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“My Octopus Teacher” takes Grand Teton Award at Jackson Wild ’20

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s oceanic documentary My Octopus Teacher has secured the top prize at the 2020 Jackson Wild Media Awards. My Octopus Teacher took home the Grand Teton Award as the festival’s ...
October 1, 2020

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s oceanic documentary My Octopus Teacher has secured the top prize at the 2020 Jackson Wild Media Awards.

My Octopus Teacher took home the Grand Teton Award as the festival’s best film. It charts diver Craig Foster, who also produced the film, as he swims every day over the course of one year with a wild octopus that lives in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa. The Netflix Original film was produced in partnership with the Sea Change Project by Off the Fence and ZDF Enterprises.

The awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science and conservation storytelling. Winners of the more than 30 awards were unveiled during a livestreamed awards ceremony as a finale to the first-ever Jackson Wild Virtual Summit.

More than 700 filmmakers, conservationists, photographers, scientists, journalists and visionaries participated in this year’s virtual event, which moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to engage in conversations surrounding the future of nature, science and conservation media, impact, and filmmaking.

“As an industry, we are re-imagining the role media plays in our shared world, inspiring engagement and igniting the changes that will allow us to survive and thrive on our planet,” said Lisa Samford, executive director of Jackson Wild, in a statement.

Below is a complete list of winners. For more information on all finalists, visit the Jackson Wild website.

CONTENT CATEGORIES

Animal Behavior

Long Form 
The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd. production for Thirteen Productions and BBC in association with WNET

Short Form
This Killer Fungus Turns Flies into Zombies | Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Ecosystem

Long Form
Okavango – River of Dreams: Divine Journey
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with Thirteen Productions, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, ARTE France, National Geographic and SVT

Short Form
Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic 

Earth & Sky 

Long Form
The Edge of All We Know
Collapsar films, with support from John Templeton Foundation, Sandbox Films, and Sundance Institute

Conservation

Long Form
Reef Rescue
Merit Motion Pictures, Capa Presse/Films à Cinq, ARTE France and in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Vulcan Productions

Short Form
Akashinga: The Braves Ones
Produced by Avatar Alliance Foundation for National Geographic Documentary Films

People & Nature

Long Form
My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence – A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

Short Form
Akashinga: The Brave Ones
Produced by Avatar Alliance Foundation for National Geographic Documentary Films

Changing Planet 

Long Form
On Thin Ice
An Altayfilm Production in association with MDR/ARTE FRANCE

Short Form
Mermaids Against Plastic: TAMARA
Free Roaming Studios, National Geographic Society, Conservation Media Group, Stuyvesant-Bard Films

Science in Nature

Long Form
My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence – A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production

Short Form
Chasing Ghosts
Grizzly Creek Films, bioGraphic

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Impact Campaign

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

Non-Broadcast

Entangled
A film by David Abel and Andy Laub, made with the support of the Pulitzer Center, the LEF Foundation, and The Boston Globe

Limited Series

Long Form
H2O The Molecule That Made Us
A WGBH and Passion Pictures production, in association with ARTE France, with funding from Draper, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton, Anne Ray Foundation, and PBS 

Short Form
Last Call for the Bayou
​Encompass Films, Smithsonian Channel

Engaging Youth & Family

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

Presenter-Led

Wild Cuba: A Caribbean Journey
Crossing the Line Productions for ORF, BBC, RTÉ, France Télévisions, Thirteen Productions, PBS, ORF Enterprises
Presenter: Colin Stafford-Johnson

Micro-Movie

African Parks: Protected Area Management
Esri

#NatureNow
A @tommustill Film for Gripping Films, Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot with support from Conservation International, Nature4Climate, The Food and Land Use Coalition and Gower Street

Feature

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original

Emerging Filmmaker

Life on the Rocks
George Pretty, National Film and Television School

360° Storytelling

ecosphere: Kenya
PHORIA, Oculus, WWF, Silverback Films

Global Voices 

Flying Elephants – A Mother’s Hope
Prakash Matada, Dr. Krithi Karanth, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Saving Nature

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Cinematography

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original
Cinematographer: Mark Deeble

Editing

My Octopus Teacher
Sea Change Project & Off the Fence – A ZDFE company, A Netflix Original Production
Editors: Pippa Ehrlich, Dan Schwalm, Edit Consultant: Jinx Godfrey

Original Music Score

Seven Worlds One Planet: Australia
Natural History & Factual Productions Ltd o/b/o BBC Studios Production Ltd and BBC Studios Distribution Ltd, British Broadcasting Corporation
Theme Music: Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music, Original Music: Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music, Score Producers: Hans Zimmer & Russell Emanuel, Score Recording Engineer: John W. Chapman

Writing

The Octopus in My House
A Passion Planet Ltd. production for Thirteen Productions and BBC in association with WNET
Writers: David Allen, Anna Fitch

Audioscape 

The Elephant Queen
A Deeble, Stone & Oliff Production. Apple Original
Supervisor and Sound Editor: Tim Owens, Wounded Buffalo, Sound Editor: Kate Hopkins, Wounded Buffalo, Field Sound Recordists: Norbert Rottcher, Pete Cayless, Re-recording Mixer: Ben Peace, Wounded Buffalo

Special Jury Awards

Great Green Wall
Seville International presents a Make Waves production in association with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Peng Yu Sai
Malaika Vaz and Nitye Sood, Untamed Planet Films

Corona – The Pandemic and the Pangolin
A Terra Mater Factual Studios production

The Tiger Mafia
Karl Ammann & Laurin Merz, HOOK Film

Pumas – Legends of the Ice Mountains
A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Wildlife Films production in co-production with Thirteen Productions, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, in association with PBS, CPB, Vision Hawk Films, National Geographic

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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