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“Ivory Game,” “Sonic Sea” win at Jackson Hole ’17

Netflix’s The Ivory Game (pictured) and Discovery Channel’s Sonic Sea were among the titles honored at the 15th biennial Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Twenty-five award winners, selected from 600 films, were feted on ...
September 28, 2017

Netflix’s The Ivory Game (pictured) and Discovery Channel’s Sonic Sea were among the titles honored at the 15th biennial Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Twenty-five award winners, selected from 600 films, were feted on Thursday (Sept. 28) at the Grand Teton Awards Gala, which took place at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The awards celebration concluded the five-day industry conference, which ran Sept. 24-29 and drew leading filmmakers, conservationists, scientists, journalists and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media to Jackson Hole.

Two conservationists were also honored with Legacy Awards at the the gala: Greg Carr of the Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project, and Kris Tompkins of Tompkins Conservation.

“There is a magnificent place on this planet called Mozambique. They have extraordinary heart and courage and love their natural history…My thanks goes out to them,” said Carr.

“Everyone who’s met me this week knows that I’ve got one thing on my mind, which is let’s let every African girl go to school,” he added.

“Thank you for your recognition of our work, especially in this crowd. It comes down to dignified human communities. It comes down to the beating hearts you protect all around the world. And for us as a family, it comes down to what is the truest and purest love of all, and that is of everything wild,” said Tompkins.

The complete list of winners follows below. For further information on all nominees, visit the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival official website.

CONTENT CATEGORIES

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

Best Animal Behavior Program
Rise of the Warrior Apes
KEO Films for Discovery Network International

Best Ecosystem Program
Antarctica in the Footsteps of the Emperor
PAPRIKA Films, Wild-Touch Production, ARTE France, Andromède Océanologie, CNRS Images

Best Conservation Program
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

Best People and Nature Program
Ranger and Leopard
Wildlife Pictures Institute for Jam-e Jam TV Network

Best Changing Planet Program
Death by a Thousand Cuts
Participant and Documentales Univision present a Tarasios Production in association with Human Pictures

Best Science in Nature Program
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

Best Impact Program
Chasing Coral
A Netflix Documentary, Exposure Labs

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Best Educational/Institutional Program
Pavel: I Protect Tigers
WWF-UK

Best Limited Series-Long Form
Ocean Warriors
A co-production between Animal Planet, Sundance Productions, Brick City TV and Vulcan Productions

Best Limited Series-Short Form
Lens of Time
Spine Films, California Academy of Sciences, bioGraphic

Best Engaging Youth Program
My Haggan Dream
Sisbro Studios, Open Boat Films

Best Host/Presenter Led Program
David Attenborough’s Light on Earth
Terra Mater Factual Studios, Ammonite Film Productions, Curiosity Stream, BBC, UKTV, ABC Australia

Best Short Program
Pangolin
Coral & Oak Studios

Best Micro-Movie Program
I am a Ranger
Black Bean Productions, United for Wildlife, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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

Best Student and Emerging Program
Wild Expectations
Equilibrio films LLC, Nedo Producciones Ltda.

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Best Interactive
David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef
Atlantic Productions

Best 360° Storytelling
Climbing Giants
Black Dot Films VR for National Geographic

Best Visualization
Planet Earth II: Cities
BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions

Best Editing
The Hunt: Hide and Seek
A Silverback Films production, made in partnership with The Open University, for BBC, co-produced with BBC Worldwide, BBC America, CCTV9 and NDR Naturfilm
Nigel Buck, Editor​

Best Original Music Score
Planet Earth II: Grasslands
BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions, Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe, Composers, Main Title: Hans Zimmer, Original Music: Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe (for Bleeding Fingers Music)

Best Writing
The Ivory Game
A Netflix Documentary, Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures in association with Appian Way
Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, Writers

Best Audioscape
Planet Earth II: Jungles
BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions

Special Jury Award
Tribe Versus Pride
Terra Mater Factual Studios and Wildlife Films ​

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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