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Monday 4.9.2017

Call of Entries 2018

Please note that the Call for Entries for Vaasa Wildlife Festival in 2018 will be activated in January 2018

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Tuesday 15.8.2017

Finland's Day i Shanghai (video)

Vaasa Wildlife Festival brought Finland to Shanghai this summer celebrating Finland's 100 years of Independence in China. Shanghai International Green Film Week and Vaasa Wildlife festival's festival co-operation re-activated in great style in in the end of July organizing together "Finland's Day"- Event as a part of the Chinese festival program. Finland's Day Event took place at the foremost Shanghai Film Museum and its program included film screenings, nature photo exhibition, presentations, music program and much more. Here are video highlights from that special day

 

TUE. 4.4.2017: FINAL REPORT 2016

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VAASA WILDLIFE FESTIVAL-FINAL REPORT 2016 (IN ENGLISH)

 

WED.25.1.2017

Press & Media release

Finland-100 Project: “Finland and Finnish nature from the outsider’s viewpoint”

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Wildlife Vaasa festival and its supporting association go out on a movie tour this year to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence.The tour is arranged as a part of the official program of thousands of events that will take place around the country during the centinary year.

Read more about Finland’s centinary year here: http://suomifinland100.fi/?lang=en

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The theme of the tour is: “Finland and Finnish nature from the outsider’s viewpoint” and it will be presented in different parts of Finland during the year displaying Finland and its clean and versatile nature from the foreign filmmaker's eye. Part of the film series will be shown separately for school children in Vaasa region, groups of immigrants and other interested groups. All events have free entrance. The aim is to show Finns and the world how outsiders see Finland’s natural wealth.

The start-up event of the tour kicks-off in Vaasa on Fri-Sat 27-28 January at the Culture House Fanny. Here's the program of the first event  In English , In Finnish and in Swedish

and in the summer...to Shanghai! 

Finland-100 film series (or part of it), will be presented also abroad at various film festivals. For example, in July this year, the film series will be shown in Shanghai, China in cooperation with the 8th China’s International Animal and Nature Film Festival !

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Stay tuned to follow the annual action and join us to celebrate the centenary celebrations together!

 


TUE. 17.1.2017

Happy New Year with inspiring photos from Wildlife Vaasa 2016!

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SUN. 2.10.2016

Wildlife Vaasa 2016- WINNERS

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NATURAL HISTORY

 1.     MAKING AN ANCIENT FOREST – KALKALPEN 

2015, SCIENCEVISION FILMPRODUCTION, Rita Schlamberger, Michael Schlamberger, AUSTRIA

 2.     AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS-YELLOWSTONE

2015, Gulo Film Productions for NDR Naturfilm / DocLights, National Geographic Channel, ORF, ARTE, Oliver Goetzl & Ivo Nörenberg, GERMANY

 3.     AMUR - ASIA'S AMAZON: EP.01 - THE FAR EAST

2015, TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS, INTERSPOT FILM AND NDR NATURFILM DOCLIGHTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTE FRANCE, Franz Hafner, AUSTRIA

 

JURY'S SPECIAL AWARD

 1.     THE WILD WET

2014, Moritz Katz and Joshua Mayo, AUSTRALIA

 2.     OSTRICH - A LIFE ON THE RUN

2015, TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS PRODUCTION IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL, Mike Birkhead, Martyn Colbeck, AUSTRIA

 3.     GIRAFFE – UP HIGH AND PERSONAL

2015, TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS IN CO-PRODUCTION WITHNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL and Marco Polo Film AG, Herbert Ostwald, Klaus Scheurich, Anette Scheurich, AUSTRIA

 

SHORT FILMS

 1.     BATWA

2015, Rupert Shanks, UNITED KINGDOM

 2.     THE PRIVATE LIVES OF SALMON

2015, Liz McKenzie, USA

 3.     MICROSCULPTURE

2016, Tanya Cochrane, UNITED KINGDOM

 

