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Leeds Beckett University - Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop 2015

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

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


"Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker" - Book Trailer from Chris Palmer

Review by Piers Warren:

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

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

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

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Why not book on a Wildeye Course later this year!

Just a few remaining Wildeye course places left... Visit: www.wildeye.co.uk

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Calling All Photographers and Videographers – The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 Competition is Open!

Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Your chance to win a prestigious award, with cash prize of £5,000 and reach millions through national exposure. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in September. The overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Canon and Sky.

Categories www.bwpawards.org/categories

Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky

In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2014. www.bwpawards.org/categories/wildlife-in-hd-video

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Brock Initiative


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Introducing the Arkive Conservation Heroes Series

What makes for successful conservation? Sometimes, it takes a Hero.

For the past 11 years, Arkive has strived to build an unparalleled collection of the world’s best images and films of wildlife and habitats around the globe. Currently, Arkive shares the story of over 16,000 species with over 100,000 stunning photographs and film clips from our generous media contributors such as the BBC, Disney, Smithsonian Institute and over 6,000 enormously talented independent filmmakers and photographers.

But there is another side of conservation that has yet to have its story told on Arkive. Our team is privileged to work with inspiring scientists, researchers, educators, and conservationists around the globe who have dedicated their lives to the conservation of nature both on a local and global scale. From creative and powerful cheetah conservation practices to independent filmmakers who trudge the Everglades on the weekends to capture rare and powerful footage, there are hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of conservation stories to share from the Heroes at the frontlines who are accomplishing measurable advances for conservation.

See more at: blog.arkive.org

Wild Pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the full Feature here...

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2015 EFF Sizzle Reel from DC Environmental Film Festival

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British Wildlife Photography Awards

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So You Want to Be a Wildlife Photographer? by Will Nicholls

Get to grips with your camera and learn how to start taking photos that you are proud of.

If you are relatively new to wildlife photography, then this 100+ page eBook is essential for you.

Understand your camera and learn techniques used by professionals to achieve beautiful shots.

You’ll be able to…

  • Learn all the basics and how to operate your camera.
  • Know how to find wildlife and set up a hide.
  • Finally decide which camera and lens you need to buy.
  • Learn expert techniques for photographing wildlife.
  • Break into the business and promote your photography.
  • And more…

So You Want to Be a Wildlife Photographer is written by Will Nicholls (founder of Nature TTL), and includes many of the most common questions they get asked by you.

Get expert advice from a professional wildlife photographer.

Get the eBook here: www.naturettl.com

Check out Will hanging out with Prince Harry and promoting red squirrel conservation here

So You Want to Be a WIldlifre Photographer?

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JHWFF 2015 Media Competition Categories Call for Entries Announced!!

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

Visit: www.jhfestival.org/categories.html


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

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

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 - Call for Entries

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

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

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

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

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

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Cristian Dimitrius on the wildlife filmmaking industry

On the final day of the 2014 DEMA Show in Las Vegas, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Cristian Dimitrius shared some of his accumulated wisdom on how to succeed in the wildlife filmmaking industry. Wetpixel was able to film the lecture, and present it for your viewing pleasure…


Cristian Dimitrius on how to succeed as a wildlife filmmaker from Adam Hanlon

Visit: www.cristiandimitrius.com

Environmental Investigation Agency

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

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


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

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Filmmakers For Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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