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Finalists Announced for the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase
Geneva/New York/Jackson Hole, 16 February 2021 - Judges and organizers of the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase have unveiled the finalists of this year’s contest, highlighting 38 outstanding films entered in five categories, selected from a total of 275 entries and 12 films designated for Honorable Mentions.
In keeping with this year’s World Wildlife Day theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet,” the Showcase highlighted the links between the world’s forests and the wildlife they harbor, the ongoing efforts towards conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and the millions of livelihoods that directly depend on forests, particularly the indigenous peoples and local communities who are often the guardians of these ecosystems.
The winners will be announced on 3rd March, during the first-ever global virtual World Wildlife Day celebration.
The 2021 Showcase is the sixth film competition jointly organized as part of the annual World Wildlife Day celebrations by Jackson Wild, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The films below have been selected as finalists in five categories:
- People & Forests;
- My Forest;
- Future of Forests;
- Living Forests;
- Forest Micro Movie.
All categories, save for the Forest Micro Movie, have been further divided into two sub-categories, comprising of long form entries, with a runtime above 17 minutes, and the short form entries, with a runtime between 5 - 17 minutes. Micro movies comprise entries with a runtime of up to 5 minutes.
The full list of finalists can be found below.
Winners and finalists will be shown extensively at events across the world to raise awareness of the importance of conserving forests and forest species of wild fauna and flora, and to shed further light on what can be learned from the extensive knowledge and experiences of forest and forest-adjacent communities when it comes to conserving these ecosystems.
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: “The outstanding entries of this sixth World Wildlife Day Film Showcase will help viewers discover the stories of local and indigenous communities around the world who live in or near forests, whose livelihoods and well-being depend on these ecosystems and the wildlife therein. As we all seek to mend our relationship with Nature, the Film Showcase gives us the opportunity to capture and share the stories of people and communities as they march towards sustainability. The efforts of those who interact with their surroundings in a sustainable way should be an inspiration for us all. We are deeply grateful to all the filmmakers who submitted their works.”
“Finalists selected for this year’s World Wildlife Day Film Showcase highlight the challenges and opportunities we face to conserve our forests and strengthen the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities. Investing in the protection and restoration of forest ecosystems is critical for reducing poverty and inequality, simultaneously, it helps to address the dual nature-climate crises within the COVID-19 context and the Decade for Action for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.
“Selected by 100+ judges who screened more than 750 hours of film, this portfolio highlights fifty extraordinary stories from forests and communities around the world. Throughout human history, stories have connected each of us with one another and the world we share,” said Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. “This is more crucial now than ever before. Media has the power to accelerate tangible ways we can work together to restore and protect our planet during these critically important times.”
World Wildlife Day 2021 Film Showcase finalists:
People & Forests (long form):
Australia's Great Wild North
Wild Pacific Media, Definition Films
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider
Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
Merit Motion Pictures, Edgeland Films
Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure: Untouched and Under Threat
Atlantic Productions for discovery+
People & Forests (short form):
The Church Forests of Ethiopia
Alchimie Productions, Sébastien Pins
My Forest (long form):
Death by a Thousand Cuts
Participant and Documentales Univision present a Tarasios Production in association with Human Pictures
Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest
Great Bear Rainforest
Spirit Bear Entertainment & MacGillivray Freeman Films
Mundiya Kepanga, the voice of the forest
ARTE France and Muriel Barra / Lato Sensu productions
Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation
My Forest (short form)
Arunachal Virtual Archive
National Geographic Society, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department
The Guardians of Dampa
Green Hub (NEN - DFF), Dampa Tiger Reserve
Think Like a Scientist: Renewal
Plumb Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Leo Plunkett, Environmental Investigation Agency
