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Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014 Winners Announced!
By Wildscreen
23rd October 2014

The Oscars of the natural history and wildlife film industry - the Wildscreen Panda Awards - were announced at a prestigious and glittering awards ceremony on Thurdsay 23rd of October 2014. The Panda Awards are the centrepiece of the Wildscreen Festival, and were presented by Monty Halls and Patrick Aryee.

This year, the WWF Golden Panda Award - which is given to the best overall production - was given to On a River in Ireland from Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland). The film also took home the Script Award and shared the Panasonic Cinematography Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award - which is given to an organisation or individual that has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and/or the public's understanding of the environment went to John Downer.

We hope you had a fantastic time at the Festival and look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

Wildscreen Award Winners Announced:

Terra Mater Factual Studios Theatrical - Chimpanzee
Disneynature - Silverback Films (United Kingdom)
Kenya Fixer: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

3D - Enchanted Kingdom
BBC Earth Films (United Kingdom)

Sound: Chris Watson Kenya Fixer: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders Camera: Jonathan Jones

Disneynature Innovation: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

NHK Science: Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Against All Odds: Legends of the Deep - Giant Squid
An NHK, NHK Enterprises and Discovery Channel co-production in association with ZDF and ARTE (Japan and USA)

Panasonic Cinematography: Shared between Chimpanzee and On a River in Ireland
Disneynature/Silverback Films - Camera: Martyn Colbeck & Bill Wallauer (United Kingdom) & Crossing the Line Productions - Camera: John Murray (Ireland)

Children's Choice Award: Deadly Pole to Pole to Arctic
CBBC BBC and BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)

Script: On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Script: Production Team

Discovery People and Nature: Bat Man of Mexico
Tom Mustill - Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

Read the interview with Tom Mustill - Director of The Bat Man of Mexico here!

ORF Universum Animal Behaviour - Chimpanzee
Disneynature - Silverback Films (United Kingdom)

Nat Geo WILD Popular Broadcast - Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
John Downer Productions (United Kingdom)

Icon Films Newcomer: Sirocco How A Dud Became A Stud
Ashwika Kapur – Centre for Science Communication (New Zealand)

Bundu Youth: Elephant Seals
Alex Jones/Wildlife Film Productions (USA)

BBC Earth New Media: Earth Unplugged Youtube Channel
BBC Earth (USA)

Campaign: Tools of the Trade
WildAid and Homestead (USA)

Environment & Conservation: Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater & ABC Australia (Australia)

Music: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)
Music: Ilan Eshkeri

Films@59 Sound: Hidden Kingdoms - Under Open Skies
BBC, Discovery Channel, RTL, France Televisions & CCTV9 (United Kingdom)
Sound: Tim Owens

Series: Hebrides - Islands on the Edge
Maramedia and Otter Films for BBC Scotland and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (United Kingdom)

Doghouse Editing: Leopards: 21st Century Cats Joint with Wild Canada
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom) - Editing: Rupert Troskie with Brian Leith Productions & River Road Films (Canada) - Editing: Matt Meech

Short: The Forgotten Home of Coffee
Kew Gardens & Lonelyleap (United Kingdom)

Presenter Led: Secrets of Bones
BBC & BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Ben Garrod

Special Jury Award: Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Best of Festival: On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)

The photographs of the 2014 Panda Awards Winners are now live and can be viewed on the Wildscreen Flickr. Also see photographs from the photo booth at Club Privé - Wildscreen Tuesday Night Party 2014 here!

More on the Wildscreen Festival website. winning members are listed in bold above... Congratulations to them all!!
NB. If we've missed out your part in any production, please let us know! :)

Read more and see the full list of winners here...


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True to Nature now online!

By popular demand, the short film True to Nature is now online and available to all. This 2003 film by Jane Atkins and Rachel Curran, largely made on a Wildeye film-making course, discusses the state of conservation content on television. Those giving views include Piers Warren, Jane Goodall, Richard Brock, Jeffrey Boswall, Sarah Cunliffe and Ben Please.

Although some things have changed since 2003 much of this 11-minute film is still relevant today as many television documentaries fail to do justice to (or even mention) the rapidly declining state of the natural world. We would really like your views on this film. Has the situation improved since 2003? Are there enough conservation-related docs on television? Is television the right platform for these issues? How can progress be made?

Please leave your views as comments on the YouTube page or by email to

Hope you enjoy the film!

True to Nature from wildeyewild

Brock Initiative


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Making Waves: Saving Britain's Seahorse by new member RossBirnie with narration by Richard Brock

Watch this film from member Ross Birnie on the severe decline of the spiny sea horse population in Studland Bay, Dorset, UK. Passionate views on both sides of a battle ground. Conservationists vs the boating community. Are anchors destroying the habitat of this enigmatic species? Neil Garrick-Maidment, of the The Seahorse Project, wants an MCZ to protect the bay from further damage... Will he get it?

