klopper
From executive producer Sir Richard Branson, SIDES OF A HORN is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s war on poaching from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events, and filmed in one of the communities most directly impacted by wildlife crime, we follow the journey of two brothers-in-law fighting on opposite sides of Africa’s poaching war. This dramatic short film paints an unbiased portrait of a modern conflict that is tearing communities apart and driving a prehistoric species–the rhinoceros–to the verge of extinction.

Best Student Film

The Great Pretender
Director & Producer: Nardine Grotch
After the loss of an important display feather a famous lyrebird named “The Pretender” struggles to win a mate during the most competitive song-and-dance competition in Australia.

Best Environmental Film

Takayna
Director: Alex Lowther & Producer: Emily Grant
Takayna in northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last tracts of old-growth rainforest in the world, yet it’s currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. This documentary, presented by Patagonia Films, unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last wild places.

Best Conservation Film

Kifaru
Director: David Hambridge & Producers: Andrew Harrison Brown, David Hambridge
KIFARU (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, Slamdance 2019) follows the lives of two young Kenyan recruits that join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit, a small group of rangers that care for and protect Sudan, the last male northern white rhino or, in Swahili, “kifaru.” Spanning the caretakers’ first four years on the job, KIFARU allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation firsthand through the eyes of these men.

Best of Festival Film

Stroop: A Journey Into the Rhino Horn War
Director: Susan Scott & Producer: Bonné de Bod

Chuck Jonkel Scientific Legacy Award

Serengeti Rules
Director: Nicolas Brown & Producer: David Allen
In the 1960s, a band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote places on Earth—the Serengeti to the Arctic Ocean and through the Amazon jungle—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in their twilight, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures and reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head.

Huge congrats to all winners from Wildlife-film.com, with a special mention to members Nardine for her The Great Pretender Student Film win and Bonné & Susan - SDB Films for their wins for Stroop: A Journey Into the Rhino Horn War! :) See: wildlife-film.com/features/STROOP-journey-into-the-rhino-horn-war-Two-film-makers-on-a-mission-to-make-a-difference-in-the-South-African-rhino-poaching-crisis.html

IWFF 2019 Festival Trailer Featuring Doug Peacock

Droppin' this trailer right here + Happy Birthday Hayduke! "That which evolves doesn't persist unless the same forces that created it also continue." - Doug Peacock

Posted by International Wildlife Film Festival on Friday, 5 April 2019

Visit: www.wildlifefilms.org

See more from the festival on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

See the full feature here!

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Watch Our Planet by Silverback Films on Netflix

Discover the story of the one place we all call home - Our Planet, a groundbreaking Netflix original documentary series.

A Netflix original documentary series and groundbreaking collaboration between WWF, Netflix and Silverback Films, Our Planet showcases the world's natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain. We're all a part of this amazing planet, but we're changing it like never before. Discover the story of the one place we all call home.


Our Planet | Netflix

Visit: www.ourplanet.com Watch: www.netflix.com/title/80049832

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WWF, making a difference with Our Planet

Our Planet is a global event that reminds us we're all on one team. The series from Netflix—created in collaboration with Silverback Productions and WWF—features jaw-dropping nature stories, grounded in the best science, and highlighting the most pressing challenges facing nature today.

The eight-part original documentary series is now streaming globally on Netflix.

WWF have been running a campaign, alongside the streaming Our Planet on Netflix, to highlight the rich natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain, and reveal the key issues that urgently threaten their existence. Today, we have become the greatest threat to the health of our planet. The Our Planet collaborative mission is to inspire people over the world to understand our planet - and the challenges it faces. If we can truly understand why nature matters to us all, and what we can do to save it, then we can create a future where nature and people thrive. WWF have ensured the Our Planet series and all supporting content is supported by the latest science. Here are their supporting films:


Our Planet: One Planet


Our Planet: Forests


Our Planet: Fresh Water


Our Planet: High Seas


Our Planet: Grasslands


Our Planet: Frozen Worlds


Our Planet: Coastal Seas


Our Planet: Jungles

Visit: worldwildlife.org/pages/our-planet & wwf.org.uk/updates/five-things-you-need-know-about-our-planet

What can YOU do? wwf.panda.org/our_work/projects/our_planet_netflix_wwf_nature_documentary/what_can_i_do

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New This Year at Jackson Wild: Short Form Goes Big in Jackson Hole
from Jackson Wild
8 April 2019

Jackson Wild Media Awards Call for Entry Now Open!

