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Ireland Wildlife Film Festival 2021 Winners Announced!
By Jason Peters
20th November 2021

The third Ireland Wildlife Film Festival was held virtually (again), due to COVID-19, from the 10-20th of November 2021. Many submissions came in from all around the globe, resulting in a great collection of films in three categories, Feature Film, Short Film and Student Short Film, and I was asked to be a judge for a third year running!

The Ireland Wildlife Film Festival is the first of its kind in Ireland and seeks to bring stories of conservation and species preservation to the big screen while also striving to create a community of filmmakers and audience members who care deeply about environmental issues.

The winner for best Feature Film will receive 500 Euro and laurels.
The winner for best Student Film will receive 200 Euro and laurels.
The winner for best Short Film will receive 300 Euro and Laurels.
The film that receives the most popular votes will receive the "Best of Fest" award, this can come from any category. The "Best of Fest" will receive a special laurel.

Twenty films were selcted for screening during the virtual event.

This year all of the spectacular wildlife and conservation films were free for all to watch from November 10-20th.

See the official trailer:

Ireland Wildlife Film Festival - Official Line-Up 2021

It's that time of the year again! The Ireland Wildlife Film Festival is only a few weeks away. This year we have 22 spectacular wildlife and conservation films that will be free for all from November 10-20 on www.irelandwildlifefilmfestival.com. Check out the Official Line-Up Trailer below!

Posted by Ireland Wildlife Film Festival on Monday, 11 October 2021

The Nominees and Finalsists:

Best Feature Film

Winner: Wild Horses - A Tale from the Puszta
Directed by Zoltan Török – wildtales.net


WILD HORSES - A Tale From The Puszta (teaser)

Meet Dot, the little wild horse foal! She is a Przewalski’s horse, the only true wild horse species of the world. Although the origin of this endangered species is in Mongolia, Dot lives in the heart of Europe, on the grassy plains of Hungary called the “Puszta”. 25 years ago some were introduced here and the wild horses instantly formed an organic connection with this magical land: today it is one of the world’s largest wild horse herd with 300 animals! This is their story.

Finalists:

The Frozen Kingdom of the Snow Leopard
Directed by Frédéric Larreya – regard-du-vivant.fr


The Frozen Kingdom of the Snow Leopard - Trailer 2021

Shot over three years in China’s Qhinghai Mountains, The Frozen Kingdom of the Snow Leopard tell the story of a devoted female snow leopard that has decided to settle in a new, unfamiliar valley where she will give birth, and raise two cubs despite all odds until they eventually reach adulthood.
It contains behaviours never before filmed of this elusive and fascinating predator.

Operation Wolf Patrol
Directed by Joe Brown – wolfpatrolfilm.com


Operation Wolf Patrol: The Rod Coronado Story (Official Trailer)

Operation Wolf Patrol is a character driven documentary that tells the story of eco-activist Rod Coronado as he emerges from prison and recommits himself to the protection of wild animals. The film follows Rod and his group of volunteer “wolf patrollers” as they attempt to end wolf hunting in the United States. Over the course of three years, we watch Rod work to redefine his activism in an era– post 9/11, where some have called him an “ecoterrorist.” Rod’s current efforts are set against his 30-year involvement in radical environmental action. The film comes to a climax when Coronado's "Wolf Patrol" is met with a tightening of "hunter harassment laws" in Wisconsin, and renewed attempts to send Coronado back to prison. Now, Coronado must ask himself, if he is not willing to go back to prison for "eco-sabotage," is he willing to go back to fight a law that some are calling "unconstitutional"?

Best Short Film

Winner: Worlds Collide
Directed by Nicholas Rodd – hiddenworldproductions.com


Worlds Collide Trailer 2020

Across the eastern coast of the Black Sea, through the foothills of the Southern Caucasus Mountains one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles takes place. Over a million birds of prey pass through a narrow bottleneck in Georgia. Below them, scientists and birders eagerly watch and record the skies whilst at the same time local traditions send showers of bullets and nets snapping in their direction.

Finalists:

Growing up Kiwi
Directed by Madeleine Brennan – madeleinebrennan.com


Growing Up Kiwi (2020) || TRAILER

With only 400 left in the wild, the Haast tokoeka has the unfortunate title of being the world's rarest kiwi. Follow Almer, this season's smallest chick, in his first year of life in a ground-breaking conservation program: ”Operation Nest Egg.” Watch as he grows from a tiny ball of fluff into a 2kg predator-fighting machine, and witness the dedication of the people striving to give him a chance at life.

Whales in a Changing Ocean
Directed by Richard Sidey – richardsidey.com


Whales in a Changing Ocean - trailer

In Antarctica, nothing is stationary. The only constant is change. One noticeable and increasingly evident change is the recovery of the humpback whales that feed in the waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, after industrial whaling almost wiped them out. In February 2020, wildlife filmmaker Richard Sidey was invited to join a team of scientists undertaking humpback whale research in Antarctica with Conservation International. Whales in a Changing Ocean follows the team as they observe humpback whale behavior and gather information vital to protecting the Antarctic continent into the future.

Best Student Short Film

Best Student Short Film and Audience Choice Popular Vote Winner ... i.e. Best of Fest: Seabird
Directed by Conor Ferris – instagram.com/c.ferris


Seabird - Trailer

Since he was a boy, writer Adam Nicolson has been visiting remote islands in Scotland that once filled with seabirds each summer. After witnessing the distressing decline of these colonies first hand, he shares a unique perspective on the resilience of life in the face of catastrophe.

Finalist:

The Trail Beyond Highland Road
Directed by Eli Copperman – elicopperman.wixsite.com


The Trail Beyond Highland Road_Sneak Peak Trailer

The Trail beyond Highland Road is a 2D animated dramedic short focusing on the consequences of deforestation, and how two residents from a prosperous suburban town perceive it through an endangered species of deer. The Trail follows a single father named Emilio Vasquez and his little daughter Ariel, who spend their summer days in the quaint laid back urban town of Highland, New Jersey. However, upon realizing that a whole bunch of deer have been eating up bushes and gardens all across the town, including Emilio’s, the two end up having completely different views on the animals. Emilio is resentful towards them for ruining the community gardens, including his own, whereas Ariel has having never seen these animals as much in her young age, thus making her more fascinated. When Emilio shoos one deer away, Ariel chases after it at the town’s nearby Meadows Trail forest. In a desperate pursuit to get his daughter back, Emilio discovers something frighteningly off about the trail itself.

Visit: www.irelandwildlifefilmfestival.com

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COP26 Has Failed Us, And It Has Failed Our Planet — Chris Packham

Angry , scared and betrayed . We have been failed and scorned by the stupid , the greedy and the evil . Life is now in mortal danger . But it’s not over , it’s just down to us to do what needs to be done and we need to go to it now . So let’s . . .


COP26 Has Failed Us, And It Has Failed Our Planet — Chris Packham

Follow Chris online:

facebook.com/chrisgpackham
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instagram.com/chrisgpackham2

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A message from Chris Packham at COP26 Glasgow

Veganuary caught up with Chris Packham at COP26 in Glasgow, where he shared a truly inspirational message with us!

Chris Packham has been at COP 26 for the past two weeks, and he's wondering why there’s silence around the impact of animal agriculture on climate change. After all, animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions which is the same as all forms of transport combined.

By switching to plant based diets, you can massively reduce you carbon footprint. Will you join us to make a positive difference for the climate?


A message from Chris Packham at COP26 Glasgow

Visit: veganuary.com/try-vegan

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VMI wins National Climate Award

Together For Our Planet campaign announces Bristol and London’s award-winning green small business.

  • VMI.TV, Bristol and London-based camera rental company, crowned Hero of Net Zero at COP26 awards ceremony.
  • Small business celebrated for original and creative actions taken to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The company urges other businesses to commit to net zero at UK Climate Hub.

Camera rental company VMI.TV has been crowned winner of the Heroes of Net Zero competition yesterday at a special awards ceremony hosted by Intuit at the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow.

More than 160 businesses entered the competition, making a commitment at the UK Business Climate Hub to achieve net zero by 2030, 20 years ahead of the Government’s own climate commitment.

The rental firm, based in Acton, London and St George, Bristol won in the small business category by demonstrating a range of measures taken on their journey to net zero, including installing solar panels and insulation, purchasing electric vans and recycling and reusing, sending no waste to landfill in 15 months.

They won an exclusive prize package worth over £4,500 from competition partners BT, NatWest and SSE.

Barry Bassett, Managing Director, VMI.TV said:

“We are incredibly flattered and really pleased that our efforts are being recognised, as this will spread the word more widely about the benefits of companies making decarbonising efforts.”

“I was inspired and energised from attending a seven-week sustainability course and persuaded the Managers and Directors at VMI.TV to buy-in to a net-zero plan, after which we signed up to the SME Climate Commitment.”

VMI.TV won over the competition judges for taking responsibility for their sectors environmental impact, spreading the sustainability message as founding members of the Bectu’s-Film-For-Future group.

The business rents cameras to the UK TV industry supporting projects like ITV’s Midsomer Murders, BBC’s Blue Planet 3 series and Netflix’s The Surgeon’s Cut.


VMI TV interview winning Hero of Net Zero Award

The panel of expert judges included the government’s Net Zero Business Champion Andrew Griffith. He presented VMI.TV and other Heroes of Net Zero finalists with awards and celebrated their green achievements at COP26 at the Scottish Event Campus. The event was live streamed on the UK government’s YouTube channel. 

The Heroes of Net Zero competition is part of the government’s Together for Our Planet campaign, run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

Read more: vmi.tv/blog/news/vmi-wins-national-climate-award

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The Future of Wildlife Filmmaking COP26 Event : Saturday 6th November 2021

Wildlife filmmakers from across the world are attending COP26 to discuss how natural history filmmaking can help in the fight against the climate and biodiversity crises.

The session run by Filmmakers for Future: Wildlife (FF:W) will see wildlife TV personality Steve Backshall host a discussion with Jonny Keeling, new Head of the Natural History Unit BBC, Janet Han Vissering, SVP Development and Production Nat Geo Wild, and filmmakers Paula Kahumbu (Kenya), Ashwika Kapur (India) and Jo Ruxton (UK).

Earlier this week 12 key players in the UK Television Broadcast Industry signed up to the Climate Content Pledge convened by We are Albert. CEOs from all major UK Broadcasters acknowledged  that  TV and film have a unique role in helping audiences understand the solutions to tackle climate change and that the TV industry has a responsibility to rise to that challenge. 

Wildlife Filmmaking is a pillar of the UK Television Broadcast Industry, a pillar that relies on the health of the natural world for its commercial success. In the session on Saturday representatives from wildlife television production and commissioning will discuss if pledges, like the one made earlier this week, go far enough, or do global industries, like the Wildlife Filmmaking Industry, need global solutions if they are going to stay on the path to Net Zero.

The session will be run by grassroots organisation Filmmaker For Future: Wildlife (FF:W) who have produced a collection of short films for the UN Climate Conference, COP26. The films will be premiered in the Green Zone in Glasgow at 11.30am on Saturday 6th November. Each film brings to the spotlight industry-related barriers faced by wildlife filmmakers around the world, and explores the responsibility wildlife filmmakers feel when working with those on the frontline of the biodiversity and climate crisis.

The film premier will be followed by a panel discussion where representatives from around the world will discuss some of the problems that lie at the very heart of the wildlife filmmaking industry. By bringing new and experienced voices to the table on this historic COP26 stage, Filmmakers For Future: Wildlife hopes to use collaboration to drive forward change at the urgent pace needed.

Watch the session live, on Saturday 6th November at 11:30am GMT here: ffwildlife.org/beyond-the-frame-live


The Future of Wildlife Filmmaking – Beyond the Frame | #COP26

Filmmakers For Future: Wildlife – Visit: ffwildlife.org

Filmmakers For Future: Wildlife (FF:W) are a grassroots community of wildlife filmmakers with two main aims:

1 – To collaborate on ways of reducing the environmental impact of wildlife filmmaking
2 – To encourage content that raises awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis, and which inspires real change

Founded in Bristol, UK the organisation now has a membership of over 200 wildlife filmmakers from around the globe.

Beyond the Frame: FF:W Stand in Solidarity


Beyond the Frame: FF:W Stand in Solidarity

This 90 second graphic piece is a virtual demonstration of solidarity from wildlife filmmakers across the globe. FF:W asked the industry about the responsibilities of our films and this 90 second video captures some of the responses. We know there’s a problem, it’s time to act.

Follow: instagram.com/ffwildlife_UK, facebook.com/FilmmakersForFutureWildlife & twitter.com/FFWildlife

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From Crisis to Collaboration - Paula Kahumbu

From Crisis to Collaboration with Paula Kahumbu: Paula Kahumbu is a Kenyan ecologist turned wildlife filmmaker. She has seen first hand how local people are crucial to conservation efforts across Africa and could see that her academic work was not helping protect species on the ground. She realised the potential wildlife documentaries have to foster positive relationships between people and wildlife and the benefit this could have in the conservation of Africa's iconic species. Despite Africa being the focus of many wildlife documentaries in the global north they weren’t reaching African TV channels. She made it her mission to create wildlife and environmental films made in Kenya, filmed by Kenyan filmmakers for Kenyan audiences.


