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The Making of My Octopus Teacher By Swati Thiyagarajan, Sea Change Project
31st August 2020

My Octopus Teacher is a Netflix Original documentary about Craig Foster's journey into the Great African Seaforest and his experiences with the wild octopus that he visited everyday. This is the story of how the film was created.


My Octopus Teacher - Netflix Original Trailer

Finding the story

The ocean looked especially lively. White horses rode hard towards rocks while the occasional spindrift lifted towards the sky. It was one of those days when the South Easter howled down False Bay and anyone with even a modicum of common sense would not attempt a swim. However, there I was on my deck at home, worrying about three people. Craig, Pippa and Roger, who were out there filming Craig in the water.

They were not auditioning for a Survivors type show, but filming Craig who had made a promise to himself in 2010 that he would swim in the ocean every single day - no matter what. It was his way of dealing with a deep disconnect from nature and himself, and healing the physical and psychological pain that he was experiencing as a result. It was his happy place, even in moments like this, when the ocean looked like a washing machine.

All three of them are experienced swimmers and divers. They were diving within 100m of the shore, inside the kelp forest that helped to dampen the oceans’ ferocity. They were shooting a film titled My Octopus Teacher. On this day in 2017, the project was just starting to shape into a film. Its true origin however, began in 2012 when Craig began documenting the wonders of the great underwater forests of Cape Town. A few years into this process he met a very special, wild octopus and started filming her.

For years, Craig dived and filmed alone, but when he started having extraordinary experiences with the octopus, Roger Horrocks, an award-winning camera operator and old friend of Craig’s, recognised that there was something very special here. The duo spent hundreds of hours underwater and created a sequence for the BBC’s Blue Planet II. Craig had been mulling over ideas for a kelp forest film for year, and he suddenly realised that he had a story. Towards the end of the shoot, a young filmmaker called Pippa Ehrlich helped out for a couple of days underwater. Pippa was a specialised marine conservation journalist and storyteller who had been diving almost daily with Craig for 6 months. In early 2017 he invited her to help him craft all of his extraordinary underwater experiences into a feature documentary.

Read more: stories.seachangeproject.com/the-making-of-my-octopus-teachernbsp


Interview with My Octopus Teacher Director, Pippa Ehrlich

An interview with Pippa Ehrlich, the director of My Octopus Teacher! Learn about her connection the kelp forest, how she started working with Craig Foster to make My Octopus Teacher, what the process involved and some of the crazier stories along the way!

To find out more about the film go here: stories.seachangeproject.com/my-octopus-teacher

My Octopus Teacher launched on Netflix on 7 September: netflix.com/title/81045007

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Introducing the 2020 Jackson Wild™ Media Lab & Summit Fellows
From Jackson Wild
3rd September 2020

Jackson Wild, in collaboration with Day's Edge Productions and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, is proud to announce the distinguished Fellows of the 2020 Jackson Wild Media Lab, which will be held virtually this fall from September 21-25, just prior to the 2020 Jackson Wild Summit.

The Jackson Wild Media Lab is an immersive, cross-disciplinary science film making workshop that brings scientists and media creators together to learn from leaders in the profession and work together to develop effective tools to communicate about science, nature and conservation with diverse audiences across the world’s evolving media platforms. Learn more.

The selection committee was deeply impressed by the interest and passion this year’s applicants made clear in their applications. From over 220 global applicants, 12 Fellows were accepted into this rigorous filmmaking fellowship, which includes a modest stipend during the workshop and a full pass to the 2020 Jackson Wild Summit.

Robert Boyd
Faith Briggs
Katie Bryden
Romi Castagnino
Darío Fernández-Bellon
Sugandhi Gadadhar
Pooja Gupta
Raunak Kapoor
Emi Kondo
Christine Lin
Anthony Ochieng
Dustin Renwick

Read more about them here ...

... AND the 24 Jackson Wild Summit Fellows

Jackson Wild is fully committed to elevating new global voices in storytelling as one of its four pillars of engagement.

We are committed to bringing different viewpoints to the table in order to creatively engage new audiences to protect and restore our natural world. This program was created to provide passes, mentorship and unique networking opportunities for filmmakers who will help us diversify our community with regard to race, gender, culture, socioeconomics, geography, and domain knowledge. This scholarship will provide mentorship for emerging conservation media leaders in unique programs that directly connect them with the most influential content creators from around the globe. Recipients will attend the Jackson Wild Summit, September 28 - October 1, 2020.

Tessa Barlin
Raghunath Belur
Chelsie Boodoo
Asha de Vos
Iyana Esters
Eshika Fyzee
Malak Ghazal
Alexandra Kahn
Felixie Kipngetich
Cosette Larash
Irene Mendez Cruz
Yolanda Mogatusi
Kiki Cheptoo Ng'ok
Niba Nirmal
Carolina Sosa
Aishwarya Sridhar
Paula Sternberg
Elizabeth Streeter
Shaz Syed
Akansha Tiwari
Victoria Wangui
Ryan Wilkes
Justin Wong
Sandra Wanga

Read more about them in the full feature here ...

Registration Open September 9: jacksonwild.org/2020-virtual-summit.html

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36th edition of Festival de Ménigoute: 36 films and 10 shorts in competition – An interview.

Guilaine Bergeret, director, Patrick Luneau, director, and Philippe de Grissac, vice-president of the LPO, reveal to us the trends in the selection of films in competition for this 36th edition. Among the hundred or so documentaries viewed, 36 films and 10 short films will be screened during the festival, plus two films out of competition.

Have the constraints of the Covid for the next edition of the festival changed your criteria for choosing the number of films to present, the preferred format?

Not at all! The screenings will be organized differently, with more, but shorter screenings. To complete the offer, we are studying the possibility of decentralizing certain sessions to two or three neighboring municipalities. This project is under advanced discussion, we will seek production approval and then we will settle the logistical aspects.

Which format dominates?

The 52 minutes, due to television sales. This is why, for the selection of short (15 minutes maximum), the selectors of the short format2 do not content themselves with the films they receive, but apply for masters and seek nuggets on Vimeo or at other festivals. We have not yet received any animated films this year, although we are not closed to them.

What proportion of French and foreign films this year?

There is a great diversity of countries represented - 13 nationalities are represented - with a newcomer like Georgia and the return of Iran with a film on the Iranian cheetah.

Striking views? Nuggets?

Patrick Luneau: Generally speaking, this year I noticed more originality in the way of approaching the subjects, and I was seduced by a French film, Amnesia of nature, which explains how the memory of nature is lossed over generations. You end up being satisfied with what you have and this film invites us to fight against that. I was taken aback by a Hungarian film which approaches its subject through a ghost. At first, its slowness scared me, then I let myself go in contemplation, in wonder. I think you have to dare to be surprised, including by the slowness and humility, and am sensitive to the absence of imprinted animals. I am also campaigning to promote these films.

Philippe de Grissac: I fell in love with the Georgian film, precisely, which deals with the place of nature in the city. I, who don't really like music in documentaries, loved the beginning: a long traveling in a car with a rock track, which takes us to a construction site. And there, an intriguing sound ... I'll let you discover the rest! I was won over again by "the" Jan Haft, German director who won several awards at Ménigoute. His film on a simple meadow threatened by modern agricultural practices is an ode to natural meadows. Another landmark film I liked: a journalist's investigation into the disappearance of common birds alongside a famous German ornithologist. It is a fluid and at the same time very well documented film that delivers a message of hope at the end, where the journalist disappears behind his words.

Guilaine Bergeret: We are paying attention to a form of daring in the courts that we select, linked to the youth of this competition, which is only three years old. And we don't hesitate to choose films that will make your teeth cringe. Our selection is not yet final, but there is one movie we particularly like about wild horses that are captured in the United States and broken out by prisoners. The parallel questioning of the loss of freedom is startling.

What topics are in the spotlight?

Philippe de Grissac: The themes of climate change and the loss of biodiversity are asserting themselves. Even the monographs on bird species are part of an issue linked to ecosystems. Another theme emerges: the song of birds, with the technical means available today. A film is interested in it, a little anthropomorphic at first, but in the end very scientific and captivating.

Patrick Luneau: I have an appetite for films that denounce something, especially that of former Ifffcam students on the capture of goldfinches in Algeria, which are then reared in cages. The problem is well posed, without aggressiveness, with a solution that works. Let it be said, I am campaigning for a Whistleblower Award! Even if the courage to alert is implicitly taken into account in our choice of films. Among the trendy subjects, I note that the snow leopard is back this year!

Guilaine Bergeret: More than pure animal, our selection of shorts favors more open subjects, which take very different directions, even if the form can be classic.

Which regions are highlighted?

The Arctic, with the melting of permafrost; South America ; Taiwan, with a film about an endemic owl and a fascinating scene about the exploits of a veterinarian; the Portuguese coast; Africa, with a film about Okavango by a South African who has made four there. We thought we knew everything about this delta and we are still learning new things!

Do you ever disagree?

We generally have the same point of view, which respects a very qualitative editorial line and a demanding technical level. Bad framing, blurry images, can doom a good film. When one of us hesitates, the other watches the film and there is debate. Despite these safeguards, in the end, we are always criticized for certain selected films!

Translated from: menigoute-festival.org/newsletters/2020-08

The 36th "International Festival of Ornithological Film" will take place from October 27th to November 1st 2020 in Ménigoute (Deux - Sèvres - FRANCE).

Visit: menigoute-festival.org Follow: facebook.com/festivalmenigoute & twitter.com/FestivMenigoute

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Dr. Jane Goodall shows her support for ECOSTREAMZ

Listen to why Jane Goodall thinks that Ecostreamz is an important platform for making sure films that have the potential to make a difference are able to reach audiences, helping viewers to understand the important issues of our day and ultimately affect change.