Recognizing the explosive growth and impact of short films in nature, science and conservation media, we've created a shorts award for each of our content categories instead of a single giant category! The Short-form Series and Micro-Movie categories will remain. Content Categories include: Animal Behavior, Ecosystem, Earth & Sky, Conservation, People & Nature, Changing Planet, Science & Nature and Impact.

The Jackson Hole Wild Media Awards competition is unique in that each entry is reviewed in its entirety by 150+ judges who will screen more than 3000 hours. Each category is judged by separate juries specifically chosen for their expertise.

Enter your film: jacksonwild.org/2019-entry.html

Entry Deadline June 1st, 2019

Call for Preliminary Judges

The Jackson Hole Wild Media Awards is unique in that each entry is reviewed in its entirety by multiple judges and each category is judged by a separate jury specifically chosen for their expertise.

Judges who complete assignments in the range of 20 or 40 program hours may earn credit towards discounted passes to the Jackson Wild Summit. Shorter assignments are also available. First round judging assignments will begin in June and continue with second rounds through July.

Learn More & Apply: jacksonwild.org/2019-judges.html

Summit Volunteer Program

We are looking for fun, energetic individuals to assist with the 2019 Jackson Wild Summit.

Learn more: jacksonwild.org/volunteer.html APPLICATIONS DUE by May 15

Jackson Wild Media Lab

Now accepting applications! The Jackson Wild Media Lab will train and mentor emerging conservation media leaders in unique programs that directly engage them influential content creators.

Learn more: jacksonwild.org/media-lab.html

World Wildlife Day Films On Tour

The annual World Wildlife Day Film Showcase creates a portfolio of programs that are presented globally at free screening events through Jackson Wild On Tour.

Learn More: jacksonwild.org/global.html

Summit Speaker Call Out ... Rapid Fire Storytellers

Rapid Fire Sessions will begin each morning of the Summit and we're on the hunt for amazing speakers with compelling stories to tell in a fast-paced 10-min-or-less format. Nominate yourself or another (make sure they agree, first)! Topics being considered include:

  • Compelling Discoveries at the Ends of the Earth (the Arctic and Antarctic)
  • New Technology to Save the Planet
  • SNAFU: Funny, heartbreaking and heroic stories of resilience
  • Wild Women. Changing the world, because that's what women do.
  • Authentic: New Perspectives authored by unique local voices

Make a nomination: jacksonwild.org/rapid-fire-nominations.html

Also see this feature on Call For Entries!

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GREEN SCREEN INVITATION: "Pitching Session" 2019
14 March 2019

PITCHING SESSION! FRIDAY, SEP, 13 2019

Filmmaking story tellers of the natural world are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch their planned project to a board of commissioners, producers and distributors at the PITCHING SESSION of the International Wildlife Filmfestival GREEN SCREEN 2019.

To participate, the following must be submitted:

  1. An Exposé, describing the project should be described, including approximate shooting time, locations and the people involved.
  2. A short CV.
  3. An approximate budget idea.
  4. If available, a trailer or other footage.

The Pitching Session itself is open to the public and follows international rules:

The presentation of your project may take up to seven minutes.
After that the attending experts and decision makers are invited to evaluate the project and, if applicable, to express their interest.

REGISTRATION POSSIBLE UNTIL MAY 31st 2019!

Register your project here: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/professional/pitching

If you have questions, do get in touch! Pitching directors Annette Scheurich annette@marco-polo-film.de and Udo Zimmermann udo.zimmermann@t-online.de are happy to provide further information. The sooner we know who plans to pitch, the better, even if not all documents are ready.

A pre-selection panel will select 6 to 8 participants for the pitching session from the submitted projects by 1st August 2019.

Some of the projects that have been presented in recent years are now in production! Participation is in any case an enriching experience!

