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Wildeye Wildlife Filmmaking Courses in 2021

Go wild with us (safely) in 2021

The last 12 months have been a very strange time indeed and we’ve changed the way we run our popular weekend courses to mitigate risks as much as possible and keep you safe. We are starting to plan courses for later in 2021 and would love for you to join us. We have moved all of our courses outside and will be using open sided marquees as classrooms (in case of bad weather) and to help us all get back to nature we’ll spend the nights camping. For more information on how we’re making Wildeye safer than ever please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Introduction to Wildlife Filmmaking

Our most popular course, running for over 20 years! Our introductory weekend continues to inspire, launch careers and has given thousands of students their first insight into the world of wildlife filmmaking. During our time together we take a look behind the scenes and in front of the camera to understand what the crew members do and how they all come together to craft amazing programmes. Working together and with specialist tutors you will get hands on with the latest cameras, try your hand at presenting, record natural sounds and gain valuable knowledge of all parts of the process of pre-production to distribution.

DSLR Filmmaking 2021

DSLR, mirrorless and hybrid cameras have revolutionised video production. Their cinematic look, small size, quality and relatively affordable price have allowed more people to start producing amazing content. Whilst focussing on wildlife and conservation filmmaking this weekend is also ideal for those looking to produce travel and adventure films. We will introduce you to the many functions and settings and get you shooting in the manual mode, whilst explaining when and which automatic functions you can rely on to get you out of a jam. You’ll get hands-on with camera gimbals, sliders and a range of lenses including specialist macro probes and microscope attachments. We’ll also take a look at editing solutions both computer and iPad based!

Camera Course 2021 (basic)

Maybe the most fun you’ll ever have over a weekend in Norfolk! Our camera course is absolutely jam-packed with technology. We bring along the latest full-frame 4K professional video cameras, infrared, thermal, high speed, camera traps, timelapse cameras and lots more. We start off gently and explain all the settings and functions of professional video cameras before gradually taking it to the next level with a selection of more advanced technology that you’ve seen used in wildlife films. We’ll share tips and tricks, you’ll get to test out some of the latest filmmaking tech and you’ll fall asleep under a Norfolk sky to learn even more the next day. Our camera course will leave you confident to go away and understand all of the manual functions of your camera. You’ll understand sequences, shot sizes, camera moves, lens filters and much more. This weekend is the start of your wildlife and adventure filmmaking career.

We will make course pricing and dates available just as soon as we know that we are able to safely run again, in the meantime to express interest please send us an email 2021@wildeye.co.uk make sure you let us know in the email which course you are interested in.

Visit our website for much more: wildeye.co.uk

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2021 UN World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Winners announced
by Jackson Wild
3 March 2021

The Winners of the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase were unveiled during the
first-ever virtual World Wildlife Day Celebration at UN Headquarters.

The CITES Secretariat, Jackson Wild™ and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), announced today the winners of the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase on the theme of “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.”

The eleven award-winners were picked from 38 finalists, out of a total of 275 entries in five categories, four of which comprised both long form and short form winners. In addition to the finalists, 12 programs were selected for recognition as “Honorable Mentions.”

The winning films were unveiled during the high-level virtual event marking the World Wildlife Day celebrations, in the presence of representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, major civil society groups and representatives of Indigenous and local communities.

Winners and finalists submitted films that helped shed further light on the state of the planet’s forests, the impacts of global challenges like biodiversity loss on the livelihoods of communities that rely on them and their species, and the ongoing efforts of groups around the world to preserve these livelihoods and restore endangered forest habitats and conserve their wildlife.

The UN World Wildlife Day Film Showcase films are broadly available for free streamed screening at watch.eventive.org/worldwildlifeday

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: "The laureates of this year’s Film Showcase have provided us with a deep insight into the profound relationship between people around the world and forests, forest ecosystem services and forest species. By recording the stories and experiences of people involved in all manner of efforts to preserve their forest-based livelihoods and to conserve endangered forested areas and wildlife, our outstanding laureates will help inspire our own work and that of all stakeholders involved to steer our relationship with nature towards sustainability.”

Jackson Wild™ Executive Director Lisa Samford added: "The power of personal storytelling to inspire individual, community and systemic change has never been more important. As we’ve been increasingly isolated during this pandemic, the global impact of media to share these compelling stories has helped connect each of us to our planet and to one another to address the massive impacts of climate change and accelerate equity in our world."

Midori Paxton, Head of Biodiversity, UNDP said: “The 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase highlights the importance of forest ecosystems for indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as for our broader societies and economies. The stories captured by the winners of this year’s Film Showcase offer powerful examples of the critical role that forests play in helping countries accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda, including goals to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities, protect biodiversity, and mitigate the risk of climate change.”.

Film Showcase Trailer:


2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Forests and Livelihoods

Winners of the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase in the five categories are:

People & Forests (sponsored by National Geographic):

Winner long form:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider

Winner short form:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: The Church Forests of Ethiopia

The Church Forests of Ethiopia
Emergence Magazine

My Forest (sponsored by Fable & Mane):

Winner long form:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: Mundiya Kepanga, the voice of the forest

Mundiya Kepanga, the voice of the forest
ARTE France and Muriel Barra / Lato Sensu productions

Winner short form:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: Ulin

Ulin
Leo Plunkett, Environmental Investigation Agency

Future of Forests (sponsored by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance :

Winner long form:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: After the Wildfires

After the Wildfires
Northern Pictures for ABC, CBC, Love Nature and Blue Ant International

Winner short form:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: How Old Cell Phones Are Protecting the Rainforest

How Old Cell Phones Are Protecting the Rainforest
Seeker Media

Living Forests (sponsored by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios) :

Winner long form:


Earth's Tropical Islands, BBC Earth

Earth's Tropical Islands: Borneo
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, PBS

Winners short form (two films were selected):


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: Memories of the Future

Memories of the Future
a Mares Mexicanos production

Forest Micro Movie (sponsored by WaterBear Network):

Winner:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: Gajah Borneo

Gajah Borneo
Shervin Hess, Oregon Zoo

A Special Jury Award was given to:


2021 WWD Finalist Trailer: The Man Who Planted A Forest

The Man Who Planted a Forest
101India Digital Services

For artfully expressing the healing power of forests, a lifelong commitment to conservation and
reminding us all that each individual person can make a difference in the fight to protect nature
and the resources it provides for future generations.

Honorable Mention films include:

Alianza Ceibo: Equator Prize Winner of 2020 (UNDP Equator Initiative, What Took You So Long), Can Farms and Forests Coexist? (Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios), Clatter (Rémi Rappe), Eeya (House Tiger Productions), If We Plant 1 TRILLION Trees Can We Stop Climate Change? (Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios), Jungle Guardian (Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm), Moss Man (Tilapia Film, Topic Studio), Primary Forests (Rojo Visuals and Wild Heritage for IntAct - International Action for Primary Forests), Rearing Giants (Green Hub (NEN - DFF)), Rise of the Warrior Apes (KEO Films for Discovery Network International), Sungai Utik -The Fight for Recognition ( If Not Us Then Who), The Ogieks; Guardians of the Mau Forest (Maurice Oniang'o)

Watch the full World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Awards:


2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Awards

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Environmental Film Festival Presents THE FALCONER Profiling DC Native Master Falconer Rodney Stotts
by DCEFF
23 February 2021

The 2021 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 18-28) will present the East Coast premiere of The Falconer, a story of empowerment through nature that profiles the work of Washington, D.C. native Rodney Stotts, one of very few Black Master Falconers in the U.S.

