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Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival is an international environmental film festival which is organized every second year by Vaasa City. Since its conception in 2002, it has grown in stature receiving commendation from participants, delegates, media and the public world-wide. The festival hosts an international nature film competion in which compete the latest productions from independed filmmakers to big television companies such as YLE, SVT, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, Discovery, ORF, ARTE France, TV FRANCE, NDR, BR, SWR, WDR, ZDF, CCTV and many more. The aim of the competition is to promote the latest high quality films in this genre and to provide awareness creating a global dialogue about todays Environmental challenges and opportunities that we all people face nowadays. Wildlife Vaasa festival is the only event in its field in Scandinavia and therefore it's an important networking opportunity for Finnish nature film makers. The festival hosts every time about 200-250 films coming  from 40-47 countries  and its program includes hundreds of  film screenings that are open for everyone and offer also viewers a rare opportunity to meet the film makers and find out how nature films are made. Alongside with the screenings, there are also taking place school screenings, media education workshops, photo and art exhibitions and nature trips to some of the unique natural hotspots of Vaasa Region, including the foremost Kvarken Archipelago one of  UNESCO's World Heritage Natural Sites!

Next Wildlife Vaasa Festival will be organized in Vaasa from 29th September - 2nd October 2016. 

You can read more about our new festival here: http://www.wildlife.vaasa.fi/index.php/en/festival-2016/call-of-entries-2016


Welcome! 

 


A Brief History...

 

Wildlife Vaasa 2002

In the year 2001 and while preparing the establishment and the opening of Terranova Nature Center in the Ostrobothnian Museum, an idea was born to arrange an event, which would help Terranova to gain publicity both in Finland and internationally. Nature pedagogue Vesa Heinonen who was chosen to manage Terranova, was discussing about the issue with Travelpoint’s project leader Esko Kotilainen, who was trying to arrange a nature film festival in the town of Ähtäri. The project idea didn’t work out well there. However it worked in Vaasa city as we received project financing by the Ostrobothnian Regional Council in order to sort out the basic arrangements for our first nature film festival. Finally,we recieved also preparation money from the Ostrobothnian Art Commission. As a result of all those efforts, the first Wildlife Vaasa Festival in 2002 became to be a success with 79 films from 12 different countries that took part in the festival. A total of 2000 people visited the first festival in 2002 including the seminars, excursion and educational activities.

 

Wildlife Vaasa 2004

was arranged for a second time in Vaasa- Finland at Åbo Akademi’s - Academill and Terranova Nature Centre’s’ auditorium during November 3rd -7th 2004. A total of 90 nature film programs from 18 countries worldwide took part in the nature filmmakers competition. The festival included numerous film screenings, presentations from awarded nature filmmakers, forum discussions, night parties and an excursion in to the pristine wilderness of Kvarken Archipelago which this year has been nominated to UNESCO to become one of the World’s Heritage Areas. The festival was attended by 5.000 visitors along with 65 delegates and several other nature filmmaking professionals who honoured our festival with their presence and who came to Vaasa from around Finland, Sweden, Norway, England, France, Italy, Holland, Estonia and Russia

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Wildlife Vaasa 2006

Wildlife Vaasa Nature Film Festival received some 213 films from 38 countries with 60 delegates from 13 countries in attendance. In addition, representatives from international and National television were present eager to purchase the latest productions for broadcast. Successful implementation of previous festivals has broadened its network and co-operation areas worldwide. This has also resulted positive developments on a local and regional scale with the establishment of a new Regional Film Centre, which specialises in Natural History Filmmaking.

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Wildlife Vaasa 2008

Terranova International Nature Film Festival received some 265 films from 49 countries with 78 delegates from 15 countries in attendance. In addition, representatives from international and National television were present eager to purchase the latest productions for broadcast. Successful implementation of previous festivals has broadened its network and co-operation areas worldwide. This has also resulted positive developments on a local and regional scale with the establishment of the Regional Film Centre, which specialises in Natural History Filmmaking and with the publishing on the internet of the festival’s International Nature Films Database.

 

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Wildlife Vaasa 2010

Another big festival came up in 2010 with 212 films  from 47 countries participating and 107 delegates from 17 countries attending including Chinese delegated from the City of Ya'an and the ambassadors of the Netherlands and Croatia.

From all these films:

-159 programs participated in the international competition

-49 films in the Children and Youth competition as well as 4 films participate out of competition

 

Wildlife Vaasa festival winners in 2010:

-SHORT FILMS 

1. SURVIVORS 2010 Zsolt Sasdi, Hungary, 5'

2. NEIGHBOURS 2008 Siarhei Makhau Belarus, 3'

3. METAMORPHOSIS PAPILIONUM 2010 Yves Lanceau & Nathalie Truchet France, 5'

-LOW BUDGET FILMS 

1. DIPOLE 2009
    Submarines foundation, Edward Snijders The Netherlands, 26'
2. THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SMALL URBAN BACKYARD 2010
    John Dunstan USA, 20'
3. WALTER AND THE TIGERS 2009
    Perry Productions Jason Perryman/Walter Bernardis United Kingdom, 23'