As the promotion of emerging talent in naturefilm has always been a concern of GREEN SCREEN, submissions by newcomers and ambitious young filmmakers are expressly encouraged. Please feel free to spread the word!

See you at GREEN SCREEN in Eckernförde! September 11th-15th 2019!

Visit: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/professional/pitching

See the full feature here!

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A Richard Brock Bit ... Possible future (how soon?) scenario

A family including young children have a villa in the south of Spain, where it's getting hotter - much hotter in the summer - every year.  They fly often to and fro, cheaply, from the UK with Ryanair, Easyjet. etc. Lots of airlines fly those routes. The family, as the children grow up, enjoy the sea (getting warmer) but they notice the sea level is steadily rising even threatening their villa, which is right on the beach. The children know the reason - and said so when they were younger.

Many cheap flights later, the family is picking up the real bill. The villa is flooded, the place is baking hot - too hot to visit. So they've now got a nice cottage in the north of Scotland, not by the sea. But for how long?

Question:  Are we winning or losing? Watch my series "Wildlife Winners and Losers" of up to 100 films and see how you can share some answers: www.brockinitiative.org

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ECOSTREAMZ wants your content!

ECOSTREAMZ, the global activists’ online streaming service, is seeking content.

Feature or Short, HD and 4K, we are looking for nonfiction films that move the heart and stir the soul into action. Any topic will be looked at so long as it is relevant to the themes of nature, wildlife conservation, the environment, social justice and/or human rights.

Interested parties should contact Jim Branchflower at: info@ecostreamz.com

Visit: www.ecostreamz.com
Truth. Empowered.

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Sri Lanka - Big 4 from member Thivanka Rukshan Perera now on ECOSTREAMZ!

Sri Lanka is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by fertile waters on all sides, it’s home to the largest animal on the planet: the Blue Whale. On land, one finds the largest terrestrial animal: the elephant. This elephant is a unique subspecies of the Asian Elephant and the most popular local tourist attraction. But Sri Lanka is home to a top predator: the Sri Lankan leopard – the apex predator of the country and the shy Sloth Bear. These animals, known collectively as the ‘big four’, are now all either endangered or vulnerable, and in the brink of danger due to habitat loss and poaching.

Watch here: ecostreamz.vhx.tv/sri-lanka-big-4 

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Climate Change: The Facts review – our greatest threat, laid bare

David Attenborough’s rousing, horrifying call to arms should do for climate change denial what Blue Planet did for plastic

Once, a night in with David Attenborough promised the TV equivalent of a warm blanket. It was a chance to watch spectacular creatures revelling in the beauty of their natural habitats, as the man with a voice as soothing as ice-cream described what we could see, from the violent to the serene. Those days are gone. Attenborough’s recent move to Netflix, for Our Planet, was deceptive: a seemingly gorgeous nature documentary that doubled up as animal kingdom snuff movies in which the beauty of those natural habitats was revealed as a crumbling paradise, ruined by people and particularly by greed. One of the main points of praise for Our Planet, which was well received, suggested that Attenborough was no longer tiptoeing around the issue of climate change, the implication being that he had done so before.

You sense that Our Planet was unfortunately timed for the BBC. In Climate Change: The Facts, the gloves are now not so much off as thrown to the floor in a certain rage. It’s right there in the title, bold and stark. This hour-long documentary, part of the Our Planet Matters season, is wide-ranging yet concise, easy to understand, not blighted by the ego of, say, An Inconvenient Truth, and it is designed to do for climate change denial what 2017’s Blue Planet did for single-use plastic.

That’s not to say it should be Attenborough’s responsibility to get the wider public to pay attention, nor that it is down to the BBC. It isn’t. But Climate Change: The Facts is a rousing call to arms. It is an alarm clock set at a horrifying volume. The first 40 minutes are given over to what Attenborough calls, without hyperbole, “our greatest threat in thousands of years”. Expert after expert explains the consequences of rising CO2 levels, on the ice caps, on coastal regions, on weather and wildlife and society itself. The most powerful moments are in footage shot not by expert crews who have spent years on location, but on shaky cameras, capturing the very moment at which the reality of our warming planet struck the person holding the phone. In Cairns, Australia, flying foxes are unable to survive the extreme temperatures; rescuers survey the terrible massacre, and we learn that while 350 were saved, 11,000 died. A man and his son talk through their escape from raging wildfires, over the film they took while attempting to drive through a cavern of blazing red trees. These are horror movies playing out in miniature. It is difficult to watch even five minutes of this and remain somehow neutral, or unconvinced. More here: theguardian.com

