Film Festivals & Photo Competitions/Symposiums
Abbeville Bird and Nature Festival
20 rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Abbeville Cedex 80142
Director: Marie-Agnès Boche
Phone: +33 3 22 24 02 02
The Bird and Nature Festival (or Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature as it is known among French-speakers) is based in Abbeville, Bay of Somme in the North of France.
We are proud to have developed around our international film competition, open to amateurs and professionals, many other activities among which are the photo competition and exhibitions and activities for children. But what makes our event really special is that it offers the unique opportunity to discover the Bay of Somme (a member of 'The Most Beautiful Bays in the World's Club' as well as Vietnamese Ha Long Bay) and the whole area with guides specialized in ornithology or flora. In 2012, around 400 walks, rides, boat crossings were available during the 9 days of the Festival.
The film competition offers an overall amount of €13,500 prizes (€4,000 to the Grand Prix). Films can be entered free of charge in either one of the 4 categories:
- Environment (no length limit)
- Amateur (maximum 13 minutes duration)
was meant to be held from 11-19th April 2020 but was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Like many other events worldwide, the global pandemic impacted us and we had to cancel the 2020 edition last spring but things are slowly returning and we can't wait to see you again and make happy new memories with you next April.
Till then, we've held photo trainings this summer and nature walks are scheduled in October.
Next edition will take place 24th April - May, 2nd, 2021.
Save the date!
We're really glad that most of our guests who were to join in 2020 will be with us next year.
Celebrating our 30th anniversary will only be postponed till 2021.
Next call for entries for the film and photo competitions are postponed to 2021
Films and photos that were selected for the cancelled edition will be shown to our Festival-goers from April 24th to May 2nd, 2021, that's the reason why there won't be any call for entries this year.
Next ones will be made in summer 2021 for the 2022 Festival.
American Conservation Film Festival
P.O. Box 889
Festival Coordinator: Hilary Lo
The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) is an annual, four day festival held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of the nation’s capital.
ACFF is dedicated to promoting outstanding, environmental conservation films from professional filmmakers and students alike.
We screen films that illuminate:
- Human interactions with wildlife and wild places.
- Issues driven by natural resource conservation.
- Humans as part of the environment and/or living in a continuum of cultural tradition.
- Conservation of cultures, communities, and or lifestyles in conjunction with changes in the natural world.
- How youth encounter and understand the natural world.
The 18th American Conservation Film Festival took place from March 24 – 28, 2021. See: conservationfilmfest.org/2021-film-archives
The 2022 Festival plans to utilize live venues providing screenings for a broad range of conservation films, some of which rarely receive a wide showing. Pending filmmaker permissions, films will also be included in our online streaming offerings with closed captions available for each film. Our first online festival in 2021 more than doubled our audience and reached viewers in 30 countries.
Check out this short from 2019's Festival to learn more about ACFF - vimeo.com/544737449
More info and enter here: filmfreeway.com/ACFF
Please visit our website: conservationfilmfest.org for more information on ACFF and the film submission process.
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Director: Maggie Gowan
The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers of all nationalities practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history. The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation's growing awareness of the local environment and the need for its protection.
Now in its tenth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for nature photographers, both amateur and professional.
With fifteen separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife.
Wildlife in HD is a special Award for HD Video and will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film, which clearly illustrates the unique power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife.
See previous HD Video Winners:
2012 HD Video winners
2013 HD Video winners
BWPA 2018 Wildlife in HD Video Winner, Sam Oakes, on his Winning Entry
See the Winner Feature Pages:
BWPA 2013 Winners Announced! & Highly Commended Films at the BWPAwards!
BWPA 2014 Winners Announced
BWPA 2015 Winners Announced
BWPA 2016 Winners Announced
BWPA 2017 Winners Announced
BWPA 2018 Winners Announced
BWPA 2019 Winners Announced
Adjusting to Covid-19
We can now confirm there will not be a 2020 competition. We would like to thank our photographers, sponsors, friends and supporters for their patience and we realise what a disappointment this is. At the beginning of this year we announced the competition would start later in the year than usual. With very unfortunate timing, this meant we did not open before the start of the Covid-19 crisis, and so we made the difficult decision to defer the opening. Our own team would have had difficulty in managing the competition during lockdown. We also recognise the importance of our sponsors in supporting BWPA each year, and we appreciate that some of those businesses were facing their own challenges because of Covid-19. We have now chosen to defer the next competition to 2021, to ensure the best possible competition is run when it is safe and practical to do so. Meanwhile we are undertaking the retrospective show to mark ten years of the BWPA – and to look forward to many more.
