Jackson Hole/Vienna. Jackson Wild Media Awards have announced this year’s nominations, and Terra Mater Factual Studios are proud to see five of their current productions represented with a total of seven nominations in five categories.
‘Sea of Shadows’ is one of the latest feature docs of Vienna-based Terra Mater Factual Studios and unveils the truth behind poaching in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. The poaching activities bring the most elusive whale on Earth, the Vaquita Marina, to the very brink of extinction.
The film was produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films.
At the JHMA 2019, it has garnered a total of three nominations:
One nomination in the category ‘Best Conservation Film – Long Form’, awarded to the program that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions.
A second nomination for ‘Best People & Nature Film – Long Form’, awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment.
And a third nomination for ‘Best Theatrical Film’, awarded to the program created for commercial distribution that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world.
In the category ‘Best Limited Series Film – Long Form’, awarded to the mini-series with episodes longer than 20 minutes in length that most effectively advances a natural history theme, TMFS have scored a nomination for their epic three-part series ‘Okavango – River of Dreams’; a Terra Mater Factual Studios / Wildlife Films production in co-production with Thirteen Productions LLC., Doclights/NDR Naturfilm in association with PBS, CPB, ARTE France / Unité Découverte et Connaissance and SVT.
The ‘Best Writing’ category has turned out to be completely dominated by TMFS productions: 3/3 nominations went to TMFS. The category awards the writing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part through the union of imagery, story line, dialog and narration.
The nominees for ‘Best Writing’ are:
‘Attenborough’s Ant Mountain’, a production of Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by Ammonited Ltd.; Writers: Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine.
‘Cute little Killers’, a Terra Mater Factual Studios production; Writer: Ruth Berry.
‘Sex, Lies and Butterflies’, a production of Terra Mater Factual Studios and Coneflower Productions in co-production with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET; Writer: Janet Hess.
Counting more than 1,000 submissions, this year’s edition of the festival is the biggest in history. More than 250 judges screened 5,000 hours of material to elect the finalists, competing for more than 30 awards.
The whole natural history film industry is now eagerly looking forward to the official award ceremony in September 2019, taking place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.