From Crisis to Collaboration - Paula Kahumbu

Visit: ffwildlife.org/from-crisis-to-collaboration

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Beyond the Frame - Ashwika Kapur

Beyond the Frame with Ashwika Kapur is a wildlife filmmaker based in Kolkata, India – one of the most populous places on the planet. She has seen the impact wildlife documentaries have had on the awareness of the Bengal Tiger, but feels this is not enough. The Sundarbans, a coastal mangrove forest, where the tigers live is being destroyed by human development and climate change. By focusing on just the pristine tiger reserve we are missing this part of the narrative. It’s time we told our audiences the whole story.


Beyond the Frame - Ashwika Kapur

Visit: ffwildlife.org/beyond-the-frame-film

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Refocusing on Conservation - Mauricio Copetti

Refocusing on Conservation with Mauricio Copetti: Mauricio is wildlife cameraman from Brazil. While documenting the wilderness of the Pantanal wetlands Mauricio learnt more of the human pressures on this vital ecosystem. He realised that while documenting the wild was his passion, if he didn’t work to protect it there would be nothing left. He believes that we must collaborate if we are going to succeed in the climate and biodiversity crisis. By combining a trio of filmmaking, research and conservation he is working towards saving the future of the wetlands he loves. Imagine if our industry did this on a global scale.


Refocusing on Conservation - Mauricio Copetti

Visit: ffwildlife.org/refocusing-on-conservation

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The Future Matters - Libby Penman

Future Matters with Libby Penman: Libby is a young Scottish filmmaker at the very start of her wildlife journey. She wants to make films that really make a difference, but doesn’t see the stories that she wants to tell in the big blue chip natural history series. By working with charities and individuals she is trying to tell the stories she feels urgently need telling. Imagine if the productions with the budget and reach did the same.


Future Matters - Libby Penman

Visit: ffwildlife.org/the-future-matters

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Sir David Attenborough address to world leaders at COP26 – speech in full

Sir David Attenborough has shared his hope for COP26 as People's Advocate #COP26

Studio Silverback said "We are so proud to have produced the visuals that accompanied his powerful words and hope that this speech can inspire those at COP26 as much as is has us. Now is the time for real change - we can and we must create a better future for our planet and all that lives upon it."


Sir David Attenborough address to world leaders at COP26 – speech in full

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Head to the COP26 website: ukcop26.org
Follow COP26 on Twitter: twitter.com/COP26
Follow COP26 on Instagram: instagram.com/cop26uk
Follow COP26 on Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/cop26uk
Subscribe to the COP26 YouTube Channel: youtube.com/c/cop26
Watch more on the UN Climate Change channel: youtube.com/user/climateconference

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COP26: Forests and Land-Use Narrated by David Attenborough – Produced by Studio Silverback

"To have any chance of keeping below 1.5 degrees of global warming, we need to value the services that healthy forests can provide" - David Attenborough in this film on forests & land use at the UN Climate Change conference 2021 (COP26).

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom is a crucial opportunity to achieve pivotal, transformational change in global climate policy and action. It is a credibility test for global efforts to address climate change and it is where Parties must make considerable progress to reach consensus on issues they have been discussing for several years. COP 26 comes against the background of widespread, rapid and intensifying climate change impacts, which are already impacting every region on Earth. Also, COP 26 comes against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the urgent need to build back better for present future generations to ensure a safe future.

The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.


#COP26: Forests and Land-Use Narrated by David Attenborough

UN Climate Change on Twitter: twitter.com/UNFCCC
UN Climate Change on Instagram: instagram.com/UNclimatechange
UN Climate Change on Facebook: facebook.com/UNclimatechange
Watch more on the COP26 Channel: YouTube.com/COP26

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Voices From the Forests, A special Film Showcase for the CoP26 Climate Change Conference

The importance of forests and indigenous peoples in the fight against climate change cannot be over-estimated.

In a special event for UN CoP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, EIA in partnership with If Not Us Then Who and Rainforest Foundation UK present ‘Voices From the Forests’, a film showcase and panel that you can join from home.

Tune in at 3pm on Wednesday 3 November at the official youtube platform.

Part of the official programme, the event will highlight the role of local communities and partnerships in forest protection. The event will be streamed live from the IMAX cinema in Glasgow, hosted and moderated by Jonathan Watts, Global Environmental Editor at The Guardian.


Voices from the Forest: A Film Showcase For People and Forests | #COP26

Visit: eia-international.org/news/voices-from-the-forests-a-special-film-showcase-for-the-cop26-climate-change-conference

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Submit your film for 2022 Films for the Forests competition

Awaken. Energize. Transform. Our 2022 theme embodies Films for the Forest’s bold vision— leverage the power of visual storytelling to propel global audiences into action for rainforests.

Filmmakers, this year we’re challenging YOU to create and share films that will inspire and move audiences to take powerful action that changes the future of our forests. You’ve got the vision - we have the forum.

Film submissions are now open on Film Freeway: filmfreeway.com/FilmsfortheForest

Regular Deadline: December 31, 2021
Extended Deadline: Jaunuary 25, 2022


Films for the Forest 2022 Launch

Visit:filmsfortheforest.org

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NaturVision Call for Entries!

Dear ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends,

From 21 – 24 July 2022, we will be celebrating the 21st NaturVision Film Festival here in Ludwigsburg, Germany, as well as online. We would be delighted if you would join us by submitting your latest film for the chance to win one of our prestigious awards – which this year totalled more than EUR 55,000 in prize money.

We are especially pleased that, alongside such competition categories as the German Wildlife Film Award or the NaturVision Camera Award, which have been renowned for years, the NaturVision RETHINK Film Award has also become established as a significant core prize. This category is open to films that depict a process of rethinking in politics and society and show positive examples. Subjects can range from responsible interaction with nature, wildlife and resources, right through to portraits of people who are calling for a fundamental rethink. Equally welcome are films that treat the theme "Rethink" artistically.

Films that were completed after 1 January 2021 can now be registered via the website: natur-vision.de/de/festival/wettbewerb/einreichformular The closing date for entries is 28 January 2022.

For all quick-off-the-mark filmmakers who register their film by 17 December 2021, we’re offering an Early Bird discount of 50% off the entry fee.

There is also no entry fee for the NaturVision Newcomer Award category (on submission of a training certificate).

For more information on the categories and regulations, visit: natur-vision.de/en/wettbewerb/kategorien-preise Rules: natur-vision.de/en/wettbewerb/reglement

We look forward to receiving your films! Best wishes, Ralph Thoms, Festival Director

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Secret Life of the Forest by Richard Hughes Coming to Channel 5 (UK)

Filmed over the course of a year, this new series gives us an insight into Kielder Forest in Northumberland, home to some of Britain’s most secretive wildlife.

Kielder was originally created to help provide the country with timber, but – while still a working forest – it has evolved to become home to myriad flora and fauna.

It's springtime, with the lengthening days bringing a surge of life to this stunning wilderness. A rich collection of wildlife that has either spent the winter hidden away or in warmer climes is ready to return for a burst of activity.

The four-parter helpfully follows the critters by season, and in the first episode, it’s spring, bringing with it red squirrels leaping from tree to tree, ospreys laying and protecting their eggs, and very hungry caterpillars transforming into butterflies. Tucked away deeper in the forest, hidden cameras also capture the return of a creature once extinct in England: the pine marten…

The series starts on Channel 5 Tuesday the 16th of November, 7-8 pm.

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Veganic Gardeners Question Time, with Piers Warren, November 1st, World Vegan Day!

Giles Bryant – World Healing Project, Founder hosts an entertaining evening with some twenty-four carrot advice from date farmer Jamie Jones, permaculture teacher and veganic grower Piers Warren.

The show includes footage from VON at COP26.


Veganic Gardeners Question Time November 1st

Giles Bryant – World Healing Project, Founder.

Giles has been a keen gardener for 30 years. He has planted community orchards, forest gardens and medicinal herb areas at a variety of projects. He runs the World Healing Project, promoting wellbeing for people and the planet, and has just released an 8-year project, One World, which features musicians and singers from around the world. gilesbryant.com

Ellen Mary: Horticultural radio show host, TV presenter, writer and of course vegan.

Travelled all over the world to discuss the benefits that nature provides to our wellbeing – specifically gardening.

Piers Warren: Conservationist, author and keen grower of organic fruit and vegetables.

He is the founder of Wildeye – The International School of Wildlife Film-making. Writer of several books and co-author of The Vegan Cook and Gardener.

More about Piers: pierswarren.co.uk/veganic
The Vegan Cook & Gardener – veganorganic.net/product/vegan-cook-and-gardener

Meghan Kelly: Learned veganic permaculture to become more self-sufficient while sticking to her vegan values.

She has practiced veganics for over 10 years in community gardens, concrete jungles and up in the hills. She runs the Learn Veganic online course and co-founded the Veganic Agriculture Network .

Our website: learnveganic.com
Our Facebook page: facebook.com/LearnVeganic

Veganic Gardeners’ Question Time hopes to inspire and bring new ideas to foragers, growers and gardeners alike. Now more than ever it is vital that we engage with how our food is grown. Tune into our show and become part of the growing revolution which can not only transform your garden plot but also change the way the world grows its food.

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Telling Climate Stories Together: In Conversation with Broadcaster CEOs – COP26

For the past decade, the UK’s key broadcasters have worked together, through albert, to tackle the carbon footprint of their productions. In recent years, the conversation has grown to include what audiences see on screen too.

Now, for the first time, host Liz Bonnin (Science, Natural History and Environmental Broadcaster), and panellists Tim Davie (Director General, BBC), Carolyn McCall (Chief Executive, ITV), Simon Pitts (Chief Executive, STV), Alex Mahon (Chief Executive, Channel 4), and Stephen van Rooyen (Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Sky) are joining together on stage to discuss the crucial responsibility and unique opportunity broadcasters and streamers have, to help audiences understand and navigate the climate challenges that will affect us all. They'll also discuss how the industry is moving forward in its ambition to work together to achieve even more on and off screen.

Since 2011, BAFTA has supported the film and television industry through albert, the leading authority on environmental sustainability for film and television.


Telling Climate Stories Together: In Conversation with Broadcaster CEOs | COP26

To find out more, visit: bafta.org/guru and wearealbert.org

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Chris Packham suffers more abuse, this time from mysterious arsonists

The environmentalist says he will not let the intimidation sway him from his cause, despite his concerns over the escalating attacks.

"Whoever you are, you burned down the wrong gates"

BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has vowed to continue his advocacy for wildlife, despite an arson attack outside his home. The 60-year-old was home alone when two hooded masked men drove up to his gate and set their vehicle on fire at about 12.30am on Friday. The vehicle - a Land Rover - exploded and the front gate of Packham's home in Hampshire's New Forest caught fire and was destroyed.

Chris said social media platforms share some of the responsibility for a fire attack on his New Forest home. The broadcaster has described how two masked men set a vehicle on fire outside the property last week. Mr Packham said Facebook's refusal to remove posts from internet trolls allowed an atmosphere of hate in which the arsonists felt compelled to act.

From: news.sky.com/story/whoever-you-are-you-burned-down-the-wrong-gates-chris-packham-defiant-after-arsonists-target-his-home-12430393 and bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-58870736

"Harassment, relentless abuse, intimidation and now arson. And what next . . . ? I will not be cowed, I will not buckle."

A response and a request

Harassment , relentless abuse , intimidation and now arson . And what next . . . ? I will not be cowed , I will not buckle , but can I ask for your help ? If you are an National Trust member please sign to end hunting here and now https://secure.cesvotes.com/V3-1-0/nt21/en/login?bbp=30978&x=-1

Posted by Chris Packham on Saturday, 9 October 2021

Wildlife-film.com thinks that it's just appalling that Chris is being put through this, any of this ... and we are concerned that it seems to be a constant and ongoing threat. Chris Packham is an amazing person, doing such important work, for which he has our full and unwavering support. The people targeting him are entirely despicable and should be held to account for their cowardly actions. We hope that Chris stays safe and we enthusiastically applaud him for keeping up the good fight ... We are always happy to assist him in anyway that we can.

Follow and support Chris: chrispackham.co.uk, facebook.com/ChrisGPackham, twitter.com/ChrisGPackham & instagram.com/chrisgpackham2

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"Why wildlife films should be accessible to Africans" by Kari Mutu

Targeting mzungus instead of locals perpetuates idea of ‘white saviour’

• Africa is full of wildlife but nature films are produced, narrated by, shown to Whites
• That millions tune in to Kenyan-made narrative discredits idea locals are uninterested

Growing up, I remember watching nature shows of British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, exploring remote regions of Africa and the world. Also popular at the time was the Born Free film and TV series, about an orphaned lion cub hand-raised in Meru by naturalist Joy Adamson.

Hundreds of nature documentaries and TV series have come out of Kenya and Africa over the decades, but most have never been seen by locals. The influence of these films has not been on Africans but westerners, enlightening them about the natural world and stimulating a desire to protect African wildlife. They have also contributed to the perception of the ‘white saviour’ when it comes to African conservation matters. 

“These films were not made for our audiences. They don’t relate to us, they are not in our languages, or narrated by people we can relate to,” says Dr Paula Kahumbu, CEO of the conservation NGO WildlifeDirect that produces the nature TV series, Wildlife Warriors.

