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“Rise of the Warrior Apes”, “Blue Planet II” take Wildscreen Panda Awards

Keo Films’ Rise of the Warrior Apes, BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit’s Blue Planet II and Nutopia and Protozoa Picture’s One Strange Rock took home major awards at the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards, held on Friday ...
October 19, 2018

Keo Films’ Rise of the Warrior Apes, BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit’s Blue Planet II and Nutopia and Protozoa Picture’s One Strange Rock took home major awards at the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards, held on Friday (Oct. 19).

The annual awards, which were handed out during the final day of the Wildscreen Festival, honor the best in natural history storytelling.

London’s Keo Films took home three honors at this year’s awards ceremony for the feature documentary Rise of the Warrior Apes, including the WWF Golden Panda Award, the Script Award and Films at 59 Sound Award.

Set in Ngogo, Uganda, Rise of the Warrior Apes charts the world’s largest troop of chimpanzees and the political and social drama that unfolded over two decades.

BBC’s Blue Planet II, which received the most nominations, was feted with three trophies on the night, including ORF Animal Behaviour, Panasonic Cinematography (large budget) and the National Geographic Series Award.

Elsewhere, Nutopia and Protozoa’s One Strange Rock for National Geographic, which tells the story of how life survives and thrives on planet Earth, took home hardware in three categories: Innovation, Music and the Doghouse Editing Award.

In addition, the Wildscreen Panda Awards honored Ellen Windemuth, founder and CEO of Off The Fence Productions, with the Outstanding Achievement Award in honor of her “dedication to and innovation within the natural world storytelling genre.” The honor marked the first time in the event’s 36-year history that the achievement went to a woman.

“Humanity’s impact, interaction and stewardship of nature, whether it be on a local or planetary scale, was a consistent message weaved throughout the entries, finalists and winners of the 2018 Panda Awards competition,” said Wildscreen CEO Lucie Muir  in a statement. “Most importantly, the awards underline the power of authentic voices, whether they be of scientists, filmmakers or everyday people, to tell the most extraordinary stories, in their own words, and the power those stories have to reach the hearts and minds of others for the benefit of the natural world.”

The full list of Wildscreen Panda Award winners follows below:

ORF UNIVERSUM ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD
Blue Planet II – One Ocean
BBC Studios – The Natural History Unit with The Open University and BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9
UK

CHILDREN’S AWARD
The Zoo – Poo Dunnit?
BBC Studios
UK

PANASONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD (large budget)
Blue Planet II – One Ocean
BBC Studios – The Natural History Unit with The Open University and BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9
UK
Photography by: Alfredo Barroso, Chris Bryan, Patrick Dykstra, Tom Fitz, Ted Giffords, Steve Hathaway, Roger Horrocks, Roger Munns, Didier Noirot, David Reichert, Nuno Sá & Gavin Thurston

PANASONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD (small budget)
Churchill
Storm Films Inc
Canada

DOGHOUSE EDITING AWARD
One Strange Rock – Gasp
Nutopia Ltd for National Geographic
Editors: Sam Rogers, Doug Moxon & Brian Hovmand
UK

ICON FILMS EMERGING TALENT AWARD
Mahmoud Mansouri
In the Realm of the Spider-tailed Viper
Wildlife Pictures Institute
Iran

INNOVATION AWARD
One Strange Rock – Home
Nutopia Ltd for National Geographic
UK

TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS IMPACT AWARD (large budget)
The Last Animals
Atlas Films and Foxtail Entertainment in association with Artemis Rising Foundation, The British Film Company and Diamond Docs
U.S.

TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS IMPACT AWARD (small budget)
Toad People
Wilderness Committee
Canada

MUSIC AWARD
One Strange Rock – Gasp
Nutopia Ltd for National Geographic
UK
Music by: Daniel Pemberton

BBC STUDIOS PEOPLE AND NATURE AWARD
Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic
U.S.

ANIMAL FRIENDS PHOTO STORY AWARD
Rescuing the Night Gardeners
Doug Gimesy
Australia

ANIMAL FRIENDS PHOTO STORY AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT
High Rise Falcons
Luke Massey
UK

UWE POPULAR BROADCAST AWARD
RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark — Episode 1
A WGBH co-production with So World Media LLC in association with National Geographic Channels
United States

PRESENTER AWARD
My Congo
BBC Studios Natural World — a co-production of BBC and Thirteen Productions LLC in association with WNET
UK
Presented by: Vianet Djenguet

NHK SCIENCE AWARD
Naked Molerat: Nature’s Weirdest Superhero
Taglicht Media Film — und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
Germany

SCRIPT AWARD
Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
United Kingdom
Script by: James Reed

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SERIES AWARD
Blue Planet II
BBC Studios — The Natural History Unit with The Open University and BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9
UK

NHNZ SHORT AWARD
M6NTHS
Eline Helena Film
UK

FILMS AT 59 SOUND AWARD
Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
UK
Sound by: Ben Peace, Tim Owens & Kate Hopkins

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL THEATRICAL AWARD
The Serengeti Rules
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios & Passion Planet
UK/U.S.

WWF GOLDEN PANDA AWARD
Rise of the Warrior Apes
Keo Films
UK

CHRISTOPHER PARSONS’ OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ellen Windemuth

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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