Wildlife Film News 63
Oct 2004


The Elephant the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree
OSF Productions / UK
Commissioned by the BBC Natural History Unit

Cats Under Serengeti Stars
BBC Natural History Unit / UK
Co-produced with BBC Worldwide

Ancient Forest
Greenpeace / UK

Really Wild Show - China Bear Special
BBC Natural History Unit, Co-produced with the Childrens Commissioning Unit/ UK

Hans Hass

My Halcyon River
BBC Natural History Unit / UK
Camera: Charlie Hamilton-James & Jamie McPherson

Magnetic Storm
DOX Productions / UK
Commissioned by Channel 4

Missing - Presumed Eaten
BBC Natural History Unit / UK
Co-produced with Discovery
Editor: David Dickie

Alan Root

Giant Claw
BBC Specialist Factual, Arts & Current Affairs, Independents & Nations / UK
Co-produced with Discovery Channel & Commissioned by Adam Hemp

A joint award was given to:
The Life of Mammals Website
BBC Science & Nature Interactive / UK
Waters to the Sea: The Chattahoochee River
Center for Global Environmental Ed. Hamline Univ. / USA

Produced by Principal Large Format / Candada in association with Image Quest 3-D, co-produced by the UKFTV, financed with The Film Consortium and The Film Council. Presented by Terminix and distributed by SK Film Inc.

The Policing Langur
Ajay & Vijay Bedi, Bedi Films / India
Commissioned by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust & Prasar Bharati Corporation

The Vanishing Giants
The Riverbank Studios / India

The One Degree Factor
Sea Studios Foundation / USA
Sea Studios Foundation Production for Vulcan Productions, Inc. and National Geographic Television and Film

Sea Monsters
BBC Specialist Factual, Arts & Current Affairs, Independents & Nations / UK

The Eagle Odyssey
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds / UK
Scriptwriter: Jo Stewart Smith

Strange Days on Planet Earth
Sea Studios Foundation / USA
A Sea Studios Foundation Production for Vulcan Productions, Inc. and National Geographic Television and Film

The Elephant the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree
OSF Productions / UK
Commissioned by the BBC Natural History Unit
Sound Team: David Mitcham & Charles Davies

The 18th Elephant
ANMPU Media Trust / India

Creature Comforts - Cats or Dogs?
Aardman Animation / UK

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NaturVision – International Nature and Wildlife Film Festival

Amidst the impressive scenery of Europe´s “Green roof” in the adjoining Nationalparks of Germany and Czechia, where wolves and lynxes have made themselves at home - a new nature & wildlife festival is coming up.

Do you want to hear about your chance to show your film there, get to know the latest news, meet people, make contacts and have lots of fun . . . ?

Meet the festivalmaker Ralph Thoms at Wildscreen. He´s eager to get to know you!

Please, contact him in advance and make an appointment: thoms@natur-vision.de, mobile: 0049-0171-785 24 56 or leave a message at the pigeon-box at the Wildscreen Festivalcentre.

Here´re the latest news: NaturVision Sums Up the 2004 Festival

For the third time now, from September 16 through 19, 2004, nature and animals were the focus of NaturVision. It seems that the breakthrough has been accomplished, that the festival has moved beyond its infancy. A total of about 8,000 visitors streamed to the Kurhaus and the cinema Royal in Freyung, the Hans-Eisenmann-Haus (the information center for the Bavarian Forest National Park) and the open-air cinema at the festival area in Neuschönau.

The festival area also offered additional attractions for young and old with a bark-boat race, live concerts, artisans from the region and lots more. At the Kurhaus Freyung, meanwhile, there were lively discussions and lectures. The public (film)lectures “Wonderful World – Adventures with Wildlife”, “Animal Phantasies” and “Animal Stars” invited the broad public to learn more about the respective topic. In addition, various events, for example on the topics of “Reality in Animal Films” or “Children See Differently”, adressed themselves mainly to the accredited professional visitor, but were generally open to all interested parties. Besides events dedicated to this year`s special topic Animal Youngsters, the focus in other panel discussions was on the state of the art - of the genre (chances and perspectives of the nature and animal film in German-language children`s programming), of the station profiles (German-language stations present themselves), but also of various camera formats (5-eyes format comparison).

