Chadden Hunter – Planet Earth II – Grasslands
Chadden Hunter (United Kingdom), Planet Earth II – Grasslands – Grasslands cover one quarter of all land and support vast gatherings of wildlife, but to survive here animals must endure the most hostile seasonal changes on the planet. From Asia’s bizarre-looking saiga antelope to the giant anteaters of Brazil, grassland animals have adapted in extraordinary ways to cope with these extremes. In the flooded Okavango, lions take on formidable buffalo in epic battles, on the savannah bee-eaters take advantage of elephants to help catch insects and, on the freezing northern tundra, caribou embark on great migrations shadowed by hungry Arctic wolves. Biologist turned BAFTA and Emmy nominee Chadden Hunter and his talented team of filmmakers, use state-of-the-art technology combined with tenacity and creativity to deliver an intimate spectacle. Driven by stunning and compelling images and woven together with a tight and fascinating narrative Grasslands delivers both grand and intimate images of nature and wildlife rarely seen. Narrated by the legendary Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody winner Sir David Attenborough and aired on BBC One.
Vic Sarin (Canada), Keepers of the Magic, Doc Feature – Emmy-winner Sarin celebrates the art of cinematography and some of the most iconic moments in film. With Oscar winners Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and John Seale (Mad Max) and Oscar nominees Cesar Charlone (City of God), Roger Deakins (A Beautiful Mind) and Gordon Willis (The Godfather).
Rajat Goswami (India), Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Film Feature – Directed by Emmy-nominee James Erskine this docu-drama about Sachin Tendulkar tells his story from a small boy, full of dreams to becoming India’s God of Cricket with humility and a grounded life view. Beautiful cinematography and reenactments, creative editing and a compelling soundtrack.
Melanie Mayron (USA), SNAPSHOTS, Film Feature – A grandmother’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present. Poignant performances and deft direction. Oscar winner Piper Laurie (Carrie), Brooke Adams (Days of Heaven), producer Jan Miller Corran, directed by Emmy-winner Mayron (Pretty Little Liars, Mean Girls).
István Tasnádi (Hungary), Memo, Film Feature – An ambitious psychiatrist researching a unique mental state of hypermnesia checks a psychotic patient out of the mental institute at his own risk to teach his father how to remember and teach his patient how to forget. A captivating storyline and excellent performances from Tamás Lengyel, Áron Molnár and Péter Haumann.
Lynda Reiss (USA / UK), Ready to Go, Film Short – A short film about a big question – one man’s bittersweet emotional journey, prompted by the loss of his furry best friend and his ruminations on life and death. Deftly directed by Reiss with relatable poignancy, humor and unexpected turns. Anchored with an excellent performance by the earnest Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey).
Stephen Rooke, Tile Films (Ireland), Aerial Ireland, History / Biographical – Produced for the Smithsonian Channel by award winning filmmaker Stephen Rooke (Waterways, Saving the Titanic), this is a revealing story of Ireland’s geology, natural terrain and human history as seen from the air with stunning drone footage complemented by a captivating script and skilled editing.
James Parris (USA), Pink and Blue, Animation – Industry vet Parris’ (The Lion King, Spider-Man) animated short promoting gender-equality and challenging gender-segregation from a toys-eye-view. Funny, relevant and relatable. Voiced by Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill v2), Emmy winner LeVar Burton (Roots), Michael Madsen (Die Another Day) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community).
Richard Crompton, PCI Media (USA), 27 Empty School Buses, Special Purpose Productions – Unforgettable visual action in the heart of New York sees empty school buses with different slogans highlighting the UN report that 27 million children worldwide are denied education due to war. Captivating visuals and impactful sound design drive this poignant film.
Klaus Naumann, Naumann Film (Germany), ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems Showreel, Sales / Branding – By showing a dream-like dance choreography with two professional dancers in an abandoned factory, the possibilities of the new ARRI camera stabilization systems are demonstrated through Naumann’s prolific cinematic and creative style.
