Series 21 | 12:00-2:00 pm
Oceans Without Limits
*Q&A with Javier Douglas, Producer Wild Thing Films
Oceans Without Limits | 90 minutes
Embark on a voyage of discovery into the Western Indian Ocean and find out how plastic pollution is impacting this tropical paradise. "Oceans Without Limits" is an epic and cinematic oceanic adventure with an element of science. A crew, made up of a Skipper, a Pro Diver, a Marine Biologist and a Filmmaker, go way off the beaten track to document their findings. They travel from South Africa to Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives and a distant Archipelago called Chagos. Their discoveries are both unexpected and shocking!
Indianapolis Prize | 30 minutes
It all began as a question: What can we do that will really make a difference in saving the lives of endangered and threatened animals all over the world? That question led to the concept of the Indianapolis Prize, an initiative that would approach the issue of animal conservation in a whole new way by combining significant financial support with programs that build emotional and intellectual support. The Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to one of the most successful animal conservationist in the world.
Series 22 | 3:00-5:00 pm
Rhino's in the Freezer
Gitanyow Lax'Yip Guardians
Cranes Up in the Sky
MPG Ranch: The Land and its' People
Rhino's in the Freezer | 52 minutes
Rhinos are in a retreat. In their constant battle with mankind and changing climate, these prehistoric giants keep losing. From Europe they vanished thousands of years ago, with nothing but faint cave paintings remaining in their wake. In Asia a handful of them are roaming the last fragments of the rainforest. In Africa their survivors are forced behind electric fences, guarded by heavily armed rangers. On the black market the price of rhino horn is skyrocketing. The result is a massive wave of poaching, sweeping through the entire world. Europol issued a warning that organized crime gangs started to steal rhino horns from museums and private collections. Rhinos are wanted around the world. Dead or alive. Still, there is a place where they can find a safe shelter. And that place is in the fridge...
Follow a team of dedicated scientists as they venture deep into the jungles of Malaysia, fly over the grasslands of South Africa or crisscross the world’s zoos. Everywhere they stretch the limits of our knowledge, develop and test new tools and veterinary protocols. They apply cutting edge technology in order to collect, conserve and use the invaluable genetic material of the rhinoceros.
Gitanyow Lax'Yip Guardians | 10 minutes
Producer|Director, Farhan Umedaly | VoVo Productions
Country: Canada | World Premiere
Lax’Yip Guardians are the eyes and ears of the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs who have been the stewards of their land since time began. See how an ancient indigenous governance system is helping to restore this beautiful, wild territory in the face of industrialization and climate change.
Cranes Up in the Sky | 30 minutes
The common crane is one of the largest fly-bird species on Earth. One of its migratory routes for a thousand years runs through the middle of Europe, over Hungary. People have long wondered at these mighty birds. Where do these flying giants come from? Where are they headed? How far can they travel and how fast can they fly? How do they keep contact with each other, how do they communicate?
MPG Ranch: The Land and its' People | 20 minutes
MPG Ranch is a conservation property in Western Montana. This video follows the history of the Salish Indians in the Bitterroot Valley. It outlines the Maclay family history from the 1700s to present day. The Maclays transformed this land into a working cattle ranch and passed it down for generations. In 2009 it became a conservation property. We now restore the land's vegetation and support its wildlife through research and education.
Tomorrow’s Fish | 8 minutes
Producer/Director: Gianna Savoie | Ocean Media Institute
Country: USA | East Coast Premiere
An exciting new angle on conservation. If you think fly fishing is all about peaceful mountain streams and trout, think again. As we embark on a breathtaking adventure to “fly the salt” off the coast of New York City with two intrepid guides, we experience the frontier gutsiness that stokes their intense commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for ocean fisheries, wildlife, and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s a powerful pursuit in an unlikely wilderness, where we are sparked to celebrate – and fight for – the infinite value of connecting to something real, something deep, something quintessentially wild – all through the grip of a fly rod.
