The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (JHWFF), the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 finalists for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners will be unveiled in Jackson, Wyoming at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28–October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media.
E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men (Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS) is among the four finalists in the “Conservation Hero” category, which is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. The film is also one of three finalists in the “Best Writing” category, in recognition of writer Graham Townsley’s work on the film.
E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men is an exploration of the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O. Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects, and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature. In Wilson we see an endearing personality who is one of the great scientists and thinkers of our time. The film will also be broadcast nationwide on PBS on September 30 at 9 p.m. (check local listings to confirm broadcast time).
This year’s submissions to the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival included nearly 1,000 category entries, a record number, competing for 23 special awards. This year’s finalists were selected by over 150 international judges who viewing 3,200 hours of media. A distinguished panel of international judges immediately preceding the Festival will select the 2015 award winners.
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and gala takes place during a week of critical importance in the industry: the Festival, The Elephant Summit and the Conservation Summit. The events of the JHWFF attract a world-class audience and participation from key influencers in the conservation community.
“Beyond Wild Films.” By Shannon Sollitt. Jackson Hole News & Guide. September 23, 2015.