Directed by D.C. native Annie Kaempfer, the film follows Stotts as he strives to provide his community’s underserved youth and endangered raptors with a safe haven for mutual healing and growth. Rodney Stotts never planned to become an environmentalist. Growing up in Southeast Washington, D.C., he seemed destined for a life of drugs and street violence. A former drug dealer, inmate, single father, drive-by-shooting victim, and survivor of the crack epidemic, he left that life behind when he joined the Earth Conservation Corps, an organization that involves young people from vulnerable communities in cleaning up their local rivers and habitat to encourage wildlife restoration. Discovering a love of birds along the way, Stotts developed a passion for the art and sport of Falconry.

The film presents an intimate portrait of Rodney and his dream of building a bird sanctuary so he can share his love of birding with the next generation. Acting as his own narrator, he discusses his work as a licensed Master Falconer, his environmental work with the Earth Conservation Corps, which was responsible for bringing the bald eagle back to the Anacostia, and the creation of his Oak Hill Raptor Center, in Laurel, Md., where youth from Rodney’s stressed community learn about raptors, nature, and personal responsibility. The film shows Stotts as he and his youthful helpers from the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy, run by the D.C. National Guard, begin the demanding work of refurbishing a hundred-year-old dairy barn to create the Raptor Center. His goals are to protect raptors, heal and release them, take care of the birds that are non-releasable, teach young people about caring for the birds and their natural environment, and for a few, how to become falconers.

"All this is healing. All this is medicine. All this changes who you are,” – says Stotts. This documentary is a story of second chances: for the injured birds-of-prey in Rodney’s care, for young people who bear the brunt of social and environmental injustice, and for Rodney himself. Directed by Annie Kaempfer and produced by Annie Kaempfer and William Stefan Smith, the film was edited by Jason Pollard and Juliet Weber. The Falconer was made possible through the assistance of a grant from the Spike Lee Fellowship Fund.

Annie Kaempfer is an independent filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals, including Mill Valley, Big Sky and Twin Cities. Her feature debut, The Falconer, won Best Environmental Feature at BendFilm, a Special Jury Prize at Cinema on the Bayou, and is set to air on PBS’s “America Reframed” in 2021.  A Spike Lee Fellowship and Alan Landsburg Documentary Award recipient, Annie graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Filmmaking. She brings a collaborative spirit, devotion to aesthetics, and focus on real-world impact to all her film projects. Annie serves on the Board of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and has consulted for the Ford Foundation, JustFilms and FotoDC.  Annie was born in Washington, D.C. and lived in London and Maine before settling in Brooklyn with a lawyer/musician, one small child, and an overly exuberant rescue Saint Bernard.


The Falconer Trailer

The free screening, presented in collaboration with THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) in southeast D.C., will be followed by a discussion with Rodney Stotts, Corina Newsome, cofounder of Black Birders' Week, and filmmaker Annie Kaempfer.

Visit: dceff.org & dceff2021.eventive.org/films

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Three Powerful Books by Jo-Anne McArthur

In support of their mission to bring visibility to hidden animals worldwide through compelling photography, Lantern Books and Jo-Anne McArthur have published two books – We Animals (2013) and Captive (2017). We Animals Media recently published a third, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020). These books are living documents of our complicated relationships with animals and aim to inspire solutions that will result in a kinder and healthier world for all.

WE ANIMALS (2013)

Drawn from thousands of photos taken over fifteen years, We Animals illustrates and investigates animals in the human environment: those who are used for food, fashion, entertainment, and research, as well as the lucky few who are rescued.

The book includes previously unseen photographs and a final chapter entitled “Notes from the Field”, which is a compilation of journal entries written while doing investigative work both at home and abroad.

Published by We Animals Media and distributed by Lantern Publishing & Media, available at Book Depository with FREE delivery worldwide.

Also at Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk

CAPTIVE (2017)

In recent years, the role of zoos and aquaria as centres for conservation, education, and entertainment has been placed under scrutiny.

McArthur’s aim is to invite us to reflect on how we see, and fail to see, one another through the bars, across the moat, or on either side of the glass.

Captive is a book that will challenge our preconceptions about zoos and aquaria, and serves as a contribution to the growing analyses of the ethics of these institutions.

Available at Book Depository with FREE delivery worldwide.

Also at Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020)

An unflinching book of photography about our conflict with non-human animals around the globe, as depicted through the lenses of forty award-winning photojournalists including Aitor Garmendia, Jo-Anne McArthur, and Andrew Skowron.

Through the lenses of forty photojournalists, this book shines a light on the invisible animals in our lives; those with whom we have a close relationship and yet fail to see. The stories within its pages are revelatory and brutal. They are proof of the emergency confronting animals globally, from industrial farming to climate change, and provide valuable insight into the relevance of animal suffering to human health.

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene is a historical document, a memorial, and an indictment of what is and should never again be.

Available at Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk

Website: www.weanimalsmedia.org

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New Film Gives Us a Rare Glimpse of Animals in Transport

Moving Animals is a powerful short film about photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur’s experience documenting long-distance transport animals on their way to slaughter, shot and produced by filmmaker Miguel Endara.

“This is my world,” says McArthur. “Join me as I climb transport trucks, and stay quietly and diligently with animals as they go to slaughter. Join me in the dusty roads and at my little hotel room editing desk, as Miguel and I discuss animals, animal photojournalism and ultimately, kindness.”

Produced by We Animals Media, the film takes viewers up close and personal with anguished cows, many of whom were forced to travel thousands of miles in the back of hot and cramped vehicles. Throughout the film, we see that their pain and innocence are no different from ours. It would take a heart of stone not to be crushed by the sight of an abandoned calf struggling to walk or a cow stunned prior to slaughter.

“We have enough photos in the world of beautiful wildlife. We get it. It’s time to show the harsh reality of how the rest are living,” says McArthur.

Moving Animals is by no means easy to watch but it is essential and unforgettable all the same. McArthur and Endara provide a once-in-a-lifetime look into the lives of animals in transport.

via sentientmedia.org/new-film-gives-us-a-rare-glimpse-of-animals-in-transport


Moving Animals

“I’m a photographer of animals, and for animals. I help animals through photography. Photographers are influential people with great skill, but we have enough photos in the world of beautiful wildlife. We get it. It’s time to show the harsh realities of how the rest are living.” 

Visit: weanimalsmedia.org/2021/01/28/in-the-field-moving-animals

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Finalists Announced for the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase
by Jackson Wild
15 February 2021

Judges and organizers of the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase have unveiled the finalists of this year’s contest, highlighting 38 outstanding films entered in five categories, selected from a total of 275 entries and 12 films designated for Honorable Mentions.

In keeping with this year’s World Wildlife Day theme “ Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet ,” the Showcase highlighted the links between the world’s forests and the wildlife they harbor, the ongoing efforts towards conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and the millions of livelihoods that directly depend on forests, particularly the indigenous peoples and local communities who are often the guardians of these ecosystems.


World Wildlife Day 2021: People and Forests

The winners will be announced on 3rd March, during the first-ever global virtual World Wildlife
Day celebration.

The 2021 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:

  • People & Forests;
  • My Forest;
  • Future of Forests;
  • Living Forests;
  • Forest Micro Movie.

All categories, save for the Forest Micro Movie, have been further divided into two sub-categories, comprising of long form entries, with a runtime above 17 minutes, and the short form entries, with a runtime between 5 - 17 minutes. Micro movies comprise entries with a runtime of up to 5 minutes.


