1. Successful Monkey Business!!
2. Don't forget to contribute to the 'State of the Great Ape' online Quiz
3. 27th International Wildlife Film Festival ...the Journey Continues
4. Nature for Kids is seeking support
5. Mike Pandey receives Prithvi Ratan Award-Vatavaran 2003
6. Strong International Interest for new High Definition production.
7. Southern Star announces merger of Oxford Scientific Films Libraries and Photo Library
8. Developing Ideas and Writing Proposals
9. Finalists at the Living Europe Festival of Science and Nature
10.Video Forum 2004- the UK's biggest technology event
11.Wishing you all seasons greetings and a very Happy New Year
Monkey Business goes down a storm!
Conservation films certainly didn’t seem a dull topic as nearly 100 people crowded into the ARKive theatre in Bristol last Thursday (27/11) as the FFC held their inaugral filmmakers event 'Monkey Business'.
The evening was a huge success with speakers, Brian Leith, Jeremy Bristow and Steve Greenwood revealing how they made their awardwinning films and dealt with the many issues they raised. Each film approached conservation in a completely different way, humourous, in depth investigation and revelation were all part of the mix.
Jeremy Bristow's award winning film 'Ape Hunters' powerfully explores the
bushmeat trade from the viewpoint of those directly involved, this counter intuitive film highlights
that the issues are not as simple as we may perceive them from the west.
With many conservationists giving some species only decades before extinction films can have the potential to really change attitudes and educate people.
The Co-President of FFC Madelaine Westwood outlined some of the exciting new initiatives by FFC to help film makers ensure that their films have maximum impact, such as negotiating rights for films to be shown in local languages.
Our sponsors, National Geographic provided two subscriptions as prize draws, Kathaleen Hanna and Vintage Roots Organic Wine provided the free wine and The Wildscreen Trust donated the venue. Many people helped on the night tightly co ordinated by the organisers Caroline Whittome and Jackie Savary. Our thanks go to all of them for their generous support.Also, the FFC team were phenomenal and we couldn't have done it without them.
Future events are planned for the New Year to cover other issues. Details will be posted on the site and announced in future WFN issues.
For those of you who are not yet members or have colleges who are not then do please join as FFC has a strong collective voice and needs your support.
2.Don't forget to contribute to the 'State of the Great Ape' online Quiz
Not only will you be given a final score, rating your great ape expertise (including the moral dilema of whether we'd except a lifesaving blood transfusion from a chimpanze) but your answers will contribute to 'State of the Great Ape', a two-hour special for Animal Planet featuring Jane Goodall, for broadcast in 2004.
Greetings from Missoula, Montana, home of the 27th International Wildlife Film Festival
The Filmmakers' Festival" as its known for its hands-on, down-home atmosphere is also the longest running film festival of its kind and promises to be just as exciting as ever. For the 27th IWFF you can look forward to a rewarding film experience whether you're a veteran or a newcomer - everyone's welcome and we have something for all.
Our not for profit organisation Nature for Kids (NFK) supports and assists conservation projects and organisations to increase awareness especially among local children on how to conserve and preserve their natural heritage and local environments.
The nature of support Nature for Kids offers to such educational projects and foundations, is in the form of Video Productions which can be used as educational tools to increase the impact of environmental education. Our projects are, however, not about classical wildlife documentaries, but about a truly unique and innovative way to bring alive local environmental issues to the children and their teachers and families.These videos will be placed in a broad educational programme which will include distribution to local schools.
Contrary to popular belief, a high percentage of Africans - both adults and children - have never seen a wild animal and of those that have, few have had the opportunity to view them in their natural habitat. Of those who do live together with their local wildlife, it is rare that the wildlife is appreciated or that they exist peacefully side-by-side with their fellow African species.
Nature for Kids has recently joined forces with The African Conservation Foundation (ACF), a not-for-profit organisation based in Tanzania and the U.K. We are in the process of setting up an integrated educational programme for 30.000 children in first northern Tanzania, that contains four components: Video Production, Educational Resource Packs, Internet and Field Work/Distribution.
The ‘Nature for Kids’ project aims to strengthen the knowledge base of children in an exciting and unique way that captures their imagination and results in a new awareness, understanding and respect for the environment.Central to the project implementation strategy is the development of two series of 6 educational video productions covering different environmental themes inTanzania, bringing the real world into the classroom.
