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36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced
by Kate Rutledge Jaffe of IWFF
May 5, 2013


The 36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s award winners. The IWFF is the first festival of its kind and the longest running wildlife film festival and conservation conference in the world. Awards were presented at a First Friday ceremony on May 3rd at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, MT. The Missoula Community Foundation generously sponsored the evening’s festivities. Several of the top award-winning films will rescreen on Saturday, May 4th at the Roxy. This program of award screenings will be announced online at www.wildlifefilms.org.

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The 2013 IWFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Marine Conservation & Media was awarded to Howard & Michele Hall whose aquatic film work has dramatically expanded our understanding of ocean environments. As filmmakers and as conservationists, their films and television programs are a testament to the ability of film to convey our understanding of the natural world. The Halls have received seven Emmy Awards and numerous other honors, and they have authored many books and articles about their incredible experiences diving in the world's oceans.

The Halls have worked on IMAX® films including Into the Deep, Island of the Sharks, and Lost Worlds: Life In Balance. With MacGillivray Freeman Films, Howard photographed spectacular underwater sequences for the Academy Award® nominated film The Living Sea and more recently for Journey Into Amazing Caves. Coral Reef Adventure is the first time the talented pair has worked behind the camera and in front of it.

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The IWFF also recognized Mateus Mutemba of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, as the recipient of the 2013 Hero Of The Year Award. Mateus is the Park Administrator of Gorongosa National Park, and has been with the project for over six years. The rehabilitation of Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique represents one of the great conservation opportunities in the world. Gorongosa is a region of magnificent and critical species, tremendous diversity, and ecological features found nowhere else on earth.

Mateus’ grandfather was one of the founders of the independence movement in Mozambique. Continuing the family tradition of honoring his country’s heritage, Mateus works closely with The Carr Foundation and the government of Mozambique to protect and restore the ecosystem of Gorongosa and to develop an ecotourism industry to benefit local communities.

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The IWFF preliminary judging process is a rigorous and thorough approach to programming the best films for our event. The festival relies on local and regional community members to participate in preliminary judging panels. Over the course of each two-day panel session, judges screen and discuss film entries, and determine as a group which films will pass forward to the final judging panel.

The International Wildlife Film Festival appreciates the hard work and thoughtful consideration of this year’s esteemed panel of festival judges:

Susannah Smith - Conservationist
Martin Hammond - Media Consultant, MJH Media
Judith Curran - Producer/Filmmaker, NHNZ
Antonia Wolf - Wildlife Photographer, Independent
David Wright - Cinematographer, Planet Earth Pictures


Lifetime Achievement Award
Natural history filmmakers and photographers Howard and Michele Hall

Conservationist Hero of The Year Award
Mateus Mutemba, for his extraordinary work with the Gorongosa Restoration Project

Save Our Seas® Award
Hot Tuna (2012)
Rick Rosenthal

This is the story of the tuna, one of the fastest, most powerful and most intelligent fishes in the sea. It’s also the most highly prized, worth more than its weight in silver, and is being fished to the brink of extinction.

Best Cinematography – a tie
The Last Lions
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011

From the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta comes the tale of a lion mother who must battle against the odds to protect her cubs.

Best Cinematography – a tie
Siberian Tiger Quest
Mike Birkhead and Joe Loncraine, 2012

In a remote forest wilderness in Russia, one man dedicated five years of his life to living in immense solitude in order to capture on film for the first time multiple families of Siberian tigers. Before he departs from this demanding task, he shows another filmmaker his art of observation and tracking, so that these amazing creatures can continue to be filmed.

Best Score
Kangaroo Dundee
Andrew Graham-Brown, 2013

This is the story of an Australian outbacker who founded a baby orphan kangaroo center to prepare these marsupials for the hazards of the wild.

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Best Editing
The Last Lions
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011

Sound Design
The Last Lions
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011

Best Film
The Last Lions
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011

Best in Category: Presenter/Host
Siberian Tiger Quest
Chris Morgan, 2012

Best in Category: Human/Wildlife Interaction
Siberian Tiger Quest
Mike Birkhead and Joe Loncraine, 2012

Best in Category: Environmental
Wild Things
Daniel Hinerfeld and Molly O’Brien, 2013

Best in Category: POV and Conservation
Battle for Elephants
John Heminway, 2013

Best in Category: Television Program Over $500,000
Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo
Jeff Turner, 2013

Best TV Program: $250,000-$500,000
An Original DUCKumentary
Ann Johnson Prum, 2012

Best Television Program Under $250,000
Hunting the Ice Whales
Max Quinn, 2012

Best TV Series
Kangaroo Dundee
Andrew Graham-Brown and Tom Mustill, 2013

Best Theatrical Release
The Last Lions
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011

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We’d like to express our gratitude to this year’s generous festival sponsors: National Geographic, Animal Planet, UMT, First Security Bank, Community Medical Center, Western MT Clinic, and Panasonic.

The International Wildlife Media Center, a 501(c)3 based in Missoula, Montana, is a year round media center with a focus on wildlife, habitat, people, cultures and nature. IWFC produces two annual events, The International Wildlife Film Festival, the longest running wildlife media event in the world, and CINE (October 18 - 24), a week long event designed to inspire serious dialogue, awareness and understanding of major international, cultural and environmental issues, through the presentation of engaging non-fiction film. IWFC is headquartered at the historic Roxy Theater, the base from which we present film premieres, youth programs, and filmmaking workshops throughout the year. In addition, IWMC offers theater rentals, post-festival film tours, and the EarthVision Video Library consisting of thousands of films from our annual International Wildlife Film Festivalfestivals.

International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival
718 S Higgins Ave (The Roxy Theater) Missoula, Montana 59801
Tel: +1 406.728.9380
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