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40th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced from IWFF
22 April 2017
Congratulations to the IWFF 40 award winning films.
We are pleased to announce the Award Winners for the 2017 International Wildlife FIlm Festival. The 40th IWFF Awards took place on Friday, April 21st at the Montana Natural History Center.
In the jungles of a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a biologist is attempting to do something Charles Darwin and Ernst Mayr never accomplished: catch evolution in the act of creating new species. Albert Uy is on the verge of an amazing discovery in the Solomon Islands, but there’s a threat looming on the horizon. The islands’ resources are being exploited, putting all local wildlife at risk. It’s a race against time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the existence of a new species before it’s lost forever.
Huge congrats to all winners from Wildlife-film.com, with special hoorays to our members in bold above! :)
The Netherlands’ main wildlife film festival is held in the city center of Rotterdam from 26-29 October 2017 and is now open for entries! WFFR screens movies with a central focus on the natural world, but also critical and informative documentaries on raising awareness, the environment and sustainability. We would like to invite both professional and non-professional filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate. The competition is free of fees. The deadline for entries is 1 May 2017.
The competition offers awards in a wide range of categories of which this year the WFFR Virtual Reality Award is new.
Awards can be won in the categories:
Best Film Professional
Best Film Non-Professional
WFFR Environmental/Sustainability Award
WFFR Underwater Award
WFFR Newcomer Award
WFFR Virtual Reality Award
WFFR Awareness Award.
In addition to the awards attributed by the jury, an audience award will also be awarded to the most popular film chosen by the general public in the professional and the non-professional category.
Selected filmmakers are invited to the festival to meet other filmmakers, professionals and our audience.
Many other activities are scheduled around the festival like photo exhibitions, an educational kids program, a gathering for filmmakers and a Nature Cafe. WFFR creates a unique platform in the Netherlands for wildlife filmmakers. We aim to inform and inspire the public by screening wildlife movies.
The 33rd "International Festival of Ornithological Film" will take place from October 27th to November 1st 2017 in Ménigoute (Deux - Sèvres - FRANCE).
Ménigoute Festival’s main purpose is to inspire to the greatest public increased awareness of the need to conserve the natural environment. At the same time, it aims to encourage the documentaries’ production and broadcasting. About 40 ornithological and wildlife entries, French premieres, will be selected to be screened in competition during public performances.
Entries are free of fees.
Nine prizes, totalling about 16,930 €, will be awarded.
Volesville – One of Britain's rarest and fastest declining mammals – "Ratty" from "Wind in
the Willows" fame. No rat, its succeeded in a beautiful stone-walled stream in
famous Cheddar Gorge – "Somerset's Grand Canyon". But the water vole is a burrower in soil. How does it deal with solid stone walls around its home? (22')
Borneo Wildlife Warriors – The New Scubazoo Series Launched – Because the Jungle is Worth Fighting for! From Scubazoo
4 April 2017
BORNEO WILDLIFE WARRIORS –
BECAUSE THE JUNGLE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR
New Online Series Charts Fight to Save the Most Enigmatic and Endangered Animals on Earth
There are few places that evoke the magic and mystery of Borneo: dense jungles packed with exotic animals, including orangutans, sun bears and the world’s smallest elephant. However Borneo’s rainforests—and all that inhabit it—are facing colossal threats. Deforestation, illegal wildlife and pet trade and the traditional medicine trade are all threatening the survival of these unique animals.
The Wildlife Rescue Unit are an elite group of vets and rangers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to deal with human-animal conflict. Through rehabilitation programmes, relentless rescues and relocations, they are tasked with saving Borneo’s wildlife—and their exhausting, often dangerous work is now the subject of a new online show, Borneo Wildlife Warriors.
“The series shows a real behind the scenes look at what goes on at our ‘rescues’. Its basically a reality show on our wildlife rescues and also portrays the many wonderful characters within the WRU whose great deeds and heroic attempts save wildlife in Sabah,” said Dr. Sen, head of the WRU.