-FINNISH FILMS 

1. RAJANKÄYNTIÄ -FRONTIER LIFE EP. 4: Hidden Paradise Of Russian Karelia 2009
    Doc Art, Tiina Saario, Petteri Saario Finland, 30'
2. AT THE FISH-BROOKS OF KVARKEN 2010
    Eero Murtomäki, Juhani Koivusaari, Ari Valkola Finland, 35'
3. FOREST POND - HOME OF THE RED-THROATED DIVER 2009
    Blue Moment Media Sami Lehtoniemi Finland, 28'

-NORDIC FILMS 

1. THE SOUL OF WATER 2008
    AV-Media Jämtlands Län AB SVT-Sveriges Television Kurt Skoog Sweden, 57'
2. RAW MATERIAL IS RAW MATERIAL 2010
    Loop Foundation,Nancy Sand, Snöball Film AS Hilde Holmesland & Pål Karlsen , Norway, 14'
3. A YEAR IN THE ARCTIC WILD 2009
    Svante Lysen Sweden/Greenland, 58'

-SCIENCE FILMS 

1. ALIENS OF THE AMAZON Ep. 1: TREEHOPPERS 2009
    Mona Lisa ProductionThierry Berrod,Quincy Russel France, 45

2. THE BIG PICTURE 2010 ORF, National Geographic Paul Reddish Austria, 50

3. TRACKING THEIR SILENT VOICES 2009
   Stefan GeierTon und Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk Germany, 44

 

-ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

1. THE FIGHT FOR AMAZONIA Raids in the Rainforest 2010
    Filmquadrat.dok GmbHThomas WartmannFor Arte, SWR Germany ,52

2. OCEAN STORIES - THE GIANT & THE PHANTOM 2010
    Studio Hamburg DocLights Naturfilm, Jörn RöverHeiko de Groot & Christina Karliczek Germany, 50

3. GORILLAS: JOURNEY FOR SURVIVAL 2009 NHU AfricaSophie Vartan South Africa, 52

 

-NATURAL HISTORY 

 

1. CROCKS OF KATUMA 2010
    Nature Conservation Films Evert van den Boss, Marjolein Duermeijer, Jochem van Rijs The Netherlands, 47

2. WILD BALKANS 2009
    ScienceVision, ORF, BR Michael Schlamberger, Rolando Menardi Austria, 51

3. THE FOREST-REALM OF SHADOWS 2008
    Nauflilusfilm /Jan Haft for NDR,arte and ORF Germany 45'

 

WILDLIFE VAASA 2010- SPECIAL AWARDS

 

1. OSTROBOTNIA AUSTRALIS SPECIAL AWARD  

 BOHEMIA – A YEAR IN THE WETLANDS2009ScienceVision, ORF, BRMichael Schlamberger, Jiri PetrAustria 50’ 

 

2.VAASA CITY GRAPHIC SERVICES BEST PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

THE INVISIBLE BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER2008Filmjungle.euMarcell Toth, Attila David Molnar Hungary 26’

 

3. FORESTS & PARK SERVICES: METSÄHALLITUS  SPECIAL AWARD

 THE JOURNEY TO THE SOURCE OF LENA2010 OY VesilindRiho Västrik, Vasili Sarana Estonia 45’

 

4. ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 RAVENS – RASCALS OF THE SKIES2010corvusFilmHeribert SchöllerGermany 52’

 

5. VASEK  DEVELOPMENT  AWARD

POPPY’S  PROMISE 2010 Nautilusfilm GmbH, BR, arte Jan Haft Germany 44’

 

6. OSTROBOTHNIAN MUSEUM AWARD: 

CHEETAHS; AGAINST ALL ODDS2008 Nature Conservation FilmsMarjolein Duermeijer, Jochem van Rijs The Netherlands 50’

 

7. VAASA UNIVERSITY: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SPECIAL AWARD

WILD RUSSIA-THE ADVENTURE 2009 Studio Hamburg DocLights Naturfilm for NDR/ WDR/ S4C/ Animal Planet/ National Geographic, Heiko de Groot,  Jörn Röver  Germany 45’

 

8. CITY OF VAASA SPECIAL AWARD

WILD RUSSIA – KAMCHATKA 2009 Studio Hamburg DocLights Naturfilm, WDR/ S4C/ Animal Planet/ National Geographic Christian Baumeister,Jörn Röver Germany 45’

 

TERRANOVA SPECIAL MENTIONS

 

-WINTER  WARMER 2010 Lloyd Salomone, Jonathan Collicott Canada 6’

 

-PÄIVÄ MERENKURKUSSA (A day at the Kvarken) 2008, 37'

Vediamo tv & video production Jorma Hakala, Roland Wiik Finland

 

-GIMME A HUG 2008 Protect the Sharks Foundation Geert  Droppers The Netherlands 13’

 

-THE UNKNOWN HONEY BUZZARD 2010 TV-Production Petri Merta ky Petri Merta Finland 27'

 

-ESCAPING IN TO THE REAL LIFE 2008 Videosara Arttu Kotisara Finland 98’

 

-VARTIJAN VUODET (THE RANGER'S YEARS) 2008, Elja Herva, Finland, 17' 

 

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Wildlife Vaasa Festival 2010

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH FILM COMPETITION RESULTS:LIST OF WINNERS 2010

 

CATEGORY 1: CHILDREN FILMS
5 WINNERS

 

VAELLUS RETKI RAIPPALUODOSSA (RAMBLIN TRIP TO KVARKEN) 2009
Ostrobothnian museum-Terranova/School of Onkilahti 5A&5B  Finland, 10'

 

SUURPETOJA (GREAT PREDATORS) 2009

Ostrobothnian museum-Terranova/ School of Länsimetsä 4K & 4MFinland, 37'

 

NÄR ORRMOAN STEG UR HAVET(THE KORSNÄS MOVIE) 2010
Ostrobothnian museum-Terranova/Korsnäs kby skola, Finland, 22'30

 

SEIKKAILU KYRKÖSJÄRVELLÄ (ADVENTURE AT LAKE KYRKÖSJÄRVI) 2010

Pentti Syrjälä School of Alakylä 6B Finland, 57'41.

