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Nominations for natural history film ‘Oscars’ 2014 announced!
By Wildscreen
19th June 2014

Today, Thursday 19 June, the nominations for the bi-annual international wildlife TV and film awards have been announced.

Wildscreen’s prestigious Panda Awards received 488 entries from 42 countries, representing the very best in creativity, technological innovation and storytelling from across the industry.

Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive
David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

Over 30 UK-made wildlife programmes have made the shortlist across 22 different categories. David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (Colossus Productions) is shortlisted for awards in six categories acknowledging the series’ musical score, accessibility for younger viewers and technological innovation.

Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero (BBC, BBC Worldwide, Science Channel and Glassbox Productions), Chimpanzee (Disneynature) and Leopards: 21st Century Cats (Icon Films for BBC) have also been shortlisted in multiple categories.


The Panda Awards – dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’ – forms the centrepiece of the Wildscreen Film Festival which celebrates the very best in natural history film making and takes place in Bristol, England from 19-24 October. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 23 October.

The shortlisted films represent some of the best international wildlife films this year with other nominations including the USA’s Mysteries of the Unseen World (National Geographic Entertainment), Kenya’s Lion Guardians (Kire Godal for Lion Guardians), Australia’s Sea Eagle (Mint Productions), and New Zealand’s The Last Ocean (Fisheye Films Ltd) amongst entries from as far afield as Japan, Switzerland, Canada and South Africa.

Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Leopards: 21st Century Cats

Caroline Copsey, chief executive of Wildscreen, the charity behind the Wildscreen Film Festival and Panda Awards, said: “For over 30 years, the Wildscreen Panda Awards and Film Festival has given us an important opportunity to champion wildlife filmmaking and the filmmakers. It continues to be one of the most inspiring events in the industry’s calendar and a wonderful chance to nurture new talent while celebrating some of the professions greater achievements.

“The year’s panel has had a challenging – and enjoyable – time shortlisting the 2014 entries following an extremely high standard of entries from across the globe.”

See the full shortlist of awards below or on the Wildscreen Film Festival website.

The Wildscreen Film Festival sets out to showcase the very best in the industry, illustrating the latest technological innovations and new storytelling styles as well as playing host to a series of specialist and beginner workshops. Highlights from this year’s workshop programme include advanced and beginner sessions on underwater filming, scriptwriting for wildlife productions, working with – and becoming – a wildlife presenter and storytelling for TV.

Early bird tickets are now available from wildscreenfestival.org

Wildscreen Festival

Our Nomination Jury descended upon Bristol from the 2- 6 June and engaged in a non-stop week of reviewing, discussing and deliberating films...and after some very intense debates the nominees were chosen!

You can view the 2014 Nomination Jury members here.

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2014 Wildscreen Panda Awards. Congratulation to all our nominees for being selected!


David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Enchanted Kingdom
BBC Earth Films (United Kingdom)

Mysteries of the Unseen World
National Geographic Entertainment (USA)

Tiny Giants 3D
BBC Earth Productions Ltd (United Kingdom)


Andy Holt (United Kingdom)

Elephant Seals: California's Coast
Wildlife Film Productions (USA)

Legends of the Deep: The Giant Squid
An NHK, NHK Enterprises and Discovery Channel co-production in association with ZDF and ARTE (Japan and USA)

Operation Snow Tiger
BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide Limited & Discovery Channel (United Kingdom)


A Wild Dog's Tale
Table Mountain Films in association with Natural History Film Unit (Botswana) (South Africa)

Disneynature (United Kingdom)

Dolphins - Spy in the Pod
John Downer Productions (United Kingdom)

Wildlife/Sophisticated Farmers: Leafcutter Ants
NHK in association with NHK Enterprises in cooperation with Off the Fence (Japan)


Greenpeace (Switzerland)

Lion Guardians
Kire Godal for Lion Guardians (Kenya)

Ren Kyst - Got a Spare Afternoon?
Five Films (United Kingdom)

Tools of the Trade
WildAid and Homestead (USA)


David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Deadly Pole to Pole: Arctic
CBBC BBC and BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)

Bushwhacked!: Sea Eagle
Mint Pictures (Australia)


Disneynature (United Kingdom)
Camera: Martyn Colbeck & Bill Wallauer

On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Camera: John Murray

Planet Sparrow
A co-production by Kurt Mayer Film, ORF, ARTE and NDR supported by the Austrian Television Fund (Austria)
Camera: Ian McCarthy, Kurt Mayer & Attila Boa


Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom)
Editing: Rupert Troskie

Planet Parrot
A Humble Bee Films production for Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH (Austria)
Editing: Martin Elsbury

Wild Canada: Ice Edge
Brian Leith Productions & River Road Films (Canada)
Editing: Matt Meech


Billion Dollar Fish
A production of ScienceVision for Terra Mater Factual Studios (Austria)

Sand Wars
Rappi Productions, La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse & InformAction (France and Canada)

Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater & ABC Australia (Australia)