NORDIC FILMS

 1.     TALE OF A LAKE

2015, MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS, Marko Röhr, Kim Saarniluoto, FINLAND

 2.     MAGIC OF THE WILDERNESS: Ep. 2 OULANKA AND PAANAJÄRVI - THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE

2015, DOCART, YLE, Petteri Saario, Tiina Saario, FINLAND

 3.     THE REINDEER BELONG TO THE WIND

2016, Päivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen, FINLAND

 

SCIENCE FILMS

1.     GAIA · THE BIG MOTHER

2016, Xavier Berenguer, SPAIN

 2.     WHY ARE BEES DYING?

2014, SWR Suedwestrundfunk, Christoph Würzburger, GERMANY

 3.     DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIGHT ON EARTH

2016, TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS /AMMONITE FILMS IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH CURIOSITYSTREAM IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC UKTV and ABC Australia, Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine, AUSTRIA

 

ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION

1.     SOUL OF THE ELEPHANT

2015, WILDLIFE FILMS, THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS IN ASSOCIATION WITH FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS, Beverly and Dereck Joubert, AUSTRIA

 2.     GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION

2015, A & O BUERO FILMPRODUKTION, REAL TO REEL PRODUCTIONS, Tristan Chytroschek/Anne Pick, Jakob Kneser, GERMANY/CANADA

3. MAGICAL MOORS

2015, NAUTILUSFILM GMBH, BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK, Melanie Haft, Jan Haft, GERMANY

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

ENERGY FILMS

1.     IMPERATIVE SHIFT - FUKUSHIMA, TIP OF THE ICEBERG

2015, Yoko Kubota, USA /JAPAN

2.     AN EYE OPENER FOR ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF ENERGY

2016, ECO RELIEF, Noumbissi Tenku, John Njabi, CAMEROON

3.     SOLAR IMPULSE ACROSS AMERICA

2015, GEDEON PROGRAMMES, Stéphane Milliere, Eric Beaufils, Mathieu Czernichow, FRANCE

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UNDERWATER FILMS

1.     THE SEA OF LIFE

2015, TAKEAWAYFILMS, Daniel Rodriguez, Monica Gonzalez, Canaria Islands / SPAIN

2.     THE NEED TO FEED : INVERTEBRATES

2016, Danny Van Belle, BELGIUM 

3. LIFE & LIGHT: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN

2015, Maria Cristina Ramasco, UNITED KINGDOM

 

FIRST TIME FILM MAKER (NEWCOMER) FILMS

1.     ONCE UPON A PEATLAND

2014, Céline Malèvre, FRANCE

2.     ESSENCE - LIVING IN BALANCE

2015, Herman Marynissen, BELGIUM

3.     FOUR MEN AND A DOG - THE FINNISH LINE

2016, Mark Jeffreys, Isaac Allen, UK/FINLAND

 

ETHNOGRAPHIC- MAN AND NATURE FILMS 

1.     MAISHA: A NEW LIFE OUTSIDE THE MINES

2015, Cristina Duranti Bernhard Warner, ITALY

2.     DAUGHTER OF THE LAKE

2015, GUARANGO FILM & VIDEO, Ernesto Cabellos Damián, PERU/BOLIVIA

3.     NDZOU ELEPHANT CAMP

2015, EYES OF THE WORLD FILMS, Denise Dragiewicz, Marc Dragiewicz, MOZAMBIQUE

 

ANIMATIONS

1.     THE WIND SUDDENLY

2016, Edris Samani, IRAN

2.     AQUIESCENCE

2016, Fierrany Halita, INDONESIA

3.     SVAL&BARD - 10 RULES TO SURVIVE IN THE ARCTIC

2015, Daniele Di Domenico, Marco Falatti, Giacomo Agnetti, Gianluca Lo Presti, NORWAY

 

SPECIAL MENTIONS

NATURAL HISTORY FILMS 

AMERICAN NATIONAL PARKS: THE EVERGLADES by Zoltan Török, Jan Henriksson, Germany/ Hungary, USA