Dr. Jane Goodall

Become a changemaker today: ecostreamz.com

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8 Jackson Wild Nominations For South African Nature Film ‘My Octopus Teacher’

An unexpected film about a man’s bond with an octopus entitled My Octopus Teacher is captivating film festivals and competition judges worldwide. It racked up eight nominations, more than any other film in this year’s lineup, for the renowned Jackson Wild Media Award, one of the most important nature film competitions on the globe. It recently won Best Feature at Earth X  and is in the running for another four conservation film awards this year, including two prestigious Panda awards at the Wildscreen Festival.

‘A real world “Charlotte’s Web” story that is filled with heart and drama and extraordinary beauty, My Octopus Teacher reminds us of the transformative power of love.’ said Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild.

The feature documentary is a collaboration between the Sea Change Project, an NGO raising awareness of the beauty and ecological importance of South Africa’s kelp forest, Off the Fence Productions based in the Netherlands and Netflix. This is the first Netflix Original Documentary to come out of South Africa. Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed and produced by Craig Foster, My Octopus Teacher is the culmination of a decade of hard work and dedication to showcasing The Great African Seaforest and the creatures that live in it.

The story is about Craig Foster, who suffering from a loss of purpose, begins a daily diving regimen in the freezing kelp forests at the tip of Africa in order to re-energize himself. Foster is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of the Sea Change Project, and has dedicated the past nine years to diving every day in the Atlantic Ocean without a wetsuit, documenting the process of how the human body adapts to cold and studying the kelp forest ecosystem.

What he discovers below the water’s surface is a totally alien motivation in the form of an unusually curious octopus. This beautiful record of an animal’s entire life—something seldom achieved in the wild, let alone underwater—was shot over a full year and explores the habits and personality of a strange, undulating creature that most of us have only ever eaten.


My Octopus Teacher: Netflix Original Trailer

Read more: iafrica.com/8-jackson-wild-nominations-for-south-african-nature-film-my-octopus-teacher

My Octopus Teacher will launch on Netflix on 7 September: netflix.com/title/81045007

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Jackson Wild™ Announces 2020 Legacy Awards and Rising Star Award Winners
From Jackson Wild
25th August 2020

For almost 30 years, the Jackson Wild Summit™ has brought together filmmakers, scientists, conservationists, innovative media creators and thought leaders for a multi-day industry conference, during which the Jackson Wild Legacy Award™ Winners and the Rising Star Award Winner are honored. Jackson Wild is proud to announce this year’s winners of each of these prestigious awards.

The Legacy Awards are Jackson Wild’s highest recognition, honoring visionary filmmakers, conservationists, scientists and innovators. This year, Jackson Wild has chosen to recognize two Legacy Award honorees.

Enric Sala, Pristine Seas will receive the Jackson Wild Legacy Award in Science and Conservation in recognition of his lifetime in the research and protection of our planet’s oceans. Enric founded and leads National Geographic Pristine Seas, a project that is dedicated to protecting some of the most biologically important areas of the ocean. Pristine Seas has inspired the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive while ensuring effective management for years to come. The project has helped protect nearly six million square kilometers across 22 protected areas to date and works in support of a global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. Pristine Seas partners with country leaders, businesses, NGOs, local governments, and communities, and through pioneering research and captivating storytelling has helped to establish some of the largest marine reserves in the world. Since its inception, the project has conducted more than 30 expeditions, published more than 170 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific literature, and produced 28 documentaries.

Steve Burns will receive the Jackson Wild Legacy Award in Media. Steve’s career spans more than 25 years from National Geographic cinematographer/producer to EVP of Production and Chief Science Editor for Discovery Networks, including GM of Science Channel. He returned to National Geographic as EVP of Global Content for NGC worldwide. Burns was a freelance Executive Producer for WNET/ New York’s long-running series, Secrets of the Dead, for PBS before joining CuriosityStream as Chief Content Officer, programming the 5-year-old factual SVOD, pay and liner service, now available in 13-million homes worldwide. Burns recently retired from CuriosityStream rejoining Roller Coaster Road Productions as EP at the company he founded in 2011. He also continues as Special Advisor to CuriosityStream. He has won multiple industry awards, including two Emmys for 5 Years on Mars and Spirit of the Rainforest. His teams have been nominated for two Academy Awards, won two Peabody Awards and well over 200 Emmy nominations, including dozens of wins, most recently Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places in 2017 at CuriosityStream. This Jackson Wild Legacy Award in Media keynote is sponsored by Doclights.

Extending beyond its tradition of honoring the outstanding innovators and leaders of our industry industry, Jackson Wild™ is committed to elevating emerging leaders in nature, conservation and science media. The Rising Star Award exemplifies outstanding achievement alongside extended impact, and this year, Gunjan Menon, an independent conservation filmmaker and writer from India will be recognized. An accomplished filmmaker, Gunjan is Founder and CEO of ‘Beyond Premieres’, an organization that supports filmmakers to create tangible impact through their art. She spends a great deal of time teaching and mentoring emerging storymakers in India and Africa to hone their craft. In addition, she is a volunteer bat rescuer and advocate, working within communities to change commonly vilified perceptions of the little-known species.

This year’s Legacy Awards and Rising Star honorees will accept their awards during the first-ever Virtual Jackson Wild Media Awards™, slated for Oct 1 during the Virtual Jackson Wild Summit™ following keynote conversations presented earlier in the week.

For more information, visit here for more about our Legacy Awards, and here for more about our Rising Star Award.

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10 years of the the British Wildlife Photography Awards - Retrospective

This year the British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrates its tenth anniversary with a special retrospective exhibition.

It has been ten years since the very first British Wildlife Photography Awards and we are very grateful to all the photographers, judges, supporters and sponsors who have made it possible. The superb photography, memorable events, popular exhibitions and books – and of course some of the most outstanding wildlife photography in the world.

This is a unique legacy captured by thousands of dedicated and talented photographers during the last decade, which has reached millions each year through exceptional media coverage.

We are celebrating this anniversary with a Ten Years of British Wildlife retrospective exhibition. For the first time the touring show will include all the overall winners along with a selection of category winners and highly commended images.

The exhibition begins its tour with a unique outdoor exhibition in the beautiful garden and park of Astley Hall in Lancashire from early September 2020 through to March 2021. Visitors can experience these images in a way which has not been done before and enjoy the original perspective of finding an underwater world in the woods and get up close and personal with all creatures great and small within the walled garden.

The exhibition will also be on tour at indoor venues commencing with Nature in Art, Gloucestershire, from 10th November to 10th January. Further indoor venues will be added when confirmed.

Tour schedule

Early September 2020 through to March 2021: Astley Hall Park and Garden, Chorley, Lancashire. Dates and more details will be available nearer the time on the Astley Hall website and also here. This will be a unique outdoor exhibition situated amongst the beautiful garden and park.

10th November 2020 to 10th January 2020: Nature in Art, Twigworth ,Gloucester

Visit: bwpawards.org/c/galleries/exhibitions

Adjusting to Covid-19

We can now confirm there will not be a 2020 competition. We would like to thank our photographers, sponsors, friends and supporters for their patience and we realise what a disappointment this is. At the beginning of this year we announced the competition would start later in the year than usual. With very unfortunate timing, this meant we did not open before the start of the Covid-19 crisis, and so we made the difficult decision to defer the opening. Our own team would have had difficulty in managing the competition during lockdown. We also recognise the importance of our sponsors in supporting BWPA each year, and we appreciate that some of those businesses were facing their own challenges because of Covid-19. We have now chosen to defer the next competition to 2021, to ensure the best possible competition is run when it is safe and practical to do so. Meanwhile we are undertaking the retrospective show to mark ten years of the BWPA – and to look forward to many more.

See: BWPA 2019 Winners Announced

British Wildlife Photography Awards 10

British Wildlife Photography Awards 10, published by Ammonite Press showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2019. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British Wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers. Order book 10 for £25, with free postage and packing.

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War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita ... The Fight Goes On!

It is over a year since Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani launched their war on plastic, revealing the enormity of the problem of single-use plastics.

In this follow-up episode, Hugh and Anita ratchet up their efforts a gear as they take on the companies that make tea bags and sandwiches, continue the battle with fast-food companies and their plastic toy giveaways and challenge a British family to go plastic free on a budget.

We eat around six million prepacked sandwiches every day. Hugh wants to know what happens to all the plastic-lined packaging. Are they as widely recycled as the labelling suggests? He is horrified to discover that the industry is not as transparent as it seems.

We also drink around 100 million cups of tea every day. Anita has heard that tea bags may hide a dirty plastic secret. Experiments in a lab confirm her fears and give her the information she needs to confront the brands responsible.

And we all know that doing a weekly shop without accumulating bin-loads of plastic can be expensive. Like most of us, the Oliver family from Berwick shop on a budget, but they also want to go plastic free. They challenge Anita to show them how making innovative switches can really help with the plastic problem, without costing the earth.

But then coronavirus hits, and the take-up of single-use plastic around the world increases dramatically. In hospitals and care homes this makes complete sense, but what about the rest of us? Anita and Hugh investigate whether it is any safer to buy fruit and veg wrapped in plastic and discover the problem with single-use disposable plastic masks.


Trailer: War on Plastic - The Fight Goes On

Visit: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m82c
Watch: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000m82c/war-on-plastic-with-hugh-and-anita-the-fight-goes-on

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Wildscreen appoints new interim CEO to oversee first ever virtual Wildscreen Festival
By Wildscreen
17 August 2020

Wildscreen, the UK-based not-for-profit conservation organisation behind the biennial Wildscreen Festival, has today announced the appointment of Sue Martineau to the role of interim CEO, covering the maternity leave of current CEO Lucie Muir.

The appointment comes as the charity prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Wildscreen Festival as a virtual event this October, helping to bring the natural world to the online world.

Sue joins Wildscreen having held senior leadership roles at a range of charities over the past decade, including My Life Films, where she gained insight into the power of compelling story telling. Prior to this she founded and ran a successful event company organising global events with attendees of up to 10,000. Sue will bring highly valuable and pertinent experience to Wildscreen with her unique combination of charity management and corporate event design and delivery.