World Wildlife Day 2021: Indigenous People and Forests

The full list of finalists can be found below.

Winner and finalist films will be shown at events across the world to raise awareness of the importance of conserving forests and forest wildlife, and to shed further light on what can be learned from the extensive knowledge and experiences of forest and forest-adjacent inhabitants when it comes to conserving these ecosystems.

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: “The outstanding entries of this sixth World Wildlife Day Film Showcase will help viewers discover the stories of local and indigenous communities around the world who live in or near forests, whose livelihoods and well-being depend on these ecosystems and the wildlife therein. As we all seek to mend our relationship with Nature, the Film Showcase gives us the opportunity to capture and share the stories of people and communities as they march towards sustainability. The efforts of those who interact with their surroundings in a sustainable way should be an inspiration for us all. We are deeply grateful to all the filmmakers who submitted their works.”

“Finalists selected for this year’s World Wildlife Day Film Showcase highlight the challenges and opportunities we face to conserve our forests and strengthen the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities. Investing in the protection and restoration of forest ecosystems is critical for reducing poverty and inequality, simultaneously, it helps to address the dual nature-climate crises within the COVID-19 context and the Decade for Action for the
Sustainable Development Goals,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and
Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

“Selected by 100+ judges who screened more than 750 hours of film, this portfolio highlights fifty extraordinary stories from forests and communities around the world. Throughout human history, stories have connected each of us with one another and the world we share,” 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 to restore and protect our planet during these critically important times.”

World Wildlife Day 2021 Film Showcase finalists:

People & Forests (long form):

Australia's Great Wild North
Wild Pacific Media, Definition Films

Backyard Wilderness
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider

Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
Merit Motion Pictures, Edgeland Films

Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure: Untouched and Under Threat
Atlantic Productions for discovery+

People & Forests (short form):

The Church Forests of Ethiopia
Emergence Magazine

Traces
Alchimie Productions, Sébastien Pins

Water Logged
Ramshackle Pictures

My Forest (long form):

Death by a Thousand Cuts
Participant and Documentales Univision present a Tarasios Production in association with Human Pictures

Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest
Happen Films

Great Bear Rainforest
Spirit Bear Entertainment & MacGillivray Freeman Films

Mundiya Kepanga, the voice of the forest
ARTE France and Muriel Barra / Lato Sensu productions

Sacred Forest
Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation

My Forest (short form):

Arunachal Virtual Archive
National Geographic Society, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department

The Guardians of Dampa
Green Hub (NEN - DFF), Dampa Tiger Reserve

Think Like a Scientist: Renewal
Plumb Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Ulin
Leo Plunkett, Environmental Investigation Agency

Future of Forests (long form):

After the Wildfires
Northern Pictures for ABC, CBC, Love Nature and Blue Ant International

Eyes In The Forest
Google VizLab

River of Gold
An Amazon Aid Foundation Production in association with Uber Content

The Lost Forest
The Nobel Prize, Grain Media, Rideback Films, National Geographic

Trees, a Global Superpower
Hauteville Productions In Coproduction with INRAE, with the participation of France Télévisions,
Planète +, CNC, Procirep/Angoa, International sales: France TV distribution

Future of Forests (short form):

How Old Cell Phones Are Protecting the Rainforest
Seeker Media

How To Get Grizzly Bears the Space They Need to Survive
Seeker Media

Our Planet - How to Restore Our Forests
Silverback Films, Netflix, WWF UK

Reforestation Alert
If Not Us Then Who

Living Forests (long form):

Earth's Tropical Islands: Borneo
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, PBS

Planet Earth II: Jungles
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, ZDF, Tencent, France Televisions

The Magical Four - Our Seasons
Marco Polo Film AG in collaboration with WDR

Tiny World - Woodland
Plimsoll Productions

Unknown Madagascar - Forest of the Indri
Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm, NDR, ARTE, ORF

Living Forests (short form):

Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic

Memories of the Future
a Mares Mexicanos production

Protecting Nature for Good
Day's Edge Productions for World Wildlife Fund

The Golden Lion Tamarins of Poco Das Antas
National Geographic Society

Forest Micro Movie:

#WildForLife Forest Champion: Mount Kenya Trust
UN Environment, PCI Media

Gajah Borneo
Shervin Hess, Oregon Zoo

Koa Talking to Me
Harpers Ferry Center & Haleakal National Park, National Park Service

The Man Who Planted A Forest
101India Digital Services

Honorable Mention films include: Alianza Ceibo: Equator Prize Winner of 2020 (UNDP Equator Initiative, What Took You So Long), Can Farms and Forests Coexist? (Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios), Clatter (Rémi Rappe), Eeya (House Tiger Productions), If We Plant 1 TRILLION Trees Can We Stop Climate Change? (Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios), Jungle Guardian (Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm), Moss Man (Tilapia Film, Topic Studio), Primary Forests (Rojo Visuals and Wild Heritage for IntAct - International Action for Primary Forests), Rearing Giants (Green Hub (NEN - DFF)), Rise of the Warrior Apes (KEO Films for Discovery Network International), Sungai Utik -The Fight for Recognition ( If Not Us Then Who), The Ogieks; Guardians of the Mau Forest (Maurice Oniang'o)

About CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES) was signed on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975. With 183 Parties
(182 countries + the European Union), it remains one of the world's most powerful tools for
wildlife conservation through the regulation of international trade in over 38,000 species of wild
animals and plants. CITES-listed species are used by people around the world in their daily
lives for food, health care, furniture, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES
seeks to ensure that international trade in such species is sustainable, legal and traceable and
contributes to both the livelihoods of the communities that live closest to them and to national
economies for a healthy planet and the prosperity of the people in support of UN Sustainable
Development Goals.

About Jackson Wild

For 30 years, Jackson Wild has hosted extraordinary convenings for science, nature and
conservation media stakeholders, celebrating the finest and most innovative media in the genre.
The World Wildlife Day Film Showcase brings together stakeholders from all over the world to
focus on a single global theme. Jackson Wild’s international board members include: ARTE
France, BBC Studios, Blue Ant Media / Love Nature, Borealés, Conservation International,
Discovery, Doclights, FujiFilm Optical Devices - Fujinon Lenses, Gorongosa Restoration Project,
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal
Welfare, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Netflix, Off
the Fence Productions, ORF/Universum, PBS, Saint Thomas Productions, San Diego Zoo,
Seeker, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT - Swedish Television, The Nature
Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Wanda Natura, WGBH, and World Wildlife Fund US.

About UNDP

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty,
inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170
countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. Learn
more at undp.org or follow at @UNDP.

About the United Nations World Wildlife Day

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3
March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and
flora. The date is the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. World Wildlife Day has quickly
become the most prominent global annual event dedicated to wildlife. It is an opportunity to
celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of
the various challenges faced by these species. The day also reminds us of the urgent need to
step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and
social impacts.

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SIR DAVID AND ME
by Richard Brock
11 February 2021

Once upon a time, long ago, there was a youthful person called David Attenborough (no “Sir” then). He could be found on the sixth floor of BBC Television Centre in London. But that executive level was not really his natural habitat, and he decided to leave that media jungle for a very different one, the natural home of many very different species. And David’s story, from then on, was to become the very backbone/vertebra of wildlife broadcasting, not only in Britain, but, eventually worldwide, reaching everywhere on planet Earth, trying to save it from ourselves.

