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Wild Pages 3 is Out Now!!
By Wildeye Publishing
12th July 2018

Wild Pages
The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide 3
Edited by Jason Peters and Piers Warren

The wait for the third edition of Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide is finally over... We have just finalised publication and it is now available in print, eBook and Kindle versions! :)

  • Now in its third edition, fully updated with many new entries
  • 274 packed pages Available as paperback, eBook or Kindle edition
  • A complete tool-kit of information for all wildlife film-makers – established and newcomers
  • Listings of wildlife production companies, production services, stock footage and sound libraries, distributors, broadcasters/channels, location managers/fixers, film festivals/competitions, education/training, organisations, equipment sales/hire, publications/resources, freelancers and more, with contact details, weblinks and descriptions.
  • Including answers to those all-important questions such as whether companies take people on work experience or consider co-productions, how to submit proposals etc.
  • Invaluable information at your fingertips to save hours of trawling through the Internet and sending many emails
  • Latest review soundbites: Essential Resource … Its pages lead you to more doors than any other publication of its type … A must have for any wildlife filmmaker … Positively bursting at the spine with information … A fantastic, much-needed wildlife film resource
  • An Essential Piece of Kit!

Please order your copy via an online store of your choice now! Visit: www.wildeye.co.uk/wild-pages Thank you!!

Paperback: you can order it as a paperback from many online bookstores all over the world (RRP £14.95). For example, it is available from The Book Depository with free delivery worlwide. Also Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com for paperback and Kindle versions.

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‘Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers Resource Guide’ as an eBook is in the form of a PDF file (5Mb) with active email and weblinks for all entries. You can order it by PayPal for immediate download using the button found here.

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Oxford Scientific Films Turns 50 Years Old
by Jason Peters
8 July 2018

Oxford Scientific Films, founded in 1968, is fifty years old today!

Founded in 1968, Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) is a leading producer of factual film and television programmes.

They have earned an international reputation for producing a broad range of high quality factual television from pure and popular natural history to specialist factual and documentary television.

Founded on 8 July 1968, by noted documentary filmmaker Gerald Thompson, the independent film company broke new ground in the world of documentaries, using new filming techniques and capturing footage of never before filmed activities of its various subjects.

In 1967, cinemicrophotography pioneer, professional film maker, and Oxford University lecturer Gerald Thompson, was approached by the Ealing Corporation of Harvard about expanding its catalogue of short educational films. Universal Education and Visual Arts, a New York City, company also was interested in talking with Thompson about the works he'd produced. Thompson and five of his associates and former students: Peter Parks, who worked with plankton; John Paling, a fish specialist who worked with Parks; recent Oxford graduate Sean Morris; zoologist John Cooke; and Eric Skinner, who assisted Thompson with his films, wanted to form an independent film company. Thompson and Parks travelled to America to meet with the two companies to show their work. At the end of the meeting, they told the head of the company about their desire to open their own company and, impressed with the films he'd seen, he offered to finance them for the first three years and give them the funds to build a place to work.

When they returned to the United Kingdom, Thompson sold them a quarter acre of his garden, at a steeply discounted price, to be the home for the new building. They formed Oxford Scientific Films, taking part of the name from Parks' existing company Oxford Biological Films. Thompson, Parks, Morris, Paling, and Thompson's son David, headed the new company, which began operating on 8 July 1968. Thompson remained at his position at Oxford University while the company building was being completed, while the other four travelled to America to make the film loops for Ealing. Thompson resigned from the university on 2 September 1969, taking on the work at Oxford Scientific Films full-time.

The company focused initially on filming nature at a microscopic level, including insect and aquatic wildlife. Using specialised equipment and camera techniques the developed themselves, the company gained fame for its ability to record never before seen footage of the natural world. Its cinematographers became experts in micro, macro, snorkel, slow-motion and time-lapse photography. As the company grew, it expanded into other innovating filming and post-production techniques, and moved from creating short loops to creating television programmes and series, commercials, and feature films.

