Saturday, October 19

Series 5 | 12:00-2:00 pm

I am Lion 

Laikipia Wild Dogs

* Q&A with Dr. Paula Kahumbu, CEO of WildlifeDirect
Nairobi, Kenya

I am Lion | 90 minutes

Producers/Directors: Jurgen , Tarina and Michael Jozefowicz
Country: Botswana
World Premier

I AM LION will change the way you look at lions and at the natural world.

This powerful, emotionally engaging and intellectually stimulating game-changer of a
documentary is the first to explore consciousness in lions. It weaves in a grounded and factual narrative with feeling and awe-inspiring footage,and really shows what it is like to be a lioness.

The film takes viewers on an emotional roller-coaster ride through human history and perception as a young lioness. born in a cage and with no lion role models to learn from, slowly gains the knowledge and understanding to navigate her way through captivity, contact with a human, and her own experiences in the natural world, to fulfill her own innate potential in a unique quest for individual independence.
A remarkable film with a remarkable story, which unfolds in many different directions, I Am Lion sits at a crossroads of cognition, animal behaviour, consciousness, psychology, and neuroscience, neuro-psychology, and succeeds in making complex concepts accessible to a broad and varied audience.


Laikipia Wild Dogs | 25 minutes

Producer: Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Country:  Kenya | World Premiere

Wildlife Warriors is a television series to showcase Africa’s amazing wildlife and to shine a light on the people who are fighting to save it. In this episode, Dr. Paula Kahumbu goes to Laikipia to meet Dedan Ngatia, a conservationist who has dedicated his life saving Wild Dog



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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 6 | 3:00-5:00 pm

The Last Turtle 

Saving Kauai’ Seabirds  

Alice in Borneo’s Wonderland 

360 coral Reefs - Life Below the Surface

The Bog Turtle 

*Panel discussion with Ian Nelson and  Scott McDaniel, Executive Director of Susquehannock Wildlife Society and Keith Williams, Executive Director of North Bay

The Last Turtle | 45 minutes

Producer & Director: Richard Sidey
Country: Dominica | World Premiere

The Last Turtle is a film documenting the work of Dominica Sea Turtle Conservation Organisation (DomSetCo).

Dominica has five species of turtle, three of which nest on the island's beaches - the Leatherback, Hawksbill and the Green Sea Turtle. Local turtle populations are in rapid decline due to a number of reasons including habitat loss, plastic pollution and climate change but the main contributing factor is the poaching of sea turtles when they're up on the beach nesting.

We hope this video series helps call attention to the rapid decline of sea turtles.

Saving Kauai’ Seabirds | 32 minutes

Director: Ian Nelson
Country: USA | World Premiere

Synopsis: From Coriolis Films, Saving Kauai's Seabirds focuses on conservation efforts for endangered native seabird species, which are vital to the islands' ecosystem. Hawaii has lost more native species than any other state in the country due to invasive species take over and lost of habitat.

Alice in Borneo's Wonderland | 15 minutes

Producer & Director: Oliver Deppert
Country: Malaysia | World Premiere

Sixteen year old Alice dives through the Looking Glass into the undewater world of Borneo, learning to SCUBA, discovering sharks and finding the ocean wild is not all as it appears at the surface.

Alice in Borneo’s Wonderland is a ten minute documentary about a young Chinese-Canadian woman’s adventure through the looking glass into the underwater world of Borneo, where she learns how to dive, discovers sharks and the threats to their survival. Shot in 4K, the film follows Alice in her adventure underwater at Pom Pom Island in Malaysian Borneo where she is trained, and then joins shark conservationist David McGuire of Shark Stewards.

360 Coral Reefs - Life Below the Surface | 5 minutes

Producers & Directors:
Hendrik S. Schmitt
and Claudia Schmitt
Country:  Germany | World Premiere

Join us on a journey through the Coral Triangle and its magnificent coral reefs. These underwater gardens  have the largest biodiversity of  life on Earth and can only be compared to tropical rainforests. But as the planet keeps warming, our oceans are changing. Coral bleaching, ocean acidification, overfishing and pollution are threatening the world’s coral reefs and their fragile ecosystems. Our oceans and its reefs must be protected now for the benefit of future generations and the health of our blue planet.

The Bog Turtle  | 15 minutes

Producer & Director: Scott McDaniel
Country:  USA | World Premiere

"North America's smallest and perhaps most endangered turtle, the Bog Turtle, is found in a patchwork of isolated populations across the East.  It is a hidden gem more precious than even the most treasured diamond, yet it struggles to survive mostly unseen and unknown in a landscape that is heavily changing with the impacts of human civilization. This tiny reptile has mostly adapted to, and in many ways is doomed by its reliance on, a very specific type of wetland known as a fen. These areas serve as a unique spring-fed oasis of saturated soil that provides a home for many special plants and animals but are now almost as rare and declining as the turtles themselves.  In this conservation story we meet members of a dedicated community of those seeking to protect the species while racing against rapidly accelerating threats to study this turtle and its habitat to hopefully figure out how it can be saved before it’s too late."