The BBC Natural History Unit was, and is, based in Bristol, England inhabiting elegant buildings along Whiteladies Road (which leads to Blackboy Hill). My small office was there, and my job was equally junior – “General Assistant” covered it and involved tea, as the main botanical requirement. I must have been very good at it because, for whatever reason, I found myself on my way to the TV temple of the BBC (some 20,000 UK staff in total), carrying a plastic bag (not even Waitrose). A window on the executive sixth floor opened: “Come on up, Richard”. So up I went, to that high and mighty level, negotiated two (not one) formidable assistants, and into David’s, Director of Programmes’, inner sanctum. On the table was a map of Borneo; at that time, some 50 years ago, hardly known to outsiders. David was expected to reach the very top of the pecking order and not many knew about his Borneo plot. I returned to my burrow in Bristol. David resigned from the BBC much to many people’s surprise. The series we made was called “Eastward” or “Eastwards” (answers on a postcard); five of us film crew, with sound recordist – Dickie Bird (yes) and David, in his book “Life on Air” (2002) wrote: “Richard, as director, to tell me what to do” (Fancy that!). It was to become the start of a story, which is still being told. This is it.

… Fast forward for David, to become “Sir”, via the “Life” series of several of which the first was “Life on Earth”, the most ambitious wildlife series, so far – 13 episodes – an unthinkable number today. “It wouldn’t work” they said…”you can’t walk from one continent to another in the same natty beige number” to show a lizard in Australia is like one in South America = convergent evolution. “They” were wrong. “Life on Earth” was a huge hit worldwide – said to be David’s favourite of the many other “landmarks” “milestones” and other modest “epics” that were to follow...the “lifes”, then the “planets”. I was lucky enough to work on “Life on Earth” and “The Living Planet” – total 6-7 years work and travelling. It was a great experience but, in my personal view, it didn’t go far enough in telling the truth about that only living planet, Earth. What was happening to it and that wonder-full nature and places? But, as David claimed, unless viewers see what’s out there they won’t care about it. They won’t watch bad news. Ratings will fall and it will suffer in the schedules. It’s a trap. And years later, in 2021, we may, or may not, be seeing the sad results.

David and I went our separate ways. I live in Somerset near Bristol. David lives near London in a house famously full of treasures from his travels. I live in a cottage with a lot of programme material from which my editor Gareth Trezise and I have made some 100 films for free access on YouTube and Vimeo, mainly about wildlife conservation. Whereas I was fortunate enough to be left enough money to achieve that, David always had the very large budgets and a lot of time for filming. The great results were to be seen on the television screens of the world with ample publicity, and of course, linked to the now very famous man himself. At 94, his, i.e. the BBC’s, next “blockbuster” series of five programmes was shown at peak time on BBC1 in January 2021. It was called “A Perfect Planet” revealing how planet Earth happens to possess the ideal conditions for life on Earth – remember that title – 13 episodes some 40 years ago? Of course many people now know how imperfect our fragile world is, threatened by climate change and endangering thousands of species globally – in other words biodiversity. Can we turn losers into winners? Is there time? Crucially, will we act? Judging by weaknesses in our own species’ DNA the signs are not good. We seem to be our own worst enemies, and that doesn’t include a pandemic which we brought upon ourselves by messing up nature. Sir David’s messages, seen and heard by millions worldwide, for so long, reached out to a population that has now doubled to some eight billion human beings. Initially, his big series had shown the wonders of biodiversity with less emphasis on the problems it faced. I felt I could help in my modest way.

With that money left to me, I’ve made some 100 films viewable, for free, on YouTube and Vimeo, plus an accompanying book of 150 pages in 19 chapters. It is a very personal view and includes David Attenborough; Greta Thunberg; biodiversity; shopping; forests; farming; fishing; food; consumption; waste/plastic/recycling; energy/oil; climate change; Covid-19; water; the media; money/fashion; Trump/Biden; aviation/travel/tourism; human population; China; nature and us. The white stork is the theme ending with some really good news. It's free to all those interested with any donations going to charity, the Avon Wildlife Trust, based near where I live, near Bristol. Or donate to a wildlife/conservation charity of your choice.


Meet Richard Brock, the Wildlife Film-maker who spent 35 years working in the BBC NHU with David Attenborough

Email: RB@brockinitiative.org

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

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

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog

Profile Pages: Wildlife-film.com/-/RichardBrock.htm & Wildlife-film.com/-/Brock-Initiative.htm

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Britains Hidden Fishes Short Film Campaign
by Jack Perks
8 February 2021

Britain’s fish are often overlooked and under-appreciated and I think it is about time we put them in the spotlight!

My name is Jack Perks and I'm a professional wildlife camera-man and photographer. Over the course of my career I've filmed every freshwater fish in the UK and many of the marine species giving me a unique understanding and apprecia-tion for our fishy denizens.

We have many amazing wildlife spectacles on our doorstep all unfolding beneath the wa-terline and this film aims to showcase hidden, untold stories about British fish. It would be in the format of a 1-hour film with narration. We have an extraordinarily talented crew of editors, composers, consultants and camera operators.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a cinematic-looking film about some of the most incredible creatures we have in the British Isles, everything from tiny sticklebacks to behemoth basking sharks. We are looking to launch the project in February and start film-ing straight away. Depending how filming goes this may extend into the year after so the film won’t be finished until at least 2022.

Who’s Jack?

Based in Nottingham, I spent seven years traveling across Britain to film every species of freshwater fish and have developed and refined techniques for filming them, including scuba, snorkelling, camera traps and pole cams. I successfully crowd-funded two films, one on fish called “Beneath the Waterline”, which looked at the people working with fish, and “Wildlife Exposed: Shetland Diaries”. I orchestrated the UK National Fish Vote in which the Brown Trout won, have written two books on fish and contributed to many more. I have also written columns for Angler’s Mail & Fallon’s Angler. I also routinely film for tele-vision on many BBC nature documentaries and angling programmes.

Basically I quite like fish.

Why Fund this Project?

This campaign is the only option to create a short film about fish as most see them as brown, slimy, boring things. However they are so much more than that, with the ruby reds and kingfisher blues on a grayling’s dorsal fin or the deadly patience of pike waiting for an unsuspecting shoal of rudd to pass by. This is a chance to put modern filming techniques Into practice. We’ll be using high definition underwater cameras, drones for a birds-eye view and beautiful, scenic cinematography. It’s an all or nothing project as I want to make it right so if we don’t hit the target, it simply won’t happen. If we do reach and exceed the target it will open more doors such as extra time filming, more equipment and other narra-tives we can follow.

The Team

This isn’t a solo project and I have a team behind me helping the production, from com-posers making original music to editors (Laura Turner of Fuzzfox Films), camera operators, consultants and of course Jeremy Wade who has agreed to narrate the film.

It will also involve many members of the public and people working with fish as we are on the hunt for different stories and ideas. We are hoping to film and document things rarely seen by the great British public to interest them in something they didn’t realise was on their very doorstep, perhaps in the local canal or village pond.


BRITAIN'S HIDDEN FISHES - CROWD FUNDER

Find out more on the crowd funding page: indiegogo.com/projects/britain-s-hidden-fishes

Whats the end result?

It’s a non-profit film and the idea is to showcase fish in a film everyone can see so it will be made available online. I’d like to have a premiere but given the current climate we’ll see how that goes! It’s all or nothing so if we don’t reach the £30,000.00 target the film won’t get made. It sounds like a lot of money but it's a tiny budget for a wildlife documentary.