Arjan Wilschut (Netherlands), Deadly Drive-In Disaster, Animation – SOLA POWERS, special agent with Extra-terrestrial Affairs, jumps into action when a drive-in cinema showing a UFO invasion movie, is attacked by a real flying saucer. Fast, fun and fanciful animation.
Alan Williams (USA), Moving Art: Whales and Dolphins, Original Score (Moving Art: Whales and Dolphins composed by Alan Williams)
Alexander Shingurov (Kazakhstan), Awareness, Actor: Leading (Alexander Shingurov as Pers, Lira, Sor, Dobryak and Letzzi), Film Short
Andrii Andreiev and Olga Andreieva (Ukraine), Pacific. Beyond Words, Documentary Short
Angie Su (USA), CELLO, Asian, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Artem Makarevich (Russian Federation), Goodbye, mister D, Film Short
Chamoun Issa (United Kingdom), A Perfect Soldier, Film Short
Cohen Bacry (Israel), I Wanted To Tell You, Film Short
Daniel Bydlowski (USA), Bullies, Children / Family Programming
Dilek Ince (USA), Bob Jr., Women Filmmakers
Hayden Peek and Luke Bradford, We Are Social (United Kingdom), Force of Nature, Commercial / Infomercial, Editing (Luke Bradford)
Jonathan Martin (USA), Creatures of Whitechapel, Actor: Leading (Barrett Ogden as Dr. Frankenstein), Actress: Leading (Carlee Baker as Jack the Ripper/Igor), Film Short (Student)
Jonathan Martin (USA), My Eternity, Music Video
Klaus Naumann, Naumann Film (Germany), ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems Showreel, Direction, Cinematography, Concept and Deutsches Museum – Experience Knowledge, Educational / Instructional / Training, Cinematography, Direction, and Cramo, Corporate / Employee Communication, Concept, Direction, Cinematography and MAN ProfiDrive, Training / Industrial Productions, Cinematography, Direction and CryptoGold, Sales / Branding / Product Demonstration, Direction, Cinematography, Editing, Concept, Special Effects: Animation
Korey Rowe (USA), Mile Marker, Documentary Feature
Lynda Reiss (USA), Ready to Go, Women Filmmakers, Cinematography, Actor: Leading (Kevin Doyle as Lance)
Maria Alvarez, USC (USA), Backpedals, Women Filmmakers
Media Partners (USA), “How Was Your Day?” Getting Real About Bias, Inclusion, Harassment and Bullying, Educational / Instructional / Training, Industrial / Technical / Business
Melanie Mayron (USA), SNAPSHOTS, Actress: Leading (Emily Goss as Louise), LGBT, Ensemble Cast
MMK GmbH, Tobias Messmer (Germany), MAN TopUsed – From ex-leasing to the best used vehicles, Commercial / Infomercial, Original Song (In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company by The Dead South), Creativity / Originality, Sales / Branding / Product Demonstration, Cinematography, Direction
Peter Dickson (Australia), Forged in Fire – Cricket’s greatest rivalry., Documentary Feature
Raquel Choy (Spain), X, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Rémi Rappe and Santiago Serrano (France), Araucaria Araucana, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Richard Crompton, PCI Media (USA), 27 Empty School Buses, Nonprofit / Fundraising, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising, Use of Film / Video for Social Change
Scott Jarnagin (USA), Sanitatum, Film Feature
Stephen Rooke, Tile Films (Ireland), The Great Guide to the Future, Television – Program / Series, Documentary Short (Housing), Nature / Environment / Wildlife, Direction (Martin Dwan), On-Camera Talent (Jonathan McCrea)
Stephen Rooke, Tile Films (Ireland), Aerial Ireland, Tourism / Travel, Cinematography, Direction
Theodore Tzartos (Greece), Honda Road Trips Italy 2017, Documentary Short
Thomas Nazario (USA), Living On A Dollar A Day, Documentary Feature
Toni Escandell Salom (Spain), Evolution In Isolation, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
William VanDerKloot (USA), The NEW BIG Plane Trip, Children / Family Programming
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