 

TREE, No. 73 2010
Beitou Elementary SchoolHui Chuan, Chiang Taiwan, 10'

 

CATEGORY 2:  YOUTH FILMS

5 WINNERS

 

11 DEGREES 2009
Edinburgh College of Arts, Anna Ewert Germany/Scotland, UK, 8'

 

MUUTTUVA SATAMA-(THE MOVING HARBOUR) 2009

Ostrobothnian museum-Terranova/ Vaasa Foreigners Office, Koto Vaasa project, Ilias Missyris Finland, 28'

 

GYUMRI: TWO STORIES 2009
Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) SunChild Eco-Club of Gyumri students, Ruben KhachatryanArmenia, 18'

 

NOW THERE IS, NOW THERE ISN'T 2010
SUNY Fredonia, Atlantik FilmsCihat BilenTurkey, 19'

 

THE TREE OF RECYCLING 2010
Special School of IlionStathis Markelos Greece, 5'

 

CATEGORY 3: ANIMATION 

 

3.1: CHILDREN ANIMATIONS

5 WINNERS

BLUE MOON 2010
Iiris Kakkuri Finland, 3'

 

THE MERMAID AND THE ICE-STAR THAT FELL FROM THE SKY 2009
Camera Zizanio/ Nikos Repoulos Greece, 8'

 

RICICLA! 2009
Roncaglia primary schoolRaffaella TranielloItaly, 5'

 

SHARK STORY 2010
Pikku kasarmi kindergarden &Tokai University Fuzoku HondaBenny Smulter & Kimie Tanaka Finland/Japan, 2'

 

A CARTOON TO EAT 2008
Citta di Torino, School and Workshop Immagine 2, ITER Italy, 3'

 

3.2: YOUTH ANIMATIONS

3 WINNERS

 

THE RICH FOREST 2010
Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design and EducationMaor Lavi Israel, 5'

 

A TREE AND A FLOWER 2010
Tomoko Oguchi USA, 6'

 

THE GREAT GREY SHRIKE 2009
Chintis Lundgren Estonia, 7'

 

 

Wildlife Vaasa 2012

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The 6th Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival in 2012 lasted five days, from Wed. November 21st to Sun. November 25th and celebrated in style its 10th year anniversary with a record participation of 285 films from 45 different countries around the world! The festival's main themes were Media education, Unesco World heritage together with the follow up of the development of technology and content of new trends for producing nature films. In addition to film screenings, the festival included high quality exhibitions at the Ostrobothnian museum such as "Nature Photo of the Year 2011 and 2012", "Marine Animals on Board" as well as"Wind Power in Finland-Now and Then" at the Vaasa City Library. Culture events such as music and dancing performances, presentations, a seminar and a nature trip to The Kvarken Archipelago, Unesco’s world heritage site were also included in the festival program. A total of 285 nature films from 45 countries competing in 7 award categories and 7 special awards. Many of those films were submitted by major TV-broadcasting companies from around the world such as the BBC, CBC, Animal Planet, NDR, ADR, ORF, WDR, BR, ARTE, YLE, NRK, SVT, MDR, GUANGXI-TV from China, and two European level co-productions by the EBU-Eurovision (European Broadcasting Union) with the total number of production companies to 135 and all films participated in the film competition produced after January 2009. 

In addition, 33 films were presentedout of competition” as festival contributions from our festival partners around the world such as China’s Ya'an PANDA ANIMAL & NATURE FILM FESTIVAL), India’s (CMS VATAVARAN ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL), Japan’s (SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA 2012), Armenia’s ( SUNCHILD INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL), Greece’s (ATHENS DIGITAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL and CAMERA ZIZANIO Children's and Youth Film Festival. In addition, Czech Republic’s ACADEMIJA FILM OLOMOUC (AFO) SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL participated with 3 delegates with two students practicing work during the festival day

 

Such additional participation gave our festival a very special value together with the presence of around 40 filmmakers and journalists from 14 countries who gathered together in Vaasa to experience the festival from Canada, China, Azerbaijan, and from all over Europe including Scandinavian countries and Finland.