WILD AUSTRALIA - DESERT OF THE RED KANGAROO, 2015 Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm; Grospitz & Westphalen Filmproduktion; ARTE, TERRA MATER, WILD FURY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD Susanne Lummer, Thoralf Grospitz & Jens Westphalen, GERMANY 

WILD AUSTRALIA - KOALA FOREST by Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm; Grospitz & Westphalen Filmproduktion; ARTE, TERRA MATER, WILD FURY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD Susanne Lummer, Thoralf Grospitz & Jens Westphalen, GERMANY

 WILD AUSTRALIA - JURASSIC JUNGLE by Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm; Grospitz & Westphalen Filmproduktion; ARTE, TERRA MATER, WILD FURY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD Susanne Lummer, Thoralf Grospitz & Jens Westphalen GERMANY 

THE LESSER CAUCASSUS by Altayfilm, NDR Naturfilm/Doclights, Henry M Mix, Jörn Röver, GERMANY

 THE GREATER CAUCASSUS by Altayfilm, NDR Naturfilm/Doclights, Henry M Mix, Jörn Röver, GERMANY

 AMERICA‘S NATIONAL PARKS – SAGUARO Altayfilm GmbH , Doclights GmbH Yann Sochaczewski ,Henry M Mix, Jörn Röver GERMANY

 POLAR BEAR SUMMER Marco Polo Film AG, Klaus Scheurich, Annette Scheurich, GERMANY

 ANTARCTICA - TALES FROM THE END OF THE WORLD Marco Polo Film AG Anneliese Possberg, Annette Scheurich, GERMANY

 A GENET'S TALE by Daniel Vega Martinez, Jose Antonio Vallejo, Spain

 THE SAGEBRUSH SEA, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Marc Dantzker, John Bowman, Tom Swartwout, USA

 CHIEMSEE - A SEA IN BAVARIA by nautilusfilm GmbH, Bayerischer Rundfunk , WDR, ARTE, ORF Melanie Haft, Jan Haft, GERMANY

 THE GREEN HEART OF CROATIA- AT THE BANKS OF SAVA RIVER corvusFilm, arte, hr, Heribert Schöller CROATIA GERMANY

WILD ALBANIA - IN THE LAND OF THE EAGLE LOOKS Film&TV Produktionen MDR, BR, HR, TOP Channel, Jolly Bar, Gunnar Dedio, Cornelia Volk GERMANY

GALÁPAGOS, THE ENCHANTED ISLANDS by Yves Lanceau FRANCE

AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS: Yosemite by GULO FILM PRODUCTIONS Oliver Goetzl & Ivo Nörenberg GERMANY

 

 ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FILMS

 REVOLUTION by Rob Stewart, produced by Gus van Sant, Canada 

ATLANTIC by Risteard O Domhnaill, Ireland

PASSION FOR PLANET by Werner Schuessler, Germany 

WHERE THE ELEPHANT SLEEPS, ELEPHANT PICTURES REVOLVER, Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, SWITZERLAND

RESTORING EARTH, Bluebottle Films, Danielle Ryan & James Sherwood, AUSTRALIA 

WOMEN OF THE FOREST PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. Inshallah Montero PHILLIPINES

WASTE AFRICA, THE OPEN REEL Matteo Lena ITALY/GHANA

THE PLATFORM Greenpeace Russia Oleg Yasakov RUSSIAN FEDERATION

PANGOLINS IN PERIL- A STORY OF RARE SCALES Usman Ijaz, Muhammad Ali Ijaz Pakistan

LONELY LAKE, Ehsanipictures, Mohammad Ehsani, IRAN

KAZIRANGA by Mariah Wilson, USA

VAMIZI - CRADLE OF CORAL: Maryanne Culpepper, Matias Klum SWEDEN

THE MOOSE DETECTIVE, Doclights GmbH, Heiko De Groot, GERMANY 

THE COMEBACK OF THE GROUPER, Ecodiving SubMedia Productions, Ronald Faber, NETHERLANDS 

