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Leeds Beckett University - Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop 2015

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Today, 3 March 2015 is World Wildlife Day!

The 2015 theme for World Wildlife Day is "Wildlife Crime is serious, let’s get serious about wildlife crime".


3 March 2015 - World Wildlife Day from CITES

Visit: www.wildlifeday.org #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime

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Why not book on a Wildeye Course later this year!

Some new Wildeye course dates were announced last month, so there's availability on several now, including on a brand new course: Audio Post Production with Pip Norton and Chris Watson... Just one place left! Visit: www.wildeye.co.uk

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Winners and Losers - A series of 20 minute films for 2015/2016
By Richard Brock
1 March 2015

Richard Brock talking about his new series, which was described as a "great idea" by Sir David Attenborough.

Despite my great age, and after 35 years with BBC Natural History Unit (David Attenborough - Life on Earth, The Living Planet etc ), this is not a trawl through my wildlife/human conservation footage since. Rather, I believe it provides unusual well-documented stories of change leading to new material and suggesting solutions for the future of wildlife, people and the planet. Updates reveal some encouraging efforts and results across a wide range of species, habitats, and issues. Many of the issues are also challenges which the younger generation may face and even overcome.

With the possible advantage of hindsight and understanding change, why and how this series "Winners and Losers" may really help change losers into winners, will show the truth from then to now and next, illustrated dramatically in exciting short stories on an extraordinary variety of over thirty stand-alone episodes - and increasing all the time!

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from Whales Worldwide

The first four films from about thirty to be produced by the end of this year are: Wolves across Europe (man and predators); Chimps (deforestation and bushmeat); Butterflies across Europe (climate change) and Whales worldwide - in time for WhaleFest in Brighton, March 14th/15th.

Richard's films will be released online later this year.

See the feature here...

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Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King by Chris Palmer - OUT NOW!!

Chris Palmer’s new book, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King, is part memoir, part confession, and part indictment of the cable and television networks for failing to put conservation, education, and animal welfare ahead of ratings and profits. It’s also about the mistakes he’s made while struggling to excel in a profession he loves. He argues that the state of the wildlife filmmaking industry worsens every year and says that it’s time for wildlife filmmaking to move in a more ethical direction. He makes a compelling case that we must make broadcasters like Animal Planet, Discovery, National Geographic, and the History Channel do better, and that it’s time for viewers and filmmakers to fight back.

Review by Piers Warren:

How refreshing to read such an honest and revealing account of the wildlife film-making industry. Chris Palmer describes his own journey through the business, his concerns as he realised it was not as ethical as many people think, and offers insights into how the situation could be improved. It's not often that you read a book that is both clear about the depth of the problems and who are causing them, but also leaves the reader on an optimistic note with the list of positive solutions that could and should be adopted. The threats that the natural world currently face are far too important and urgent for large networks to continue making facile and damaging shows, and this book shows how bad the situation has become. Highly recommended.

The book is available on: www.amazon.co.uk & www.amazon.com

Find out more here: www.american.edu/soc/cef/Confessions.cfm


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WhaleFest 2015 is bigger than ever!

WhaleFest is the biggest event of its kind in the world. Entertaining and passionate, together we give whales and dolphins a more powerful voice. Profits go this year to a campaign to keep them #wildandfree, not in captivity. Join us at WhaleFest 14-15 March 2015 at The Brighton Centre!

Speakers: Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan, Monty Halls, Gordon Buchanan, Ric O’Barry, John Hargrove, Will Travers, Mark Brownlow, Capt Paul Watson, Steve Greenwood and James Brickell!