Socials: facebook.com/UkMiniFishStudy, twitter.com/RiverFishUk & instagram.com/britainshiddenfishes

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PLANET CRUNCH – The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth by Richard Brock
7 February 2021

This ambitious project of 3 x 25-minute films on YouTube and Vimeo, plus a book, is another attempt to draw attention to the challenges we all face; especially involving biodiversity.

There will be winners and losers, and, in the shadow of Covid-19, it’s understandable that viewers and readers may be suffering from fatigue about the fate of the planet – and us.

Since autumn 2020 there have been at least four new authoritative books with such titles as “Hope in Hell”, “Who Cares Wins”, “There is No Plan B”, and David Attenborough’s best-seller “A Life on Our Planet – my Witness Statement and Vision for the Future”.

So, is there room, and reason, for more in 2021? Well there is. “Planet Crunch” is very different, and is presented in a very popular illustrative style and is right up-to-date. The 150-page book is based on how the media have lifted the natural world to the front-page headlines.

Contents of my “Planet Crunch” book, across 19 chapters, include David Attenborough; Greta Thunberg; biodiversity; shopping; forests; farming; fishing; food; consumption; waste/plastics/recycling; energy/oil; climate change; Covid-19; water; the media; money/fashion; Trump/Biden; aviation/travel/tourism; human population; China; nature and us.

Described as unique, political, challenging, cheeky, provocative, significant, educational, very personal, even rude! Certainly different to those other, more conventional films and books.

The project has been made possible by funds left to me, and is free to all those interested. Donations to charity will be welcomed.." Richard Brock – Email: RB@brockinitiative.org

Website: brockinitiative.org Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/RichardBrock.htm

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Composer team Robert Hicks and Tristan Noon create a Natural History demo
7 February 2021

Bristol-based Composer team Robert Hicks and Tristan Noon have created a demonstration of music written specifically for the Natural History film making community. This music is presently unsigned and available for licence or commission.

Rob and Tristan believe every story is unique; their mission is to bring a story-driven approach to the craft of scoring. Drawing on inspiration and from the natural world, Rob and Tristan blend traditional orchestral instruments with the more experimental sounds produced by guitars, analogue synths and outboard gear, they create unique sonic textures which work in harmony with the visuals of great filmmakers to underpin and enhance every narrative.

Tristan has been on the orchestration side of the music team for both Green Planet and Dynasties, giving them great experience working in big-budget nature documentary productions.

Tristan Noon is a TV, Film and Games Composer, Orchestrator and Music Copyist best-known for his work on prestigious projects such as the BAFTA-nominated game LEGO: The Incredibles, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time and acclaimed electronic artist Gary Numan’s UK orchestral tour.

At the age of 22, he orchestrated ITV’s flagship drama Endeavour Series 4 and has since orchestrated music for shows such as ‘Heroes’, directed by Manish Pandey, the esteemed writer of ‘Senna’, and BBC One’s ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’. His work has appeared in iconic studios such as Abbey Road and AIR, and he provides a rare and sought-after bundle package deal whereby he takes a project from the orchestration stage, right through to fully formatted and printed scores and parts that are performed by world-class musicians.

Bristol based Rob Hicks has racked up over 15 years of experience working as a media composer. Using collaborative and experimental processes he enjoys creating scores for Production Libraries, TV and film projects. His music can regularly be heard on the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 4, ITV and MTV as well as corporate clients such as Nike.

With boots on the ground in Bristol and the London area, the team can be mobilised quickly to meet and work in both locations to maximise creativity, efficiency and productivity.


Series Titles - A Natural History Music Demonstration by Robert Hicks & Tristan Noon

Please take a listen to our work: rcrft.co/reel/RobertHicks/MusicForNaturalHistory

And please do get in touch.

Phone: +44 (0)7921 836 304

Email: rob.hicks@rhicksmusic.com

Website: www.rhicksmusic.com

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

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"Mindful Minute in Nature" from Piers Warren

Mindful Minute in Nature is a series of one minute films made in nature by Piers Warren with no narration or music but with sounds of nature.

It has been scientifically proved that digital nature - such as watching this mindful minute - is good for our mental health - especially if we can't get out into real nature!


Mindful Minute in Nature

Subscribe to his new YouTube Channel.

As you will all know, Piers founded WILDEYE – The International School of Wildlife Film-making back in 1999, running it for twenty years.

Around the same time, in the late nineties, when websites were relatively new, Piers realised there was a need for information for aspiring wildlife film-makers so he created Wildlife-film.com and edited Wildlife Film News (this newsletter!) for the first ten years.

He's had many vocations, including as an author, environmentalist, musician, teacher, cook and veganic veg-grower.

You can find out much more about all of that that and other things Piers does on his new website: www.pierswarren.co.uk ... If you thought you knew him, think again, there's some surprising stuff in there, not least on Spotify!

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Filmmakers for Future: Wildlife's Big Discussion survey results are live!

What do we want our programmes to achieve?

Over 250 wildlife filmmakers shared their views on how to make our industry greener & more climate-aware.

What is the big discussion?

“What do we want our programmes to achieve?” was an online survey hosted by Filmmakers for Future: Wildlife (FF:W) between the 14th of October and 21st of December 2020. The purpose of this interactive poll was to better understand the views of wildlife filmmakers on our role in communicating the climate and biodiversity crises. We believe this to be the largest survey on this topic. We hope this insight into how production staff and crew are feeling about their work will help to inform discussions within production companies and broadcasters.

The poll maintained anonymity for participants, so we do not know who took part, or their role in the industry. We expect that the majority of participants were directed to the poll by FF:W. They are therefore likely to share the group’s view that urgent action is needed to address climate change and biodiversity loss along with increased coverage of these themes in our programmes. 

252 people voted on 131 submitted statements. A total of 9,139 votes were cast, agreeing, disagreeing or passing to each statement. Not every participant voted on all the statements. This means the percentages shown are from a subset of participants who cast a vote on that particular statement. 

Below are the statements that achieved the most consensus between participants. We have split them by relevance to editorial or production decisions. For each statement we have put its (popularity %) and [the statements pol.is raw data reference number].

Editorial:

  • Natural history programmes have a duty to report on the true current state of the natural world. (90% agree)[61]
  • It is our responsibility to communicate the need to act with extreme urgency to halt the climate and biodiversity crises. (87% agree)[2]
  • We should no longer portray humans as separate from nature. (89% agree)[18] We should show human wildlife conflicts in our programs but more importantly the socioeconomic reasons behind them. (88% agree)[33]
  • Our programs should help audiences assess the value of different solutions to our environmental crises. (92% agree)[38]
  • Programmes encouraging carbon reduction through individual action are not enough as they don’t hold Governments and Industry to account. (89% agree)[52]
  • We have to work out how to reach new audiences who don’t believe in global biodiversity loss & the climate crisis. (92% agree)[83]
  • The audience already understands the urgency of climate change – we don’t need to keep including it in our programs. (89% disagree)[50]
  • Wildlife films are doing enough for conservation already. (91% disagree)[71].

Production management:

  • We should give more thought to the way we structure our programmes to reduce the amount of travel needed. (90% agree)[62]
  • We should work with local fixers to create ‘kit hubs’ around the world. Where bulky kit can be checked in or out on arrival and departure. (89% agree)[125]
  • Camera op bursaries should be made available in popular countries which we film in. (85% agree) [124]
  • The industry needs to be more collaborative rather than working in secrecy to protect their story/program/content to reduce their footprints. (80% agree)[120]
  • If our programs are made net zero by offsetting our emissions through trusted projects we do not need to take further action to reduce our emissions. (79% disagree)[22]

Read more here: ffwildlife.org/the-big-discussion Download Full Survey Results HERE.