Sue comments: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead the Wildscreen team as interim CEO. Lucie Muir the current CEO has achieved so much with the charity and I am determined to ensure it continues to grow and develop. I hope that people will continue to support us as we transition our world renowned Wildscreen Festival into a virtual edition. It will be the most accessible event to date showcasing ground-breaking content and offering extensive, unrivalled networking”

During a period of handover this month, Sue will work alongside current CEO Lucie Muir and the Wildscreen team and board of Trustees to continue to engage key stakeholders, sponsors and supporters of the Festival as well as finalising the event programme and preparing for the first ever virtual Wildscreen Panda Awards, one of the most coveted awards in the global wildlife film and TV industry.

Laura Marshall, Chair of Wildscreen’s board of Trustees and CEO of Icon Films added “We are delighted to welcome Sue to the Wildscreen team and feel confident that her extensive experience in both charity management and events will enhance and strengthen the organisation. Sue is joining at a critical time for the charity, as we prepare for an exciting new era in the evolution of Wildscreen Festival.

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Lucie for all her incredible and hard work over her years to date at Wildscreen, but particularly in tackling the significant challenges we faced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic over the past months with her creativity, energy and endless enthusiasm. Thanks to her efforts we are now looking forward to supporting Sue and the rest of the team to make sure this years Wildscreen Festival is the best one yet!”

Wildscreen Festival will take place from 19-23 October and tickets are currently on sale.

Welcome Sue!

Also see: Wildscreen Festival 2020 goes virtual, Wildscreen Festival Announces 2020 Panda Award Nominees & Wildscreen Festival Unveils First Ever Official Selection Programme

Follow etc: facebook.com/wildscreenfest & twitter.com/WildscreenFest + instagram.com/wildscreenorg

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A NATURAL CODE – Alan Turing's Enigma Code of Nature - via Wilderland Festival

This film explores how one of the most extraordinary breakthroughs in the history of mathematics gave us a new way of seeing the natural world and is now helping conservationists to help endangered species. A short wildlife documentary about patterns in nature and whale sharks - made by Cristina Ceuca, UWE MA Wildlife Filmmaking 2018/2019 Bristol, UK

Directer/Producer/Camera Operator: Cristina Ceuca
Scientific Researcher: Natasha Ellison Narrator: Natasha Ellison


A NATURAL CODE | Documentary Film | Alan Turing's Enigma Code of Nature

Subscribe to WilderlandTV: youtube.com/channel/UCyKoalJu0SBDEwRpteoRf_A

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Jackson Wild™ Media Awards 2020 Finalists Announced!
From Jackson Wild
10th August 2020

World’s Top Nature Media Competition Announces Finalists for 2020

Jackson Wild™ is announcing the 2020 finalists for its prestigious film competition, the Jackson Wild Media Awards™, a media competition that is considered to be the highest bar of achievement in the natural history filmmaking industry.

For the first time this year, the competition shifts from a biennial to an annual cycle, reflecting the growing importance of the role of media to combat the global issues that confront our planet. This year’s submissions include over 620 category entries from over 30 different countries competing for 30 awards, including the Best of Festival Grand Teton Award. Finalists were selected by more than 150 international judges who together screened over 1,200 hours of media.

This year, Jackson Wild is committed to elevating short form entries across all content award categories, recognizing the growing impact of short form programming across digital and social media platforms. The “Impact Campaign” category is another new addition to the competition, highlighting projects that directly motivate people, organizations and policy makers to take tangible action for change.

“The judges selected an incredible slate of inspiring finalists with powerful messaging and stunning imaging. These richly woven stories from around the planet are deeply personal and purpose-driven," said Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. "But, more importantly, they reflect an inherent connection to the species, places and issues that are critical to our survival on this beautiful planet and amplify the importance of what we as individuals can do to make a difference - while the opportunity still exists."

A distinguished panel of final judges from around the globe will select the 2020 Jackson Wild Media Award Winners over the coming weeks. Winners will be announced during the Jackson Wild Media Awards held virtually for the first time in its history on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The awards are just one element of the Jackson Wild Virtual Summit that will be hosted online from September 28-October 1. Event speakers and delegates will include innovative filmmakers, conservationists, photographers, scientists and thought-leaders from across the globe, all engaged in conservation, nature, wildlife and media.

See below for a full list of finalists:

CONTENT CATEGORIES

Best Animal Behavior Film, Long Form (Sponsored by Love Nature)
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or illuminating way.

Pumas - Legends of the Ice Mountains: Rebirth
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, Vision Hawk Films, National Geographic

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd. production for THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC and BBC in association with WNET

Best Animal Behavior Film, Short Form
Awarded to the program (under 15 minutes) that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or illuminating way.

Kidnapper Ants Steal Other Ants' Babies - And Brainwash Them | Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Super Sea Slugs
Diatom Studios for CuriosityStream

The Honey Bee Brain
Rebel Media Productions in association with Long Story Short Media, supported by a generous grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation

This Killer Fungus Turns Flies into Zombies | Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Best Ecosystem Film, Long Form (Sponsored by Wanda Natura)
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores a unique habitat and its wildlife.

Life and Death in Paradise - After the Flood
Blue Paw Artists for ZDF Enterprises and Bayerisches Fernsehen, Germany

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

Okavango - River of Dreams: Divine Journey
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, National Geographic and SVT

Santa’s Wild Home
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production

Best Ecosystem Film, Short Form
Awarded to the program (under 15 minutes) that most effectively explores a unique habitat and its wildlife.

Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic

Last Wild Places: Iberá
National Geographic Society

Last Wild Places: Majete
National Geographic Society

Best Earth & Sky Film (Sponsored by ARTE France)
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.

Black Hole Hunters
Windfall Films Ltd, Smithsonian Channel

The Edge of All We Know s
Collapsar films, with support from John Templeton Foundation, Sandbox Films, and Sundance Institute

Rise of the Mammals
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, NOVA for WGBH Boston

Best Conservation Film, Long Form (Sponsored by Doclights)
Awarded to the program that most effectively relates conservation issues and/or solutions and the individuals, groups or projects dedicated to the protection of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world.

Corona - The Pandemic and the Pangolin
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production

Jane Goodall: The Hope
Lucky 8 TV for National Geographic

The Story of Plastic
Discovery Channel presents THE STORY OF PLASTIC, produced by Pale Blue Dot Media presented by The Story Of Stuff Project in association with React To Film

Reef Rescue
Merit Motion Pictures, Capa Presse/Films à Cinq, ARTE France and in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Vulcan Productions

Best Conservation Film, Short Form (Sponsored by Humane Society International)
Awarded to the program (under 15 minutes) that most effectively relates conservation issues and/or solutions and the individuals, groups or projects dedicated to the protection of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world.

Akashinga: The Braves Ones
Produced by Avatar Alliance Foundation for National Geographic Documentary Films

Last Call for the Bayou: On a Wing and a Prayer
Encompass Films, Smithsonian Channel

Last Wild Places: Iberá
National Geographic Society

Plastic Warriors
Conchboy Films

Best People & Nature Film, Long Form (Sponsored by: Vulcan Productions)
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment.

Jane Goodall: The Hope
Lucky 8 TV for National Geographic

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

The Last Ice
National Geographic Documentary Films, Blancpain

The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd production for THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC and BBC in association with WNET

Best People & Nature Film, Short Form (Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund)
Awarded to the program (under 15 minutes) that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment.

ADAPTATION: Kentucky
Alizé Carrère, The Redford Center in association with The Front

Akashinga: The Brave Ones
Produced by Avatar Alliance Foundation for National Geographic Documentary Films

The Church Forests of Ethiopia
Emergence Magazine

The Hunt for Medals, Not Lions
Black Bean Productions

Best Changing Planet Film, Long Form (Sponsored by PBS)
Awarded for the best examination of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change.

Great Green Wall
SEVILLE INTERNATIONAL presents a MAKE WAVES production in association with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

On Thin Ice
An Altayfilm Production in association with MDR / ARTE France

The Story of Plastic
Discovery Channel presents THE STORY OF PLASTIC, produced by Pale Blue Dot Media presented by The Story Of Stuff Project in association with React To Film

Best Changing Planet Film, Short Form (Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Awarded for the best examination (under 15 minutes) of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change.

ADAPTATION: Kentucky
Alizé Carrère, The Redford Center in association with The Front

Last Call for the Bayou: On a Wing and a Prayer
Encompass Films, Smithsonian Channel

Mermaids Against Plastic: TAMARA
Free Roaming Studios, National Geographic Society, Conservation Media Group, Stuyvesant-Bard Films

Best Science in Nature Film, Long Form (Sponsored by Marco Polo Film AG)
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.

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

Reef Rescue
Merit Motion Pictures, Capa Presse/Films à Cinq, ARTE France and in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Vulcan Productions

The Age of AI: Saving the World One Algorithm at a Time
Team Downey, Network Entertainment, Sonar Entertainment, Youtube Originals

The Deep Med
Les Gens Bien Productions, ARTE France

Best Science in Nature Film, Short Form
Awarded to the program (under 15 minutes) that most effectively incorporates science, the scientific method and scientific discovery into an understanding of some aspect of the natural world.

Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic

Feathers In Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project
Day's Edge Productions

Lens of Time: Jaw Jumpers
Spine Films, bioGraphic

The Honey Bee Brain
Rebel Media Productions in association with Long Story Short Media, supported by a generous grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Best Impact Campaign (Sponsored by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios)
An impact campaign extends beyond the screen, to inspire measurable on-the-ground change. Entrants must submit an essay and other support materials to outline the impact campaign. Effects of the impact campaign must be demonstrated after June 1st, 2019 but media may have been completed and released previously.

Peng Yu Sai
Malaika Vaz and Nitye Sood, Untamed Planet 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 Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

Best Non-Broadcast Film (Sponsored by Saint Thomas Productions)
Awarded to the film not broadcast and not commercially distributed 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.

African Parks: Protected Area Management
Esri

Entangled
A film by David Abel and Andy Laub, made with the support of the Pulitzer Center, the LEF Foundation, and The Boston Globe

Tribes on the Edge
CauseCentric Productions

Best Limited Series, Long Form
Awarded to the mini-series with episodes longer than 15 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme.