In this stunning 4k series, we meet the heroes of Borneo’s jungles, as they welcome British wildlife photojournalist Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski into their ranks and attempt to turn him into a fully- edged ranger. Poignant, exhilarating, and at times amusing, Borneo Wildlife Warriors is an extraordinary journey into the heart of Borneo’s jungles.
Due to a late drop-out, we've one place available on our Sound Recording in Sweden trip with Chris Watson & Jez riley French, 4–11 May The annual Wildeye overseas sound recording field trip / workshop will be led, as usual, by Chris Watson and Jez riley French. Plus, our special guest, Jana Winderen, will join us for a day or so to show us some of her approaches and talk about her work.
We will be staying in the region of Västergötland, close to Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake and home to an abundance of bird and sub-aquatic life. We’re also close to some other important environments such as the Göta river and canal, Vänern, Kinnekulle, Hornborgasjön, a smaller lake famous for its colony of cranes, and of course vast areas of forest and national parks.
There will be ample opportunities for recording in a wide range of environments, from harbours along the lake coast to deep woodland. With luck we’ll have the chance to encounter various species of wildlife including moose, terns, gulls, cranes, cormorants, sea eagles and perhaps some of the rarer birds in the area such as black-throated divers and turnstones. There are also wolves in some areas of Sweden and we’ll certainly have our ears open for them.
This will also be our first time visiting this area of Sweden so whilst we’ll be doing extensive research ahead of the course we’ll all be exploring together and this sense of shared discovery will, undoubtedly, add to this unique experience.
Our base is STF Lugnasberget, a small hotel around 15km south of the town of Mariestad. Here we will have the use of the entire site. Find out more & book here: www.wildeye.co.uk/sound-recording-in-sweden
NEW DATES: Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 30 June - 2 July Should I be shooting in HD or 4K? How can I get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do I need to take super slow motion video without spending a fortune? What does ‘broadcast quality’ mean? How can I make amazing time lapse sequences with an ordinary DSLR? All these questions will be answered …
Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money.
The weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology. The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques under expert instruction.
The course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making, including: macro, microscopes, slow motion, time lapse, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren – Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife film-maker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer – a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd. and aerials specialist Elliott Corke. See some short films from previous courses below:
Intro to Conservation Film-making, 4-6 August There are many conservation and environmental issues that could be tackled effectively if only the people involved were informed or educated about the causes and solutions that could make a difference. Films and the Media are some of the most powerful communication tools we have, but we need to make the right films and distribute them to the audience decision makers community corporation law enforcers government bodies who can create that change. So how do you go about this? How do you produce a clear message? Who are your target audience? What style of film would be most successful? What equipment do you need? How do you record sound? How do you edit everything together? What part should a narrator play? How do you monitor effectiveness?
All of these questions and more are answered in this unique hands-on training programme over a weekend in Norfolk, UK. It is designed specifically for those who are interested in gaining the skills to use films and the media to enhance the effectiveness of conservation and environmental campaigning. It is also invaluable for those who may need to employ professional film-makers for conservation productions. Participants on the last course said: "It was a great weekend thanks to our awesome and wonderful tutors. What a dedicated team! I learned a lot, laughed a lot and got tons of inspiration and strength to go on."
"Thank you for providing this course – the wider content opened my eyes to some big issues and new ways of getting involved. Having such a range of expertise and experience all in one room was brilliant." More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/conservation-film-making
Game Audio Production, 29 September-1 October Producing audio for video games is an expanding and exciting new career path requiring a unique collection of skills. This weekend course introduces the game audio pipeline from creation to implementation using industry-standard tools and software. Presented by leading sound recordist Chris Watson, game audio director and lecturer, Andy Gibson and guest game audio specialist Malin Arvidsson, who will demonstrate the kit and software used to create great audio content for games.