Find out more about the founders on www.wildfilmhistory.org

Gerald Thompson: wildfilmhistory.org/person/83/Gerald+Thompson.html

One of the founding members of Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), Gerald first became interested in wildlife film-making whilst working as a lecturer for the Forestry Department at the University of Oxford. After several years of taking stills of his study species, he realised that moving images would be much better at showing other people how these insects behaved. Along with Eric Skinner, his skilled technical assistant, he developed novel techniques in filming insects without over-heating the subjects and overcoming the problems of vibration when using close-up photographic techniques. After the success of their first film - The Alder Woodwasp and its Insect Enemies, Gerald and Eric went on to produce many more educational films.

In 1967 Gerald joined forces with Peter Parks, who had developed similar techniques for filming minute subjects; and together with John Paling, Sean Morris, John Cooke and his son, David, set up Oxford Scientific Films. Since then OSF has become world famous for its wide range of specialist cinematography. Gerald Thompson was awarded an OBE for Services to the Film Industry in 1981 and received the Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement at Wildscreen 1998.

“OSF changed the way wildlife is filmed, introducing and honing a series of new techniques, especially cine-macro-photography. I was lucky to have been involved from the beginning, when most of the animals and plants we filmed had never been filmed before! That in itself was such a thrill, especially as were all biologists, and realised we were opening new windows into the natural world, for both scientists and the viewing public. The driving forces of the fledgling OSF were boundless enthusiasm, excitement, and a determination to “find a way”. For generations of OSFers, and for the millions who have enjoyed the artistry of wildlife camerawork, I raise a glass to Gerald Thompson, who single-handedly started it all.” Sean Morris

There's a great oral history with Gerald Thompson here: wildfilmhistory.org/oh/21/Gerald+Thompson.html

Oxford Scientific Films is now a BAFTA and Emmy-award-winning producer of contemporary factual, natural history, science and history. Known for outstanding and innovative programmes that rate. They have a passion for storytelling and are proud of the company’s heritage as a technological pioneer. Oxford Scientific Films supplies high-end factual programming to broadcasters in the UK and North America. Oxford Scientific Films is part of the Boom Cymru Group, an ITV Studios company.

The company’s most notable programmes include the global hit series Meerkat Manor for Animal Planet; Fatal Attractions also for Animal Planet; Bafta winning Saving Africa’s Witch Children; ratings hits Secret Life of Dogs, Secret Life of Cats and Secret Life of Babies, Animal Odd Couples, Animals in Love; and the award-winning Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature and Wild Weather with Richard Hammond.

From its early origins as an award winning producer of brilliantly crafted natural history films renowned for their extraordinary camerawork OSF has continued to build on its reputation for innovation. Examples of OSF’s creative innovation include highly stylized dramatic reconstruction (Fatal Attractions and Frankenstein and the Vampyre); developing new presenters (including Jim Al-Khalili, Philippa Gregory and Julian Clary); visual beauty (Secret Life of…, How to Win the Grand National, Plant Odysseys and Animal Odd Couples); use of archive (Frankel and Henry Cecil, Messages Homes: Films from the Forgotten Army); and 3D (Meerkats 3D and Pandas: The Journey Home).

OSF have won numerous awards over the years including a Bafta, Emmys, World Medals and Pandas. Recent awards include Saving Africa’s Witch Children (Bafta, Best Current Affairs Programme, Emmy, Best Current Affairs), Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature (Gold Medal, New York Festival, Best Hosted Programme Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival 2013) and Wild Weather with Richard Hammond (Gold Medal, New York Festival 2015) Based in London and Cardiff OSF continues to produce programming for broadcasters in the UK, the USA and around the world. The films we produced for theatrical exploitation in the large format/special venue market are currently on screens delighting audiences globally. OSF's passion for storytelling, technical innovation and playing with the specialist factual genre blending factual with drama, comedy, features etc continues to drive them.