 

 

WILDLIFE VAASA FESTIVAL 2012-RESULTS

 

INTERNATIONAL NATURE FILM COMPETITION

 

 

Category 1: Natural History
 
1. DANUBE – EUROPE’S AMAZON EP. 2 Rita & Michael Schlamberger, Jiri Petr, 2012
 
2. WILD LIONS-BORN WILD Ep 2 Joe Kennedy Terra Matter, 2012
 
3. WILD HUNGARY – A WATER WONDERLAND . Zoltan Török, Jörn Röver, 2011
 
 
 
 
Category 2: Environmental Conservation
 
1. WHALES UNDER ATTACK, 2011 Jörn Röver, Tom Synnatzschke, Daniel Opitz, 2011
 
2. BILLION DOLLAR FISH Sabine Holzer, Michael Schlamberger, Alfred Schwarzenberg, 2012
 
3. LAIKIPIA, THE LAND OF LIFE Giuseppe Bucciarelli, 2011
 
 
 
 
Category 3: Nordic
 
1. FJORD Lisbeth Dreyer, Skule Eriksen, 2009
 
2. THE SILVER OF THE SEA Are Pilskog, 2012
 
3. FUTURE OF HOPE Heather Millard, 2010
 
 
 
 
Category 4: Finnish
 
1. THE UNKNOWN BOTHNIAN SEA Jouni Hiltunen, 2011
 
2. LAKES OF FINLAND PART 2: LAKE INARI Petteri Saario & Tiina Saario, 2012
 
3. ICE-LOVING SEALS Erkki Astala & Juha Taskinen, 2011
 
 
 
 
Category 5: Low Budget-Big Impact
 
1.E-WASTELAND, David Fedele, 2012
 
2.THE WEST IN THE EAST Nisvet Hrustić, 2010
 
3.FROGS ON THE ROOF , Arnaud Devroute & Maxence Lamoureux, 2011
 
 
 
 
Category 6: Short
 
1.BURIGANGA Michelle Coomber, Jon TO Cardwell, 2010
 
2. TO ANY BIRD ITS NEST Siarhei Makhau, 2011
 
3. VIRGIN MOTHERS John Dunstan, 2012
 
 
 
 
Category 7: Science
 
1. LIMITS OF LIGHT Alfred Vendl ,ORF 2011
 
2. YOU PLANET Terramater Productions, Martin Mészáros, Alfred Vendl, Sabine Holzer, 2012
 
3. LIFE IN HELL, SURVIVORS OF SALT & ACID Monalisa Productions, Arte France, CNRS Images, 2010
 
 
 
 
Category 8: Animations
 
1. BENDITO MACHINE IV Jossie Malis, 2012
 
2. THE STORYTELLER Nandita Jain, 2010
 
3. A SHADOW OF BLUE Carlos Lascano & Jonathan Hazan, 2011
 
 
 
THE JURY’S SPECIAL AWARD: THE GREEN UNIVERSE Jan Haft & Jörn Röver, 2012
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
 
 
 
1. OSTROBOTHNIA AUSTRALIS AWARD:
 
WILD SCANDINAVIA-SWEDEN NDR‐STUDIO HAMBURG, DOCLIGHTS JÖRN RÖVER OLIVER GOETZL, IVO NÖRENBERG
 
 
 
2. VAASA CITY & THE OSTROBOTHNIAN COUNCIL AWARD:
 
TIGER DYNASTY GREY FILMS INDIA PVT LTD, BBC INDIA NATURAL WORLD, S NALLAMUTHU
 
 
 
3. THE METSÄHALLITUS AWARD:
 
GAUTCHOS: IF YOU DON’T GET ON, YOU WON’T FALL OFF, NUR FILM GROUP, Jana Richter                                                                                                                               ARGENTIINA/ GERMANY
 
                                                         
 
4. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AWARD
 
RAISING RESISTANCE , DREAMER JOIN VENTURE, 2011
 
 
 
5.VAASA UNIVERSITY-INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AWARD
 
WILD-SCANDINAVIA NORWAY NDR‐STUDIO HAMBURG DOCLIGHTS JAN HAFT JÖRN RÖVER
 
 
 
6. VAASA ANDROMEDA AWARD:
 
WILD-SCANDINAVIA ICELAND NDR‐STUDIO HAMBURG DOCLIGHTS JAN HAFT JÖRN RÖVER
 
 
 
7. OSTROBOTHNIAN MUSEUM’S ARTISTIC AWARD,
 
PLANETARIUM by KIRO URDIN, OSMOZA PRODUCTIONS
 
 
 
 
 
TERRANOVA SPECIAL MENTIONS:
 
 
 
-NATURE’S INVITATION by Brandy Yanchuck CANADA
 
 
 
-MAN-MADE SCENERIES by Yan Zhong CHINA
 
 
 
-ASTONISHING EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS Natalie Truchet, Yves Lancheau, FRANCE
 
 
 
-ON THE LOOKOUT FOR WOLVES, by Goeran Emerius,SWEDEN
 
 
 
-EVOLUTION OF THE BALTIC SEA, Eva Lepik, Tarmo Bauert, ESTONIA
 
 
 
-OILMAN by Seyran Mahmoudoglou, Esmira Ayyub ,AZERBAIJAN
 
 
 
-UNDERTONES by Ori Wirzberg, Avishag Biton, Bezalel Academy of Arts, ISRAEL
 
 
 
-THE BATTLE OF OUR ENERGY FUTURE (PART 1 & 2) Jukka Seppälä, FINLAND
 
 
 
-MORPHOGENESIS by Koyinta Productions, Christos Karakasis, GREECE
 
 
 
-HIGH MEETS LOW by Sys Productions, IMG MEDIA Susanne Skata FINLAND
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WILDLIFE VAASA FESTIVAL 2012: CHILDREN & YOUTH FILM COMPETITION
 
 
 
Category 1: CHILDREN: 5 WINNERS
 
 
 
-GRÖNGÖLINGEN LEVER IGEN/ 2012 Köpings skola, Malax FINLAND
 
 
 
