International Elephant Film Festival Celebrates World’s Best Elephant Films
Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day
Winners were announced at a high level event marking the global celebration of World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2016. Winning and finalist films will be showcased extensively throughout the world, through local screening events and broadcasts.
“These amazing films speak eloquently to the importance of saving elephants while are still able to do so,” said Jackson Hole Festival’s Executive Director, Lisa Samford. “We’re eager to partner with organizations around the world to raise local awareness and engagement through free public screenings and events.”
Samford drew particular attention to the decades-long anthology documenting Echo, the matriarch of Amboseli and her family, noting that the researchers who studied this herd and the filmmakers who told their story forever changed how the world would see wild African elephants.
The organizers are particularly grateful to the final judges for their commitment of time:
- Inger Anderson, Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Ian Craig, Director of Conservation, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya
- Bingbing Li, Actress, Singer and Conservationist, China
- Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Republic of South Africa
- Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, United States
- John E. Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES
Click here to view a video recording of the event.
See also photos from the event.
To arrange an Elephant Film Festival screening or for more information, please visit: http://www.internationalelephantfilmfestival.org
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: Kathryn Jeffords, [email protected], +1-307-200-3286
CITES Secretariat: Yuan Liu, [email protected]
About the United Nations World Wildlife Day
On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth 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 adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival. World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.
About Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s(JHWFF’s) programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media.Since 1991, its annual conferences draw togetherinternational leaders in science, conservation, broadcasting and media. For three days this year, committed elephant advocates convened for the Jackson Hole Conservation Summit: Elephants to share resources and strategies, address critical challenges and brainstorm innovative approaches for collaboration. They joined 650+ of the world’s most influential filmmakers and commissioners at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to celebrate the world’s finest nature programming and explore innovative ways to integrate media centrally into the battle against global wildlife crime.
With 182 Parties, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975. Learn more about CITES by visiting www.cites.org