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Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 Winners Announced!
By Wildscreen
13th October 2016

Ivory trade exposé and Chris Packham earn top honours at Wildscreen

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A documentary exposing the brutality and corruption of the global ivory trade, made with backing from Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, was named tonight as the 2016 winner of the international wildlife film and TV’s industry highest accolade - the WWF Golden Panda Award.

THE IVORY GAME - a Netflix Original, produced by Terra Mater Film Studios (Austria) and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions (USA), with DiCaprio as executive producer - beat 43 other titles from eleven countries to lift both the best in festival trophy and the Panda Award for best theatrical entry at this year’s Wildscreen – the world’s biggest festival of screen-based nature storytelling.

The same ceremony, held at Bristol’s Colston Hall also saw the British TV presenter, author and photographer CHRIS PACKHAM receive the festival’s Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement and the presentation of 20 other Panda Awards to productions and individuals – among them the US investigative reporter BRYAN CHRISTY and the veteran UK broadcaster SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, 90 this year, who opened the event.

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Welcoming the results, Lucie Muir, CEO of the charity behind the biennial festival, said: “A major talking point at this year’s Wildscreen Festival has been the growing success of independents, not only at finding fresh ways to tell wildlife stories but also new ways to share them. Our Golden Panda winner, The Ivory Game, is one example of this – as gripping as a thriller drama in style and soon to be shown by an on-demand channel with the unique ability to put an urgent conservation story in front of a huge global audience very speedily. Another is the festival’s recognition of Chris Packham, who embodies what Wildscreen stands for - an extremely talented storyteller who shares his personal passion for the natural world via film, television, photography and online networks and, so, ignites the same care and enthusiasm in very many others, especially younger people.”

The Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony 2016 was hosted by television presenters Steve Backshall and Liz Bonnin and attended by a capacity audience of industry representatives, celebrity guests, media and public.

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The full roll of Wildscreen Panda Award winners is:

Terra Mater Factual Studios Animal Behaviour Award:

DISNEYNATURE MONKEY KINGDOM (UK)
Producer(s): Disneynature, Crazy Ape Productions & Silverback Films

Jury comment: Each sequence of individual behaviour in this beautifully made film built to a bigger picture revealing the behaviour of the entire species.

Campaign Award:

HAIRY NOSE (USA)
Producer(s): WildAid, McCann Shanghail & Gwantsi

Jury comment: A very creative and funny film about an important issue which makes you smile and think at the same time.

Panasonic Cinematography Award: large crew

THE HUNT - for the episode The Hardest Challenge (UK)
Producer(s): Silverback Films, with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm United Kingdom
Camerawork: Jamie McPherson, John Aitchison, Mark Smith, Sophie Darlington, Doug Anderson, Mark & Vicky Deeble-Stone

Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: Outstanding cinematography that has taken wildlife filming to a new level and makes you feel completely in the moment.

Panasonic Cinematography Award: small crew

JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER (UK)
Producer(s): James Reed for Underdog Films, with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
Camerawork: James Morgan, Mark Sharman (underwater) & Ben Sadd (aerial)

Jury comment: This film stands out for the stunning imagery and variety of shooting styles, all brilliantly realised.

Children’s Award

WILD AND WEIRD - for the episode Radical Relationships (UK)
Producer(s): BBC & BBC Worldwide BBC Earth

Creative Innovation Award

RACING EXTINCTION (USA)
Producer(s): Okeanos Foundation for the Sea & Discovery Channel, with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs

Jury comment: The winning film uses an imaginative range of techniques from stunts, to undercover investigation and beautiful scientific imagery that build to an extraordinary visual climax.

Doghouse Editing Award

MATT MEECH for THE HUNT (UK)
Producer(s): Silverback Films, with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm United Kingdom
Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: Beautifully crafted sequences put you on the edge of your seat and force a rethink on whether we really have seen everything before.

Icon Films Emerging Talent Award

RYAN PATRICK KILLACKEY for YASUNI MAN (USA)

Jury comment: This was a hard fought category, but the winner is the person whose next film the jury would most like to see.

Disneynature Impact Award

RACING EXTINCTION (USA)
Producer(s): Okeanos Foundation for the Sea & Discovery Channel, with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs

Jury comment: This important film has had a worldwide impact across all platforms with a powerful call to action that can only build and build.

Music Award

STEVEN PRICE for THE HUNT (UK)
Producer(s): Silverback Films, with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm United Kingdom

Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: A masterful example of the musicians’ art where the score tells the story in perfect harmony with the pictures and sound.