We will cover the recording and editing process, preparing the audio for the sound effects engine FMOD Studio, how to make game audio events, scatter sounds, multi sounds, 3D and 2D audio, and a variety of game audio implementation techniques. Finally, we will create audio sources and regions within Unity (the world’s leading game engine) and build a final project with your recordings used as ambiences within the game.
This course is aimed at the enthusiastic beginner, game designers who would like to know more or anyone who would like to a kick-start introduction to the world of game audio. It will also be invaluable for game designers, coders and producers who oversee the game audio process. More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/game-audio-production
Gorillas & Chimps in Uganda, 13-22 November After our fabulous trip last year to see/film wild mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda, whilst learning about conservation projects, we are returning in November this year.
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, elephants, monkeys, buffaloes and more, 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.
As well as local guides and specialists you will be accompanied throughout by Madelaine Westwood (founder of GAFI (The Great Apes Film Initiative) and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project) and Piers Warren (Principal of Wildeye).
Participants on the last trip said: "Quite simply a life-changing experience!" "What a wonderful time we had, all seems like a dream now. Thanks for organising our trip of a lifetime!" More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/gorillas-chimpanzees-ugandaJust three places now available!
Intro to Wildlife Sound Recording, 3-5 November & 1-3 December Interest in the sound recording of wildlife and environments has grown rapidly in the last few years. Described in various ways: location, field, natural, wild etc., these recordings can be put to a multitude of uses including film, television, radio, art installations, web and CD releases, video game soundtracks, as part of musical compositions and so on.
In the production of wildlife films, the importance of the sound track and the role of the sound recordist is often over-looked. The successful recording of wildlife sound, and creation of the film’s sound track is a crucial and major part of the creative process. With new digital equipment available for recording and editing sound it requires skill and experience to do the job justice.
This two-day course aims to teach you the skills necessary to produce superb field recordings and give you hands-on experience with some of the latest equipment. The course is suitable for wildlife film-makers, sound recordists, radio producers, audio artists, musicians and video game designers, both professional and amateur. It is taught by Chris Watson, one of the world’s top wildlife sound specialists who regularly works for the BBC, and assisted by audio specialist Jez riley French. More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/introduction-to-wildlife-sound-recording
We've had lots of enquiries from people wanting be included too, so we are going to publish a third edition and call it Wild Pages 3...
We believe that Wild Pages has become an invaluable resource for many wildlife film-makers around the world (having been purchased on every continent bar Antarctica!) and especially for those that are unable to get to film festivals due to time or financial constraints… It has become an essential piece of kit!!
The categories for entries in the book include: Production Companies, Film Festivals, Equipment Hire/Sales, Distributors, Education/Training, Organisations, Stock Footage, Services, Location Managers/Fixers, Broadcasters/Channels, Publications & Freelancers (Various!).
NB. Relevant information about you and/or your company may help to reduce the amount of admin dealing with requests for work experience or co-productions for example. Your listing is free. Please enter into as many categories as are relevant to you or write a comprehensive explanation of your services and enter into the category that is most representative of your you/company.
Additionally, if you’d like your logo or a photograph (B&W only) included alongside your entry, you can for just UK£50: www.wildeye.co.uk/wildpages/logo.html We are offering display advertising too.
Sharks are a vital component of our complex marine environment. Without these apex predators, this ecosystem risks falling out of balance and may ultimately collapse.
Worldwide, fishing is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. This film examines Indonesia’s role as the number one shark fishing nation in the world. In Tanjung Luar, rural Lombok’s biggest fish market, sharks are a targeted species, where despite worldwide trends shifting away from shark finning, the trade persists. However, as shark populations decline, fishermen are forced further afield every year to satisfy the hungry demand of the Chinese and world market for shark fin soup.
Shark fin soup, a cultural symbol of prosperity and good fortune, is traditionally served at Chinese New Year celebrations, banquets, and weddings. WildAid says “For every Hong Kong wedding, 30 sharks must die”. Hong Kong and Guangzhou are major hubs for the trade, and despite past reports of falling demand, as a consequence of large-scale public campaigns launched by environmentalists and animal rights advocates, recent surveys show a surprising amount of shark fin is still being consumed.