The trend continues even today. In 2019 came the award-winning documentary Kifaru, about the world’s last male white rhino living in Ol Pejeta Conservancy and his Kenyan caretakers. Directed by American David Hambridge, it has been screened multiple times overseas but never seen in Kenya, apart from private viewing at a fundraising auction in Nairobi.

The Ivory Game of 2016, an investigative documentary film about the illegal ivory trade, and executively produced by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, was shot in East Africa but is available only on Netflix.

In 2018, I was fortunate enough to attend a private viewing of The Elephant Queen, another hugely acclaimed movie, about an elephant herd in Kenya. The movie is on Apple TV+, an online platform not accessible in Kenya, and has only once been shown on local TV. Yet filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone have lived in East Africa for more than 30 years.

Read more: the-star.co.ke/sasa/entertainment/2021-10-15-why-wildlife-films-should-be-accessible-to-africans

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Netflix and Unesco search for African film-makers to ‘reimagine’ folktales

Competition opens to find six young creators in sub-Saharan Africa who will be funded to produce movies for 2022

For Nelson Mandela they were “morsels rich with the gritty essence of Africa but in many instances universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts and the mystical.”

Passed down through the generations, whispered at bedtimes and raucously retold by elders, folktales have long been a mainstay of African cultural heritage.

Now some of those tales – perhaps the one about a scheming hyena or a snake with seven heads – are to gain fresh global recognition as a new competition aims to find the next generation of film-makers from sub-Saharan Africa. Unesco has teamed up with streaming giant Netflix to find and fund six short films “reimagining” folktales that will premiere in 2022.

“We want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries,” the UN cultural body and production company said in a joint statement.

Winners of the competition, which opened on Thursday 14th Oct, will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and given a production grant of $75,000 (£55,000) through a local company. Entrants must be citizens and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa and be aged 18-35.

Read more: theguardian.com/global-development/2021/oct/14/netflix-and-unesco-search-for-african-film-makers-to-reimagine-folktales

Enter: netflix-growcreative.com/unesco Closes 14th November!

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Netflix & YouTube dominate viewing of streamers. End of Discovery+ as a standalone?

Netflix (26% market share) and YouTube (21%) dominate viewership on connected TV’s.

The launch and rollout of powerful new streamers like Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+ and Discovery+ hardly dented their dominance.

Their combined share of the key measure of Time Spent dropped only 2% in 18 months.

The outlook is not promising for the new entrants.

Here are the viewing highlights from ComScore’s “State of OTT: 2021 Edition” with additional analysis from LightShed Research:

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Read more: documentarytelevision.com/netflix/netflix-youtube-dominate-viewing-of-streamers-end-of-discovery-as-a-standalone

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From ‘The Green Planet’ to ‘The Mating Game,’ Climate Change Affects Tone of Nature Docs

From raging fires in North America to fatal floods in Germany and famine in Madagascar, the terrifying impact of man-made climate change is clear.

Natural history films are big sellers in global TV markets. But now there appears to be a new willingness from TV types to put uncomfortable truths regarding environmental damage alongside feel-good shots of beautiful beasts and pristine landscapes.

“Big-scale natural history shows have evolved radically in the past decade,” says BBC Studios Productions’ factual chief Tom McDonald. “Ten years ago, any environmental messages tended to be annexed in ‘the making of…’ section hived off at the end of the program.”

However, now, he says, natural history TV has become more sophisticated and routinely “bakes in” environmental stories.

Read more: variety.com/2021/tv/features/green-planet-mating-game-climate-change-nature-docs-1235080618

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Sir David Attenborough’s new series Green Planet premieres in Glasgow amid Cop26

Sir David Attenborough’s latest landmark natural history series has premiered in Glasgow showing viewers the hidden world of plant life.

The Green Planet uses groundbreaking filming techniques to show viewers the intricate lives of plants and the ecosystems that flourish around them.

The global premiere took place in Glasgow on Sunday evening, as the city hosts the Cop26 summit on tackling climate change.

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams gave a speech introducing the first episode of the series, after meeting Sir David for the first time as he arrived in Glasgow for the premiere.

In his latest television production, the renowned natural historian takes an active role in front of the camera, describing the way plants thrive around the world.

Speaking ahead of the showing, he said: “It is quite fitting that The Green Planet will receive its premiere at Cop26, and I’m pleased that I could be in Glasgow to see it with an audience.

“For years plant life has been largely ignored when talking about climate change, but as viewers will see from watching the series, the green ecosystem is at the heart of all life on earth and thus it’s vital that we tackle biodiversity and climate change together.”

Read more: standard.co.uk/news/uk/david-attenborough-maisie-williams-glasgow-cop26-wwf-b963566.html

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Carole Baskin trying to stop the release of 'Tiger King 2'

In a lawsuit, Baskin says she only agreed to be filmed for a "single documentary feature."

Carole Baskin, depicted as a flawed foe of star Joe Exotic in the Netflix series "Tiger King," filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to halt the rollout of the show's second season later this month.

The suit from Baskin and her husband, which names Netflix, Royale Goode Productions and producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, seeks to prevent the use of footage of the couple in "Tiger King 2" and its promotional material.

The claim filed in federal court in Tampa, Florida, also seeks legal costs and future, unspecified relief.

Netflix said it had no comment Monday.

Read more: nbcnews.com/news/us-news/carole-baskin-trying-stop-release-tiger-king-2-n1282926


Tiger King 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix

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River Road Films (Vancouver, BC) Hiring Directors, Editors, Story Researcher, and Production Co-Ordinator for International Documentary Series

River Road Films is a long-established natural history documentary television and film production company based in Vancouver, producing prestigious work for CBC, Netflix, Warner Brothers, the BBC and many other top broadcasters/platforms. Some recent work includes “The Wild Canadian Year” for CBC Television (winner of Best Science / Nature Series at the Canadian Screen Awards) and “The Great Bear Rainforest” IMAX feature film.

River Road Films is looking to fill multiple positions on a new international documentary series shooting across six continents. Contracts starting in January 2022 for directors, story researcher, and production coordinator. Editor positions starting later in 2022.

Applicants must be Canadian. Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous, Black and/or People of Colour or persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more detailed job descriptions and application information, please visit: www.riverroadfilms.ca/work

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Scubazoo is ready for you in SE Asia!

Great news that changes are happening as both Indonesia and Malaysia are officially welcoming international film crews into their respective countries. This is a great opportunity to film in some of the most spectacular wildlife areas on the planet, especially with zero tourists around.

Are you looking to carry out Filming in and around Malaysia or even across SE Asia? Borneo is the third largest island in the world and home to some of the last pristine wildernesses on our planet. Situated in South East Asia, the heart of biodiversity, it can lay claim to hosting some of the worlds rarest animals and most beautiful environments. Primary Dipterocarp rainforest, Granite peaks, dramatic cave systems, and fish-smothered coral reefs can all be found here. Borneo’s cultural heritage is no less impressive. Indigenous cultures such as the Dayaks, Penan and Rungus still live in harmony with their natural environment while nomadic Bajau sea gypsies remain itinerant hunter-gatherers to this day. Borneo is also at the sharp edge of the sword when it comes to conservation issues as modern needs and expansion clash with traditional values and lifestyles. Broadcast production opportunities in Borneo are almost limitless.

Check out Scubazoo's fixing details for more information here: scubazoo.com/services/fixing-location-management

Did you miss Borneo Ocean Diaries?

After the release of SZtv's newest series in May 2021, 'Borneo Ocean Diaries' has been featured on various social media platforms, online magazines, websites, and local news outlets.

Borneo Ocean Diaries has sparked interest not only in Malaysia but all around the world and our host, Alex, and Scubazoo Director, Simon Enderby were also interviewed by Iran TV's chief Science and Environment reporter.

The series has also taken to the skies as it joins all of the other SZtv series on their own dedicated inflight entertainment channel on the Rokki platform on all AirAsia flights.


Borneo Ocean Diaries | Official Trailer [4K] | SZtv

You can learn more about Borneo Ocean Diaries and watch the whole series online at: scubazoo.tv/borneo-ocean-diaries

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THE BIRDERS – A Melodic Journey through Northern Colombia

The Birders, a documentary film on Colombian bird diversity and birdwatching presented by ProColombia, with support of FONTUR and directed by Gregg Bleakney.

The film highlights Colombian local birdwatching guide, Diego Calderon-Franco and National Geographic photographer / videographer Keith Ladzinski as they travel through one of the most diverse bird regions in the world to capture new and rare birds that have never been filmed before.

The Birders, also takes people through the Colombian landscape, highlighting several of its’ top locations, culture, birds and music. As well as; Los Flamencos Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, in the Guajira Peninsula. El Dorado Bird Reserve, in the Santa Marta Mountains. Minca and surroundings, in the Santa Marta Mountains. Tayrona National Natural Park and El Chamicero del Perija Bird Reserve, in the Perija Mountains.

The films aims to change the perception of Colombia through showcasing the diversity of birds who live there.

“Birdwatching in Colombia is a real adventure. These guides and biologists are always finding new things”, says director Gregg Bleakney. Diego Calderón agrees, “Being a bird guide in Colombia is absolutely crazy, we are basically living the Victorian times of exploration.

You can choose a remote corner of the country and almost for sure you are going to find surprises: new species, new subspecies, new range extensions. Colombia is a box of surprises!”

Along with the unique birds and exquisite landscape, The Birders incorporates an original score from local musicians inspired by the bird songs found in the film. Read more ...


THE BIRDERS | A Melodic Journey through Northern Colombia

Also watch: THE BIRDERS DIRECTOR'S STORY: youtu.be/pTV4sDbRZG8


THE BIRDERS | Director's Story

Visit: colombia.travel/birds

Check out The Birders Show!!

The Birders Show is a YouTube series for people who love bird watching, nature, travel, and adventure. Devout birder Chris Bell and celebrity Biologist Diego Calderón-Franco are friends who explore the birding passion with extraordinary guests from around the world.

Join them on their quest to make the world of birding accessible to everyone.


THE BIRDERS SHOW Opening Credits

Visit: thebirdersshow.com

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“The time to act is now. Our lives depend on it”: Ashwika Kapur

The award-winning filmmaker from Ballygunge speaks on documenting nature and mitigating climate change prior to her appearance at COP26

“If not now, then when? If not us, then who?” is one of those catchphrases that has long gone viral on Instagram. But its immediacy is yet to resonate in the domain of climate change, which currently poses the greatest existential threat to humankind.

As someone who has worked intimately with nature and seen Mother Earth in many of her glorious and gruesome avatars, filmmaker Ashwika Kapur is well-versed with the need to communicate more urgently on climate change. 

Winner of The Green Oscar for best emerging filmmaker for her film Sirocco, Kapur, who has worked with the likes of Animal Planet and BBC, will be speaking at a panel at the ongoing COP26 in Glasgow.


Green Oscar winner and wildlife filmmaker Ashwika Kapur speaks to my Kolkata

Read more: telegraphindia.com/my-kolkata/people/the-time-to-act-is-now-our-lives-depend-on-it-ashwika-kapur/cid/1837440

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Autumn Awakened - Mindful Moments in Nature from Piers Warren

Take a mindful two minutes out of your day to relax in nature. These images of autumn were filmed around Reepham in the middle of rural Norfolk.

Recent scientific studies have shown that digital nature - such as watching these mindful moments - is good for our mental health - especially if we can't get out into real nature!


Autumn Awakened - Mindful Moments in Nature

Filmed in October 2021 by Piers Warren – pierswarren.co.uk

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Martin Gregus Jr winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 Competition – 33 days among the Bears
From AviaEye
12th October 2021

Martin Gregus is the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021, Rising Star Portfolio Award!

Slovakia born and currently living in Vancouver Martin is an internationally-awarded wildlife photographer, cinematographer, drone pilot and guide with over 17 years experience.

Having spent the last five years working in the Arctic and Antarctic searching for new wildlife stories and studying animal behaviours, his efforts finally payed off when on October 12th 2021 six of his polar bear images won the Rising Star Portfolio Award at the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in London, UK. The most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world and an amazing win for the young photographer.

This award will be the third time Martin’s work has been recognized at the competition; in 2008, his picture “White on Blue” was specially commended while his image “Crane Perfection” won the 11-14 category in 2010.

Ever since then, Martin has had an obsession with this world-renowned competition; submitting his work every year, competing amongst the best wildlife photographers in the world, and dreaming of one day winning the adult competition. Hearing the news earlier this year was without a doubt a dream come true.

My Polar Bear Story

As the pandemic raged during the summer of 2020, Martin decided to brave the mosquitoes and turn his attention to documenting and exploring new areas of the Hudson Bay. Just as the bears’ sea-ice retreated and they were forced to come ashore, Martin put together a small crew and set out to a part of the Arctic that only a handful of people have ever visited.

Over the next two years, he would go on to spend some 33 days camping in his makeshift boat camp, living next to the arctic apex predator. Utilizing drones and custom-built equipment allowed Martin to get up close and personal to the bears all the while staying invisible, often capturing intimate moments and unique hunting behaviours. While the bears showed little interest in the expedition during the day, they became more interested at nighttime. Bears tripping all the alarms was almost a nightly ritual as the curious animals sometimes got so close to camp that they would stare right through Martin’s bedroom window.