Like/Follow on facebook.com/pages/Oxford-Scientific-Films/114908148572062 & twitter.com/oxfordsf

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Wildscreen 2018 Panda Award Nominees Announced
from Wildscreen
5 July 2018

Wildscreen, the not-for-profit behind the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling, today announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of international wildlife film, TV and content industry’s highest honour - the Wildscreen Panda Awards.

The ocean epic, BLUE PLANET II, leads the nominations picking up seven nods for the world-renowned BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, in recognition of its stunning cinematography and never-before-seen animal behaviour. Keo Films’ RISE OF THE WARRIOR APES, which brings a gripping investigative approach to natural history documentary, follows closely with five nominations, topping the craft categories for its technical excellence.

Intimate personal stories and the use of authentic voices, with them being integral to the over-arching narratives of a production, is a standout theme across the 17 categories. The expert testimony and passion of scientists is central to many productions including JANE and ONE STRANGE ROCK.

“Humanity’s relationships and interactions with the natural world is what truly stood out amongst the nominees this year”, said Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO. “We’re at a point in our history where we either choose to protect nature or we all suffer the consequences. Storytelling is a powerful tool for positive change and it was so encouraging to see a particularly strong field in the Impact award category in 2018. It was so strong in fact, that we took the decision to double the number of nominees, creating two sub-categories – small and large budget – recognising that big impacts and change is possible on any budget. These stories share hope and optimism for the future of our natural world and our place within it.”

The 2018 line-up also sees the first ever VR contender in the Awards’ 36 year history, with THE PROTECTORS receiving a nomination for the Innovation Award.

Oscar-winning Dame Judi Dench’s, MY PASSION FOR TREES, sees her nominated for the Presenter Award alongside Chris Packham and BBC wildlife cameraman, Vianet Djenguet.

The shortlist features productions from 12 countries, including Qatar for the first time, with each of the 37 nominees standing out amongst nearly 800 entries to Wildscreen’s international jury of more than 40 world-leading producers, broadcasters and craft professionals. But it’s not just the industry that decides the outstanding productions of the past two years. The Children’s Panda Award nominees were chosen by a 30-strong jury of 8-12 years olds from Easton in Bristol and a school in León, Mexico.

The winners will be revealed at the Panda Awards Ceremony which will take place on 19 October at The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, in Bristol. The gala is the climax to the Wildscreen Festival, the biggest global gathering of natural world storytellers, which sees over 900 of the world’s leading filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters and content creators convene in Bristol for a week of business, film premieres and an unrivalled programme of 120+ hours of content from more than 150 speakers from across the globe.

Wildscreen Festival Panda Awards


Wildscreen Panda Awards in 2018 Nominations

ORF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD

Blue Planet II - One Ocean
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, France Televisions and CCTV9
United Kingdom

The Lions Rule - Death in the Glade
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production in co-production with Doclights / NDR Naturfilm and National Geographic Channel in association with ARTE France / Unité Découverte et Connaissance and Shibumi Films
Austria

Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
United Kingdom

CHILDREN'S AWARD

Earth: One Amazing Day
BBC Earth Films & SMG Pictures
United Kingdom / China

Hedgehog Close
Zest Productions
United Kingdom

The Zoo - Poo Dunnit?
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit for CBBC, DHX
United Kingdom

PANASONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

LARGE BUDGET:

Attenborough’s Ant Mountain
A production of Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by Ammonite Ltd
Austria
Photography by: Martin Dohrn & Jack Hynes

Blue Planet II - One Ocean
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, France Televisions and CCTV9
United Kingdom
Photography by: Alfredo Barroso, Chris Bryan, Patrick Dykstra, Tom Fitz, Ted Giffords, Steve Hathaway, Roger Horrocks, Roger Munns, Didier Noirot, David Reichert, Nuno Sá & Gavin Thurston

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World
Crossing the Line Productions
Ireland
Photography by: Domenico Pontillo & John Murray