Future of Forests (long form):
After the Wildfires
Northern Pictures for ABC, CBC, Love Nature and Blue Ant International
Eyes In The Forest
River of Gold
An Amazon Aid Foundation Production in association with Uber Content
The Lost Forest
The Nobel Prize, Grain Media, Rideback Films, National Geographic
Trees, a Global Superpower
Hauteville Productions In Coproduction with INRAE, with the participation of France Télévisions, Planète +, CNC, Procirep/Angoa, International sales: France TV distribution
Future of Forests (short form):
How Old Cell Phones Are Protecting the Rainforest
How To Get Grizzly Bears the Space They Need to Survive
Our Planet - How to Restore Our Forests
Silverback Films, Netflix, WWF UK
If Not Us Then Who
Living Forests (long form):
Earth's Tropical Islands: Borneo
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, PBS
Planet Earth II: Jungles
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, ZDF, Tencent, France Televisions
The Magical Four - Our Seasons
Marco Polo Film AG in collaboration with WDR
Tiny World - Woodland
Unknown Madagascar - Forest of the Indri
Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm, NDR, ARTE, ORF
Living Forests (short form):
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic
Memories of the Future
A Mares Mexicanos production
Protecting Nature for Good
Day's Edge Productions for World Wildlife Fund
The Golden Lion Tamarins of Poco Das Antas
National Geographic Society
Forest Micro Movie:
#WildForLife Forest Champion: Mount Kenya Trust
UN Environment, PCI Media
Shervin Hess, Oregon Zoo
Koa Talking to Me
Harpers Ferry Center & Haleakalā National Park, National Park Service
The Man Who Planted A Forest
101India Digital Services
Honorable Mention films include: Alianza Ceibo: Equator Prize Winner of 2020 (UNDP Equator Initiative, What Took You So Long), Can Farms and Forests Coexist? (Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios), Clatter (Rémi Rappe), Eeya (House Tiger Productions), If We Plant 1 TRILLION Trees Can We Stop Climate Change? (Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios), Jungle Guardian (Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm), Moss Man (Tilapia Film, Topic Studio), Primary Forests (Rojo Visuals and Wild Heritage for IntAct - International Action for Primary Forests), Rearing Giants (Green Hub (NEN - DFF)), Rise of the Warrior Apes (KEO Films for Discovery Network International), Sungai Utik -The Fight for Recognition (If Not Us Then Who), The Ogieks; Guardians of the Mau Forest (Maurice Oniang'o)
For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:
United Nations Development Programme, Sangita Khadka, +212 906 5043, sangita.khadka [at] undp.org
CITES Secretariat: Francisco Pérez, +41 22 917 1447, francisco.perezgonzalez [at] cites.org,
Jackson Wild: Abbey Greene, +1 307 200 3286, abbey [at] jacksonwild.org
To arrange free community screening events, please contact:
Melanie Judd, (307) 200-3286 ext. 4, melanie [at] jacksonwild.org
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975. With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), it remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of international trade in over 38,000 species of wild animals and plants. CITES-listed species are used by people around the world in their daily lives for food, health care, furniture, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES seeks to ensure that international trade in such species is sustainable, legal and traceable and contributes to both the livelihoods of the communities that live closest to them and to national economies for a healthy planet and the prosperity of the people in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. Learn more at undp.org or follow at @UNDP.
About Jackson Wild
For almost 30 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting extraordinary convenings science, nature and conservation media stakeholders. The World Wildlife Day Film Showcase brings together stakeholders from all over the world to focus on a single global theme. Jackson Wild’s international board members include: ARTE France, BBC Studios, Blue Ant Media / Love Nature, Borealés, Conservation International, Discovery, Doclights, FujiFilm Optical Devices - Fujinon Lenses, Gorongosa Restoration Project, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Netflix, Off the Fence Productions, ORF/Universum, PBS, Saint Thomas Productions, San Diego Zoo, Seeker, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT - Swedish Television, The Nature Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Vulcan Productions, Wanda Films, WGBH, and World Wildlife Fund US.
About the United Nations World Wildlife Day
On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. World Wildlife Day has quickly become the most prominent global annual event dedicated to wildlife. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the various challenges faced by these species. The day also reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.