‘The Ivory Game’, Vienna-based Terra Mater Film Studios’ investigative documentary feature about global, illegal ivory trade, has made it on the shortlist for the 2017 Academy Award nominations.
Los Angeles: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science has announced the shortlist for the Best Documentary Feature category of the 89th Academy Award ceremony tonight. Amongst the glorious remaining 15 contenders: Terra Mater Film Studios’ ‘The Ivory Game’. Already over the past months, insiders have been speculating about this documentary feature on a highly controversial and urgent topic being a top contender to make it onto the academy’s shortlist. Finally it’s official: from the 145 movies which had been handed in for consideration, ‘The Ivory Game’ has made the cut and is one of the top 15 which have made it onto the Oscar-shortlist in this category.
Walter Köhler, CEO of TMFS, is delighted: “The first step has been taken, and we’re immensely happy and proud. Now the waiting continues – until January 24th.”
On January 24th, 2017, the shortlist will get even shorter: on this day, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences will announce the final five nominees for Best Documentary Feature.
The Award ceremony will take place on February 26th, 2017, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
‘The Ivory Game’, which has been shot in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, is a production of Terra Mater Film Studios with Vulcan Productions, a company of Microsoft-Co-Founder Paul Allen, and in association with Appian Way, production company of Leonardo DiCaprio. Allen as well as DiCaprio act as Executive Producers for the ‘The Ivory Game‘.
Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award®–nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking.
Global distribution rights have been exclusively obtained by Netflix; ‘The Ivory Game’ has been available in 190 countries in 19 languages since November 04th, 2016.
Terra Mater Film Studios is the cinema branch of Terra Mater Factual Studios, a subsidiary company of Red Bull and sister company of Red Bull Media House. Terra Mater Factual Studios have been founded in Vienna in January 2011, the cinema branch followed in April 2014.