Georgetown, Guyana � On Saturday, September, 25, the series of television spots "Guyana's Natural Heritage" won one of the top awards of the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The festival, which takes place every two years in Wyoming, USA, received 850 entries, including the most talented producers, directors, cinematographers, composers and other professionals of the international wildlife filmmaking craft.
The series of Guyana's television spots, produced by Conservation International (CI), was chosen as one of the 15 winners at the festival. The other winners of the competition include productions from National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Communications, ABC-Kane/Disney, Canadian Broadcasting Company, ABC Australia, as well as Chilean and Swedish filmmakers.
In his acceptance speech, Haroldo Castro, Executive Producer of the series and CI's International Communications Senior Director, highlighted the relevance of this international recognition as part of the campaign to protect Guyana's Natural Heritage. "We can only hope that the next recognition we receive for our work will be the establishment of a Protected Areas System in Guyana, the only country in the Americas without such a system, " said Castro.
The final jury was composed of five distinguished members: Kohei Ando, a Japanese filmmaker; Denise Baddour, a former vice-president for Discovery Communications; Michael Hill, editor of the Washington Post's TV Week; Thomas Mangelsen, a nature photographer; and Terrence Malik, Hollywood film director (The Thin Red Line). "The final jury selected this series of spots on Guyana because it opens our eyes to the country's brave struggle to preserve its natural treasures," said Mr. Malick after the ceremony.
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival also gave birth this year to a new alliance in favor of global environmental protection. The initiative "Filmmakers for Conservation" has already gathered interest of more than 100 filmmakers who are creating a network for discussion and development of joint projects.