Jackson Hole Film Competition 2009 Finalists

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce the selection of Finalists for its 2009 Film Competition. Judges from around the world representing the Festival’s Board of Directors viewed 425 films from 25 countries entered into some 750 categories, for a record number of submissions.

Considered the highest honor of the “nature and environment” film genre, the 2009 Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner Thursday, October 1st.  Peer-judged craft categories including Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, Special Venue, Sound & Writing will be announced July 20th. Special thanks to the preliminary and peer judges who worked hard to bring us these results.

Award Sponsorships are a wonderful way to recognize an outstanding film and congratulate the filmmakers. Sponsors announce the finalists on Awards Night and present the winner with an award. The Film Guide acknowledges the Sponsor and features a complimentary quarter page black and white ad on the corresponding pages. To become a Sponsor, please email Carrie Noel.

Best Animal Behavior Program
CRIMSON WING
Natural Lights Films, Kudos Pictures Productions, Disneynature

GORILLA KING
Tigress Productions, Ltd, Nature/THIRTEEN, BBC

WHAT FEMALES WANT AND WHAT MALES WILL DO, Episode 2
Pangolin Pictures, Nature/THIRTEEN

Best Wildlife Habitat Program
CRIMSON WING
Natural Lights Films, Kudos Pictures Productions, Disneynature

THE FOREST: FIGHT FOR LIGHT
Nautilus Film, Studio Hamburg GmbH Documentaries, NDR Naturfilm, Arte, ORF

YELLOWSTONE: WINTER
BBC Natural History Unit, Animal Planet

Best Conservation Program
COAL COUNTRY
Evening Star Productions, Norman Star Media

DIVISION STREET
Frogpondia Films

GREEN
Tawak Pictures

Best People & Nature Program

GORILLA MURDERS
National Geographic Television

LEGEND OF PALE MALE
Birdjail Productions

SNOW LEOPARD: BEYOND THE MYTH
BBC Natural History Unit, Animal Planet

THERE’S A RHINO IN MY HOUSE
Oxford Scientific Films, Animal Planet

Best Limited Series
NATURE’S GREAT EVENTS
BBC Natural History Unit, Discovery, Wanda Vision

THE SECRET LIFE OF ELEPHANTS
BBC Natural History Unit, Animal Planet

YELLOWSTONE
BBC Natural History Unit, Animal Planet

Best Children’s Program
ARCTIC TALE
National Geographic, Paramount Vantage, Visionbox Films

FROG, CHEMICAL, WATER, YOU
Jennifer Grace, MSU

ONCE UPON A TIDE
Center for Health and the Global Environment/Harvard Medical School, Sea
Studios Foundation, Laika/house, Funjacket Enterprises

Best Presenter-led Program
CHARLES DARWIN & THE TREE OF LIFE
Sir David Attenborough
BBC Natural History Unit, Open University

THE HUMAN SPARK
Alan Alda
THIRTEEN, Chedd-Angier-Lewis Productions

THE REAL GREMLIN
Nick Baker
Icon Films, Animal Planet International, Five, ITV Global Entertainment

Best Short Program
A CORAL GARDENER
BBC Natural History Unit

RETHINK THE SHARK
Save Our Seas Foundation, Saatchi & Saatchi

SMALL TALK DIARIES: CHANGELING
Ammonite, Off the Fence, CBBC, Big Squid New Media

Marian Zunz Newcomer Award
DIVISION STREET
Eric Bendick, Frogpondia Films

SWAMP TROOP
Adrian Bailey, Road Media
National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channels International

THE WHITE WOOD
Lou Astbury

Best Theatrical Program
CRIMSON WING
Natural Lights Films, Kudos Pictures Productions, Disneynature

EARTH
BBC Natural History Unit, Disneynature, BBC Worldwide, Greenlight Media, B8
Media, Discovery Channel

WILD OPERA
Images Studio, Studio Saint Antoine, Inc., Animal Planet International,
Marathon International

Best Nonbroadcast Program
AMUR RIVER BASIN
Craig Miller Productions, Inc., World Wildlife Fund

FROG, CHEMICAL, WATER, YOU
Jennifer Grace, MSU

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: RESTORING BALANCE
The Ocean Channel

Best Earth Sciences Program
ARE WE ALONE
Optomen Productions, Discovery Channel

LANDSLIDE DETECTIVES
KQED-QUEST

O2: THE MOLECULE THAT MADE OUR WORLD
ORF Universum / NHU; Burning Gold Productions, AV Dokumenta, BMUKK, BBC

Best 360 Campaign
DIRTY SECRETS
National Geographic Television, Sea Studios Foundation

RETHINK THE SHARK
Save Our Seas Foundation

SPRINGWATCH
BBC Natural History Unit

Best Web Presence
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bigcat/BIG CAT LIVE
BIG CAT LIVE
BBC Natural History Unit

http://www.alexandracousteau.com
EXPEDITION: BLUE PLANET
Blue Legacy, International

http://www.SAVEOURSEAS.COM
Save Our Seas Foundation

Best Use of Web 2.0/New Media
http://www.alexandracousteau.com
EXPEDITION: BLUE PLANET
Blue Legacy, International

http://www.SAVEOURSEAS.COM
Save Our Seas Foundation

http://www.kqed.org/quest
KQED-Quest

http://www.WILDEARTH.TV
WildEarth Media, Hancock Wildlife Foundation, The Institute for Wildlife Studies

Outstanding Achievement
Preliminary judges selected three films to be recognized for a specific
outstanding achievement in technology, innovative storytelling, use of
CGI or 3-D, in-field challenge or other extraordinary accomplishment. These
awards will be presented as part of the Awards Ceremony at the Festival on
October 1.

EARTH
BBC Natural History Unit, Disneynature, BBC Worldwide, Greenlight Media, B8
Media, Discovery Channel

GORILLA MURDERS
National Geographic Television

WHALE WARS
Animal Planet

Again, peer-judged craft categories including Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, Special Venue, Sound & Writing will be announced July 20th.

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