Making Waves: Saving Britain's Seahorse from Ross Birnie

Read: Seahorse population at british breeding ground in Studland Bay in Dorset plummets

Wild Pages


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Al Lethbridge Launches earthMusic - 700 Tracks - One Voice!

WHAT ON EARTH? earthMusic is an original and personal music library from RTS and MASA nominated composer and guitarist, Al Lethbridge. This library is intended for the use of Natural History, Science and Adventure filmmakers, and the creators of human stories of all kinds. earthMusic is not available to download, a USB stick may be requested via, or by contacting Al Lethbridge directly: Download a pdf with further info here!



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Wildscreen Exchange Trailer featuring Sir David Attenborough

Launched at the Wildscreen Festival, Wildscreen Exchange is a unique global hub for all conservation communications. It aims to empower conservation organisations with free and affordable premium digital media to enable the most inspiring and impactful campaigning, educating and storytelling. To share your images with the world's conservation organisations or to find out more, get in touch:

Wildscreen Exchange Trailer featuring Sir David Attenborough
from Wildscreen Exchange

Find out more about the Wildscreen Exchange here:


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News imageBeyond Borders Film School News

News imageBeyond Borders Film School is very proud to announce the opening of their second branch situated in Kruger National Park!

With competitive rates and access to elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, wild dogs etc ... on 15000 HA property, Beyond Borders is definitely the BEST wildlife film school in Africa.

News imageTheir WEBSITE has been completely re-done and featuresNews image now their Garden Route branch as well as their Kruger National Park branch.

If a 30 day course is too long for you, they now also offer 21 day courses all year round. They had a great past couple of month with some students producing some great short wildlife documentaries. Here is the link of their Youtube Channel if you are interested in seeing some of them:

One of their latest student produced a wonderful promo video about the animal sanctuaries occurring around their Garden Route branch such as Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Predator Park. You can watch it HERE - It is called The Eden Syndrome. Their student also produced a great 3D short documentary about Cape Fur Seals. You can watch the 2D version HERE. It is called Swimming with Seals. The quality of the underwater footage is really amazing!

Student Short Documentaries from Beyond Borders Film School

News imageNews imageThey still have some places available for their course in November (starting on the 21st of November) and the dates for their 2015 courses (21 days and 30 days) are now out on their WEBSITE.


A couple of people are already interested in enrolling in Kruger in January/February/March so contact Sebastien Rombi on or via telephone on +27723030582 if you would like to put your name down.


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2015 Summer Wildlife Filming Workshop at new member Leeds Beckett University

This workshop is suitable for both committed amateurs and aspirant professionals, and will appeal to anyone with some previous filmmaking experience and a love of wildlife. Our location in the heart of Yorkshire offers an abundance of wonderful wildlife and filming opportunities that are sure to inspire all participants on the course. Wildlife film production is a complex web of aesthetics, field craft, narrative, technology and physical logistics. This workshop engages with all of these aspects, whilst allowing you to develop your creative vision and aesthetic. Preliminary seminar and discussion sessions will interrogate moral standpoints and examine your own objectives. It will also include an overview of wildlife law and countryside codes of behaviour. Using the Northern Film School’s equipment, you will practice use of long lenses, close-up photography, atmospherics, weather, water, stabilisation, sound production, storyline development and post-production. Filming will take place on location; there will be some early starts, visits to field study centres and wildlife reserves, with at least one overnight expedition. You will edit your material into a cogent whole, with the completed piece being presented at a closing event to an invited audience, with scope for debate and discussion around the work produced.

Visit here for booking info':


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38th IWFF Call for entries now open!

IWFF is now accepting submissions for the 2015 festival, happening in Missoula, Montana April 18-25 at the historic Roxy Theater.

Now in its 38th year, the week-long event will feature new and exciting films, special guests, workshops, seminars, field trips, technology sessions, product demos, parties and dynamic networking events. With 6000 annual attendants, IWFF engages Missoula’s progressive community with dozens of screenings and the annual WildWalk Parade and Wild Fest family event. A filmmakers’ festival, IWFF focuses on films and filmmakers, and celebrates emerging filmmakers and the future of wildlife & environmental media. Our expanded programming welcomes all films about the natural world, from environmental and conservation films, to issue driven explorations of earth and its inhabitants. With twelve categories to choose from (listed below), online submission is available via Withoutabox and Submittable. Regular Deadline: January 9 Late Deadline: January 23

Become part of the longest running wildlife film festival in the world! Visit:


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Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival announce the theme for their 2015 Conservation Summit - Elephants: Saving Ivory

Save the dates:
September 26-29, 2015 Jackson Hole Conservation Summit: Elephants
September 28-October 2, 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
October 2-4, 2015 WILD Nature Jackson Hole Public Events

Visit: &

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future


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Dirty tuna: exposed by Greenpeace

This shocking video shows how sharks, rays and turtles are wiped out by destructive fishing methods used by tuna giants Princes and John West. They get caught in giant nets before being tossed overboard, dead or dying.