RED SEA REEF RELICTS Submarines Foundation, Edward Snijders, NETHERLANDS

BAOBABS BETWEEN LAND AND SEA by Cyrille Cornu, FRANCE / MADAGASCAR

PLANET PARROT by A HUMBLE BEE FILMS PRODUCTION FOR TERRA MATER FACTUAL

STUDIOS GMBH, Matt Hamilton, AUSTRIA

 

NORDIC

JUKAJOKI, PrettyGoodProductions, Tom Miller, Nuin-Tara Key, Tero & Kaisu Mustonen USA/FINLAND

TAIGA WINDS Pitlane Oy / Pitlanemedia films Kai Kuntola, FINLAND 

THE LIFE AROUND THE SAGUARO Arrow Pictures, Rickard Johansson, Lina Pihl, SWEDEN 

THE CRANE TARN by Björn Obenius, Sweden

 

SHORT

BUCKET LAKE by Sven Bohde, Germany 

SEEDS Marcelo Engster, BRAZIL

WE LIVE UNDERWATER by Hendrik S. and Claudia Schmitt, Germany 

BEACH LAKE by John Dunstan, USA

 

SCIENCE

RAIN FOREST PHARMACY by Eva & Axel Friedrich, Germany 

EYES OF THE ATACAMA, TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS, Ivo Filatsch, Sabine Holzer, Annette and Klaus Scheurich, AUSTRIA

THE METEOR MENACE TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS, Andrea Gastgeb, Sabine Holzer, Ivo Filatsch, AUSTRIA

SECRETS OF THE HIVE by TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS GMBH AND TAGLICHT MEDIA FILM- UND FERNSEHPRODUKTION GMBH IN ASSOCIATION WITH SNI/SI NETWORKS L.L.C. Bernd Wilting Linda Goldman, Andrea Gastgeb, Sabine Holzer directed by Dennis Wells AUSTRIA

 

ANIMATION FILMS

EVERY DROP COUNTS...by Dhimant Vyas INDIA

ROBINSON'S DREAM Sebastian Noguera VENEZUELA

LAST DAY OF WAR by Dima Fedotof RUSSIAN FEDERATION

INSUSTENTARTE Márcia Deretti, Thiago Ottoni, BRAZIL

LUCENS by nadasdy film Nicolas Burlet, Marcel Barelli, SWITZERLAND

 

ENERGY FILMS

ERKKI KALMARI - THE PIONEER IN DISTRIBUTED BIO-GAS PRODUCTION by Jukka Seppälä, Finland 

TESLA by Kamen Sway, USA

 

ETHNOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES (MAN AND NATURE) FILMS

ESSENCE - LIVING IN BALANCE by Herman Marynissen, Katharina De Clercq, Belgium

LIFE ON THE MOTHER RIVER by Remek Meel, Riho Västrik, Estonia

GENESIS – MONSOON FEATHERS, National College of Arts-Lahore, Shayan Gill, PAKISTAN

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE HEROES, SURVIVORS AND MIRACLES BY Shine Media Pvt. Ltd Ganesh Panday, Sharada Gaire, NEPAL

WINGS OF HOPE BY Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education, Jacob Marlin Richard & Carol Foster, BELIZE

No. 40 RAIN BY Venu Nair, INDIA

AFRICAN NOSTALGIA Roberto Dall'Angelo, Valter Torri ITALY

LIVING WITH FIRE, Claire M. Andreae USA

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

 

SUN.25.9.2016 

Vaasa Wildlife festival recieved Finland 100-status!

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FESTIVAL OVERVIEW AND THE PROGRAM OF THE SCREENINGS

 

WATCH OUR FESTIVAL PROMO 2016!