-KANKAAT KIERTOON / 2011 Savonlinnan kaupunginkirjasto / Savonlinnan Normaalikoulu
 
Mediabus/ Maikki Kantola, FINLAND
 
 
 
-LÄHIRUOKA ON PARASTA (local food is te best)/ 2010, Kodisjoen koulu (Kodisjoki) Mediabus/ Maikki Kantola, FINLAND
 
 
 
-ÄVENTYR PÅ STORHOLMEN/ 2012 Dagsmark School, Siv Bergman, Carita Nyström FINLAND
 
 
 
-MATOMÄKI SCHOOL IN THE WOODS, 2012 Matomäen koulu, SEKK / MEKA TV, Matomäki
 
FINLAND
 
 
 
 
 
Category 2: YOUTH 5 WINNERS
 
 
 
-ISOKYRÖ BLUES, 2010 WILDLIFE VAASA FESTIVAL High school of Isokyrö, FINLAND
 
 
 
-LIVING WITH DUST 2011 SUNCHILD FESTIVAL SunChild Eco Club of Urtsadzor, Ruben Khachatryan, ARMENIA
 
 
 
-A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, 2012, Mr Blob Pictures, Wendel Brooks, CANADA
 
 
 
-3 MINUTES JOURNEY, 1st Highschool of Orestiada, Environmental group Dimitris Kefalas, Georgia Barkoglou, GREECE
 
 
 
-VALENTINE'S DAY SHORTSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL Yuri Deguchi , Short Shorts Film Festival, JAPAN
 
 
 
 
 
Category 3: ANIMATION (5 WINNERS)
 
 
 
-FOREST 2011 Animation Studio “DA” Misha Safronov, Ira Grudina, RUSSIA
 
 
-THE SAD DOG, 2011, Camera Zizanio, 5th primary schooll of Holargos, Panagiotis Mitsis, GREECE
 
 
 
-THE BIG BELLY, 2011 CAMERA Zizanio Animasyros workshop, Christina Depian, Ad Axem, GREECE
 
 
 
-SHORT MUSIC STORIES IN THE CRISIS ERA, 2011, 112th primary school of Athens, GREECE
 
 
 
-LIGHT, 2012, Istituto Comprensivo di Ponte San Nicolò Raffaella Traniello & 70 pupils, ITALY
 

 

Wildlife Vaasa 2014 (Vaasa 1.- 5.10.2014)

 

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The 7th Wildlife Vaasa international nature film festival  was arranged again in Vaasa in October 2014 and hosted 105 production companies which sent around 200 high-quality films from 47 countries. Large television companies as: YLE, SVT, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, Discovery, ORF, Arte France, TV France, NDR, BR, SWR, WDR, ZDF, Croatia TV, Poland, TV, Bosnia-screen TV and Cyprus TV they all participated once more participated in 2014 festival which was held at the first week of October (1.-5.10. 2014) offering festival audiences free screenings for five days! The festival took place in Bio Ritz and Vaasa City Library's  Drama Hall. In addition, the festival hosted also special themes as: Water (incl. underwater films), Agriculture and Food safetu related themes. Additionally, the festival arranged also for sixth time a film competition for children and young people's film. Award-winning films that did not participate in the contest were also presented out of competition. Side events such as museum exhibitions, cultural and nature excursions, panel discussions, Children and Youth Day and a number of evening events complemented this year's festival program. Wildlife Vaasa Festrival is organized every second year in Vaasa and is the only one of its kind in Scandinavia.

 

Here is the complete List of Winners of Wildlife Vaasa Festival 2014 

A. INTERNATIONAL NATURE FILM COMPETITON 

Category 1: NATURAL HISTORY


Winner:

FESTIVAL BEST

 

01 Hummingbirds Kolibris 


137. Paul Reddish HUMMINGBIRDS - JEWELLED MESSENGERS Austria | 53'


This is the story of how hummingbirds became the greatest aerial acrobats on earth taking messages from one flower to another. 

Tämä on elokuva taitolentäjistä, kolipreista, jotka mettä kerätessään kuljettavat viestejä kukasta kukkaan.

En film om kolibrier, världens skickligaste flygakrobater, som forslar meddelanden från blomma till blomma i sin jakt på nektar.

 

Find out more about the film and watch trailer here >>

 

Second runner up
132. Kurt Mayer PLANET SPARROW Austria | 50'
Small and grey-brown, sparrows may seem dull, but this first impression is deceptive. Their adventures cover the world, traveling with the sun from Cairo to Vienna, Paris, New York, Beijing and Moscow.
Ennakkokäsityksemme pienistä harmaa-ruskeista varpusista ei anna oikeutta näille ympäri maailmaa seikkaileville linnuille.
Små och gråbruna kan sparvar verka tråkiga, men det är ett falskt första intryck. Deras äventyr sträcker sig över hela världen, de flyger med solen från Kairo till Wien, Paris, New York, Peking och Moskva.

 

Third runner up
80. Thomas Behrend WILD CONGO – PART 2: APES AND ALLIENS Germany | 48'
The Congo: a powerful and dangerous river is the home for some of the most wonderful creatures on Earth.
Kongo-joen ympäristö tarjoaa hyvät elinolosuhteet sekä maan päällä että vedessä.
Kongo, en kraftfull och farlig flod, hyser några av jordens mest fantastiska varelser.