Greenpeace SHOCKING undercover video: dirty tuna fishing from Greenpeace UK

Help stop this:



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Eden Shorts 2014 Winner Announced!

Simon Owen is named as the winner of Eden Shorts 2014. Like many, Simon Owen is inspired by Sir David Attenborough's programmes. Having filmed wildlife for about a year, Simon saw the Eden Shorts Competition and it gave him a focus to create something with his footage. Simon wanted to create a film that expressed an appreciation of simple, natural occurrences and create a story to tie everything together, which is where the scripted voiceover came in. "I think it's quite strange to the think that animals go about their business without knowing how impressive they are, so when you capture a specific moment on film, it's something very special - and I wanted to try and highlight that with the script for the voiceover. I wrote the script based on how being out in nature makes me feel and hopefully that resonates with others too." The footage was taken at a number of locations, including Gigrin Farm (Wales), Leighton Moss (Lancashire), Pennington Flash (Leigh), Dunham Massey (Cheshire), Lyme Park (Cheshire), Ibstone (Chilterns) and Fletcher Moss (Manchester).

Eden Shorts - Effortless Beauty from Simon Owen


Environmental Investigation Agency


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VMI to be first for new Canon 50-1000mm PL zoom lens

Canon has just announced the brand new 50-1000mm/T5-T8.9 PL lens with outstanding range comparable with the popular HJ40x10 B4 mount lens and confirmed that VMI will be the first in the UK to receive the new lens when it arrives in 2015. The problem for documentary cinematographers migrating from 2/3" format acquisition to large sensor and particularly 4K, is that they were limited with the choice of lenses offering a similar large zoom range as were available with 2/3" documentary cameras such as the Sony PMW-500 and PDW-F800. The stabilised HJ40 lenses offered a Super-35 equivalent focal range of 1000mm at the longest end but modern film zooms are rare to reach beyond 300mm which is a problem. However, the introduction of the new Canon 50-1000mm/T5-T8.9 lens is really a complete game-changer, since it is the first lens to offer a comparable range to these long documentary lenses and includes a PL mount compatible with ARRI Amira, RED EPIC, Canon C500 and other similar cameras AND achieves full 4K resolution as well. It is not physically much larger than other zooms and only weights 6.6kg, so it is a perfect complement to Natural History or other productions where portability and range are important considerations. This new lens is due for release in early 2015 and Canon are planning that VMI will be among the first in the UK to stock this exciting new lens... More here!


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Worlds Smallest 4K Camera Launched by Toshiba

“TOSHIBA announce the WORLD’S SMALLEST 4K UltraHD Camera" The IK-4K remote head camera measures only 32 x 38 x 41mm and weighs just 70 grammes.... More here!

Another new great product available from SeeSense - Visit:

Filmmakers For Conservation



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October was a bumper month for new full members... Warm welcomes to you all! :)

Greenpeace International - With an inhouse production team of four, its members produce, edit and shoot video content for the environmental organisation. The GPI video desk also works with a number of freelance videographers/editors and production companies.

The National Trust for Scotland Nature Channel - A project which has been developed to film and document the diversity of wildlife that can be seen by the public on NTS's huge range of properties.

Magic Touch Films - An internationally renowned, established production service company based in Swakopmund, Namibia, who facilitate Adventure, Science, Wildlife, Humanitarian, Historical, Survival Documentaries and Reality Entertainment, throughout Namibia and neighboring countries. With their expertise and know-how, they are able to facilitate any size production, whether it is a small two man documentary crew or a large blue-chip television production.

VMI.TV Ltd - Established in 1979, VMI is one of the success stories of the new generation of Digital Facilities Companies in the UK specialising in quality large-sensor HD Camcorder hire for Documentary, Drama and Feature Productions. New Bristol office is scheduled to open in early 2015 and will stock all of the 4K UHD cameras and lenses in VMI's fleet.

Leeds Beckett University - The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University is offering a wide range of professional short courses from January 2015.

Boiler Media - A young Belgian production company with a taste for nature and qualtity TV.

Capuccino Productions - Production Company & Location Managers based in Brazil and available for work throughout South America. Speaking Portugese, Spanish, English and French. See César.

Oropendola Productions - A dynamic production company that is dedicated to telling stories about Science and Nature through film. We love to explore those subjects that fill us with intrigue, wonder and amazement at the natural world and engage with the work of individuals, groups and organisations that harness the power and beauty of nature through sustainable practices.