H2O The Molecule That Made Us
A WGBH and Passion Pictures production, in association with ARTE France, with funding from Draper, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton, Anne Ray Foundation, and PBS

Pumas - Legends of the Ice Mountains
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, Vision Hawk Films, National Geographic

The Hidden Kingdoms of China
Brian Leith Productions Ltd in association with China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and Bilibili for National Geographic

Best Limited Series, Short Form
Awarded to the mini-series with episodes shorter than 15 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme.

Last Call for the Bayou
Encompass Films, Smithsonian Channel

Last Wild Places
National Geographic Society

Modern Explorer
National Geographic Society

Wild_Life: The Big Freeze
National Geographic

Best Engaging Youth & Family Film (Sponsored by San Diego Zoo)
Awarded to the program that most effectively inspires an appreciation of the natural world to young people and families.

Feathered Friends - The Secret Life Of Garden Birds
PKM FilmproduktionsgmbH, ORF, ARTE France, ORF-Enterprise

Jane Goodall: The Hope
Lucky 8 TV for National Geographic

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

Best 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.

Peng Yu Sai
Malaika Vaz and Nitye Sood, Untamed Planet Films
Presenter: Malaika Vaz

Wild Cuba: A Caribbean Journey
Crossing the Line Productions for ORF, BBC, RTÉ, France Télévisions, THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, PBS, ORF Enterprises
Presenter: Colin Stafford-Johnson

Wild_Life: The Big Freeze: Wolf vs. Bear
National Geographic
Presenter: Bertie Gregory

Best Micro-Movie (Sponsored by Seeker)
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.

African Parks: Protected Area Management
Esri

Breathe - Save the Tongass
Wild Agency, Salmon State

#NatureNow
A @tommustill Film for Gripping Films, Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot with support from Conservation International, Nature4Climate, The Food and Land Use Coalition and Gower Street

The Genetics of Tusklessness in Elephants
Day's Edge Productions for HHMI BioInteractive

The Tawaki Project
Braydon Moloney

Women on a Mission, Poachers to Peacekeepers
Katie Bryden, Conservation International + SONY Storytelling Alliance

Best Feature Film (Sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios)
Awarded to the film created for commercial distribution that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. This category includes films distributed in theaters and feature length films.

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

The Tiger Mafia
Karl Ammann & Laurin Merz, HOOK Film

Best Emerging Filmmaker
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.

Hope For A Highland Sea
Jacca Deeble, Wildland

Life on the Rocks
George Pretty, National Film and Television School

Painted Ladies
Megan Brown, National Film and Television School

Wild Innsbruck
Centurioni Images supported by Wildruf Film

Best 360° Storytelling
Awarded to the best natural history program created for the immersive platform of 360° Video and Virtual Reality.

ecosphere: Kenya
PHORIA, Oculus, WWF, Silverback Films

Into the Himalayas
A Riverbank Studios Production with United Nations Development Programme India and The Ministry of Environment & Forests Govt. of India

The Amazing World of Bees: Inside and Outside the Hive
Atlantic Productions

Best Global Voices Film
In an effort to recognize local stories told by local voices, this category will accept films produced by individuals or production teams based Asia, Africa, Latin America, South America, Oceania and indigenous communities around the world. 

Bahari Yetu (Our Ocean)
An Africa Underwater and East African Ocean Explorers Production, made with the support of the National Geographic Society

Flying Elephants - A Mother's Hope
Prakash Matada, Center for Wildlife Studies, Saving Nature

The Stork Saviours
PSBT, Vijay Bedi & Ajay Bedi

Yaktal
Taitao Producciones, Picafilms

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Best Cinematography (Sponsored by Fujifilm and Fujinon Lenses)
Awarded for the cinematography that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part..

H2O The Molecule That Made Us: Pulse
A WGBH and Passion Pictures production, in association with ARTE France, with funding from Draper, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton, Anne Ray Foundation, PBS
Cinematographers: Ryan Atkinson, Paul Atkins, ASC, Simon de Glanville, Cristian Dimitrius, Mike Downie, Sugandhi Gadadhar, David Herasimtschuk, Jeremy Monroe, Christiaan Munoz Salas, Moris Alberto Munoz Salas, Ross Pimlott, Tim Shepherd, Rolf Steinmann

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production
Cinematography: Roger Horrocks and Craig Foster
Additional Filming: Tom Foster, Pippa Ehrlich, Warren Smart

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original
Cinematographer: Mark Deeble

Best Editing
Awarded for the editing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part.

H2O The Molecule That Made Us: Pulse
A WGBH and Passion Pictures production, in association with ARTE France, with funding from Draper, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton, Anne Ray Foundation, and PBS
Editor: Jacob Thomson

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production
Editors: Pippa Ehrlich, Dan Schwalm
Edit Consultant: Jinx Godfrey

Pumas - Legends of the Ice Mountains: Birth
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, Vision Hawk Films, National Geographic.
Editor: Candice Odgers S.A.G.E.

Best Original Music Score
Awarded for the original musical score that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part.

A Song for Love - An Ape with an App
A co-production of Terra Mater Factual Studios, Mark Fletcher Productions, Colorful Nature Films
Original Music by: Barnaby Taylor

Great Green Wall
SEVILLE INTERNATIONAL presents a MAKE WAVES production in association with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Original Music by: Charlie Mole, Inna Modja

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production
Original Score: Kevin Smuts
Additional Music: Tom Foster and Matt Dennis

Seven Worlds One Planet: Australia
Natural History & Factual Productions Ltd o/b/o BBC Studios Production Ltd and BBC Studios Distribution Ltd, British Broadcasting Corporation
Theme Music: Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music
Original Music: Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music
Score Producers: Hans Zimmer & Russell Emanuel
Score Recording Engineer: John W. Chapman

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

The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd production for THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC and BBC in association with WNET
Writers: David Allen, Anna Fitch

Corona - The Pandemic and the Pangolin
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production
Writer: Ruth Berry

Wild Cuba: A Caribbean Journey
Crossing the Line Productions for ORF, BBC, RTÉ, France Télévisions, THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, PBS, ORF Enterprises
Writer: John Murray

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

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production
Sound Design: Barry Donnelly

Okavango - River of Dreams
A Terra Mater Factual Studios and Wildlife Films production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm in association with PBS, CPB, ARTE France, National Geographic
Sound Production & Design: Beverly Joubert

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original
Supervisor and Sound Editor: Tim Owens, Wounded Buffalo
Sound Editor: Kate Hopkins, Wounded Buffalo
Field Sound Recordists: Norbert Rottcher, Pete Cayless
Re-recording Mixer: Ben Peace, Wounded Buffalo

Honorable Mentions

Acasa, My Home
Manifest Film, HBO Europe, Corso Film, Kinocompany

Bird Boy
Toolbox Film, Pedersen & Co., Relation04Media

Cephalopods: Aliens of The Deep
Saint Thomas Productions

Cries of Our Ancestors
Arcus Foundation, National Geographic Society, Global Wildlife Conservation, Migrant Films and Guinée-Ecologie

DEHESA, Forest of the Iberian Lynx
A Wanda Natura film in co-production with Ukbar Films and Terra Mater Factual Studios

Felicia: The Life of an Octopus Fisherwoman
José Carlos Pons

Green Forests and Red Carpet
MC4 production, Blue hour films with support from Region Bretagne, Fondation Iris

Guardians of Ua Huka
Wild Cherry Media Ltd, BirdLife International, SOP Manu and Association Vaiku'a, special thanks to Scientific Exploration Society, Rivers Foundation, University of Oxford, Christ Church, Zoo Berlin, Zoo Heidelberg, ZGAP

Kokoly
Blue Ventures with support from the Sundance Institute Stories of Change grant

Oil on Their Hands
If Not Us Then Who?

Run Wild
adidas Runtastic, Internet of Elephants, The Snow Leopard Trust, United Nations Environment Programme

About Jackson Wild:

For almost 30 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting an extraordinary convening of scientists, conservationists, innovators and media. The Summit fosters an environment where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges facing our planet.

The 2020 Jackson Wild Summit will be hosted virtually, September 28 - October 1, 2020.

Registration opens mid-August. The Jackson Wild Media Awards are slated to stream live on October 1. Jackson Wild’s international board members include: ARTE France, BBC Studios, Blue Ant Media / Love Nature, Bonne Pioche, Borealés, Discovery, Doclights, FujiFilm Optical Devices - Fujinon Lenses, Gorongosa Restoration Project, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Media Alliance, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Netflix, Off the Fence Productions, PBS, Saint Thomas Productions, San Diego Zoo, Seeker, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT - Swedish Television, The Nature Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, ORF Universum, Vulcan Productions, Wanda Films, WGBH, and World Wildlife Fund US.

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

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DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET - Premiering In Cinemas For One Night Only September 28

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

In his 94 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.

Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.

Created by award-winning natural history filmmakers Silverback Films and global conservation organisation WWF, the film is Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey and Executive Produced by Colin Butfield.

Celebrated British naturalist Sir David Attenborough has a broadcasting career spanning over six decades. He has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and bringing the wonders of the living world to audiences worldwide through groundbreaking natural history series. His work includes: Life on Earth, Planet Earth and more recently the Netflix original documentary series Our Planet.

After the film, audiences will have the unique chance to watch a very special, exclusive conversation between Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin. This will only be available in cinemas.


David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet | Official Trailer | WWF

Get tickets: attenborough.film Follow: facebook.com/DavidALifeFilm & twitter.com/DavidALifeFilm

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Wildscreen Festival Unveils First Ever Official Selection Programme
By Wildscreen
30th July 2020

Wildscreen, the not-for-profit behind the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling, today revealed the line-up for its inaugural Official Selection Programme.