 

 

Sunday. 28.8.2016 

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM IN ENGLISH (PDF)

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GUIDELINES FOR DELEGATES AND VISITORS ATTENDING WILDLIFE VAASA FESTIVAL  2016

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE & PROGRAM OF THE SCREENINGS 2016

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Fri. 15.7.2016

SELECTION OF THE FINALISTS AND SPECIAL AWARD NOMINEES

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List of Finalists and special award nominees

Download LIST: Wildlife Vaasa 2016: Finalists and Special award nominees 2016

 

Mon. 10.7.2016

SELECTION RESULTS (FINALISTS & SPECIAL AWARD NOMINEES) 

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The List of Finalists and Special Award nominees will be published here on Friday July 15th.

Participant filmmakers will be notified also through e-mail. Thank you very much for your patience and co-operation.

The Festival team

 

Mon. 6.6.2016

PRE-SELECTION RESULTS

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LIST OF PARTICIPANTS: Download Wildlife Vaasa Festival 2016-List of Participant Films.pdf

Here come our selection results, after our deadline for submissions expired on June 1st. This year, Vaasa Wildlife Festival welcomes in its competition 218 films from 54 countries, submitted by 150 production organizations. These films were pre-selected to participate in our festival this year, after we received a total of 922 submissions from 83 countries, a new record for our festival and far beyond our expectations.

Wildlife Vaasa Festival 2016-List of Participant Films.pdf document contains basic information for all 218 films from 54 countries selected to participate in our festival. Film tiltles and /or names are hyper-linked with links related to films and your production companies. Please take your time to explore the list and get inspired from its reach and diverse content.

You can easily locate Your film by using the search/find-tool of your PDF-Adobe reader after the document is opened. Please check that your data given and hyperlinks are correct.

On behalf of Wildlife Vaasa festival team and Vaasa Culture Centre, we wish to sincerely thank again all submitters for sending their programs for our consideration as well as preliminary jury members for their hard work and patience to pre-view and assess all submitters and finally to select our festival participants this year.

Next step: Selecting the Finalists and Special Award nominees in the beginning of July 2016

Welcome to Vaasa Wildlife Festival in 2016!

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Fri. 3.6.2016

Deadline for submissions expired on June 1st.

Thank you very much for submitting your films to Wildlife Vaasa Festival.

Coming up soon with the list of our festival participants in 2016. Stay tuned!

Thu. 17.3.2016

During the last 14 years, Wildlife Vaasa festival was organized by the Ostrobothnian museum’s Terranova Nature Centre.  From January 1st 2016 the festival’s organizing responsibility was transferred to the Culture Center of Vaasa.

 

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Furthermore, this year, Wildlife Vaasa Festival-International Nature Film Festival proudly accepts entries also via FilmFreeway.com and festhome, two of the world's best online submission platforms that serve the art of filmmaking and the film festival industry in a very creative way!

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Thu.10.12.2016

Festival dates announced: Wildlife Vaasa 2016 will take place in Vaasa from 28th September - 2nd October 2016

 

Photos from “Let’s go Museum” week event at the Ostrobothnian museum and Terranova

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Welcome to “Let’s go Museum” week in Ostrobothnian museum and Terranova

from tue.6. - fri. 9 October!

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Finnish Museums Association is the central organization for museums in Finland and each year they organize on an annual basis an event for school children and studenta called "Let's go Museum! -week" with wide participation on national level last year up to 60 museums. This year’s “Let’s go museum!” week, will have as a special them “Media Education”, taking into account the role of museums as media educators and developers of children and young people's media literacy. Ostrobothnian museum and Terranova Nature Centre will participate actively in this year’s event, offering school children and students of the region, a diverse and interactive program from Tuesday 6.10 to Friday 9.10 (9-15)
The program includes film screenings and screenings of films made by children and youth from Wildlife Vaasa Festival’s media education project (2008-2014). In addition, a multimedia info kiosk and a workshop area with video editing capability will be set up as well to ensure technical operations during in the creative process using as tools diverse type of activities depending of the ages, types and interest of participant groups.
 
“Let’s go museum” week 2015 at the Ostrobothnian museum and Terranova is an open event for school children and students and despite that many school groups have already booked their times, there is always room for more visitors, so welcome to the Ostrobothnian museum and Terranova next week to join us, WELCOME!

 

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