The 35th edition of the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), held in Missoula, Montana, will honor PBS “Nature” executive producer Fred Kaufman (pictured) with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.
Janet Rose, IWFF festival and executive director, told realscreen: “Fred Kaufman, the executive producer, and “Nature,” the program, exemplify the essence of the annual IWFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.
“I cannot think of a more worthy recipient. “Nature,” the television series, and Fred Kaufman as it’s driving force and guide, have helped to expose millions of people worldwide to the brilliance and inspiration of nature.
“In giving this award, it is vital to recognize and call attention to individuals like Fred and programs like “Nature” that help us to understand and appreciate the world of nature in a way that little else can. Media is simply a very powerful tool in grasping the significance of of the natural world.”
Kaufman added: “It’s a high honor for me, but it also comes when “Nature” is celebrating 30 years on PBS. What began as a popular wildlife strand is now perceived as as the most trusted and appreciated natural history series on television. We are truly unique and I look forward to accepting the award at the IWFF this May in Montana.”
Kaufman and “Nature” recently won the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Award at Wildscreen Festival in 2010, and the Grand Teton Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival this year.
Kaufman will receive the award during the festival, which runs from May 5-12, 2012.