On the third and next-to-last evening of the International Nature and Animal Film Festival suspension rose once again since it was time to choose the best. The formal awards ceremony took place in front of a full house in the Große Kursaal in Freyung. The evening was moderated by Gisela Oswald, speaker for the department of communications at the Bavarian Ministry for the Environment. The prize substantiations were presented by members of the jury Andrea Gastgeb (ORF), Tom Synnatzschke (NDR), Axel Gomille (ZDF) and Udo A. Zimmermann (BR) as well as by Jörn Röver (chief editor at NDR Nature Film), Landrat Alexander Muthmann, Karl-Friedrich Sinner (director of the Bavarian Forest National Park administration), Co-organizer Silke Kraus and festival manager Ralph Thoms. There were some innovations over the two previous years regarding the awards categories. For instance, ranking the award for the best German film as highly as the award for the best international film is intended to bring the German animal or nature film, which can look back proudly onto a tradition of import, into focus and improve its image. The introduction of the category “Most beautiful film for children” is meant to pay tribute to the fact that children are an important target group especially also for classical animal documentaries and it wants to strengthen the animal film makers` awareness of that fact.

The Winners 2004:

Best International Film (valued at 2.500 €, sponsored by NDR)

Plitvice – In the Land of the Falling Lakes by Michael Schlamberger

(A/USA/G 2004, 50 Min., ORF)

Jury Substantiation: An all-around excellent work of art documenting the re-discovery of a landscape in Croatia already believed lost. A film with seldom seen colors and shapes, realized in brilliant imagery esthetics. Great nature cinema, exhibiting a breadth of settings of “large and small” motifs, made perfect by the unison of camera, script and direction.

Honorable Mention: Andalusia – Land Between Heaven and Hell by Jan Haft

Best German Film (valued at 2.500 €, awarded by NaturVision)

Andalusia – Land Between Heaven and Hell by Jan Haft

(G/GB/A 2004, 47 Min., NDR)

Jury Substantiation: For Grzimek, too, it was always important to show the interconnectedness of man, nature and animal. This is also the director`s goal with this work done in a small area of Andalusia. A wonderful overall production that clearly shows the unison of camera, script and direction. An intense look at a region with its nature and culture – connecting the two together masterfully.

Honorable Mention: Grizzly Giants by Andreas Kieling

Best Camera

Grizzly Giants by Andreas Kieling (G 2003, 52 Min., ZDF)

Jury Substantiation: The film enthralls the viewer with spectacular close-up images of wild grizzlies. Filmed in a far-away corner of Alaska, the film also shows the work of the wildlife-cameraman who observed the animals himself over several years, who mingles courageously and boldly with the animals and faces them eye to eye. Kieling is one of the few “real” wildlife cameramen.

Honorable Mention: Where Wilderness Awakens – The Expanded Bavarian Forest National Park by Jürgen Eichinger

Best Story

Duel of the Conquerors by Uwe Müller (G 2003, 43 Min., ZDF)

Jury Substantiation: A nature story from Argentina that chronicles half a century of rivalry: between man and beaver. Both want to conquer a common piece of land and modify it according to their needs. The film explains ecological relationships in a humorous, understandable and entertaining way – and with a twinkling eye. The camera work is elaborate, well-suited for the story.

Honorable Mention: My Grandfather`s Gorillas by Harald Pokieser and Adrian Warren

Filmpreis Bayern (Bavarian Film Award)

Lynx Paths – A Story from the Bavarian Forest by Angela Graas

(G 2004, 43 Min., BR)

Jury Substantiation: The film is awarded the Bavarian Film Award because it describes in an easily understandable manner, framed in a made-up story, a topic that is highly up-to-date and political in the region. The story of Großpfote (Big Paw), the lynx youngster, and his mother is intended not only to reflect reality but especially to stir debate. A fairy-tale often gets to the core of things better than reality itself.

Honorable Mention: A Fairy-tale Forest on the Inn River by Jan Haft

Young Artist Award

Wild Islands in the North Atlantic by Tobias Mennle (G 2003, 43 Min., SWR)

Jury Substantiation: The portrait of a Northern landscape with its nature and wildlife. A film with consistent imagery language and esthetical images that shows the beauty of this landscape. At the same time, the raw and forbidding character of this piece of earth is conveyed impressively to the viewer.