The young photographer had to adjust to showering in the 5 degree Arctic Ocean and living off of nothing but dried foods for weeks on end; all the while learning to function on three hours of bear-interrupted sleep. Martin came home from his 33 days among the bears safe and sound. Observing the polar bears’ curiosity and compassion changed the lives of Martin and his team forever. The bears shared their most intimate moments with Martin’s team, enabling them to return home and share their stories with the world and giving you the opportunity to publish the amazing photographs, videos, and personal encounters.

For Martin's full portfolio visit: matkopictures.com

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CONTRASTS the film

Orcas and dolphins are highly intelligent animals, probably the most intelligent in the planet, and for that reason they have been captured and forced to live in captivity for human entertainment.

In one of the 5 countries with more dolphinariums/aquariums in the world, ANIMAL HEROES presents CONTRASTS, a short film were several photographers and organizations from around the world collaborated to show the contrasts of the life of dolphins and whales in the wild and in captivity with amazing aearial, underwater and on surface footage and very touching music.

The film is 15 minutes long and has never-seen-before footage of Keiko, the orca who was the star of the movie “Free Willy” and who lived in Mexico for a decade before being released into the wild.

In Mexico, where there are more than 320 dolphins in captivity, ANIMAL HEROES fights to end their reproduction in order to make this the last generation of dolphins in captivity in Mexico.


CONTRASTS the film

CONTRASTS, written, directed and produced by photographer and marine educator Vanessa Prigollini (youtube.com/channel/UC6cYcOicIzTwSywZBgt_AUw), narrated by science communicator Leonora Milán and with original music of (youtube.com/channel/UCEuY4JeaIVRnxQHdn9t3eLw).

You can help dolphins by signing at salvemosalosdelfines.org

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Wildscreen Festival 2022 Dates Released

The 40th birthday edition of the Wildscreen Festival will take place between the 10-14 October 2022 and will mark a new hybrid format for the world’s leading natural world storytelling event.

Wildscreen, the not-for-profit conservation organisation and creator of the Wildscreen Festival, commits to building on the accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability gains made during the pandemic. The reimagined 2020 virtual edition of the Festival, saw delegate numbers soar by 100 percent to 1,900, with 42 countries represented, the largest number ever in the event’s history.

The hybrid format will boost the reach and impact of the 2022 event even further, enabling face to face events and networking from Wildscreen’s home city of Bristol, UK, bolstered by a new offering of in-person hubs located in key natural history production bases around the globe, all weaved seamlessly together with a powerful virtual platform.

Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO said: “The Wildscreen Festival evolving into a hybrid model is a natural progression for us as part of our mission to nurture a truly inclusive, accessible and democratised natural world storytelling industry. As a conservation charity, delivering a global event post COP26, it also gives us and our audience, the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of the Festival and show leadership in this space. We look forward to reuniting with our global family of storytellers in person and virtually and welcoming lots of new faces in 2022.”

The 2020 Festival saw 121 speakers deliver 248 hours of content, spanning 43 events covering everything from keynotes, masterclasses, commissioner briefings and film screenings. Over 3,000 new connections were made with 10,000 messages being exchanged using the events networking tool. Headliners included Wildscreen’s Patron, Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Greta Thunberg, Jane Goodall, Jeremy Darroch and James Cameron.

Wildscreen will deliver its first fully hybrid event on 15 November 2021 - Communicating COP is a one-day event bringing together filmmakers, scientists and corporate organisations, to translate the key actions needed to reach net zero into powerful stories for leaders, business and the wider public. Tickets are on sale now from £37.50 for in-person and £25 virtual..

From: wildscreen.org/about/news/wildscreen-festival-2022-dates-released

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Sir David Attenborough and E.O. Wilson in Conversation on Half-Earth Day!

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime conversation between E.O. Wilson and Sir David Attenborough on October 22nd as they discuss How to Save the Natural World in the closing plenary session of Half-Earth Day 2021 presented by CBRE. The conversation is joined by explorer and visionary Sir Tim Smit who will moderate, and is hosted in partnership with the Eden Project.

Registration is now open: half-earthday2021.brandlive.com/half-earth/en

Sir David Attenborough, a natural historian known for creating Life, a nine-part documentary on the life of planet Earth, and Professor Wilson, recognized as one of the leading biologists in the world, will come together to share their ideas and insights on global biodiversity loss. Sir Tim Smit will lead a lively discussion that will also respond in part to Professor Wilson’s new lecture, Ecosystems & the Harmony of Nature, to premiere ahead of the conversation.

It is estimated that about 25% of species worldwide--as many as a million species overall--are in danger of extinction. That is tens to hundreds of times greater than it has been over the past ten million years. How we can reverse the extinction threat to save the natural world is one of the primary questions we will explore. This conversation comes at an auspicious time during the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) and just before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). It is a moment to listen, learn, and be inspired to protect Nature.

Held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on October 22 from 2 - 3:30 pm EDT (7 - 8:30 pm BST), the discussion will be broadcast live across the globe.

Experience the entire day of events and hear from exemplary voices of conservation including, Hindou Ibrahim Oumarou, Rezan Al Mubarak, and Johan Rockstöm.

We are grateful for the support of CBRE, our presenting sponsor. How to Save the Natural World is presented by the James M. and Catherine D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity. In addition, I want to thank the Eden Project, Mischon de Reya, The National Geographic Society, Audubon, and the Garrison Institute. Each of our sponsors will also contribute incredible speakers and sessions on Half-Earth Day.

Half-Earth Day 2021 is free and open to the public but registration is required. Learn more at: half-earthday2021.brandlive.com/half-earth


Half-Earth Day 2021 - Plenary Session: “How to Save the Natural World” (full length)

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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam Flamingo Award Winners 2021

This year's golden Flamingos have been awarded.

The big winner this year 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

Visit: wffr.nl/winners-2021

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Introducing the AviaEye Custom Camera Car

Our AviaEye™ Jeep Wrangler features an all in one camera car with a built in video village for all your filming and photography needs. Capable of transforming between various camera setups within minutes our 4x4 Jeep is an easy solution for both big and low budget productions. This camera car can be shipped throughout the world including the high Arctic where it spent the summer of 2021 filming polar bears.

Whether it be car chase scenes or animal tracking sequences both on the road and in the field our custom AviaEye™ Jeep Wrangler offers a unique solution currently unmatched in our industry. All mounts are available in the following conversions Mitchell, Euro/Elemac systems. For more detailed specifications on the various mounts make sure to visit our website.

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Specifically designed for wildlife cinematography our all new AviaEye Jeep Wrangler offers ready to go front, back, and side mounts; a roof platform with a 9’ dolly, as well as a 21’ aerial jib crane to give you 360° filming capabilities. Since this car is a fully loaded 4x4 it makes it perfect for wildlife viewing as it doesn’t need a road to drive on. See for yourself!


AviaEye Custom Camera Car Trailer

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Climate Solutions: Wildlife Conservation with Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE & Paula Kahumbu, PhD

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE and Paula Kahumbu, PhD join Washington Post Live on Wednesday, Sept. 22 (The Washington Post)

Over the past four decades, we have lost close to 70 percent of global wildlife. The great challenge for humans now is to figure out how to rectify this extinction storm. Experts agree that protecting land and marine animal wildlife offers one of the most substantial solutions to the climate crisis, which remains crucial to the survival of nature and humanity. Iconic conservationist Jane Goodall joins Washington Post Live to discuss opportunities aimed at recovering and protecting endangered species and combating the ongoing consequences of climate change. WildlifeDirect CEO Paula Kahumbu will talk about how her life’s work in safeguarding elephants against environmental change and poaching is helping to solve this two-pronged crisis.

Communicate is the UK's conference for environmental communicators – an annual environmental communication conference bringing together a diverse group of delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate latest issues in science communication, nature conservation and engaging people with the natural world.

Check out The Washington Post’s Climate Solutions section, in partnership with Rolex, focusing on the individuals working to find answers.

Read more amd watch the discussion here: washingtonpost.com/washington-post-live/2020/09/22/climate-solutions-wildlife-conservation-with-dame-jane-goodall-phd-paula-kahumbu-phd

Read the transcript: washingtonpost.com/washington-post-live/2021/09/22/transcript-climate-solutions-wildlife-conservation-with-jane-goodall-phd-dbe-paula-kahumbu-phd

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Meet the First-Ever Winners of THE EARTHSHOT PRIZE!

Last night (17th October), we awarded the first-ever Winners of The Earthshot Prize in a star-studded and inspiring inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony. If you missed the broadcast event, it’s now streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK and will be available globally on discovery+ from October 20.

The five Winners, which span the globe from Costa Rica to India, include transformative technologists, innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city and were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.

The Winners of The Earthshot Prize 2021 are:

  • Protect and Restore Nature: The Republic of Costa Rica
  • Clean our Air: Takachar, India
  • Revive our Oceans: Coral Vita, Bahamas
  • Build a Waste-Free World: The City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Italy
  • Fix our Climate: AEM Electrolyser, Thailand, Germany, Italy

Find out more about the winners here: earthshotprize.org/london-2021/the-earthshot-prize-winners-finalists


When The Earthshot Prize Council met the Finalists!

THE EARTHSHOT PRIZE: London 2021 Awards Ceremony

The Earthshot Prize: London 2021 was an hour-long celebration of our extraordinary fifteen Finalists - the people and places driving real change to repair our planet.

Prince William opened the Ceremony, introducing The Earthshot Prize and was followed by Sir David Attenborough who shared his optimism in our ability to rise to the greatest environmental challenges of our time. 

The ceremony capped a 10-month global search for the first-ever Winners of the Prize, chosen for their potential to positively impact people and the natural world and their ability to help us reach our Earthshot goals.

The five inaugural Winners were connected to the Awards Ceremony by global broadcast, where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Sir David Attenborough, Christiana Figueres, Dani Alves and a host of stars and performers including Ed Sheeran, Yemi Alade and KSI. Presenters included The Duchess of Cambridge, David Oyelowo, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and Mo Salah.

If you missed it, it's streaming now on BBC iPlayer in the UK and will be available globally on discovery+ from October 20.


The Earthshot Prize: London 2021

Visit: earthshotprize.org/london-2021/the-earthshot-prize-winners-finalists

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Okavango - A Flood of Life: Behind The Scenes

‘Okavango: A Flood of Life’ tells the story of the ebb and flow of a precious life-giving flood in one of Africa’s most arid regions, creating an explosion of life that turns the sandy soils of the Kalahari into one of the most environmentally productive habitats on earth.

Narrated by River Bushman Senabe, this documentary is an intimate telling of the personal significance of this natural phenomenon both for his community and the animals that surround it. Throughout the year of filming, our team, led by veteran and pioneering filmmaker and producer Brad Bestelink were on the ground day and night to capture the action entirely in 8K.

The story of this pristine wilderness is a human one, where River Bushmen have carved out a harmonious living for hundreds of years. In today’s world, it is impossible to ignore the human impact on every wildlife story and this film embraces this perspective. Working with the expertise of those that understand its rhythm better than anyone else, our crew were able to bring a unique angle to a firmly established genre. Epic wildlife sequences cut to stunning shots of Senabe and his community forging their living on its shores and we see and understand the transformation of the Delta through his eyes, as if we too are walking alongside elephants and rejoicing in the first rains or simply sitting round the fire with Senabe as he shares his story.

Read more: naturalhistoryfilmunit.com/post/okavango-a-flood-of-life-behind-the-scenes

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‘The Elephant Queen’ film launches mobile cinema & wildlife conservation initiative in Kenya

The Elephant Queen, an internationally acclaimed Kenyan Film, has launched a mobile cinema and conservation outreach initiative across Kenya.

The outreach programme began in Mombasa, at Mikindani Primary School on Friday 5th November, 2021.

The initiative aims to use the film to inspire Kenyans to appreciate and understand elephants and the environment. 

The Elephant Queen, a family-friendly multi-award winning Kenyan feature documentary, was filmed in the greater Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem. The film tells a stirring and intimate story of the most majestic and sentient animals in Africa, and stars the ultimate leading lady, Athena. Athena is an elephant matriarch who will do everything in her power to protect her family when they are forced to leave their waterhole.

The film, which celebrates Kenya’s extraordinary wildlife and biodiversity has won many accolades. These include the Cinema for Peace Award, the UN World Wildlife Day Biodiversity Award and Best Cinematography at DOC NYC.

The film was directed by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone. Etienne Oliff is the Assistant Director of the film.


The Elephant Queen — Official Movie Trailer | Apple TV+

During filming and production, the filmmakers observed the poaching for ivory, the increasing human-wildlife conflict and the loss of elephant rangelands, convincing them that more needed to be done. That is when they came up with The Elephant Queen Outreach Program with the objective of using the film and associated resources to inspire and unite Kenyan youth towards an understanding and appreciation of elephants and wild spaces.

Read more: hapakenya.com/2021/11/04/the-elephant-queen-film-launches-mobile-cinema-wildlife-conservation-initiative-in-kenya

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Netflix Takes A Walk On The Wild Side

Where The Wild Things Are

After almost two years of closely monitoring the behavior of humans during the pandemic, Netflix is providing audiences some relief with a new series simply entitled "Animal." Personally, I'm very excited to shift the focus from humans to wildlife. Netflix states the new series will allow viewers to "get even closer to nature's biggest stars. 'Animal' takes you on an emotional, immersive, and revelatory ride into some of the greatest wildernesses on Earth." The show seems pretty all-encompassing, covering life on land, in the sky, and under the sea.