Early September 2020 through to March 2021: Astley Hall Park and Garden, Chorley, Lancashire. Dates and more details will be available nearer the time on the Astley Hall website and also here.
This will be a unique outdoor exhibition situated amongst the beautiful garden and park.
10th November 2020 to 10th January 2020: Nature in Art, Twigworth ,Gloucester
Conservation Optimism is built on the belief that empowering everyone to make a difference for nature, while also learning from successes and failures within the conservation sector, is key to securing our planet’s future.
We are calling all filmmakers to send us short films featuring stories of hope from around the globe. Have you been inspired by someone taking action for nature in your community? Have you witnessed some conservation successes? Have you learned from conservation failures? We want to hear from you!
Our third film festival will take place in Autumn 2021 at the Oxford Museum of Natural History (date to be confirmed closer to the time). We will be selecting short films for the following categories:
- Student (email us at email@example.com stating your current course of study for a fee waiver password)
- People & Nature
- Life Underwater
- Life on Land
- Beyond Boundaries
Shortlisted films and winners of our first edition can be found here: summit.conservationoptimism.org/virtual-film-festival and of our second edition here: youtube.com/watch?v=OzMWVbGeVpk.
Submissions for short films are currenly open and will close on May 31st so don’t miss your chance!
Submit here: filmfreeway.com/
Element Film Festival
School of Film & Photography
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173350
Phone: +1 (406) 994 2484
Element Film Festival is an annual student filmmaking event in Bozeman, Montana.
It began as a way for filmmakers of the world's only MFA in Science and Natural History Fimmaking to showcase their work to the community.
2010 marked the first year that this festival was open to student filmmakers worldwide and it was a success. We look for innovative student filmmakers that strive to improve our understanding of science and the natural world through film. We accept films from the traditional to the transformative, from the informational to the inspirational.
Past Element films and filmmakers have won numerous awards and recognitions, including National Student Emmys and Tellies. These films also appear at other highly competitive international film festivals.
The festival provides a venue for students from around the world to showcase their films that merge science and art. The festival will be held at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in downtown Bozeman, allowing student works to be showcased in a thriving community of filmmakers and environmental enthusiasts.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
1224 M Street NW
Public Affairs Director: Helen Strong
Phone: +1 202 342 2564
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the USA and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C.
DCEFF is the world’s premier showcase of environmental films. Through our annual festival, year-round programs, and online resources, we seek to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film.
The 28th Annual Festival will be held in venues throughout the Washington, D.C. area from March 12-22, 2020.
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is canceling all events scheduled for March 12-22, 2020. Full statement: dceff.org/covid-19-and-dceff Events were taken online ... See the award winners: dceff.org/awards
2021 FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED:
THURSDAY MARCH 18 - SUNDAY, MARCH 28 ... Enter your films here: dceff.org/submissions
2021 Festival Deadlines:
- Regular Submission: December 1, 2020
- Late Submission: December 31, 2020
- Notification Date: February 15, 2021
- Festival Dates: March 18 – 28, 2021
Festival de Ménigoute
16 bis rue de Saint-Maixent
Secrétaire in charge of international relations: Marion Subin
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 69 90 09
The 37th "International Festival of Ornithological Film" will take place from October 27th to November 1st 2021 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.
Many other activities are sheduled for the festival, including photographic exhibitions, conferences, art shows, guided visits to sites in the local area for their landscape and wildlife interest.
The Call for Entries is Open ... Closing date for applications: June 1, 2021
Find the rules and submit your film here: menigoute-festival.org/vous-etes-realisateurs.html
See the 2019 winners here: menigoute-festival.org/le-palmares-2019.html
Festival International du Film Animalier (FIFA)
55 rue de Birmingham
President: Thierry Courouble
Phone: +33 (0)322 754 888
Ce Festival, dans le nord de la France, est une rencontre grand public avec les meilleurs films et documentaires animaliers professionnels et amateur en compétition le temps du festival, et un programme nature de sensibilisation au coeur de la vallée de la Somme et de la Picardie.