ORF People and Nature Award

HONEY HUNTERS (Poland)
Producer(s): Arkana Studio with ARTE G.E.I.E.; Telewizja Polska S.A; Studio Produkcyjne ORKA; MX35 Wajda Szlenkier Litwin SP.J

Jury comment: A wonderfully human film that comes from a filmmaking tradition different to most wildlife and environmental films.

UWE Popular Broadcast Award

JOHN BISHOP’S GORILLA ADVENTURE (UK)
Producer(s): Tigress Productions & LOLA Entertainment

Jury comment: A category with a wonderful variety of films but the winner was a film in which the warmth and enthusiasm of the presenter was so genuine that it engages an audience far beyond those normally drawn to wildlife or conservation films.

Presenter Award

BRYAN CHRISTY for EXPLORER: WARLORDS OF IVORY (USA)
Producer(s): National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: A hugely authoritative presenter with a lifetime’s commitment to the subject, a flair for storytelling and a fearless determination to bring violent people to justice.

NHK Science Award

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIGHT ON EARTH (Austria/UK)
Producer(s): Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films with CuriosityStream, BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia - Music by Fraser Purdie

Jury comment: A very strong category but the winner is a truly magical film that captures the wonder of science and the natural world in an entrancing new way.

Script Award

WILD WEATHER WITH RICHARD HAMMOND (Austria/UK)
Producer(s): Oxford Scientific Films, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Open University Co-Production with Hamster’s Wheel and PAAN

Jury comment: A seamless blend of narration and pieces to camera that is high on entertainment while packed with fascinating facts.

Nat Geo WILD Series Award

EARTH – A NEW WILD (UK)
Producer(s): Passion Planet (with producer Gaby Bastyra) and National Geographic Studios for PBS

Jury comment: A very high quality category but the winner is a hugely hopeful series with a strong concept running through all the individual programmes which are full of new ideas and positive solutions.

Short Film Award

IN BETWEEN (Germany)
Producer(s): Rolf Steinmann

Jury comment: Stunning photography that stirs an emotional response

Films at 59 Sound Award

OLIVER GOERTZ for MAGICAL MOORS (Germany)
Producer(s): nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany with Bayerischer Rundfunk

Jury comment: The sound design evoked a primeval atmosphere and captured exactly what it feels like to be in the particular landscape.

Technical Innovation Award

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIGHT ON EARTH (Austria/UK)
Producer(s): Terra Mater Factual Studios and Ammonite Films with CuriosityStream, BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia - Music by Fraser Purdie

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - David Attenborough's Light on Earth
David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Terra Mater / Ammonite Films + Jack Hynes

Jury comment: Stunning use of specially designed cameras to reveal something genuinely new, without drawing attention to its own cleverness.

Theatrical Award

THE IVORY GAME (Austria/USA)
Producer(s): A Netflix documentary by Terra Mater Film Studios, with Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures & Appian Way

Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

The Ivory Game - Terra Mater/Netflix
Ivory - Terra Mater Factual Studios / Richard Ladkani

Jury comment: A stunning documentary of global reach and ambition about a vitally important subject that compels you to watch as multiple storylines play out to a dramatic conclusion.

Jury’s Special Prize

ATTENBOROUGH AND THE GIANT DINOSAUR (UK)
Producer(s): BBC, BBC Worldwide & PBS

Jury comment: This film was edged out in its extremely competitive category but deserves recognition for its epic scale, compelling storytelling and restrained but excellently judged use of CGI.

WWF Golden Panda Award, for the best in the festival

THE IVORY GAME (Austria/USA)
Producer(s): A Netflix documentary by Terra Mater Film Studios, with Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures & Appian Way

Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders


WhoSay talked to the directors of Netflix's new Doc. ‘The Ivory Game' about how they got Leo involved.

Jury comment: There were many brilliant and inspiring winners in this year’s awards but one film stood out for its ambition and skilful execution. The Golden Panda winner takes a familiar subject and makes you care.

Visit: www.theivorygame.com The Ivory Game will be available globally on Netflix from November 4th.

The Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement, named after the Wildscreen Festival’s co-founder

CHRIS PACKHAM (UK)

Also see: vimeo.com/channels/carnyxchrispackham

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The photographs of the 2016 Panda Awards Winners are now live and can be viewed on the Wildscreen Flickr. Also see photographs from the Wildscreen Social 2016 here!

More on the Wildscreen Festival website.

Wildlife-film.com winning members are listed in bold above... Congratulations to them all!!
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See: Wildscreen announces nominations for Panda Film and TV Awards 2016

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