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Winterwatch makes TV history as world’s first large scale outside broadcast solely powered by green hydrogen
by Jason Peters
27th January 2021

BBC Studios Natural History Unit announces the successful live transmission of a 60 minute episode of Winterwatch powered entirely by green hydrogen fuel and energy saving batteries.

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"Everyone at Winterwatch and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit is punching the air at the prospect of finding a way to make our productions more sustainable. This is a superb development for us and the environment, and exactly the kind of thing we want to do more of.” — Julian Hector, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit

The hydrogen generator is located at Winterwatch’s outside broadcasting hub at BBC Bristol and is helping to replace the use of a diesel powered generator. Diesel generators are traditionally used in live outdoor productions, as filming often uses too much power to draw energy from the grid.

Across the show’s presenter locations, the production team used batteries powered by intelligent hybrid generator systems which use spare energy to charge batteries, significantly minimising the use of diesel fuel and CO2 emissions.

Using green hydrogen instead of diesel twinset generators at all sites during one live episode of Winterwatch avoided 3.3 tonnes of carbon emissions. Producing one hour of TV produces an average 9.2 tonnes of carbon emissions according to BAFTA Albert’s 2019-20 annual report, demonstrating the positive impact that green hydrogen could have if widely adopted.

Provided by Siemens Energy and Geopura, the hydrogen generator uses hydrogen gas made by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity generated by solar and wind power. When used the hydrogen turns back into pure and drinkable water, meaning that the ‘exhaust’ is emissions and waste free and the process is entirely circular.

The hydrogen generator will remain at BBC Bristol’s outside broadcasting hub for the duration of the Winterwatch series, with plans already in place to bring back the use of green hydrogen for future series.

With shows such as Winterwatch, Seven Worlds One Planet and Dynasties, BBC Studios Natural History Unit has taken positive steps to make its programmes more sustainably and reduce its carbon footprint over recent years, and is committed to informing the world about climate change through its programmes.

In an effort to achieve the BBC’s goal to be net zero in terms of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the Natural History Unit has committed to hiring local crews on location instead of flying teams around the world, using drones instead of helicopters for aerial footage, and using methanol fuel cells to power remote cameras.

Julian Hector, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, said: “Everyone at Winterwatch and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit is punching the air at the prospect of finding a way to make our productions more sustainable. This is a superb development for us and the environment, and exactly the kind of thing we want to do more of.”

Winterwatch will continue at 8pm on Thursday and Friday this week. You can catch-up with the entire series so far on BBC iPlayer.


The magic of winter

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HOGWOOD has won 'Best Documentary' at the Liverpool Underground Film Festival

Today (17/01/21), HOGWOOD was awarded the Best Documentary Award at the Liverpool Underground Film Festival. The festival seeks to showcase daring, unique, and entertaining independent films that transgress convention. And now HOGWOOD is free with Amazon Prime. Celebrations all round!

Watch on Amazon Prime!

“To paraphrase Werner Herzog, a filmmaker must not be a fly on the wall, but a hornet that stings. Hogwood uncovers some brutal truths of animal farming. It is as harrowing as it is vital.”

– Richard Weston, Liverpool Underground Film Festival Director

“I am thrilled that HOGWOOD has been awarded the Best Documentary Award at the Liverpool Underground Film Festival. This film encapsulates so much about Viva! – I am proud of our brilliant investigations team that consistently brings together powerful footage and of our director, Juliet, who infuses her own passion into the horror. HOGWOOD is more than just a film – it exposes the modern horror stories taking place each day, hidden away in the idyllic British countryside. The public has a right to see what goes on behind the factory farm walls.”

– Tony Wardle, Director of HOGWOOD and Associate Director of Viva! 


Hogwood: a modern horror story

Watch for FREE with Amazon Prime Video!

Go to viva.org.uk/materials/hogwood-a-modern-horror-story to find out more.

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ANNOUNCING: ACFF's 2021 Official Selections!

After taking 2020 ‘off’ to move our Annual Festival from fall to spring, it’s finally here - our 18th American Conservation Film Festival!

Everyone here at ACFF has been brimming with excitement to share our 2021 line-up with you. Our selection teams have chosen 47 amazing films — many with diverse creators and subjects — and nearly half are from women filmmakers (our highest percentage yet)! At least a dozen of these films, including our Green Fire Award winner, center on the experiences, cultures, and stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

We know these films will captivate and inspire you just as they did us.These "Voices for a New World" share stories of human resilience, the magical wonder of our natural world, and how change is often started by just one person whose passion moved them to take action. 

But, don’t take our word for it! Check out our film guide where you can see what the 5 award winners are and watch trailers for each film.

See the 2021 Line-up: 2021festival.eventive.org/films

Our FREE online festival runs March 24-28th with registration opening February 1st.

FREE Access for All!

2020 gave us the 'gift' of learning how to convert an in-person Festival to a virtual experience. While nothing beats seeing a breathtaking film on the big screen, we did realize that streaming films online allows us to expand our reach way beyond Shepherdstown. Which got us to thinking...one of our primary missions is to offer these exceptional films, most of which are obscure and not otherwise available to the public, to as many people in as many places as possible, with easy access for all. We want to include people from all backgrounds, locations, socioeconomic levels, and perspectives which led us to the decision to offer our entire 2021 online festival for FREE! (Your donations, of course, are always welcome and there will be options to donate when you register.)

However, producing an online festival is not free. We still require funds to pay for the streaming platform, screening fees, and the awards to our filmmakers. We are seeking major sponsors who can help cover the income we would typically generate from ticket sales and other income garnered at an in-person festival.

Please contact Executive Director Jennifer Lee at jennifer@conservationfilmfest.org for more info on how we can acknowledge your support.

A huge and warm thank you to everyone who made a donation to ACFF this fall and winter. Your gestures of support keep us keeping on!

For film spotlights, special guest previews, and more, follow us on social media: instagram.com/conservationfilmfest, facebook.com/conservationfilmfest & twitter.com/ConservationFF

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/American-Conservation-Film-Festival.htm
Website: conservationfilmfest.org

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Too Wild - Ethiopia #WWFVoices - Lauren Arthur & David Eastaugh

We’re very excited to announce #TooWildEthiopia - Season 1, a three-part YouTube series which follows #WWFVoices members Lauren Arthur and David Eastaugh as they explore biodiversity-rich Ethiopia - the land where the wolves wander, in search for Africa’s most rarest carnivore. With less than 500 wolves remaining today, this will be no easy task. These animals are not crying wolf, at risk of their howls fading forever from the horn of Africa. Will Lauren and David be lucky enough to see this remarkable species in its natural habitat?


#WWFVoices Too Wild- Ethiopia

For more information on how you can help, please check out the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program: ethiopianwolf.org

You can follow more adventures of Lauren and David in the wild on their Instagram.
Lauren: @lauren_arthur7 David: @the_norman_eastaugh

Profile Pages: Wildlife-film.com/-/LaurenArthur.htm & Wildlife-film.com/-/DavidEastaugh.htm

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New Impact Research: 2020 Center for Environmental Filmmaking Impact Media Report

The goal of this new research report is to deepen our understanding and further our thinking about how nature, environmental and science media can change hearts, minds and behaviors. How can we use media to be a powerful means for individual, societal, policy, and cultural transformation?

We have unprecedented opportunities to engage audiences in the critical challenges facing our planet, from climate crises, pandemics, species extinction, to environmental injustice and racism. Today’s complex media landscape provides new ways to achieve significant impact with micro-targeted precision. There is potential to expand diversity, equity and inclusion, and to amplify a global range of perspectives.