Honorable Mention: In Karst – On the Islands of Cres and Lošinj by Boris Tomschiczek

Most Beautiful Film for Children

The Cheeky Sparrows of Berlin by Thoralf Grospitz/ Jens Westphalen

(G 2003, 43 Min., NDR)

Jury Substantiation: The film focuses on an animal species so common that every child can meet with it daily. The film tells in an amusing manner about the sparrows` way of living in short individual episodes – and not only about the sunny side of their lives, but also about the darker side of these little creatures` existence. A film that invites especially children to discover the environment and to concern themselves with the everyday things.

Young Jury Award (the prize is an Avid Xpress DV 4.0 editing system donated by Avid Technology GmbH)

Green Islands in the Typhoon by Nick Upton (A/GB/G/Taiwan 2004, 50 Min., ORF)

With fascinating images and enhanced by great music well-suited to the film, Green Islands in the Typhoon shows how Taiwan`s wildlife help each other in their fight for survival. However, the film does not only focus on the island`s wildlife, but also on plants and humans, i.e. on the typhoon`s effect on the entire ecosystem. Each minute of the film is interesting and educational without burying the viewer under a mountain of information. Rather, the film`s structure is very clear and fulfills different requirements that may be placed on a nature film.

Viewers` Award

Wild Islands in the North Atlantic by Tobias Mennle (G 2003, 43 Min., SWR)

Competition BayernSchatz Natur (Bavarian-Treasure Nature)

Additionally, the Bavarian Ministry for the Environment, represented by Staatssekretärin Emilia Müller, honored the three winners of the nature film competition BayernSchatz Natur, sponsored by the Ministry for the Environment and NaturVision together. Staatssekretärin Müller emphasized that the medium film “is especially suited to convey the knowledge about the relationships in nature through the senses, to open the eyes for the beauty and diversity of nature, and to awaken a feeling of responsibility for Creation”. The winning entries will be shown in the Bavarian government`s pavillon at the Bundesgartenschau 2005 (BUGA – National Gardening Exhibition).

The Winners:

First Place : Andreas Heidl, About the Runner, the Water and the Hunt

Second Place: Klaus Lautenbacher, Frog Flies, Bird Swims

Third Place: Dr. Walter Sigl, Spawn Time

In 2005, NaturVision will take place from July 21 through 24. Following this year`s special topic “Animal Youngsters”, next year´s program will be “Young & Wild”. Due to the earlier festival date, the submission period will be moved up accordingly. More information will be available soon on our webpage www.natur-vision.de


Ralph Thoms

Festival Manager

Please contact us at any time by phone (+49 (0)85 58/ 97 39-0), fax (+49 (0)85 58/ 97 39-26) or e-mail (info@natur-vision.de).

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Will take place November 21 through 28 2004 in Manaus ( Brazil )

A documentary program will bededicated to HUMAN ADVENTURE IN OPEN SPACES
Including 2 sections : one ethnological and one wildlife section. A jury composed of well known international professionals will award prizes for selected works as well as prizes for our guests personalities (Adventurers and Explorers )

For more information on this festival, please go to www.amazonasfilmfestival.com
Please send us as soon as possible VHS screening tapes ( either PAL or NTSC format with English subtitles for non English-speaking films ) of your best productions for submission to our selection committee.
Please take note that these entries should be either 26 minutes or 52 minutes in length.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.

Gerald Duduyer
40, rue Anatole France
92594 Levallois-Perret Cedex
Tél : 01 41 34 22 12
Fax : 01 47 58 77 77
E-mail : gduduyer@le-public-systeme.fr

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Greetings from Tirana!

Dear Friends,
We are glad to announce that the second edition of the Tirana International Short Film Festival, will take place from December 4 - 10, 2004 in Tirana, ALBANIA.

On our web site www.tiranafilmfest.com you'll find the Entry Rules and Regulations to participate in this international competition. To be registered in our online database, please fill the form that you can find here www.tiranafilmfest.com/submit, and send to us the signed Entry Form and completed checklist. Should you have any question or require further information about the festival, please do not hesitate to visit our website: www.tiranafilmfest.com or, alternately you can email us at: info@tiranafilmfest.com

Looking forward to see you in Tirana, we thank you for your interest and collaboration.
See you soon!

