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If you do one thing this Earth Day, watch EATING OUR WAY TO EXTINCTION now FREE to View on Prime Video
22th April 2022

In the run up to Earth Day, Eating Our Way To Extinction, from members Otto Brockway and Ludovic Brockway, can now streamed for FREE to watch with Prime Video.

Narrated by Kate Winslet, this entertaining and surprising documentary will challenge the way you look at the food industry. What is the true cost of food? Who pays the price? Featuring shocking undercover footage and poignant first-hand accounts from indigenous people, this one-of-a-kind documentary will permanently change your perception of food and its connection to the future of our planet.

If we don’t act now, scientists predict there could be NO EARTH DAY BY 2045.


Eating Our Way To Extinction | Trailer 3

If you do one thing today, watch Eating Our Way To Extinction on Prime Video to learn how our greed is making the planet extinct and most importantly, what we can do to change our path. #noearthday #eating2extinction

Follow: instagram.com/eating2extinction, facebook.com/eating2extinction, tiktok.com/@eating2extinction & twitter.com/EatingOur

Visit Prime Video: amzn.to/3MuevrF (UK) or amzn.to/38h2qHx (US)

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Disneynature’s ‘Polar Bear’ Continues Longstanding Commitment to Conservation of Wildlife

Disneynature’s Polar Bear, premiering exclusively on Disney+ today in celebration of Earth Day, tells the story of a polar bear experiencing motherhood for the first time. “The heart of the story is family—that bond between mothers and cubs,” says producer Roy Conli. “That relationship lasts between two-and-a-half and three years. In that time the mother will teach her cubs everything they need to know to survive.”

Director Alastair Fothergill has been filming polar bears for more than 20 years and knew he wanted to highlight the exquisite animals (and adorable cubs) in a Disneynature film. “When we first pitched the film, we weren’t expecting it to have an environmental component because we didn’t know at the time how much climate change would affect the Arctic,” Fothergill says. “Polar bears have been forced to adapt—we witnessed it and captured some of those behaviors. It’s extraordinary. And we hope this film connects people to the incredible story of these iconic animals and inspires action for their future.”


Official Trailer | Disneynature’s Polar Bear | Disney+

Today, an estimated 26,000 polar bears remain in the wild, and experts predict that if no action on climate change is taken, we could lose all but a few polar bear populations by the end of this century.

Through Disney Planet Possible, we are committed to creating change for the better—supporting a world where people, plants, and animals all have a thriving place to call home. In coordination with the film’s debut and The Walt Disney Company’s longstanding legacy of protecting wildlife and wild places, the Disney Conservation Fund is investing in solutions to support polar bear conservation with nonprofit organization, Polar Bears International (PBI). Disney’s grant will contribute to researching the potential of a promising aerial radar detection tool that will allow aircraft to identify hidden polar bear dens and protect mothers and cubs; help to reduce possible human-bear conflicts to keep both bears and people safe in the Arctic; and inspire actionable change throughout the world to combat climate change and aid the preservation of polar bears’ habitats.

“Working on behalf of the Arctic’s polar bear community is our priority, and we are beyond excited to continue pushing that important work forward with the support of Disney,” said Krista Wright, Executive Director, Polar Bears International. “There is always more work to do, and we are optimistic of the path ahead as we find new ways to help polar bears thrive today and tomorrow. We hope after viewing Polar Bear, people will be inspired to talk to their friends and family about the film, what they learned, and why polar bear conservation matters.”

To learn more about how to make actionable change, click here.

From: thewaltdisneycompany.com/disneynatures-polar-bear-continues-longstanding-commitment-to-conservation-of-wildlife

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David Attenborough receives the United Nations most distinguished Environment Award

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today (21st of April) that Sir David Attenborough is the recipient of the Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to research, documentation, and advocacy for the protection of nature and its restoration.

“If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us,” he said. “It’s now time for our species to stop simply growing, to establish a life on our planet in balance with nature, to start to thrive.”

When Sir David Attenborough was a boy, he spent much of his free time bounding through abandoned quarries in the English countryside, hammer in hand. His prey: fossilized ammonites, spiral-shaped mollusks that lived in the time of the dinosaurs.

To a young Attenborough, the fossils were like buried treasures and he was amazed to be the first to set eyes on them in tens of millions of years.

The natural world would keep him enthralled for the rest of his life.

Today, Attenborough, 95, is arguably the world’s best-known natural history broadcaster. During a career that began with the dawn of television, he has penned and presented some of the most influential documentaries on the state of the planet, including his decade-spanning, nine-part Life series.

With what the New York Times called his “voice-of-God-narration” and an insatiable curiosity, he has spent 70 years revealing the beauty of the natural world – and laying bare the threats it faces. Along the way, he has offered hundreds of millions of viewers a vision for a more sustainable future.

“If the world is, indeed, to be saved, then Attenborough will have had more to do with its salvation than anyone else who ever lived,” wrote environmentalist and author Simon Barnes.

The United Nations has recognized Attenborough’s outsized impact on the global environmental movement, presenting him with the UN Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is the UN’s highest environmental honour and celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to tackling crises like climate change, species loss and pollution.

“You have been an extraordinary inspiration for so many people,” said Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as she presented Attenborough with the award.

“You spoke for the planet long before anyone else did and you continue to hold our feet to the fire.”.

Read more: unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2021/sir-david-attenborough


Sir David Attenborough: Exclusive interview by UN Environment Programme's Director Inger Andersen

Sir David Attenborough is awarded with the United Nations Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award by the UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Inger Andersen. In an exclusive interview, they discuss Sir David's life, the importance of restoring nature and how science can appeal to the hearts of people.

The Champions of the Earth award is the United Nation’s highest environmental honour. It recognizes outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have a transformative impact on the environment.

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“Golden Eagles: Witnesses to a Changing West” Documentary Released

Film Tells the Story of the Challenges the Birds Face and the People Working to Save Them

Wild Excellence Films (WEF) released their documentary entitled “Golden Eagles: Witnesses to a Changing West,” an hour-long film shot in UHD 5K and 6K with RED cinema cameras. It will be broadcast on PBS stations in several states this spring, including New Mexico, California, Colorado, Wyoming, and Florida, and will have many more airings throughout the year.

The film tells the story of the stunning golden eagle, a raptor with a seven-foot wingspan and powerful talons that isn’t immune to the challenges of the rapidly changing American West. From climate change to sprawl, invasive species to disease, lead poisoning to energy development, the magnificent birds are under threat from many directions and are a species of serious conservation concern. “Golden Eagles: Witnesses to a Changing West” takes viewers into the field with leading researcher Dr. Charles Preston and his team in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming as they rappel down cliffs into eagle nests to place leg bands on the birds.

“Filming in this wild, underappreciated landscape was a challenge,” said producer and cinematographer David Rohm. “But our footage of golden eagles and the people who dedicate their time to save them makes a strong case for conservation. It’s an honor to be able to tell this story.”

Never-before-seen footage of charismatic eaglets is paired with compelling narration to further the conservation message. Gorgeous aerials of the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem; footage of grizzly bears, sage-grouse, and other animals; and dramatic landscapes show the diversity of this habitat. Narrated by renowned naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman, this beautiful documentary makes the viewer feel like they’re in the field with Dr. Preston for an intimate view of these birds and the science that can help save them.

Viewers will go behind the scenes at wildlife rehabilitation centers where eagles are treated for lead poisoning, and hear stories of Indigenous peoples’ connections to the golden eagle, told by a member of the Crow Nation, Dr. Shane Doyle.

“We were excited to be filming these magnificent birds and to be working with such a great, passionate team,” said cinematographer Melissa Rohm. “One of our focuses was filming the banding of golden eagle nestlings. We captured some unique, never-before-seen moments, and we’re looking forward to sharing the eagles’ story with a wide audience. Many people aren’t familiar with golden eagles, but we hope the film will inspire conservation of this magnificent species.”

Wild Excellence Films worked closely with Wyoming PBS; the Draper Natural History Museum; Kristin Combs of Wyoming Wildlife Advocates; Dr. Shayne Doyle of the Crow Nation; Teton Raptor Center; Jill King from Styling the New West; Susan Ahalt from Ironside Bird Rescue; and naturalist, artist, and author Kenn Kaufman. Funders for the film include the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation; Wyoming Cultural Trust; Wyoming Community Foundation; Community Foundation of Jackson Hole; Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund; Rocky Mountain Power Foundation; and Wyoming Humanities Council.

About Wild Excellence Films

Wild Excellence Films (WEF) specializes in telling compelling natural history stories that promote conservation and science, educating audiences while immersing them in the beauty of the natural world. Their films are factual yet personal, dramatic, and cinematic. They produce their films ethically, taking pride in putting the well-being of their subjects first. Their curiosity and love for animals, plants, and wild places knows no limits, and their films are testaments to that passion. From development to filming, editing to narration and script, Wild Excellence Films is a complete production company. They work with conservation organizations, state and national parks, and public television.

For more information about Wild Excellence Films, please visit goldeneaglefilm.com and wildexcellencefilms.com or email wildexcellencefilms@comcast.net

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BWPA 2023 – CALL for ENTRIES is OPEN!
20th April 2022

The British Wildlife Photography Awards is OPEN for ENTRIES with £15,000+ prize fund!

BWPA 2023 is now open for entries. The competition celebrates the best in UK nature photography, and we want to see what you've got!

The deadline for entries is the 19th June 2022.

To submit to the competition, please first register on the new competition website. All entrants will need to create a new account this year.

Register here: enter.bwpawards.org/login

This year's competition has a prize fund of over £15,000 in cash. The Overall Winner will take home a total of £5,750.

Early bird discount

For a limited time, you can get entry credits for the adult competition at a special Early Bird discount. But this will only be available for a very short time.

Any credits purchased now can be used at any point up until the deadline for submissions.

Categories

This year's categories in the adult competition are:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Portraits (sponsored by MPB)
  • Botanical Britain (sponsored by Countryside Jobs Service)
  • Black & White
  • Coast & Marine
  • Habitat
  • Hidden Britain
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Wild Woods (sponsored by Wildlife Watching Supplies)

We also have the following awards:

  • British Seasons - submit 4 images together that showcase either the changing seasons, or take an in-depth look at one particular season.
  • Documentary Series - a sequence of up to 6 images that showcase any British Wildlife, habitat, or landscape conservation issue.
  • Wildlife in HD Video - submit a short film of up to 3 minutes in length, showcasing your cinematography skill.

Full category descriptions can be found on the website: bwpawards.org/categories

RSPB Young BWPA

The RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is free to enter for those aged 17 years or under on the 19th June 2022.

You can enter up to 10 images in this competition. The Overall winner will take home a total of £1,000 in vouchers for camera equipment.

Please register on the website to enter: enter.bwpawards.org/login

Dates for your diary

  • June 19th '22 -- Deadline for entries
  • July/August '22 -- Request for high resolution files
  • March '23 -- Winners are announced at the awards ceremony

Book & touring exhibition

The winning images from BWPA 2023 will embark on a journey around the UK in our touring exhibition until March 2024.

They will also be published in our Collection 11 book. This hardback, coffee-table book will be filled with the best of our winners and finalists.

Don't forget to take a look at this year's judging panel who will determine the winners: bwpawards.org/judges

We look forward to seeing your entries! All the best, The BWPA Team

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The 2022 Ireland Wildlife Film Festival is OPEN for ENTRIES!
20th April 2022

This years dates for the Ireland Wildlife Film Festival are: November 10 – 20, 2022 ... And Entries are NOW OPEN!

Enter via FilmFreeway: filmfreeway.com/IrelandWildlifeFilmFestival-1

Dates to remember:

  • April 20, 2022 - Opening Date
  • May 30, 2022 - Early Deadline
  • July 15, 2022 - Late Deadline
  • September 15, 2022 - Deadline Notification Date
  • November 10 – 20, 2022 - Event Dates

Visit: irelandwildlifefilmfestival.com & facebook.com/irelandwildlifefilmfestival

See last years winners: Ireland Wildlife Film Festival 2021 Winners Announced!

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Seasick – Saving The Hauraki Gulf

The Hauraki Gulf – one of the most bio-diverse harbours in the entire world, but over-fishing and too much run off and sediment is strangling the mauri out of this unique harbour and threatening future generation’s enjoyment of it.

It is in collapse.

The council has released damning report after damning report for over twenty years. Seachange has been working away for over six years. Legasea, Revive our Gulf, Sustainable Coastlines, Greenpeace and others have all been banging away. With no result.

Finally the government has released their Revitalising the Gulf report. It is a much-needed step forward but people still need to know what the issues are, what possible solutions there are and how wide reaching will this new Ministry of Fisheries action really be.

It is widely recognised that this is a hugely complex problem with local government, central government, farmers, developers, recreational fisher people, the commercial fishing industry and twenty-four iwi, all with different agendas. But all their agendas will be rendered null and void if the gulf collapses.

There is no room for further green fatigue. Now is the time for action. Please come on board.


Seasick Trailer

Visit: republic.co.nz/seasick

Series: Seasick

Member The Sound Room scored ths series and says "Fantastic and super topical 7 part documentary series we had pleasure of scoring recently - expertly sound designed and mixed by Mike Bloemendal. Directed by Simon Mark-Brown, Produced by Angela Hovey for Republic. Streaming NOW."

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park was the first marine park established in New Zealand. It reaches from Te Arai to Waihi in the North Island, an area of more than 1.2 million hectares which includes more than 50 islands. It is a unique, bio-diverse and a much-loved body of water,but it is in a state of ecological collapse.

