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JH Wildlife Film Fest announces elephant film finialists

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, as a highlight of UN World Wildlife Day on March 3. The Festival received more than 250 entries into the film competition, which were reviewed by over 75 preliminary judges over six weeks before the short list was passed on to the final judging panel. The distinguished panel of international judges who will select the winners include: - Inger Anderson, Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature - Ian Craig, Director of Conservation, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya - BingBing Li, Actress, Singer and Conservationist, China - Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa - Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, United States - John E. Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES In judging the films the international panel is assessing the overall impact, cinematography and videography of the films. The views expressed in each film should not be seen as necessarily reflecting the personal views of the judges. *International Elephant Film Finalists * *African Voices* - All the Presidents Elephants, Triosphere for NHU Africa - Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films, BBC - NATURE: Soul of the Elephant, Wildlife Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in co-production with Terra Mater Factual Studios - Paseka The Easter Elephant, Afriscreen Films - White Gold, Pace Productions *Asian Elephants* - Elephant Island, Mike Birkhead Associates - Gods in Shackles, Sangita Iyer - Manas: Return of the Giants, Ammonite, Ltd. and Kosmik Global - The Eyes of Thailand, DVA Productions in association with Indiewood Pictures *Issues & Solutions* - Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films, BBC - Naledi: Every Elephant Counts, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence - Warlords of Ivory, National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels *Elephant Hero* - Echo and the Elephants of Amboseli: Episode Two, Mike Birkhead Associates in association with Off The Fence for Animal Planet International - Echo, an Unforgettable Elephant, Mike Birkhead Associates for BBC and Thirteen/WNET.ORG in association with PBS - Gardeners of Eden, Village Beat, RYOT *Elephant Micro-Movie (under 5 minutes)* - An Elephant’s Tale: The Matriarch, Wildlife Conservation Society - I Will Always Remember You, Hugo Guinness - Elephants are Wildlife. Not Entertainers, World Animal Protection - Let Them Live, Filmontage Productions - #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime, International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime - War of Space, Mays Entertainment - Wild, Village Beat *People & Elephants* - For the Love of Elephants, Make Believe Media - Gardeners of Eden, Village Beat, RYOT - Naledi: Every Elephant Counts, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence - Tyke: Elephant Outlaw, Jumping Dog Productions *Science & Elephants* - Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films, BBC - Living with Elephants, Evanescence Studios - Minds of Giants, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence - The Secret Life of Elephants- Episode One: Elephant Funeral, BBC Bristol NHU Winners will be announced at a high level event and global celebration of UN World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2016. Winning and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively throughout the world, through local screening events and broadcasts. *Feature Photo: JH Wildlife Film Festival Elephant Sunday Summit. h/t Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival / Pitchengine Communities.* #buckrail #news