This festival, in northern France, is a public meeting of the best professional and amateur wildlife documentaries in competition during the festival, and a nature education program in the heart of the valley of the Somme and Picardy.
The 30th International Wildlife Film Festival will be held from 14- 22th of March 2020 in Albert, France.
The festival is an official competition in which each selected movie is presented to an international jury composed of personalities known for their competence, commitment and knowledge of wildlife and environment.
Festival International Nature Namur
Phone: +32 81 432 420
The International Nature Namur Festival takes place every year in mid-October in the French speaking part of Belgium: NAMUR.
It celebrated its' 25th anniversary in 2019.
The event organises public HD screenings of a selection of films dedicated to nature and wildlife and present dozens of Nature Photo exhibitions each year.
There are three contests you can apply for:
- The International Professional Films Festival
- The International Amateur (non-professional) Film Festival
- The International Photo Contest
Those three are completely free for registration and many awards can be won.
The 27th Festival will be held from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th of October 2021.
All information on our website.
President: Jorge Camilo Valenzuela
Phone: +33 64 762 9882
The organization of the FIFPAN festival is managed by the “WNA” (Wildlife & Nature Awareness), an association which aims to raise public awareness of issues relating to the preservation of flora and fauna, develop education about the environment, and improve awareness of native cultures and peoples.
In this context, the Association created FIFPAN: the International Wildlife and Nature Film and Photography Festival in Mimizan - France.
One of FIFPAN’s unique characteristics is that it highlights the global nature of these artistic and technical professions. These professions enable the creation of pictorial and cinematographic works dedicated to animals that are photographed and filmed in their natural environments. The festival also aims to highlight the work carried out by associations around the world with a view to preserving and protecting nature, fauna and flora.
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
777 N. Canyon Terrace Drive
Director: Ron Tuckman
Phone: +1 928 600 6572
The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival highlights
a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking social, environmental, outdoor-adventure and indigenous films from around the world.
For the past fifteen years, outdoor and film enthusiasts from across the state, region and world have enjoyed a high-quality film experience while soaking up the breathtaking fall beauty of Northern Arizona.
The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is a volunteer run effort - any profits from the event are reinvested into future festivals and our Emerging Filmmaker Program; a free weekly documentary film workshop offered to area high school students.
Green-Go Short Film Contest
CEEweb for Biodiversity
Creative Contests Co-ordinator: Olja Radlovic
CEEweb for Biodiversity is a network of non-governmental organizations in the Central and Eastern European region.
Our mission is the conservation of biodiversity through the promotion of sustainable development.
CEEweb for Biodiversityafter five year success and at least 60 hundred great short films later, just has launched Green-Go Short Film Contest for the 6th time in 2016. This year we are looking for short movies which raise awareness about small scale agriculture, the circular economy and Europe's nature wonders. Just like in the previous years, we would like to kindly ask you to be our partners to be able to reach even more interested people and raise awareness about the environmental issues we are living with. The best shorts will not only win valuable prizes but will be showed at international events that affect our future... Download the Call for Entries PDF here.
For more information please visit www.greengofest.eu.
If you have any questions, please make sure that you search for it first in the FAQs. In case you have not found it, please contact Olja Radlovic on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +49 (0)4351 470 043
ach year in September, GREEN SCREEN International Wildlife Film Festival Eckernförde attracts more than a hundred international professionals from the wildlife film industry and up to 20 000 visitors.
The five day festival programme offers more than one hundred screenings at different venues, often with filmmakers present to offer insight into their work, also there are workshops and panels.
A glamorous award ceremony celebrating the winners in the 16 categories is the final highlight of the event.
15th INTERNATIONAL GREEN SCREEN FESTIVAL ECKERNFÖRDE
starts September 8th 2021...
The International Wildlife Film Festival GREEN SCREEN is the most popular festival for nature documentaries in Europe. Every year, thousands of nature-loving film lovers watch films from all over the world at GREEN SCREEN.