I'm sold simply on the fact that audiences get a new show focusing on the lives of wild animals like tigers, cheetahs, hawks, monkeys, and wolves. Check out the trailer below and see how adorable or intense we're getting here.


Animal | Official Trailer | Netflix

Netflix has a vast selection of nature and ecology docuseries already, but it appears that "Animal" will focus on wildlife that is known for unique traits such as their strength, aggressiveness, speed, and agility. Other shows in their catalog focus on animals with vibrant hues, those that are nocturnal, as well as those that are just plain cute. It looks like this series will provide plenty of cuteness, as well, though. I mean, did you see those baby cheetahs? And those baby koalas are so damn precious.

Read more: slashfilm.com/651740/animal-trailer-netflix-takes-a-walk-on-the-wild-side

"Animal" takes you on an emotional, immersive and revelatory ride into some of the greatest wildernesses on Earth ... premiering on Netflix on November 10, 2021: netflix.com/title/81145024

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New Film by Bevis Bowden – After the Rain

AFTER THE RAIN | observations from isfryn

The wonder here in many ways is the unexpected.

The rain arrived and I was forced to take refuge under a canopy of hawthorn blossom. It was only then I noticed the Redstarts and their home.

Filmed in mid Wales, June 2021.

ISFRYN which translates from the Welsh as 'under the bank' refers to an area of ancient common land and neighbouring fields in mid Wales. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

This is an ongoing project that offers an opportunity to capture extended moments - observations - of both wildlife and farming within the landscape they both inhabit.

After the Rain is the tenth film in the series.


observations from ISFRYN | After the Rain | wild tales

You can see further observations from ISFRYN here: bevisbowdenfilms.co.uk
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See what three degrees of global warming looks like – The Economist

If global temperatures rise three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the results would be catastrophic. It’s an entirely plausible scenario, and this film shows you what it would look like.


See what three degrees of global warming looks like | The Economist

Read The Economist's briefing about a three degree world: economist.com/briefing/2021/07/24/three-degrees-of-global-warming-is-quite-plausible-and-truly-disastrous

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Phil Fairclough’s Two Wise Monkeys and Bomanbridge ink first-look deal

Veteran factual producer Phil Fairclough and his production company Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media.

The agreement creates a pathway for both companies’ continued growth through new content partnerships and global sales. The agreement gives Bomanbridge a first option to distribute and invest in Two Wise Monkeys’ development slate.

The prodco recently produced Cher & The Loneliest Elephant for a range of international broadcasters, as well as the crime series Dying To Be Famous and The Hunt for Escobar’s Hippos. Fairclough (pictured) has created and overseen hundreds of hours of original content, both as a producer and network executive.

Read more: realscreen.com/2021/10/05/phil-faircloughs-two-wise-monkeys-and-bomanbridge-ink-first-look-deal

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Asia landmark leads BBC natural history slate

Seven-parter to focus on the continent, backed by singles from Windfall and Oxford Scientific.

Asia is to be the subject of the BBC’s next landmark natural history series, as part of a wider slate unveiled ahead of next week’s COP26 conference. Jack Bootle, head of commissioning for science and natural history commissioning, ordered seven-part series Asia (w/t), in which the Natural History Unit will explore Earth’s biggest continent for the first time. The hour-long eps feature wildlife stories from locations including the Tibetan plateau, the Taiga forest, the Gobi Desert and some of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia. The series will also reveal the animals that live in the mega cities of Shanghai, Jakarta, Mumbai and Tokyo. No talent has yet been attached to the series, which will also feature previously untold stories, after new locations have opened up in areas previously off-limits to crews. As well as the Himalayas, the Mariana Trench, Borneo’s Danum valley and the Hang Son Doong caves in Vietnam, the continent houses six species of bear, three species of rhino and five species of big cat.

Read more: broadcastnow.co.uk/bbc/asia-landmark-leads-bbc-natural-history-slate/5164700.article

Also: BBC rises to the eco challenge – "Head of commissioning for science and natural history Jack Bootle aims to make the genre more environmentally friendly and avoid shows feeling ‘samey’"

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BBC lines up new natural history shows

BBC Factual has announced a line up of new natural history programming for BBC One, BBC Two and iPlayer with shows from the BBC NHU, Windfall Films and Oxford Scientific.

The shows are Asia (w/t), a seven part super landmark series for BBC One, showing the beauty and wonder of the largest continent; Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard (pic), for BBC One, explores the biggest discovery in a generation; a feature length documentary to explore the sinking of The Rainbow Warrior and The Pride follows the renowned Marsh Pride of lions in Africa.

Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History, said: “When it comes to Science and Natural History programming, the BBC leads the way – and this raft of fascinating ideas proves it. From Asia to the Masai Mara, from Ice Age excavations to modern-day environmental thrillers, no other broadcaster is as committed to telling stories about the state of our planet today and the science of life on earth.”

Read more: televisual.com/news/bbc-lines-up-new-natural-history-shows

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Wild Spain - Capítulo 143 - Río Támega, Ourense – from Jorge Sierra

The great castle of Monterrei, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Galicia, occupies the perfect hill to contemplate the valley that the Támega runs from north to south, and receives the waters of the Bubal tributary from the right. The warm valley that is a wine-growing area rich in spring waters passes through Verín. The protected area covers the entire course of the river in Galician territory, up to the Portuguese border. The Támega rises in the heights of A Alberguería (Laza) and soon forms a corridor of riverside forests and narrow mountain valleys like Laza with good water quality. The protected area also includes the meadows and natural ponds with rich floating vegetation.


Wild Spain - Capítulo 143 - Río Támega, Ourense.

If you want to contribute your grain of sand (from one euro a month) to the production of this channel, you can do so through TIPEEE: es.tipeee.com/wild-spain

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Local Solutions to Global Problems – "Peatland Restoration" from SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

The true value of restoring Scotland’s peatlands that have been drained and burned for centuries, has only recently been recognised. Healthy peatlands are vital in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss - they lock away a huge amount of carbon and provide sanctuary for some of Scotland's most treasured wildlife. 

High in the Cairngorms, private landowners, public agencies and local businesses are working together to breathe new life into degraded peatlands.


Peatland Restoration

Healthy peatlands are vital in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss - they store a huge amount of carbon and provide sanctuary for some of Scotland's most unique fauna and flora. Over time, these precious habitats have become damaged and degraded, drying out and releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Work is now underway to reverse this trend and make peatlands function as they should. SCOTLAND TBP teamed up with Cairngorms Nature, Wildland Ltd & McGowan Ltd to tell the story of innovative restoration works at Glen Tromie estate in the Cairngorms National Park.

Visit: scotlandbigpicture.com

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Watch five Short Films from the Frontlines of Threats to Food from the Sea – Fishing & Food Short Film Festival

A curated collection of five short films from coastal communities around the world, where fishing is part of their heritage and daily subsistence.

For centuries, the ocean has been at the heart of global food provision, and the future will be no different. Incredibly, if we take decisive action to address today’s crises and manage the sea more sustainably, the ocean could provide two-thirds of the protein needed to feed the world in 2050.

As it stands, overfishing, climate change, habitat degradation, and pollution all pose existential threats. We still have time to act, but we must act now. Around the world, coastal communities like the Kitasoo / Xai’xais First Nation in Canada are on the frontlines of these threats.

From a 75-year-old fisherman and poet from Peru to the octopus gleaners in Madagascar who once vibrant reefs have turned to rock, five individuals and coastal communities share meditations on a life entwined with the sea, the tragedy of dwindling ocean resources, and the sustainable solutions that can be achieved through harnessing centuries of traditional knowledge.

These five short films send a powerful message that we must work together to secure an abundant future for food from the sea, by embracing sustainable management that works for people and nature, and by ensuring the ocean's benefits are distributed equitably.

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1. For the Love of Salmon

Under a haze of wildfire smoke and with her ancestors watching from above, Keely Weget-Whitney steps into the frigid and fast-moving waters of the Fraser River with one goal in mind: make people care. / 8 minutes.

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2. Kokoly

Like millions of fisherwomen around the world, Kokoly relies on the ocean to live, as both a source of income and nutrition. With local fish stocks in Madagascar depleted and once vibrant reefs turned to rock, Kokoly’s life is now one of survival. / 15 minutes

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3. Roe on Kelp

The power and wisdom of native sustainability has gone overlooked for too long. This short film shares the story of the Kitasoo / Xai’xais Nation’s traditional herring harvest in Klemtu, Canada. / 5 minutes

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4. Home at Dawn

Fredy Guardia is a 75-year-old fisherman and poet. For six decades, he has taken his boat out on the ocean near Lima, Peru. “Home at Dawn” is Guardia’s meditation on a life at sea, the power of memory, and the tragedy of dwindling ocean resources. / 5 minutes

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5. By the Water

A prominent environmental activist, Siddharth Chakravarty leaves it all behind to help coastal communities in India fight against legislation threatening their traditional livelihoods. / 12 minutes

Visit: only.one/post/food-from-the-sea-short-film-collection

Join The Tide

From the coasts of Madagascar to the islands of French Polynesia, as a member of The Tide community, you can help support coastal communities around the world—working together to restore ocean health, protect vital species and habitats, and secure an abundant future of food from the sea: only.one/tide

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Introducing the Mammalz Mighty Network – Think of it as Mammalz 1.5

Yay Mammalz Community! We're excited to announce there's a new way for us to stay connected with each other and share our nature, science, and adventure experiences while we build Mammalz 2.0.

We've started a Mammalz Mighty Network where we can continue what we started together!

Mammalz Fall 2021 Update

Hello Mammalz Community!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to fall adventures. As we continue our progress toward building out the new live experience of Mammalz 2.0, we have some exciting announcements to make regarding the direction Mammalz is taking with what I’ve come to call the three C’s; content, creators, and community.

In short, our focus on content will be on quality vs quantity. We will provide our creators with more educational opportunities to teach the necessary skills to become world class live streamers. Finally, we will be engaging our community with more opportunities for active involvement in many aspects of the Mammalz experience.

I am reminded daily of the mantra of modern media “content is king.” While the phrase itself is a bit dated, the tenet holds true. People come to watch great content and it is our job to give top quality live content to our community. We want people to be supremely entertained, inspired, informed, and above all, hungry for more. Without quality content, Mammalz does not succeed.

What we discovered in the first version of Mammalz is that user generated content has its limits. When you couple that with live streaming, it becomes a large mountain to climb. Opening a platform without leading by clear, compelling examples didn’t provide the quality experience we intended. Lesson learned.

Our solution however, is simple. Our team has over 45 years of combined experience creating award-winning content. We know storytelling, we know technology, we know how to take an idea and make it come to life on screen, we know what works and what doesn’t. So, starting today, Mammalz will be in the production business, producing live content with our creators. We will be partnering with creators to produce new in house live experiences via Mammalz TV. These will include not only our Mammalz Community Spotlight events, but other events such as world’s first live streams, birding events, climbing, and safaris.

We are going to produce the best live streaming experience possible with some of the world's top creative talent. Keep an eye out for future announcements.

We know that live streaming is new to many creators. We also know that many scientists, naturalists, educators, and adventurers are wonderful personalities that have compelling stories to tell. We want to ensure that we are giving our talent the tools they need to succeed. So, we are creating a new initiative to give creators the knowledge, inspiration, and training to become world class live streaming creatives. This initiative will include a mix of virtual and in-person sessions covering a wide swath of subjects from live streaming tech, storytelling, filmmaking techniques, engaging with your audience, naturalist sessions, and even entrepreneurship. We want our creators to feel a true sense of belonging and part of a family that knows we have their backs.

And finally our community is something that we take great pride in at Mammalz. We are working on ways to give the community a chance to take a more active role in the Mammalz experience.

The first step in that is to bring the community back together. With that, I am very excited to invite you all to join us on our new place to socialize, the Mammalz Mighty Network. This is our community hub where everyone can share their nature, science and adventure experiences while we build out Mammalz 2.0. As always, it’s free to join. It’s easy to access as well.

Just go to community.mammalz.com to sign up on the web or you can download the Mighty Networks app and sign up that way. I am so excited for the future of Mammalz and I can’t wait to reconnect with you all.

All my best to you, Rob Whitehair

See: Wildlife-film.com/-/Mammalz.htm

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Introducing the Mammalz Referral Program - Earn Free Perks!

The Mammalz Mighty Network is a place for the community to reconnect, socialize about nature, science and adventure, plus get first access to news about upcoming events.

With our referral program, you can help the community grow and earn cool stuff like featured posts, free Mammalz merch, and more!

It's as easy as sharing an invite link with your friends: community.mammalz.com/share/c1yiJj7QxsKw5_fZ

Check out the Referral Program Guide to learn more: community.mammalz.com/posts/17536979

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In China, Pandas Are Undergoing ‘Survival Training’ to Live in the Wild Again

The VR documentary “Panda Go Home” captures efforts to rewild giant pandas in China.