DOGHOUSE EDITING AWARD

One Strange Rock - Gasp
Nutopia Ltd for National Geographic
United Kingdom
Editors: Doug Moxon & Brian Hovmand

RED APE: Saving the Orangutan
Offspring Films, for BBC Natural World co-produced with Animal Planet
United Kingdom
Editor: Stefanie Watkins

Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films United Kingdom
Editor: Sam Rogers

ICON FILMS EMERGING TALENT AWARD

Lindsey Parrieti For the film Blood Island
Lindsey Parietti in association with the University of the West of England
United Kingdom

Mahmoud Mansouri For the film In the Realm of the Spider-tailed Viper
Wildlife Pictures Institute
Iran

Karl Davies For the film Landscape of Consumption
Karl Davies
United Kingdom

INNOVATION AWARD

One Strange Rock - Home
Nutopia Ltd for National Geographic
United Kingdom

Our Blue Planet
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide and OceanX Media
United Kingdom

The Protectors
Here Be Dragons with Annapurna Pictures and African Parks for National Geographic
United States

IMPACT AWARD

LARGE BUDGET

Blue Planet II - Our Blue Planet
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, France Televisions and CCTV9
United Kingdom

Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants
AGB Films & Gripping Films, co-produced with Thirteen Productions LLC and BBC Natural World in association with WNET
United Kingdom

The Last Animals
Atlas Films and Foxtail Entertainment in association with Artemis Rising Foundation, The British Film Company and Diamond Docs
United States

SMALL BUDGET

Al Jazeera Investigations - The Poacher's Pipeline
Al Jazeera Media Network
Qatar

Hedgehog Close
Zest Productions
United Kingdom

Toad People
Wilderness Committee
Canada

MUSIC AWARD

Mountain: Life at the Extreme - Andes
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit for BBC Two and PBS
United Kingdom
Music by: Will Slater

Norway's Magical Fjords
nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany in collaboration with Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm for NDR, ARTE, ORF, SVT
Germany
Music by: Jörg Magnus Pfeil & Siggi Mueller

One Strange Rock - Gasp
Nutopia Ltd for National Geographic
United Kingdom
Music by: Daniel Pemberton

PEOPLE AND NATURE AWARD

H is for Hawk: A New Chapter
A Mike Birkhead Associates production, co-produced with Thirteen Productions LLC and BBC Natural World in association with WNET
United Kingdom

Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic
United States

Rodents of Unusual Size
A Tilapia Film and ITVS co-production
United States

POPULAR BROADCAST AWARD

Blue Planet II - One Ocean
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, France Televisions and CCTV9
United Kingdom

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family - Asia
Offspring Films for Sky 1
United Kingdom

RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark - Episode 1
A WGBH co-production with So World Media LLC in association with National Geographic Channels
United States

PRESENTER AWARD

Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom
Presented by: Judi Dench

My Congo
BBC Studios Natural World – a co-production of BBC and Thirteen Productions LLC in association with WNET
United Kingdom
Presented by: Vianet Djenguet

The Real T. rex with Chris Packham
Talesmith and Cineflix Productions in association with France Télévisions for BBC & CBC
United Kingdom / Canada
Presented by: Chris Packham


NHK SCIENCE AWARD

An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation in association with Smithsonian Channel
United States

Naked Molerat - Nature’s Weirdest Superhero
Taglicht Media Film - und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
Germany

Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
United Kingdom

SCRIPT AWARD

Attenborough and the Giant Elephant
A Humble Bee Films and Infield Fly Inc co-production
United Kingdom / Canada
Script by: Stephen Dunleavy, Sir David Attenborough & Christine Nielson

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World
Crossing the Line Productions
Ireland
Script by: John Murray

Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
United Kingdom
Script by: James Reed

SERIES AWARD

Blue Planet II
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, France Televisions and CCTV9
United Kingdom

The Lions Rule
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production in co-production with Doclights / NDR Naturfilm and National Geographic Channel in association with ARTE France / Unité Découverte et Connaissance and Shibumi Films
Austria