David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Easter Eggs Live
Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

BBC Earth Productions (United Kingdom)

The Burrowers: Animals Underground
Dragonfly Film and Television Productions (United Kingdom)


David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)
Music: Ilan Eshkeri

Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies
BBC, Discovery Channel, RTL, France Televisions & CCTV9 (United Kingdom)
Music: Ben Foster

Wild Arabia: Shifting Sands
BBC Natural History Unit (United Kingdom)
Music: Barnaby Taylor


David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
App Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Earth Unplugged YouTube Channel
BBC Earth (USA)

Wild Canada App
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada)


Roshan Patel (USA)

Sirocco - How a Dud Became a Stud
Ashwika Kapur – Centre for Science Communication (New Zealand)

We Are Rhino
Spencer Austin (United Kingdom)


Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom)

Return of the Hoopoe
ORF and Kubefilm in association with Austrian Television Fund (Austria)

The Bat Man of Mexico
Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

Vanishing Point
National Film Board of Canada and Julia Szucs (Canada)


Animal Odd Couples
Oxford Scientific Films (United Kingdom)

Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero
BBC, BBC Worldwide, Science Channel & Glassbox Productions (United Kingdom)

Operation Iceberg: Birth of a 'berg
A BBC Scotland & BBC Worldwide co-production (United Kingdom)

Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
John Downer Productions (United Kingdom)


Deadly Pole to Pole: Shark Island
CBBC BBC and BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Steve Backshall

Infested! Living With Parasites
BBC (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Michael Mosley

Man, Cheetah, Wild
Tigress Productions (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Kim Wolhuter

Secrets of Bones
BBC & BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Ben Garrod


Killer in the Caves
Taglicht Media for Smithsonian Channel (USA and Germany)

Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface
A BBC co-production with Animal Planet (United Kingdom)

Mysteries of the Unseen World
National Geographic Entertainment (USA)

Your Inner Fish, Episode 1
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)


Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero
BBC, BBC Worldwide, Science Channel & Glassbox Productions (United Kingdom)
Script: Bill Bailey

Druid Peak
One Small Thing Productions (USA)
Script: Marni Zelnick

Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom)
Script: Steve Gooder

On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Script: Production Team


David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: From the Seas to the Skies
Atlantic Productions (United Kingdom)

Hebrides - Islands on the Edge
Maramedia and Otter Films for BBC Scotland and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (United Kingdom)

North America
A Discovery Channel production in association with Silverback Films (USA)


How to Catch a Tiger
International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA)

Peregrine Falcon Hunts Downhill Rider
BBC Earth (United Kingdom)

The Forgotten Home of Coffee
Kew Gardens & Lonelyleap (United Kingdom)


Disneynature (United Kingdom)
Sound: Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens, Andrew Wilson, Matthew Gough, Kristin Mosher & Edward Anderson

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)
Sound: Freddie Claire & Giancarlo Dellapina

Great White Code Red
An Earth Touch co-production with Smithsonian Channel (South Africa)
Sound: Dave Birch, Tristan Horton & Nux Schwartz

Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies
BBC, Discovery Channel, RTL, France Televisions & CCTV9 (United Kingdom)
Sound: Tim Owens


Disneynature (United Kingdom)

Flight of the Butterflies
SK Films, Sin Sentido Films & Picture Projects (Canada)

Journey to the South Pacific
MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with IMAX Entertainment (USA)


15 Ways
Michelle Vergel de Dios (New Zealand)

Natasha Bishop (New Zealand)

Elephant Seals: California's Coast
Alex Jones – Wildlife Film Productions (USA)

West Coast Adventure
Bertie Gregory (United Kingdom)

The following films are not in competition but have been selected by the Nomination Jury for a special screening during the Festival week.

Erin Fowler & Nick Graalman (Australia)

The Last Ocean
Fisheye Films Ltd (New Zealand)

Full details on the Wildscreen Festival website.

Wildlife-film.com member films are in bold above... Congratulations to Silverback Films, Humble Bee Films, Brian Leith Productions, Table Mountain Films, Verity White/Five Films, Chris Watson (sound for Enchanted Kingdom), Alex Jones/Wildlife Film Productions and Tom Mustill (director on The Bat Man of Mexico).

Wildscreen Panda Award Submissions 2014 from Wildscreen Film Festival

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildscreenfest
Twitter: @WildscreenFest / #PandaAwards

Member Finalist Films and trailers:

Chimpanzee - Official Trailer from DisneyMovieTrailers

North America - Official Trailer from Discovery

Wild Canada Part Four - Ice Edge from M Sevren

Enchanted Kingdom from eigajoho

Solo: The Wild Dog - A Wild Dog's Tale from ABFilmUnit

Ren Kyst - got a spare afternoon? from Verity White

Elephant Seals - California's Coast from Alex Jones

The Bat Man of Mexico: Trailer - Natural World - BBC Two from BBC

Read the interview with Tom Mustill - Director of The Bat Man of Mexico here!

See: Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014 Winners Announced!

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