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Acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and presenter, Gordon Buchannan, is supporting this award and will be part of the judging panel to select the winning film. Gordon says:
"This is a unique new opportunity to support young people starting out in the wildlife film industry and I am very much looking forward to seeing the exciting work being produced.
Money raised through this campaign will enable us to launch this important award and raise awareness of Born Free’s vital conservation work.
It is a fitting tribute for a remarkable and talented young man who had a promising career in filmmaking ahead of him."
Watch this short film, created using Harry Percy's incredible wildlife video footage and still images, edited by Harry's good friend Matt Couldwell:
Matt says of his friend: "Harry Percy was one of most selfless, positive and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We bonded over our passion for wildlife conservation and visual storytelling where our focal point was to produce content that would make a difference. My aim is to continue the journey he started."
ABOUT HARRY PERCY, 1995-2018
In October 2018, freelance filmmaker and keen conservationist, Harry Percy, attended a Born Free event at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
There he met Born Free’s CEO Howard Jones and enthusiastically spoke of his ambitions to visit Africa to film the work of the international wildlife charity.
Just days later, Harry tragically passed away unexpectedly.
He was only 22 years old.
Aware of their son’s desire to become more involved with wildlife conservation, Harry’s parents Tim Percy and Dominique de Bellefroid contacted Born Free with the idea of launching the Harry Percy Award for young wildlife filmmakers, to honour Harry’s memory.
The Harry Percy Award will be made to an individual who is judged to have employed the medium of film, to best effect for public understanding, whilst inspiring others to engage with the spirit and message of the film, to make positive changes towards co-existence.
The theme for the inaugural award will be Wildlife: Welfare and Captivity
First prize is £5,000. An additional amount of up to £5,000 will be made available to develop and create a Born Free film made by the award winner. There are also three runners-up prizes of £1,000 each.
Entries will be accepted between 3rd June and 31st August 2019.
Full terms and conditions, including technical information, how to enter and details about the judging process, can be found here.
New Spanish Festival, #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival – Call For Entries
The #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival is an initiative run by the Museo de Ciencias at the University of Navarra. It is a film festival that offers a refreshing, modern take on scientific knowledge.
The goal of the #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival is to arouse scientific curiosity and convey a passion for science. The #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival brings together the best audiovisual productions to help you delve into the world of science using a new approach, tailor-made for you.
No matter where you live, you can join our online screenings during the festival. The experience will transform you. Are you up for it?
The #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival promotes the following values:
CURIOSITY: a desire to learn about the unknown.
CREATIVITY: a passion to create.
INNOVATION: the ability to offer innovative ideas to improve existing processes and products and open up new fields.
RIGOR: precision in and ownership of one’s actions.
PASSION: intense emotion that translates into enthusiasm or desire for something.
PROACTIVITY: the ability to act ahead of time, in a change-oriented manner.
COMMITMENT: a devotion to nature and human beings in pursuit of the common good.
Awards & Prizes
Best Documentary. Trophy and diploma.
Best Reportage or TV Production. Trophy and diploma.
Best Short Fiction Film. Trophy and diploma.
Best Internet or Social Media Video. Trophy and diploma.
Best Student Production. Trophy and diploma.
Best University Production. Trophy and diploma.
Audience Award. Trophy and diploma.
Passion for Science Award. Trophy and diploma.
The winners will be invited to take part in the festival. The organization will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for the trip to Pamplona, Spain, for one person per award.
1. Competition entries can take the form of documentaries, reportages, short fiction films, television programs and any videos designed for the Internet or social media. They must have been completed after January 1, 2016, and must focus on any science-related topic.
2. There are six categories:
b. Reportage or TV Program
c. Short Fiction Film (<25 min)
d. Internet or Social Media Video
e. Student Production
f. University Production
4. The jury for the preliminary phase will select the finalists for each category from all entries.
5. All finalists must provide a three-minute excerpt of the nominated videos, which will be made available to the media to promote the festival.
6. The jury’s decision will be final. The jury may declare any of the awards null and void and may also award special mentions.
7. All winners will receive a trophy and a diploma.
8. The winners will be invited to take part in the festival. The organization will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for the trip to Pamplona, Spain, for one person per award.
9. All winning videos will be stored in the festival archives for research and information purposes only.
10. The film producers, whether or not they receive an award, will retain all rights to their films.
11. The festival may use clips from the videos, lasting no longer than three minutes, to promote the festival among the media. Videos selected for the final phase may be screened during other activities organized by the Museo de Ciencias at the University of Navarra, in addition to the festival.
12. Participation implies acceptance of all the above-mentioned rules.
GREEN SCREEN INVITATION: "Pitching Session" 2019
14 March 2019
FRIDAY, SEP, 13 2019
Filmmaking story tellers of the natural world are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch their planned project to a board of commissioners, producers and distributors at the PITCHINGSESSION of the International Wildlife Filmfestival GREEN SCREEN 2019.
To participate, the following must be submitted:
An Exposé, describing the project should be described, including approximate shooting time, locations and the people involved.