Planet Earth II
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, BBC America, ZDF and France Télévisions
United Kingdom

NHNZ SHORT AWARD

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

Churchill
Storm Films Inc
Canada

M6NTHS
Eline Helena Film
United Kingdom

FILMS AT 59 SOUND AWARD

Blue Planet II - Coral Reefs
BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, France Televisions and CCTV9
United Kingdom
Sound by: Graham Wild, Kate Hopkins & Tim Owens

H is for Hawk: A New Chapter
A Mike Birkhead Associates production, co-produced with Thirteen Productions LLC and BBC Natural World in Association with WNET
United Kingdom
Sound by: Graham Wild, David Yepp & Ewan Dryburgh

Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
United Kingdom
Sound by: Ben Peace, Tim Owens & Kate Hopkins

THEATRICAL AWARD

Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic
United States

Queen without Land
Produced by Artic Light AS, in association with NRK, Doclights / NDR Naturfilm, ORF, SVT, France 3 and Smithsonian Channel
Norway

The Serengeti Rules
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios & Passion Planet
United Kingdom / United States

Wildscreen Festival Panda Awards

The winners of the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards will be presented at the Panda Awards Ceremony on Friday 19 October 2018 at Passenger Shed, Bristol, UK. In addition to the above awards, Wildscreen will also present the Golden Panda Award for overall best production, and the Outstanding Achievement Award which is given to an individual in recognition of their significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and the public’s understanding of the environment.

On their nominations ...

Julian Hector, Head of BBC Studios' Natural History said: “Wildscreen is the most prestigious natural history film festival in the world and I’m incredibly proud the judges felt the work of the Natural History Unit merited such accolade to be nominated across so many categories. Recognition like this is not just good for my department it’s good for the city of Bristol; the global capital of wildlife film making where so many natural history production companies are based.”

James Reed, Director, Rise of the Warrior Apes: “It is such amazing news for us. Everybody in the Warrior Apes team put their heart and soul into this production and it's great to be recognised in such a broad range of categories. All the way through people seemed to really connect with this film and I think that's down to something very simple - it's a great story. As a filmmaker that's the best place to start from and it's amazing how easily everything else comes together when you start with a great story. Also, having the scientists tell their own story gives the film real authenticity. Some of the things that have happened with the Ngogo chimpanzees over the last 25 years are pretty unbelievable. Using the scientists own footage, and their voices to tell the story, gives the film the credibility it deserves.”

Congratulations to all Wildlife-film.com member nominations listed in bold above! :)


Wildscreen Festival 2018 Trailer

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Richard Brock features in a Green.tv promo for his Wildlife Winners & Losers film series!

Meet Richard Brock, the wildlife filmmaker who spent years working in the BBC’s Natural History Unit alongside David Attenborough. His mission? To inspire others to protect our world and wildlife. Check out the Brock Initiative's YouTube channel to see his work: youtube.com/user/brockinitiative/featured

Like on facebook.com/winnerslosersfilms & follow on twitter.com/Winners_Losers_

Visit his website: brockinitiative.org/use-these-films-to-help-save-the-planet

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Join Wildeye's Intro to Wildlife Film-making Course!

Wildeye's Introduction to Wildlife Film-making is their longest running course. Next month's course is full, but you can still grab a place on these dates: 30 Nov–2 Dec 2018.

One of of our most popular wildlife film-making courses, the introductory weekend offers you your first insight into the world of wildlife film-making. From pre-production to delivery, we’ll guide you through the many stages of the process from your first idea, research, scripting, travel, filming, editing, delivering as well as importantly selling and distributing your completed film. This course is broken down into bite-sized modules presented over two days including time spent filming at Pensthorpe, former home of BBC Springwatch. The wildlife film-making weekend is suitable for anyone including beginners, hobbyists, keen enthusiasts, those looking to undertake wildlife film-making degrees or apprenticeships all the way through to camera operators looking to diversify into wildlife film-making. As well as educating, inspiring and providing practical hands on experience its a great addition to any CV. More here: wildeye.co.uk/introduction-to-wildlife-film-making

Check out the homepage for up-to-date availability: www.wildeye.co.uk

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Register for the Science Media Awards 2018 & JHWFF 2019 theme Announced!

