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43rd Annual (First Virtual) International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced
from IWFF
April 2020


Congratulations to the IWFF 43 award winning films.

We are pleased to announce the Award Winners for the 2020 International Wildlife FIlm Festival. The 43rd IWFF Awards were Announced Online, on Friday, April 4th.

IWFF 2020 · Official Trailer

Hundreds of films. Three finalists per category. ONE 2020 category winner.


Animal Behavior

Dancing With The Birds | Official Trailer | Netflix

Dancing with the Birds
Director/Producer: Huw Cordey, Silverback Films
Duration: 50min
A journey deep into the forest, following the glorious colours and curiosities of rarely seen birds-of-paradise, bowerbirds, and manakins as they show off in spectacular fashion in their search for a mate--much of which has never been filmed before. The film carries its own pedigree, narrated by the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry, who guides the viewer through this charming and playful documentary suitable for all the family.

Huw Cordry with Dancing with the Birds, 2020 IWFF winner

Best Children’s Film

Gajah Borneo: A stop motion animation

Gajah Borneo
Director: Shervin Hess
Duration: 5min
In a land ruled by the palm oil trade, a Borneo pygmy elephant calf comes to life in a stop-motion world made out of recycled paper.

Best Feature Film

WATSON Trailer

Director: Lesley Chilcott Producers: Loise Runge, Lesley Chilcott, Wolfgang Knöpfler
Duration: 1hr 40min
Part pirate, part philosopher, Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson has dedicated his life to fighting for one thing: ending the slaughter of the ocean’s wildlife and the destruction of its ecosystems. This provocative film examines a man who will stop at nothing to protect what lies beneath.

Best Living With Wildlife Film

OVERLAND | Official Trailer | (2020)

Director: Elisabeth Haviland James, Revere La Noue Producers: Elisabeth Haviland James, Revere La Noue
Duration: 1hr 42min
Overland explores the complex bonds between three humans and the raptors they train and love. Lauren trains injured eagles to fly and hunt while scouring the world for falconry secrets. But a traumatized eagle which seems beyond repair pushes her to the brink. Giovanni left Rome for a solitary life in the countryside with his hawks. After a transcendent experience with an 800-year-old falconry book, he begins to question his life’s purpose. In Dubai, Khalifa is training to be the world’s best falcon racer. Now, with urban life encroaching, he must find a way to keep his fragile Bedouin culture from vanishing forever.

Best New Vision Film

IWFF 43 – Lost Cities
Lost Cities

Lost Cities
Directors: Marita Davison, Jennifer Moslemi, Ruth Gates Producers: Maria Davison, Jennifer Moslemi
Lost Cities is an interactive film that reveals the incredible hidden world of corals. With its unique layout, non-linear narrative, and evocative design, Lost Cities imparts crucial information about the crisis corals face globally while pushing the boundaries of the traditional nature documentary. The experience is anchored by an expressive soundscape and narration by the late Dr. Ruth Gates, a visionary coral biologist. By exploring what lies beneath the surface, Lost Cities brings to light the surprising way the lives of corals are interwoven with our own.

Best Short Film

The Love Bugs

The Love Bugs
Director: Allison Otto, Maria Clinton Producer: Caryn Capotosto, Jane Julian, David and Linda Cornfield
Duration: 34min
Over the course of 60 years, two married entomologists traveled to more than 67 countries, quietly amassing the world's largest private collection of insects. But as they grapple with Parkinson's in their twilight years, these two soulmates--married for 55 years--decide to give the collection away. This humorous and poignant documentary explores the love of nature--and the nature of love--and what it means to devote oneself completely to both. This film was shortlisted for a 2019 IDA Award in the Short Documentary category.

Best Short Short Film

Spawning Hope

Spawning Hope
Director/Producer: Roshan Patel
Duration: 9min 46sec
Marine biologists are concerned about the genetic health of many endangered coral species. This short film follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral. If this technique works, it could have a lasting impact on how conservationists are able to protect and restore endangered corals from near-extinction.

Best Student Film

Trailer - A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills

A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills
Director & Producer: Chema Domenech
Duration: 11min 11sec

Claver Ntoyinkima, a Rwandan park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park. Containing almost 300 bird species, over 1,000 plant species, and dozens of large and small mammals, Nyungwe is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Twenty-five years after the horrific Rwandan Genocide, the park is now one of the best-conserved montane rainforests in Central Africa. As Claver walks through the forest, we discover the origins of his conservationism and the history of an ecosystem that has survived one of Rwanda's darkest periods.