Climate Change: The Facts — David Attenborough shows that the truth hurts: ft.com


Climate Change – The Facts in 4 minutes

If you're in the UK, watch Climate Change - The Facts on BBC iPlayer: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00049b1

David Attenborough warns 'we're running out of time to save the planet': mirror.co.uk

‘Climate Change – The Facts’: the BBC and David Attenborough should talk about solutions: theconversation.com

Schoolgirl activist Greta Thunberg joins David Attenborough for powerful new BBC1 climate change documentary: radiotimes.com

'Outrage is justified': David Attenborough backs school climate strikers: theguardian.com


Greta Thunberg's emotional speech to EU leaders

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Sir David Attenborough documentaries are increasing awareness of climate change, says study

Sir David Attenborough's documentaries on climate change has caused consumers to buy more sustainable packaging, according to a new study published alongside the launch of Netflix show Our Planet.

Consumers have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they use by 53% over the past year – with Sir David Attenborough’s most recent documentaries on climate change cited as having a major role, according to new research.

The study, conducted by London-based market researcher GlobalWebIndex, surveyed 3,833 people from the US and UK, with 42% saying products that use sustainable materials are important when it comes to making day-to-day purchase decisions.

The impact of awareness-raising initiatives such as Sir David’s TV series Blue Planet II and Our Planet – the new Netflix nature show released last week – have been attributed to this attitude, which has been dubbed #TheAttenboroughEffect.

More here: compelo.com/david-attenborough-climate-change-awareness

World leaders ignore David Attenborough at their peril: theguardian.com

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Extinction Rebellion ... Jane Goodall Says "Join us, it's Time to Rebel"

Jane Goodall and other prominent wildlife conservationists and film-makers have come out in support of the Extinction Rebellion movement.


Jane Goodall (short version)


Emma Thompson, "We don't have any choice because we don't have the time..." - Extinction Rebellion


Greta Thunberg full speech at Extinction Rebellion protest in London


Climate Emergency | A Day Protesting with Extinction Rebellion @LizzieDalyWildlifeTV


George Monbiot within the thin blue line - Marble Arch - Extinction Rebellion


Owen Jones meets Extinction Rebellion | We're the planet's fire alarm


Chris Packham "What these protesters are saying is think about tomorrow" - Extinction Rebellion


Chris Packham joins us at Parliament Square today - Extinction Rebellion - Apr21st

The 10 Working Principles of Extinction Rebellion rebellion.earth/the-truth/about-us/#principles

1. We have a shared vision of change
2. We set our mission on what is necessary
3. We need a re-generative culture
4. We hopefully challenge ourselves, and this toxic system
5. We value reflection and learning
6. We welcome everyone, and every part of everyone into Extinction Rebellion
7. We actively mitigate for power
8. We avoid blaming and shaming
9. We are a non-violent movement
10. We are based on autonomy and de-centralization


Extinction Rebellion: a week of protest in three minutes

Chris Packham says; "All the small steps taken this week by Extinction Rebellion protesters will one day soon be seen as a giant leap for humankind. History will know them all as heroes and their grandchildren will be proud to say that they stood and shouted to wake up a world"

We fully support Extinction Rebellion too ... Visit: rebellion.earth

"Well, he's not a saint you know. I mean, he's just a broadcaster" Richard Madeley on David Attenborough

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Did Richard Madeley just speak ill of SIR David Attenborough!? - via Pirate FM

'Disrespectful' Richard Madeley sparks OUTRAGE as he denies Sir David Attenborough 'saint' status: standard.co.uk
Richard Madeley 'insults' David Attenborough as climate change protester 'cries': mirror.co.uk

The UK just became the first country in the world to declare a ‘climate emergency’: thecanary.co – On 1 May 2019, parliament voted to declare an “environment and climate emergency”. This makes the UK the first country in the world to formally recognise the climate catastrophe that the planet is facing.

