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Wildscreen announces nominations for Panda Film and TV Awards 2016
By Pam Beddard - Wildscreen
30 June 2016

Wildscreen Festival 2016

Wildscreen, the charity behind the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling, today announced the nominees for the 2016 edition of the wildlife film and TV industry’s highest accolade - the Wildscreen Panda Awards - often described as the ‘Green Oscars’.

The shortlist names productions from 10 countries, each of them gaining their place after a sifting of nearly 900 entries by a judging panel made up of leading international producers and broadcasters, conservation organisations, and top craft professionals.

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - David Attenborough's Light on Earth
David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Ammonite Films

Many of the best known names in wildlife film and TV are represented – among them Sir David Attenborough, 90 this year, who presents or narrates six of the nominated films, including all three of the documentaries vying for the Science Award.

Lucie Muir - Wildscreen CEO
Wildscreen CEO, Lucie Muir

But Wildscreen’s CEO Lucie Muir points out: “A much higher proportion of small independents have made it on to the shortlist this year, proving that it doesn’t require a big budget or long track record to tell truly inspiring, brave, bold and beautiful stories.”

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - The Hunt
The Hunt - Silverback Films

In all, 43 titles remain in the running for prizes in the festival’s 20 categories with THE HUNT leading the pack with six nominations followed closely by JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER, five nominations, and RACING EXTINCTION, four nominations.

THE HUNT’s makers, Silverback Films of Bristol, UK, also tops the list of production companies with the most nominations (eight) – just ahead of the BBC Natural History Unit (seven).

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - The Pray
The Pray - Alex Jones

This year’s Panda Award winners will be announced as part of the next Wildscreen Festival, happening in Bristol – the world capital of wildlife film and TV production - from October 10 to 14.

The announcements will be made at a glittering awards ceremony taking place at the city’s 2000-seat Colston Hall on Thursday 13 October.

Early Bird festival passes and Panda Awards ceremony tickets are on sale now via www.wildscreen.org.

The Wildscreen Festival is a not-for-profit initiative by the UK-based charity Wildscreen, which also operates Arkive, a free-to-access online encyclopaedia about the natural world, and Wildscreen Exchange, a global hub giving conservation organisations access to imagery and film, TV and photography expertise which helps them to tell the most pertinent conservation stories of our time.

Principal sponsors of the Wildscreen Festival 2016 are BBC Earth, BBC Worldwide and Disneynature.

Wildscreen Festival Panda Awards

2016 Wildscreen Panda Award nominations

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD

Africa's Fishing Leopards
Icon Films in association with Natural History Films Unit Botswana
United Kingdom

America's National Parks (for the episode Everglades)
Doclights / NDR Naturfilm with ARTE, ORF for NDR & for National Geographic Channels
Germany

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
Disneynature, Crazy Ape Productions & Silverback Films
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

CAMPAIGN AWARD

An Elephant's Tale: The Matriarch
Natalie Cash
USA

Hairy Nose
WildAid & Gwantsi
USA

Migratory Connectivity Project: Songbirds Return
Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Pangolin Pictures
USA

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

CHILDREN'S AWARD

My Life (for the episode Penguin Post Office)
AGB Films for CBBC
United Kingdom

The Pray
Wildlife Film Productions
USA

Wild and Weird (for the episode Radical Relationships)
BBC & BBC Worldwide
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Wild and Weird
Wild and Weird - BBC

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

PANASONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

for large crews:

Disneynature Bears
Disneynature & Silverback Films
United Kingdom
Camerawork by Sophie Darlington, John Shier, Warwick Sloss, Gavin Thurston, Mark Yates, Matthew Aeberhard, John Aitchison, Mark Smith & Jamie McPherson

Life Story (for the episode First Steps)
BBC, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV & the Open University
United Kingdom
Camerawork by John Brown, Rob Drewett, Tom Fitz, Kevin Flay, Alastair MacEwen, Ian McCarthy, Jamie McPherson, Mark Payne-Gill, Paul Stewart, Toby Strong, Gavin Thurston & Mateo Willis

The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Camerawork by Jamie McPherson, John Aitcheson, Mark Smith, Sophie Darlington, Doug Anderson, Mark & Vicky Deeble-Stone

Wonders of the Monsoon (for the episode The Drought)
BBC & Discovery
United Kingdom
Camerawork by Rolf Steinmann, Paul Stewart, Barrie Britton, Warwick Sloss, Nick Lyon & Lindsay Cupper

for small crews:

In Between
Rolf Steinmann
Germany
Camerawork by Rolf Steinmann

Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Camerawork by James Morgan, Mark Sharman (underwater) & Ben Sadd (aerial)

Vanishing Kings: Lions of the Namib
A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian Networks, Into Nature Productions & Boksdocs with ORF-Enterprise
Austria
Camerawork by Lianne Steenkamp

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

CREATIVE INNOVATION AWARD

India's Wandering Lions
Ammonite Films & Kosmik Global Media
India

Life Is One
Tawak Pictures
France

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Life Is One
Life is One - Patrick Rouxel

Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery Channel present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA

Wild Expectations
Equilibrio Films, LLC in association with Nedo Producciones Ltda. for Animal Planet
USA

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

EDITING AWARD

Huntwatch
IFAW

USA
Editing by Brant Backlund, David Kennedy, Nicholas Rexford, Alexander Mejia-Johnson & Casey Clark

Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Editing by Sam Rogers

Moose: A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater
Twig Eaters Inc. in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, WNET Thirteen and BBC Bristol
Canada
Editing by Roderick Deogrades & Robert Ruzic

The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Editing by Matt Meech

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

EMERGING TALENT AWARD

Cees van Kempen for Returning: Kingfisher
Netherlands


scene from the film KINGFISHER - laying egg from Ispida

Tristan Thompson for Uncharted Amazon
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Uncharted Amazon
Uncharted Amazon - Tristan Thompson

Ryan Patrick Killackey for Yasuni Man
USA

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Yasuni Man
Yasuni Man - Ryan P. Killackey / Pollywog Productions

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

IMPACT AWARD

Explorer: Warlords of Ivory
National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
USA

Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA

The Islands and the Whales
Intrepid Cinema
United Kingdom


Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

MUSIC AWARD

Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Music by William Goodchild

Magical Moors
nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Germany
Music by Joerg Magnus Pfeil & Siggi Mueller

The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Music by Steven Price

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

PEOPLE AND NATURE AWARD

Honey Hunters
Arkana Studio co-produced with ARTE G.E.I.E.; Telewizja Polska S.A; Studio Produkcyjne ORKA; MX35 Wajda Szlenkier Litwin SP.J
Poland

India's Wandering Lions
Ammonite Films & Kosmik Global Media
India

Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom

Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery Channel present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

POPULAR BROADCAST AWARD

John Bishop's Gorilla Adventure
Tigress Productions & LOLA Entertainment
United Kingdom

Racing Extinction
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery present an Oceanic Preservation Society film. In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs
USA

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Racing Extinction
Racing Extinction - OPS

Wild Expectations
Equilibrio Films, LLC in association with Nedo Producciones Ltda. for Animal Planet
USA

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

PRESENTER AWARD

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom
Presented by David Attenborough

Explorer: Warlords of Ivory
National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
USA
Presented by Bryan Christy

Tribes, Predators and Me
BBC & BBC Worldwide
United Kingdom
Presented by Gordon Buchanan


Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

NHK SCIENCE AWARD

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur
BBC, BBC Worldwide & PBS
United Kingdom

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef - Atlantic Productions/BBC

David Attenborough's Light on Earth
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films production in co-production with CuriosityStream in association with BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia
Austria/UK

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

SCRIPT AWARD

The Hunt (for the episode Hide and Seek)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Script by Jonnie Hughes

The Memory of Fish
Jennifer Galvin, reelblue LLC
USA
Script by Erin Barnett, Fernanda Rossi & Jennifer Galvin

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond (for the episode Water: The Shape Shifter)
An Oxford Scientific Films/Terra Mater Factual Studios/Open University Co-Production (in association with Hamster’s Wheel and PAAN)
Austria/UK
Script by Graham Booth


Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

SERIES AWARD

Earth - A New Wild
A Passion Planet and National Geographic Studios Production for PBS
United Kingdom

Life Story
BBC, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV & the Open University
United Kingdom

The Hunt
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Wordwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond
An Oxford Scientific Films/Terra Mater Factual Studios/Open University Co-Production (in association with Hamster’s Wheel and PAAN)
Austria/UK

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

SHORT AWARD

Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish
Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck, Sweet Fern Productions
USA

In Between
Rolf Steinmann
Germany

Pangolin
Coral & Oak Studios, co-produced with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
Philippines

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Pangolin
Pangolin - Coral & Oak Studios

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

FILMS AT 59 SOUND AWARD

Jago: A Life Underwater
James Reed for Underdog Films in association with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
United Kingdom
Sound by Tim Owens & Ben Peace at Wounded Buffalo

Magical Moors
nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Germany
Sound by Oliver Goertz

The Hunt (for the episode The Hardest Challenge)
Silverback Films, co-produced with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm
United Kingdom
Sound Design by Kate Hopkins

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD

Big Blue Live
BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America & PBS
United Kingdom

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions
United Kingdom

David Attenborough's Light on Earth
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films production in co-production with CuriosityStream in association with BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia
Austria/UK

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - David Attenborough's Light on Earth
David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Terra Mater / Ammonite Films + Jack Hynes

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations

THEATRICAL AWARD

Ivory
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production in association with Vulcan Productions & in association with Malaika Pictures
Austria

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - Ivory
Ivory - Terra Mater Factual Studios / Richard Ladkani

Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale
Vulcan Productions in association with Off The Fence
USA

Unbranded
Fin & Fur Films LLC, Implement Productions & Cedar Creek Media LLC
USA

The winners of the 2016 Wildscreen Panda Awards will be presented at the Panda Awards Ceremony on Thursday 13 October 2016 at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. In addition to the above awards, Wildscreen will also present the Golden Panda Award for overall best production, and the Outstanding Achievement Award which is given to an individual in recognition of their significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and the public’s understanding of the environment.

Congratulations to all Wildlife-film.com member nominations listed in bold above! :)

Visit: www.wildscreen.org/panda-awards/2016-wildscreen-panda-award-nominations

Wildscreen is the Bristol-based UK registered charity which stages the biennial Wildscreen Festival and is world-renowned Panda Awards film competition and is also behind Arkive, a free-to-access online encyclopaedia about the natural world, and Wildscreen Exchange, a global hub giving conservation organisations access to imagery and film, TV and photography expertise which helps them to tell the most pertinent conservation stories of our time.

Visit: www.wildscreen.org ; find Wildscreen Festival on Facebook, or follow @WildscreenFest on Twitter.

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