Visit: www.whale-fest.com


WhaleFest 2014 - In a Nutshell! from WhaleFest

Wild Pages

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The 10th Annual Spring 2015 Film Series
- An SOC Signature Series
Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer - AUCEF
30 January 2015

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 20 at 7 pm – World Premiere Screening of Doeville
    DOEVILLE (USA, 2015, 92 min.)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 24 at 7 pm – Reception at 6:30 pm.
    An Evening with Chris Palmer

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 at 7 pm - Student Short Environmental Film Festival
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 26 at 7 pm - OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?
    Impact Filmmaking Panel
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 27 at 7 pm - The Leopard in the Land
    (USA/Mongolia, 2014, 58 min.)
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 5 pm - Of Oysters and Watermen: A Chesapeake Bay Program CHESAPEAKE VILLAGES (USA, 2015, 30 min.)
    ADD ONE BACK (USA, 2014, 17 min.)
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 7 pm - Reception at 6:00 p.m.
    Farming for the Future – Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices

    FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (USA, 2013, 7 min.)
    50 YEARS OF FARMING: FOR LOVE & VEGETABLES (USA, 2014, 10 min.)
    GROWING LEGACY (USA, 2014, 6 min.)
    SOIL CARBON COWBOY (USA, 2013, 12 min.)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 31 at 7 pm - Chesapeake Villages

Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: www.american.edu/maps
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU

For more information, please contact:
Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or palmer@american.edu
Or visit www.environmentalfilm.org

Also see: www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm

See the full Feature here...

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Penguins, George Butler, Cuba and Climate Change: Environmental Film Festival Marks 23 Years in Washington, D.C.
By Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
1 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 17- 29, is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C.

The 23rd annual Festival presents over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet. A special focus on “Climate Connections” explores the impact of climate change on our world. The 2015 Festival features cinematic work from 31 countries and 96 Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres.


EFF 2015 Official Selections Trailers from Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Most screenings include discussion with filmmakers, environmental experts and cultural leaders. In addition to over 60 filmmakers who will present their film at the 2015 Festival, speakers will include environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, climate scientist Joe Romm, actress Kristin Davis and Tommy Wells, the new Director of the District Department of the Environment.

The 2015 Festival inaugurates a new award: the William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award, established in honor of William Warner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beautiful Swimmers, a study of the crabs and watermen on the Chesapeake Bay. This prize was won by documentarian George Butler’s new film, Tiger Tiger, spotlighting the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.

The Festival’s Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy goes to Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos’ latest film, Racing Extinction, an urgent call to action to stop the global mass extinction of animal species before it’s too late. Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson’s Monsoon, exploring the vital importance of the annual rains that fall on India, is the winner of The Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film. The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award is given to Silent River, about efforts to clean up Mexico’s polluted Santiago River by the investigative reporter-filmmaker team of Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks. All award winners are Washington, D.C. premieres.

Oscar-winning French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) will present a retrospective of his films, including a Work-in-Progress, Ice & Sky, about French glaciologist Claude Lorius’ 60-year study of climate change in the glaciers of Antarctic. The Washington, D.C. premiere of Penguin Counters by local filmmakers Harriet and Peter Getzels explores how penguins in the Antarctic are dealing with climate change and the implications for humans. The Washington, D.C. premiere of Project Ice by local filmmaker William Kleinert examines the impact of diminishing Great Lakes ice on the heartland.

Filmmaker James Redford will show clips from his forthcoming film, Happening., telling positive stories about renewable energy solutions across the country. Director Jon Bowermaster will show a rough cut of his Work-in-Progress, Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking in One Voice, an appeal to elected officials to re-consider the consequences of hydraulic fracturing. The Burden highlights how the military is leading the fight for clean energy.

Opening night features the Washington, D.C. premiere of Bikes Vs. Cars, a Swedish film documenting the struggle of bicyclists in a society dominated by cars. On a similar topic, the U.S. premiere of the Dutch film, Bye Bye Car, explores the future of transportation. A special Festival Spotlight program presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Planetary, a stunning visual portrait of our planet, followed by a multi-media Planetary Experience and celebration of the “Earth Hour,” a global show of support for earth’s ecosystem and climate.

The groundbreaking documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, argues that animal agriculture is the most destructive industry on the planet. Seeds of Time explores efforts to protect the world’s food supply by saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story exposes the appalling waste in our food system.

Films about Latin America include Landfill Harmonic, the story of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made from garbage in their “recycled orchestra”; Marmato, about the clash between globalized mining and a town in Colombia and the Washington, D.C. premiere of H20MX, examining the barriers between Mexico City’s 22 million people and a safe, reliable water supply; the U.S. premiere of Lago Enriquillo: A Prelude to Climate Change, evaluating the effects of climate change on the largest lake in the Antilles. A program on Cuba explores its vibrant coral reefs and considers the impact that lifting the U.S. embargo will have on the country’s pristine environment.