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WFFR 2019 is now open for entries!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) is the largest wildlife festival in The Netherlands. It focuses on the screening of wildlife, environment and  conservation documentaries.

The 5th edition will take place from Wednesday 30 October – Sunday 3 November 2019.

The festival is held in the city centre of Rotterdam at one venue.

The competition is free of fees. The deadline for entries is 1 May 2019.

In 2019 WFFR will recognise outstanding achievements in eleven Flamingo Award categories

You can submit your film via FilmFreeway.

The rules and terms can be found on FilmFreeway.

If you wish to submit your film otherwise, please contact competition@wffr.nl for the possibilities.

Agenda:

  • Wednesday 1 May 2019: Official submission deadline
  • Friday 16 August 2019: Announcement of the selected finalists and Flamingo Award nominees
  • Wednesday 30 October – Sunday 3 November 2019: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, held in one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities according to the Lonely Planet.
  • Saturday 2 November 2019: The winning filmmakers will receive their Award during the Flamingo Award Ceremony.

Website: www.wffr.nl

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Chris Packham Reveals Receiving “Death Threats of a Very Serious Nature”

Broadcaster and wildlife campaigner Chris Packham talks to GMB about receiving death threats among other things as he calls for a ban on shooting birds such as crows and magpies. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Chris to be sacked from the BBC as his comments have caused controversy, especially among farmers.


Chris Packham Reveals Receiving “Death Threats of a Very Serious Nature” | Good Morning Britain

Farming Poll Asking If Vegan Chris Packham Should Be Fired Backfires: plantbasednews.org – The poll asks whether 'the BBC sack outspoken Springwatch presenter Chris Packham', who is unpopular with farmers because of his anti bloodsports campaigning - but 71% of respondents say he should keep his job. Chris Packham The naturalist has faced criticism from bloodsports enthusiasts (Photo: Flickr) A pro-farming poll asking whether vegan TV presenter Chris Packham should be fired from the BBC for being 'outspoken' has backfired, with 71 percent of respondents saying 'no' at the time of writing. Packham has found himself in hot water with large swathes of the farming community recently as a result of his campaigning against bloodsports. Most recently, a campaign Packham was involved in to have general shooting licenses for so-called 'pest birds' revoked was successful. Packham worked with the group Wild Justice on the campaign. Under general licenses, farmers could kill the birds including pigeons and crows on their land without seeking permission. Now individuals must apply for permission.

Chris being bullied at his own home:

You can bid on Chris's Woodcock on eBay: ebay.co.uk/itm/382929664917

Chris Packham's fears for family after 'suspicious packages' sent to his home: mirror.co.uk The BBC presenter has suffered a tidal wave of abuse - and some grim packages - after securing a ban affecting farmers.
Chris Packham gets chilling letter warning: 'We want you dead, we will succeed'
: mirror.co.uk The Springwatch host received the death threat after leading a campaign to ban the shooting of so-called "pest" birds.

Wildlife-film.com would like to offer our full unreserved support to Chris Packham on his endeavours to improve on the state of nature in the UK & across the world. He's an inspiration to us & we wish that there were more people like him working in our industry, actually helping wildlife. He should be celebrated, not threatened and bullied. #SupportChrisPackham

Sign this petition: Help save Chris packham from potential BBC sacking: chng.it/X2PjbzGS7t

"We are full of bright ideas to solve ecological problems. So let’s act on them" Chris Packham: theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/06/ecological-problems-environmental-crises-farmers-citizens-politicians

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Life Support a video series about why the global nature crisis matters for our lives from Greenpeace Unearthed

Episode 1: A growing number of scientists believe that the collapse of nature is as big a threat to humans as climate change – but it gets three times less media coverage.


Life Support

Life Support is a series about why the global nature crisis matters for our lives.

Visit: unearthed.greenpeace.org/2019/04/30/life-support-dangerous-climate-change-nature-bob-watson-george-monbiot-sebsebe-demissew

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Film Review: ‘Amazon Adventure 3D’

A Victorian era naturalist discovers a butterfly that reinforces Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in this spectacular Imax offering.

