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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced!
By Jason Peters
10 October 2022

WFFR is delighted to announce the winners of the WFFR 2022 Flamingo Awards.

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

The winners were announced during the Flamingo Award Ceremony on Saturday the 8th of October 2022 in Rotterdam.

WOLF won the Grand Prix!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Best Film 2022

The big winner this year was Wolf, a film entirely devoted to the return of this special predator back to the Netherlands after 150 years. Filmmaker Cees van Kempen (pictured) was happy with the award and said "The appreciation of Wolf by the jury, but also by the public, is heartwarming. I hope the film will contribute to a better understanding of this beautiful animal. It is extremely good news for nature that they are back in our country!"

The Wild Gardener from Crossing The Line Productions won in two categories, with both the Awareness Award and the People & Nature Award heading to Ireland. Colin Stafford Johnson was there to collect.

In total, the jury awarded 10 Flamingos in different categories:

Best Film Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Best Film 2022

Cees van Kempen & Sander Emmering

Wolf - Trailer 2022

The wolf was almost completely eradicated in Europe over the last few centuries. In recent decades, not only did the wolf get legal protection, it made a remarkable comeback.

‘Wolf’ tells the story of how this magnificent animal found its way home from Poland, through Germany to one of the busiest countries of the continent, The Netherlands.

‘Wolf’ is a dramatic and authentic blue chip wildlife film. It showcases unique footage of the wolf in the wild, giving an intimate insight into the real life of this wonderful animal, its strong family bonds, its positive influence on biodiversity and how remarkably similar they are to ‘man’s best friend’.

Masterclass camoufleren - Cees van Kempen (filmmaker WOLF)

On Friday 7 October, filmmaker Cees van Kempen was a guest at WFFR to explain, after the screening of his film WOLF, exactly how it works, filming wolves without them seeing you!!

Best Short Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Best Short Film 2022

Tiny World – Outback
Lucy Wells, Lucy Meadows & Steve Nicholls

Tiny World - Outback - Trailer 2022

Riding on the back of her mother, a baby sugar glider gets her first glimpse of a gumtree forest in Australia’s outback. It’s burning hot and bone dry, yet the sun and heat mean the trees produce so much sugar, their sweet nectar and sap make easy meals for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Flocks of hundreds of colourful and noisy rainbow lorikeets descend on the neighbourhood and join the feast. But life on the desert continent is never easy…

This film lets us experience tiny wonders like you’ve never seen before. See the world from a new perspective, because the smaller the hero, the bigger the adventure!

Animal Behaviour Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Best Animal Behaviour Film 2022

The Elephant & The Termite
Victoria Stone & Mark Deeble

The Elephant & The Termite - Trailer 2022

Together, elephants and termites create waterholes. This is the remarkable story of the relationship between Africa’s largest and smallest and the unique biodiversity that they support.

It is the story of a seasonal African waterhole in southern Kenya – an extraordinary web of interdependency and the circle of life as never seen before. All from the perspective of a cast of animal characters that live at elephant toe-nail height.

It is the intriguing story of their struggle to survive and raise families before their world turns to dust.

Awareness Award & People & Nature Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Awareness Award Film 2022Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - People & Nature Award Film 2022

The Wild Gardener
John Murray, Jamie Fitzpatrick & Cepa Giblin

The Wild Gardener - Trailer 2022

Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson returns home on a very personal project – to turn his old childhood garden into a haven for native wildlife.

After 30 years of filming the world’s most iconic creatures, Colin heads back to Ireland and a garden he spent his childhood summers spraying and mowing into a perfect lawn.

But now he wants to transform his old playground into a sanctuary for the native plants and animals now struggling to survive on these islands and inspire viewers to do the same.

Van Lawick Conservation Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Van Lawick Conservation Award Film 2022

Tigre Gente
Elizabeth Unger

"Tigre Gente" and the Illegal Jaguar Trade

A Bolivian park ranger and a young Hong Kongese journalist risk their lives to go undercover and investigate a new, deadly jaguar trade that’s sweeping South America.

Along the way, they grapple with questions of empathy, responsibility, and bridging a cultural gap to prevent the jaguar trade from spiraling out of control.

Shuttling between the breathtaking biodiversity of Madidi National Park in Bolivia and the tense China-Myanmar border, Tigre Gente juxtaposes the tranquility and splendor of the jungle against the small-minded, sadistic nature of Man, its Destroyer.

