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Jackson Wild Announces 2020 Media Award Winners
By Jason Peters
1st October 2020


Jackson Wild™ has announced the 2020 winners ofits prestigious film competition, the Jackson Wild Media Awards™.

Jackson Wild Summit 2020

Known as Nature film’s equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science and conservation storytelling. Winners were announced during the livestreamed Awards Ceremony as a finale to the first-ever Jackson Wild Virtual Summit. More than 700 innovative filmmakers, conservationists, photographers, scientists, journalists and visionaries convened from across the globe to engage in important conversations about the future of nature, science, and conservation media, impact, and filmmaking.

“As an industry, we are re-imagining the role media plays in our shared world, inspiring engagement and igniting the changes that will allow us to survive and thrive on our planet,” said Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild.

For the first time, the competition shifted from a biennial to an annual cycle, reflecting the growing importance of media to accelerate change as we address the global issues that confront our planet. This year’s submissions included over 620 category entries from over 30 different countries competing for 30 awards, including the Best of Festival Grand Teton Award.


Jackson Wild Media Awards Finalist Trailer 2020

See below for a full list of winners:

Jackson Wild Summit 2020

GRAND TETON AWARD (Best of Festival):


My Octopus Teacher Trailer

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

CONTENT CATEGORIES

Animal Behavior, Long Form (Sponsored by Love Nature)


The Octopus in my House Finalist Trailer

The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd. production for THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC and BBC in association with WNET

Animal Behavior, Short Form (Sponsored by Discovery)


This Killer Fungus Finalist Trailer

This Killer Fungus Turns Flies into Zombies | Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Ecosystem, Long Form (Sponsored by Wanda Natura)


Okavango Divine Journey Finalist Trailer - Ecosystem

Okavango - River of Dreams: Divine Journey
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, ARTE France, National Geographic and SVT

Ecosystem, Short Form (Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy)


Chasing Ghosts Finalist Trailer

Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic

Earth & Sky, Long Form (Sponsored by ARTE France)


The Edge of All We Know Finalist Trailer

The Edge of All We Know
Collapsar films, with support from John Templeton Foundation, Sandbox Films, and Sundance Institute

Conservation, Long Form (Sponsored by Doclights)


Reef Rescue Finalist Trailer

Reef Rescue
Merit Motion Pictures, Capa Presse/Films à Cinq, ARTE France and in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Vulcan Productions

Conservation, Short Form (Sponsored by Humane Society International)


Akashinga Finalist Trailer

Akashinga: The Braves Ones
Produced by Avatar Alliance Foundation for National Geographic Documentary Films

People & Nature, Long Form (Sponsored by Vulcan Productions)


My Octopus Teacher Finalist Trailer - People and Nature

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

People & Nature, Short Form (Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund)


Akashinga Finalist Trailer - People and Nature

Akashinga: The Brave Ones
Produced by Avatar Alliance Foundation for National Geographic Documentary Films

Changing Planet, Long Form (Sponsored by PBS)


On Thin Ice Finalist Trailer

On Thin Ice
An Altayfilm Production in association with MDR/ARTE FRANCE

Changing Planet, Short Form (Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare)


Mermaids Against Plastic: TAMARA Finalist Trailer

Mermaids Against Plastic: TAMARA
Free Roaming Studios, National Geographic Society, Conservation Media Group, Stuyvesant-Bard Films

Science in Nature, Long Form (Sponsored by Marco Polo Film AG)


My Octopus Teacher Finalist Trailer - Science in Nature

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

Science in Nature, Short Form (Sponsored by National Geographic)


Chasing Ghosts Finalist Trailer - Science in Nature

Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Impact Campaign (Sponsored by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios)


Sea of Shadows Finalist Trailer - Impact Campaign

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

Non-Broadcast (Sponsored by Saint Thomas Productions)


Entangled Finalist Trailer

Entangled
A film by David Abel and Andy Laub, made with the support of the Pulitzer Center, the LEF Foundation, and The Boston Globe

Limited Series, Long Form (Sponsored by Smithsonian Channel)


H20: The Molecule that Made Us Finalist Trailer

H2O The Molecule That Made Us
A WGBH and Passion Pictures production, in association with ARTE France, with funding from Draper, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton, Anne Ray Foundation, and PBS

Limited Series, Short Form (Sponsored by Off the Fence Productions)


Last Call for the Bayou Finalist Trailer - Short Series

Last Call for the Bayou
Encompass Films, Smithsonian Channel

Engaging Youth & Family (Sponsored by San Diego Zoo)


The Elephant Queen Finalist Trailer - Engaging Youth and Family

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

Presenter-Led (Sponsored by Conservation International)