Agron DOMI & Ilir BUTKA
Festival's Directors

by FAMA (Foundation Art & Media Albania)
Addr.: Pall. 1 Maj Shk.18/54,
P.O. Box 8331
Phone: +355 4 250840
Fax: +355 4 256118


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Moondance Film Festival 2005 Early Call for Entries

We cordially invite screenwriters and filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers, librettists, film score composers, children's filmmakers & writers, and young (18 & under) filmmakers & screenwriters, radioplay writers, music video filmmakers, and multi-media filmmakers to participate in the film festival competition 2005. Moondance offers everyone a unique opportunity to come together with other writers, directors and producers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

Read More... or go to:www.moondancefilmfestival.com and click on "SUBMISSIONS", for info, guidelines and entry forms.

Moondance International
Film Festival
"The American Cannes"
Boulder, Colorado USA

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Absolutely Wild Visuals announces new collections

Stock footage library, Absolutely Wild Visuals (AWV), announces the acquisition of four stunning new footage collections now available for license making this niche library one of the largest of its kind in the world.

  • 35mm Time-lapse & Aerial footage
  • New marine footage - including humpback and minke whales, spinner dolphins, elephants swimming, turtles mating
  • Polar bear & Arctic footage ( 16mm & Super 16mm)
  • Tourism Australia Collection   (uniquely Australian 35mm and 16mm footage over a variety of themes and tourist locations)


Visual resources for this release can be found by searching on the FTP directory link below:-

Or use the following DIRECT LINKS





AWV has rapidly established itself as a leading supplier of wildlife and nature stock footage in the region. The company continues to service clients' world wide with its speedy delivery of preview material on QuickTime, free of charge, and the ability to tele-stream masters to almost anywhere around the globe.

The new additions further enrich an already extensive and specialised collection of natural history and wildlife - including the world-renowned UK based Survival and Oxford Scientific (OSF) collections.

Bettina Dalton, Managing Director of Absolutely Wild Visuals comments: "We are delighted to have acquired so many new, high quality collections in quick succession. This new footage will enable AWV to broaden our focus and to respond to an increasingly wide range of enquiries. We take our content seriously, ensuring we understand the significance and detail of the shots we represent. AWV gives high priority to the visual quality of its material. Our footage providers are among the best in the business and it's a privilege to represent them."


With an emphasis on new technologies, AWV was the first in its market to offer a fully searchable catalogue online, and now holds one of the most diverse and complete catalogues of nature footage in the world. Footage is searchable on the AWV website, www.wildvisuals.com.au.

AWV offer a FAST and FREE initial search and preview service - sending clips on request via email.

For more information or images please contact:

Fiona Pearce-Burrows

Absolutely Wild Visuals

+61 (0)2 9328 5940



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Last Great Ape call for co-production

Channel 10 Israel is launching a new conservation film about great apes in Cameroon & looking for a co-producer/ broadcaster. Please contact Gil Arbel: gilarbel@hotmail.com

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Looking for a sales agent/ distributor

Weare looking for sales agent or distributor for 12 min documentary film about silkworm's  life phases.
Please contact us : serviceclassic@mail.ru

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Rolex Awards for Enterprise


In India, the world's second most populous country, the fate of forests, wilderness and wild creatures often hangs by a thread in the face of human need and sjort-sighted exploitation. Independent film-maker Shekar Dattatri, creator of poignant nature documentaries, has turned his camera to the cause of informing his fellow citizens and goverment of what m,ust be done to save the remnants of India's natural heritage.

The questing eye of the movie camera has more than once led society to re-assess its values and goals. Now, a talented Indian film-maker, Shekar Dattatri, is wielding the camera in an inspired personal endeavour to save India’s fast-vanishing wildlife and wilderness. An experienced wildlife film-maker, 41-year-old Dattatri fuses a rare passion with advocacy in his work. His lens illuminates nature’s wonders, yet is also a keen instrument of persuasion.

In 2001 Dattatri produced "Mindless Mining", a 12-minute film about the damage inflicted by a huge iron ore mine on the rainforest and rivers of Kudremukh, southern India. Shown in surrounding villages and to community leaders, the film generated overwhelming public and political opposition to the mining. The film was also submitted as evidence in a public interest petition filed with India’s Supreme Court by a leading non-governmental organisation, Wildlife First. Conservationists won a major victory when the Supreme Court ordered that the mine be closed by 2005.