  

Category 4.2. SHORT FILMS


Winner:


121. Ian A Nelson: NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEALS USA | 11'

This documentary features the Northern Elephant Seals during their breeding season on the coastline of California.
Tässä dokumentissa seurataan merinorsujen elämää niiden lisääntymisaikanaan Kalifornian rannikolla.
En dokumentär som presenterar sjölejonen vid den kaliforniska kusten under deras parningstid.


Second runner up:
Giuseppe Bucciarelli SPOTTER COME-HOME Italy | 7'
This is a film of Spotter, a Black Rhino, who has a passion for discovery. The risk of this adventure is the danger of loosing his horn.
Tämä on elokuva Spotterista, uteliaasta mustasta sarvikuonosta. Matka suojelualueen ulkopuolle voi tarkoittaa, että Spotter menettää sarvensa.
En film om Spotter, en svart noshörning, som är mycket nyfiken. Risken med hans äventyr är att han kan förlora sitt värdefulla horn.

Third runner up:
031. AFEA ANIMAL PARK Italy | 9'
A conflict between the people and the state over animal habitats.
Elokuva kertoo konfliktista kyläläisten ja luonnonsuojelualueen henkilökunnan välillä.
En konflikt mellan befolkningen och det statliga djurskyddet.


Category 4.1. BIG IMPACT - LOW BUDGET


Winner:


147. Arturo Menor WILDMED - THE LAST MEDITERRA NEAN FOREST Spain | 61'

A film that takes us to the metropolitan area of Seville, an unsuspected world of wild nature. 
Elokuva vie meidät Sevillaan todistamaan harvoin nähtyä villiä luontoa.
Filmen tar oss med till Sevilla området, där vi oväntat finner vild natur.


Second runner up:
101 Madalena Boto THE DESSERT ISLANDS Portugal | 32'
When first discovered, Cape Verde was a natural wilderness. Today just three uninhabited islands open a rare window into the past.
Aikoinaan Kap Verde oli luonnontilassa. Tänään ainoastaan kolme asumatonta saara avaavat ikkunan tähän menneisyyteen.
Vid första upptäckten var Cap Verde en ren vildmark. Idag återstår endast tre öar som förblivit i detta tillstånd.

Third runner up:
058 Quentin Marquet TEARNS AND SALTWORKERS France | 52'
A film of the French atlantic coast where salt-marshes host a rare abundance of life.
Elokuva Ranskasta, Atlannin rannikolta, missä suola suot tarjoavat elämänlähteen.
En film från den franska Atlantkusten, där saltträsk hyser ett rikt naturliv.


Category 3.1: NORDIC


Winner:


038. Skule Eriksen WINTER LIGHT Norway | 25'

The poetic film about the winter beauty and ordinary life in the archipelago of Lofoten in Norway.
Runollinen elokuva talven kauneudesta ja elämänmenosta Lofoteilla Norjassa.
En poetisk film om vinterns skönhet och vardagsliv i Lofotens skärgård i Norge.

Second runner up:
135. OAK – THE TREE OF LIFE Sweden | 58'
Big old oak trees may seem silent and still, but if you look closely enough they are teeming with life. 
Arvokkaat tammet tuntuvat seisovat ylväinä ja yksinäisenä, mutta lähemmin tarkasteltuna ne tarjoavat elämää ja suojaa useille eläimille.
Stora gamla ekar kan förefalla tysta och stilla, men om du betraktar dem riktigt nära sjuder de av liv.

Third runner up: 
039. Skule Eriksen HORIZON Norway | 22'
Horisont is a dreamlike film about waves. It also a tribute to the costal landscape inspired by painting and music.
Horisontti on unenomainen elokuva aalloista. Se on myös maalausten ja musiikin innoittama kunnianosoitus rannikon maisemalle.
Horisont är en drömlik film om vågor. Den är också en hyllning till kustlandskapet som inspirerat måleri och musik.


Category 6: WATER & UNDERWATER


Winner:


086 Klaus Müller SECRETS OF THE NORTHERN SEA Germany | 90'
This film reveals some rare and comical moments in our journey through the Northern Sea.
Elokuva paljastaa meille harvinaisia ja hauskoja hetkiä Pohjanmeren monimuotoisuudesta.
En film som visar några sällsynta och komiska ögonblick på vår färd genom Nordsjön.

Second runner up: 
145 Harald Pokieser & Clare Dornan THE NILE – THE ULTIMATE RIVER Austria | 50'
A story about this wonderful river which is over 6000 kilometers long. 
Tarina ihmeellisestä joesta, joka on yli 6000 kilometriä pitkä.
En berättelse om denna fantastiska flod som är mer än 6000 kilometer lång.

Third runner up:

103 Szabolcs Mosonyi SZIGETKÖZ – THE INLAND DELTA OF THE RIVER DANUBE Hungary, Slovakia, Germany | 52'
The Danube never ceases to amaze with it's rich diverse and abundant wildlife.
Tonava hämmästyttää meitä sen rikkaalla ja monipuolisella luonnolla.
Floden Donau upphör aldrig att förbluffa oss med sitt rika diversifierade naturliv.