Sound Off Films - Founded in 2014 by Annie Costner and Adrienne Hall with the intention that thier audiences stand up, and sound off.

Korean Broadcasting System - The representative Public Broadcaster in South Korea.

Steve Mackay - Cameraman, Editor and Director/Producer on varying projects looking to work more in wildlife film.

Anneliese Possberg - Camera Operator and time-lapse photography specialist in Germany.

Remco Hekker - Filmmaker/Colorist/Lighting Cameraman now following his real passion of Natural History.

Ross Birnie - HSE Commercial Scuba Diver, CAA Certified aerial camera pilot (as of November 2014) & Freelance Editor.

Skip Hobbie - DP, RED Epic owner Operator, and Field Producer. Large variety of wildlife filmming experience including: Long Lens, Macro, Set Work, Canopy/Rope Access, Infrared & High Speed.

Andy O'Sullivan - Camera Operator/Assistant. Macro set designer.

Al Lethbridge - Composer who has scored the music for a multitude of film and television productions.

Herbert Brauer - Wildlife cameraman in South Africa.

Bry-annie Rose Hughes - Wildlife film maker currently in her 3rd year of a wildlife media course at Cumbria university.

Jonathan Clay - Freelance producer, director & cameraman specialising in natural history & environmental films.

Sophie Cook - Looking to learn more about wildlife film industry and start from the beginning. Event management, production & event photography skills.

David Green - Multi-skilled director/cinematographer/editor with skills in animation and interaction design. Interested in interactive technology and new forms of digital storytelling, particularly those that feature non-professional participation.

Anaïs Claessens - Belgian wildlife biologist looking for work in research and presenting.

Franziska Baur - Passionate researcher (conservation and behaviour biologist), sustainable resource manager and photographer who decided to dive into wildlife-film making, after having gained experience as an film assistant for wildlife documentaries in South Africa.

Sarah Bell - Presenter, primate expert, exotic animal handler.

Santiago Cabral - Camera Operator/DOP/Assistant based in Uruguay.

Katharina Brown - Underwater camerawoman. An HSE Professional Media and Scientific Diver with over 2000 dives. Stills photography, rebreather, coldwater, full-face mask and rope diving expertise. Can also act as dive supervisor and safety diver.

Katie Mayhew - Camera Assistant, Second Camera, Equipment Coordinator, Photographer including Time-Lapse at Silverback Films.

Sophie Lanfear - Producer at Silverback Films.

Romilly Spiers - Camera department - cinematographer, operator, assistant, data management, based in Australia.

Jonathan Gahan - Looking for work as an Assistant/Runner, researcher or to offer Environmental Protection knowledge. With over 13 years of working with environmental organisations in the UK such as MAFF, DEFRA, AONB's, Scottish Natural Heritage and Wildlife Trusts.

Jack Stevenson - Camera Assistant who grew up in Tanzania, passionate about the outdoors, fascinated by the natural world from people, cultures, ways of life to wildlife. London/Arusha

Chris Kidd - Tech-savvy biologist, researcher and self-shooter with a passion for the natural world. Strengths lie in interpersonal skills, practical approach to problem solving, exceptional eye for detail and ability to rapidly learn new processes and technology. Production all-rounder with real appetite for high quality wildlife filmmaking.

Ben Morrison - With a combined film and biology background, a Masters in both Wildlife Filmmaking and Wild Animal Biology, and a degree in Marine Biology, experienced in research, development, script-writing, camera operation, sound recording, editing and post-production sound. Looking to find work as a researcher.

Bertie Gregory - A 21-year-old aspiring professional wildlife photographer, film-maker and presenter. His film West Coast Adventure was nominated for the Youth Award at this year's Wildscreen Panda Awards

César Luiz Leite - A Brazillian biologist with an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking in Bristol. With strong communication skills, he is able to work as a researcher/field assistant for Portuguese, English, French and Spanish speaking countries - specially in Brazil with a wide variety of contacts from top scientists to local villagers and with access to locations and new stories.

Kire Godal - Award winning filmmaker who makes natural history and conservation films on Africa, as well as commercial and promotional films for African companies and NGO's

Sara Nilsson - A neuroscience graduate with an MA in “Documentary and Features” filmmaking at UWE in Bristol.

Aje Unni - Energetic, passionate and charming wildlife presenter and filmmaker.
Q+A producer of Wildscreen 2014.

Annie Bates - Producer/Assistant Producer with specialities in CGI animation and drama. She's very lovely too.

Petra Regent - Executive Producer, Scriptwriter and generally very marvellous! :)

There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing, Profile Page and additional benefits, become a full member: or

If you were a Wildscreen delegate and didn't sign up during the festival week, we are extending the deadline until the 7th of October... Click the banner below! :)

Wildscreen Festival 2014

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