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“Museum Alive,” “Hidden Kingdoms” among Wildscreen nominees

The top nominees for the Wildscreen Film Festival's Panda Awards include David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (pictured), Mysteries of the Unseen World and Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies.
June 19, 2014

The top nominees for the Wildscreen Film Festival’s Panda Awards include David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (pictured), Mysteries of the Unseen World and Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies.

The environmental filmmaking-oriented festival runs from October 19-24 in Bristol, with the ceremony for the Panda Awards – which the festival describes as the “Green Oscars” of natural history filmmaking – slated for October 23. The awards consist of 24 categories.

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive, from the UK’s Colossus Productions, received nominations for the 3D Award, Children’s Choice Award, Innovation Award, Music Award, New Media Award and Film@59 Sound Award, while Mysteries of the Unseen World from the U.S.’s National Geographic Entertainment is up for the 3D Award and the Science Award. 

Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies is nominated for the Film@59 Sound Award and the Music Award.

As previously reported, new to the awards this year is the Against All Odds Award, which celebrates a production that makes use of limited resources or overcomes significant challenges during development or production.

The nominees for the inaugural prize are Dragonfly from the UK’s Andy Holt; Elephant Seals: California’s Coast from the U.S.’s Wildlife Film Productions; Legends of the Deep: The Giant Squid from Japan’s NHK and NHK Enterprises with the U.S.’s Discovery Channel in association with ZDF and ARTE; and Operation Snow Tiger from the UK’s BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide Limited and Discovery Channel. 

A selection of the remaining award nominees are below:

3D AWARD

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Enchanted Kingdom
BBC Earth Films (United Kingdom)

Mysteries of the Unseen World
National Geographic Entertainment (USA)

Tiny Giants 3D
BBC Earth Productions Ltd (United Kingdom)

PANASONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

Chimpanzee
Disneynature (United Kingdom)
Camera: Martyn Colbeck & Bill Wallauer

On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Camera: John Murray

Planet Sparrow
A co-production by Kurt Mayer Film, ORF, ARTE and NDR supported by the Austrian Television Fund (Austria)
Camera: Ian McCarthy, Kurt Mayer & Attila Boa

EDITING AWARD

Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom)
Editing: Rupert Troskie

Planet Parrot
A Humble Bee Films production for Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH (Austria)
Editing: Martin Elsbury

Wild Canada: Ice Edge
Brian Leith Productions & River Road Films (Canada)
Editing: Matt Meech

ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION AWARD

Billion Dollar Fish
A production of ScienceVision for Terra Mater Factual Studios (Austria)

Sand Wars
Rappi Productions, La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse & InformAction (France and Canada)

Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater & ABC Australia (Australia)

INNOVATION AWARD

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Easter Eggs Live
Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

Iceworlds
BBC Earth Productions (United Kingdom)

The Burrowers: Animals Underground
Dragonfly Film and Television Productions (United Kingdom)

SERIES AWARD

David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: From the Seas to the Skies
Atlantic Productions (United Kingdom)

Hebrides – Islands on the Edge
Maramedia and Otter Films for BBC Scotland and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (United Kingdom)

North America
A Discovery Channel production in association with Silverback Films (USA)

For a complete list of nominees, please visit the official Wildscreen Film Festival site here.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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