THE JURY'S SPECIAL AWARD


Winner:


166 Thierry Berrod & Quincy Russell URINE SUPERPOWERS | LES SUPERPOUVOIRS DE L'URINE France | 52'


What can we say, for one thing the editor of this film has a wide sense of humor. The film is an eye-opener to say the least because it touches on a subject, which to most would seem distasteful. We, the jury, have decided that this film is worth of the Jyry's special awards. However, it might piss some people off.
Tästä elokuvasta löytyy huumoria. Se käsittelee jokapäiväiväistä toimenpidettä, josta puhuminen saattaa tuntua vastemieliseltä. Kuitenkin tämän vuoden jury on päättänyt, että elokuva voittaa erikoispalkinnon. Joitakin tämä valinta voi vessattaa.
Ja, vad kan man säga... i alla fall att redaktören har en konstig humor. Denna film är en ögon öppnare, inte minst för att den berör ett ämne som de flesta anser smaklöst. Vi i juryn har dock beslutit att denna film är värd vårat specialpris.



Category 2: ENVIRONMENT & CONCERVATION

Winner:


076 Jan Haft THE MOOR Germany | 50'
This strange biodiverse habitat is the home for some of the strangest inhabitants ever seen. 
Nummet ja suot tarjavat monimuotoisen kasvuympäristön mitä erilaisimmille kasveille.
Detta märkliga habitat hyser några mycket märkliga invånare.

Second runner up:
122 Andreas Ewels, Alexandra Svendsen THE LERCHENBERG ADVENTURE Germany | 52'
A TV station is the most improbable habitat for creatures of the urban society.
TV-asema on kaikkein epätodennäköisin elinympäristö erilaisille eläimille.
En TV-station är otroligt nog habitat för det urbana samhällets djur.

Third runner up:
140 Mike Birkhead & Joe Loncraine HUNTER FOR THE RUSSIAN TIGER Austria | 52'
Five years of loneliness was one man's vigil waiting to see Siberian tigers. 
Intohimo kuvata Siperian tiikeriä luonnollisessa elinympäristössä johti viiden vuoden yksinäisyyteen.
En mans heta önskan att få se den sibiriska tigern krävde fem års ensam väntan.


Category 3.2 : FINNISH


Winner:


108 Petteri Saario VEDEN SAARTAMAT: osa 5 MERENKURKUSSA /ENCLOSED BY WATER: episode 5: KVARKEN ARCHIPELAGO Finland | 29'
The fifth episode of YLE's TV series about the archipelago and people who reside there.
TV-sarjan viidenessä jaksossa tutustutaan merenkurkun saaristoon sekä siellä asuviin ihmisiin.
Den femte episoden i YLEs TV-serie om skärgården och dess invånare.

Second runner up:
151 Eero Murtomäki KURKI RANNIKOLLA Finland | 45'
This rugged terrain is the battle ground and the stage for the Euraisian crane's fight survival.
Merenkurkun saariston maisema on taistelukenttä -Siellä kurkki osoitaa selvityvänsä.
Kvarkens karga miljö är scen för den eurasiska tranans kamp för överlevnad.


Third runner up:
026 Elinä Kivilä & Olga Pihlman UUDET MAJAKANVARTIJAT THE NEW LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS Finland | 28'
A group of ladies dedicate their time to ensure the preservation of this old lighthouse. 
Ryhmä ihmisiä haluaa varmistaa, että vanhat majakat säilyvät uusille sukupolville.
En grupp kvinnor ägnar sin tid åt att bevara denna gamla fyr.


Category 5: SCIENCE


Winner:


047. Axel Friedrich & Eva Demmler: THE SECRET OF THE APES – NARROWING THE GAP Germany | 52'


Do apes have a culture? Today science asks this question. Humans might not be the only ones thinking or talking. 
Tiedemiehet yrittävät ratkaista kysymystä, onko apinoilla kulttuuria. Ihmiset eivät ehkä ole ainoita ajattelevia ja puhuvia olentoja.
Har apor en kultur? Forskningen ställer idag denna fråga. Människan är kanske inte den enda varelse som tänker och talar.

Second runner up:
042. Sally Ingleton ACID OCEAN Australia | 50'
Scientists unlock the secrets of ocean acidification, one of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet today.
Tutkijat etsivät vastauksia yhteen planeettamme haasteellisimmista kysymyksistä, meren happamoitumiseen.
Forskarna söker svar på varför oceanerna försuras, en av vår planets mest brännande miljöutmaningar.

Third runner up:
146. Steve Nicholls & Sarah Whalley UNNATURAL SELECTION Austria | 53'
What has happened to evolution? The answer is very simple: us. 
Humans have transformed the planet, often in surprising ways.
Ihmiset ovat vaikuttaneet planeettaamme evoluutioon, usein yllättävillä tavalla.
Vad har hänt med evolutionen? Svaret är enkelt: människan. Vi har förändrat planeten, många gånger på överraskande sätt.


Category 7: FOOD & AGRICULTURE


Winner:


078. Jan Haft THE BACKYARD JUNGLE – HARVEST TIME Germany | 45'
A time of year when the fruits of our labour are ripe and ready for picking, but there are many creatures hidden from view waiting to take the first bite.
Kun sadonkorjuun aika lähestyy, puutarhassa alkaa olla vipinä. Sadolle löytyy useita jakajia.
Årstiden när vår arbetsmödas frukter är färdiga för skörd. Men många varelser vill gärna ta del av skörden.