"Mindless Mining" crowned 15 years of natural history films in which Dattatri produced more than a dozen documentaries, garnering a sheaf of international prizes. It also heralds a new project for the film-maker – a series of 12 short films, to be made over the next three years, coupling evocative cinematography with cogent advocacy for the protection of imperilled wildlife. Once all 12 films are made, the footage will be re-edited to produce an all-encompassing documentary to convince India’s children – the future guardians of natural assets – that they too must cherish this invaluable heritage. For this work, in which he spends days and nights deep in India’s wild places, Shekar Dattatri has been selected as an Associate Laureate in the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

Love of the wild world shines through Dattatri’s life from his childhood, when he was inspired by naturalists like writers Gerald Durrell and Jim Corbett. At the age of 13, Dattatri enlisted as a volunteer at the Madras Snake Park, run by conservation herpetologist Romulus Whitaker. Accompanied by local tribespeople, the city-born youngster ventured into the jungle on snake-catching expeditions and herpetological surveys, experiencing wilderness for the first time – and being enthralled by it. He then got work as assistant to documentary film-makers John and Louise Riber, acting in many roles including snake-handler for their educational film "Snakebite". "By the end, I realised I’d learned quite a lot about film-making, and this was what I really wanted to do," he explains.

In 1989 Dattatri shot "Silent Valley – An Indian rainforest", a 53-minute natural history film on the shola forests of south India. "My equipment was primitive, an old Bolex [camera] powered by four lead-acid motorcycle batteries which would leak if tilted! I wanted to film the Great Pied Hornbill nesting – something which had never been done before in India." When word came from tribespeople of a nest, Dattatri shinned 25 metres up a rainforest tree on a flimsy rope ladder and built himself a hiding place. The footage exceeded his wildest hopes: "You could hear the male bird coming, the wind in his feathers, bringing food to his mate. He’d swoop down and feed her and then, to my amazement, he’d hop on to the same branch as me – unaware of my presence – to clean his bill! This was the most magical time of my life, sitting for days in my hide high up in the treetops, while the forest creatures went about their lives."
Mindless Mining" convinced Dattatri that nature films have a potent role to play in helping environmental organisations bring about a change in public opinion and government policy. So he began making short, hard-hitting films exposing rampant environmental devastation – but also offering solutions. "I make them short because you cannot keep the attention of busy policy-makers if it is 40 minutes long. I often use no music because I do not wish to alter the essential message: this is how it is."

In "The Ridley’s Last Stand", Dattatri reached back to childhood memories of sea turtles, now in tragic decline. Besides explaining the causes of the turtles’ plight, he also showed how fishermen could reduce their turtle by-catch, and how beaches could be restored. "I don’t perceive myself as an activist, but rather as someone who has practical solutions to offer, based on science," he says.
Dattatri contests the view that all of India’s environmental problems stem from poverty. "Most of us buy into the myth that overpopulation and poverty... are mainly responsible for the destruction of forests and wildlife. In fact many conservation problems in India are not caused by poverty, but by the greed of a few. Analyse most conservation problems carefully and you’ll discover a small number of people, a cartel or industry plundering common resources for self-enrichment.
"We still have wonderful remnants of our natural heritage," he points out. "India is the last stronghold of the tiger, the Asian elephant, the one-horned rhinoceros and the Asiatic lion. Every time I return from a filming trip to the jungle, I think to myself that all this is so worth fighting for. What depresses me is the level of ignorance, apathy, greed; the fact that this country had enlightened views on conservation in ancient times, and how we have forgotten these values."

Dattatri still walks the coast of the Bay of Bengal, where he saw his first sea turtle, ever on the lookout for film material. "My final goal is to build up a body of work that will inform, educate and change the way people perceive their natural heritage", he declares.

Belinda Wright, executive director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, says of Dattatri’s work: "A sensitive, well researched film can achieve so much more than a report, a court case or political lobbying. Shekar has proved this time and again."

Shekar Dattatri plans to invest the Rolex Award prize money in equipment for his forthcoming series of nature films. He also intends to train a new generation of Indian wildlife film-makers to carry forward his sense of hope for the future.


©Rolex Awards, this article and more information can be found at the following site

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