A short CV.
An approximate budget idea.
If available, a trailer or other footage.
The Pitching Session itself is open to the public and follows international rules:
The presentation of your project may take up to seven minutes.
After that the attending experts and decision makers are invited to evaluate the project and, if applicable, to express their interest.
If you have questions, do get in touch! Pitching directors Annette Scheurich firstname.lastname@example.org and Udo Zimmermann email@example.com are happy to provide further information.
The sooner we know who plans to pitch, the better, even if not all documents are ready.
A pre-selection panel will select 6 to 8 participants for the pitching session from the submitted projects
by 1st August 2019.
Some of the projects that have been presented in recent years are now in production! Participation is in any case an enriching experience!
As the promotion of emerging talent in naturefilm has always been a concern of GREEN SCREEN, submissions by newcomers and ambitious young filmmakers are expressly encouraged. Please feel free to spread the word!
See you at GREEN SCREEN in Eckernförde! September 11th-15th 2019!
You’ve got 60 seconds to convince the public of the need to protect Kosciuszko National Park from the damaging impacts of feral horses using the digital medium of film, are you up to it?
We’re offering cash prizes of $3000 and $2000 to the best and most convincing videos in our Reclaim Kosci video competition.
All entries must be submitted online by midnight AEST, Thursday 21 March 2019.
How to enter
This competition aims to bring awareness to the feral horse problem in Kosciuszko National Park, as well as the controversy surrounding it. Your 60-second short film or animation can be on a theme of your choice but must address at least one the following criteria:
Criteria 1: Make a video to persuade the public of the need to remove substantial numbers of the feral horses in Kosciuszko, using humane and effective means, including using lethal options.
Criteria 2: Make a video about why the 2018 Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act needs to be repealed.
Criteria 3: Make a video to raise awareness of the impacts of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park.
Our sponsor the Paddy Pallin Foundation has made available some fantastic prizes:
Experts choice prize is $3000 in cash.
People’s choice prize is determined by interactions on social media. Winner receives a $2000 cash prize.
Experts choice: The judges will look for a creative, engaging and inspiring submission. Your entry will be judged on: relevance of your entry to the competition criteria; creativity expressed; technical ability; effectiveness of the entry.
People’s choice: The winner will be judged by the video with the most combined likes and comments on the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Public voting will commence on 8 March 2019 and close on 29 March 2019.
More information on the campaign is available at reclaimkosci.org.au Reclaim Kosci is led by the Invasive Species Council and supported by the National Parks Association of the ACT, National Parks Association of NSW, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
The theme is Climate Change. Yes, it’s a vast, unwieldy topic that already has everyone rolling their eyes, so we are challenging you to produce a short (less than three minutes), humorous video that will be seen on YouTube and at the DC Environmental Film Festival on March 21st. Help engage audiences in climate change! The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos.
There are four categories: K-8, High School, College/University, and Nonstudent.
$2,000 in prizes! DEADLINE: February 20th
This year, we have two guest finalist judges: comedian Bethany Hall who is currently a comedian-in-residence at the AU/SOC Center for Media and Social Impact, and her husband Keith Haskal, a producer of Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”.
To see previous winners, go to the Center for Environmental Filmmaking website:
www.environmentalfilm.org (Special Programs).
IWFF LABS is open and accepting applications till February 15th
IWFF was founded to showcase ethical wildlife media and to foster a sense of community around wildlife filmmaking. We aim to facilitate dialogue between scientists, filmmakers and the general public. IWFF LABS is for filmmakers and scientists to advance ideas, tools and working methods that will address pressing environmental, wildlife and conservation issues through media.
Ideal IWFF LABS applicants may be but are not limited to:
Scientists, researchers, and managers working in the natural sciences, especially with a focus on ecology, biology, wildlife science, or conservation, who have an interest in using visual media to expand their science communication skills. Filmmaking students or emerging filmmakers, journalists or other media makers interested in deepening their science communication skills and advancing their wildlife filmmaking careers.
Prior filmmaking experience is not required but some experience with visual media is a plus.
IWFF LABS 2019 begins FRIDAY, APRIL 12 and culminates in the LABS films screening at the IWFF Awards Ceremony on FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019. Fellows must be available for the entire range of dates.
IWFF LABS will accept 16 Fellows into this highly competitive program.
IWFF LABS is tuition-free, lodging and two meals a day are provided. Additional food and travel costs will be the responsibility of the Fellow.
During this week-long intensive workshop, IWFF LABS Program Leader Colin Ruggiero facilitates lectures, discussions and hands-on workshops that will feature professional wildlife filmmakers who act as mentors in their areas of expertise (production, editing, pitching, etc.). Colin Ruggiero’s multi-faceted experience as a teacher and a filmmaker ensures that LABS students will walk away with new-found knowledge, skills, and confidence as science communicators and visual storytellers. Mentoring from a diverse group of professional filmmakers, as well as the LABS program’s close integration with the festival, gives fellows the opportunity to cultivate long-term relationships within the industry.