This research was conducted by CEF Executive Director Maggie Burnette Stogner with the assistance of two graduate students, Nicole Wackerly and Carlos Macher. CEF’s ongoing impact media research is supported by HHMI/Tangled Bank Studios.

Download the report:

CEF - Impact Media Report2020

CEF-Impact Media Report2020_Mobile

We welcome your feedback! Send to stogner@american.edu.

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Eco-Comedy Video Competition - Deadline 21st Feb

CEF is celebrating our 10th anniversary of hosting the Eco-Comedy Video Competition.

Cosponsored by The Nature Conservancy, this year’s theme is “Your Favorite Wild Animal” and the celebration will be held during the DC Environmental Film Festival, which takes place from March 18 - 28, 2021.

This competition is free to enter and includes five categories for worldwide submissions:

  • K-8
  • High School
  • College/University
  • Nonstudent
  • DC/Maryland/Virginia K-8

The winner in each category will receive a cash prize and recognition at DC-EFF and on the CEF and Nature Conservancy websites.

The Eco-Comedy Video Competition exists to promote the use of comedy to engage audiences.

Around 30% of animal and plant species are at risk of extinction, according to the Red List released in December, which is an inventory of threatened species maintained by the International Union of Conservation and Nature (IUCN). Raise awareness about your favorite wild animal through the power of comedy.

Submit your short video (three minutes or less) for free on Filmfreeway.com/Eco-ComedyFestival2021 today!

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CEF’s July 2021 Classroom in the Wild

Each year CEF hosts an experiential course called Classroom in the Wild (CITW) which combines photography, filmmaking, and outdoor living skills.

This year, CITW will take place the week of July 18th and will be hosted at The National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.

There are 14 spots available, so apply today to save your spot!

If the course cannot be hosted in person due to Covid-19, a virtual backyard course will be hosted during the same week.

Any questions can be directed to Professor Larry Engel (engel@american.edu) or course assistant Lia Nydes (ln7591a@student.american.edu).

Visit: www.american.edu/soc/environmental-film/classroom-in-the-wild.cfm

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Carole Baskin speaks on "Tiger King" doc

Carole Baskin, an activist for big cats, sat down and binge-watched “Tiger King” on Netflix just like everybody else. The end product, which she believed would resemble a “Blackfish” for tigers, had almost nothing to do with saving big cats, she said — a real “missed opportunity” for the film that made her famous.

Roughly 34 million people watched “Tiger King” in the first 10 days it was available, according to Nielsen. Many more watched after that.

But if “Tiger King” viewers instead focused their attention on “The Hidden Tiger,” an upcoming documentary from Knoxville director Michael Samtesto, the impact would be “Earth changing,” she told Knox News.

Samtesto called upon Baskin to share her expertise for the film, which explores the impact tiger captivity has on cats in cages and wild tiger populations.

“The Hidden Tiger,” which is scheduled to come out Dec. 26, has been in the works for more than five years. And it all started just up the road from Knoxville at Roane County’s Tiger Haven.

“The story just kind of continued to expand and unfold for us,” Samtesto told Knox News — all the way to India and Nepal.

Read more: sfgate.com/news/article/Carole-Baskin-speaks-on-Knoxville-led-tiger-15796364.php

Also read: Carole Baskin working on new documentary focusing on big cat conservation: foxnews.com/entertainment/carole-baskin-new-documentary-big-cat-conservation – The CEO of Big Cat Rescue wants to expose the abuse of exotic cats.

"The Hidden Tiger" from member Rescue Doc Films premieres on December 26.

The Hidden Tiger exposes the truth about the captive tiger population in the United States and its adverse affect on wild tiger conservation. Five years in the making, The Hidden Tiger traveled the globe, meeting with NGOs and top tiger conservation experts. The documentary exposes the exploiters and celebrates the conservationists, while presenting a clear path for us all. Together, we can save the tiger.


The Hidden Tiger: Wildlife-film.com Premiere

We are proud to be releasing The Hidden Tiger as a screening sponsor. To watch the film, simply rent/buy and watch on Vimeo here (above) and 25% of ticket proceeds after platform fees will be donated to Wildlife-film.com. Once you’ve watched the film, please go and check out the TAKE ACTION page to see what further steps you can take to help save the tiger.

Visit: thehiddentiger.com

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Richard Brock's much-anticipated book Planet Crunch - the Life (or Death) of Planet Earth is coming soon!

Richard Brock has been very busy writing his book, Planet Crunch, all of last year ... An excellent use of lockdown time we say.

He want's to make our readers an interesting and useful offer. Briefly it's this:

"I was a producer in the BBC Natural History Unit for 35 years and I'm just finishing a book called “Planet Crunch - the Life (or Death) of Planet Earth". It's very visual, refreshing, personal, original and concentrates on wildlife and the natural world - who's winning or losing? Perhaps an antidote to “conservation fatigue". There are also three films (25 minutes each) for YouTube and Vimeo. Both the book and the films include: Sir David Attenborough; Greta Thunberg; biodiversity; shopping; forests; farming; fishing; food; consumption; waste/plastic/recycling; energy/oil; climate change; Covid-19; water; the media; money/fashion; Trump; aviation/travel/tourism; human population; China; nature and us. The white stork is the theme ending with some really good news. The book contains some 150 pages. There's also reference to about 100 films on similar subjects I've made over the last four years called “Wildlife Winners and Losers - How to turn losers into winners" , available, for free on YouTube and Vimeo. Please see my website (www.brockinitiative.org) for more information. At this time much attention has been drawn to the future of the planet, and my previous colleague, Sir David Attenborough has been both insistent and persistent in trying to get the message across. It's difficult these days, with the pandemic, to get attention, let alone action. The book and films are my attempt to help. There's also an extra bonus - a cheer - you - upplement! We need it. The non-profit offer I'm suggesting means the book is FREE unless you'd like to contribute something to a worthy and perhaps related cause ... I have done all this as a legacy to my sister, and mother who died aged 102. She seemed to have approved of what I was trying to do. IMPORTANT: I don't, personally, expect any income from this project. If you would like to contribute something - say £10 - to a charity of your, or my choice, please do so suggesting any preference in the way it's done. These days many charities need income to help continue projects around the world. And to extend the project, do please pass on this offer to friends and contacts, those who are concerned about the future at this time of "Planet Crunch". This isn't a con or scam. It's true! The book will come in the New Year. Please let me know if you (and others) would like to receive it." Richard Brock – Email: richard@brockinitiative.org

Sneak peek at the cover:

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ANIMOSITY: Snapshots from the Frontline of Conservation – Will COVID-19 Finally bring an End to Wildlife Tourism?
by Izzy Sasada
Pictures: Aaron Gekoski
21 December 2020

The abrupt halt we have all experienced at the hand of Covid19 serves as a stark reminder that humans are not separate from the animal world, but inextricably linked. ANIMOSITY, by award-winning environmental photojournalist, Aaron Gekoski, offers a snapshot of the main issues facing wildlife today, showcasing a collection of powerful photographs and absorbing tales from the frontlines of conservation- from wildlife tourism and the exotic pet trade, to the illegal wildlife trade and marine conservation.

Aaron Gekoski has spent the last decade as an environmental photojournalist, and since 2017 he has turned his camera on wildlife tourism, exposing the dire underworld of the animal entertainment industry.

