WFFR is delighted to announce the winners of the WFFR 2022 Flamingo Awards.
The winners were announced during the Flamingo Award Ceremony on Saturday the 8th of October 2022 in Rotterdam.
WOLF won the Grand Prix!
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:
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’.
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:
The Elephant & The Termite
Victoria Stone & Mark Deeble
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.
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.
Wings over Water – 3D
Andrew Young, Charles S. Potter & Chris Dorsey
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.
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:
Colonies in Conflict
Rajani Mani/Elephant Corridor Films
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.
The Marvellous Wild World of the Vegetable Garden
Guilaine Bergeret, Rémi Rappe & Frank Nischk
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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