Wildlife films include Virunga, depicting efforts to protect critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Congo; Gardeners of Eden about one family’s attempt to save elephants in Kenya; The Messenger, highlighting the global decimation of songbirds and The Leopard in the Land, documenting an expedition across Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to support Snow Leopard conservation. Winners from the 2014 Wildscreen Film Festival will also be shown.


2015 EFF Sizzle Reel from DC Environmental Film Festival

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British Wildlife Photography Awards

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AnimalBytesTV's Kickstarter Campaign!

Bringing Back Wildlife Programming! Join Us On This Journey!!

Remember when TV had positive and educational wildlife shows? Join me and my film crew as we bring them back with excitement!

I grew up watching every Wildlife Show on TV. Sadly, many of those shows have been replaced by sensationalized fake-reality TV, leaving a void of positive, action packed and educational wildlife programming. I have spent the last seven years filming a weekly Web Show where I have traveled the world in search of animal adventures, in hopes to educate and share my passion for animals with the world. In that time, almost 100 million viewers have joined me by watching our YouTube channel, "AnimalBytesTV".

Read more from Brian Barczyk and support him here: www.kickstarter.com

So You Want to Be a WIldlifre Photographer?

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JHWFF 2015 Media Competition Categories Call for Entries Announced!!

Announcing this year's media competition categories! This year's media competition includes 22 categories ranging from best animal behavior program to best interactive media.
Call for entry opened March 1, closing June 1!

Visit: www.jhfestival.org/categories.html


Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Highlight Reel from JH Wildlife Film Festival

2015 Save the Dates:
Jackson Hole Elephant Conservation Summit September 27 - 29
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival September 28 - October 2
WILD Nature October 2 - 4

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 - Call for Entries

The 1st international Wildlife Film Festival of the Netherlands is now open for entries.

The Festival will be held in the city centre of Rotterdam from 29 October - 1 November 2015.

The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) screens movies with a central focus on the natural world.

We would like to invite professional and amateur filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate. The competition is free of fees.

Please visit our website www.wffr.nl for the submission form. In both categories, (amateur and professional) movies will be awarded by a Jury as well as by the public!

Wildeye

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Support Oceans Project: Bringing the Ocean Alive for Kids Worldwide

Using wearable technology, a virtual learning platform, and a rowing boat to bring the ocean and Vikings alive for kids worldwide. This summer, Sarah Weldon is rowing 3000 miles along the River Thames and around Great Britain, following routes taken by the Vikings 1000 years ago. The expedition will take 14 weeks, rowing up to 15 hours a day, and visiting places with a Viking connection.

Film makers can join the land support team and since you'll will be driving around the British coastline, whilst Sarah rows more slowly, there will be ample time for you to go snorkelling, diving, rock pooling, or to record wildlife around Britain's coast. (Land Support team for a day or more £100 - 20 days available, includes food and camping accommodation with the team).

See more and support the Kickstarter Campaign: www.kickstarter.com

Environmental Investigation Agency

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The Wild Trossachs - King of the Endrick from neww member Andrew O'Donnell

Documentary filmed in Autumn on The River Endrick. Located in, and on the borders of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park. 2014.


The Wild Trossachs - King of the Endrick HD from Beluga Lagoon

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Filmmakers For Conservation

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Welcome to these new full members who've joined us in February!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam - The 1st Wildlife Film Festival of the Netherlands will be held in the city centre of Rotterdam from 29 October - 1 November 2015.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital - The largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the USA and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C. - The 23rd festival: March 17-29.

Andrew O'Donnell - A multi-talented camera operator, photographer, recordist and composer, based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kristen Heard - Documentary Producer with experience filming in Asia as well as rural Northern Alaska, currently seeking a Master's degree in wildlife conservation.

Mark Roberts - A sound recordist (with many BBC credits, including BBC's Expedition series from Amazon Abyss to Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom, as well as landmark series such as Wild China, Life and Frozen Planet.) and fixer, providing production support in Hong Kong and China.

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

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


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