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Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Names 2015 Finalists

August 5, JACKSON, WY. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, (JHWFF) the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 finalists for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners will be unveiled in Jackson, Wy at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media.

This year’s submissions in the prestigious competition included nearly 1,000 category entries, a record number, competing for 23 special awards. This year’s finalists were selected by over 150 international judges who viewing 3200 hours of media. A distinguished panel of international judges immediately preceding the Festival will select the 2015 award winners. Finalists in Best Sound and Special Consideration will be announced shortly.

CONTENT CATEGORIES:

Best Animal Behavior Program

Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand Aquavision Television Productions

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Disneynature

Life Story – First Steps BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University

Best Wildlife Habitat Program

Africa’s Giant Killers Icon Films in association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana, BBC and Animal Planet

Congo- Deep and Dangerous (Ep. 1) Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm; Blue Planet Film, NDR, ARTE, ORF, WDR and National Geographic WILD

Vanishing Kings A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE and Smithsonian Networks

Best Conservation Program (sponsored by Tangled Bank Studios)

I Bought a Rainforest KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two

Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

The Messenger Songbirdsos Productions Inc. and Films À Cinq/ARTE France

Best People & Nature Program (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy)

I Bought a Rainforest KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two

India’s Wandering Lions Ammonite Ltd., Kosmik Global Pvt. Ltd., Earth Touch and Discovery Communications India

Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico Windfall Films

Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

Best Science and Nature Program (Sponsored by Marco Polo Films)

License to Krill DOX Productions Ltd, Films á Cinq, Arte France

Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

THIN ICE—The Inside Story of Climate Science DOX Productions, Oxford University and Victoria University, Wellington

Conservation Hero (Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund)

E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS

Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico Windfall Films

Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

Tiger Tiger George Butler/White Mountain Films

PROGRAM CATEGORIES:

Best Educational/Institutional Program (Sponsored by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences)

An Elephants Tale: The Matriarch Wildlife Conservation Society

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom — A Conservation Story Disneynature

Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Best Limited Series—Long Form (Sponsored by Universum/ORF)

Hidden Kingdoms BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel, France TV, CCTV

Life Story BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University

Your Inner Fish Tangled Bank Studios, Windfall Films for PBS

Best Limited Series—Short Form

Deep Look KQED, PBS Digital Studios

If Not Us Then Who? Handcrafted Films

Power of Nature BBC Earth Productions

Best Children’s Program (Sponsored by Boréales)

Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature Series 2—Central American Coast BBC

NATURE—A Sloth Named Velcro BelugaSmile Productions, LLC & THIRTEEN Productions LLC for the PBS Nature series

Secrets of Bumblebees A co-production by ORF and Power of Earth Productions in association with ORFEnterprise, bm:ukk and Kultur NÖ

The Marvelous Musical Report (of the Marine National Monuments) Open Boat Films, LLC, Sisbro Studios

Best Hosted or Presenter-led Program

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions Host: David Attenborough

The Secret Life of Your House The Garden Productions Presenter: Dr. George McGavin

Your Inner Fish, Episode 1 Tangled Bank Studios, Windfall Films for PBS Presenter: Neil Shubin

Best Short Program Animated

Life: Pangea Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Sweet Fern Productions

Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland Colossus Productions film in association with SKY 3D

Return of the Cicadas Samuel Orr

Best Short Short

Elephant’s Tale: Matriarch Wildlife Conservation Society

Power of Nature: Elephants BBC Earth Productions

Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage KQED and PBS Digital Studios

Why Bears Wildlife Media & TriFilm

Best Theatrical Program (Sponsored by Terra Mater)

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Disneynature

Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

Unbranded Fin & Fur Films, Cedar Creek Productions, Implement Productions

Best Immersive (Sponsored by SkyScan)

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions

Habitat Earth California Academy of Sciences

Humpback Whales MacGillivray Freeman Films, Pacific Life

Tiny Giants 3D BBC Earth Productions

Marian Zunz Newcomer

16 Legs: Spider Love Bookend Trust

Return of the River Elwafilm LLC

Sirocco—How a Dud Became a Stud Ashwika Kapur, Centre for Science Communication- Otago University

Best Interactive Media .

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D App Atlantic Productions

PLUM LANDING WGBH Educational Foundation

The Evolution Lab NOVA

ZooMoo App ZooMoo Networks

CRAFT CATEGORIES:

Best Sound (Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories)

Finalists in this category will be announced shortly. Best Visualization

Hidden Kingdoms—Under Open Skies BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel, France TV, and CCTV Cinematography: Rod Clarke, Jonathan Jones, Alastair MacEwen, Mark Payne-Gill and Keith Brust

Life Story—First Steps BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University Cinematography: Mateo Willis, Mark Payne-Gill and Jamie McPherson

Wild Yellowstone—Frozen Frontier Brain Farm Digital Cinema for Nat Geo Wild and Terra Mater Factual Studios Cinematography: John Shier, Dawson Dunning, Curt Morgan. Aerial Cinematography: Nel Boshoff, Richard Burton, Greg Wheeler, Nick Wolcott; Additional Cinematography: Howard Bourne, Jeff Hogan, Theo Jebb

Best Editing (Sponsored by Sony Electronics)

Jago: A Life Underwater Underdog Films Production in association with James Morgan Films, Fantomline Pictures and Vistaar Productions Editor: Sam Rogers

NATURE—Touching the Wild Passion Planet & THIRTEEN Productions LLC for PBS Nature series Editor: Charles Davies

Wild Yellowstone—Frozen Frontier Brain Farm Digital Cinema for Nat Geo WILD and Terra Mater Studios Editor: James Taggart

Best Original Musical Score

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions Composer: Ilan Eshkeri

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Disneynature Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams

Poached Ignite Channel and Doc Life Films Composer: Mark Orton

Wonders of the Monsoon: The Drought BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide and Discovery Composer: Nitin Sawhney

Best Writing

E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS Writer: Graham Townsley

Return of the River Elwafilm LLC Writer: Jessica Plumb

Your Inner Fish, Episode 1 Tangled Bank Studios, Windfall Films for PBS Writer: David Dugan

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and gala takes place during a week of critical importance in the industry: the Festival, The Elephant Summit and the Conservation Summit. The events of the JHWFF attract a world-class audience and participation from key influencers in the conservation community. Again this year, a series of community screenings in Jackson are planned. For tickets, sponsorship, or conference attendance, please call 307-733-7016 or visit http://www.jhfestival.org/2015-festival.html

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