Second runner up:
124. Maria-Magdalena Koller TRIUMPH OF THE TOMATO Austria | 50'
Since first being introduced into Europe, this red round fruit from the deadly nightshade family has undergone many transformations. This film looks into its incredible historic development.
Historiallinen elokuva tomaatin matkasta eurooppalaisten ruokapöytiin.
Sedan den först infördes i Europa har denna röda frukt från den giftiga nattskattefamiljen genomgått många förändringar. Filmen presenterar dess otroliga utvecklingshistoria.

Third runner up:
043. Manutrillo GREATS Spain | 58'
In the Biosphere Reserve Andalucia-Morocco. Two cultures - The same World.
Harvesting cork a highly skilled profession dates back to the dawn of time. This film portrays two different cultures who exist within the same world.
Elokuva kuvaa kahta erilaista kulttuuria ja korkin keruun traditiota.
Att skörda kork är en urgammal konst som kräver stor skicklighet. Filmen porträtterar två olika kulturer inom samma värld.

Category 10 ANIMATIONS

Winner: 


25. Marcel Barelli VIGLIA 2013, Nadasdyfilm SWITZERLAND 8min

 

Second runner up:

53. Farshad Nazaraghaei FG MEDITATION ANIMATION-PART 1 2013 Persian Meditation Academy, IRAN 48min


B. CHILDREN AND YOUTH  FILM COMPETITION

Category 1. Children Films  

Winners (5 films)

37. Marleen van der Werf ONCE UPON A TREE 2013, NETHERLANDS, 15min 

114. Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, SOS culture youth club members VASH- VISH, 2013, ARMENIA, 14min
 
118. Dimitrakopoulou Harikleia 3rd Primary School of Loutraki, Nikos Theodosiou Camera Zizanio I DREAMT OF A CHOCOLATE SCHOOL 2014 GREECE 6 min 
 
115. Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets Sunchild eco club members YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMMOROW, 2013,ARMENIA, 11 min
 
150. Kasko skola, Carita Nyström, Vesa Heinonen, Ilias Missyris P J BLADH’S KASKO, 2013, FINLAND, 15 min
 

Category 2. Youth Films 5 WINNERS


29. Tom Rowland ADAPTING ANOLIS 2013, UNITED KINGDOM, 13min


70. Marta Ariza DEATH FOR A TROPHY, 2013 UNITED KINGDOM 7 min


6. Sebastien Pins MY FOREST 2012, BELGIUM 7min

 
28. Boris Godfroid LIFE ON MOSS, 2013, BELGIUM, 5min
 

49. Simon Goodall WHERE THE BEASTS STILL ROAM, 2013, UNITED KINGDOM, 13 min
 

Category 3. Children Animations

110. Christina Depian, K. Bubnova, Ad Axem ON THE WAY TO THE OASIS 2013  GREECE 5 min
 
111. Dina Plessa & 6th High school of Patras, I DREAM, I DON'T STEP BACK, I LIVE 2013 GREECE, 5 min
 
117. Nikolaos Kamilos, Paulina Zioga 9th Elementary School of Ag. Dimitrios, Athens, 123….15 , 2013  GREECE, 5 min


SPECIAL AWARDS 2014

 

Vaasa Museums: 

Edward Snijders 113. Bonaire Bonanza | Bonaire/Netherlands, 21 min

Ostrobothnian Australis:  

Britta Kiesewetter, Christoph Hauschild 90. Wild Baltic-Enhanced Forests and Moors | Germany, 48min

Regional Council of Ostrobothnia:

Henry M. Mix 87. Lusatia-From Hell to Heaven | Germany, 48min

Andromeda:

José María Morales, Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha 138. Guadalquivir-The Great River | Austria, 52min
       

Vaasa International Students:  (2 films sharing)  

112. Kyriakos Chatzimichailidis & Apostolis Asimakopoulos A Breath in the Aegean | Greece, 65 min   &   Jacques Mitsch 13. Natural History of Laughter | France, 48 min 

Terranova Short: 

Jörn  Möllenkamp, Miriam Steen, 158. Waterbackpack  Paul | Germany, 7min 


Wildlife Vaasa Festival/ Special Mentions:

 

Jukka Seppälä, 154. The Toad Movie - Part 1 Pond’s Calling | Finland 30min

Juan Carlos Pérez Hierro 97. Pollinators In Action II - Pollinator Insects | Spain 26 min

Daniel Vega Martinez  34. The Cosmic Rain | Spain, 24 min

Anastasiya Kharchenko 30. Bekendor | Ukraine, 30 min

Sergei Mahov, 153. Unwanted Species | Belarus, 10 min

Sini Vuorialho 159.  Luontoni, My Nature | Finland, 5min

Evgeny Usov  96.    Who Likes It Hot | Russia, 48min

Marryanne Galvin 7.  Rewilding America: Lessons Learned From The Cape Cod Bear | USA, 52min

Iva Hristova Nikolova 109.  The Wildlife Of Slivnitsa Municipality | Bulgaria, 30min

Paschalis Pappapetrou 62.  The Roots Of Cyprus Wine | Cyprus, 50min

Mohammad Ehsani  33. Lady Urmia | Iran, 30min

Eero Heinonen 120.    Walker | Finland, 30min

Tina-Marie Qwiberg 136. The Bee Effect | Sweden, 59min

Jan Inge M. Skogheim, Trude Refsahl 130.  Passion For Pike | Norway, 29min

 


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