The Nature for Kids Education Project will also provide the means for two experienced teachers, employed by the project, to make visits and contact with schoolchildren in the more remote parts ofNorthern Tanzania, targeting primary schools and other institutions that currently have little or no access to this type of education programme.
The project's long-term objective is to contribute to long-term environmental protection, sustainable development and conservation of viable wildlife populations and natural habitats (now inTanzania)through education and awareness-raising among schoolchildren.
Each film will cost approx. Euro 15,000.00 (fifteen thousand euros). We have worked to the lowest budget, using only a small crew. Funding for the duplication and distribution will be sought once the material production is complete. We are looking for donors and sponsors for each film, perhaps incorporate an 'Adopt an educational Environmental Film for local Children'- format?
Your input will be very much appreciated for this tremendously ambitious but much needed project, which can be re-produced to stimulate environmental awareness among children in other African countries. I very firmly believe that this project will have an incredibly positive impact on children and a great affect on their current knowledge, behaviour and the importance of their natural world.
For more information please contact Dagmar at:
The UN has honoured internationally renowned Indian filmmaker Mr. Mike Pandey with the prestigious International Award-The Prithvi Ratan (Son of the Earth).
The prestigious UN constituted international award for outstanding achievement in global conservation, the Prithvi Ratan was awarded to Mr. Mike Pandey for his outstanding contribution towards generating awareness which led to the conservation of a global heritage-the Whale Shark. On receiving the award Mike Pandey said, “with the award comes greater responsibility too”.
The specially constituted award was presented to Mike Pandey at the concluding ceremony of Vatavaran-2003 for his outstanding contribution in highlighting the plight of the endangered Whale Shark-the largest fish in the world. According to a foreign correspondent, “in the last 65 years no film anywhere in the world has been able to achieve what this film from India has in such a short time”.
His films on the Elephant and the Whale Shark were awarded the Indian Green Oscar in 1994 and 2000.
Speaking at the function the UN representative Mr. Tim Higham who had flown in from Thailand to present the award said "that it was a great pleasure for the United Nations to be associated in this Herculean effort to conserve wildlife, and the contribution of India has been a ground breaking example for others to follow".
He further said that this award highlights the importance that one individual’s single minded dedication and effort can result in changing the mind set of millions across the Earth, contributing to the conservation of a Global Heritage.
Said Alka Tomar, festival director—“it is a matter of honour and National Pride that an Indian film has been so effective globally, and the United Nations has honoured it with the highest award. Now is the time is for conservation of the Earth’s resources and well made films like these can successfully spread the message across the world and touch the hearts and minds of people”
Awards in 10 other categories were also presented. The 16-minute film 'In Troubled Waters' which focuses on the Lakshwadweep coral reefs, directed by Mitali Dutt Kakar won the Best of the Festival award. 'A brush with death' was awarded the Golden Tree award in the Documentary Promoting Wildlife Conservation category. The film features the mongoose which is brutally killed to cater to the paint brush industry and is on the brink of’ extinction. The Silver Tree award in this category was given to 'Timeless Traveller - The Horseshoe Crab'. directed by Gautam Pandey. 'Timeless Traveller' also won the award in the Revelation category. Gautam Pandey’s film 'Magic of Life' also won the Newcomer award.
Shekar Dattatri’s 'The Ridley’s Last Stand', focusing on the deaths of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Orissa was awarded the Golden Tree award in the Documentary Promoting Natural Resources category. The silver tree award in the same category was awarded to 'Kalpavriksha – Legacy of Forests' produced by Mike H. Pandey.
'Unquiet Flows the Chaliyar'which documents the struggle of a village to protect Kerala’s second largest river was awarded the best film in the Theme of the Festival: Water of life category.
6. Strong International Interest for new High Definition production.
Production is well underway for the documentary that is shot in High Definition by renowned cinematographer David Hannan (Sex on the Reef, Coral Sea Dreaming) and written and directed by Michael Beatty (Wild Life, Beyond 2000).