Wild Aid have a simple message “When the buying stops, the killing can too”. The price of the life of a shark is getting cheaper by the year. The price of shark fins has fallen dramatically, but the fishing has not stopped.
Mantas and mobulas face similar harrowing circumstances. They are fished primarily for their gill plates, to be used in unproven cures for a wide range of illnesses, even cancer. These new and profit-driven “alternative medicines” are touted as traditional cures, however it is notable that even official Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners do not support this trade.
Manta flesh is nearly inedible and without the value of the gills for spurious remedies, it is unlikely that fishermen would target them. However, despite law changes banning the fishing of mantas in Indonesia, some fishermen driven by fast profits, still consider the risks worth taking.
“A Fish Full of Dollars” explores the effects of the depletion of shark and manta species in the Lombok area, on both the lucrativeness of future tourism and the daily lives of local people, who have depended on the fruits of the seas for generations. What will happen when this resource is exhausted completely?
BBC Star Supports Independent Wildlife Filmmaker as Crowdfunding Campaign Enters Second Stage From Lisa Marley
9 April 2017
An award-winning independent film-maker is celebrating the success of her crowdfunding campaign after receiving an endorsement from BBC wildlife personality Chris Packham.
Member, Lisa Marley (26), originally from Aberdeenshire and now based in Bristol, is crowdfunding the film - Project Wolf - which will follow charity Trees for Life's experimental 'human wolf pack' through the Scottish Highlands as it examines how mimicking the disturbance effects of missing large predators would affect red deer populations in the Caledonian Forest, in an effort to limit their impact on new growth while grazing.
BBC personality Chris Packham, who is vocal in his support for conservation projects, is a fan of Lisa's last film - Red Sky on the Black Isle - and has leant his support to her new venture. He says, "These grass roots, real and reactive films come straight from the hearts of creatives who not only care but motivate their skills to take action; action at a time when we are desperate for people to stop musing and moaning and actually stand up and be counted. It's time to shout above the noise - Red Sky on the Black Isle did this - so please help Lisa turn her talents onto the exciting subject of rewilding."
Passing her initial target after just two weeks and ensuring the film will be made, Lisa is now working towards her second goal which will allow for an extended shoot in the Highlands. Wildlife and conservation enthusiasts who wish to donate to Lisa's campaign can do so at www.indiegogo.com/at/projectwolf until April 19, in exchange for perks ranging from guide books and gift cards to production credits and invitations to film festivals.
Lisa says, "I've been overwhelmed by the support for Project Wolf. Now that I have passed my first funding goal, the film will definitely be made. But there is still some way to go - I've now set a second target which will allow me to spend longer in the Highlands with the 'human wolf pack' and with my interview subjects. I'll also be able to use more advanced equipment to better tell the story of rewilding in Scotland.
Your chance to win a prestigious award, cash prize of £5,000 and opportunity to reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. 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 London.
The £20,000 prize fund includes the latest camera kit from lead sponsor Canon.
The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.
There are fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for Wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
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 2016: bwpawards.org/videowinners2016
Daan Hendriks - A field recordist and sound designer with extensive experience recording in remote locations in technically challenging situations. His main love and favourite recording topic is African wildlife sounds, and has released several sound effects libraries with African nature and wildlife as themes.
Gunjan Menon - A multi-talented Wildlife Filmmaking Student: Producer/Director, Camera Operator, Photographer, Editor, Story Researcher, Image Editor. Currently crowdfunding for her degree film, 'The Firefox Guardians'.
Quest to film the elusive Red Pandas and capture their unique bond with native Himalayan communities... Visit: igg.me/at/redpandas/x
Ian A Nelson - A nature & wildlife videographer based in Santa Rosa, CA. His short documentary "Northern Elephant Seals" screened at film festivals internationally and won for "Best Short Film" at the Vaasa International Wildlife Film Festival in 2014.
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