With a title like “Amazon Adventure,” director Mike Slee’s latest large-screen triumph suggests a pulse-quickening tropical thrill ride, complete with raging rapids, cannibal confrontations, and run-ins with swarms of teeth-gnashing piranhas. If audiences want that kind of Amazon adventure, they need look no farther than James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” now in theaters, or Simon McBurney’s mind-bending one-man show “The Encounter,” which just wrapped a spectacular run at L.A.’s Wallis Annenberg Center.

As it happens, the “adventure” Slee has in mind is strictly of the educational variety, and while that may dissuade normal moviegoers from seeking out this exotic learning opportunity (which plays museums and science centers, rather than megaplexes anyway), parents and teachers of grade-school kids have reason to rejoice: Slee’s film boasts such a high level of writing, acting, and overall production polish that youngsters may be fooled into thinking they’re watching a mindless blockbuster, when in fact, they’ve actually been fooled into thinking.

Beginning in early 19th-century England, “Amazon Adventure” takes as its hero Henry Walter Bates (played here by Calum Finlay), a British naturalist who was the gotta-catch-’em-all champion of his era, at a time long before Pokemon Go! “My joy was collecting beetles,” he announces via voiceover, and soon enough, that obsession is fueling a trip to the still-unmapped inner region of Brazil. Bates lived at a time when the science world was scandalized by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which challenged the prevailing notion that species had been created in an ideal form for some divine power.

Bates idolized Darwin and hoped his own research might corroborate the idea of evolution, but the conditions in the Amazon were so taxing, he and native assistant Tando (Begê Muniz) spent much of their energy simply trying to survive. And yet, throughout his time in the jungle, Bates collected and cataloged thousands of insect specimens, which he sent back to England — and which, after he had returned thinking his trip was a failure, Bates would later use to make his most significant finding. (While not entirely surprising, this twist recalls another Amazon adventure, 1992’s “Medicine Man,” in which Sean Connery seeks a cure for cancer in rainforests threatened by slash-and-burn forces, only to realize at the last minute that a previously overlooked insect pest holds the key.)

Read more here: variety.com/2017/film/reviews/imax-amazon-adventure-3d-review-1202391604


Amazon Adventure Official Trailer - COMING SOON

Member Clive Huggins was an entomologist, scientific & historical advisor on this production.


Bringing Bates' World to Life - Behind the Scenes of Amazon Adventure

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New youtube series: Field work and bushcraft from George Vlad

He says: I recently organized an extremely interesting field recording trip to the Amazon rainforest. Longer blog post and sound effects library are in the works, but before I do that I want to share a few basic bushcraft skills required for field work in the jungle. Since I’m just learning I will let our guide Julio talk about it. He’s been living in the rainforest for several decades and his experience proved invaluable for us. Check out the video and comment if you have any questions or suggestions.


FWAB Episode 1 - Jungle field work tips with Julio Mamani Yana

More here: mindful-audio.com/blog/2019/4/15/new-youtube-series-field-work-and-bushcraft

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Oxford Scientific Films hires BBC alum as exec producer

Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), part of the ITV Studios-owned Boom Cymru group, has appointed BBC alum Lucinda Axelsson as executive producer.

Axelsson is a multi-award-winning executive producer whose recent credits include Snow Bears for BBC One and wildlife drama series Serengeti, both of which were produced by John Downer Productions.

Formerly a producer at the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit, in 2014 she moved on to become a BBC commissioning editor in the specialist factual department, a post she held for three and a half years.

During this time, she oversaw high-rating wildlife series, blue chip documentary series, popular science, presenter-led shows and animal dramas, including Spy in the WildSnow Chick and Attenborough’s Life that Glows.

Axelsson’s association with OSF began in 2004 when, as a freelance series producer, she helped create the global hitseries Meerkat Manor for Discovery – one of the first series in which the narrative techniques of a soap opera were employed to reveal the complex social lives of animals.

Clare Birks, chief executive at OSF, said: “I have long admired Lucinda as a hugely talented producer. There are few executives in the industry with her breadth of experience, particularly in natural history, a genre where we are experiencing an unprecedented demand both in the UK and internationally.”

