DOX Productions’ Thin Ice, Ashwika Kapur’s Sirocco and the app for NHNZ’s sister ZooMoo are all nominated at the biennial Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
Two years ago NHNZ took the Best Life Sciences Programme gong for its Primeval New Zealand at the festival’s Science Media Awards Competition.
This year a record almost 1000 entries were submitted, with 80 collection nominations across the 23 categories.
Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science, nominated for Best Science and Nature Programme, was co-produced by Catherine Fitzgerald, and is a co-production between the UK’s Oxford University and Victoria University, Wellington.
The ZooMoo app is nominated in the Best Interactive Media category. NHNZ and Singapore-based sister company Beach House Pictures produce much of the content for the ZooMoo channel.
Ashwika Kapur’s Sirocco: how a dud became a stud was made as part of the University of Otago’s Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking and Communication, which is supported by NHNZ.
The film has been well-received at other festivals, as have other titles from that course. Sirocco won Kapur the Emerging Filmmaker gong at last year’s Wildscreen in the UK. It’s up for the equivalent award at Jackson Hole, the Marian Zunz Newcomer.
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival runs at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA, 28 September – 2 October. The awards are presented on 1 October.