The charity introduced the Official Selection in 2020 to discover and honour bold, authentic and diverse stories that speak to different audiences with urgency about the natural world. The programme was established to open up the Festival to a wider range of documentary makers, embracing independents, with a more relaxed entry criteria compared to that of the Wildscreen Panda Awards which focuses on the craft of the wildlife genre.

The 2020 Official Selection honours 35 productions, 17 feature length and 18 short films, that are as diverse in style and subject as the natural world. The entries hale from 14 countries across 5 continents, each bringing a new perspective to the natural world and humanity’s relationship with it.

The myriad of complex relationships that exist between humans and nature features heavily amongst the selections which Wildscreen hopes will make a powerful contribution to the discussion on inclusion and diversity within the wildlife and conservation sector globally.

Rebecca Kormos and Kalyanee Mam’s CRIES OF OUR ANCESTORS, puts women’s voices at the forefront, documenting the peaceful relationship between people and chimpanzees in Guinea that have lived side by side for generations and threat of bauxite mining to both of their futures.

Aner Etxebarria Moral and Pablo Vidal Santo’s BAYANDALAI - LORD OF THE TAIGA, tells the story of the last elder of the Dukhas tribe, the great reindeer herders of the Taiga, questioning modern custodianship of nature through living testament of ancient ways of co-existence. In contrast, Ofelia de Pablo and Javier Zurita’s SHARING THE LAND, explores the conflict between shepherds and wolves, co-existing in Europe.

James Byrne’s OUR GORONGOSA shines a spotlight on what it means for people and wildlife to coexist, addressing intersectionality and exploring how Gorongosa is redefining the identity and purpose of an African national park.

Chelsea Jolly and Whit Hassett’s THIS LAND tells the story of land access in the U.S told through a journey of inclusion and empowerment, following runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs as she covers 150 miles on foot through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of controversy around public lands.

Experimental technologies and storytelling techniques also feature in the line-up, with Joseph Purdam’s ECOSPHERE, a VR experience that spotlights indigenous and community led efforts to protect the natural world through experiential stories, and EARTHSONGS, a joyful celebration of wild soundscapes, utilising spatial computing technology from Mitch Turnbull and Ollie Lindsey.

The selections also feature films from established heavyweights of the natural history genre, including Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s THE ELEPHANT QUEEN, Apple TV+’s first documentary, and BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s EARTH FROM SPACE and PANGOLINS: THE WORLD’S MOST WANTED ANIMAL

Hundreds of submissions were received from over 40 countries, selected by an international and diverse team of over 30 pre-selectors and programmers, curating a screening programme that features original and creative stories about the natural world. The team of programmers, LUCY MUKERJEE (USA), KEVIN MWACHIRO (Kenya), EMMA HUGHES (UK), LYNN NWOKORIE (UK), JONATHAN PEYNET (Germany) and PETER VENN (UK) had the tough job of curating the final selection.

Lucy Mukerjee, Senior Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival and cofounder of the Programmers of Colour Collective said: “These engaging, emotionally impactful films eloquently and urgently present the state of planet Earth today in a way that feels both informative and inspiring. By putting the spotlight on little-known places and species, this cinematic collection reveals the high stakes of survival, and the delicate balance necessary in order for nature and humanity to coexist.”

Audiences will be able to stream the Official Selection films with selected director Q&A’s during the first ever virtual edition of the Wildscreen Festival which launches in September. Wildscreen announced back in May that it would taking the industry-leading event online, seizing the opportunity to make it the most inclusive and accessible Festival in its 38-year history. Three-month industry passes are on sale now at £125, with concessions offered at £50. Tickets can be purchased here.

Stories about the natural world have never been more important - we are the first generation to understand humanity’s impact on nature and the last to be able to protect and restore it. Wildscreen believes in the power of visual storytelling to spark positive and restorative action for our natural world, globally. Bold, authentic and varied stories that speak to different audiences with urgency and hope have never been so necessary. The Official Selection call for entries was open to anyone with a story about nature to share - and the submissions did not disappoint!

We received hundreds of submissions and worked with a team of pre-selectors and programmers to curate a screening programme that features original and creative stories about the natural world. The natural world is beautifully diverse and this strength will be reflected through the voices heard, tools used and stories shared within the Wildscreen Official Selection.

We are very proud to announce the first ever Wildscreen Official Selection films, they are...

A Voice Above Nature
Annie Moir
United Kingdom
Bayandalai - Lord of the Taiga
Aner Etxebarria Moral, Pablo Vidal Santos
Spain
Clorofilia
Andrés Sehinkman, Jonathan Barg and Leandro Vital - Planta Alta TV
Argentina
Cries of Our Ancestors
Rebecca Kormos, Kalyanee Mam
United States

Earth From Space: Ep 1 A New Perspective
Barny Revill
United Kingdom

EarthSongs
Producer/Director: Mitch Turnbull
Creative Technologists and Designers: Ollie Lindsey, Adam Child, Olie Kay, Robin North, Chris Linington
Sound Design: Mitch Turnbull, Luke Reed, Olga M. Reed
Commissioner: South West Creative Technology Network
United Kingdom
Ecosphere
Joseph Purdam
Australia
Ecuador’s Hidden Treasure
Kata Karáth, Ana Naomi de Sousa
United Kingdom, Ecuador

Eye of the Pangolin
Bruce Young
South Africa

Flying Elephants - A Mother's Hope
Prakash Matada
India

Guardians of Ua Huka
Ben Cherry
United Kingdom

Horse Tamer
Hamid Sardar
France
Kokoly
Blue Ventures, Garth Cripps, Paul Antion
United Kingdom, Madagascar
Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
Director: Sarah Joseph
Executive Producer: Vanessa Serrao
United States, Mozambique

MY 25: The Ocean Between Us
Inka Cresswell
United Kingdom

Ophir
Alexandre Berman, Olivier Pollet
France, United Kingdom
Our Gorongosa
James Byrne
Mozambique
Pangolins: The World's Most Wanted Animal
Victoria Bromley
United Kingdom
Pushed up the Mountain
Julia Haslett
United States
Rewilding
Vincent Perazio
France
Serengeti Nature’s Living Laboratory
Day's Edge Productions for HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
United States
Sharing the Land
Ofelia de Pablo, Javier Zurita
Spain

She Walks with Apes
Caitlin Starowicz, Mark Starowicz
Canada

Sockeye Salmon. Red fish
Dmitriy Shpilenok, Vladislav Grishin
Russian Federation
STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war
Director: Susan Scott
Producers: Bonné de Bod, Susan Scott
South Africa
That's Wild
Michiel Thomas
Belgium, United States
The Condor & the Eagle
Sophie Guerra, Clement Guerra
United States, Germany, France
The Deep Med
Gil Kebaïli
France
The Disappeared
Kim Stewart
United Kingdom

The Elephant Queen
Victoria Stone & Mark Deeble
Kenya

The Octopus in My House
Anna Fitch & David Allen
United Kingdom

This Land
Chelsea Jolly, Whit Hassett
United States

Voices of the Pacific Flyway
Eric Liner
United States

Wild & Wool
Phillip Baribeau
United States

Zimbrul
Emmanuel Rondeau
France

Wildscreen is based in Bristol, UK – the south west of England city nicknamed ‘Green Hollywood’ because it produces more natural history film and TV than any other city in the world. www.wildscreen.org

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James Dunbar's DIRECTORS COMMENTARY - Hoverflies

Janes says: "This is something new for you all. It is a directors commentary film where I explain a bit about how I shot the sequence and what some of the motivations and challenges that I experienced were. Please let us know what you think! If you like this sort of thing and want to see more."


DIRECTORS COMMENTARY - Hoverflies

Websites: www.jamesdunbarphotography.com & www.teamcandiru.co.uk

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Release of 'Montom', the Rehabilitated Sun Bear ... from SZtv

On 10th July 2020, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) team reintroduced their eighth release candidate Montom (an six years old adult male sun bear) into the wild. Rescued from Kampung Melangkap, Kota Marudu on 18 January 2015, Montom was originally taken as a cub after a dog chased away his mother.

After five years of rehabilitation, Montom had developed excellent forest survival skills and was therefore ready to be reintroduced into the wild! Simon and Jason headed over to BSBCC on the 9 July to document the preparation and then at 5 pm, the bear release team and Montom departed, where they were on the road for an eight-hour journey to the northern part of Sabah and four-hour off-road journey to release site.

The journey to the release site was challenging but once in place, the door was opened at 6.18 am and Montom ran straight into the forest and finally disappeared in the woods. It was a huge privilege for Scubazoo to be a part of this process and document the release of Montom into the wild.


Release of 'Montom', the Rehabilitated Sun Bear

To see more pictures of the preparation to release Montom back into the wild, visit: scubazoo.tv/2020/08/03/release-of-montom-the-rehabilitated-sun-bear
Check out more information on Montom here: bsbcc.org.my/bear-talk-blog/wild-is-life.html

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#GlobalGoals – Life Below Water ... Narrated by Morgan Freeman

YouTube, Tribeca Enterprises and the United Nations present "Change the Sequence"

Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. Yet, we have managed to do tremendous damage to these precious resources.

A documentary-style film about the most formidable species in our oceans: plastic. Using cinematic footage, alluring descriptions, powerful music and a well-known voiceover, this sequence illuminates the frightening truth about today’s oceans using a proven tease, amplify and echo sequence. Teasers create interest in the full film that follows, while key messages are echoed to those who skip the full feature.


#GlobalGoals | Life Below Water

About the Global Goals: www.globalgoals.org

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2021 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital Festival Dates & Call For Entries Announced

2021 DCEFF FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED THURSDAY MARCH 18 - SUNDAY, MARCH 28

We are excited to announce the 29th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital will be held March 18-28, 2021. We look forward to offering a robust online festival featuring over 100 films and many filmmaker and expert panels (in-person, theatrical screenings will continue to be pending until safety permits).

Stay tuned for more announcements about our full 2021 Festival in the months ahead, as well as news about our numerous virtual events this fall.

We are now accepting submissions for 2021 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital!

