Celebrating the power of film to inspire, we’re excited to announce with our partners from Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), that three finalists have been chosen for the first annual WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition! Join us in congratulating Jim Laybourn for Always Endangered; David Thompson and Jacob Taylor for Bee Happy; and Dan Duran, Sam Price-Waldman and Brendan Nahmias for Wolf Mountain.
Each of these talented filmmakers will join us in just one week at the Third Annual Sun Valley Film Festival, where their films will be screened for festival attendees on Saturday, March 15, ahead of the world premiere of Nat Geo WILD’s Kingdom of the Apes. The grand-prize winner will be announced later that night at the festival’s awards bash. And just what do they win you ask?
One filmmaker from the winning film will receive a trip to AWF’s Maasai Steppe landscape in Tanzania, Africa, where he or she will receive a crash course in wildlife filmmaking through an apprenticeship with Emmy Award-winning National Geographic filmmaker Bob Poole. During their stay, the winner will act as documentarian of record for Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Manyara Ranch — a wildlife corridor between the two parks supported by AWF — on behalf of Nat Geo WILD and AWF. Through regular updates, including blog posts, videos and photos, the winner will shine a light on African wildlife while giving Nat Geo WILD fans an inside look at what it really takes to be a wildlife filmmaker.
Check out the top films below and stay tuned next week when we announce the winner!