The Tigers of Scotland
Panel discussion with Lynn Schlingemann, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WCFF founder, Christopher J. Gervais
The Tigers of Scotland | 62 minutes
Scottish Wildcats are affectionately known as ‘Highland Tigers’. The name originates from their striped fur and that they’re not only one of Britain’s largest predators, but the UK’s only ‘big cat’. The Tigers of Scotland is a feature length that focuses on the fragile existence of the Wildcats, their status and what conservation efforts are being undertaken to ensure their survival. Bringing knowledge of their existence and awareness of their status to a wider audience is crucial to preventing their extinction. WATCH TRAILER >
Kayaktivists | 10 minutes
The Vjosa river is one of Europe's very last truly wild waterways, flowing free for more than 270 km from Greece to Albania. The river and its valley provide critical homes for many endangered wildlife species. The river has also, through millennia, provided livelihoods for the people living in its watershed.
Desolation Follows | 8 minutes
Short film that takes viewers on a unique and evocative journey into the landscape and wildlife of the English moors
Seahorseman | 52 minutes
Gillian Marsh, Producer & Director
Country: Ireland | New York Premiere
With the head of a horse, tail of a monkey, eyes of a chameleon and a male who gives birth to over 1,000 babies in one go. Seahorses are a stunning paradox of evolution and they are under threat worldwide.
The Moon and Lake of Stars
The Story of a Forest
Panel discussion with Producer/Professor Ilana Lapid
and other guests
The Moon and Lake of Stars | 30 minutes
Producers: Lawrence Luhanga
Country: Malawi | World Premiere
The Moon and the Lake of Stars is a thematic story about the fish species endemic only to Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake and world third deepest freshwater lake. The Cichlids' habitat was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Despite their unique ecology and biome, the fish species are threatened by over exploitation, degradation and climatic change effects thus facing possible extinction. Hence, the story is characterized by narration and epic shots aimed to instill the message that urges activism for preservation and protection.
Yochi | 25 minutes
Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow Headed Parrots in the pine Savannah of Belize. When his beloved older brother, Itza returns from the city, Yochi discovers he is in debt and has turned to poaching- setting the brothers on a collision course.
The Story of a Forest | 36 minutes
Ruddy Turnstone and Suki dejong, Producers
Country: USA | World Premiere
THE STORY OF A FOREST is a feature length documentary about a group of activists in South Florida out to save a 700 acre forest from being bulldozed by the fast-growing and seemingly innocent biotech industry. Through first hand accounts, interviews with activists, news reports and reenactments, this documentary showcases the wildlife and habitats that are threatened, and highlights the lengths people are willing to go to defend them. From the standard avenues of attending commission meetings and challenging permits to living in the trees, blockading roads and chanting topless, people gave it their all to save endangered species habitat as they each knew that their fate is inevitably tied with the ecosystems around them.
KILLING GAMES: Wildlife in the Crosshairs
Drive them Buffalo
Racheros del Jaguar
Working together for Grizzly Bears
Panel discussion, Camilla H. Fox and other guests
KILLING GAMES: Wildlife in the Crosshairs
A groundbreaking expose", brings the shadowy world of wildlife killing contests to light. on any given weekend, America's most iconic wild animals are massacred in these events, their bodies weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes awarded to the "hunters" that kill the largest or most targeted species. Coyotes, bobcats, wolves and foxes are the most common victims. WATCH TRAILER >
Drive Them Buffalo | 20 minutes
For millennia the Blackfeet people depended on the American bison for survival and spiritual guidance. When the species was wiped out to near extinction, the people suffered deeply. today the Blackfeet Nation is committed to restoring buffalo to their lands.
Rancheros del Jaguar | 12 minutes
Rancheros del Jaguar takes place in Sonora, Mexico, where a community of ranchers fights against, drought, disease and predators to keep their cattle alive. They share this land with the most northern population of jaguars in the Americas. While ranchers historically hunted or poisoned jaguars, shrinking the jaguar's northern range to only a few pockets in Mexico, this traditional relationship is changing thanks to a unique conservation program. Featuring the rugged landscape of Sonora and an intimate glance at a powerful predator, this film is told in the words of the ranchers themselves and raises the question-can they coexist? WATCH TRAILER >
Working Together for Grizzly Bears | 15 minutes
Producers: Mike Short and Courtney Hughes
Country: Canada | World Premiere
"Working Together for Grizzly Bears" is a short documentary highlighting the collaborative efforts of a multi-stake holder group in Northwest Alberta's boreal landscape. Together, we have conducted the first-ever DNA population assessment of northern boreal grizzlies, launched a citizen science program and deliver important educational outreach across and under-served landscape. Together we are helping people and bears co-exist. Together we are helping deliver on grizzly bear population recovery.
Porpoises at the Edge
A Fishing Story
Panel discussion, Q&A with Andrew Wegst and
Devin Timnik from WildAid
Porpoises in Peril | 50 minutes
Porpoises in Peril follows the journey of world renown pianist Lang Lang as he travels to the interior of China to learn about the plight faced by the rapidly decreasing population of the Yangtze River Fin-less Porpoise. This once plentiful mammal is slowly following in the wake of the Baji dolphin, another local aquatic mammal driven to extinction only a few years ago. We learn how river traffic and over fishing have driven this species to less than 1000 individuals. We then travel to remote Baja, Mexico and join Sea Shepherd in the hunt for poachers of the Totoaba. The swim bladder from this fish sells for thousands on the black market in China. Yet another porpoise, the Vaquita has been driven to near extinction from being caught in the gill nets used for the Totoaba. We meet the folks working to keep the Vaquita alive and also meet the poachers who are driving it to the brink. It is a tale of human greed and also conservation from both sides of the globe. WATCH TRAILER >
VANISHING CORAL reveals the devastating effects of warming oceans and bleaching events within the “coral triangle” of southeast Asia, and powerfully illustrates what some dedicated scientists and environmental activists are doing to save these unique coral populations. The film comes at a pivotal moment, when coral reef populations are declining world-wide. Mass coral bleaching events due to elevated ocean temperatures occurred in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and coral bleaching is now expected to become an annual occurrence. The environmental costs are staggering: in 2016, one-third of the Great Barrier Reef along the eastern coast of Australia was decimated by a warm spell attributed to climate change.
A Fishing Story | 10 minutes
A Fishing Story is a short documentary created by Antonia Brown discussing the fishing practices of the Guna people, a Panamanian indigenous group inhabiting over 300 Caribbean islands. This film was created in conjunction with Antonia’s independent research project for her final month of studying abroad in Panama. The film explores issues related to sustainability and conservation. It tells the story of a fishing community in peril due to the disappearing fish populations. This film educates audience members about the global fish crisis while also providing hope for the future.