The 29th Annual DCEFF will be held March 18-28, 2021. We look forward to offering a robust online festival, as in-person theatrical screenings will continue to be pending until safety permits. We welcome film submissions on all topics related to the natural and built environment.

Submission Categories

Short Films

This category includes films with a running time of 40 minutes or less, including credits.

Feature Films

This category includes films with a running time greater than 40 minutes.

Please carefully read the rules and guidelines for submissions posted on FilmFreeway. If you have specific questions about submitting a film to DCEFF, contact samantha@dceff.org.

More here: dceff.org/submissions

2021 Festival Deadlines:

  • Regular Submission: December 1, 2020
  • Late Submission: December 31, 2020
  • Notification Date: February 15, 2021
  • Festival Dates: March 18 – 28, 2021

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National Geographic Documentary Films Announces The Last Ice From National Geographic Pristine Seas

Premiering on National Geographic this October, the Feature Doc Chronicles the Inuit Communities Fighting to Protect a Rapidly Changing Arctic and Keep their Culture Alive

Feature Doc Part of Global Cross-Platform Celebration of the National Geographic Pristine Seas Project:

  • World Premiere Special Pristine Seas (wt) Airing in September;
  • National Geographic Magazine Feature Article in the September Issue;
  • and New Book by Pristine Seas Founder Enric Sala, The Nature of Nature, Out August 25

“Our human rights as a people and the protection of our wildlife go hand in hand.” — Maatalii Okalik, Inuit Youth Activist


The Last Ice | Trailer

Scientific projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic — the critical cooling system of our planet — by as early as 2040. THE LAST ICE tells the story of the Inuit communities fighting to protect the rapidly disappearing Arctic that has been their home for centuries. Filmed over four years and featuring interviews with Inuit community leaders, traditional hunters, activists and youth, THE LAST ICE has screened at film festivals around the world, including Movies that Matter and Mountainfilm. Directed by Scott Ressler and executive produced by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas, the feature doc will premiere on National Geographic Channel this October in 172 countries and 43 languages.

More here: businesswire.com/news/home/20200803005755/en/National-Geographic-Documentary-Films-Announces-Ice-National

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Ewan McGregor Voices Natural History Series ‘Stormborn’ for Love Nature

Ewan McGregor, former “Star Wars” lead actor and a Golden Globe winner for series “Fargo,” will narrate “Stormborn,” an upcoming natural history series filmed in the actor’s native Scotland as well as Norway and Iceland. A trailer for the show has just been released.

The series, comprising three 50-minute episodes, features a cast of charismatic, tenacious animals trying to survive climate change and thriving in the remote, northern edges of the Atlantic Ocean over a year. It was commissioned by speciality channel Love Nature, and will have its world broadcast premiere on the service in November, after a theatrical screening at the Jackson Wild festival in the fall.

Stormborn” is produced by Scotland-based Maramedia, in association with Smithsonian Channel, ARTE France, BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland. Blue Ant International is overseeing licensing for the series, which will be available at Mipcom. Music composed by Fraser Purdie!


Stormborn | Love Nature

Read more: variety.com/2020/tv/global/stormborn-series-ewan-mcgregor-love-nature-1234735228

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Planet Earth: A Celebration

The BBC Natural History Unit has brought together the most astounding stories from the Bafta-winning Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II to create the ultimate escape.

The journey is accompanied by a thrilling new musical score, created by renowned composers Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and featuring Mercury Prize winner Dave on the piano.


Prequel – Planet Earth: A Celebration

Visit: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m7wj

Producing Planet Earth: A Celebration, in Covid conditions, proved less than straightforward:

A music record for a 60 minute BBC natural history programme, with an entire orchestra, would take around nine hours. However, social distancing meant that all the different sections of an entire orchestra could no longer be recorded together. There is simply no studio large enough. social distancing meant that the different sections of the orchestra could no longer be recorded together. However, it was possible to invite 21 string musicians, from the BBC Concert Orchestra, to join Brit Award and Mercury Prize winner Dave on the grand piano and Hans Zimmer, via a screen, in the Great Hall, at Air Studios, London. Before anyone could even enter the studio, sound engineers spent hours re-designing the layout to facilitate recording, re-laying cabling and re-positioning microphones to allow everyone a safe 2.5 metre distance.

Visit: bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2Zh8XGm9k0RF4G7QJmrk1Mx/producing-planet-earth-a-celebration-in-covid-conditions-proved-less-than-straightforward

Dave on working with David Attenborough: “He has shown what it means to care for something and have a passion” ... See: djmag.com/news/dave-working-david-attenborough-he-has-shown-what-it-means-care-something-and-have-passion

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Life in the Buffer Zone from Constantinos Christou

Deneia is one of the 4 villages of Cyprus that are completely in the dead zone after the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in 1974. At a short distance from the village there is the prehistoric settlement of Deneia, where the carved tombs of the cemetery contributed to the rapid growth rodent population. These rodents afflicted the community in agricultural and livestock work as well as being a source of infection and disease. Now the community is using a biological way to fight rodents. Using Barn Owls it replaced the use of harmful rodenticides.


Life in the Buffer Zone (2020) - English

Website: www.constantinoschristou.com

Follow: facebook.com/ConstantinosFilms & instagram.com/constantinos_christou_films

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Tiny Creatures: How one film-maker completed a wildlife series in a Norfolk studio during lockdown

Jonathan Jones produced Tiny Creatures, which has been released on Netflix, within the confines of a studio in Norfolk

The award-winning wildlife film-maker Jonathan Jones has, throughout his 20-year career, circled the globe many times. He has been to the Namibian desert, Hong Kong and the Seychelles.

On another occasion, while making BBC1’s epic series Planet Earth II, Jones trekked up the Himalayas for six days to spend three weeks at an altitude of 6,000 metres filming the jumping spider, the Himalayan tahr and the monal pheasant.

However, Jones had to travel rather less far for his latest series. He filmed the bulk of Tiny Creatures, which has been released on Netflix, entirely within the confines of a studio in Norfolk.

While abiding by social distancing rules, Jones managed the remarkable feat of delivering an eight-part wildlife docu-drama series during lockdown.

If the restrictions dictated by the global pandemic continue, Tiny Creatures could well be the future of natural history film-making. Scripted, storyboarded and shot like a movie, Tiny Creatures is a technical marvel.

It was also made in record-breaking time. Each episode of a traditional, blue-chip wildlife series takes more than a year to film, whereas each episode of Tiny Creatures was shot across just 27 days.


Tiny Creatures | Official Trailer | Netflix

Read more: inews.co.uk/culture/television/jonathan-jones-planet-earth-tiny-creatures-netflix-572136

Watch: netflix.com/title/81004151

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John James Audubon relied on African Americans and Native Americans to collect some specimens for his ‘Birds of America’ prints (shown: Florida cormorant), but never credited them.

 

"American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation" by

The United States is having a long-overdue national reckoning with racism. From criminal justice to pro sports to pop culture, Americans increasingly are recognizing how racist ideas have influenced virtually every sphere of life in this country.

This includes the environmental movement. Recently the Sierra Club – one of the oldest and largest U.S. conservation organizations – acknowledged racist views held by its founder, author and conservationist John Muir. In some of his writing, Muir described Native Americans and Black people as dirty, lazy and uncivilized. In an essay collection published in 1901 to promote national parks, he assured prospective tourists that “As to Indians, most of them are dead or civilized into useless innocence.”

Acknowledging this record, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune wrote in July 2020: “As defenders of Black life pull down Confederate monuments across the country, we must…reexamine our past and our substantial role in perpetuating white supremacy.”

This is a salutary gesture. However, I know from my research on conservation policy in places like India, Tanzania and Mexico that the problem isn’t just the Sierra Club.

American environmentalism’s racist roots have influenced global conservation practices. Most notably, they are embedded in longstanding prejudices against local communities and a focus on protecting pristine wildernesses. This dominant narrative pays little thought to indigenous and other poor people who rely on these lands – even when they are its most effective stewards.

More here: theconversation.com/american-environmentalisms-racist-roots-have-shaped-global-thinking-about-conservation-143783

Including: "Local communities are often written out of popular narratives on nature conservation. Many documentaries, such as the 2020 film “Wild Karnataka,” narrated by David Attenborough, entirely ignore local Indigenous people, who have nurtured the natural heritages of the places where they live. Some of the most celebrated footage in wildlife documentaries made by filmmakers like Attenborough is not even shot in the wild. By relying on fictional visuals, they reproduce racialized structures that render local people invisible."

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Corina Newsome, co-organiser of #BlackBirdersWeek, speaks with Chris Packham

Corina Newsome is an American biologist and naturalist who co-organised the inaugural #BlackBirdersWeek in early 2020. Here she joins UK naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham for a chat about her work and how she got involved in nature conservation...


Corina Newsome, co-organiser of #BlackBirdersWeek, speaks with Chris Packham

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This is an excerpt from The Self-Isolating Bird Club, presented by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. Watch the full episode here: youtu.be/LS-9U79YXyk

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The Story of Tom the Golden Eagle — Chris Packham

The Story of Tom the Golden Eagle who disappeared in suspicious circumstances on a Scottish grouse moor.


The Story of Tom the Golden Eagle — Chris Packham

For further details about Tom's disappearance visit:raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2020/08/10/golden-eagle-tom-disappears-in-suspicious-circumstances-on-scottish-grouse-moor

Take action to call for urgent reform of our uplands and lobby your local politician now at wildjustice.org.uk/sos

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Akashinga: The Brave Ones | National Geographic

With many of Africa’s key species, including elephants, heading toward extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching.

Founded in Zimbabwe by former Australian special forces soldier and anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers is revolutionizing the way animals are protected, communities are empowered — and its members’ own lives are being transformed. Mander’s innovative approach to conservation calls for community buy-in rather than full-on armed assault against poachers: If a community understands the economic benefits of preserving animals, then it will eliminate poaching without an armed struggle.

Executive produced by three-time Academy Award winner James Cameron and directed by Maria Wilhelm, AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES is a celebration of the courage, conservation and unorthodox thinking that’s leading to massive positive change.