Caroline Hawkins, creative director at OSF, added: “Ever since the happy days of Meerkat Manor series one, we have talked about getting back to together.  I’m delighted we’ve been able to make that happen at last and extremely excited about the creative possibilities our new collaboration opens up.”

Axelsson said: “I am delighted to be joining such a highly respected and hugely creative team with an incredible track record for making popular and intelligent factual TV. It’s a really exciting time to be making natural history programmes and we have big plans for the future.”

From: tbivision.com/2019/04/17/oxford-scientific-films-hires-bbc-alum-as-exec-producer

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Botswana: Trouble in the Elephant Sanctuary - BBC News

Botswana has a reputation for being one of Africa’s last great sanctuaries for elephants, while ivory poachers have been on a killing spree across the continent. But now there’s evidence of “a significant elephant-poaching problem” in Botswana, according to the scientist who carried out an aerial wildlife survey. It’s sparked a bitter political row between the president and his predecessor, ignited a national debate over whether there are too many elephants, and questioned if hunting should be re-introduced. The BBC’s Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead investigates.


Botswana: Trouble in the Elephant Sanctuary [FULL Documentary] - BBC News

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Lord Ashcroft Exclusively Reveals the Horrors of Lion Farming in South Africa
From Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC
28 April 2019

Lord Ashcroft, the former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, has made a series of major revelations about the captive-bred lion industry in South Africa.

In the light of his exclusive disclosures, Lord Ashcroft called on the South African Government to halt the "horrific and abusive" activity of "lion farming" and urged the UK Government to bring in new import laws to discourage the practice.

Lord Ashcroft has written a series of newspaper articles on "lion farming", in which thousands of Africa's most iconic animals are bred to be killed for their bones or as hunting trophies. His disclosures were made in today's Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Lord Ashcroft, a businessman, philanthropist, author and pollster, commissioned a year-long undercover investigation – codenamed Operation Simba – involving former Special Forces and security operatives. The result was a disturbing insight into the full horrors and illegal practices linked to "lion farming".

The booming trade in lion skeletons is worth tens of millions of pounds a year and meets an insatiable desire in South East Asia and China for "traditional" medicines, including aphrodisiacs.

Lord Ashcroft's disclosures today include:

  • Wealthy clients are sent brochures with photographs of captive male lions via WhatsApp, so they can choose which one to kill. Prices range from £10,000 to £42,300 per lion and depend on the size and quality of the mane.
  • One British hunter was filmed shooting an exhausted lion with tranquiliser darts on an illegal so-called "green hunt". The lion had been chased by a 4x4 vehicle around a fenced hunting enclosure before the grinning City worker shot the terrified creature from just ten yards away.
  • The UK representative of a South African safari company advised an undercover investigator posing as a hunter how he could bypass a US ban on importing captive-bred lion trophies. He suggested first importing it to the UK - where such imports are not banned - before hiding the lion's skin inside the skin of a dead red deer and moving it on to America.
  • More than 50 lions were slaughtered for their bones at a so-called "eco-farm" in South Africa's Free State province in just two days.
  • Lions were kept in tiny cages and suffered appalling conditions in this farm's blood-stained slaughterhouse before their deaths. Horrific pictures showed lion skeletons and innards littering the floor, while discarded internal body parts were piled high in overflowing black plastic bags on a trailer outside.
  • In what is believed to be an obscene bid to maximise profits, breeders in South Africa are thought to be cross-breeding lions with tigers and creating hybrid offspring. The abusive process, which can lead to birth defects and the early death of cubs, boosts bone weight, earning the breeders more money.
  • British tourists are unwittingly helping to encourage the horrific trade by paying to play with cubs or to go walking with adolescent lions: animals that are invariably destined to be slaughtered or hunted.

According to well-informed sources, there are now an estimated 12,000 captive-bred lions in South Africa – far more than previously thought and approaching four times the number of wild lions in the country.

South Africa is the only country that permits large-scale, captive-lion farming and that has an annual quota for the legal export of lion bones. Many more lion bones are illegally smuggled to the Far East.

Lord Ashcroft has called on the South Africa Government to make captive-bred lion farming illegal as it has no conservation value. He said: "The captive-bred lion industry shames South Africa – indeed it shames us all.