Larry Zetlin, Executive Producer of Gulliver Media Australia (Bilby Brothers, The Living Landscape-an Australian Ecosystems Series, Koalas-out on a Limb) who is producing the film, promises it will be visually stunning.
“There will be underwater sequences in this documentary that have never been seen before,” he said. “They’re chilling but they’re also very real and the impact of these extraordinary creatures will be felt by all Australians. This could well be the last chance to see the Reef, as we know it,” Larry said
“Coral spawning is always spectacular but even more so when filmed in HD. But as we see in the film, as the coral spawns so too do the COTS and this creates some startling imagery on the realities of life and death on the Great Barrier Reef,” Larry added.
Undersea Outbreak has already received considerable international interest at the recent Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival where Bilby Brothers was a finalist.
“The hour-long HD documentary has presales to The Science Channel, Discovery HD Theatre and ZDF and all the finances are now in place,” Larry Zetlin said.
Further information: Please contact Larry Zetlin. Phone +61 7 33670899,
Southern Star Group today announced that it has entered an agreement to merge its award-winning Oxford Scientific Films film and footage libraries with Photolibrary, a stills image library business.
Photolibrary, based in North Sydney, is the largest Australian-owned photo library servicing the advertising, corporate and publishing sectors.
Oxford Scientific Films comprises two library businesses: the photo library of 350,000 still images and the film library of over 2,000 hours. The libraries have a broad international range of clients including book publishers, magazines, design agencies and exhibition companies.
Photolibrary will, through its UK subsidiary, acquire the shares in Oxford Scientific Films Limited for which Southern Star will be issued further shares in Photolibrary, in addition Southern Star will acquire additional shares in Photolibrary for A$1M in cash so that Southern Star will have a 46.46% total interest in Photolibrary on completion.
The combined entity will have sales in excess of A$8 million per annum with an impressive growth rate. The combined entity will have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Oxford and a network of agents and distributors in 30 other countries.
Photolibrary will assume responsibility for new expenditures needed to rapidly digitise the OSF library and will assume responsibility for all existing employees.
Southern Star will continue to own and operate its existing Oxford Scientific Films natural history and documentary production unit, which will continue its supply of high quality images to Photolibrary.
Southern Star is now in partnership with Photolibrary, the pre-eminent Australian owned-company in stock image libraries with a world class catalogue of images. Photolibrary’s commitment to digitisation of the Oxford Scientific Films libraries will expand its loyal customer base and enhance the access and quality of service to our customers.
Tim Moore, Managing Director of Photolibrary, said:
The Oxford Scientific brand is well known throughout our industry for high quality content in the nature and wildlife area. The supply of imagery and footage is a very high margin business but increasingly requires digital delivery to customers. With our extensive experience and in house digitisation and image management technology we have been able to complete this transformation process and are now enjoying over 40% sales growth and higher margins. We fully expect that we can transform the Oxford Scientific business and substantially improve its growth prospects.
4 December 2003
Wildeye introduce a new course for January 2004:
These are crucial issues to be tackled if you want to make a wildlife film and have it broadcast on television - and all are explored in depth on this weekend course in the UK for aspiring producers and film-makers. You will learn how to come up with ideas and develop them into winners, and then how to create a 'killer page' proposal that can't be ignored...
The Living Europe Festival is well under way, this week at Helsingborg in southern Sweden, the winners will be announced on Saturday the 7th of December. ( Full details in next months wfn).
All the best from the team at Living Europe 2003.
Knowing of your interest in video, I want to let you know about February's VideoForum exhibition.
VideoForum is the UK's biggest technology event for production, post, new media, FX and streaming. It's your best chance to check out all the latest breakthroughs in TV, video, DVD, 3G and web video.
And, following the success of last year's seminars, the programme has been massively expanded - there are now nearly 6,000 FREE spaces! Here's an outline...
· Production & Post Seminars - from camera, sound & lights to editing & HD
And these are just the official sessions! Look out for exhibitor presentations at the show from Adobe to Ulead.
Entry to VideoForum is free. The event runs from 10th to 12th February at Wembley - put the dates in your diary now and whether you've got a couple of hours or even a couple of days, make sure you get to the show.
You can register now at www.videoforum.co.uk
I look forward to welcoming you.
WISHING YOU PEACE AND JOY AT CHRISTMAS AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR
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