Since 2007 the festival has been held annually in Eckernförde on the Baltic Sea. GREEN SCREEN offers a wide range of outstanding documentaries that depict the beauty of nature and address explosive topics on nature conservation, climate change and species extinction.
The core of the festival is the international GREEN SCREEN competition for the BEST NATURE FILMS of the year in 16 competition categories. GREEN SCREEN has also developed into an important meeting place for the nature film industry in Germany. In addition to the screenings, there are professional workshops, seminars and panel discussions, as well as rooms for meetings and acceptances and an attractive supporting program.
More here: GREEN SCREEN online and onscreen
More information about the festival: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en
International Vegan Film Festival
Contact: Shawn Stratton
Phone: + 1 613 884 7385
The International Vegan Film Festival (formerly the Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival) is a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives.
As the number of people who call themselves vegan grows exponentially around the world (a 500% increase in the last three years in the US), there is a huge appetite for information and insights into all aspects of vegan life: from the ethics of animal farming to the environmental and health benefits that come with a shift to plant based eating..
The Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival hosted its inaugural Festival on October 14, 2018 at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Canada, as the only known vegan film festival in the world.
In the years to come, the Festival will hit the road across Canada and around the world. It will not only showcase the talents of extraordinary filmmakers, but serve as a crucial link connecting the global community of vegans and inspiring non vegans to make kinder, and more informed food choices.
The world's premier vegan film festival, the third annual International Vegan Film Festival, took place virtually on October 17th, 2020.
‘Butenland’ Wins 2020 IVFF Grand Prize
The film’s heartwarming display of compassion for dairy and beef cattle warmed judge’s hearts, winning Best Overall Film and Best Animal Advocacy Film.
The third annual International Vegan Film Festival, which this year went virtual, allowing viewers from around the world to participate, came to a close this past Saturday, October 17. Following the festival completion, the full list of festival award winners were announced in both the film and photo essay categories.
The German film Butenland, directed by Marc Piershel, won Best Overall Film and Best Animal Advocacy Film at this year’s festival. Out of all 42 films submitted, Butenland was the only one to win in two categories. Read more here ...
International Wildlife Film Festival
718 S. Higgins Ave.
Phone: +1 406 728 9380
Fax: +1 406 728 2881
For help with tickets, passes & membership: email@example.com
For film sponsorship: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), created
and based in Missoula, Montana, hosts a wide-ranging line-up
of special events, public screenings, seminars and panel discussions
and evening receptions.
Festival is not a trade show or marketplace; it is a forum
for people to teach and learn about the natural history filmmaking
business and wildlife issues.
Our Festival is an eclectic
collection of people who have a great concern for wildlife
and wildlands, and how television, film and video play important
roles in understanding and protecting creatures and habitat
The mission of the International Wildlife Film Festival is
to foster knowledge and understanding of wildlife and habitat
through excellent, honest wildlife films and other media.
The IWFF was the first juried wildlife film competition in
The 44th International Wildlife Film Festival will be April 17 - May 23, 2021.
The 44th IWFF will be virtual, we hope to include hybrid screening opportunities like outdoor installations, IWFF at The Roxy's Centerfield Cinema (the ballfield), intimate screenings in The Roxy's Movie Garden, and maybe something else? Never fear - our team is creative and fearless and this festival will be unique. More here...
See the 2021 winners here: wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-2021-Award-Winners-Announced.html
See the 2020 winners here: wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-2020-Award-Winners-Announced.html
Ireland Wildlife Film Festival
Founder and Director: Carter McCormick – email@example.com
Coordinator: Paula Sprenger – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +353 (087) 689 7348
The Ireland Wildlife Film Festival is the first of its kind in Ireland and seeks to bring stories of
conservation and species preservation to the big screen while also striving to create a community of filmmakers and audience members who care deeply about environmental issues.
The Inaugural Festival was held on the 14th of September 2019 at the University College Cork Campus.
See: The Inaugural Ireland Wildlife Film Festival Winners Announced!
Today we are witnessing habitat destruction and extinction at rates never before seen on our planet. Now, more than ever, it is of the utmost importance to advocate for the well being of the earth and our neighboring species. By coming to the Ireland Wildlife Film Festival you can take part in the historic inaugural year of the festival and come help foster a community of like minded environmentalist and filmmakers.