"By allowing such a barbaric practice, the South African Government is harming the reputation of a country that treasures its position on the international stage in the aftermath of apartheid. Captive-bred lion farming in abusive and horrific."

Lord Ashcroft added: "I also call on the UK Government to follow the lead of other nations, notably the US, in banning the importation of captive lion trophies. We must do our bit to stamp out lion farming and show that we are not in any way complicit with it."

Lord Ashcroft has unveiled a new website on his wildlife work: www.LordAshcroftWildlife.com and has produced a YouTube film on his revelations about lion farming: https://youtu.be/5lEHYMDGAzs.


Exclusive: the horrors of "lion farming" in South Africa - WARNING: distressing content.

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Watch: Restoring The Natural Mangrove Forest

Coastal communities are intrinsically connected to the sea. Their lives depend on it. A key to happiness and life in tropical regions is a healthy mangrove forest.

We are now recognizing that a world without the rainforests by the sea, wouldn’t just mean a dismal scenario for coastal communities, but would ultimately affect us all, and our planet. With the ability to store vast amounts of carbon, mangrove forests are key to tackling climate change, but they are under threat worldwide.

The film takes us to the Andaman Coast in Southern Thailand, and explores the importance of mangrove forests. Much like the rest of Thailand, huge areas of mangroves were cut down during the 80s and 90s to make way for shrimp farms. And as mangrove destruction continues globally at nearly 1% annually, attempts are being made to restore these carbon-rich forests.

We are introduced to Mangrove Action Project who have a unique approach to restoring mangrove forests; encouraging natural regeneration (ecological mangrove restoration), and collaborating with coastal communities (community-based restoration). The results show that these ideas and methods would have a great impact on any restoration project, and need to be implemented globally.


Restoring The Natural Mangrove Forest

More info - mangroveactionproject.org/mangrove-restoration

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Professional microphone windshields & shock mounts ... Take a trip behind the scenes at Rycote

Take a trip behind the scenes at Rycote to see why our products remain the industry standard for audio professionals all over the world.


Rycote | Professional microphone windshields & shock mounts | Take a trip behind the scenes

Renowned for its innovative, problem-solving designs, Rycote has been producing professional microphone windshields since 1969, and plays a leading role in this industry. Forming an essential part of broadcast and recording technology at the critical point of audio capture, Rycote products are trusted by audio professionals to help them deliver great sound, time after time, and in the most demanding of conditions.

Rycote windshields and microphone suspension systems are designed for capturing audio, whilst at the same time preventing wind and handling noise and preserving the microphone’s natural frequency response. Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the company’s designs were honoured with a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000, and shortlisted for another in 2011. Rycote continues to apply its years of engineering knowledge to create the most complete line of specialised tools for wind, shock and handling noise protection that exists today.

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EXPOSED: MEGA Mink FUR Farms POISONING Rivers

This is torture on an industrial scale... **A new We Animals short film**

In many countries around the world, markets for fur are closing down as demand wanes. But in the tiny Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the government is putting its own citizens' wellbeing second to this controversial industry, doubling down on its support for the fur industry despite its devastating impacts on the environment, animals, and the local residents pleading for change.

'We Animals' is working with leading groups in Canada and around the world to end fur farming.


EXPOSED: MEGA Mink FUR Farms POISONING Rivers

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Vegan Film Dominion Viewed 55,000 Times in 48 Hours After Australian Protests

Animal rights campaigners across the country coordinated a series of actions aimed at raising awareness of animal suffering and asking people to watch the documentary - but politicians have responded angrily

Vegan documentary Dominion was viewed 55,000 times in 48 hours following a series of coordinated protests across Australia, Plant Based News can reveal.

The actions, which marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Dominion, included protests outside slaughterhouses in areas across the country including Corio, Pakenham, Toowoomba, and Bacchus Marsh among other locations.

In addition, campaigners brought Melbourne to a standstill, blocking traffic at one of the biggest intersections in the city center while holding signs saying 'you have been lied to; watch Dominion' and 'this is a peaceful protest'.

More here: plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-film-dominion-viewed-55-000-in-48-hours

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DOMINION Documentary | 2018

Visit: www.dominionmovement.com/watch

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