In the secluded mountainous areas of Sichuan Province in southwestern China is a panda breeding base called Wolong National Nature Reserve, part of the China Giant Panda Research and Conservation Center. Here, panda keepers are decked out in onesies smelling of female panda urine and feces, dragging a bunch of bamboo shoots to feed panda cubs. The ultimate goal of this bizarre but adorable set-up? For these monochromatic bears to go back to the wild and survive with as little human intervention as possible.

Captive breeding has helped save pandas from the brink of extinction, but they remain a vulnerable species.

At the China Giant Panda Research and Conservation Center, comprising several different panda bases across Sichuan Province, researchers and panda keepers have rolled out a survival training course to teach captive pandas how to survive in the wild.

In 2017, the film crew of the 20-minute documentary Panda Go Home headed to Sichuan to document efforts to rewild pandas in their ancestral habitat. The film offers an immersive glimpse into the fascinating process through virtual reality.

In the first stage of rewilding, a mother panda lives with her cub in a training area that simulates a wildlife environment. There, they are free to roam around, and keepers refrain from intervention unless the safety and health of the pandas are threatened.

Read more: vice.com/en/article/88nz8x/china-pandas-rewild-vr-documentary

Watch: VR Trailer 1 - Panda Go Home
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The Story of Plastic wins an Emmy!

On Wednesday 29th September, the documentary film The Story of Plastic was honored with a News & Documentary Emmy in the category of Outstanding Writing!

This was the first feature documentary from The Story of Stuff Project, which started producing online content in 2007 with founder Annie Leonard's groundbreaking documentary,The Story of Stuff, which unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture.

Learn how the mass production of single-use plastic has put us in the biggest environmental crisis in history:


The Story of Plastic Trailer

Visit storyofplastic.org/watch to learn how you can watch The Story of Plastic.

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WaterBear launches U.S. Advisory Council, appoints David Evans Shaw as member

The WaterBear Network – the first VOD platform dedicated to the future of our planet – has reiterated its commitment to the North American market with the launch of a U.S. Advisory Council.

The first Council appointee is David Evans Shaw, who will support WaterBear in its core business areas – content production, distribution, and marketing to strategic partnerships and fundraising.

Shaw is an industry veteran who comes to the table with extensive experience in business building, impact investment, activism and public service through his time as managing partner of Black Point Group and CEO of IDEXX Laboratories. His board experience includes the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, Nautilus Magazine, The Jackson Laboratory, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Aspen High Seas Initiative, among many others.

“We are excited to welcome David Shaw as our first advisory council member,” said Ellen Windemuth, CEO and Founder of WaterBear in a statement. “His experience will be invaluable as we accelerate our expansion in the U.S. market and continue to evolve our content offering to members of the U.S. and Canadian public.”

Read more: realscreen.com/2021/10/04/waterbear-launches-u-s-advisory-council-appoints-david-evans-shaw-as-member

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Ellen Windemuth, Waterbear CEO on Filmmaking, Conservation & OSPREY

Ellen Windemuth, CEO of WaterBear Network, the new free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet, in conversation with SEASON OF THE OSPREY filmmaker Jacob Steinberg.

Ellen was founder and CEO of Off The Fence, and has produced more than 500 hours of programs including this year’s Academy Award documentary winner MY OCTOPUS TEACHER. Ellen’s lifelong passion is to connect the art of filmmaking with wildlife conservation... and that's the topic of her conversation with Jacob just weeks before the premiere of his "Season of the Osprey" for PBS's Nature series. OSPREY is a co-producion of WNET and Love Nature.

Read more at the outreach platform, SeasonoftheOsprey.com and at DocumentaryBusiness.com

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Non-profit streaming service for wildlife and environmental titles, Ecoflix, launches

Ecoflix, a streaming service focused on environmental and wildlife-related titles and spearheaded by American philanthropist and animal advocate David Casselman, was unveiled on Tuesday (Nov. 2) with plans for an imminent global launch.

The new platform was founded to inspire and drive positive change in the world, Casselman said, and to contribute to efforts to protect the natural world. Ecoflix’s original programming will focus on animals and plant species, along with nature-based solutions and measures to mitigate climate change. Fresh Start Media creative director Marshal Corwin has headed up the platform’s slate.

Ecoflix will launch with the support of a variety of non-profits from around the world. Founding NGO partners include Bron Free, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the United Nations’ Trillion Trees Campaign and National Park Rescue. The global launch is set for November 9.

Part of the revenue from all Ecoflix memberships will be donated to affiliated NGOs, as selected by subscribers when they sign up. Ecoflix memberships will also be tax deductible in the U.S. The goal is for Ecoflix profits to support animal and planetary causes around the world, with all profits going toward natural world campaigns that the Ecoflix Foundation supports.

In an interview with Realscreen, Casselman said the intent behind the site is to “use the power of film and connect with NGOs built around a circle of giving.”

Read more: realscreen.com/2021/11/02/non-profit-streaming-service-for-wildlife-and-environmental-titles-ecoflix-launches

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Independent Streaming Platform EarthStream to Focus On Supporting Non-Profits Debuts

Multi-dimensional platform will feature animal wellness issues, wildlife, oceans, climate change, food, and farming content.

As the planet faces unprecedented challenges, this essential new digital streaming world includes powerful and impactful narratives that change how people view animals and the environment. The new streaming platform features hundreds of shows at launch, with more content coming monthly.

EarthStream has developed a "giving back" business model which will feature non-profits in the animal and environmental protection world and allow subscribers to attribute their subscription to a non-profit of their choice. EarthStream donates 25-30% of subscription revenue to non-profits. The platform will be available to English-speaking territories via a 5.99 USD monthly or 59.99 USD annual subscription model. Some content will be available to watch for free without a subscription.

EarthStream provides a collaborative space for like-minded filmmakers, non-profits, and changemakers and allows viewers to connect the dots between them as they all work together to create positive change for our world.

"I am so proud to work with such a compassion-driven team who genuinely believe in EarthStream's mission to promote a harmonious world for all. We are here to support the creative storytelling of our filmmakers and causes of our non-profits," said EarthStream Founder Craig Swanson. "Our subscribers will help make a huge impact in this world just by watching."

Read more: broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Independent-Streaming-Platform-EarthStream-to-Focus-On-Supporting-Non-Profits-Debuts-20211020 Visit: watch.earthstream.app

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Director Marten Persiel on Wildlife Extinction Movie ‘Everything Will Change’

Weaving together fiction, archive and documentary, Marten Persiel’s “Everything Will Change” is a dystopian movie that addresses one of the most urgent issues of our time – the extinction of wildlife.

Set in 2054, when wildlife has disappeared, it’s the story of three friends who go on a journey to discover what happened to their planet. The answer they discover lies in a decade – the 2020s – when a bright future was still possible, but a lack of action prevented the wholesale loss of once-abundant biodiversity.

German director Persiel previously helmed “This Ain’t California,” which won best film in Berlinale’s Perspektive section in 2012. “Everything Will Change” world premiered at the Zurich Film Festival last Friday as part of the Focus Competition. TF1 Studio is handling global sales on the film.

Speaking in Zurich, Persiel traces the inspiration for the film to a walk in Portugal, where he now lives. He heard one frog calling out, at a time of year when hundreds would usually be doing so in chorus. The reason? Intensive agriculture had drained all the water from the nearby river. “I realized that this lonely voice will not receive an answer, so will not be able to procreate.”

He also realized that future generations would not know what they were missing, as they would not have experienced it in the first place – with damaging consequences for the fight to preserve biodiversity. “The capacity for us to miss something is the capacity for us to care and do something,” explains Persil.

As such, the film is largely about “shifting baseline” syndrome, a concept that has quickly gained traction in environmental circles since it was first coined in the 1990s. In essence, it describes how humans have a poor conception of how much of the natural world has been degraded by our actions, because our “baseline” shifts with every generation.


EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE BY MARTEN PERSIEL

Read more: variety.com/2021/film/global/marten-persiel-everything-will-change-zurich-film-festival-1235079695 See: instagram.com/everything_will_change_film

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Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan

On the 18th September 2021 Dan Burton, adventurer, photographer, campaigner, tragically lost his life in a mid-air paramotor collision with fellow campaigner Sacha Dench, who was seriously injured. They’d almost completed their pioneering Round Britain Climate Challenge expedition, which this documentary had been following. Dan’s family, Sacha herself and all involved are keen that their story is told and their urgent message spread. This film is dedicated to Dan.

This inspiring film sees Joanna Lumley travel around the UK following adventurer Sacha Dench as she takes to the skies with just her electric paramotor to attempt an epic journey around the British coast whilst raising awareness about climate change.

As Sacha takes flight, Joanna will be tagging along by land, and, on one occasion, by air, as the pair meet environmental heroes along the way who show them surprising and fascinating ways to live more planet-friendly lives and, in this crisis, find hope.

Dubbed The Human Swan, Sacha Dench first hit the headlines when she flew with endangered swans from Arctic Russia to England. The film sees Joanna head to Scotland to meet Sacha, to see her green, clean electric paramotor in action for the first time and to hear about her latest challenge – to fly around the UK and arrive in Glasgow ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, being held there.


Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan 2021 | TV UK series

Of all the brave people I admire, few are braver than the airborne adventurer, Sacha Dench. Dubbed The Human Swan, she’s flown her tiny paramotor thousands of miles to help save a threatened species. Now, Sacha’s taking on the greatest challenge of all, the climate emergency. She’s ditching diesel for an electric motor to fly all around Britain. It’s so easy to wring our hands in despair, but, I promise you, if we all act together, it’s not too late to make a difference. Sacha’s rising to the challenge, shall we follow her?”
Joanna Lumley

Watch: itv.com/hub/joanna-lumley-and-the-human-swan/10a1533a0001

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BirdDog, Drive, Ahoy Films partner on South Africa wildlife series

Canada’s BirdDog Media Ventures, London-based Drive Media Rights and South Africa’s Ahoy Films are joining forces to produce and distribute a wildlife series.

To be shot on location in and around the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, Africa Wild Vet (8×60’) follows the adventures of Dr Chris Bossie Boshoff and his assistant Yke Osmers as they provide veterinary services in the wild to some of the largest and most dangerous animals on earth.

Africa Wild Vet is being executive produced by BirdDog Media Ventures executive chair Clark Bunting and president and CEO Stephen Ellis. It is produced by Dan Odendaal, president of Ahoy Films.

Read more: c21media.net/news/birddog-drive-ahoy-films-partner-on-south-africa-wildlife-series

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TVNZ commissions Finnish Most Endangered Species wildlife format

New Zealand national broadcaster TVNZ has commissioned a local version of Finnish nature programme Most Endangered Species with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

New Zealand’s Most Endangered Species (6×60’) will focus on threatened species specifically in New Zealand and will be produced by Warner Bros International TV Production New Zealand with the support of NZ On Air. 

Originally produced by Finnish prodco Rabbit Films, the 8×60’ series sees a well-known comedian travel together with a scientist to the outermost corners of the world to get acquainted with the protection of endangered animals.

Read more: c21media.net/news/tvnz-commissions-finnish-most-endangered-species-wildlife-format

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Drones, viral videos help ‘Nature’ thrive after 40 years

Forty years ago, the programmers at PBS were eager to experiment, so they took a chance and started a new series on animal behavior in the wild called “Nature.”

The show featured hourlong documentaries from natural landscapes all around the world, and at first, didn’t even have narration so it could be sold in any television market, without any language barrier. It was a hit. “Nature” is celebrating its anniversary this season, which includes an extended look at the Rocky Mountains, American horses, a close examination of bees and, of course, some adorable penguins.

While the series has evolved over the years, there’s one person who has been there since the beginning. Fred Kaufman started as a production assistant on a three-month stint and has now been the show’s executive producer for the last 30 years.

Kaufman says “Nature” has become even more compelling to viewers because the science, filmmaking and technology is better. He’s also proud of the show’s storytelling and attention to global warming and the environment. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kaufman talked about the evolution of the show, the stories that have made the most impact and how viral videos have helped the genre.

AP: How has technology changed the show over 40 years?

KAUFMAN: When HD came it was like, ‘Whoa!’ All of a sudden, you saw the detail that you didn’t see before, so that was a big difference. Lenses have gotten better, more diversified. That’s a big difference. Drones! Years ago, if you wanted to get an aerial, you had to hire a helicopter at 400 bucks an hour and pay for the fuel and an operator and just pray that you can get everything you want in an hour … that was like a big deal. Now you put up a drone, one person flies a drone: rocksteady shot. It really allows you to see a landscape, gives you a new perspective on animals and places.…But I think one of the single most important developments is that wildlife films, behavior, little snippets, have become so viral on social media. I mean, they’re fun, they’re dramatic, they’re exciting. Chances are you’ve never seen this before.

Read more: apnews.com/article/climate-technology-science-lifestyle-arts-and-entertainment-6849b9b5f5290d67f5a21dc68324d264

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VMI commits to net zero by 2030

VMI's net zero plan has been formalised to ambitiously cut its carbon emissions by half by 2025 and altogether to zero by 2030.

A sustainability policy will be central to VMI's strategy to improve the sustainability of all of its key functions to achieving this ambitious aim.

Mission Statement

VMI has taken great strides to reduce its impact on the environment and continues to do so, going forward, wherever and whenever possible.