The Second Festival, due to Covid-19, moved online, and all films were live from 10th to 24th September 2020.
See The Virtual Ireland Wildlife Film Festival 2020 Winners Announced!
240 South Glenwood Street
Phone: +1 307 200 3286
Operations Director: Christie Quinn
We are Jackson Wild
Founded in 1991, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has become Jackson Wild, expanding our reach and impact around the globe.
Jackson Wild believes in the power of media to inspire wonder for our living planet and ignite action to restore it through high-impact collaboration.
Jackson Wild creates impact through four pillars of engagement:
The Jackson Wild Summit is an extraordinary annual convening where collaboration and innovation thrive, and new ideas are launched. Cross-disciplinary conversations on the critical issues facing our planet set the stage for strategic partnerships that happen nowhere else, as participants work together to address conservation and environmental challenges. In 2019, the conservation focus will be Living Oceans. Partner summits around the world will echo this conservation theme, broadening reach and deepening global impact.
Media today deepens understanding of the world around us, inspires commitment to protect and restore the natural systems upon which all life depends and empowers the radical changes that will be required. The nature equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in science and nature storytelling. In addition to media, the Jackson Wild Legacy Awards recognize visionary filmmakers, conservationists, scientists and thought leaders.
3) New Frontiers
Stories connect us to the planet and to each other. It’s critical to bring diverse voices that bear witness to the world through unique and authentic stories. The Jackson Wild Media Lab will train and mentor emerging conservation media leaders in unique programs that directly engage them with the most influential content creators from around the globe. Beginning in Southern Africa and Latin America, Jackson Wild is working with local organizers to globalize the voices of young filmmakers.
4) Global Impact
Jackson Wild works with UN agencies and global partners to empower locally-driven engagement that inspires action. The annual World Wildlife Day Film Showcase creates a portfolio of programs selected from 250+ entries, that are presented globally at special screening events through Jackson Wild on Tour. Working closely with CITES, the UN Environment and UN Development Programme Jackson Wild furthers deep-impact media strands at a series of high level global convenings in 2019-20 where world leaders address critical environmental, social and economic challenges.
The 2021 Jackson Wild Summit to be Live-streamed ... Now an exclusively virtual event to be held from Monday-Thursday, Sept 27-30 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you that this year’s Jackson Wild Summit will be shifting to virtual, due to the resurgence of COVID-19, with sessions from the Center stage live-streamed to a virtual audience. This action is being taken in the interests of your safety and well-being and that of our staff, volunteers and the entire global Jackson Wild community. But, there is still much to talk about—and so much to do as we accelerate new perspectives and new storytelling strategies to engage new audiences to connect with our planet and each other as we engage a broader and more inclusive global audience than ever before.
Knowing that no one has the stamina and time for more than a few hours of online convening, we will present a tight and incredible lineup of compelling live sessions and networking events for three hours Monday Sept 27-Wednesday, Sept 29 culminating in the Jackson Wild Awards Celebration on Thursday, Sept 30.
Sessions will be hosted live and in-person from the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts stage with a limited number of Fellows, Mentors, Speakers, Staff, Volunteers and VIPs in attendance. All other Summit registrants will attend virtually. Of course, everyone will have full access to the amazing finalist films, as well a collection of dynamic on-demand sessions!
We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience if you have made travel or lodging plans, and now have to undo them. If you end up having any nonrefundable fees that put you in any sort of hardship, please email email@example.com we can work with you to see what we can help cover.
If you are interested in being a live audience member for those sessions we will be streaming live from the Center for the Arts stage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pass options & prices:
VIRTUAL SUMMIT PASS: $120 ... for a 20% discount to the Summit use this code: Virtual20
Your full virtual pass will give you access to on-demand sessions and films, as well as all live streamed and online programming during the 2021 Jackson Wild Summit. In addition, you will receive access to the Virtual Delegate Lounge throughout the week of the Summit.
See our Jackson Wild Media Awards Finalists Announced! Full Feature Page here!
See: 2021 UN World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Winners announced
See: Jackson Wild Announces 2020 Media Award Winners
Also see: Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day Film Showcase 2020: Biodiversity Winners Announced
Japan Wildlife Film Festival
Executive Director: Yoshiharu McNicoll
Phone: +81 (0)3 6419 7504
+81 (0)3 6419 7510
Holding its first festival in 1993, JWFF is organized biennially - every odd year in Toyama prefecture, Japan.