Wild Cuba Finalist Trailer

Wild Cuba: A Caribbean Journey
Crossing the Line Productions for ORF, BBC, RTÉ, France Télévisions, THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, PBS, ORF Enterprises
Presenter: Colin Stafford-Johnson

Micro-Movie (Sponsored by Seeker)


African Parks Finalist Trailer - MicroMovie

African Parks: Protected Area Management
Esri


#NatureNow Finalist Trailer

#NatureNow
A @tommustill Film for Gripping Films, Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot with support from Conservation International, Nature4Climate, The Food and Land Use Coalition and Gower Street

Feature (Sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios)


The Elephant Queen Finalist Trailer - Feature

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

Emerging Filmmaker (Sponsored by ORF Universum)


Life on the Rocks Finalist Trailer

Life on the Rocks
George Pretty, National Film and Television School

360° Storytelling (Sponsored by cWave Labs)


Ecosphere: Kenya Finalist Trailer

ecosphere: Kenya
PHORIA, Oculus, WWF, Silverback Films

Global Voices (Sponsored by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios)


Flying Elephants - A Mother's Hope Finalist Trailer

Flying Elephants - A Mother's Hope
Prakash Matada, Dr. Krithi Karanth, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Saving Nature

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Cinematography (Sponsored by Fujifilm and Fujinon Lenses)


The Elephant Queen Finalist Trailer - Cinematography

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original
Cinematographer: Mark Deeble

Editing (Sponsored by Bonne Pioche)


My Octopus Teacher Finalist Trailer - Editing

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production
Editors: Pippa Ehrlich, Dan Schwalm, Edit Consultant: Jinx Godfrey

Original Music Score (Sponsored by ORF Universum)


Seven Worlds One Planet: Australia Finalist Trailer

Seven Worlds One Planet: Australia
Natural History & Factual Productions Ltd o/b/o BBC Studios Production Ltd and BBC Studios Distribution Ltd, British Broadcasting Corporation
Theme Music: Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music, Original Music: Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music, Score Producers: Hans Zimmer & Russell Emanuel, Score Recording Engineer: John W. Chapman

Writing (Sponsored by Advantage Austria)


The Octopus in my House Finalist Trailer - Writing

The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd. production for THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC and BBC in association with WNET
Writers: David Allen, Anna Fitch

Audioscape (Sponsored by Television Academy Sound Peer Group)


The Elephant Queen - Audioscape

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original
Supervisor and Sound Editor: Tim Owens, Wounded Buffalo, Sound Editor: Kate Hopkins, Wounded Buffalo, Field Sound Recordists: Norbert Rottcher, Pete Cayless, Re-recording Mixer: Ben Peace, Wounded Buffalo

Special Jury Awards


Great Green Wall Finalist Trailer

Great Green Wall
SEVILLE INTERNATIONAL presents a MAKE WAVES production in association with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification


Peng Yu Sai Finalist Trailer

Peng Yu Sai
Malaika Vaz and Nitye Sood, Untamed Planet Films


Corona - The Pandemic and the Pangolin Finalist Trailer

Corona - The Pandemic and the Pangolin
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production


The Tiger Mafia Finalist Trailer

The Tiger Mafia
Karl Ammann & Laurin Merz, HOOK Film


Pumas Finalist Trailer

Pumas - Legends of the Ice Mountains
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, Vision Hawk Films, National Geographic

Wildlife-film.com congratulates all of the finalsists and winners.

See the full list of Finalists: wildlife-film.com/features/Jackson-Wild-Media-Awards-2020-Finalists-Announced.html

See last years' winners: wildlife-film.com/features/Jackson-Wild-Media-Awards-2019-Winners-Announced.html

Jackson Wild Summit 2020

See: jacksonwild.org

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Jackson Wild Summit 2020 - Media Partners

About Jackson Wild:

For almost 30 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting an extraordinary convening of scientists, conservationists, innovators and media. The Summit fosters an environment where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges facing our planet. The 2020 Jackson Wild Summit was hosted virtually, September 28 - October 1, 2020. Screenings with filmmaker Q&A and 30+ Keynote Conversations & Content Sessions will be available on-demand for registrants until October 15.

Jackson Wild’s international board members include: ARTE France, BBC Studios, Blue Ant Media / Love Nature, Bonne Pioche, Borealés, Discovery, Doclights, FujiFilm Optical Devices - Fujinon Lenses, Gorongosa Restoration Project, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Media Alliance, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Netflix, Off the Fence Productions, PBS, Saint Thomas Productions, San Diego Zoo, Seeker, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT - Swedish Television, The Nature Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, ORF Universum, Vulcan Productions, Wanda Films, WGBH, and World Wildlife Fund US.

Jackson Wild Summit 2020 - Grand Teton
Photo Credit: Christie Quinn

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