From travelling circuses and elephant rides, to orangutan boxing venues and otter pet cafes, his journey documenting wildlife entertainment has taken him across four continents and to more than a dozen countries.

But by April 2020, Covid19 had spread across the planet, and the tourism and travel industries of which we knew had collapsed. With countries closing boarders and venues shutting their doors, one can only imagine the conditions in which imprisoned animals are kept. There have been reports of lions left to starve at Gamji Gate Zoo in Kaduna, Nigeria, and accounts of starvation and lack of veterinary healthcare within Thailand’s captive elephant population, as the pandemic forced at least 85 camps to close.

It is difficult to predict how wildlife tourism will survive in the post-Covid19 era. The pandemic is certainly thought to be somewhat of a watershed moment regarding our understanding of our relationship with the natural world and the illicit trade of endangered creatures. An optimistic perspective is that this newfound understanding of our relationship with the natural world will lead to a reconsideration of the existence of these venues.

Whatever the future holds for the wildlife tourism, for many of the animals photographed in ANIMOSITY, it is too late. The book showcases today’s issues of conflict, conservation and mankind’s complicated relationship with the natural world. So, sit back, enjoy, shed a tear, and be repulsed or inspired by some of the stories contained within ANIMOSITY.

ANIMOSITY can currently be purchased at 25% off ... from The Book Depository with FREE DELIVERY WORLDWIDE

Also at Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) or get the Kindle Edition (in the US: Amazon.com + Kindle)

See the Full Feature here...

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The Hidden Tiger Documentary From Rescue Doc Films Spotlights America’s Unique Tiger Tragedy
by Jason Peters
20 December 2020

A new documentary "The Hidden Tiger" will be released this month, on the 26th of December, featuring Carole and Howard Baskin of "Tiger King" fame.

There are now more tigers living in the backyards, roadside attractions, theme parks, zoos, and sanctuaries in the United States than there are in the wild globally. A new documentary from Rescue Doc Films, The Hidden Tiger – with help from Carole and Howard Baskin of Tiger King fame – shows what abusers like Joe Exotic and Doc Antle want to keep hidden: the truth about American tigers.

In early 2020, The Netflix documentary Tiger King was viewed more than 34 million times in the first ten days of release. The Hidden Tiger focuses on the uniquely American problem captive tigers present and how people like the Baskins and other organizations are combating it. Under-regulated, over-bred and often mistreated, these apex predators are born into a lifetime of captivity with a surprising and unintended consequence – their caged existence helps undermine the already difficult task of saving their wild counterparts.

The Hidden Tiger is a global exposé revealing the links between captive tigers and the wild tigers’ possible extinction. Traveling around the world, Rescue Doc Films has uncovered alarming realities:

  • In the U.S., there are an estimated 10,000 tigers being exploited and abused as entertainment for humans, yet fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild.
  • In the U.S., a tiger can be legally purchased in some states for less than a purebred dog.
  • First responders are at risk and ill prepared to handle attacks, escapes, and abuses involving tigers here in the U.S., such as the Zanesville massacre.
  • Global efforts to save the tiger from extinction are being held back by U.S. failures and fake conservation pleas by exploiters that simply want profit rather than protection.

With the December release of The Hidden Tiger, Rescue Doc Films explores promising solutions including the current conservation efforts being made in Asia and the ongoing push to enact the Big Cat Public Safety Act in The United States. With work in India, Nepal, the UK, and across the United States, Rescue Doc Films has connected top experts in the world of tiger conservation to help give tigers a voice.


The Hidden Tiger: Wildlife-film.com Premiere

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GREEN SCREEN - Call for Entry 2021

ENTRIES for the Green Screen Festival 2021 are welcome now!

We are looking forward to amazing wildlife films from all over the world!

Submission deadline: 15th March 2021

Earlybird discount (25 % on the total entry fees) applies for submissions before January 31th, 2021

Entry form, regulations and the description: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/professional

More information about the festival: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en

Questions? Contact our team: film@greenscreen-festival.de

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VEGAN 2020 - The Film

Vegan 2020 is the latest installment in PBN's annual series of films.

Every year since 2015, PBN has released a documentary showcasing the growth of veganism over the last 12 months.

Since 2015, the annual documentary has grown bigger, attracting millions of views each year. Vegan 2018 and 2019 peaked, premiering in cities around the world, including London, Los Angeles, and Beijing.

Vegan 2020 charts the victories and challenges of the movement over a year which has seen the world in general change beyond recognition.


VEGAN 2020 - The Film

Vegan 2020 is sponsored by abillion - an awesome app that helps you find the best vegan food and products near you!

This film is free to watch, however if you wish to make a small donation to help it reach more people, please consider supporting PBN here: plantbasednews.org/supportus

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Rewildling Stories: Reuniting Fish and Forest ... Re-Naturalising The Calder – SCOTLAND - The Big Picture

“Trees don’t just provide shade and shelter for the fish; they actually help shape the river and the processes that govern it.” Penny Lawson, Spey Catchment Initiative Project Officer

In many river catchments, Scotland’s wild salmon are in freefall. While scientists frantically search for answers to a complex issue, restoring native woodland and reigniting natural processes in upland rivers, could deliver benefits for both fish and people – the very aims of an ambitious river restoration project in Glen Banchor.

Watch the film:


Re-Naturalising The Calder

Read the story: scotlandbigpicture.com/rewilding-stories/reuniting-fish-and-forest

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Virtual Eco-Comedy Awards Night A Success!
By Maggie Stogner
7 December 2020

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking was delighted to be able to host the annual Eco-Comedy Awards ceremony and finally acknowledge the finalists and winners with a virtual ceremony, bringing filmmakers, families, and friends together from around the world (the CEF Awards Ceremony was originally scheduled in March during the DC Environmental Film Festival but postponed due to the pandemic).

This year’s competition had over 175 submissions from over 30 countries, amplifying diverse voices with short videos, animation, and innovative storytelling.

The theme was Clean Water and Clean Air. Five categories included Worldwide Grades K-8, High School, College/University, and Nonstudent, and, for the first time, a local DC/Maryland/Virginia category for grades K-8.

CEF partnered with The Nature Conservancy, the American University Center for Media and Social Impact, American University’s School of Communication, American University’s Office of Sustainability. Clean Air Partners partnered with us for the local competition.

A recording of the event, including the finalists and winning videos, can be found here (or watch below).


Center for Environmental Filmmaking's 2020 Eco-Comedy Awards Celebration

Keep a lookout! Our 2021 Eco-Comedy Video Competition Open Call will be launching soon on www.filmfreeway.com. The theme for 2021 is “Your Favorite Wild Animal."

See the full Feature Page here...

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Support mounts for a global treaty to combat plastic pollution– but much work remains to secure it

Last week (13 Nov '20), the ‘ad hoc expert group’ (AHEG) tasked by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to explore global options to combat plastic waste was concluded.

The fulfilment of the its mandate marks two years of consultations between countries and observers to take stock of existing activities, identify potential global actions and analyse their potential effectiveness in tackling plastic pollution.

Despite a transition to an online virtual platform, the meeting yielded fervent discussions and deliberations on the best route forwards.

Over the lifetime of the AHEG, appetite for a new binding global treaty has become increasingly apparent – not just from countries, regions and civil society organisations, but also the business community which now see the added value in a global agreement. Nowhere has this support been more apparent than at last week’s fourth and final AHEG meeting.


Pacific support for a global plastics treaty

Read more: eia-international.org/blog/support-mounts-for-a-global-treaty-to-combat-plastic-pollution-but-much-work-remains-to-secure-it


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