Taking this a stage further, in June 2021, VMI committed to becoming a net zero contributor by 2030 and publicly reporting all emissions in order to achieve this lofty goal.

Recent initiatives include using sustainable bamboo loo roll, using refillable cleaning products (where the pouches are themselves refillable) which will eradicate unnecessary plastic waste, paper-free hand driers, using only recycled paper, commitment to sustainable transport, using only green energy of the highest environmental standards and publicly reporting annual emissions will all help us to achieve this ambitious goal.

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Filmmaker Discovers Unique Bee Personalities in His Garden

He filmed a tent-making bee spend 5 hours building an intricate nest.

When the pandemic lockdown started in 2020, wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn found something interesting to do right in his own backyard. He adapted some of his camera equipment to focus on very tiny creatures and then began filming the bees in his small garden in Bristol, England.

During the spring and summer of 2020, Dohrn filmed more than 60 species of bees right outside his home. He watched massive bumblebees and minuscule scissor bees, that are just the size of a mosquito.

He watched bees laying eggs, attacking insects to protect their nests, and fighting one another over mates and territories. He filmed one industrious red-tailed mason bee constructing a nest using a shell and hundreds of sticks.

Dohrn’s film premieres today (October 20) on PBS in “Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees.” He talked to Treehugger about his work.

Treehugger: As a wildlife filmmaker, you’ve turned your lens to all sorts of magnificent (and massive) creatures. How do bees compare as subjects?

Martin Dohrn: There is a difference when filming any animal, between filming ‘what the species does,’ which is exciting and interesting, and what an individual animal does, which is an order of magnitude more interesting.

Most people would have imagined that in filming insects you could only film what the species does. But with this film, I discovered that you could film the lives of individuals in a way I really didn’t anticipate.

Read more here: treehugger.com/filmmaker-discovers-bee-personalities-his-garden-5206461

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Smithsonian Channel Sets Wildlife Series Featuring ‘Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville

The Earl of Grantham Hugh Bonneville is narrating two wildlife series for Smithsonian Channel.

The Downton Abbey star is leading Wild Tales from the Farm and The Crown’s Ancient Forest, which will air as part of the ViacomCBS’ network’s Wild Wednesdays lineup.

Wild Tales from the Farm, which premieres on November 3, chronicles a year in a quiet corner of Southern England, where dramatic stories of family conflict, romantic betrayal, and fierce rivalries play out among the species living in and around a picturesque organic farm.

The four-part series, narrated by Bonneville, was commissioned by Love Nature in association with Smithsonian Channel and Arte France.

The Crown’s Ancient Forest, which premieres on December 1, is a one-hour documentary hot in the heart of Southern England where a royal forest lies. The doc, hosted by Bonneville, captures a wild and magical place of ancient beauty that’s hardly changed since King William the Conqueror proclaimed it as his hunting grounds some 900 years ago. It will tell a year in the life of the forest, told through the eyes of its most iconic inhabitants: New Forest Pony spring foal, a pair of rare goshawks nesting in the ancient woods and a fallow red deer stag.

It is produced by Big Wave Productions for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios.

“An ancient landscape and a contemporary haven for Britain’s wildlife, The New Forest is one of the nation’s jewels,” said Bonneville. “It is a unique and precious environment, brilliantly captured in this enthralling and thought-provoking film.”

From: deadline.com/2021/10/smithsonian-channel-sets-wildlife-series-featuring-downton-abbeys-hugh-bonneville-1234859738

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Master Wildlife Filmmaking 36: Lisa Samford - Executive Director, Jackson Wild

From her beginning as a journalist & graphic designer to her current role as Executive Director of Jackson Wild, Lisa discusses the importance of drive and passion.

Lisa Samford left a career in journalism to become a documentary filmmaker, specializing in difficult and remote expedition projects.

She has filmed across five continents on a diverse collection of projects exploring topics ranging from science and discovery, violent crime, espionage, and ethnographic and archeologic expeditions to intimate personal portraits of author Wallace Stegner and conservation pioneer Mardy Murie.

Joining the ranks of the urban refugee, Lisa returned to Jackson Hole to raise her son with paleontologist Wallace Ulrich.

As Executive Director of the internationally renowned Jackson Wild (formerly Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival) since 2004, Lisa curates and oversees all programming including its annual Summit and International Film Competition, Global Partnerships, Media Labs and Impact Coalitions as well as its annual United Nations World Wildlife Day Film Showcase.

Lisa is committed to amplifying the power of media to inspire wonder for our living planet and ignite action to restore and protect it through high-impact collaborations as well as elevating diverse global perspectives that directly engage new audiences to address the critical challenges facing our world.


MWF 36: Lisa Samford - Executive Director, Jackson Wild

Visit the Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast website to see all the episodes: masterwildlifefilmmaking.com

Information on MWF Mentoring: jakewillers.com/mentorship

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Wildlife film gets its due at the 67th National Awards, ends in legal row as K'taka HC intervenes

The award-winning 52-minute documentary film is the fruitful outcome of 15000 hours well-spent in the remote wild corners of Karnataka, cannot be viewed on any platform as the HC has refrained its makers from dealing with the film till November 17 in an interim order extension

It was a proud moment for Karnataka state on October 25 as a documentary film celebrating its wilderness, biodiversity and ecological systems got awarded with the prestigious national award.

Wild Karnataka was produced by wildlife filmmakers Amoghavarsha JS and Kalyan Varma in collaboration with acclaimed naturalist Sarath Champati and with the support of Chief Conservator of Forests at Karnataka's Forest Department Vijay Mohan Raj.

The film was narrated by David Attenborough with music composed by Grammy-award winner, Ricky Kej and edited by Adam Kirby. At the 67th National Award, the film bagged two awards: one for best narration/voice-over and the other for best exploration. Sharing his excitement of receiving the award on the special occasion, filmmaker Amoghavarsha thanked everyone who had been a part of the journey.

After being released in March 2019, the blue-chip docu-film premiered at an open-air theatre at Bengaluru's Palace Grounds to an audience of 3,000 people. In 2020, the film went on to become India's first wildlife documentary to be screened on the big screen, eventually making its way to the television screens through the Discovery channel.

However, the exquisite film has been refrained from being screened, broadcast, marketed, sold or distributed in parts or as a whole in an interim order issued by the Karnataka High Court, extended till November 17 in its recent hearing on October 25.

The filmmakers landed in a legal battle after a petition was filed by Ravindra N Redkar and Ullash Kumar RK, against alleged commercialization of the film and deprivation of Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) of its rightful share of proceeds, reported Live Law media outlet.

More here: ibtimes.co.in/wildlife-film-gets-its-due-67th-national-awards-legal-soup-till-nov-17-842112

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Meet Conservationist 3 Who Created India’s First Wildlife OTT Platform

In conversation with wildlife presenter, filmmaker and conservationist Suyash Keshari, the maker of India’s first wildlife OTT platform, ‘Safari with Suyash’ and on how he developed an affection towards tigers and wildlife.

Navigating the unexplored territory of presenting raw, vivid, unfiltered and unscripted virtual safari tour, this 25-year-old wildlife presenter, filmmaker and conservationist from India, Suyash Keshari released the trailer of 'Safari with Suyash - TV', which will be the world’s first and one of kind wildlife OTT platforms.

The platform will pioneer the first-ever virtual safari experiences in India that will bring the beauty, excitement and wonder of Bandhavgarh National Park into the homes of people across the world by taking them on a virtual safari. In an interview with Outlook, he mentions that the pandemic has shown us how important it is for us to connect with nature and also get a deeper, more meaningful understanding of wildlife which can lead to better conservation measures.

Suyash has always been that kid who wanted to play in the backyard, run in the farm, watch the ants’ parade in a line and climb up guava trees to wait for the birds to come so that he could eat the fruits with them. It was also him sitting by a pond in the middle of the summer in 45-degree heat just to observe the fish, the herons and other birds come to drink or hunt.

Enabling viewers to join the safari from anywhere in the world, the virtual experience has been curated to take the audience through the epic adventure of a safari, learning how to track different animals, understanding their behaviour, learning about conservation issues and revealing the many secrets of the tiger capital of the world.

Speaking to Outlook, Suyash elaborates on how the concept has been curated consciously to ignite the viewer's curiosity towards nature and bring their deep embedded love for nature to the forefront.

What made you come up with the idea of a wildlife OTT platform?

Connecting with our wild world is absolutely vital, and safaris are one of the best ways to do that. When you are on a safari you learn about different species and their behaviour, the conservation issues that surround that species and the entire habitat. You learn to appreciate the fresh air, sounds of birds, the texture of the soil, and the relationship between different animals, trees, shrubs, birds and even the land. All of this develops a deeper and more meaningful connection with nature. People also learn not to fear but rather have a healthy respect for wildlife and respect their right to survive.

The pandemic showed how important it is for us to connect with nature and that developing a more meaningful understanding of wildlife can lead to better conservation measures. With all that in mind, we are creating 'Safari with Suyash – TV' which will be India’s first OTT platform dedicated to wildlife. We will be bringing the beauty, excitement and wonder of wildlife into people’s homes across the world. The tentative launch is scheduled in the mid of October 2021.

Listen: outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-conservationist-suyash-keshari-on-making-indias-first-wildlife-ott-platform/398594


India's First Virtual Safari Experience - Bandhavgarh National Park, ONLY on Safari with Suyash - TV

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We Support the Plant Based Treaty.

The time to act is now! Climate change affects both humans and non-human animals alike. Vegan FTA is proud to endorse the Plant Based Treaty, an initiative that aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture, to promote a shift to more healthy, sustainable plant-based diets and to actively reverse damage done to planetary functions, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

In this exclusive Vegan FTA interview, Gareth and Jackie are joined by Anita Krajnc, Executive Director of Animal Save and co-founder of the Plant Based Treaty, as well as the Honourable Emma Hurst, MP for the Animal Justice Party, Australia.

Together they discuss the importance of vegans backing environmental campaigns to benefit the animals, the impact of legislative actions and go in depth on aspects of the treaty.

Join us in creating change for the animals, the planet and ourselves by endorsing the Plant Based Treaty!


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Royals committed to climate protection: William and Charles rely on television culture

The royal family uses the medium of television to fight the climate crisis: Prince William introduces pioneers of environmental protection in a BBC documentary; His father Prince Charles started a new TV channel.

Weeks ahead of the start of the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the royals are on television intensifying their commitment to environmental protection. Prince William (39) is teaming up with nature filmmaker David Attenborough (95) to host a new BBC documentary. From October 3, “pioneers” of environmental protection will be presented who have found innovative solutions to the most pressing climate problems.

Ambitious Environment Award

He is the winner of the Environment Award given by the oldest grandson of the Queen. “This is a moment of hope, not of fear,” William said in a trailer released on Saturday. That’s why they created the Earthshot Prize, “the most ambitious environmental award in history.” It takes “a decade of action” to repair the earth, William said.

New Channel RE:TV

His father, Prince Charles, 72, also relies on television for climate protection. The heir to the throne launched a channel on the Amazon Prime streaming service focusing on climate change issues. RE:TV seeks to present projects around the world that can contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable economy. Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son called for “action now” to address the future problems of the planet. New movies are planned, but also existing content.

Solutions for sustainability.

“I’ve spent a lot of my life getting people and companies excited about the problems and solutions to the climate crisis,” Charles said. RE: TV must capture the will and imagination of humanity and advocate for the most inspiring solutions to sustainability around the world.

From: positivelyscottish.scot/economy/royals-committed-to-climate-protection-william-and-charles-rely-on-television-culture

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Tune in to C21FM to hear from Silverback Films’ Keith Scholey

Silverback Films' Keith Scholey discusses upcoming documentaries fronted by Prince William, Sir David Attenborough and YouTuber Jack Harries ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference; Vertigo Films' James Richardson on why the present UK production boom is both a blessing and a burden amidst Covid and Brexit; and Mipcom director Lucy Smith on what to expect from next month's physical event in Cannes.

Discovery and Liberty Global owned All3Media acquired UK natural history producer Silverback Films at the end of last year. The company, set up by former BBC execs Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, is behind some of the most groundbreaking, breathtaking and vital documentaries of our time.

A long-term working relationship with iconic presenter Sir David Attenborough resulted in the series Our Planet for Netflix and now another for the BBC called The Mating Game, which debuts on October 3. But before that another new Silverback show, Earthshot: How To Save Our Planet, fronted by Prince William, will make its debut.

The two new programmes come as world leaders prepare to gather for the COP21 UN Climate Change Summit at the start of November, with Silverback’s first project for YouTube, A Seat At the Table, debuting to coincide with the event.

Scholey spoke to Clive Whittingham about these developments and how the company continues to push the boundaries of natural history filmmaking.

Listen: c21media.net/c21podcasts/keith-scholey-james-richardson-and-lucy-smith


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Climate change: Sir David Attenborough in 'act now' warning

"If we don't act now, it'll be too late." That's the warning from Sir David Attenborough ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

The broadcaster says the richest nations have "a moral responsibility" to help the world's poorest. And it would be "really catastrophic" if we ignored their problems, he told me in a BBC News interview. "Every day that goes by in which we don't do something about it is a day wasted," he said. Sir David and I were speaking at Kew Gardens in London during filming for a new landmark series, The Green Planet, to be aired on BBC1 next year.