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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 7 | 6:00-8:00 pm

The Secret Lives of Humpbacks

Passage of Silt and Shell

The Lost Kings of Bioko

* Panel discussion with filmmakers Andrew Stevenson,  James McDonald and Shelly Lucille Smith


The Secret Lives of Humpbacks | 45 minutes

Producer/Director: Andrew Stevenson
Country: Bermuda | World Premiere

A documentary that brings awareness, educates and inspires. The film provides a unique window into the lifecycle of humpback whales and their annual mid-ocean migration. The beauty of Bermuda and its marine life take center stage, high lighting the importance of protecting the environment and its treasures. Knowledge brings power to the viewers to build a legacy for for future generations.


Passage of Silt and Shell | 12 minutes

Producer & Director: James McDonald
Country: USA | World Premiere

This film gives us a look into the lives, routines and techniques of local oystermen surrounding New York City and observes how our relationship to the oyster has become both a cultural and environmental force - from oyster farm to plate.

The Lost Kings of Bioko | 50 minutes

Producer: Oliver Gotelz
Gulo Films
Country: Equatorial Guinea
East Coast Premiere

Off the coast of Central Africa lies an isolated island, covered by primeval rainforest and surrounded by dark ocean waters, inhabited by a greater variety of species than nearly any other place on Earth this terra incognita is called BIOKO. The ruler of this realm is one of the world's least known primate species, the drill. Historically revered, indigenous folklore tells us of a drill king who ruled the island’s forests, a place where drills still play a critical role in the health of an ecosystem known to scientists as a biodiversity hotspot. Bordering this kingdom is the black sand coastline, an ancient nesting ground for giant sea turtles. This film explores the secret lives of drills and their mysterious island home as we follow a family group and a newborn who discovers this tropical paradise with all its challenges for the first time.



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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 8 | 8:30-10:30 pm

The Kingdom of the Lion Tailed Macaque

Chungungo: A Mentor’s Tale

The Hidden Tiger

Split Oak

*Panel discussion with Michael Samstag, Josh Gildrie, Elizabeth McGovern with Rescue Doc Films and Vince Marcucci with Split Oak

The Kingdom of the Lion Tailed Macaque | 25 minutes

Producers: Pixellin Travel & Photography
Country: India | World Premiere

A natural history documentary about one of the rare primates of the world - Lion Tailed Macaques. Lion Tailed Macaques, a rare primate endemic to the Western Ghats of India. This endangered species has a very small geographical distribution range and goes through a decline in the existing wild population. The documentary is filmed at one of the critical habitats of this species with the aim of spreading awareness about  this flagship species . The documentary highlights the role of Lion Tailed Macaque in keeping the tropical rain forest healthy and also talks about the threats they face.


Split Oak | 10 minutes
Producer & Director, Vince Marcucci
Country: USA | World Premiere

The insatiable development of Florida signals a dim future for the lush sunshine state. But when our government threatens to sever the roots of a community, who stands to ensure their environmental values are preserved? How can life defend itself without a voice?

Chungungo: A Mentor's Tale | 10 minutes

Producers: Rene' Araneda Contreras and Maurico Handler-Ruiz                                Director: Ben Goertzen
Country: Chile | World Premiere

An endangered, South American Marine Otter mother and her two pups act as a vehicle into a poetic exploration of the threshold between comfort and action. Through blending traditional blue-chip cinematography with a philosophical narration the smallest marine mammal in the world is used as a mentor to teach humans about trusting their internal compass and confronting difficult questions. From showing a caring mother, to a playful sibling bond, to the kelp forests that nourish their entire ecosystem, this film aims to build empathy for animals as complex beings with more depth than we give them credit for.

The Hidden Tiger | 48 minutes

Producer: Rescue Doc Films
Country: USA | World Premiere

We began the 20th century with over 100,000 wild tigers. We ended the same century with less than 4,000. Hunted and then poached, encroached upon and then slaughtered, the wild tigers of Asia are in trouble and face extinction. But there is a secret number, a terrifying number few know: the shocking number of the hidden tigers of America. An estimated 10,000 of these live in the backyards, roadside attractions, theme parks, zoos and sanctuaries throughout North America. THE HIDDEN TIGER travels the world and exposes the deadly links between the captive tigers and the wild tigers' possible extinction.


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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival