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Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015

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Available Wildeye Course Places... Join the Great Ape Adventure!

Due to a cancellation we have just one place avilable on Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda, 9-20 November 2015 - this amazing trip will see us trekking to see/film wild mountian gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda, whilst learning about conservation projects to protect our close relatives. For many people this is on their lifetime wish-list - so grab the chance while you can!

A unique itinerary is planned to give participants an incredible opportunity to see wild great apes and engage in their conservation – highlights include: mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, visiting the Ngamba Chimp Island Sanctuary, several game drives featuring lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys, buffaloes and more, boat cruising, learning about and participating in conservation projects such as tree-planting, teaching local people about the value of wildlife, and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project, staying at Dian Fossey Lodge . Click here for further information, full itinerary and booking details.

New dates for the Introduction to Wildlife Film-making course have been sheduled for next year... 22-24 April 2016... Why not book early and start your Wildeye journey! £295, book here.

Visit the hompage for up-to-date availability on all courses: www.wildeye.co.uk


Brock Initiative

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Sponsor the Wildeye Conservation Film Festival!!

The Wildeye Conservation Film Festival, which will holding it's inaugural festival at the University of East Anglia from 28-31 July 2016, is looking for sponsors!

For the continued survival of life on Earth it is our mission to improve wildlife conservation and environmental protection through the education of the public and those with political power. We are in a period of man-made mass extinction, with rates already many thousands of times the base-extinction-rate, and greenhouse gas emissions continuing to increase despite decades of warnings about climate change. Film-making whether it be for cinema, television or the web is a powerful tool for education and can inspire change. The Wildeye Conservation Film Festival aims to seek ways to utilise this inspirational tool for maximum power in effectively educating and motivating audiences.

The vision for the annual Wildeye Conservation Film Festival is to not only provide an empowering forum for film-makers, web/broadcasters and conservation organisations to discuss better practices for conservation-related productions, but also to celebrate, and bring larger audiences to, those films which make a difference.


Wildeye Conservation Film Festival Teaser Trailer from Wildeye Conservation Film Fest

The Festival Directors are Piers Warren, founder of Wildeye and Wildlife-film.com & Jason Peters, editor of this newsletter! We really hope that past students, members and subscribers/followers etc will get behind us and the festival aims. It's Time To Focus!!

Our Patrons are: Stephen Fry, Michaela Strachan, Joanna Lumley OBE, Steve Backshall, Bill Bailey, Mark Carwardine, Virginia McKenna OBE, Lee Durrell MBE, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ian Redmond OBE and Richard Brock – Click here to read more about them.

We are looking for sponsors... Please visit: www.wildeyefestival.org/sponsorship-opportunities or email for further info: jason@wildeyefestival.org

We are also looking for help with fund-raising, so if you've relevant experience and would like to volunteer your time and expertise, please contact us!

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JHWFF 2015 Finalists Announced!
From Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
5th August 2015

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival recognizes 80+ of the best wildlife and nature films.

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, (JHWFF) the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 finalists for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners will be unveiled in Jackson, Wyoming at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st,2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media. This year’s submissions in the prestigious competition included nearly 1,000 category entries, a record number, competing for 23 special awards. This year’s finalists were selected by over 150 international judges who viewing 3200 hours of media. A distinguished panel of international judges immediately preceding the Festival will select the 2015 award winners. Finalists in Best Sound and Special Consideration will be announced shortly.

Congratulations to the 2015 Finalists!

CONTENT CATEGORIES:

Best Animal Behavior Program

Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand - Aquavision Television Productions
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom - Disneynature/Silverback Films
Life Story – First Steps - BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University

Best Wildlife Habitat Program

Africa’s Giant Killers - Icon Films in association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana, BBC and Animal Planet
Congo - Deep and Dangerous (Ep.1) - Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm; Blue Planet Film, NDR, ARTE, ORF, WDR and National Geographic WILD
Vanishing Kings - A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian Networks, into nature productions and Boksdocs

Best Conservation Program (sponsored by Tangled Bank Studios)

I Bought a Rainforest - KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two
Racing Extinction - Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media
The Messenger - Songbirdsos Productions Inc. and Films À Cinq/ARTE France

Best People & Nature Program (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy)


Wandering Lions of Gujarat promo from Ammonite Films

India’s Wandering Lions - Ammonite Ltd., Kosmik Global Pvt. Ltd., Earth Touch and Discovery Communications India
I Bought a Rainforest - KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two
Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico - Tom Mustill/Windfall Films
Racing Extinction - Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

Read about all finalists here...

Dates:
Elephant Conservation Summit: September 27 - 29
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: September 28 - October 2
WILD Festival (Jackson Hole community film festival): September 26 - October 3

Delegate REGISTRATION is open! The conference is hosted in the heart of Grand Teton National Park at Jackson Lake Lodge and registration includes outstanding keynote speakers, special screenings, hosted social events and the Gala Awards Celebration! But—come early and stay late—this year we launch our first-ever Jackson Hole WILD public festival running September 26 through October 3rd!

The 2015 trailer is live! Watch it now:


2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Follow us on social media or visit us at jhfestival.org
www.facebook.com/jhwff
www.instagram.com/jacksonholewild
www.twitter.com/JHWildlifeFilm

Wild Pages

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Borneo from Below - Discover the rumble beneath the jungle!
The first ever ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine world...
From Vinay Dalta of Scubazoo
August 2015


Borneo From Below is a new online series by Scubazoo's roving reporter, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, showcasing Borneo’s incredible marine environment. Discover the rumble beneath the jungle!

Borneo From Below Trailer

Discover the rumble beneath the jungle with this new web series! Borneo From Below will showcase the region's world-class diving and fascinating characters: freediving 'sea gypsies', huge schools of sharks, flamboyant cuttlefish and more! Plus, we will tackle key environmental issue such as dynamite fishing, shark finning and the trade in endangered animals. Each episode will be posted to Facebook. Please like us to receive regular updates and also watch the trailer below.With thanks to Scuba Junkie#Borneo #Diving #Trailer

Posted by Borneo From Below on Thursday, 30 July 2015

Borneo’s not just about orangutans, pygmy elephants and sun bears. The dive sites around this exotic island are regularly voted the world’s best. And Scubazoo want to show you why. Here you can find weird and wonderful critters such as flamboyant cuttlefish and blue-ringed octopus, along with schools of hammerheads, sperm whales and manta rays.

Borneo From Below is the first ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine environment. Produced by Scubazoo and presented by Bertie, the series will showcase the area's incredible underwater inhabitants. Along with this, viewers will be offered tips to improve their photography and introduced to fascinating local cultures. Borneo From Below will also tackle some key environmental issues, including the trades that are pushing species to the brink of extinction. Footage and images ©Scubazoo www.scubazoo.com

Borneo From Below proudly presents our very first episode: “Landing in Borneo”!In this episode, Scubazoo's roving...

Posted by Borneo From Below on Thursday, 6 August 2015

What is it about Borneo? asks Aaron (aka Bertie) Gekoski

Few places carry such exotic connotations. Jungles filled tree-to-tree with pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and orangutans. Head Hunters, crazy-looking bugs, rainforests, mountains. And that’s just above the water.

Borneo From Below does little to dampen the romance. This massive coastline – Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world – is home to world-class coral reefs that are visited by pods of pilot and sperm whales, mantas, whale sharks, gigantic schools of devil ray and more.

Read the full feature here...

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Photo credits: John Timmis

Tom and Sabrina Karges, Natural History Producers, are presenting a seminar on wildlife filmmaking - 25-27 September 2015, Estes Park, Colorado, USA

If you are passionate about wildlife and have a desire to learn about wildlife filmmaking, this is the workshop for you. The spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park, a true gem of the National Park Service, is the location for this extraordinary wildlife filmmaking workshop. The park's lush green valleys, majestic mountains and abundant wildlife is the backdrop for your learning experience. We are offering only one workshop at the peak of the “elk rut”. There are unbelievable filming opportunities where one will see hundreds of elk up close during the mating season. The elk rut is just the beginning – there are also opportunities to film deer, moose, coyotes, beaver, marmots, bird life, waterfowl and maybe the occasional bear.

News imageStudents attending the workshop should have a passion for wildlife and wildlife filmmaking. To produce a successful wildlife film it takes more that just shooting hours of footage of elk. You must be able to combine your creative story telling ability with your technical expertise in shooting and then putting it all together in the final edit. In essence, the goal of the workshop is to inspire you to develop your skills to be successful wildlife filmmaker. The workshop will be supplemented by many handouts.Photo credits: John Timmis

Cost: $400.00
Visit: tatankaproductions.net (click tab Wildlife Doc Workshop)
Email: tatankaproductions@hotmail.com
Phone: +1 720-308-4179 OR +1 303-513-3967

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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Cecil The Lion's Death Triggers Debate Over Trophy Hunting with Chris Palmer

The killing of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe's best known lion who was a major attraction in the park where he lived, generated international media attention and triggered global outrage among animal conservationists, politicians and celebrities. In the latest Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Irv Chapman talks to Chris Palmer, a professor, speaker, author and environmental/wildlife film producer, about Cecil's death. Palmer discusses the social media coverage of this story and why he thinks trophy hunting should be banned.

Or listen here: www.press.org/news-multimedia/audio/cecil-lions-death-triggers-debate-over-trophy-hunting

Here's a recent interview with Chris on dolphins and other issues with the International Marine Mammal Project at the Earth Island Institute.

And a recent speech at Politics & Prose about his new book Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker.
The book is available on: www.amazon.co.uk & www.amazon.com

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Let's Go Beyond Cecil and Ustad by Swati Thiyagarajan

So Cecil, a lion with a name gets killed, and there is world wide outrage, just like when a tiger named Ustad was removed from the wild. So it's not a situation of a rose by any other name, because if either that particular lion or tiger had not been known to tourists, nobody would be protesting right now. I call it the "concern hierarchy". It affects everything from conservation to hunting to how and what we consume.

More here: www.ndtv.com/opinion/lets-go-beyond-cecil-and-ustad-1203558?pfrom=home-opinion

So You Want to Be a WIldlifre Photographer?

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Book Review by Piers Warren: Animal Music: Sound and Song in the Natural World

There are precious few books about sounds from the natural world, and this new publication from Tobias Fischer and Lara Cory makes a very welcome addition. Animal Music : Sound and Song in the Natural World is an overview of the debate about the idea that animals enjoy music on a similar level to human beings. It includes exclusive interviews with Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Yannick Dauby, Slavek Kwi and Geoff Sample as well as features on Bernie Krause, Jez riley French and many more.

This will be fascinating reading for anyone involved in wildlife and field recording. Chapters explore the people and institutions that record and study animal sounds, how animals produce sounds and how they hear, why animals sing, artists attempting dialogues with animals and a thought-provoking discussion trying to define music both in human and other-animal terms. In addition there is a section where a number of leading field recordists give their expert views on recording technology and equipment. By the time I'd finished reading the book, apart from anything else, I was itching to get outside into the wilds with my recorder!

Also included, and worth the cover price alone, is a specially-compiled 60 minute CD of excellent field recordings from the Gruenrekorder label, many of them made by recordists featured in the book. The recorded subjects vary from owls, water scorpions and Amazonian river dolphins to wood ants, pilot whales and hermit crabs.

Purchase the book on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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The 5th Green-Go International Short Film Contest CALL FOR ENTRIES is open!

CEEweb for Biodiversity organizes the International Green-Go Short Film Contest for the 5th time to raise awareness about environmental problems and to celebrate our natural heritage, the European Nature.

The Contest is awaiting creative/shocking/funny/explicit eye-opener short films in the following three categories:

1. Our footprint on Earth
2. Two faces of exploitation
3. You are part of Nature. Live with it! (co-organisers of the category: Eurosite and ECNC)

Category winners are awarded with 700 Euros and the public award winner with 500 Euros.

Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2015

Visit for the call in other languages: www.greengofest.eu & www.facebook.com/greengoshorts

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New York WILD Film Festival - Call For Entries Now Open!

We invite filmmakers from around the world to submit your work to the 3rd annual New York WILD Film Festival hosted by the Explorers Club, January 28-30, 2016.

Films eligible for the 2016 competition festival must be documentaries with a focus on the subjects of exploration, adventure, wildlife, conservation and the environment. We are accepting short films and features up to 90 minutes that are completed between January 1, 2014 and December 1, 2015.

Submissions are accepted at: FilmFreeway

Entry Deadlines
Late: September 14, 2015
Extended: October 1, 2015

Please visit www.nywildfilmfestival.com for more information about the festival.


NY WILD FILM FESTIVAL TRAILER 2015 from Nancy Rosenthal

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to receiving your entry! For questions please contact nywildff@gmail.com
, with festival entry in the subject line.


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Enter the Eden Shorts Competition 2015!

After some fantastic entries in 2014, Eden Shorts has launched for a second year and is looking for more of your incredible one-minute wildlife films! Whatever your level, Eden Shorts is open to all skills and experience so get outside and film and you could see your passion for the natural world on Eden.


The Best of Eden Shorts from Eden Channel

Your film must be:

  • Exactly 1 minute long - no longer, no less.
  • Your own work. You can't use anything filmed or edited by anyone other than you - only one person can win the prizes.
  • Commercial music free.

Last years' winner, by Simon Owen: Effortless Beauty

The competition is now open - find out how to enter here: eden.uktv.co.uk/eden-shorts

Environmental Investigation Agency

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How to Change the World from Greenpeace

In 1971, a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat. Their mission: to stop President Nixon's atomic bomb tests on Amchitka, off Alaska. They succeeded – and from these humble but brave beginnings, Greenpeace was born. On the 11th of September, How to Change the World, an award-winning feature length documentary about Greenpeace’s formation, focusing in particular on one of their founders - Bob Hunter, will launch in the UK.

In How to Change the World, director Jerry Rothwell uses dramatic archive footage that has not been shown for over 40 years, and transforms it into a gripping, vivid and often-thrilling film. The film features incredible scenes of the first peaceful direct actions our founders took to prevent nuclear testing and whaling. It is here that the Greenpeace philosophy of bearing witness, and using peaceful direct action to generate media attention was born. These are still the core values behind all our campaigning today.


"How to Change the World' Trailer - International from GreenpeaceVideo

Having already won the Environmental Award at the Sheffield Documentary Festival and won praise at the Sundance Film Festival, How to Change the World is one of the must-see documentaries of 2015. Visit: www.howtochangetheworld.squarespace.com

Filmmakers For Conservation

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

Mountain Travels Pakistan - Fixer/producer in Pakistan, led by Mr. Ghulam Ahmad. A trusted name in the arena of cultural, adventure, and nature tourism in Pakistan. Offering Trekking, Tours, Climbing Expeditions, Services for Filming, Paragliding, Rafting, Jeep Safaris, Photo Safaris.

Sabine Bernert - A French wildlife and conservation writer and photographer.

Aaron Cook - A wildlife cameraman with a creative mind and focus to work in the Natural History Sector.

Guy Fenton - A TV & Media Presenter based in Australia. Combining background as a biological research scientist, experience in teaching, passion for health and interest in natural history.

Stefan Fletcher - A recent graduate with a first in Creative Music Technology (BMus), now working full time as a composer for film and television.

Trevor LaClair - A passionate wildlife presenter on a mission to promote conservation through education.

Sky McCain - A multi-talented new film-maker with camera skills and a background in Green Activism, science & spirituality!

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

Production Gear

See 'Kit For Sale' for items from members/subscribers!

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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 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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