Akashinga: The Brave Ones | National Geographic

Visit: films.nationalgeographic.com/akashinga

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Mythbusting Opossum Facts with Alex Goetz

What's the difference between an opossum and a possum? Are opossums really disease-driven? Explore the myths and misconceptions about the misunderstood opossum with wildlife filmmaker Alex Goetz.


Mythbusting Opossum Facts | Backyard Nature

See Alex's website: agoetzfilm.com

For full NATURE episodes, check out pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes

Listen to Alex talking to Marlina Moreno about Breaking into Wildlife Film-making on her Gone Wild Show ... "a new, wildlife-inspired podcast series for people that give a damn about the planet". Go here: gonewildshow.com/episode5

Also see this Hakai Magazine Feature: Keepers of the Deep

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iTravel Films Documentary & Filming Support

Operating for the last 11 years and clocking a total team experience of almost 30 years between us, we offer our extensive support for Photography and Filming crew – large or small projects across many remote and the unexplored destinations around the Indian Subcontinent.

We are pleased to list below all the services that we can offer pertaining to your projects across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet. Having worked with multiple projects (National & International) ranging from Wildlife, Culture, People, Adventure & Festivals, we surely can be that strong pillar of support in the asian region.

What can we Assist you with:

Aspects of Art & Research, Government Liaising/Filming Permissions/Visa Support, Location Scouting, Accommodation, Catering, Technical and Aerial Equipments, AV Set-ups

Find out more: theitravelgroup.com/itravelfilms

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Entanglements are killing marine animals, but we can stop it – IFAW

Commercial fishing catches 200 billion pounds of food each year. Hundreds of thousands of miles of fishing line and millions of tons of fishing gear are unleashed into our oceans indiscriminately catching anything in their way, trapping animals that are not always the intended target. As a result, hundreds of thousands of marine animals are killed every year from entanglements in fishing gear.

IFAW is employing a two-pronged approach to protect these animals from the threat of entanglements through two programs - Marine Mammal Rescue & Research and Marine Conservation.


Entanglements are killing marine animals, but we can stop it

To learn more, visit: ifaw.org/projects/entangled-seal-rescue-north-america

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Film review: Kingdoms Of Fire, Ice and Fairy Tales by Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod

The makers of the multi-award winning documentary STROOP – JOURNEY INTO THE RHINO WARS have followed up with another groundbreaking film.

Susan Scott and Bonne de Bod conceived KINGDOMS OF FIRE ICE & FAIRY TALES while they were on the film festival circuit for STROOP in California. ‘We both decided to go to Yosemite to get a break from the circuit, and it was a revelation. The idea was born there,’ says de Bod.

KINGDOMS is a departure from their hard hitting, gritty rhino poaching documentary. Their new film is a beautifully crafted celebration of nature, but any similarity to classic wildlife documentaries end there. No Jeremy Irons or David Attenborough narrator. De Bod is the protagonist, an authentic, assured voice who’s screen presence reflects the beauty of the environment she is exploring.

Where many documentaries highlight singular species, KINGDOMS tells a story of the interconnectedness of nature, from Yellowstone National Park in America to the Black Forest in Germany and the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland; from trees that sustain entire worlds of insects to mammals that change the course of rivers. There are revelations in this film that would be folly to reveal here for you need to watch it to appreciate the way the story is weaved with fantasy and myth made manifest by nature, so beautifully written by Scott.

Ultimately there is an important message in this film. ‘It’s a reminder that the season of pandemic will pass. That there’s a planet waiting,’ says Scott.

KINGDOMS OF FIRE AND ICE will air on South African screens towards the end of 2020. Watch the trailer:


Trailer KINGDOMS OF FIRE, ICE & FAIRYTALES

From: getaway.co.za/travel-news/film-review-kingdoms-of-fire-ice-and-fairy-tales

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David Attenborough's 'A Life on Our Planet' to release in October

Popular British natural-history filmmaker, Sir David Attenborough is all set to release his new book this year. Titled 'A Life on Our Planet', in this book 94-year-old Attenbourough writes about the 'dreadful damage wrought by mankind' which had led to the climate crisis and solutions to tackle it for a better future.

The news about Attenborough's "brand-new legacy-defining book" was shared by his publisher Penguin Books UK on May 28. Here's what they posted:

Via timesofindia.indiatimes.com

PreOrder the book with FREE delivery worldwide here: bookdepository.com/Life-on-Our-Planet-David-Attenborough/9781529108279 or here: Amazon.co.uk + Amazon.com

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Sea Shepherd's Shark Awareness Week

Sharks are apex predators that play an essential role in maintaining balanced oceanic ecosystems. From the tiniest of plankton to the most majestic of whales, all forms of life depend on this balance to survive.

Yet all around the world, sharks are disappearing. When the sharks are gone, the oceans will die. And when the oceans die, we die.


Sea Shepherd's Shark Awareness Week

Support Sea Shepherd's international efforts to protect sharks and stop the slaughter by donating at www.seashepherd.org

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Why we don't act: Climate Change Psychology – Climate Adam

Little kids are bad at delayed gratification. But unfortunately so are adults. I take a look at why weighing future benefits against present costs makes climate change such a challenging conundrum..


Why we don't act: Climate Change Psychology

Visit: climateadam.co.uk
Follow: instagram.com/climate_adam, twitter.com/ClimateAdam & facebook.com/ClimateAdam

Support him on patreon: patreon.com/climateadam

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BBC's NHU makes mindfulness series for BBC4

BBC Studios Natural History Unit is to make a four part series Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore in collaboration with Headspace Studios, a multi-platform content studio that focusses on meditation and mindfulness.

The series will premiere on BBC Four from September 7, 2020, and will also be re-versioned into 10 x 10-minute episodes, Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore , for the Headspace app later this year.   BBC Studios will handle international distribution.

Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore will offer the viewer “immersive mindful experiences within the natural world” and will be narrated by Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe (pictured).


Mesmerising bait ball images help us breathe

From episode one: The hypnotic nature of huge shoals of fish can help us focus on our breathing, and enable us to be more mindful and in the moment, which reduces stress and anxiety.

Read more: televisual.com/news/bbcs-nhu-makes-mindfulness-series-for-bbc4

Watch via: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mf8k


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South Georgia announces the launching of a 'Visitor's Guide' film narrated by Sir David Attenborough

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) is excited to announce the launch of its new film ‘South Georgia – A Visitor’s Guide’, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The film (*) has two key messages; firstly, it encourages visitors to respect and protect the island so their visit can be truly sustainable, but there is another message which is relevant to us all; proof that nature can recover, if we give it the chance.

The film tells the story of how with careful management, ambitious hecabitat restoration projects, dedication and the passing of time, an ecosystem was saved from disaster. Past human activities on South Georgia harmed the environment through sealing, industrial whaling and unregulated fishing. The introduction of rats, reindeers and invasive plants upset the delicate ecological balance on land, pushing some species to the brink of extinction. Today, through hard work and commitment, South Georgia is a global rarity; an ecosystem in recovery.

Fur seals now number around 5 million, that’s 95% of the global population. 400,000 nesting pairs of king penguins and their chicks jostle for space with nearly half a million southern elephant seals; South Georgia is home to the greatest concentration of seabirds and marine mammals on the planet.

Professor Dame Jane Francis DCMG, Director of the British Antarctic Survey said:

“South Georgia is a real gem in the Southern Ocean. The breath-taking scenery and stunning wildlife will fill you with awe and make you wonder at the incredible beauty of the island in its natural state. South Georgia shows us how much better our planet can be if we learn to live in balance with nature.”

Sir David Attenborough introduced the world to this remarkable place almost thirty years ago in the ground-breaking BBC series Life in Freezer. His association with the island has continued over the years with subsequent wildlife documentaries including Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. Passionate about the ongoing need to protect the ecology of South Georgia, Sir David has generously lent his voice and provided the narration for this new visitor film, in which he says “I’d like to invite you to… share the wonderful story of how an ecosystem can be saved from disaster. Let [South Georgia] it be your inspiration to seek out nature, and play your part in protecting and restoring our planet, whenever and however you can.”

Read more: en.mercopress.com/2020/08/31/south-georgia-announces-the-launching-of-a-visitor-s-guide-film-narrated-by-sir-david-attenborough

Watch the film here: gov.gs/south-georgia-a-visitors-guide

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Australia Remastered restores ABC Natural History Unit films, not seen for decades, to share with a new audience

Forget movies, soapies or reality TV shows. For wildlife documentary maker Jeremy Hogarth, there's nothing more compelling than watching life unfold in the natural world. "It's the drama. Within nature there are all the elements of drama that make a great story," says Hogarth. "There's competition, there's aggression, there's submission, individual animals are doing what they do because that's what they're basically hardwired to do. "For example, in a mob of kangaroos, a male kangaroo must become dominant and within that fight for dominance there's drama, which, in a way, makes you think about the way we live our lives."


Australia Remastered | First Look

Read more: abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/2020-08-30/boxing-kangaroos-rare-abc-natural-film-australia-remastered/12601346

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Behind the scenes of natural scenes – ABCPodcast

Ever wondered how they get those gorgeous shots of nocturnal animals on the TV?

Take a tiny glimpse of some behind the scenes action from the ground-breaking ABC Natural History Unit series the Nature of Australia from 1988.

Starting this Sunday August 30 on ABC TV, Australia Remastered will bring 15 weeks of Natural History to your television.

They have re-edited archival footage from the heyday of ABC Natural History.

You'll also be able to binge-watch all the episodes on ABC iView from Sunday night.

GUESTS:

Dione Gilmour, Co-producer of Nature of Australia and Doyenne of Natural History television in Australia.
Dr Anne Kerle, Ecological Consultant and one-time bilby wrangler.
Mike Gillam, Photographer, hole digger, thorny devil handler and burrowing frog whisperer.

Listen here: abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/behind-the-natural-scenes/12596512

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Confessions of a wildlife film-maker: ‘I thought I killed David Attenborough!’