With the cooperation of Wildscreen in Bristol, U.K. and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming, U.S.A., it has become the largest event of its kind in Asia and Pacific Rims.
The festival receives over 400 film entries from over 40 countries and is attended by some 40 thousand members of the public who come from all over Japan.
The Japan Wildlife Film Festival is a four-day event, where nominated films are screened at several theatres and open to the public free of charge.
The Festival gives the Japanese public an excellent opportunity to view high quality natural history films. In addition to the screenings, we invite several of the nominees and other filmmakers to give special seminars on the making of their films.
The 13th Japan Wildlife Film Festival wasl held in Tokyo from the 2nd- 3rd April 2018... and the Winners are: wildlife-film.com/features/JWFF-Winners-2017.html
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Co-ordinator: Javier Diez
Director: Bienvenido León
Phone: +34 69 902 7379
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival is an initiative run by the Museo de Ciencias at the University of Navarra.
It is a film festival that aims to raise awareness about science among young people by offering a refreshing, modern take on scientific knowledge.
Enter your film into the third edition here: filmfreeway.com/LabMeCrazy Deadline: June, 6th, 2021
2020 winners: unav.edu/en/web/labmecrazy/winners
2019 winners: unav.edu/en/web/labmecrazy/2019edition
... More info on the Profile Page!
Matsalu Nature Film Festival
Tallinna mnt. 25
Läänemaa County 90303
Festival Director: Silvia Lotman
Phone: +372 477 5141
The first international Matsalu Nature Film Festival took place in 2003.
The Festival is named after the Matsalu National Park, one of Europe's largest bird sanctuaries and a wetland environment of global significance.
The objective of the festival is to screen and recognize new nature films and their creators, and to promote the distribution and popularity of nature films.
The festival promotes nature-oriented and sustainable ways of life and respect for the nature-connected traditions of indigenous people.
The 19th Matsalu Nature Film Festival will be held from September 15-26, 2021!
CALL FOR ENTRIES OPEN until the 1st of May!
Submit Online: filmfreeway.com/matsalufilm
NaturVision Film Festival
Festival Director: Ralph Thoms
Phone: +49 (0)7141 9922 48-0
20th NaturVision Film Festival from 14 – 18 July 2021 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
NaturVision is Germany's longest-running nature film festival, focusing on the natural world, wildlife, the environment and sustainability. Over four days we showcase powerful and absorbing nature and wildlife films on the big screen. We want to allow our viewers insights into unfamiliar worlds, inform them and reveal interrelationships and effects, so that they become aware of and inspired by nature and the environment. At the same time it is our wish to provide a forum for the genre, so as well as big productions there is also room in our programme for small filmic gems.
Unforgettable film images, emotional moments, critical information: NaturVision is THE film festival for nature and the environment. With our international film competition, each year we showcase the latest films around nature, wildlife and the environment, honouring the best among them with prestigious awards. NaturVision brings the beauty of nature to the big screen, shows the vulnerability of our world, and reports on new and promising solutions for environmental issues. NaturVision stands for the art of film, sustainability and future-proof development. NVision the future!
From 14 – 18 July 2021, we will be celebrating the 20th NaturVision Film Festival here in Ludwigsburg, Germany, as well as online. We would be delighted if you would join us by submitting your latest film for the chance to win one of our prestigious awards – not to mention a share of an estimated EUR 54,000 in prize money!
We have also just added a new award to our film competition: the NaturVision RETHINK Film Award. This category is open to films that depict a process of rethinking in politics and society and show positive examples. Subjects can range from responsible interaction with nature, wildlife and resources, right through to portraits of people who are calling for a fundamental rethink. Equally welcome are films that treat the theme "Rethink" artistically.
Films that were completed after 1 January 2020 can now be registered via the website: natur-vision.de/en/festival/wettbewerb/einreichformular
The closing date for entries is 29 January 2021.
We know that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year for filmmakers. So by way of solidarity, NaturVision is offering an Early Bird deal. For films submitted by 30 November 2020, there will be no entry fee.
