A very special prize by NaturVision Film Festival for ’Islands in Time’
Ludwigsburg, Germany. NaturVision is Germany’s biggest and longest-running nature film festival, focusing on the natural world, wildlife, environment and sustainability. Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, a two-part documentary about Paris’ astonishing natural life, once more our bioluminescent highlight ’David Attenborough’s Light on Earth’ and our stunning three-part series ’Islands in Time’ were nominated at the 2017 edition.
This year, the NaturVision festival jury handed out a very special and extraordinary prize to the three-parter’s third episode, ‘Islands in Time: Ruled by the Sun’. The episode was honoured as a “complete work of art on its own, enabling the viewer to grasp the complicated interaction of the power of the equatorial sun as well as the tropical rainforest’s reaction to it. Furthermore, the film has understood and integrated the interplay of light and shadow as an aesthetical challenge throughout the whole episode.“
Sabine Holzer, Head of TV at TMFS, was particularly delighted about this high honour. “If a jury honours a documentary of ours as a ’complete work of art on its own’, then you really have a good reason to feel that a job has been well done. Filmmakers Matt Hamilton and Paul Reddish have created an extraordinary three-part series – and this award, particularly with this eloquent explanation, only shows how perfectly they chose which stories to tell – and how to tell them.“
’Islands in Time’ is a production of Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with National Geographic Channel and NDR Naturfilm/Doclights.
It premiered on Austrian channel ServusTV this spring and invited viewers on a journey to discover paradisiac South East Asian islands and their bizarre and wonderful natural world.