Seasick - Saving the Hauraki Gulf is a seven-part series initiated by the release of many bleak reports on the state of the gulf. The alarming decrease in crayfish, paua, scallops, fish stocks – most sealife. How has it come to this? Who are the culprits and what can be done?

Over 18 months we have interviewed more than 70 people – all with strong, well-informed points of view.

We investigate the history of fishing, commercial and recreational, fisheries management in general, the Quota Management System and look at marine reserves. Most agree with more marine protection but there is conflict over what that should look like.

It seems apparent that not enough has been done fast enough. Time is running out to save the Hauraki Gulf. There are stories of hope – we just hope they will be in time.


Series: Seasick

Read/watch more: interactives.stuff.co.nz/2022/seasick-saving-hauraki-gulf

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One World, Infinite Wonder: Netflix’s New Climate Change and Sustainability Collection

For Earth Month, Netflix released a new collection of nearly 200 films, specials, series, and sorts about the environment and climate change to bring attention to the state of our planet.

Don’t Look Up is the second most-watched English language film of all time. Don’t Look Up follows two astronomers trying to get humans to care about the massive comet that will destroy planet Earth, which is a metaphor for climate change.

Now, Netflix created an entire community for users to immerse themselves in topics of climate emergencies. The One World, Infinite Wonder, Netflix’s Earth Month collection, features 170 films, specials, series, and shorts that address environmental issues and climate change.

Dr. Emma Stewart, Netflix’s Chief Sustainability Office, wrote in a blog post, “This Earth Month, let us entertain you with stories about our planet and its heroes — with everything from cooking shows to dramas, stand-up comedy specials to family titles, to nature documentaries and climate fiction.”

The collection includes series, films, and specials like Our Planet, Animal, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, and the new five-part series Our Great National Parks narrated by President Barack Obama.


One World, Infinite Wonder | Netflix

Read more: onegreenplanet.org/environment/one-world-infinite-wonder-netflixs-new-climate-change-and-sustainability-collection

To watch, go to netflix.com/earthstories or netflix.com/earthmonth

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Wetlands Need You – WWT

The Covid crisis has taught us we can’t go back to how things were before.

So how can we fight back against the climate emergency? How can we reverse the destruction of nature? How can we heal the UK’s wellbeing crisis? How can we protect our communities from increased flooding? How can we bring wildlife back to our degraded rivers, lakes and ponds? Wetlands Can!

Yet we’ve lost so many, with 90% destroyed in England alone. Worldwide, wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests, and much of what remains is in poor quality. They need your help.


Wetlands Can!

Wetlands occur where water meets land. They include marshes, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, deltas, floodplains and wet woodlands.

Wetlands can

  • Store carbon – Wetlands such as peatlands and saltmarshes store more carbon, more quickly, than all the world’s forests combined.
  • Reduce flooding – Wetlands are like natural sponges. They store excess rainwater, slow the flow of water downriver and provide a buffer from the sea.
  • Improve wellbeing – Feeling part of nature is hugely beneficial to our wellbeing. Research shows that 65% of people find being near water has a positive impact on their mental health.
  • Restore biodiversity – Nature is in freefall. Wetlands help to clean our water and bring a whole range of wildlife back to our degraded rivers, lakes and ponds.

Join our movement

"We all stand to benefit from more wetlands in our lives and together we can make this happen." Kate Humble, WWT President

Pledge your support ... Join WWT’s urgent pledge to create 100,000 hectares of healthy wetlands around the UK by adding your details here.

With your support, we will campaign for change and urge the UK government to prioritise and invest in more wetlands. Each name we collect will build momentum and help us solve today’s pressing climate, nature and wellbeing crises.

Visit/Sign/Support: wwt.org.uk/wetlands-can

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Our soils are going extinct ... We need to stop that happening.

Why Save Soil?

Save Soil is a global movement launched by Sadhguru, to address the soil crisis by bringing together people from around the world to stand up for Soil Health, and supporting leaders of all nations to institute national policies and actions toward increasing the organic content in cultivable Soil.

Save Soil is a Global Movement to initiate a conscious approach to soil and planet. The movement seeks to show governments of all nations that their citizens want a policy to revitalize soil and ecology.

To activate and demonstrate the support of over 3.5 billion citizens, Sadhguru will be riding as a lone motorcyclist, 30,000 kilometers across 26 nations.

The arduous journey will start in London and end in southern India, where the Cauvery Calling project, initiated by Sadhguru, has enabled 125,000 farmers to plant 62 million trees to revive soil and river Cauvery.

Activating citizen participation will ensure that ecological issues become election issues, so that governments create policies and set budgets for ecological solutions, leading to sustained implementation.


What's the Biggest Threat to Our Lives? | Sadhguru

Find out more at consciousplanet.org

Yogi, mystic, visionary, and best-selling author Sadhguru explains how over 5,000 years of industrialized farming has leached nutrients from the world’s soil, and the ecological impact this has had on food production and raising crops. #DailyShow


Sadhguru - Saving Soil to Grow Better Crops | The Daily Show

Follow instagram.com/consciousplanet

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Jackson Wild Media Awards Call for Entry Now Open 2022
7th April 2022

Nature film’s equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science, and conservation storytelling.

To make the competition more accessible and better reflect the diversity of filmmakers' experiences, the competition features new categories this year including "Breakthrough Film" recognizing achievement in nature-related filmmaking in the face of adversity or limitations, as well as "Global Voices" highlighting non-Western perspectives.

Any film completed since June 1, 2021, is eligible to enter.

Visit/enter: jacksonwild.org/2022categories.html

The deadline to enter is June 1, 2022.

Nominate Films and Individuals for Special Jury Recognition

First introduced in 2021, Jackson Wild's Special Jury Recognitions are not a competition — but rather a recognition by a jury of peers — celebrating impactful individuals and innovative content pushing the frontiers of storytelling about nature, science and conservation.

It is free to submit nominations, with Special Jury Recognitions curated and showcased to define key conversations at the Summit.

Learn more & nominate: jacksonwild.org/2022specialjury.html

Watch the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase

2022 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Recovering Species!

This year's World Wildlife Day Showcase includes films spreading the message that the restoration of key species are pillars of humanity’s social and economic well-being, as well as key elements of the planet’s environmental health and biological diversity. The films are free to view and will be available until May 15.

Watch: watch.eventive.org/worldwildlifeday

Seeking Preliminary Judges for Media Awards

Are you interested in helping select the best of the best nature films?

Our preliminary judging pool consists of hundreds of judges from all over the world. Apply to be a judge for this year's Media Awards!

Learn more & apply: jacksonwild.org/2022-judging-application.html

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Submit your amateur film to the 2022 International Nature Namur Festival!

For nearly 30 years the Festival International Nature Namur has been promoting amateur filmmakers and their films dedicated to nature. A contest restricted to non-professionals allows all filmmakers passionate by wildlife and flora to share their realizations with the still growing audience of the Festival.

The 28th edition of the Festival will be held from Friday 14, 2022 to Sunday 23, 2022 in the heart of Namur city. Its rich programming of animal documentary will offer a selection of amateur films highlighted at every show and during the gala evening devoted to this competition. The selected filmmakers will then enjoy their realizations in optimal conditions: comfortable movie theatres, large screens, the latest audio-visual technologies.

What are the requirements to take part?
This contest is restricted to amateur filmmakers. The submitted films may not last more than five minutes and must be dedicated to nature. You find all the requirements in our regulation.
 

How to enter these amateur films competition?
You can submit your films until July 31, 2022 and fill in the registration form on our website.

ASK FOR TIPS ABOUT YOUR AMATEUR FILM

Our coaching committee can send you on simple request his opinion about your film project or your completed film.

If you are an amateur filmmaker and appreciate shooting films about nature, you can ask our coaching committee for advice. The committee set up by PointCulture will preview, upon request, the amateur film projects, completed or not, sent to the Festival before Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the latest. During the following month the committee will send advice and tips to the filmmakers to improve their project.

Based on these tips the amateur filmmakers who wish it can send the Festival a new version of their film before the closing date of Sunday, July 31, 2022 at midnight.

Ask here: festivalnaturenamur.be/amateur-nature-films-competition

THE FINN GIVES VOICE TO THE YOUTH

Are you younger than 21? Are you passionate about nature? Then be invited to the 28th edition of the Festival from Friday 14th to Sunday 23th October 2022.

Exhibit your nature pictures among other photographers during the Festival!

A contest gives the young people the opportunity to show their nature photographs to the visitors of the Festival. Two winners will be given a Youth Grant. This includes the printing of the pictures, the setting up of the exhibition and its presentation as a scoop in the Nature Village. The making of this exhibit will be coached by well-known photographer Michel d’Oultremont. A rare chance to live and share one’s passion with a professional. Do not hesitate and sign in on our website before 15 May 2022.

Become a member of a movie jury and award a prize of the 2021 Festival!

This year the FINN is calling you, passionate of movie and nature, to become a member of our youth jury. A unique opportunity to view new films, to meet documentary professionals and to share your opinion with the other members. The jury will return its verdict during the gala evening of the prize-giving ceremony. Let your opinion be heard and take part in the jury members selection on our website before 15 May 2022.

Do not wait to live these unique adventures. We are eager to meet you.

DISCOVER OUR FOUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022 FESTIVAL

The competitions and the applications for the 28th edition are open on our website.

The International Nature Namur Festival organizes four major international competitions, films and photos, dedicated to nature and the wonder it arouses. The film competitions are divided into three categories: professional films, amateur films and ultra-short films (max. 1 minute). The Namur International Photo Nature Competition invites amateur and professional photographers to provoke emotions with their most beautiful images.

The Festival is also launching applications to photographers to exhibit at the Village Nature, including a Young Photographers Grant for young under the age of 21. Two other applications offer the opportunity for associations to occupy a stand at the Village Nature and for students to be a member of the 2022 youth jury.

Visit: festivalnaturenamur.be/competitions

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Wildscreen launches first ever study into the UK Wildlife Film and TV industry

Wildscreen Industry Insight (WII) is the first of a series of surveys which aim to gain insight into the Natural History Industry.

UK charity, Wildscreen, has launched the UK’s first ever industry-wide research to benchmark the UK’s Natural History Film and TV genre. Wildscreen are calling for all Production Companies and Freelancers who power the sector across the UK, to contribute and add their voices to the study.

The two surveys, Wildscreen Industry Insight: UK Freelancers and Wildscreen Industry Insight: UK Companies will gather unique data, establishing the genre's size, economic value and workforce, helping to raise the profile of the genre within the creative sector here in the UK and internationally.

The anonymous surveys will run until May 3rd. The outcomes will be revealed in the first ever Wildscreen Industry Insight Report (WIIR) this Autumn. The findings will also be used to inform content and themes for the upcoming Wildscreen Festival taking place live in Bristol and streamed online from 10-14 October 2022. 

The first installation of the Wildscreen Industry Insight series will provide the largest and most complete review of the natural history industry film and TV industry within the UK with the benchmark report providing; key information on sector-specific revenues; a breakdown of funding sources and commissions globally for natural history programming; an overview of the natural history film and TV workforce in the UK, including freelancers, emerging talent and collaboration with in-country talent; a baseline for workforce diversity across the sector; an insight into impact of the pandemic on the industry; identification of the key challenges facing the sector over the next five years; an insight into how freelancers within the industry can be supported.

Lucie Muir, Wildscreen’s CEO said: “For many, the idea of travelling the world documenting wildlife is a dream job but for those working in it, there are some unique, genre-specific opportunities and challenges. This study will not only help us understand the contribution wildlife film and TV makes to the creative economy here in the UK, but most importantly, for the first time ever, we will know more about the people behind the camera. It’s a unique opportunity for the industry’s workforce to have their voices heard and for the industry to come together and build a more inclusive, supportive and equitable natural world storytelling genre here in the UK.”

The research is being conducted in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

To find out more about Wildscreen Industry Insight visit: wildscreen.org/year-round/wildscreen-industry-insight

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New Head of Department Wanted – Science and Natural History at the National Film & Television School
By NFTS
30th March 2022

Full Time Head of Science and Natural History position available at NFTS

For half a century, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has developed some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent.  It is widely acknowledged to be the top school of its kind in the UK and one of the best internationally.

We are now recruiting for a Head of Science & Natural History.  This is a unique opportunity for someone who is excited about imparting their knowledge to, and inspiring the next generation of Science & Natural History film and television-makers.

Our two-year MA course, Directing and Producing Science & Natural History, is the only course of its kind in the UK and aims to give students the skills they need to direct science and wildlife productions.

Working closely with the Director, Director of Curriculum and Registrar, the Head of Science & Natural History is responsible for devising and revising the curriculum, including projects, exercises and workshops, in conjunction with fellow tutors.  The ideal applicant will be an experienced Director or Producer with solid knowledge and practical experience of industry customs and practices, strong editorial skills and, importantly, understand the enormous value and contribution made by other departments (Editing, Sound and Music etc) to Science & Natural History projects.

Applicants need to be excellent communicators possessing strong interpersonal skills and a passion for student learning.  Some previous experience of teaching and learning is preferred.

Variety’s Top UK Film School 2020 and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema BAFTA, the NFTS is one of the world's leading film, games and television schools and celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary in 2021. NFTS alumni have gone on to win 13 Oscars and 152 BAFTAs with graduates including; double Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917) creator of global Netflix hit Sex Education Laurie Nunn and BAFTA winning director, Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here). The NFTS is a registered charity (313429).

For further information about this role and details of how to apply, please visit  www.nfts.co.uk/jobs

Closing date for applications: 2nd May 2022

Download the Job Description here.

Please note that we are unable to sponsor candidates for these roles, so we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate their right to live and work in the UK.  If you do not have the right to work in the UK, we will not be able to progress your application.

