The Oscars of the natural history and wildlife film industry were announced last night at a prestigious awards ceremony in Bristol, England.
The Panda Awards are the centrepiece of the Wildscreen Festival, the leading bi-annual natural history film event now in its 30th year. The ceremony was presented by Richard Terry and Liz Bonnin with a guest appearance from David Attenborough.
59 films were shortlisted for the 21 award categories from a record number of 491 entries from 46 countries. The shortlist was whittled down by an international panel of industry experts and the winners were then selected by Annette Scheurich (Marco Polo Film AG), John Waters (Director/Cameraman & nominated for an EMMY for his work on Meerkat Manor), Steve Burns (Rollercoaster Road Studios), Tommy Garnett (Environment Foundation for Africa & IUCN CEC), Masaru Ikeo (NHK Media Technology Inc) and Perrine Poubeau (France 5).
Richard Edwards, Chief Executive of Wildscreen said: ‘This has been the Festival’s most successful year since it started 30 years ago. We’ve had more entrants from a wider range of countries around the world than ever before. We also had the highest number of films from new entrants. It’s clear that passion for natural history filming is thriving.’
Wildscreen Festival is the leading bi-annual wildlife and environmental film event and attracted a record number of visitors this year. Over 700 delegates attended the festival and so far an estimated 1000 members of the public have attended the free events organised at part of the Wildscreen Fringe Festival.
The “3D Award” went to Flying Monsters 3D a production by Atlantic Productions for BSkyB Ltd.
Judges’ Comments: ‘This film used 3d animation to brilliant effect and also demonstrated an ingenious use of the presenter within the action. A lost world was brought to life. The film was enlightening and entertaining, and technically very well designed.’
For the full list of Panda Awards 2012 visit: http://www.wildscreenfestival.org/