Join Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH in Boston, September 25-27, 2018, for the Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub (SMASH), where more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape. Registration is now open!

Follow on facebook.com/sciencemedia, instagram.com/sciencesmash & twitter.com/sciencesmash

We are also happy to announce that the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival will have the theme of "Oceans" in 2019! We will be focusing on our blue planet next September 22-27, 2019!

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The People's Walk for Wildlife with Chris Packham

Save the date: 22nd September 2018. Join Chris Packham in central London for The People's Walk for Wildlfie. It's up to us to protect our wildlife and ensure we have a world where all life can flourish. More details to follow soon with exact location of where we will assemble. #peopleswalkforwildlife


The People's Walk for Wildlife full

Visit: chrispackham.co.uk/news/the-peoples-walk-for-wildlife

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One Strange Rock - Survival - Underwater Museum of Art - Corals - Will Smith & the very excellent Karla Munguia Colmenero

Karla says "From the first time I visited MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art in Cancun and Isla Mujeres, I dreamed of diving at night among the sculptures to see the corals and nocturnal marine life that has found refuge in this artificial reef.

Two years later my dream came true and not only that, I went down accompanied by
cameramen from Nutopia, an English production company.

Almost a year later, this series, entitled "One Strange Rock" was premiered worldwide by the National Geographic television channel.

To close with a flourish, the series is presented by the wonderful actor, Will Smith.

I share my participation in this extraordinary series."


One Strange Rock - Survival - Underwater Museum of Art - Corals - Will Smith

Karla, you are amazing!!

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UK PREMIERE: Dominion in London Review

Dominion, a new film exposing animal cruelty in modern farming practices, had it's UK premiere in London on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden & handheld cameras, the feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom. The film is narrated by Sia and other celebrities, find out more: dominionmovement.com

PBN hosted the UK premiere of this highly-anticipated documentary along with activism organisations Surge and The Save Movement.

"I attended the event and found the film to be a thorough and powerful light shining deep into the utterly unaccepatble widespread practices of a very dark industry, that which lacks transparancy, proper regulation or a semblance of compassion. This may be an Australian film, but like Earthlings and Land of Hope and Glory before it, the film shows how the livestock industry doesn't discriminate when it comes to geography, abhorrent practices that treat intelligent, sentient beings as if they were without feeling is widespread the world over and it is impossible to ever say that products derived from the livestock industry haven't been touched by some degree of horror. This film tells the truth and it should be seen by as many people as possible, because I really hope and have to believe that if people are shown that their diet choice is inflicting such astonishing amounts of pain and misery, then they will not be able to opt in to be a part of it." Jason Peters

Visit: facebook.com/DominionDocumentary & see: aussiefarms.org.au

Like/Follow PBN: facebook.com/plantbasednews, instagram.com/plantbasednews & twitter.com/plantbasednews

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Michaela Strachan and Kiwi Conservation

Save the kiwi: New Zealand rallies to protect its iconic bird. Experts are battling to save the remaining 68,000 kiwis in a country once home to millions.

“Having done conservation projects for so many years, humans tend to react only when there’s a crisis, and the crisis point is often too late to save anything,” says the wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, wearing a set of kiwi earrings cut from paua shells.

Strachan has teamed up with cider company Old Mout to help save the kiwi, a project she was drawn to because of the bird’s unusual charm. “But this reaction seems to be happening before we’ve reached a crisis point, so I think it will make a difference. There is something about them that is just so full of character. I think because they’re flightless and vulnerable, human beings warm to things that are vulnerable.” Advertisement In 2016, the government committed to making New Zealand pest-free by 2050. Every rat, stoat and possum is to be wiped out.