Children’s Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Children’s Award Film 2022

Wings over Water – 3D
Andrew Young, Charles S. Potter & Chris Dorsey

Wings over Water - 3D - Trailer 2022

As the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age, they left an astounding gift of connected rivers, lakes and wetlands across North America. Today, these largely unknown water highways remain an oasis for sustaining wildlife. From the herds of bison that still roam the Great Plains to the vital honeybees that pollinate our crops and especially for the millions of magnificent birds that migrate along these “flyways.”

Wings Over Water tells the story of the epic journeys of three amazing bird families – the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler and the Mallard Duck – with extraordinary footage of their fascinating behaviors.

Newcomer Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Newcomer Award Film 2022

Nederland Onder Water
Arthur de Bruin & Cees van Kempen

Nederland Onder Water - Trailer 2022

Join us on a journey and see our country with fresh eyes! This film helps us discover Holland’s most hidden and unique nature. Meet surprising underwater inhabitants in their natural habitat and take a look at their daily lives. Get to know animals with character, in which many parallels can be discovered with our own world.

In this astonishing nature film we see protagonists who are normally hidden from us because they live under water. Together, we travel through rivers, ditches and streams.

‘Nederland Onder Water’ shows us animals that live in a breathtakingly beautiful world. Little inhabitants and great stories, all in a recognizable Dutch setting.

Independent Production Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Independent Production Award Film 2022

Colonies in Conflict
Rajani Mani/Elephant Corridor Films

Colonies in Conflict - Trailer 2022

Human action is causing pollinator declines all over the world spelling disaster to nutritional security and the biodiversity of our ecosystems. Filmmaker Rajani Mani gives a first-person account of how expanding cities are wiping out native bee populations, starting from her own neighbourhood.

In trying to save bee colonies in her community from being decimated, Rajani inadvertently stumbles into the world of wild bees. She discovers that we have very less time to reverse the catastrophe we started, but every species stopped from extinction would help hedge our bets in an uncertain future.

Cinematography Award:

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Cinematography Award Film 2022

The Marvellous Wild World of the Vegetable Garden
Guilaine Bergeret, Rémi Rappe & Frank Nischk

The Marvellous Wild World of the Vegetable Garden - Trailer 2022

The film shows the maternal instinct of an earwig, the battle between ichneumon wasps and caterpillars, the daily life in the court of the bumblebee queen and the love game of snails.

A world full of small wonders that could take place in every vegetable garden. With unique macro and slow-motion shots, this is a nature film of a special kind: a beautiful cinematic appeal for more biodiversity on our own doorstep.

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Filmmakers & Jury members 2022
f.l.t.r. top: Colin Stafford Johnson (filmmaker), Arthur de Bruin (filmmaker), Erik Zevenbergen (jury), Ed Watkins (filmmaker), Alexandra van der Zee (Omniversum), Rajani Mani (filmmaker), Edward Snijders (jury), Luc Enting ( jury),
f.l.t.r. bottom: Sterrin Smallenbrugge (jury), Marianne Thieme (jury), Cees van Kempen (filmmaker), Elizabeth Unger (filmmaker), Frank Nischk (filmmaker)

Tigre Gente wins Flamingo Audience Award!
Update 16 October 2022

The votes have been counted... The film Tigre Gente by filmmaker Elizabeth Unger is the winner of the Flamingo Audience Award 2022!

This Award is the prize for the best film, chosen by the public. This year, the public could vote both online and in the cinema.

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 Winners Announced - Flamingo Audience Award 2022
Filmmaker Elizabeth Unger with her Flamingo Award.

Tigre Gente is a film that juxtaposes the tranquility and beauty of the jungle with the often capitalistic nature of man. A park ranger and a young journalist risk their lives to go undercover to investigate the jaguar trade that has been sweeping South America recently. This film can be seen online until October 31.

Top 5

1. Tigre Gente
2. Attenborough's Wonder of Song
3. The Elephant and the Termite
4. The Marvelous World of the Vegetable Garden
5. A White Dream

WFFR is online until October the 30th!

You can watch all films from the program online until Sunday the 30th of October. With a passe-partout you get access to all films.

Go here for tickets: wffr.filmchief.com/hub

WFFR 2022 - Trailers

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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022


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