Best Sustainable Planet Film

The Story of Plastic Trailer

The Story of Plastic
Director: Deia Schlosberg Producer: Deia Schosberg, Stiv Wilson, Megan Ponder, and Kyle Cadotte
Duration: 1 hr 29min
Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming man-made crisis. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material combine in this timely documentary to reveal the disastrous impact of the continued manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a pressing global challenge which threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

Best Wildlife Conservation Film

Hunting the Helmeted Hornbill

Hunting the Helmeted Hornbill
Producers: Tim Laman, Tom Swartwout
Duration: 12:27
The helmeted hornbills of Southeast Asia's rainforests are frequently poached for their casques, which, like elephant ivory, are carved into luxury objects. But these birds are treasures of avian biology--dedicated mates which risk their lives to raise their young. Conservationist Yoki Hadiprakarsa and photographer Tim Laman are on a mission to tell the story of this ancient bird before it's too late.

Best of Festival Film

Tigerland - Trailer

Announcing the IWFF Best of Festival Winner!

Director: Ross Kauffman Producer: Xan Parker, Zara Duffy, Fisher Stevens, Ross Kauffman
Duration: 1hr 30min
Half a century ago in India, a young man rallied the world to save tigers from extinction. Today, the creed is carried on in Far East Russia. Directed by Oscar® winner Ross Kauffman (“Born into Brothels”) and produced by Oscar® winner Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”), TIGERLAND is the story about our relationship with one of the world’s most revered creatures

Tigerland - 30s Promo

Tigerland – thoughts from Sarika Khanwilkar:

Tigerland: thoughts from Sarika Khanwilkar

Sarika says "Sharing my perspectives on the Tigerland film and ways that the covid-19 pandemic might affect tiger conservation. Please visit www.wild-tiger.org and stay up to date with my work by signing up for the newsletter. Wild Tiger is a US-based non-profit dedicated to conserving Bengal tigers and their habitats. Using the wild tiger to galvanize a greater engagement in conservation."

High school level field guide for a deeper dive into the film and on Tiger Conservation in India: DOWNLOAD PDF.

IWFF Special Jury Awards

Going Nuts - Tales from the Squirrel World (Trailer)

Going Nuts: Tales From the Squirrel World - For its' exceptional cinematography.
Director: Yann Sochaczewski Producer: Yann Sochaczewski - Altay Film
Duration: 50min
Squirrels are among the most widely recognized mammals. They gladly join us for our lunches in city parks, amaze us with their acrobatics, and entertain our children as cartoon squirrels on TV. Squirrels live in an extraordinary diverse range of habitats, calling cities, deserts, mountains, and the arctic their home. Some can fly, some can swim, some live in trees or underground, others love the snow or feel cozy in the hot deserts. This documentary explores some of the most fascinating squirrel species worldwide and shows how the squirrel family became so successful dealing with extreme environments and human neighbors.


#NatureNow - For its' environmental ethics and low carbon footprint.
Director: Tom Mustill Producer: Andrea Walji
Duration: 03:39
#NatureNow is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate. Made with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed over 54 Million times.

Tom Mustill, #NatureNow Special Jury Award IWFF 2020

#NatureNow director Tom Mustill gives thanks for his special jury award for the films' environmental ethics and low carbon footprint.

Director, Tom Mustill, #NatureNow and Carrie Richer, IWFF Artistic Director - April 21, 2020

Join Director, Tom Mustill (#NatureNow) and Carrie Richer (IWFF Artistic Director) in a conversation about filmmaking, carbon footprints, wildlife film and working with Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot on #NatureNow.

See Animals

See Animals - For its' clever & prescient connection to our current times.
Director: Scott Wenner
Duration: 1min 53sec
A meditation on the beginning of the Sixth Extinction. Perfect for these pandemic-infused times.


IWFF says: Thank you to our incredible 2020 Final Jury

Ronald Tobias, Katie Schuler, and Lisa Parks

With the exception of the Living in Wildlife category which was judged by Christopher Johns, Ronald Tobias, and Lisa Parks.

Read the Juror Bios here: wildlifefilms.org/jury

Huge congrats to all winners from Wildlife-film.com, with a special mention to members Chema Domenech for his A Walk Through The Land of a Thousand Hills Student Film win, Huw Cordey, Silverback Films for their Dancing with the Birds Animal Behaviour win, Yann Sochaczewski - Altay Film for his Going Nuts: Tales From the Squirrel World Special Jury Award for exceptional cinematography and Tom Mustill for his #NatureNow Special Jury Award for its' environmental ethics and low carbon footprint.

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