Save The Kiwi: A Forgotten World | Old Mout Cider

More here: theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/01/save-kiwi-new-zealand-protect-bird-species

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Last Month of Early Bird Wildscreen Festival Price!

Buy your delegate pass before July the 31st and get 20% off a full price week pass... i.e. save £100: wildscreen.org/festival/tickets

Check out the Wildscreen Festival 2018 Trailer

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Apple mimics David Attenborough in Planet Earth-style video about app developers

The tongue-in-cheek video served as an opening to the WWDC conference.

Apple served up a tongue-in-cheek video in the style of David Attenborough's Planet Earth in order to mark the start of its WWDC event. Full of slow-motion video and a soft, soothing voice-over, the video showed developers "coming out of hibernation" ready for Apple's conference.

More here: mirror.co.uk/tech/apple-mimics-david-attenborough-planet-12646404


Brock Initiative

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PBN EXCLUSIVE: The Man Behind What the Health & Cowspiracy

Klaus sits down with 'What the Health' and 'Cowspiracy' co-director Keegan Kuhn. The interview covers many topics including Keegan's upbringing and path to veganism, Leonardo DiCaprio's involvement in Cowspiracy, making 'What the Health' as well as much much more. This is the short version:


EXCLUSIVE: The Man Behind What the Health & Cowspiracy

Watch the full 35 minute exclusive Plant Based News interview with Keegan Kuhn: plantbasednews.org/insiders

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Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival Call For Entries

Submit your film to OIVFF! They are welcoming vegan-themed films from film-makers around the world – both short and full-length features, fiction and documentary. All entries will be viewed prior to the Festival by a pre-selection Committee chaired by the Festival Director and Programming Director. Finalists chosen by this Committee will be screened by an appointed international jury. All films must be submitted through Film Freeway HERE

Entry Deadlines: July 31, 2018
Notification of Acceptance Date: September 14, 2018
Event Date: October 14, 2018

Visit: www.oivff.com & Facebook.com/OIVFF

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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Shark Shooters from SZtv

The adventure of Scubazoo's Managing Director, Jason Isley and cameraman Roger Munns to Fiji, the Bahamas and South Africa in search for different species of sharks!

More here: scubazoo.tv/shark-shooters & youtube.com

Wildlife Winners and Losers - Brock Initiative

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WildAid Partners with Jurassic World to Save Rhinos

WildAid, Jurassic World, and star Bryce Dallas Howard have joined forces on a PSA campaign to save rhinos. The PSA features Howard alongside the Sinoceratops—one of the incredible new dinosaurs featured in the film. As WildAid CEO Peter Knights said, “Just like in the Jurassic movies, these animals are threatened by corruption and greed. We hope this PSA can help wake people up to this tragedy unfolding around the world.”


Jurassic World - Bryce Dallas Howard – WildAid Public Service Announcement

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'10 things you didn’t know about Sir David Attenborough' by Kate on Conservation

Like most people, I’m a huge fan of Sir David Attenborough, and his ability to inspire millions of individuals, old and young, from across the globe to take an interest in our natural world. It’s hard to understand exactly the level of influence that the veteran broadcaster has had, but the stories from his incredible career pay testament to how he’s dedicated his entire life to understanding more about our planet and its wild creatures.

But with a career so very much in the public’s eye, there must be very little that we don’t know already know about the BBC great. Or is there? I’ve tried to compile a list of ‘10 facts you didn’t know about Sir David Attenborough’ – do let me know your favourite, or if you have a fun fact that didn’t make the list, please leave a comment in the box below. Here it goes…

1) Sir David Attenborough’s favourite animal… is identified, re-evaluated, and changed on a regular basis. “Today it’s a weedy seadragon,” he explained when I had the incredible honour of speaking to him in Kingston, London – it’s an animal he researched and filmed off the coast of southern Australia. “They’ve evolved to look like weeds and spend the entire day dancing,” he confirmed.

More here: kateonconservation.com/2018/06/17/10-things-about-david-attenborough

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