There is also no entry fee for the NaturVision Newcomer Award category (on submission of a training certificate).
For more information on the categories and regulations, visit: natur-vision.de/en/festival/wettbewerb/kategorien-preise & natur-vision.de/en/festival/wettbewerb/reglement
New York WILD Film Festival
23 W. 73rd Street #1201
New York 10023
Founder and Executive Director: Nancy Rosenthal
Phone: +1 21 28 776 364
Awareness of all things WILD is vital.
More than ever people are fascinated with all things connected to the planet and aware of the urgency to save it.
The New York WILD Film Festival is a documentary film festival showcases a spectrum of topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife and the environment, bringing all things WILD to the most urban city in the world.
Through powerful, exhilarating films and conversations WILD presents an extraordinary opportunity to exchange ideas, affect vital change and celebrate the WILD.
2020 New York WILD Film Festival Trailer
The 8th annual New York WILD Film Festival will be held from 3-6 March 2022.
Science Media Awards & Summit
1 Guest Street
Phone: +1 307 200 3286
September 25-27, 2018 | WGBH, Boston
SMASH aims to boost science literacy in the global public by convening top scientists and science media pros.
Join Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH in Boston, September 25-27, 2018, for the Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub (SMASH), where more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape.
22nd Sept 2016: Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Announces 2016 Winners
28th Sept 2018: Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Announces 2018 Winners
Sondrio Festival - International Documentary Film Festival on Parks
Via Perego, 1
Phone: +39 0342 526 260
Annual international film festival and competition focusing on nature documentaries made in National Parks, Nature Reserves and Protected Areas.
The 33rd edition of the Sondrio festival will be held in Italy, between 11 and 24 November 2019.
Phone: +1 561 862 8948
Personal Mission/Environmental Category Contest: Video shorts, 5 min. or less, that tell the how and why an individual or group is doing something positive for the environment and inspiring others with their actions!
Please see website for details and examples: www.storieslived.com/contest
The Stories Lived Online Video Contest will present $5,300 in cash prizes across multiple categories, awarded over a 3.5 month period.
- Personal Triumph Finalists: 3 Finalists selected | $200 awarded to each Finalist (determined by Stories Lived staff.)
- Personal Passion Finalists: 3 Finalists selected | $200 awarded to each Finalist (determined by Stories Lived staff.)
- Personal Mission Finalists: 3 Finalists selected | $200 awarded to each Finalist (determined by Stories Lived staff.)
- Audience Award Winner: 1 Winner from 9 Finalists | $1,500 to Winner (determined by online vote.)
- Jury Award Winner: 1 Winner from 9 Finalists | $2,000 to Winner (determined by our esteemed Jury.)
Please see Contest Info Page for details! :)
See the most recent winners here: www.wildlife-film.com/features/Stories-Lived-Environmental-Category-Winners-Announced-30-January-2017.html
Sunny Side of the Doc
21 bis Quai Maubec
La Rochelle 17000
Phone: +33 5 46 55 79 79
Sunny Side of the Doc, international factual and doc market, brings together broadcasters, distributors and producers to buy programmes, and to find partners.
Asian Side of the Doc puts the spotlight on the dynamic Asian factual programmes sector and includes 4 days of networking, pitch sessions, panels, events and a sales market to create new partnerships and get access to key buyers from across Asia and beyond.
Company Directors: Isaac Rice &
Phone: +44 (0)7538 006 225
Wilderland Wildlife Film Festival is the UK’s first touring wildlife film festival annually touring the country bringing inspirational short wildlife films to the public.
Focusing on conservation, these films achieve the important job of getting these crucial messages out into the world.
The UK's first touring wildlife film festival IS BACK! Wilderland brings the world's most breathtaking independent wildlife shorts to the public THIS SPRING ... Touring theatres across the UK & Ireland (MARCH - MAY 2020). To find out more and to buy tickets, head to: wilderlandfestival.com/tickets
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
Phone: ++31 6 14 060 229
The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) is the only film festival for nature documentaries in the Netherlands and shows the most recent films from home and abroad. Since its first edition in 2015, WFFR has been taking place in the Rotterdam film theatre Cinerama, which was also the vibrant heart of the festival this year. The programme consists of beautiful documentaries showing the beauty of nature, as well as films showing the relationship between man and nature. During WFFR, visitors can talk to the many filmmakers present, attend special lectures and take part in interesting activities related to nature conservation.
