FINALIST FILMS – International Forest Film Festival

The International Forest Film Festival competition, launched by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, is delighted to announce finalists from over 160 films that were considered in six categories of competition. Films from more than 30 countries were screened and evaluated by more than fifty preliminary judges over the last four weeks. Decisions made by the Final Jury–Cristina Mittermeier, Shane Moore and Jan McAlpine–will be announced on Friday, January 14th.

“The International Forest Film Festival offers a unique opportunity to bring the issues and objectives of Forests 2011 to a global audience,” said Ms. McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat.  “The power of cinematic art is universal. It connects with people all over the world on a personal level.  The International Forest Film Festival will spread the message of Forests 2011 in that same powerful manner.”

This is My Forest:

Awarded to the film that tells the most moving personal expression or story of the forest
  • Amazon Alive, Part 3: Forest of the Future, Light & Shadow, GmbH
  • Conflict Tiger, Sasha Snow Film Production
  • Seeing Red, Snaz Media, LLC
  • Voices of the Forest: Thailand, AsiaWorks Television

Living Forests:
Awarded to the film that most effectively showcases the rich diversity (including forest biodiversity) and complexity of the forest ecosystem.

  • Chernobyl: A Natural History? Camera Lucida Productions
  • Kingdom of the Forest, Parthenon Entertainment, Ltd.
  • SatoyamaJapan’s Secret Forest, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Secrets of the Flooded Forest, Interspot Film, GmbH
  • The Queen of Trees, Deeble & Stone Productions, NHK, Thirteen/WNET

Issues & Solutions:

Awarded to the film that most effectively communicates solutions to environmental and sustainability issues facing forests and their inhabitants, including people.

  • Africa’s Lost Eden, National Geographic Television
  • Amazon Alive, Part 3: Forest of the Future, Light & Shadow, GmbH
  • GoodWood, Ashnan Films / Asterisk Productions
  • Hope in a Changing Climate, John D. Liu Productions

Forest Hero:
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of individuals or groups committed to forest research and sustainability.

  • Africa’s Wild Eden, National Geographic Television
  • Climbing Redwood Giants, National Geographic Television
  • Nature’s Greatest Defender, The Really Interesting Picture Company, Ltd.
  • The Man Who Stopped the Desert, 1080 Film & TV, Ltd.

360º All Things Forest:
Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economic or spiritual interconnectivity to forests.

  • Amazon Alive, Part 1: Jungle of the Mind, Light & Shadow, GmbH
  • America’s Wild Spaces: Appalachian Trail, National Geographic Television
  • Green, Tawak Pictures
  • The Detour, Mill Valley Film Group
  • Tribal Life: Meet the Namal, Natural History New Zealand

Shorts:
Awarded to the best forest film of less than 15 minutes in length.

  • Death of a Forest, Wild Visions, Inc.
  • The Detour, Mill Valley Film Group
  • The Law of the Jungle, Mill Valley Film Group
  • Into the Inferno: Science of Fire, KQED-QUEST
  • Nom Tew (Man of Soil), Deschamps Corporation
  • Switch Today, Arjun Rihan
  • The Ancient Forests, Greenpeace UK
  • Voices of the Forest: Thailand, AsiaWorks Television
  • Wild Places: Banff National Park, Parks Canada

Winning films will be showcased at the United Nations’ global launch of Forest 2011 in New York City, then be screened at other festivals and events around the world throughout the year. The Forest Film Festival is part of a global effort to use media to raise awareness of the critical global importance of forests and forest issues.

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