Author and Emmy award-winning cameraman Gavin Thurston tells Anand Raj OK about the time he thought he had killed David Attenborough, his close brushes with death in the wild and why he thinks the pandemic might benefit nature.

Award-winning cameraman, bestselling author and wildlife specialist Gavin Thurston may have won five Emmys, a couple of Baftas, captured footage of the extremely rare Sumatran tiger in the wild and eyeballed mountain gorillas, grey wolves and brown bears from as close as four metres. But ask him to recount (and believe me, he’s a brilliant raconteur) a memorable moment of his life, and he will tell you it’s the time he was convinced he killed Sir David Attenborough.

The Briton who has worked on 18 of Sir David’s wildlife series and who considers the legend one of his mentors, recalls the time he was “serving” on an Attenborough series called The Life of Birds. “We were in the Galapagos,” he tells me, in an exclusive telephone interview from his home in London. “We’d film early in the morning, late in the afternoon and late in the night when bird activity was good,” he says. “During mid-day, we’d go ashore and stay out of the heat.”

One afternoon while in their little cabin during a break in filming, David was busy on his computer working on his book while Gavin, seated a little away, a set of headphones plugged into a Walkman, was listening to a compilation of Monty Python songs.

Taking a break from writing, David asked Gavin if he could listen to the songs for a while. “I passed the headphones to him and after 10 or 15 seconds, David started chuckling, then laughing uncontrollably before he keeled over sideways and disappeared under the table near the bench he was sitting on.

For a moment, Gavin was terrified. “I remember saying to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, I think I killed David Attenborough!’’’ he says.

Convinced David had had a heart attack, Gavin rushed over to the side of the table only to see the legendary wildlife film producer lying on his side roaring with laughter over the songs’ lyrics.

What did you do? I ask him. “Nothing,” says Gavin. “I was just so glad that I hadn’t killed him.”

Read more from Anand Raj: fridaymagazine.ae/life-culture/people-profiles/confessions-of-a-wildlife-film-maker-i-thought-i-killed-david-attenboroug-1.2309038!

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Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic voiced by Keira Knightley – Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion has relaunched a short animated film entitled Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic. Written, directed and animated by Miritte Ben Yitzchak and voiced by British actress Keira Knightley, it urges us all to Act Now before it is too late.

The animated short Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic, is the second of a two-part explainer video series for Extinction Rebellion, focusing on the climate and ecological crisis. Voiced by Keira Knightley, it explains what’s causing climate change, why governments must enter crisis mode to tackle this issue, and what will happen if we don’t do something about it now.

It follows the first part - Extinction Emergency, and Why We Must Act Now - which focuses on the ecological crisis. Voiced by Naomie Harris and scored by Brian Eno, it summarises the planet’s biodiversity loss, runaway consumerism and the ecological crisis that now faces us, and how the consequences will affect millions of lives around the world.


Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic voiced by Keira Knightley | Extinction Rebellion

Help XR mobilise and donate: rebellion.earth/donate

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Why David Attenborough Wants You to Go Plant-Based for the Planet

In his new documentary A Life On Our Planet, Sir David Attenborough advocates for a meat-free, plant-based diet to fight climate change.

Sir David Attenborough has said that humans should swap meat for a mostly plant-based diet in order to save the natural world.

In his upcoming Netflix documentary, A Life On Our Planet, the 94-year-old natural historian, writer, and presenter reflects on his life’s work and the ongoing changes to the global environment.

“The true tragedy of our time is still unfolding – the loss of biodiversity. The living world is our unique marvel. The natural world is fading,” said Attenborough.

“We must change our diet. The planet can’t support billions of meat-eaters,” he continued. “If we had a mostly plant-based diet we could increase the yield of the land. We have an urgent need for free land… Nature is our biggest ally.”

Attenborough is best known for his time with the BBC Natural History Unit and his presentation of the Life collection, in particular.

He has been particularly vocal about environmental concerns in the last decade and frequently speaks out against climate change. Attenborough has also highlighted the impact of meat consumption on several occasions and first spoke about avoiding it in his own diet in 2017.

Speaking to the BBC last year, Attenborough said that he couldn’t remember the last piece of red meat he ate. He added that while adopting a plant-based diet may be tricky, it is important for the health of the planet.


DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET - OFFICIAL TRAILER - IN CINEMAS SEPT 28

Read more: livekindly.co/david-attenborough-wants-you-plant-based

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Jon Nicholls – A Moscow-based multilingual wildlife video editor and camera operator with a zoology background and six years of filmmaking experience. Produced over 150 works: interviews, documentaries, showreels, shorts, travel and commercial videos.

He has worked as a cameraman for a Russian wildlife series about the desert fauna of Uzbekistan. Working as production assistant for the nature documentary filmmaking company LESFILM.

Have worked with Blackmagic, Canon, Sony, Panasonic and DJI video equipment.

Moved from Denmark to the UK to study Zoology with Herpetology. Currently living in Russia. Dual citizenship allows for easy travel and relocations to sites around the world.

Fluent English, Russian and Danish languages. Basic German.

Can work as a fixer with travelling through Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Have connections with Russian nature reserves and local scientists.


HABITAT - A Wildlife Showreel

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Jon Nichollsa Bristol-based composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist creating immersive and compelling music / sound scores for drama, documentary and interactive media for film, television, VR & audio drama.

Drawing on a huge range of influences and an extensive network of outstanding live instrumentalists, I compose and record music in a wide range of styles ranging from sweeping orchestral music to electronica, choral writing, quirky sound design and intimate acoustic textural work.

I’ve been extensively commissioned by broadcasters including BBC Radio and BBC TV, Channel 4, ITV, Sky & Al Jazeera, and my music / sound scores are regularly heard in major theatres including the National Theatre, RSC and in the West End.

As well as my composition work, I also create audio / podcast content for clients including the BBC via my audio production company Selkirk Media.


Jon Nicholls | composer | 2020 music showreel

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Josh Dury a 22-year old Photographer, Filmmaker, Presenter and Conservationist with predominant interests in Astrophotography, Landscapes and Wildlife.

He has a future aspiration to be an Assistant, Camera Operator and Presenter in Science and Natural History Productions.

He has previously worked for BBC’s The Sky at Night with X4 Production Runner Broadcast Credits. He gained work experience with production companies and festivals in Bristol, including Films @59 and The Wildscreen Festival.

Josh is an advocate of the dark-sky movement to address night-sky conservation. His independant film, “Back to the Light” addresses the impacts of light pollution on the natural world.

Josh has appeared on Television, including: BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, ITV and Radio, including: BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset. He has also been shortlisted for Insight Astrophotographer of the Year.

Previous organisations and clients include: CfDS - Commission for Dark Skies, The Starlit Skies Alliance, CPRE - Campaign to Protect Rural England, IDA - International Dark Skies Association, English Heritage and Wildlife Conservationist, Mya-Rose Craig.


Josh Dury Photo Media Showreel (2019)

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Henry Mitchell a film student and science graduate with a 2.1 in Natural Sciences (Biology and Anthropology), currently completing an MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film. Looking for work as a researcher for when he finishes, using both his analytical skills he has attained as well as a creative flair.

Having been passionate about wildlife all his life he made it his aim to study animal behaviour, evolution and ecology to a high level at university. He also has always wanted to get into the documentary side of film-making which lead hm to study documentary production at uni. This involves the filming (using a Sony 4K camera), production and editing (Adobe Premiere Pro) of three documentary styles, observational, reportage and archive, plus a final graduation film. This has given him the ‘industry-ready’ skills needed to go into a full-time role.

Henry has worked as a researcher for a couple of documentaries but would like to ideally go into a role where he can use his understanding for nature and the environment.

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Email: hwmitchell@aol.com

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Natalie Clements an experienced TV camera operator and self shooting producer director. For the past two years she has specialized in wildlife content, specifically focusing on conservation, re-wilding and international animal moves.

Shoots on the Sony FS7, A7iii and is PfCO certified with a Mavic Pro Zoom. Edit using Premiere Pro and often edit and delivers to clients in the field for immediate social media content alongside main filming. Adaptive, well organized and experienced in filming wildlife on the move.


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Website: www.natalieclements.co.uk

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Moritz Katz an experienced wildlife cinematographer based in Tokyo, JAPAN. Having his own gear, he is flexible and happy to work in motivated teams around the globe.

Credits - camera (selection):

  • Wild New Zealand - Earth’s Mythical Islands - Ep. 1 and 2 (BBC, NDR, ARTE, NatGeo, Terra Mater)
  • Wild Tokyo (NHK, OSF)
  • Realm of the Robber - Christmas Island (NDR/ DocLights, Terra Mater)
  • A family’s bond, Dingoes (NHK)

Specialization:

  • top-side animal behaviour
  • moving time-lapse
  • high-speed (Phantom Flex)
  • aerial cinematography

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Website: www.moritzkatz.jimdofree.com

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Carter McCormickis from Rising Fawn, Georgia where he gained a deep respect for our connection with the natural world.

He began his filmmaking career in 2008 and his passion for film and conservation has taken him to wildernesses around the globe working alongside prestigious research organizations, conservation groups, universities, and other NGOs.

Carter and his wife Paula founded Habitat Productions a non-profit based film production company in 2017, where they focus on the creation of wildlife and environmental documentaries.

Currently Carter is researching how wildlife films can be better formulated for his Phd at University College Cork in Ireland.

While in Ireland, Carter has also founded the Ireland Wildlife Film Festival.


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Websites: www.habitatproductions.org & www.thewildconnection.com

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Skylar Sherbrookea wildlife camera operator/assistant with an academic background in Biology that gives him valuable insights for creating stories.

He has 8 years of experience working with productions for organizations such as the BBC, National Geographic, and Netflix. Camera systems that he has expertise with include: RED cinema cameras, DSLR cameras for video and still images, Blackmagic cameras, DJI Drones, and Time-lapse Systems.

He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA as well as Tucson, AZ and has availability to travel for productions.


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Website: www.skylarsherbrooke.wordpress.com

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