- February 12, 2018

Finalists Named In Big Cats Film Festival

by Jackson Hole. Media

Over the past century, the world has been losing the planet’s majestic big cats at an alarming rate. These iconic predators, the challenges they face, and how these challenges can be met, will be in the spotlight through the 16 films chosen as finalists in the International Big Cats Film Festival.

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival have announced the International Big Cats Film Festival finalists

based on the preliminary judging in the film festival, which is being organized as part of the global celebration

of World Wildlife Day 2018 under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat.”

The judges – professional filmmakers, big cat biologists and stakeholders from around the world – chose the

finalists from more than 200 entries in six categories: Issues and Solutions, Conservation Heroes, People and

Big Cats, Science and Behavior, Micro-Movie, and Local Voices.

The full list of finalists is below. Winners will be announced at U.N. Headquarters in New York at a high-level

event on 2 March. Both winners and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively to raise global

awareness of the critical challenges facing big cat species at community screening events presented by partners

throughout the world.

John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, said: “A crisis can still be averted if we take action now and we are

most grateful to all the filmmakers for submitting their wonderful works. By using the power of media, we can

catalyze a groundswell of support for big cats to help make sure they survive in the wild. On 3rd March 2018,

World Wildlife Day, let’s make sure that all of us – no matter who we are or where we are – give big cats the

special attention and the big support they deserve!”

 

“We send our congratulations and praise to not only the finalists, but to all of the filmmakers who entered the

International Big Cats Film Festival,” said Lisa Samford, executive director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film

Festival. “These stories went beyond simply being visually mesmerizing and engaging. The stories show the

challenges facing these iconic species, and they feature the heroes and solutions necessary if we are going to

be able to save populations of big cats around the world.”

Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these

charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Over

the past century, we have been losing big cats at an alarming rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with

people, poaching and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted by 95 percent over the past 100

years and African lion populations dropped by 40 percent in just 20 years. A range of measures are underway

to arrest this decline, but more needs to be done.

In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, the expanded definition of big cats is used for World

Wildlife Day 2018 and the film festival, which includes not only lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars – the four

largest wild cats that can roar – but also cheetahs, snow leopards, pumas, and clouded leopards. Big cat species

are found in Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America, representing a virtually global distribution.

The CITES Secretariat is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the global facilitator for the

celebration of the World Wildlife Day each year in collaboration with organizations in the United Nations

system.

International Big Cat Film Festival finalists are:

Issues and Solutions:

“To Skin A Cat” produced by Scholars & Gentlemen, Panthera, Earth Touch, and Beyond, Durban Film

Office, National Film & Video Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation

“Tribe versus Pride” produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Wildlife Films

“Looking for Sultan” produced by Riverbank Studios

“Broken Tail” produced by Crossing the Line Productions Ltd.

Conservation:

“Big Cats – Episode 3” – a BBC Natural History Unit Production for BBC and PBS with THIRTEEN

Productions LLC, co-produced by France Télévisions

“Jaguars – Brazil’s Super Cats” produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Nat Geo Wild

“Broken Tail” produced by Crossing the Line Productions Ltd.

People and Big Cats:

“Big Cats – Episode 3” – a BBC Natural History Unit Production for BBC and PBS with THIRTEEN

Productions LLC, co-produced by France Télévisions

“Livestock Insurance Program” produced by Figet Films LLC, Pontecorvo Productions

“Tribe versus Pride” produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Wildlife Films

“Broken Tail” produced by Crossing the Line Productions

Science and Behavior:

“Big Cats – Episode 3” – a BBC Natural History Unit Production for BBC and PBS with THIRTEEN

Productions LLC, co-produced by France Télévisions

“Africa’s Hunters: The Misfit” produced by Plimsoll Productions, Blue Ant Media, Smithsonian Networks

“Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib” A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian

Networks, Into Nature Productions and Boksdocs

Micro Movie (under 5 minutes):

“Harimau Selamanya (Tigers Forever)” produced by Nuvista Media and Rimba

“Nat Geo Inspires: Collecting Data to Save Gorongosa’s Lions” produced by National Geographic

“Pavel” produced by World Wildlife Fund-UK

“Singye” produced by World Wildlife Fund-UK

Local Voices :

“Ranger and Leopard” produced by Wildlife Pictures Institute for Jam-e Jam TV Network

“The Tiger Who Crossed the Line” produced by Earthcare Productions

“Gyamo – Queen of the Mountains” produced by Riverbank Studios

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

CITES Secretariat: Yuan Liu, +41 22 917 8130, yuan.liu@un.org ,

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: Dana Grant, (307) 200-3286 ext. 3, dana@jhfestival.org

About CITES

With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered

Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for wildlife

conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by

people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates

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international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to

ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment.

The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and

traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.

About Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s (JHWFF’s) programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife

and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. Since 1991, its annual conferences draw together

international leaders in science, conservation, broadcasting and media. For three days in 2017, committed wild

cats advocates convened for the Jackson Hole Conservation Summit (24-26 September), to share resources and

strategies, address critical challenges and brainstorm innovative approaches for collaboration. They joined

650+ of the world’s most influential filmmakers and commissioners at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to

celebrate the world’s finest nature programming and explore innovative ways to integrate media centrally into

the battle against global wildlife crime.

About the United Nations World Wildlife Day

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March as World

Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the

signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in

1973. World Wildlife Day has quickly become the most prominent global annual event dedicated to wildlife. It

is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise

awareness of the various challenges faced by these species. The day also reminds us of the urgent need to step

up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

 

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