At the NFTS, people are at the heart of what we do. We’re an inclusive employer and are committed to equality of opportunity, and building a culturally diverse workforce. We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and to increasing our representation of staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds.

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Wildscreen Festival 2022 Unveils Official Selection Programmers
By Wildscreen
29th March 2022

Wildscreen, the not-for-profit behind the biggest festival of natural world storytelling, has today unveiled its team of six international Programmers to curate its Official Selection competition as part of the Festival’s 40th Anniversary edition.

The 2022 Programme Chair is Lucy Jane Mukerjee, a queer British-Indian programming disruptor and social impact film curator based in New York. Since 2018, she has been a Senior Programmer at the Tribeca Festiva and co-founder of the Programmers of Colour Collective.

Lucy is joined by:

  • Alice Aedy, a UK-based documentary photographer, filmmaker and campaigner, whose work focuses on forced migration, environmental issues and women's stories. She is also the co-founder of earthrise studio.
  • Founder of Raconteur Productions, Chioma Onyenwe, joins the team from Nigeria, drawing on her interdisciplinary training as a filmmaker to create art across different mediums that lie in the intersection of culture, history and identity.
  • Elizabeth Swanson Andi is a visual storyteller, environmental advocate and member of the indigenous Napu Kichwa community of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • Academy Award-winning director James Reed joins the team from the wildlife film capital of the world, Bristol. He won the coveted Golden Panda Award at Wildscreen Festival in 2020 for My Octopus Teacher shortly before recognition at the Oscars.
  • Los Angeles-based programmer Milo Talwani is a curator who oversees the selection process at Sundance Film Festival. They are a technical coordinator for Tribeca Immersive and curate XR exhibition events.

This truly international programming team, spanning across 4 continents, will honour a series of feature-length, short films and immersive or extended reality productions told by a diverse range of natural world storytellers.

Wildscreen introduced the Official Selection in 2020 to discover and honour original and authentic stories that speak to different audiences with urgency about the natural world. The programme was also established to open up the Festival to a wider range of storytellers, embracing independents, first-time filmmakers and stories told through immersive formats.

This year, the competition aims to highlight the voices of filmmakers from underrepresented groups in the environmental film industry, particularly stories told by filmmakers based in the Global South or who identify as indigenous, who are most impacted by climate change and biodiversity loss.

The programmers will select 35 productions from a diverse range of filmmakers who will each receive a laurel, certificate and unique sustainably-sourced trophy. Also up for grabs are a Programmer Prize and Audience Award which will grant a unique laurel and £2,000 and £1,000 cash prizes respectively. One production which demonstrates innovative sustainable practices behind the scenes will be recognised with a Sustainable Merit.

Submissions are open until 14 April 2022 and can be made here.

Selected productions will be screened as part of the first ever hybrid Wildscreen Festival from 10-14 October and will be available to stream online for 3 months via the online Festival platform.

A variety of hybrid and virtual passes have just been released, allowing delegates to choose how and when they experience the festival. Tickets can be purchased here.

Visit: www.wildscreen.org/festival

See the Full Feature here ...

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What really happens to our plastic? Join The Big Plastic Count 2022 ... Greenpeace wants to know what your style is!?

Are you a multi-tasker? One of the sporty ones? A perfectionist? Or will you let chaos reign? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

In partnership with non-profit Everyday Plastic, Greenpeace has launched The Big Plastic Count - the UK’s biggest ever investigation into household plastic!

For one week in May, we need you to join thousands of others across the UK to count your pots, packets, wrappers, the lot. Together we'll uncover the truth about how much plastic we throw away and what happens to it, and prove bold action is needed to solve the plastic problem. 

It’s simple enough to do – and if you sign up today we’ll send you a free counting pack that gives you everything you need to take part. And as the video says – it doesn’t matter how you count, it’s the counting that counts!


What really happens to our plastic? Join The Big Plastic Count 2022

We all know that too much plastic packaging is being produced – the UK produces more plastic waste per person than almost any other country in the world(only the US is worse!) [1]. And if things carry on as they are, the amount of plastic produced around the world is set to double in the next 20 years.

Recycling alone isn’t going to solve the plastic problem – we’re producing too much in the first place and our recycling systems can’t cope.

But at the moment, there’s nowhere near enough evidence to show how much plastic leaves UK households, or where it really ends up when we throw it away. 

We need more evidence so we can convince the government, big brands and supermarkets to get on with making the bigger changes we need….and that’s why we need you. 

The bigger The Big Plastic Count is, the more new evidence we’ll build to reveal the true scale of the plastic problem, and the more power we’ll have to push for change.

Most of us have no idea how much plastic we actually use, or where our plastic goes after we throw it in the bin or the recycling. But thanks to Everyday Plastic’s unique methodology, by taking part in The Big Plastic Count you’ll have the chance to learn more about your own plastic footprint.

So sign up to take part now – discover more about the plastic problem and join thousands of others across the UK in doing something about it!

Visit: thebigplasticcount.com/sign-up/video

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Thank you, Sea produced by Tom Mustill for Surfers Against Sewage wins at the Charity Film Awards

Last month (22nd March), Thank you, Sea won the £500,000 - £5million Turnover Film Category at the Charity Film Awards. The film was produced by member Tom Mustill using 100% recycled film!

Surfers Against Sewage say "Watch our love letter to the sea. Made from stories and footage you sent in, it recognises and celebrates everything the sea means to us. From moments of awe and wonder to times of reflection and comfort. The sea, the big blue, the ocean. It's a part of us and we need to protect it."


Thank you, Sea.

Watch, share and sign the Ocean & Climate Emergency petition: sas.org.uk/ocean-and-climate-petition

See: smileymovement.org/organisations/surfers-against-sewage

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Have You Seen The Lingerie Protest On UnchainedTV Yet?

A group of bold women walk the streets in lingerie to raise awareness of animal cruelty in a brand new short documentary broadcast on UnchainedTV, the all-vegan streaming TV network.

The Lingerie Protest features Australian Dita Von Teese model and activist Stefania Ferrario, who wanted to draw attention to the cruelty animals face.

In the documentary she said: “Unfortunately animals in animal agriculture have no bodily autonomy so for us to use our bodies to spread awareness was incredibly powerful.”

Fueled by the lack of news coverage about the devastation of animal agriculture, Ferrario teamed up with fellow activist and vegan influencer Tash Peterson.


Have You Seen The Lingerie Protest On UnchainedTV Yet?

Read more here: plantbasednews.org/opinion/the-long-read/lingerie-protest-animal-rights-documentary

Watch the FULL FILM on UNCHAINED TV for FREE: watch.unchainedtv.com/apps/3909/167038/174443/181366/38732179


Stripping Down to Lingerie for Animal Rights: Stefania Ferrario & Jamie Logan Talk Why!

Download the UnchainedTV App: unchainedtv.com/download-app

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Don’t miss out on DCEFF30 ... 17-27 March ... All VIRTUAL!!

DCEFF30 kicks off TODAY, 17th March! Still haven’t gotten your tickets? Visit the virtual Festival page to browse the 100+ free and low-priced streaming options and get in on the action before it’s too late!

This year, we wanted to deepen our commitment to the amazing network of environmental storytellers in our community and around the world. Thanks to our amazing partners, we are able to do just that by offering exclusive screenings and discussions on issues that matter here in DC and across the globe for FREE.

This year’s Festival is all-virtual, which means you can watch every feature, short, and eye-opening event - like our new free Forum series, and our exclusive interview with the 2022 DCEFF Environmental Champion Dr. Jane Goodall - on your phone, computer, tablet, smart TV, or any other streaming device!

Want to see more of what’s in store for DCEFF30? Watch the Official Festival Trailer now!


DCEFF30 Festival Trailer

The 2022 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital is here! Wherever you’re planning on joining from, it’s time to start getting into the Festival spirit! Begin planning your Festival experience now by visiting dceff.org/dceff-30-passes

VIEW THE DCEFF30 FILM GUIDE: dceff30.eventive.org/films

Follow: instagram.com/dceff_org, twitter.com/dceff_org & facebook.com/dceff.org

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY from Wildlife-film.com DCEFF!!

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Newyonder, a New Streaming Service Launches with Two Original Feature Films
By Jason Peters
14th March 2022

Nineteen months in the making, the certified B Corp streaming service Newyonder launched earlier this month!

On launch day (2nd Feb), Newyonder Originals were made live to be steamed on all compatible devices. And to celebrate the occasion, they launched with a bang - with a London Euston digital billboard takeover:

Newyonder on Instagram: @newyonder

Also see on linkedin.com.

Newyonder is a new global streaming service, film studios and certified B Corp dedicated to leaving our planet wilder through storytelling optimism and change.

Go beyond the story and subscribe for change®.

Watch Newyonder Originals in 4K UHD on compatible devices, at any time, and help drive real tangible change from your own sofa – with a percentage of the revenue going towards regenerative and sustainable impact projects.

Now that the streaming service is live, two great films are already live and available to stream.

‘Wild Isles’ and ‘Three Moons of Biyangdo’ and readily available to watch for the first time.

So, you are invited to watch the films and support this newly launched streaming service that makes a difference.

Newyonder – trailer
WILD ISLES (2022) OFFICIAL TRAILER
STREAMING NOW ON NEWYONDER

Wild Isles

Our planet is full of life. From vast oceans to wide-open skies, the diversity of life here seems infinite. But one of those here on earth has been changing the balance for all of its residents.

Yet this is a story of hope.

Meet the people and communities who are making a difference and showing us the way to a brighter, wilder future. Restoring our natural world and restoring our faith in humankind across Britain's Wild Isles.

Visit: newyonder.earth/asset/wildisles

Newyonder – trailer
THREE MOONS OF BIYANGDO (2022) OFFICIAL TRAILER
STREAMING NOW ON NEWYONDER

Three Moons of Biyangdo

Follow the story of a disappearing, centuries-old tradition that encapsulates the delicate balance, and deep connections, between humanity and the natural world.

Kyung-Mi, Geum-Mi and Jeong-Mi Moon are three sisters, now in their sixties, Haenyeo "sea women", taking only what they need from the sea one breath at a time.

Visit: newyonder.earth/asset/threemoonsofbiyangdo

Newyonder – Streaming Service


About Newyonder:

The Founder and CEO of Newyonder® is Jon Cleave. He's a producer and distributor of Original programming in cinematic film & television.

As a media and entertainment company, global streaming service and Certified B Corp®, Newyonder is dedicated to leaving our planet wilder and more biodiverse, through storytelling, optimism and change, because it’s through stories that people make sense of the world. So, the greater we understand it, the more likely we are to preserve it.

Subscribe. Stream. Save (the planet).
FILMS THAT HELP RESTORE THE PLANET.

Head to Newyonder® to go beyond the story and subscribe for change®. Stream Newyonder Originals on compatible devices, at any time, and help restore the planet from your own sofa – with at least 5% of the revenue going towards regenerative and sustainable impact projects.

Positive Impact:

The more people who watch Newyonder films, the larger their community grows – and the better off we leave our planet – by donating to nature-based solutions e.g. Seagrass Restoration, brought to life by ‘Newyonder Allies’ (fulfilment partners).

The films are also albert-certified (BAFTA) carbon-neutral productions.

To read more about Impact, visit: newyonder.earth/page/Impact

Visit the website to find out more newyonder.earth/page/About and sign up.

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/Newyonder.htm

Visit/Like facebook.com/newyonder & tiktok.com/@newyonder

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Study finds more 'losers' than 'winners' among plants in the age of humans

A new analysis spanning more than 86,000 plant species from John Kress, botany curator emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and Gary Krupnick, head of the museum's plant conservation unit, finds that on this human-dominated planet, many more species of plants are poised to "lose" rather than "win." The study was published today, March 10, in the journal Plants, People, Planet.

From changing Earth's climate to destroying, degrading and altering ecosystems on a massive, human choices now largely dictate the environmental conditions across much of the globe and, as a result, which species of plants and animals can survive and persist and which will go extinct. Species lucky enough to be directly or indirectly aided by human activities are likely to survive and can be thought of as "winners," while those that are pushed to ecological irrelevance or extinction by those same activities are the ultimate "losers" in evolutionary terms.

Kress encountered this concept of evolutionary winners and losers in the age of humans (known to some researchers as the Anthropocene), in the writings of John McNeill and wanted to see if it might be possible to tally the plant species that were winning and losing now and in the future.

"I actually started this project from a place of optimism," Kress said. "I had just planted all these trees around my house in Vermont and thought to myself that maybe there are actually more winners than losers, and we are just focused on everything that's disappearing."

In the summer of 2019, Kress brought Krupnick into the fold to help compile and analyze the mountains of data required to put every plant species for which there was enough information into the categories of winners and losers. The researchers split the winners and losers into species that are and are not useful to humans.

In addition to these four categories, Kress and Krupnick created four others: Species that appeared likely to win or lose in the future were deemed tentative winners or potential losers, and species that do not seem to be winning or losing at present were considered currently neutral. A fourth and final category included 571 species that have already gone extinct.

Read more: phys.org/news/2022-03-losers-winners-age-humans.html

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Whilst the above is very likely true the Brock Initiative looks at both the positives and negatives it their Wildlife Winners & Losers Film Series ...

If you didn't read the above article, the conclusion (spoiler!) was this:

"It still looks green outside my window, and that can create the illusion that plants are doing well," Kress said. "But this study suggests we're on course for a big loss of plant diversity, and we better wake up."