During the week, fellows also create a ready-to-launch, polished mini-documentary with a local conservation organization or scientific research team. The films will premiere at the IWFF Awards Ceremony. In past years, IWFF LABS films have been selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase and won awards at film festivals across the world.
IWFF 2019 LABS Mentors include out-of-the box storytellers and thinkers and will be announced shortly. Past Mentors have included representatives from BBC (Neil Nightingale), NATURE, bioGraphic, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New West Studios, and Grizzly Creek Films.
Enter the Back from the Brink Film and Photography Competition! by Jason Peters
28 November 2018
Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken.
Its aim – to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more through 19 projects that span England; from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland.
It’s the first time ever that so many conservation organisations have come together with one focus in mind – to bring back from the brink of extinction some of England’s most threatened species of animal, plant and fungi. Explore the diverse projects to find out more about the special species they’ll be saving, the places they’ll be working and how you can get involved and make a difference. naturebftb.co.uk
And, they have a film and photography competition!
Do you see yourself as a photographer or filmmaker? Maybe you are a promising presenter, personality or innovator? Perhaps you just love being a creative enthusiast on your phone?
The Back from the Brink Film and Photography Competition is a great opportunity for you to get involved - help us to inspire a nation to celebrate and care about their local wildlife and habitats.
We’re all about the threatened and endangered species here at Back from the Brink, but they’re not always on your doorstep!
So, through this competition, we want you to focus on the wildlife you care about - the local animals and plants that you feel are threatened, or are recovering, or maybe thriving. The landscapes that inspire you, the places that are special, the stories of people and nature that give you hope. We want you to share these stories with us so that we can share them with everyone else - with the whole world…
Let the journey begin!
Call for Entries:
We are looking for innovative films and inspiring images that entertain, raise awareness, or celebrate the beauty of our precious wildlife and landscapes.
There are 8 different film categories available to enter, including a Young Person’s Award for those between 13 and 18 years old; a Presenter Award for those who want step in front of the camera; and an Innovation Award encouraging creative new approaches to create and present stories about our natural world. Check out all of the categories below.
This competition has been developed in partnership with Wildscreen, the charity behind the internationally-renowned Wildscreen Festival, and will culminate in an exciting Back from the Brink Festival in the autumn of 2019.
The winning films and images, selected by a panel of illustrious judges, will be screened and displayed here. Also up for grabs for the category winners are a goody bag of prizes donated by Back from the Brink project partners and Wildscreen.
For the film that most effectively communicates an issue affecting the natural world and either:
explores the results of actions taken to address the issue(s) such as campaigns and conservation work.
is intended to deliver tangible impacts as a result of making and showing the film, such as behaviour change, audience participation or increased viewer knowledge from sharing a solution or action which audiences can take.
Entrants are required to submit a brief narrative (maximum 500 words) outlining the tangible impacts and outcomes of the production. This can include numerical information.
For the film that best uses creative new approaches to create and present stories about the natural world.
This could include innovative storytelling, an imaginative use of new technology, creative filmmaking processes such as stop motion and animation.
Nature Near Me Award:
For the production that most effectively communicates the natural world within a 1km radius from the entrant’s home, school or workplace.
Entrants will be required to submit the location(s) where the film was shot if they are successful and the film proceeds to the final round of judging.
People & Nature Award: For the production that most effectively explores and tells stories about the social, cultural or economic relationships people have with the natural world.
For the production that most effectively uses on-screen presenter(s) to engage audiences with the natural world.
This award is directed at on-screen presenter(s) and as such films solely using narration are not eligible. Productions with a combination of narration and an on-screen presenter(s) are eligible.
Threatened Environments & Species Award:
For the production that most effectively explores the concept of ‘threatened’.
This award explores perceptions of ‘threatened’ as a concept; looking at narratives on threatened animals, plants and environments.
Young Person’s Award:
For the best overall production by a young person.
Entrants must be between 13 and 18 years old at the time of making the film.
Just a Minute Award:
For the best overall production on the natural world that has a maximum length of one minute.
Entries must have a running time of one minute (60 seconds) excluding end credits.
For those who prefer photography, there are 4 categories to tackle, including a Storytelling Award which encourages entrants to develop a collection of six to ten images that cover an important natural world story, woven together with a strong narrative.
Biodiversity: Portraits and images that display the natural beauty and behaviour of animals, plants and fungi.
Spaces for Species: Celebrating the wonder and importance of the UK’s landscapes and habitats.
People and Nature:
Focussing on human relationships with nature, including:
Reacting to challenges or conflict.
Experiencing, celebrating or enjoying the wonder of nature.
Storytelling: A collection of six to ten images covering an important story of the natural world, weaved together with a strong narrative.
Each sequence of six to ten images should be a story told through the progression of images. At least half of the images should have been created since 17 November 2017, the start of the Back from the Brink project, the remainder can be created prior to this if appropriate to the narrative of the entry, e.g. showing change in a local environment or species.
Entrants are required to submit a brief synopsis (maximum 500 words) to outline their photo story.
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