f.l.t.r. top: Colin Stafford Johnson (filmmaker), Arthur de Bruin (filmmaker), Erik Zevenbergen (jury),
(filmmaker), Alexandra van der Zee (Omniversum), Rajani Mani (filmmaker),
Edward Snijders (jury), Luc Enting ( jury),
f.l.t.r. bottom: Sterrin Smallenbrugge (jury), Marianne Thieme (jury), Cees van Kempen (filmmaker),
Elizabeth Unger (filmmaker), Frank Nischk (filmmaker)
The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) is the only film festival for nature documentaries in the Netherlands and shows the most recent films from home and abroad. Since its first edition in 2015, WFFR has been taking place in the Rotterdam film theatre Cinerama, which was also the vibrant heart of the festival this year. The programme consists of beautiful documentaries showing the beauty of nature, as well as films showing the relationship between man and nature. During WFFR, visitors can talk to the many filmmakers present, attend special lectures and take part in interesting activities related to nature conservation.
This year WFFR will be held from October 30th - November 5th 2023.
Entries must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, conservation or the environment. They demonstrate the beauty of nature and raise awareness about the collective responsibility we have to maintain it.
Filmmakers from anywhere in the world can participate. WFFR welcomes (independent) filmmakers, production companies, distributors or broadcasters to submit their latest film(s).
WFFR is also the meeting place for the wildlife film industry in The Netherlands. We are known for a friendly and informal atmosphere where all our guests feel at home. Here you can meet (or catch-up with) other film professionals during the Industry Days (3 & 4 November) where you can participate in workshops, round the table sessions and lots of other (network) events.
The festival program offers public screenings during these six days at Cinerama Movie Theatre that is located downtown Rotterdam. WFFR also takes place online. All participated films in the online part are geoblocked for The Netherlands only.
The big winner last year was Wolf, a film entirely devoted to the return of this special predator back to the Netherlands after 150 years.
Filmmaker Cees van Kempen (pictured) was happy with the award and said "The appreciation of Wolf by the jury, but also by the public, is heartwarming. I hope the film will contribute to a better understanding of this beautiful animal. It is extremely good news for nature that they are back in our country!"
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam offers awards in the following 11 categories:
FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX for the BEST FILM (Grant of 1.000 Euros)
Awarded to the best overal production.
BEST SHORT FILM
Awarded to the best overal production with maximum lenght of 30 minutes.
Awarded to the film with the most outstanding achievement in cinematography.
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD
Awarded to the film that best reveals insights into the behaviour of, or the interactions between, animals.
Awarded to the film that most effectively raises awareness concerning issues related to animals.
VAN LAWICK CONSERVATION AWARD
Awarded to the film that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions.
PEOPLE AND NATURE AWARD
Awarded to the film that most effectively explores the social, cultural or economic relationship between people and the natural world.
Awarded to the film that most effectively inspires an appreciation of the natural world to young people.
NEWCOMER AWARD Awarded to the best film produced by a first-time filmmaker.
INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AWARD Awarded for an outstanding self-financed, non-commissioned film about nature, environment and/or animals that has been produced independently from tv stations or other third parties.
In addition to the awards attributed by the jury, an Audience Award will also be awarded to the most popular film chosen by the general public.
The big winner in 2021 was Silence of the Tides, a film that beautifully portrays the fragile relationship between man and nature in the Wadden area.
In total, the jury awarded 11 Flamingos in different categories:
Best Film: Silence of the Tides
Best Short: The Caretakers
Green Impact Award: H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
Animal Behavior Award: Wild Horses
Awareness Award: Birds of the Countryside Van Lawick Conservation Award: Glorious Bustards
People & Nature Award: The Edge of Existence
Children's Award: Hamsters - Hidden Heroes in the Field
Newcomer Award: The Otter
Science in Nature Award: Antarctica -3D
Independent Production Award: De Wilde Waard
The Flamingo Award Ceremony was recorded at WFFR 2020. The ceremony was in the hands of Jannah Boerakker. Due to the corona rules, the prizes were not awarded in the auditorium but in a very special way; Live from the Rotterdam Zoo! Watch it here:
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