On his Wildlife Winners & Losers film series, Richard Brock says, “Some years ago when I was in the renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol I was getting more and more angry that some programmes were basically “lying”. I even said that to David Attenborough, perhaps not a great career move. But there was a definite reluctance to show much at all about what was really happening to the planet. In fact, any “gloom and doom” was rejected by the commissioners – in their apparent wisdom. Indeed, the series Blue Planet (One) was shown in full on BBC1 but the truth, in the last episode, was hidden away on BBC2. In the USA, where that last episode “Deep Trouble” was not shown at all, a potential donor to charity said he’d seen the series, as shown, with no problems visible in the oceans. Now, years later, David tells it as it really is – plastics and all. What a difference the truth makes.

Richard explains, “My series “Wildlife Winners and Losers” looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes – past, present and particularly the future.

Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and the losers we might expect – and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. And you can help too…

With films across over eighty subjects, we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!”

My Wildlife Winners and Losers series shows that films can be made – with basic footage filmed on any device – to help get the word out about conservation.

“There is still time to save the planet. My Wildlife Winners and Losers series is my contribution.

Now it’s your turn. Watch these free films. Choose from these 80+ films of different lengths to inspire you to take action.

They’re free to watch and share with as many people as possible. Use the Series to give you ammunition to help save the planet.”

So, it's true, we had better "wake up" ... It's URGENT now ... Are you going to help!?

The last film in the series is Crisis in Corfu Seals included? – One of the world's rarest seals, the monk seal, needs peace and quiet and somewhere safe to rear its pups. In the Mediterranean there are few sanctuaries left, where this is possible. On the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, wild places still exist, but changes threaten from a development company in New York. Can this paradise and its endangered seals survive in a classic conservation challenge, as Covid-19 wrecks the tourist trade in the Med?

Watch the PROMO:


Crisis in Corfu Seals included? Promo
Watch the full film here: youtu.be/P5bLARGGa9c

More information can be found here: erimitis.gr/en/erimitis-eng & facebook.com/ErimitisCorfu

Sign the petition: bitly.com/SaveErimitis

Filmed and produced by Richard Brock Edited by Gareth Trezise

Visit: brockinitiative.org/about/about-wildlife-winners-and-losers

Monk Seals are mentioned in Richard Brock's "Planet Crunch" book too ... in the Nature and Us section:

A classic. Can we save the monk seal in the Mediterranean? We can try.

Get Richard's book... FREE to ALL here: brockinitiative.org/product/planet-crunch-the-life-or-death-of-planet-earth-by-richard-brock

Alternatively, an eBook version is also available for FREE ... DOWNLOAD it HERE!

Donations to charity will be welcomed. If you would like to contribute – say £10 – to Richard’s preferred charity local charity, the Avon Wildlife Trust, based close to where he lives, near Bristol, or to a charity of your choice, please do so. These days many charities need income to help continue projects around the world.

There are accompanying Planet Crunch films too ... Find them on youtube.com/user/brockinitiative and vimeo.com/brockinitiative

Socials: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, twitter.com/brockinitiative & instagram.com/brock_initiative

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog

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GREEN SCREEN – Pitching Session 2022

PITCHING SESSION! FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09th 2021

Filmmaking story tellers of the natural world are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch their planned project to a board of commissioners, producers and distributors at the PITCHINGSESSION of the International Wildlife Film Festival GREEN SCREEN 2022

The Pitching Session itself is open to the public and follows international rules:

The presentation of your project may take up to seven minutes. After that the attending experts and decision makers are invited to evaluate the project and, if applicable, to express their interest.

This year GREEN SCREEN is again planned as an in-person-event in Eckernförde.

Due to possible Covid restrictions and climate-relevant constraints of long-distance travel, there will be an additional possibility of virtual presentation of pitches and online participation of experts as well.

To participate, the following must be submitted

  1. An Exposé, describing the project should be described, including approximate shooting time, locations and the people involved. (not more than two pages)
  2. A short CV
  3. An approximate budget idea
  4. If available, a trailer or other footage or visuals

REGISTRATION POSSIBLE UNTIL MAY 31st 2022!

If you are interested, please contact Pitching directors Annette Scheurich and Anne Olzmann via pitching@greenscreen-festival.de.

The sooner we know who plans to pitch, the better, even if not all documents are ready.

A pre-selection panel will select 8 to 10 participants for the pitching session from the submitted projects by 1st August 2022. Two of the pitches will be reserved for French participants in the context of this year’s focus on France.

Some of the projects that have been presented in recent years are now in production! Participation is in any case an enriching experience!

As the promotion of emerging talent in naturefilm has always been a concern of GREEN SCREEN, submissions by newcomers and ambitious young filmmakers are encouraged. Please feel free to spread the word!

See you at GREEN SCREEN in Eckernförde September 7th - 11th 2022!

Visit: greenscreen-festival.de

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Launch of the online platform "Filmmakers-for-Ukraine"

This is a place of help for filmmakers and their families and minorities in and from Ukraine.

Crew United is bringing people together to help people in Ukraine.

In the days after Russia's President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine, the team at the film network Crew United decided to turn their attention to doing what they normally do for the film industry as a whole, specifically for the people of Ukraine, and that is bring people together and provide them with verified information. The online platform "Filmmakers-for-Ukraine" is an information site where Ukrainian filmmakers and their families can find help fast.

"Our actual mission is to connect people to make films together, but right now it is just more important to bring people together to help people," Crew United's CEO Oliver Zenglein explains, drawing on the resources from his extensive network for assistance.

In collaboration with professional associations, institutions and numerous colleagues from the film industry, Crew United has worked day and night since the first attacks to create an online platform with the declared goal of informing people in a simple and up-to-the-minute way about offers of aid coming from all European countries. The support is specifically oriented towards Ukrainian filmmakers and their families, and towards disadvantaged groups and minorities in Ukraine, such as BIPoC, LGBTQIA+, Roma, people with disabilities, children, and sick and elderly people.

The platform provides people in Ukraine seeking help and people who wish to offer support with information on the issues of transport, shelter, work, medical assistance, food, clothing, etc. as well as contacts to psychological and legal aid.

Specializing on information from the film industry, "Filmmakers-for-Ukraine" contains offers of assistance, fundraising campaigns, petitions and appeals from the film industry. There is also an information page curated by film journalists containing sources of important documentary and feature films about Ukraine. A blog reports, for instance, on key cultural activities for helping Ukraine, and publishes urgent calls for help from people in need. Furthermore, the job and accommodation market on Crew United is to be expanded to enable jobs and housing opportunities for Ukrainian filmmakers to be advertised.

"With "Filmmakers-for-Ukraine" we are focusing on the work, the offerings and the network of initiators in our industry, because we have great contacts there," says Oliver Zenglein. Crew United has been active in the film industries in Poland and France for a year now, and it is preparing launches in Lithuania, Romania, Greece, Italy and Spain. The platform already provides information about assistance and activities in Poland, Lithuania, Romania and other European countries, and far more information is constantly being added.

Call for help and support

"Filmmakers-for-Ukraine" has been set up in no time flat, and we are growing it every day. We are always grateful for anyone who wants to help," comes the call from the Crew United editorial team. We are looking for partners and backers from the industry who can provide helpful information and notify about planned activities. We are in urgent need of volunteers to help us keep our information well structured and up to date.

If you are interested in helping, please contact mail@filmmakers-for-ukraine.com

Visit the website: filmmakers-for-ukraine.com

Follow: instagram.com/filmmakersforukraine

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World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Announces Winners for 2022

Jackson Wild™ has announced the 2022 winners for the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase, which features films that align with this year’s World Wildlife Day Theme: Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration. The showcase was organized by Jackson Wild, The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“As we live in a world that has become increasingly isolated over the past two years, powerful stories can connect us with each other, as well as ignite the spirit of sustainability and conservation in new audiences,” said Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. “Our hope is that these stories demonstrate that despite the immense challenges we face, there are ongoing efforts and successful models to look to, as communities work to build a sustainable, conservation-driven future.”

“In 2022, we must finally dispel the false dichotomy that there is a ‘zero-sum game’ of wildlife versus livelihoods; or protecting ecosystems versus the economy, “ said Midori Paxton, Head of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, UNDP. “This year's World Wildlife Day theme, and this showcase of powerful films, is an opportunity to reinforce the message that we must invest in the protection and restoration of ecosystems as part of effective solutions to respond to closely linked crises of poverty, global health, biodiversity loss, and the changing climate."

“At its best, film has the ability to provoke our emotions and move us to action,” says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero, “In these captivating films, each of our winners has shown they can do that in the service of conservation. I congratulate them and urge them to keep working to meet our shared goals of ecosystem restoration.”

Finalist films are available to screen for free until May 15th in the hopes of continuing to spread the message that species restoration is essential to human’s social and economic well-being, in addition to the planet’s environmental health.


2022 World Wildlife Day Showcase Promo

World Wildlife Day 2022 Film Showcase Winners:

The Web of Life (Long Form) Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

The Otter, A Legend Returns
Hilco Jansma Productions, EO (Evangelische Omroep), In cooperation with Ispida Wildlife Productions

The Web of Life (Short Form) Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

The Common Ground
Conor Ferris, National Film and Television School

Stories of Hope (Long Form) Sponsored by: Terra Mater Factual Studios

Endangered
The Natural History Unit BBC Studios and A Very Good Production for discovery+

Stories of Hope (Short Form) Sponsored by: Terra Mater Factual Studios

Mexico City and its Sacred Salamanders
bioGraphic, Katie Garrett

Species in Crisis (Long Form) Sponsored by: Discovery

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

Species in Crisis (Short Form) Sponsored by: Discovery

Last Wild Places: Majete
National Geographic Society Impact Media Lab

People & Threatened Species (Long Form) Sponsored by: Sandiego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

The Witness is a Whale
A co-production of Spindrift Images, Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mark Fletcher Productions

People & Threatened Species (Short Form) Sponsored by: Sandiego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Wild Innovators: Beyond the Boma
Wild Elements Studios

Micro Movie Sponsored by: Burgenland

The Turtleman
Jigar Ganatra, African School Of Storytelling

Wake Up & Smell the Flowers
Yaz Ellis

Watch the films via: watch.eventive.org/worldwildlifeday

Visit: jacksonwild.org/recoveringspecies.html

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Announcing this year's IWFF Selections!

We are pleased to announce the selections for the 2022 International Wildlife Film Festival.

Each film has a page on our website where screening details, dates, times, and festival sponsors can be found. We are making plans that include screenings at the Roxy, the Roxy Garden, University of Montana's UC Theater, The Wilma, The Rialto Theater in Bozeman, and a week of virtual screenings that will reach far and wide (May 1-7). The program will be finalized and tickets will go on sale in early April.

Seventy-four films make up the 2022 line-up including 45 shorts and 29 features. Massive applause to everyone who submitted their work for consideration. Once again, we had record breaking submissions numbers and it was a difficult task for our preliminary jury to get down to this list of 74!

Here is what you can look forward to this Spring:

Incredible wild animal behavior from the biggest to smallest creatures in The Elephant and the Termite and My Garden of a Thousand Bees - not to mention those creatures far beyond the depths of Antarctica.

Wildlife Warriors is an exceptional series about Kenyan wildlife, made by Kenyans! The Stormborn series narrated by Ewan McGregor features the animals of the North. Between these two some of the most popular animals grab starring roles in our 45th festival including elephants, bats, rhinos, otters, wolves, and seal pups.

David Attenborough is the best of the best and this Spring there will be a David's Double Feature as well as screenings of The Year Earth Changed narrated by the GOAT of the genre, himself as it tracks nature's profound capacity for resilience during the 2020 'lock down.'

Some of this year's feature films reveal searing realities in key regions of the world right now like Return Sasyk to the Sea which is about Soviet irrigation experiments in Southern Ukraine. The 2021Sundance selection, Son of Monarchs gracefully combines science with social identity and will sweep you into the monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán amidst reflections of the main character's hybrid identity. The Territory delves into the complexities of land and resources in the Brazilian Amazon and the Uru-eu-wau-wau people.

There are nine short films especially curated to reflect the natural world through a variety of dynamic animation techniques - one of those is this brilliant Beaver short.

The festival will include two cinematic tributes to two icons that passed this year, Dr. Richard Leakey and Dr. EO Wilson.

Our explosive opening film is Sara Dosa's Fire of Love - a favorite of the 2022 Sundance line-up. Miranda July narrates this trove of archival footage documenting Katia and Maurice Krafft's love, obsession, and research within the field of volcanology.

And finally, never fear Missoula - we have bears! We look forward to being on the Grizz campus to dig into the challenge of living with bears through My Neighbour is a Bear and Valley of the Bears.

IWFF audiences are unmatched and we are thrilled to welcome guest filmmakers, the 2022 LABS Fellows, and a trio of esteemed final judges to meet our IWFF community. Join us for Q&As, field trips, parties, and a 30 year old Wildwalk parade to kick it all off!

Huge congrats to all the filmmaker teams who have contributed their work to make the 45th International Wildlife Film Festival a very special one! We can't wait to see your faces. - Team IWFF

See 2022 Films: wildlifefilms.org/films

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The Battle of the Beaks from the Brock Initiative ... Just a bit of fun?

From the South-West of England to the very far North of Scotland shore birds search the mud and sand for food.

They have all sorts of tools for the job, from the surface to deep down.

This is a light-hearted look at how competition is shared out.

Who will win in this lively contest?


The Battle of the Beaks

Filmed and produced by Richard Brock Edited by Gareth Trezise

Curlew Action is a serious charity dedicated to reversing the decline of the breeding curlew by advocating conservation efforts, developing and sharing resources for fieldworkers, and promoting wider natural history education.