WFFR is delighted to announce the winners of the WFFR 2020 Flamingo Awards. All winners were announced during the online Flamingo Award Ceremony on Saturday the 31st of October 2020.
The Flamingo Award Ceremony was recorded at WFFR 2020. The ceremony was in the hands of Jannah Boerakker. Due to the corona rules, the prizes were not awarded in the auditorium but in a very special way; Live from the Rotterdam Zoo!
Watch it here: Flamingo Award Ceremony 2020
See the Feature Page: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 Winners Announced!
The 7th edition of The Netherlands’ main wildlife film festival is now open for entries.
WFFR will recognise outstanding achievements in 12 Flamingo Award categories: wffr.nl/awards-categories
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) will take place from 26 – 31 October 2021
We facilitate selected filmmakers to join us at the festival in Rotterdam for daily talks, Q&A’s and the Award Ceremony.
The 2021 festival will take place during six days in beautiful Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We will be screening all of our Official Selections at Cinerama Movie Theatre in Rotterdam.
The opening of the festival will take place at Theatre Rotterdam Schouwburg on Tuesday 26 October.
We welcome more than 15.000 visitors to Rotterdam for the festival. WFFR also takes place online at the same week.
You can submit your film via FilmFreeway here: filmfreeway.com/WildlifeFilmFestivalRotterdam
The competition is completely free of fees.
The deadline to submit a film for the upcoming festival is May 1, 2021.
Dates for 2021:
- 1 May: Official submission deadline
- 15 August: Announcement of the selected finalists and Flamingo Award nominees
- 26 – 31 October: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, held in one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities
- 30 October: The winning filmmakers will be announced during the Flamingo Award Ceremony at the festival
Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world through visual media.
For over 30 years the prestigious biennial Festival has been convening and celebrating the world's best natural world storytellers, it is home to the illustrious Wildscreen Panda Awards, the highest accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry.
Through collaboration with an ever-growing community of filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters, technologists and conservation organisations we aim to transform the craft of natural world storytelling across platforms and across audiences, ensuring as many people as possible experience the natural world, feel part of it and want to help protect it.
Next Festival Dates: 19-23 October 2020!
Wildscreen announced (28th May 2020) the 20th anniversary edition of the Festival will bring the natural world to the online world this October.
Seizing the opportunity for evolution in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the reimagined virtual event will be the most accessible Wildscreen Festival to date, with more people than ever before being able to tune in to its ground-breaking content and benefit from the events unrivalled networking opportunities.
Wildscreen’s patron, renowned naturalist David Attenborough says, “Never has communicating the threats facing our natural world and the bold solutions required to protect and restore it been so vital. Wildscreen, with its convening power is uniquely placed to support and challenge those who can tell the stories the world needs to hear and see.”
The online edition of the Festival, already slated for the 19-23 October, will include everything that the international industry expects from the genres’ leading event, including keynotes, masterclasses, sessions, commissioner meetings, film premieres and screenings with director interviews, and a new programme of one-to-one meetings.
Over 300 films will also be available over a three-month period between September to December, which will then be accompanied by all the industry content released during the Festival week from Friday 23 October.
Wildscreen Festival 2020 goes virtual ... Read more!
See: Wildscreen Panda Awards 2018 Winners Announced!
See: Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 Winners Announced!
Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium
Contact - Harriet Nimmo
Phone: +27 (0)79 437 6079
Wild Shots - South Africa's new wildlife photography symposium.
Wild Shots is bringing together amateurs and professionals alike, to learn from and be inspired by the best in the business. It features a packed showcase of high-profile speakers presenting their very latest photographic work, telling tales of experiences in the field, and debating hot industry topics. The stellar line-up of speakers includes Africa's very best nature photographers and top industry practitioners.
Wild Shots' aim is to explore the power of nature photography and how it helps to promote a greater public appreciation of biodiversity and the conservation of nature in Africa. The event is open to everyone with an interest in wildlife and nature photography.
For further info & delegate registration see www.wildshotsevent.com
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