David Attenborough: ‘Act now on climate change or it will be too late’ - BBC News

Read more : bbc.com/news/science-environment-59039485

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#DontChooseExtinction

We Don't Have Time partners with UNDP to urge world leaders to end fossil fuel-subsidies – #DontChooseExtinction Premiered on 27 Oct 2021.

Dinosaur appears in UN General Assembly ahead of the UN COP26 meeting to launch #DontChooseExtinction campaign

Urgent climate action is needed from all world leaders to reach the targets in the Paris Agreement and avoid an existential crisis.

But despite the fact that the emissions need to drop sharply within the next few years, the world’s governments continue to support the fossil-fuel industry with $11 million per minute, according to a new IMF analysis.

Globally, this added up to $5.9 trillion in 2020, or about 6.8 percent of global GDP, according to the analysis. And the number is expected to rise to about 7.4 percent in 2025.

To put a spotlight on how these subsidies fuel the climate crisis, United Nations Development Program, UNDP launched the global campaign #DontChooseExtinction, today in the run up to the UN COP26 meeting. In a humoristic and engaging short film, UNDP brings back a dinosaur to the UN General Assembly to challenge our world leaders and explain why financing mankind’s extinction is a bad idea.


#DontChooseExtinction

WeDontHaveTime.org, the world’s largest review platform for climate solutions, has strengthened its partnership with UNDP to help spread the campaign to every corner of the world.

Register for their daily broadcast form COP26: wedonthavetime.org/cop26

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Animals in Society: Why Do We Love Some Animals and Harm Others?

Throughout our lives, we interact with animals in many different ways. We love our companion animals and invite them into our homes. We see animals at zoos, pet stores, and marine parks. We play with stuffed animals and watch wildlife specials.

But we often overlook other animals, especially the ones we use for food. Most people eat animal products or use products tested on animals without thinking about the amount of harm this causes. These businesses and practices often facilitate industrial animal cruelty—favoring profits over their health and well-being.

We need to examine why we love some animals, but harm others, and change this relationship so we can grow as a society.

Some zoos educate the public and aid in conservation efforts, but the majority of zoo animals suffer terrible living conditions. They are abused and neglected for human entertainment. Private zoos are known to procure animals from the illegal wildlife trade, and many of these animals are endangered.

Marine parks can also get sealife illegally, and take animals out of their natural habitats. Signs of psychological distress are often found in captive marine life.

Companion animals are also at risk of abuse and neglect. Puppy mills that supply pet shops raise animals in hazardous conditions.

And animals bred for sport often live short lives riddled with injuries.

For animals used in fashion, their lives are far shorter than their natural lifespan as they often need to be killed before they can be used by humans. Sheep, foxes, mink, and other animals are kept in unsanitary conditions and given harmful medication to increase the size and amount of fur or wool they produce.

Animals are also used in testing for medicine and other products. Regulatory agencies mandate animal testing despite clear evidence it isn’t useful. A U.S. FDA study found that over 90% of drugs tested successfully on animals fail in human clinical trials. Lab animals are killed if there are too many of them, or if they grow old or sick.

We must change the way society treats animals and show them compassion by choosing cruelty-free products that are not made from or tested on animals. By adopting pets from local shelters instead of breeders. And by supporting animal sanctuaries over businesses using animals for entertainment.


Animals in Society: Why Do We Love Some Animals and Harm Others?

Learn more about our relationship with animals: Why We Love Some Animals and Harm Others - sentientmedia.org/why-we-love-some-animals-and-harm-others

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Why SHOULDN'T we support zoos and their conservation work?

Earthling Ed says "When I was growing up, a day out at a zoo was one of my favourite activities. I loved seeing all the different animals and I never once questioned whether or not zoos were ethical, or if they actually did benefit the conservation of animals in the wild."

Interestingly, I stopped going to zoos before I became a vegan, with the last zoo I visited being Barcelona Zoo. I had recently seen the movie Blackfish and had become passionate about the captivity of marine animals, but I hadn’t yet extended that concern to the captivity of terrestrial animals as well.

However, as I was wandering around Barcelona Zoo I came across a bear enclosure, inside of which was a bear sat forlornly looking around. I followed the gaze of the bear as they looked at each of the walls of the enclosure and it suddenly hit me, these are wild animals being held captive. They have no agency, no chance of escape and no freedom.

But even if animals aren't happy in zoos, isn't it all justifiable anyway because zoos do so much for conservation? Watch the video below to find out."


Why SHOULDN'T we support zoos and their conservation work?

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Is Animal Agriculture Sustainable?

As the climate crisis intensifies and extreme weather events become more frequent, our society needs to take real action to address climate breakdown and ecological collapse while advancing social and environmental justice.

Changing our food system is one such critical step, particularly industrial animal agriculture which generates a substantial portion of global GHG emissions and uses over 80% of all farmland while providing only 18% of food calories.

Today, vital ecosystems are being cleared for animal agriculture. This land use change accelerates biodiversity loss which exacerbates food insecurity worldwide and decreases the environment’s natural ability to sequester carbon.

Changing the way we produce and consume food can meaningfully address all these issues. Switching to a plant-based diet will significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Our leaders can assist this transition by divesting from industrial animal farming corporations. Governments currently extend massive financial support to animal farming with global farm subsidies valued at $540 billion each year. These funds further concentrate the factory farming of animals.

With no restrictions on polluting practices and toxic inputs, factory farms are able to maximize profits and expand their operations. These operations are detrimental to the health of the farmed animals and the wellness of workers and communities.

Emissions from factory farms pollute the soil, air, and water. Meat corporations have attempted to hide these harms behind ineffective solutions that distract from the enormous impacts of animal agriculture.

In order to maintain a healthy environment for all life on this planet and feed the growing human population, the future of food must become more sustainable.

We must invest in new forms of agriculture that protect and restore the environment. Many animal farmers are already transitioning to sustainable agriculture. We can accelerate this transition by picking what we put on our plates and telling our elected officials that transitioning to a plant-based food system is necessary for climate resilience.


Is Animal Agriculture Sustainable?

To learn more about how animal agriculture impacts the environment, visit sentientmedia.org

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Jane Goodall Has Fought to Save the Planet for 60 Years. Why Her Next Project Is About Lab-Grown Meat.

Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall will narrate Meat the Future, a forthcoming film about the next agricultural revolution where animals are no longer slaughtered for food.

World-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall recently signed on to narrate Meat the Future, a new film about lab-grown meat. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall—who also created animal-rights film Ghosts in Our Machine—the documentary follows cultured-meat company Upside Foods (formerly Memphis Meats) as it works on its mission of making traditional animal agriculture obsolete. Founded by cardiologist Uma Valeti, Upside Foods uses a small amount of animal cells and grows them in a bioreactor. The result is real, sustainable meat that is indistinguishable from its traditionally raised (and slaughtered) counterpart. 

Meat the Future followed Upside Foods over the course of five years, from its first lab-grown meatball that cost $18,000 to produce to a chicken fillet and duck a l’orange it made for half the cost, in an effort to illustrate how the next agricultural revolution is taking shape. “Over five years, our lens was situated at the forefront of a historic and hopeful movement of change,” Marshall said in a statement. “What the future holds for cultivated meat is unclear, but I believe its revolutionary journey into the world will stand the test of time.” 

The film premiered at a special presentation at the 2020 Hot Docs Film Festival in Canada and its worldwide sales rights (outside of Canada) are represented by MetFilm Sales. Since its Canadian premiere, Meat the Future has been updated for world distribution to include breaking news, music from Moby (who just signed on as an executive producer) and narration from Goodall.


MEAT THE FUTURE - OFFICIAL TRAILER - (2021)

Read more: vegnews.com/2021/9/jane-goodall-lab-grown-meat

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Russell Brand on Viva!'s Vegan Podcast - November 2021

In this episode, Viva! Charity founder and director, Juliet Gellatley, chats with award-winning comedian, actor and activist, Russell Brand.

Russell is passionate about climate change, animals and veganism. He shares his thoughts on these issues in a lively conversation with Juliet. The interview was recorded live at Vegan Camp Out 2021. Viva!’s head of communications, Faye, joins Helen to break down the interview and expand on some of the topics discussed.


Russell Brand on Viva!'s Vegan Podcast - November 2021

Visit/Listen: viva.org.uk/lifestyle/podcast/november-2021-viva-vegan-podcast-2

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Christian HeschlComposer for Film & TV

Christian Heschl is a multi-award-winning film & TV composer and musician located near Vienna. His diverse repertoire ranges from live-recorded epic full orchestral scores to pure production music or small intimate ensembles.

To date, he has composed music for numerous projects featured on international networks. These include National Geographic, DiscoveryChannel, PBS, AmazonPrime, SonyUK, NBC/SyFy, SWR, ARD, WDR, ARTE, ORF, and many more.

He is best known for scoring the highly acclaimed NBC/SyFy documentary “Todd McFarlane - Like Hell I Won’t”. It tells the captivating story of comic artist legend Todd McFarlane”, the creator of ”Spider-Man”, “Venom” and “Spawn”.

He also scored the PBS/TerraMater Film-epos “The Hippo King” directed by EMMY nominated director/cinematographer Will Steenkamp (BBC Planet Earth II, Hostile Planet, Primates).

"Wildlife-Film I believe is a great platform to meet and reach new amazing filmmakers I can collaborate with from around the globe. "I'm really looking forward to exploring new people through this great community of wild-life filmmakers!"


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Michelle Lugo a composer, arranger and music producer from Puerto Rico.

A multi instrumentalist, she started her journey by playing piano at the age of 4, and along the way picked up more instruments like guitar, flute, and voice.

She’s a Berklee College of Music alumni, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with scholarship from Contemporary Writing and Production on Boston. MA.

She hopes to make an impact through music, and hopes to work in the video game industry, the film industry and the musical theater industry.



I Am Capable

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Mikolji Corp – Makers of eco-educational nature documentaries, headed by Ivan Mikolji

Beautiful underwater footage of tropical rainforest of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. 

Piranhas, freshwater rays, electric eels, river dolphins, Orinoco alligator.


Documentaries by Mikolji

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John Gussman – A Washington State-based film-maker, along with his production company Doubleclick Productions, offering Photography, Video Production and UAV/Aerial Filming Services.

He also offers Stock and Location Services.

Website: www.dcproductions.com

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Razorbill Films – a production company that creates wildlife documentaries for television broadcasters around the world, with Producer/Director Iain Mitchell at the helm.

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Gijs van Amelsvoorta film & TV composer based in The Netherlands, with a BIG love for nature, Wildlife & Natural History films, interesting stories, traveling, hiking, and good vegan food.

His music has been a score & underscore for numerous TV programmes, varying from BBC docu-series such as Gordon Buchanan's Cheetah Family & Me, Grizzly Bear Cubs & Me, to Earth's Great Rivers and Planet Earth UK, all the way to short films and popular TV shows.

Go here to listen to a selection of his music: rcrft.co/reel/GijsvanAmelsvoort/mixed


Documentary Music Showreel Gijs van Amelsvoort (early 2021)

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Ivana Ancica freelance Composer/Sound Designer/Orchestrator for Film/TV/Animation with great passion for nature, Wildlife & Natural History films.

She is an Alumna from Berklee College of Music – Master in Scoring for Film, TV, and Video games and currently works on film, animation, video games and other media projects.

Ivana has entered the semifinals at the Film Music Contest (FMC) Kosice 2020 for the Original Music for Film, TV, and Video games.

She was the recepient of Berklee’s 6-month International Career Mentorship Program with Pieter Schlosser (Award winning film, TV, and video games composer, worked in Hans Zimmer studio).

She is open for collaboration, respects the deadlines, and enjoys working with creative people.


Ivana Ancic - Showreel

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Ryan Rosen – a composer of music for film, television, video games, as well as other digital media.

As an MFA in Media Scoring graduate at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Ryan works hard to realize the creative vision of the talented directors he works with.

Ryan's influences include the works of film composers such as James Horner, Jonny Greenwood, and Christopher Tin.


My Ambition

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DAYDREAMZ STUDIOS – is based in Germany and is run by Matthias Förster.

DAYDREAMZ STUDIOS produces music for several genres but has specialized in music for documentaries and advertising.

Further experiences are in sound design, especially for sound libraries for Parawave Audio and u-he.

Their royalty-free AudioJungle portfolio can be found here: audiojungle.net/user/daydreamz-studios/portfolio


Music for Nature Documentary

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Umingmak Productions Inc.Cinematography and photography services (Cinema, Video, Drone, Timelapses) and Arctic advisor (Wildlife, Communities and field logistic).

Umingmak Productions Inc. is dedicated to document the environment, wildlife and people of the Arctic.

Owner, Mathieu Dumond is a Cinematographer, Drone Operator, Timelapse Photography and Arctic Consultant.


Filming the Arctic in all Seasons - 4K

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Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Wildlife-film.com - Wildlife, Natural History, Environmental, Conservation & Vegan Film News and Information

Welcome to Wildlife-film.com

Since the late 1990s Wildlife-film.com has been the leading source of information for the wildlife filmmaking industry worldwide. For over twenty years the site has been Google's number one ranking site for 'wildlife film' and related searches. Our site is viewed in over 195 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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