Visit: curlewaction.org

Like birds? See our website for other Wildife Winners & Losers films on them here: brockinitiative.org/category/group/birds-group or search for a different animal group.

Birds feature heavily in Richard Brock's "Planet Crunch" book too ... It's all biodiversity.

Feathers What a breakthrough!

In the "biodiversity" section of his book, PLANET CRUNCH – The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth, Richard says this:

"An amazing invention! The feather; derived from the reptilian scale, and must always be meticulously maintained. Their lives depend on it – to fly across continents, to display, to mate and generally survive. And man has helped that happen, as white storks increase and share the same habitats, and even houses, on which they nest. We’ll follow them through this book as they lead each chapter towards a happy ending.

Another great traveller, the osprey, can hover and hunt with a steady stare at fish below. Then plunge for catch of the day. No problem. And... perhaps next to a puffin, whose wings will carry it over the waves and then effectively “fly” under the water to grab its prey in that brilliant beak.

Penguins use their flippers in a similar way, but they’re not much use on land. They can’t fly. We need aeroplanes and submarines. In many ways birds are better and they now rule the skies on those amazing feathers."

Interesting huh? There's a recurring stork in the book too ... Follow it's journey ... Get Richard's book... FREE to ALL here: brockinitiative.org/product/planet-crunch-the-life-or-death-of-planet-earth-by-richard-brock

Alternatively, an eBook version is also available for FREE ... DOWNLOAD it HERE!

Donations to charity will be welcomed. If you would like to contribute – say £10 – to Richard’s preferred charity local charity, the Avon Wildlife Trust, based close to where he lives, near Bristol, or to a charity of your choice, please do so. These days many charities need income to help continue projects around the world.

There are accompanying Planet Crunch films too ... Find them on youtube.com/user/brockinitiative and vimeo.com/brockinitiative

Socials: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, twitter.com/brockinitiative & instagram.com/brock_initiative

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog

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Recommended Book: Wild Fell: Fighting for nature on a Lake District hill farm by Lee Schofield

In 2015, England's last and loneliest golden eagle died in an unmarked spot among the remote eastern fells of the Lake District. It was a tragic day for the nation's wildlife, but the fight to restore the landscape had already begun.

Lee Schofield, ecologist and site manager for RSPB Haweswater is leading efforts to breathe life back into two hill farms and their thirty square kilometres of sprawling upland habitat. The farms sit at the edge of the region's largest reservoir, beneath which lie the remains of a submerged village. The area's history has been a turbulent one for both its people and its wildlife, leaving its habitats in tatters.

In the search for inspiration, Lee sought out England's rarest mountain flower and travelled from the wild fells of Norway to the pristine meadows of the Alps. Informed, too, by the local land, its history and the people who have shaped it, Lee and his team have remeandered a straightened river and are repairing damaged wetlands, meadows and woods. Each year, the landscape is becoming richer, wilder and better able to withstand the shocks of a changing climate.

But in the contested landscape of the Lake District, change is not always welcomed, and success relies on finding a balance between rewilding and respecting cherished farming traditions. This is not only a story of nature in recovery, it is also the story of Lee's personal connection to place, and the highs and lows of working for nature amid fierce opposition.

Wild Fell is a call to recognise that the solutions for a richer world lie at our feet; by focusing on flowers, we can rebuild landscapes fit for eagles again.

A landscape of flowers is a landscape of hope.

Published in hardback on the 24th of February 2022 by Doubleday, available at Bookdepository.com with FREE delivery worldwide.

Also Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk.

'I found myself turning the pages with an inward leap of joy' - Isabella Tree

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Squids in the Spotlight – Greenpeace

As governments meet at the UN to discuss the fate of the world’s oceans, a shocking new report exposes a rapidly growing and largely unregulated squid fishing industry that’s out of control.


Squids in the Spotlight

Visit: greenpeace.org/international/story/52549/squid-games-that-are-costing-the-planet

Read the report: greenpeace.org/static/planet4-international-stateless/2022/03/e13337d8-squids-in-the-spotlight.pdf

Sign the Petition: greenpeace.org/international/act/protect-the-oceans

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“We’re Cooked,” a three-part series from NYT Opinion

“We’re Cooked” is an Opinion Video series about our broken food system and the three chances you get to help fix it — and save the planet — every day. The global food system is a wonder of technological and logistical brilliance. It feeds more people than ever, supplying a greater variety of food more cheaply and faster than ever.


Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet | NYT Opinion

Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet

The global food system is a wonder of technological and logistical brilliance. It feeds more people than ever, supplying a greater variety of food more cheaply and faster than ever.

It is also causing irreparable harm to the planet.

The system — a vast web of industries and processes that stretches from seed to pasture to packaging to supermarket to trash dump — produces at least a third of all human-caused greenhouse gases.

Yet somehow these impacts aren’t in the forefront of the conversation about global warming. Indeed, they often aren’t in the conversation at all.

In the Opinion Video above, we explore why. Our focus is American agriculture, an industry that, while feeding the United States, is also damaging the environment — contaminating the air and water, exhausting the soil, destroying wildlife habitats and spurring climate change.

But despite these harms, the sector has largely been spared environmental regulation. This exception reflects, in part, the special place that farmers occupy in the American imagination. But the industry, particularly the big corporations that are increasingly dominating the sector, are also aided by one of the most effective lobbies on the planet.

This is the first in a series of three Opinion Videos that we are publishing this month. each providing an angle on the food system and, we hope, changing the way you look at food and making you think twice about what you put on your plate. The second video will examine how a few powerful companies dominate the chicken industry, trapping farmers in exploitative relationships and condemning the animals to short, wretched lives. The third video will propose a dietary modification that may gross you out — but also might help curb climate change.

For now, pull up a chair at the lobbyists’ lunch table. Juicy, expensive steak is on the menu. If you’re a taxpayer in the United States, try your best to enjoy it. After all, considering agriculture’s enormous public subsidies and the harm the industry is doing to your land, air and water, it’s you who will ultimately be picking up the tab.

Visit: nytimes.com/2022/02/01/opinion/climate-sustainability-agriculture-lobby.html


See the True Cost of Your Cheap Chicken | NYT Opinion

See the True Cost of Your Cheap Chicken

The titans of the U.S. chicken industry want you to view their sector as a great American success story. In just a few decades, they will tell you, the industry has evolved from a fragmented, homespun business to a well-oiled engine of efficiency that produces wholesome, nutritious products at increasingly affordable prices.

Chicken, they will point out, is now the most popular meat in the country.

But as the Opinion Video above reveals, these gains have come at extraordinary cost to the chickens themselves — and to the farmers who are contracted to raise them by the huge chicken corporations that now dominate the sector.

In the video, activists from the nonprofit group Mercy for Animals take us behind the industry’s closed doors, to a place that the chicken barons wish you never saw: the inside of an industrial chicken farm. The footage, supplied by Mercy for Animals, shows you how the system inflicts unimaginable cruelty on the animals, which are bred to grow really big, really fast, exposing many to injury, heart attacks, disease and death. More than 90 percent of chickens raised for food in the United States are grown by farmers working under contract with large poultry producers. We also introduce you to a chicken farmer who describes the strict terms under which he and others are contracted to produce poultry for the big companies that control the industry.

Yet there is hope in sight, for the chickens, at least. Popeyes, Subway, Burger King and around 200 other food companies have signed onto the Better Chicken Commitment, obliging their suppliers to adhere to a raised set of standards for chicken welfare. Perdue Foods, one of the largest poultry companies in the United States, began an animal welfare initiative four years ago — which includes improved living conditions for chickens — and has continued to lead the way in producing affordable chicken more humanely. Although these changes are a work in progress, their efforts show it’s possible for large-scale producers to incorporate more humane standards, and other producers should take note.

This is the second in a series of three videos we are releasing this month that explore some of the harms of the global food system and the urgent need to address them. The first, published last week, examined how the powerful American agriculture lobby has fended off environmental regulation, despite the harm done by the sector.

We hope that each video, in a different way, challenges you to weigh your dietary choices, with ethics, politics and the environment in mind.

Visit: nytimes.com/2022/02/10/opinion/factory-farming-chicken.html


What Insects Can Learn From Lobsters About Rebranding | NYT Opinion

What Insects Can Learn From Lobsters About Rebranding

Mealworm soup. Chile-lime cricket tacos. Charred avocado tartare with ant larvae.

In the West, edible insects have long been the domain of food adventurers, with few other takers — even as billions of people elsewhere on the planet count insects as a part of their traditional diets.

But as we explore in the Opinion Video above, a growing tribe of environmentalists, academics and entrepreneurs are arguing that edible insects must enjoy a wider acceptance to help create a more sustainable global food system and save the planet.

It’s a matter of numbers. The world’s population is booming. So, too, is agricultural production to meet the growing demand for food. Yet agriculture, particularly the production of meat, is a big driver of environmental harm.

Scientists have warned that unless we make major adjustments to the kinds of food we eat and how we produce it, we have no chance of meeting our climate goals. A change in dietary patterns, especially reduced demand for meat, would help relieve pressure on the environment and mitigate global warming.

That’s where insects come in. Though the research is still nascent, the early evidence suggests that some edible insects offer a more environmentally sustainable alternative to some conventional livestock. Insects also offer tremendous potential as pet food and a feed source for conventional livestock.

This video is the third in a series of short films we published this month examining problems with the food system. The first one explored the environmental harm of agriculture and the powerful lobby in the United States that has fought to maintain the status quo. The second exposed some ugly truths about the modern poultry industry.

Now it’s time for bugs. Whether you regard them as agents of filth or sources of nutrition, integrating more of them into your diet, this video argues, is among a suite of dietary changes that we urgently need to consider to deal with food insecurity, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Visit: nytimes.com/2022/02/15/opinion/edible-insects-protein.html

More from The New York Times Video: nytimes.com/video

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Wildscreen Photography Competition Now Open For Entries

Wildscreen, creators of the world’s largest natural world storytelling Festival, has opened its call for entries for the prestigious Photo Story Panda Award, celebrating exceptional storytelling in wildlife photography.

Since 1982, the Panda Awards have celebrated the human endeavour, commitment and unique skill that it takes to tell nature’s stories. This year not only marks the 40th birthday of the Wildscreen Festival, but also their first ever hybrid festival. After the success of the virtual festival in 2020, Wildscreen’s festival this year seeks to make wildlife storytelling evermore accessible, celebrating films, photography and creators across the globe.

“Despite unprecedented challenges over the past two years, our community of global storytellers have demonstrated the most inspired ingenuity and adaptability to continue revealing and sharing nature’s stories with global audiences. Nature has provided comfort and joy in uncertain times, with many forging new and deeper connections with it. We can’t wait to share those stories and celebrate the creatives behind them, as Wildscreen marks its 40th Birthday, this October. ” said Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO.

First introduced in 2018, the Photo Story Panda Award has recognised the craft of photography, cementing still imagery as a valued medium within the Wildscreen Festival. The wildlife industry, now more than ever, plays a crucial role in shining a light on the world’s most remote, inhospitable and threatened environments.

In 2020, our Photostory Winner Brent Stirton shone a light on the illegal pangolin trade; “I’m a journalist with a camera, so my first mission is to get the story. It’s my responsibility not to react to what I’m seeing but to get the pictures that can expand that story to a larger audience”, (Brent Stirton, 2020).

Emerging Talent Photo Story Award

We are excited to celebrate the new voices in wildlife photography with our Emerging Talent Photo Story Award. This category allows hidden and up and coming talent under 30 years of age to be showcased and celebrated by an established jury of industry professionals. Past jurors have included Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine, Kathy Moran, TV presenter and photographer Chris Packham, as well as other globally recognized and award winning photographers. This year’s jury is set to be announced in spring 2022. Emerging talent award entrants receive a 20% discount on their submission.

Enter your Photo Story

Photographers are asked to submit a photo story consisting of 6 images relating to the natural world which have a clear and powerful narrative integrated through the series. The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers worldwide (entrants must be over 18 years of age).

Through our early bird period, entrants will receive a discounted submission fee of just £30 up until Thursday 24 February 2022. Our final submission date is the 14th of April 2022.

To view our full terms & conditions and enter your work, please visit our website: wildscreen.org/festival/panda-awards/photo-story-award

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Wildlife in Our Backyard, the First Film by the Florida Wildlife Federation, Premieres on Save the Florida Panther Day

The documentary captures the essence of Florida wildlife in six minutes: from needs for wildlife connectivity and land conservation in a story of coexistence.

Last year the Florida Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the fStop Foundation, set up cameras in neighborhoods throughout Florida that have been recording wildlife footage for the past 12 months. With a combination of video and still photography captured by these backyard cameras, as well as footage recorded by drones and provided by state agencies, the Federation produced its first original film, "Wildlife in Our Backyard."

The documentary was created as part of the "Share the Landscape" project, a Florida Wildlife Federation initiative to help educate the public about potential solutions to the conflict between development and conservation, spearheaded by Meredith Budd, Regional Policy Director.


Coming soon: Wildlife in Our Backyard

"Since 1936, the Florida Wildlife Federation has been a leader in advocating for policies that protect Florida wildlife and habitats, and advance coexistence, but it's the first time in 85 years that we have launched a project like this," said Budd. "It's important for us to inform younger generations as well as our long-time supporters about the realities facing wildlife in our ever-changing state," she added.

Land development in Florida erodes and fragments wildlife habitats and disrupts migration corridors. This leads to population collapse and genetic isolation. With this initiative, the Federation intends to raise public awareness, educate Florida residents on the benefits of coexistence, as well as provide guidance on land development, land sharing, and land uses.

