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“Planet Earth II,” “Ivory Game” vie for Jackson Hole awards

BBC’s Planet Earth II (pictured), Netflix’s The Ivory Game and Discovery’s Rise of the Warrior Apes are among the finalists competing for multiple prizes at the biennial Jackson Hole Wildlife ...
August 8, 2017

BBC’s Planet Earth II (pictured), Netflix’s The Ivory Game and Discovery’s Rise of the Warrior Apes are among the finalists competing for multiple prizes at the biennial Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

More than 150 preliminary judges reviewed over 600 submissions and 3,500 hours of film to determine the 2017 finalists before handing the shortlisted films off to a final judging panel.

Audioscape finalists and Special Jury nominations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Twenty-four award winners, selected from 900 categories, will be feted on Sept. 28 at the Grand Teton Awards Gala, which takes place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“My biggest takeaway this year, is how many deeply personal stories are being told,” said Lisa Samford, executive director of Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, in a statement. “It speaks to the true power of the genre and importance of telling these stories.”

A portion of the category finalists are below, with information provided by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The full list of finalists can be found here.

Best Animal Behavior Film
Planet Earth II: Islands
BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions.

Planet Earth II: Mountains
BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions.

Rise of the Warrior Apes
KEO Films for Discovery Network International

The Hunt: The Hardest Challenge
A Silverback Films production, made in partnership with The Open University, for BBC, co-produced with BBC Worldwide, BBC America, CCTV9 and NDR Naturfilm.

Best Ecosystem Film
Antarctica in the Footsteps of of the Emperor
Paprika Films and Wildtouch

Paris: A Wild Story
Boréales, Winds, Terra Mater Factual Studios

Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures
True Blue Films for National Geographic Channels

Best Conservation Film
Jaguars: Brazil’s Super Cat
BBC Studios, Nat Geo Wild

The Hunt: Living With Predators
A Silverback Films production, made in partnership with The Open University, for BBC, co-produced with BBC Worldwide, BBC America, CCTV9 and NDR Naturfilm.

Tribe Versus Pride
Terra Mater Factual Studios and Wildlife Films ​

Yasuni Man
Pollywog Productions

Best People & Nature Film
Ghost of the Mountains
Brian Leith Productions with Disneynature Productions and Chuan Films

Great Human Oddessy
NOVA, Clearwater Documentary Inc., CBC, Lawrence Klein Productions LLC for WGBH-Boston

Into the Amazon
An Ark Media and John Maggio Productions Film for American Experience, WGBH-Boston

Ranger and Leopard
Wildlife Pictures Institute for Jam-e Jam TV Network

Best Changing Planet Film
BEARTREK
Wildlife Media

Before the Flood
National Geographic, RatPac Documentary Films, Insurgent Docs, Diamond Docs

Death By a Thousand Cuts
Participant and Documentales Univision present a Tarasios Production in association with Human Pictures

Mosquito
Yap Films for Discovery Channel

Best Science in Nature Film
David Attenborough’s Light on Earth
Terra Mater Factual Studios, Ammonite Film Productions, Curiosity Stream, BBC, UKTV, ABC Australia

Rise of the Warrior Apes
KEO Films for Discovery Networks International

Sonic Sea
Discovery Channel presents a film by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Diamond Docs

Spy in the Wild: Love
John Downer Productions for BBC, PBS and THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Best Impact Film
Chasing Coral
A Netflix Documentary, Exposure Labs

Huntwatch
Produced by IFAW for Discovery

The Ivory Game
A Netflix Documentary, Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures in association with Appian Way

Best Theatrical Film
From the Ashes
Radical Media, Bloomberg Philanthropies for National Geographic

The Ivory Game
A Netflix Documentary, Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures in association with Appian Way

Wild Africa 3D
BBC Earth Productions, Reliance Entertainment, IM Global, Evergreen Studios

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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