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Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day Film Showcase 2020: Biodiversity Winners Announced
from Jackson Wild
03 March 2020

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) are excited to announce the winners of the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Biodiversity.

A big thanks to the preliminary jury – professional filmmakers, scientists and stakeholders from around the world – who chose the finalists from over 300 entries, as well as the final jury who selected the winners.

Winners were announced on March 3 at UN Headquarters during its World Wildlife Day Celebration, and will be showcased at screenings around the world.

Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day 2020

A Partnership with United Nations Development Program and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) celebrating World Wildlife Day. In a world confronting unprecedented environmental threats, it is essential to empower locally-driven engagement that inspires action, with measurable impact.

On World Wildlife Day 2020, we celebrated wildlife as a component of biodiversity in its many beautiful and varied forms, raised awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, the threats it's facing, and the urgent need for everyone to take actions to help conserve wildlife before it's too late. Winners were celebrated at a high-level event celebrating the launch of World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in NYC, on Tuesday March 3, 2020.

Winning and Finalist Films will be showcased throughout the world through special premiere and World Wildlife Day screening events as well as at the Jackson Wild Summit and through Jackson Wild On Tour.

The judges selected the winners in eight categories:

  • Science, Innovation and Exploration;
  • Issues and Solutions;
  • People and Wild Species;
  • Stories of Hope;
  • Global Voices;
  • Web of Life; Short; and
  • Micro.

Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day 2020

World Wildlife Day 2020 Film Showcase winners:

Science, Innovation and Exploration:

Nature: The Serengeti Rules
A Production of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Passion Planet in association with Sandbox Films, Thirteen Productions Llc and WNET

Issues and Solutions:

Local Hero, Participant Media, Terra Mater Factual Studios

People and Wild Species:

Grasslands - North America´s Hidden Wilderness
A River Road Films production in association with CBC and Terra Mater Factual Studios

Stories of Hope:

Silent Forests
House Tiger Productions

Global Voices:

Mundiya Kepanga, The Voice of the Forest
Muriel Barra/ LatoSensu productions

Web of Life:

The Elephant Queen
An Apple Original and A Deeble, Stone and Oliff Production

Short (under 15 minutes):

How to Save Our Planet
Silverback Films

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
National Geographic Society

Micro (under 5 minutes):

A @tommustill Film for Gripping Films

Ocean Farmer
Silverback Films

Honorable Mentions, General:

Tree Climbing Lions
Nat Geo Wild

Okavango - River of Dreams - Episode 3: Inferno
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 / Unité Découverte et Connaissance, National Geographic Channels and SVT

Fantastic Fungi
Moving Art, Artemis Rising, Diamond Docs

Walking Thunder
Last Stand Films

Produced for Discovery by RadicalMedia

Wildlife Pictures Institute

Honorable Mentions, Short:

Beyond The Fence
Tessa Barlin in association with the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF)

Sounds of Survival
Katie Garrett, bioGraphic

1 MILLION Species Could Go Extinct... Here’s Why. | It’s Okay to Be Smart
Spotzen, PBS Digital Studios

The Flying Gold of Arabuko
John Davies, National Film and Television School

Mexico City and its Sacred Salamanders
Katie Garrett, bioGraphic

The Firefox Guardian
Gunjan Menon, University of the West of England

Mud, Sweat, and Fears: Episode 2 of 'Last Call for the Bayou'
Encompass Films

Where Life Begins
Coral and Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society

Honorable Mentions, Short:

Ay Santa Ana
Pongo Media

Gajah Borneo
Shervin Hess, Oregon Zoo

Meet The Real Wolf
Grizzly Creek Films

Spider Monkey for Sale
An Ateles Films production by Michael Sanderson and Ana Luísa Santos

A Constituency for Conservation | Ndoki at 25
Wildlife Conservation Society

Second Chances
Eilidh Munro

The Birdman of Chorao
Shashank Bhosale

The Burrowers
Yasmine Ellis

This sites' producer, Jason Peters, was a Preliminary Judge of this comptetion.

2020 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Biodiversity

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World Wildlife Day 2020 - Sustaining all life on Earth

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With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, furniture, handicrafts, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people, the global environment and sustainable development in general. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.

About CBD

Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 196 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.

About UNDP

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

About Jackson Wild

Jackson Wild’s programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. For over 28 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting an extraordinary convening of scientists, conservationists, innovators and media 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 will be hosted in Austria: 28 Sept-2 Oct. in the famous Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

Message of Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme for World Wildlife Day 2020

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