Vehicle collisions are the leading cause of reported deaths for the Florida panther. "Wildlife in Our Backyard" shows how roads bisecting panther habitats pose a significant risk to the endangered species and how humans can help these panthers thrive among growing development.

"In terms of rare species, Florida is the hot spot within the eastern United States, and that diversity makes our state unique," said Preston Robertson, President and CEO of the Florida Wildlife Federation. "We are suffering the highest rate of habitat loss because we have the highest rate of human population growth within the region. Failing to recognize the importance of coexistence compromises wildlife's future, and I would argue our future as well."

"Wildlife in Our Backyard" has been selected for viewing at multiple film festivals across the US and Canada. It is part of the Official Selection of Nature Without Borders International Film Festival 2021, Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2021, Dunedin International Film Festival 2022, Central Florida CineFest 2021, Oregon Documentary Film Festival Winter 2022, Toronto Documentary Feature & Short Film Festival 2021, Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2022, Florida Environmental Film Festival 2021, and Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival 2022. The film also received an Honorable Mention at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival 2021, won the "Best Sustainable Cities Film Award" at the Sustainable Stories Film Fest 2021, as well as the "Exceptional Merit Award" at the Nature Without Borders Film Festival 2021.

The short film is just one of many by "Share the Landscape." Starting at the beginning of February, a social media campaign will kickstart the project, culminating with the online premiere of "Wildlife in Our Backyard" on Save the Florida Panther Day, the 19th of March, 2022, at 11 am. Follow #sharethelandscape on Instagram at @FlWildFed and join the premiere on YouTube:


Wildlife In Our Backyard

From: einpresswire.com/article/561389698/wildlife-in-our-backyard-the-first-film-by-the-florida-wildlife-federation-premieres-on-save-the-florida-panther-day

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"This Is Our BBC" by Kerris Bright, Chief Customer Officer

BBC Three returned to TV screens last night (1st Feb) with a promise to be more representative of all young people than ever before, telling their unfiltered, unapologetic and extraordinary stories from right across the UK.

It was great to see a brand-new group of queens in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World, as part of the channel launch, and there’s much more to come including live sport and brilliant new comedy from the makers of People Just Do Nothing.

This week audiences can also revel in the excitement of the Winter Olympics on the BBC; while bingeable drama The Responder continues and the critically-acclaimed – and must watch - The Green Planet concludes

These are just some of my own highlights and they are a great reminder of the BBC’s remit to inform, educate and entertain. We are all striving to provide something for everyone on the BBC and as a celebration of everything the BBC shares with audiences, we’ve launched a new film called This is Our BBC. The film is part of a strategy we started developing last year to demonstrate how central the BBC is to UK culture, and that it truly belongs to each and every one of us. It will appear on social media from today, and on Sunday it will appear on TV for the first time after The Green Planet.

Everyone has their own version of the BBC based on what they enjoy the most. This might be R1Xtra or the Archers, Match of The Day, Top Gear, or EastEnders. The BBC is unique to each of us but shared by us all. It’s the essence of a true public service broadcaster.


The BBC is something that belongs to all of us. #ThisIsOurBBC

This is Our BBC features a cast of famous faces from Idris Elba, to Sir David Attenborough, Jodi Comer, Dizzee Rascal and newsreaders through the ages. It also captures some amazing and memorable moments we have shared - Freddie Mercury at Live Aid, Adele at Glastonbury and the Proms. I’m sure you will spot something you love – moments, faces, programmes – those things we smile and laugh along to; share with friends and family and remember fondly, or sometimes shed a tear to. The fact it comes to screens now is quite timely, given much has been said and written about the future of the BBC in recent weeks. In many ways, that goes to the very heart of what the BBC has been, is and will be in the future. We are at the very heart of UK life. Everyone will have a view on what the BBC does well or their favourite moments and, of course, what we could do better.

It is essential there is debate on the role of the national broadcaster - after all it belongs to all of us. We play a role in people’s lives like no other media organisation and we want to be something that people not only value but get value from. Ninety per cent of all UK adults use the BBC’s services every week, and that rises to almost 100 per cent over a month.

This is Our BBC reveals that the BBC is a reflection of who we are, across all our nations. We are here to represent communities, bring people together, witness moments in history and celebrate sporting success. It shows us there should always be something for everyone on the BBC and I think that’s something we should all reflect on and be proud of in our 100th year.

From: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/articles/2022/this-is-our-bbc

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Finalists Announced for the 2022 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase

Judges and organizers of the 2022 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase have unveiled the finalists of this year’s contest, highlighting outstanding films in 5 categories, selected from a total of over 300 entries from 34 countries.

In keeping with this year’s World Wildlife Day theme “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration,” the Showcase includes films that raise awareness to the world’s most vulnerable species and the power of long-term innovative conservation efforts.

The winners will be announced on 3rd March, during the global virtual World Wildlife Day celebration. The films will then be made available for free, educational online streaming throughout the world.

The 2022 Showcase is the sixth film competition jointly organized as part of the annual World Wildlife Day celebrations by Jackson Wild, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The films below have been selected as finalists in five categories:

  • Species in Crisis (Long Form and Short Form) Sponsored by: Discovery
  • The Web of Life (Long Form and Short Form) Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
  • Stories of Hope (Long Form and Short Form) Sponsored by: Terra Mater Factual Studios
  • People & Threatened Species (Long Form and Short Form) Sponsored by: Sandiego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
  • Micro Movie Sponsored by: Burgenland

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero: "Films can powerfully communicate the awesome beauty of wildlife, the challenges to its survival, and the inspiring actions being taken to ensure its future” said CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero. “The many remarkable contributions to the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase demonstrate how much talent and enthusiasm exists around the world. These films will deserve large audiences for many years to come."

“Throughout human history, stories have connected each of us with one another and the world we share in personal and powerful ways,” said Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. “This is more crucial now than ever before. Media has the power to accelerate tangible ways we can work together as we restore and protect our planet during these critically important times.”

“This year's World Wildlife Day highlights the need to invest in the protection and restoration of ecosystems as part of broader efforts to respond to closely linked crises of poverty, inequality, biodiversity loss, and the changing climate. In this context, the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase plays a critical role in raising awareness and promoting the importance of conservation within the broader 2030 Agenda", stated Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

Jackson Wild’s international board members include African Wildlife Foundation, Arte France, BBC Studios, Blue Ant Media|Love Nature, Boréales, Conservation International, Discovery, Doclights, GBH, Gorongosa Restoration Project, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Netflix, NEWF - Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers, Off the Fence Productions, ORF/Universum, PBS, Saint Thomas Productions, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Seeker, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT (Swedish Television) The Nature Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Wanda Films and World Wildlife Fund US.


2022 World Wildlife Day Showcase Promo

World Wildlife Day 2022 Film Showcase finalists:

Species in Crisis (Long Form) Sponsored by: Discovery

Malaysia’s Last Tigers
Nuvista Media

Peng Yu Sai
Untamed Planet

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

Species in Crisis (Short Form) Sponsored by: Discovery

Ferret Town
Caldera Productions

Kaliru
Jeswin Kingsly and Santhosh Krishnan, Felis Creations

Last Wild Places: Majete
National Geographic Society Impact Media Lab

Pango
The Edit Room Pty Ltd

The Web of Life (Long Form) Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Now or Never
Matt Senior, National Film and Television School

The Otter, A Legend Returns
Hilco Jansma Productions, EO (Evangelische Omroep), In cooperation with Ispida Wildlife Productions

Wings Over Water
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Dorsey Pictures, Archipelago Films, SK Films

The Web of Life (Short Form) Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

How to Count a Wolf
bioGraphic, Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele

Living on the Edge
Antonia Salter

Marine Ecosystem Diaries - Shellfish Reefs: Filters of the Sea
The Marine Diaries

The Common Ground
Conor Ferris, National Film and Television School

Stories of Hope (Long Form) Sponsored by: Terra Mater Factual Studios

Endangered
The Natural History Unit BBC Studios and A Very Good Production for discovery+

Glorious Bustards
ALTAYFILM, MDR, ARTE, BR, RBB

Last Wild Places: Iberá
National Geographic Society Impact Media Lab

Nature’s Fear Factor
A NOVA Production by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios for WGBH Boston

Stories of Hope (Short Form) Sponsored by: Terra Mater Factual Studios

La Voz Del Mar: Hope for Hawksbill Turtles
Wild Earth Allies, ProCosta, Emic Films

Mexico City and its Sacred Salamanders
bioGraphic, Katie Garrett

The Pangolin Man
Ellie Stones

Wild Innovators: Trees for Tamarins
Wild Elements Studios

People & Threatened Species (Long Form) Sponsored by: Sandiego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Lost - Birds of the Countryside
A FIlm by Heiko De Groot, federvieh produced by Doclights GmbH in association with NDR, ARTE, Terra Mater Factual Studios

She Walks with Apes
Grand Passage Media Inc.

The Witness is a Whale
A co-production of Spindrift Images, Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mark Fletcher Productions

People & Threatened Species (Short Form) Sponsored by: Sandiego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Can the Blueback Survive?
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in partnership with North 40 Productions

Last Wild Places: American Prairie Reserve
National Geographic Society Impact Media Lab

ReWild: What Ocean Time Machine Experiments Predict About Oysters
Seeker

Wild Innovators: Beyond the Boma
Wild Elements Studios

Micro Movie Sponsored by: Burgenland

Illuminating the Dark Fleet
Ryan Ffrench, Global Fishing Watch

Ordina the Lynx
Miguel Anton

The Last Wolf of Africa
Too Wild Productions

The Turtleman
Jigar Ganatra, African School Of Storytelling

Wake Up & Smell the Flowers
Yaz Ellis

World Wildlife Day 2022 Film Showcase Honorable Mention:

Cao-vit Gibbons' Ark
Guangxi TV Station, Colorful Nature Films, Blibili

Conservation Heroes Episode 1
Jumara Films, Kenya Films / Grupo INSUD

Gáax'w Ka Haaw: Herring Eggs & Branches
Lee House, Ellie Schmidt

Galapagos: Secrets of the Ocean Giants
Know Your Onions

In Too Deep
Deep Sea Conservation Coalition / Noctiluca

JuJurana's Kingdom
National Geographic Society, Moon Peak Films

On The Brink - Lion Tailed Macaque
The Gaia People, HCL, The Habitats Trust

Mabingwa
Mays Entertainment, Sidekick Foundation

SURVIVORS: Rediscovering the Short-Tailed Rain Crayfish
Bookend Trust/Bookend Enterprises (Australia)

The Beast of Our Time
Save The Yellowstone Grizzly, Never Give Up Films

The Snow Leopard Calling
Sonam Choekyi Lama, Snow Leopard Journeys

When the Swallows Fly Away
Sébastien Pins, Alchimie Productions

Watch the films via: watch.eventive.org/worldwildlifeday

Visit: jacksonwild.org/recoveringspecies.html

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DCEFF announces their 2022 Award Winners

The 30th Anniversary of Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital Dates are March 17-27, 2022

These are this years' winning films:

Shared Earth Foundation Award for Advocacy

Established for the 2014 Festival, this award recognizes a film that inspires advocacy in response to a compelling environmental challenge. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Winner: TIGRE GENTE

A Bolivian park ranger and a young Hong Kongese journalist risk their lives to investigate a new, deadly jaguar trade that’s sweeping South America. Along the way, they grapple with questions of empathy, responsibility, and bridging a cultural gap to prevent the jaguar trade from spiraling out of control. Directed by Elizabeth Unger (USA, 2021, 86 min.)

Read more about this award here.

William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award

Established by the Warner/Kaempfer family for the 2015 Festival in memory of author William W. Warner, this award recognizes a film that reflects a spirit of reverence for the natural world. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Winner: BEANS

Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and delinquent adolescence; forced to grow up fast to become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Indigenous uprising known as The Oka Crisis, which tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990. Directed by Tracey Deer (USA, 2020, 92 min.)

Read more about this award here.

Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability

Founded in 2013 by Julia and Richard Moe in memory of their son, Eric, to honor his strong interest in film and commitment to sustainability, this award recognizes a short film that best captures efforts to balance the needs of humans and nature. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize.

Winner: BREAKING TRAIL

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed Alaskan Husky sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone. Directed by Jesse Roesler (USA, 2021, 30 min.)

Read more about this award here.

Flo Stone & Roger D. Stone Award for Outstanding Artistry in Filmmaking

With generous support from the Farvue Foundation and Wallace Genetic Foundation, we are pleased to present this award for the first time as part of our 30th Anniversary Festival! With this Award, we honor DCEFF Founder Flo Stone, as well as both Flo and Roger’s enthusiasm and passion for originality and innovation in filmmaking, while also providing the resources necessary to advance the careers of emerging filmmakers who push the boundaries of what film can accomplish.

Winner: Sara Dosa (Director, FIRE OF LOVE)

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions, documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists’ spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts’ spectacular archive. Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation & destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love. Directed by Sara Dosa (USA, 2022, 93 min.)

Visit: dceff.org/awards

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Jackson Wild Board Announces 2022 Leadership

As Jackson Wild enters its 31st year, the organization announces the election of new officers in the Executive Committee as well as its slate of 2022 Board of Directors and Advisory Council members.

PBS Vice President, Multiplatform Programming & Head of Development Bill Gardner has taken the helm as Chairperson of the Jackson Wild Board of Directors. Gardner manages the content strategy, development and production for PBS in the genres of Science, History, Arts, Culture and Natural History. Additionally, he oversees a wide range of independent projects and his work has received recognition that includes three Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Dupont-Columbia Award, an Imagen Award, an NAACP Image Award, and several Jackson Wild and Wildscreen Awards.

John Bredar, VP of National Programming at GBH will continue in the role as Treasurer. Joining Gardner and Bredar on Jackson Wild’s Executive Committee are:

Hélène Ganuchaud, Arte France
Jörn Röver, Doclights
Janet Han Vissering, National Geographic Partners
Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society
Sara Edelson, Netflix
Paul A. Baribault, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Pamela Aguilar, Smithsonian Channel (CBS Viacom & MTV Entertainment) Jared Lipworth, Tangled Bank Studios/HHMI
Walter Koehler, Terra Mater Factual Studios
Ellen Windemuth, Chairperson Emeritus, Waterbear Network

Jackson Wild’s International Board of Directors is comprised of some of the most respected companies in nature, conservation and science media and also includes: African Wildlife Foundation, BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Blue Ant Media/Love Nature, Boréales, Conservation International, Discovery, Gorongosa Restoration Project, Humane Society

International, International Fund For Animal Welfare, Nature/WNET, NEWF - Nature Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers, Off the Fence Productions, ORF/Universum, St. Thomas Productions, Seeker, Sony Electronics, SVT (Swedish Television), The Nature Conservancy, Wanda Films, and World Wildlife Fund US.

“As the media industry is in such a time of transition, it’s an exciting time to be part of a similar transformation with Jackson Wild. We’ve been focused on growing our Festival and Summit into a global presence and a voice to change how the industry works, from the types of content we’re collectively presenting to who is doing the storytelling. Through the engagement and commitment that members of the Board and our event attendees show, we’re already seeing a real measurable change in how we tell stories about and help conserve the wild spaces of our planet,” noted Chairperson Bill Gardner.

Over the last several years Jackson Wild has accelerated equity and inclusion in conservation, science and nature media through systemic changes to advance storytellers representative of all communities. Jackson Wild’s Advisory Council seeks to deepen these initiatives by broadening perspectives that contribute to our place in the industry. The Advisory Council provides support and guidance to the organization with the intent of making recommendations to the Board of Directors. Advisory Council Members include:

Akanksha Sood Singh, Indie filmmaker and founder of Women of the Wild, India
Daniel Lin, lead of Storytelling efforts at Nia Tero Foundation for the Pasifika Region,
Francene J. Blythe-Lewis, Executive Director at Vision Maker Media,
Gunjan Menon, National Geographic Explorer and conservation filmmaker, India,
Mac Cardona, Founder of cWave Labs,
Natalie Cash, Executive Producer, Wildlife Conservation Society,
Neil Losin, Co-founder of Day's Edge Productions,
Pragna Parsotam-Kok, Executive Director of Nature, Wildlife & Environmental Filmmakers, South Africa
Reyhaneh (Rey) Maktoufi, Co-producer, host, and illustrator of PBS|NOVA's digital series Sciencing Out,
Roshan Patel, Media producer, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, and
Sally Snow, Executive Director for the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute, Philippines.

About Jackson Wild

For 30 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting extraordinary convenings of storytellers, scientists, conservationists, innovators and media stakeholders. The annual Jackson Wild Summit convening fosters an environment where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges facing our planet.

Jackson Wild’s international board members include African Wildlife Foundation, Arte France, BBC Studios, Blue Ant Media|Love Nature, Boréales, Conservation International, Discovery, Doclights, GBH, Gorongosa Restoration Project, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Netflix, NEWF - Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers, Off the Fence Productions, ORF/Universum, PBS, Saint Thomas Productions, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Seeker, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT (Swedish Television) The Nature Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Wanda Films and World Wildlife Fund US.

Visit: jacksonwild.org

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Introducing "City Girl in Nature" from Kwesia

City Girl in Nature in an new Online Series

This video is the official trailer/introduction to the City Girl in Nature Online Series about Kwesia's quest of getting people into outdoors/nature.


MY STORY FT KWESIA -INTRODUCTION (CITY GIRL IN NATURE)

As much as the conversation around where and how we experience nature is shifting thanks to changemakers like Kwesia, creator of City Girl in Nature, there’s still a pervasive idea that certain places and experiences “count” in the outdoors, where others don’t.

Her video series explores her contemporaries’ relationships with the outdoors, takes us urban foraging and wildflower ID’ing, and shares Kwesia’s passion and knowledge for nature wherever it can be found.

Kwesia grew up in Deptford, an inner-city area of South-East London. She shared with me that along with many of her friends, neighbors, and peers, she experienced a great deal of the challenges that came with living in an area, and with people, that have often been neglected, excluded, and marginalized. Struggling to make sense of the senseless violence and trauma she’d faced, she found herself homeless, moving from sofa to sofa, and having a hard time with her mental health and wellbeing.

It was then that she received an opportunity to be a part of the British Exploring Society’s expedition to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. This life-changing experience was a catalyst for Kwesia to want to share the joy she’s found in the outdoors with her community.

Enter City Girl in Nature. Read more: she-explores.com/spotlight/city-girl-in-nature

She will be posting a new episode weekly. Here's one:


Natures Spiritual Vibe Featuring Boy Sayso- Episode 21 ( City Girl In Nature)

Visit: citygirlinnature.com, instagram.com/citygirlinnature & twitter.com/citygirlnature

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New web series from Moving Pictures Africa: Chobe

In this series Robert Hofmeyr is in Botswana working with Pangolin Photo Safaris and filming wildlife from their boats on the Chobe riverfront and vehicles in the Chobe National Park.


Chobe - Filming Wildlife in 8K with Pangolin Photo Safaris

Follow on: facebook.com/movingpicturesafrica & instagram.com/movingpicturesafrica

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BBC Studios Natural History Unit names joint development chiefs

UK-based BBC Studios Natural History Unit has appointed Jess Colman and Laura Harris as joint heads of development.

They will replace the current head of development, Gavin Boyland, who will be moving into a series producer position within the unit to lead an as-yet unannounced “ambitious landmark series.”

Reporting into the new head of Natural History Unit, Jonny Keeling, Colman and Harris will be tasked with generating and securing business across all platforms as well as seeking out and developing new on and off-screen talent.

Colman has been promoted into the role from her current position as development executive for the Natural History Unit, having previously led UK and SVOD projects, including BBC’s upcoming Asia, the environmental series, Our Changing Planet, Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins and The Year Earth Changed for Apple TV+.

She previously served as head of development for Bristol-based indie, True to Nature and daytime development executive for BBC Studios. She has produced and series produced a range of factual programmes, including Coast, Big Blue UK, Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word, and Channel 4’s environmental campaign, Jamie’s Fish Fight.

Harris, meanwhile, will be returning to the Natural History Unit after two years as head of development at Netflix-backed indie Freeborne Media and Seadog TV, and has commissioned shows such as Great National Parks and Oceans for Netflix and My Family and the Galapagos for Channel 4.

Whilst previously at the Natural History Unit, she developed Endangered for Discovery Channel, the unit’s first non-BBC Commission.

Read more: tbivision.com/2022/01/25/bbc-studios-natural-history-unit-names-joint-development-chiefs

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Wildlife TV host Steve Backshall slammed for saying snakes are deadlier than sharks

TV’s Steve Backshall has been branded a scaremonger for saying snakes are deadlier than sharks.

The adventurer, 48, listed a killer animals top ten with sharks — ten human victims a year — in last spot.

Snakes (138,000) were second after mosquitoes (725,000).

A snake catcher in Australia fumed on Facebook: “Just more of the same really plus fearmongering for these other species as well. Anything for ratings hey Steve.”

Another user said: “You host kids’ wildlife shows, be more responsible.”

Steve, hosting Shark on Sky Nature, said: “This post is pure and simple reporting actual statistics.

“Shark attacks command much media attention but the statistics demand a little context.”

From: thesun.co.uk/tv/17330649/steve-backshall-snake-shark-row

The Brock Initiative's Richard Brock has been talking about the demonisation of wildlife and choice of language in tv shows for years ...

Most recently in his "Fang TV" blog post

If you were scanning the listings in TV Guide, as I do every week, you’d find a channel called National Geographic Wild. Yes, that National Geographic, famous worldwide, and very proudly pushing that fact. But what about wildlife conservation, so relevant these days? From Nat. Geo. you might expect a sympathy and support for the environment and threatened species of wildlife. But you won’t get it. That’s judging by the titles of their shows.

Read more: brockinitiative.org/fang-tv

Earlier in feature pages here on Wildlife-film.com

OVERKILL? Wildlife on TV (May 2013)

Steve Backshall recently presented a series called Deadly Sixty – on a Mission, at 6pm on Sunday on BBC1, probably with many children watching. He travels the world showing various species that may qualify for his notorious list. The question is, yes it may be good for ratings, appeals to children, but in the end, does it do the animals themselves any good? I doubt it. .

Read more: wildlife-film.com/features/Richard-Brock-Overkill-Wildlife-on-TV.html

Nat Geo must take the ‘con’ out of conservation. (September 2013)

The Wildlife Oscar for a Disservice to it’s Subjects (WODS) goes to National Geographic.

As I have continued to protest, as National Geographic have continued to brutalise their subjects, and to degrade themselves from a respected international organisation to one that is now recognised as sensational, exploitative and downright misleading.

Future generations who are unfortunate and misled enough to see Nat Geo productions can only be badly affected in their attitude to the natural world. That is the National Geographic Disservice, from a country, the U.S., in which violence and aggression is endemic – as recent shootings show.

Read more: wildlife-film.com/features/Richard-Brock-Nat-Geo-must-take-the-con-out-of-conservation-220913.html

The subject of "Fang TV" is covered in Richard's book too ...

In "The Media" section of his book, PLANET CRUNCH – The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth, Richard says this "Ever since Jaws bit the cinema, sharks have been destroyed – not only their reputation, but by humans, hooking them on fishing lines, like this harmless blue shark killed in Majorca with predictably inflammatory headlines. Blame National Geographic for this, apparently a conservation outfit, but consistently using misleading vicious, exaggerated adjectives that are only there, apparently, to get ratings. Sad. And really bad for sharks. Typical: Monster Croc Wrangler which was relentless animal torture on Nat Geo Wild (18/10/20). Please stop it."

Get Richard's book... FREE to ALL! Visit: brockinitiative.org/product/planet-crunch-the-life-or-death-of-planet-earth-by-richard-brock

Alternatively, an eBook version is available to all for FREE ... DOWNLOAD it HERE!

Donations to charity will be welcomed. If you would like to contribute – say £10 – to Richard’s preferred charity local charity, the Avon Wildlife Trust, based close to where he lives, near Bristol, or to a charity of your choice, please do so. These days many charities need income to help continue projects around the world.

There are accompanying Planet Crunch films too ... Find them on youtube.com/user/brockinitiative and vimeo.com/brockinitiative

Socials: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, twitter.com/brockinitiative & instagram.com/brock_initiative

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog

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Japan’s Pet Otter Obsession

How are wild otters from Southeast Asia ending up in Japanese pet cafes? 101 East investigates.

Pet cafes are popular tourist destinations in Japan where visitors pay to play with otters and other exotic creatures.

Cute and charming, otters have also become popular household pets in Japan.

Cramped inside small city apartments with not much water to splash around in, they’re often living a life of misery in captivity.

Animal rights campaigners are concerned that many otters are being caught in the wild, bred irresponsibly, sold online and smuggled illegally by criminal syndicates from Southeast Asia.

101 East investigates Indonesia’s live wildlife markets and the pet cafes of Tokyo to expose the dark otter trade.


Japan’s Pet Otter Obsession

Visit: aljazeera.com/program/101-east/2022/1/13/japans-pet-otter-obsession

Presented by Aaron Gekoski ... Get his book Animosity: Human-Animal Conflict in the 21st Century, where he covers this story and many others where animals are being traded, hunted, poached, consumed and exploited to the point of extinction.

RAISE THE RED FLAG FOR CAPTIVE WILD ANIMALS

Raise the Red Flag was conceived by Aaron and set up through Born Free who say they "want to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity but they need your help!"

They ask you to look out for wild animals in captivity. Whether in your home country or travelling internationally, flag your concerns, and speak out. You can help stop suffering and report animal abuse with their Raise the Red Flag campaign. The online platform highlights animal welfare problems, shares information with other travellers and provides guidance on how YOU can take action.

Visit: bornfree.org.uk/raise-the-red-flag

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Wildscreen Festival 40th Birthday Year Call for Entries

Enter your work into the world’s largest wildlife film & photo festival!

Wildscreen, creators of the world’s largest natural world storytelling Festival, today opens its  call for entries for the world-renowned Panda Awards and innovative Official Selection competitions. Not only will 2022 see the first ever hybrid edition of the Festival but it also marks the 40th birthday of the Wildscreen Festival.

Wildscreen Festival is now accepting submissions to their Panda Awards & Official Selection via FilmFreeway!

Wildscreen is an award-winning not-for-profit conservation organisation. Our goal is to convene the world’s best filmmakers and photographers with the most committed conservationists to create compelling stories about the natural world and so inspire the wider public to experience it, feel part of it and protect it. Wildscreen Festival is our world-leading international festival, celebrating and advancing natural world storytelling which takes place biennially and is supported by year-round outreach events, partnerships and activities. Discover the incredible success and details about the first ever virtual edition of the festival in 2020 or watch our highlight reel below.


Wildscreen Festival Highlights

“Despite unprecedented challenges over the past two years, our community of global storytellers have demonstrated the most inspired ingenuity and adaptability to continue revealing and sharing nature’s stories with global audiences. Nature has provided comfort and joy in uncertain times, with many forging new and deeper connections with it. We can’t wait to share those stories and celebrate the creatives behind them, as Wildscreen marks its 40th Birthday, this October. ” said Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO.

The 2020 Wildscreen Festival was record-breaking with the online event proudly welcoming over 1,900 industry delegates from 42 countries and a public audience of over 80,000.

Wildscreen expects the momentum to grow in 2022 as the Festival and its film competitions continue to empower new storytellers and work towards democratising the industry.

Wildscreen Panda Awards

The wildlife storytelling industry takes global audiences to the world’s most remote, inhospitable and threatened environments, shining a spotlight on species and habitats that most will not have the opportunity to experience first-hand. This form of documentary has never been more important or needed, with biodiversity being threatened to the point of no return. Since 1982, the Panda Awards have celebrated the human endeavour, commitment and unique skill that it takes to tell nature’s stories.

In 2022, the Wildscreen Panda Awards will not only celebrate the very best craft, but also the most sustainable and impactful content. The production categories in the competition are: Cinematography, Editing, Emerging Talent (film and photo), Music, On-Screen Talent, Photo Story, Producer/ Director, Production Team, Scripted Narrative, Series and Sound. There will also be the following special awards: Behaviour, Impact and Sustainability. The Sustainability Award has this year been established as its own category to showcase those adopting innovative sustainability practises at every stage of the production lifecycle.

All films nominated across the fifteen categories will be eligible for the Golden Panda Award, with previous winners including My Octopus Teacher (2020) and The Ivory Game (2016).

Wildscreen Festival Official Selection

Wildscreen is committed to democratising the creation of and access to nature’s stories. Following the incredible success of the inaugural Wildscreen Official Selection Programme in 2020, which received film, 360 and VR submissions across 5 continents, the competition returns this year to showcase powerful original stories, platform authentic, indigenous and underrepresented voices and inspire positive action. Following COP26, stories exploring the interconnectivity between climate change and biodiversity are being sought, along with those that document the impact and influence of the pandemic on nature and humans' relationships with it.

The Official Selection is open to anyone with a story about nature. Entrants will be able to submit long or short form content, including emerging technologies or platforms. A team of programmers will curate a programme featuring original and creative stories about the natural world which will be showcased as part of the Wildscreen Festival in October. The programme acts as a global launchpad to discover new voices, recognise creative innovation and establish equal opportunities for storytellers across the globe. Cash prizes of £3,000 are available.

The 2022 edition of the Festival takes place from the 10-14 October 2022 in Bristol and via a globally-accessible virtual platform. To enter the Wildscreen Panda Awards or Official Selection,visit the Wildscreen website to read the full terms and submit via FilmFreeway. The deadline to enter is 14 April but submissions prior to 24 February will receive a reduced-price Early Bird entry fee.

Save the Date

The 40th birthday edition of the Wildscreen Festival will take place between the 10-14 October 2022 and will mark a new hybrid format for the world’s leading natural world storytelling event. Read more.

  • 13 January 2022 - Submissions Open for Panda Awards & Official Selection
  • 24 February 2022 - Early Bird Deadline
  • 14 April 2022 - Regular Deadline
  • May 2022 - Late Deadline (late fee occurs)
  • August 2022 - Panda Awards Nominees & Official Selection announced
  • October 2022 - Panda Awards Winners Announced at Ceremony

Submit your films, photo stories or VR projects today.

Find out more at wildscreen.org/festival

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BWPA is opening for 2022 (& a goodbye from Maggie)

BWPA will be opening for 2022!

We are pleased to say that BWPA will be returning for the 2022 competition. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing all your images from the last couple of years.

We are still finalising the details, but the 2022 British Wildlife Photography Awards is looking to open in April 2022 and will once again celebrate the best of the UK's nature photography.

New management at BWPA

Not only is the competition coming back, but there is a now a change of management at the competition.

Having established BWPA in 2009 and grown the contest into a much-loved celebration of UK wildlife, Maggie Gowan is now stepping down as Director and handing over the management of the competition to Will Nicholls.

A note from Maggie

Just over ten years ago, I was pulling together one of the most exciting ideas I've ever had. From my career as a museum curator in natural sciences, managing collections and organising public exhibitions, I had been lucky enough to work with some of Britain's leading photographers.

I had seen how the power of photography could influence the way people thought and felt about things. At the same time, I was conscious of a growing environmental awareness and understanding in British photography that was about more than just chocolate-box pictures of animals and landscapes. When I decided to start a photography competition to explore this, I could hardly have imagined that a decade on it would grow into one of Britain's best-known and most popular photographic competitions: the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Our aim is to stimulate innovative photography, and give wider coverage to the remarkable images that communicate the beauty, diversity and environmental needs of Britain's natural heritage. In this, we are surely succeeding. The imagery has been broad-ranging and of  outstanding quality. Every year we enable millions of people around the world to be inspired by innovative photography capturing the essence, beauty and diversity of British wildlife. For me, it is a truly fantastic insight and privilege to work with thousands of great photographers and videographers of all ages. From senior professionals with vast experience, to youngsters with their first mobile phone, the awards are open to all and are deliberately kept accessible. I always hope that some people looking at our winning photographs might feel that these are photos they could learn to take, and thus are inspired to become better photographers. 

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of the awards so far. So many entrants, sponsors, judges and supporters have collectively made these awards a popular and vibrant annual event for so long. And they still do: I know from the many messages of support and encouragement we received during the pandemic that there is still a huge affection and enthusiasm for the British Wildlife Photography Awards. I am confident that this ongoing support will carry the competition on to even greater achievements.

After ten wonderful years I have decided it is time for me to step back from BWPA. I am thrilled to pass the baton over to previous BWPA winner, Will Nicholls, whose career has embodied many of the ideals of the competition. I am confident that Will is the person to take the awards forward into further success. I am looking forward to seeing what is next for BWPA, and I wish Will and everyone involved in the competition the very best for a second exciting decade. - Maggie Gowan.

Looking ahead

I am thrilled to be taking on the British Wildlife Photography Awards. I have a lot to thank this competition for, as it played a huge part in launching my career as a stills photographer back in 2009.

Maggie has created something really special, and I will ensure that the high standard expected of BWPA is maintained as we reopen for the 2022 competition.- Will Nicholls

We look forward to seeing your entries soon! Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at BWPA.

Visit: bwpawards.org

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Chris Packham on Fox Hunting ... It HAS to stop!

Chris Packham continues his tireless efforts to address crimes against wildlife. He says:

"Fox hunting must be stopped. Please steel yourselves and watch these clips, please pass them on, and please join me in working to end this vile savagery wrought upon our wildlife."

North London Hunt Sabs have filmed a terrier man for the East Essex Hunt, trapping and torturing a fox with a pitchfork.


Hunt Terrier Man Tortures Fox With Pitchfork

Visit: huntsabs.org.uk/hunt-terrier-man-tortures-fox-with-pitchfork

‘Trail hunting’ has continued to be used as a smokescreen by hunts across the UK to coverup their barbaric activities and continue to illegally hunt wild foxes.

Since fox hunting became illegal in 2004 there has been endless evidence that hunts have no desire to abide by the law. With thousands of foxes still being murdered, the use of terrier men, hounds clearly not following a scent and causing harm (and death) to domestic animals, and the shocking exposé of senior huntsman Mark Hankinson declaring on a webinar that trail hunting is in fact a ‘smokescreen’.

This year the National Trust made the historic decision to ban so-called ‘trail hunts’ from their land and Keep The Ban is now pushing to ensure all other landowners follow suit.


A Trail of Lies - narrated by Chris Packham

SIGN the petition - keeptheban.uk/petition

Because of his activism, Chris continues to be targetted by trolls and other forms of abuse, online and otherwise.

He says: "Trolling destroys homes, careers, reputations and lives. Cowards that generate hate, hiding behind anonymous accounts is something that MUST end."

Wildlife-film.com fully support Chris and we appreciate all that he does as an activist trying to help the natural world.

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Enter the inaugural Pridelands Wildlife Film Fest ... the first of its kind event in East, Central, North and West Africa ... Extended Deadline 27th of January!

PWFF is three days of non-stop celebration of Africa’s beauty and powerful natural world.

The three-day event will host the world’s best natural history filmmakers in the heart of various wild and raw Kenyan locations to produce, celebrate and explore opportunities for collaboration with some of East Africa’s rising stars.

PWFF’s objective is to showcase stories that promote awareness, knowledge and an understanding of science, wildlife, and the humans that impact our world every day. The festival champions local wildlife filmmakers and inspires a new generation to challenge conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat.

Filmmakers can expect lively Q&A’s after every screening, engaging daytime programming including panels, show cases, and networking opportunities with top-notch filmmakers, fresh media makers, conservationists and scientists working on the protection and preservation of African wildlife and wild spaces. PWFF’s collaborative spirit offers opportunities for many national and international conservation partners to be involved in post-film screening discussions and field trips around magical Kenya.

Categories:

  • Short film
  • Feature length
  • Indigenous African Filmmakers

Find out more and enter here: filmfreeway.com/PridelandsWildlifeFilmFest
Website: pwff.africa
Socials: instagram.com/pwffest & facebook.com/PWFF2022

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Discovery Channel Makes A Feature Film On Indian Wildlife Photographer, Yashas Narayan

Yashas Narayan is one of the youngest wildlife photographers to grab the attention of international channels like Discovery by his fine talent.

Yashas Narayan, one of the most reputed wildlife photographers of India. It would be prudent to say that he is one of the best big cat trackers that India has seen. Proudly known for his astonishing and mesmerising portfolio of India's tigers, leopards, and black panthers, he is now the first Indian wildlife photographer to get a feature film made by the Discovery networks.

Born and brought up in the city of Mysore, Yashas has spent a big part of his childhood in the forests around Mysore province. During his initial grooming years, he had developed a keen sense of animal behaviour and developed his instincts around the same. He soon cultivated a keen passion for wildlife photography. 

Well, one might wonder how his passion for wildlife photography landed him on the Discovery feature film. Then the answer is his exemplary photography skills coupled with the astounding tracking skills of big cats. Discovery is one of the biggest and most popular channels that has made feature films on very few people worldwide, who they feel deserves a wider audience. Now, an Indian wildlife photographer has joined the list.

Read more: outlookindia.com/website/story/outlook-spotlight-discovery-channel-makes-a-feature-film-on-the-first-indian-wildlife-photographer-yashas-narayan/406290

Explore the power of wildlife photography with Samsung and Discovery. Join photographer Yashas Narayan as he gets closer to the world's biggest cat in this short documentary, filmed #withGalaxy S21 Ultra 5G.


Galaxy x Discovery: Step into the wild with Galaxy S21 Ultra | Samsung

Samsung and Discovery use Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G to bring you closer to the world’s biggest cat and its fight for survival.


Galaxy x Discovery: Behind the scenes of filming a short documentary with Galaxy S21 Ultra | Samsung

Samsung and Discovery bring you closer to the world's biggest cat and its fight for survival. Join filmmaker Vikram Singh and photographer Yashas Narayan as they take pro-grade footage of endangered wild tigers using the #GalaxyS21 Ultra 5G.

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Post COP26, Richard Brock's PLANET CRUNCH – The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth more relevant than ever!

So, COP26 happened in Glasgow last month ... it didn't deliver what many of us had hoped for and so we think PLANET CRUNCH The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth by Richard Brock is more relevant than ever ...

The book – a personal view – so far…Funded by a family legacy, now 3000 have been printed and distributed, free, with COP26 very much in mind .. Update from Richard:

The book, and the three special films (on YouTube and Vimeo) are based on media coverage over the last three years, where the subjects have moved from small items to big headlines, such as COP26 in November. Part of my research included The Times, probably the most respected and well researched newspaper in the country. But, in my personal opinion, totally lacking in one crucial way. Entitled “The Heat is on”, this “Earth” supplement of 31 (yes 31) pages hardly mentions the biggest cause of most of the problems and issues. And those include one of Boris Johnson’s natty slogans: “coal, cars, cash and trees”. He was hoping for solutions to global warming at that really big conference COP26.
But not many people seemed to draw attention to the reason for the difficulties we all face. Actually it’s us, the number of human beings, and our consumption of the planet. In The Times supplement of 31 pages, there are more than twice (over 60) separate sections without a single specific reference to the growth of human numbers. Boris has at least six children, MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, my MP, has six too, not exactly good examples, high-end consumers of the future. And on television, the farming Owens family totals 11. Since 2006 world population has grown 20% or by more than 1 billion people, needing more coal in China; causing more rainforests to be felled in Brazil; for cattle to be reared for more meat; or crops as animal feed; to more and more humans, who create more and more traffic in the sky and on the roads.

As Greta Thunberg put it in her direct way at COP26

“No more blah, blah, blah”.

Do politicians get the message?

The book is available for free with FREE postage to the UK. For overseas orders we are offering subsidised postage: Europe £5 / Rest of World £10 Visit: brockinitiative.org/product/planet-crunch-the-life-or-death-of-planet-earth-by-richard-brock

Alternatively, an eBook version is available to all for FREE ... DOWNLOAD it HERE!

Donations to charity will be welcomed. If you would like to contribute – say £10 – to Richard’s preferred charity local charity, the Avon Wildlife Trust, based close to where he lives, near Bristol, or to a charity of your choice, please do so. These days many charities need income to help continue projects around the world.

Uniquely ... Altogether ... Now ... The Life (or death?) of Planet Earth - Planet Crunch covers Nature and Us, Population, The Media, Tourism, Money, Waste and Plastic, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Water, Food, Biodiversity, Shopping, Farming, Forests and Fishing.


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Full Films: Planet Crunch

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Find the films on youtube.com/user/brockinitiative and vimeo.com/brockinitiative

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Be sure to subscribe to Richard's quarterly newsletter too: brockinitiative.org/newsletter
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