Series 23 | 6:00-8:00 pm
The Queen of Taru
Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade
Now or Never
*Panel discussion with World Animal Protection Society
The Queen of Taru | 40 minutes
Filmed over six years, "The Queen of Taru" is a tale of love, survival, loss and chronicling the life of the most iconic and photographed tigress named Maya (T-12) of Central India. From being an orphaned cub, Maya grows up to being powerful and invincible. Using a combination of tact and strategy, yet quite unseen in the world of big cats, Maya battles for survival. Filled with natural history moments, "The Queen of Taru", transports the audience into the dense canopies of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, located in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra state, India. Here one can see the most feared Big Cat living a life unseen by many.
Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade | 20 minutes
Tracking the exotic pet trade in otters across the globe, a story of gangsters and guns, mammals and middlemen. Japanese otter cafés and social media influencers are driving increased demand for pet otters all over the world, with devastating consequences. These otters might be adorable, but the truth behind this trade is anything but. Ripped from the wild or irresponsibly bred, orphaned by poachers and confined in unnatural environments, these otters live a life of extreme misery. Following World Animal Protection intelligence, environmental photojournalist Aaron Gekoski investigates otters used as exotic pets.
Now or Never | 25 minutes
The world's first documentary on rarest great ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan and their Sumatran forest home. for thousands of years these orangutans have experienced a tranquil existence in this rich rainforest, alongside countless other fascinating species. The local people living adjacent to Batang Toru have also lived comfortably for generations, surviving from the precious water created by the forest. But now, everything is changing.
The global population in growing out of control and the natural world is suffering, including the Batang Toru. Humanity's drive for ever more cheap energy now threatens the future of the world's newest great ape. The time to act and save Batang Toru is Now, Or Never again will we be living in a world with a third orangutan species.
Series 24 | 8:30-10:30 pm
Eye of the Pangolin
Survival of the Sun Bear
UNCAGED, Saving China's Songbirds from Poachers
Jane Alexander, Saving Wild Things & Wild Places
*Panel discussion with Jocelyn Stokes, Aaron Sandhu
** Special guest; author, wildlife conservationist
Jane Alexander; Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy Award winner.
Eye of the Pangolin | 45 minutes
A firestorm of poaching and illegal trade is raging around the African pangolin. These shy, defenseless animals suddenly find themselves in the spotlight as they’re pushed to the edge of extinction. They are being trafficked to the Far East in staggering numbers, and yet this curious little creature is one of the most elusive on the planet. Many people have never heard of it, very few have seen it in the wild and it does not survive in captivity.
Due to an increasingly insatiable market in Asia, their pangolins have disappeared almost entirely. They are poached and killed for the supposed medicinal value of their scales and as a dining delicacy where a single serving of pangolin meat can cost up to US $3000. The decimation of the Asian species has seen a dramatic spike in demand for African pangolins.
Two award-winning South African filmmakers are on a mission to capture the African pangolin on film in the hope that if people come to know it, they will care enough to help end this horrific trade. They travel the continent of Africa to track down these beguiling creatures about which so little is known. They aim to learn from those caring for and studying them.
Jane Alexander, Saving Wild Things & Wild Places
You probably know Jane Alexander for her Oscar-nominated roles in “All The President's Men,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The Great White Hope” and “Testament.” But this celebrated actress is also a successful author and global ambassador for wildlife conservation. In “Jane Alexander: Saving Wild Things and Wild Places,” Jane shares her love of nature and why it’s so important for humanity to save the planet’s endangered species and habitats. While the situation can often seem bleak, Jane believes there is hope and that we can all make a difference, starting in our own backyards
Survival of the Sun Bears | 25 minutes
When an orphaned sun bear cub is rescued from illegal captivity she must learn how to survive in the wild before she can finally be set free. Filmed on the island of Borneo, in a rainforest older than the Amazon, this short documentary follows the journey of a rescued sun bear called Natalie
Conservation is brought to life as we experience the journey of rehabilitation and release. This film leads us to realize that just as we need the rainforests, these rainforests need sun bears; so what threatens sun bears also threatens us.
As we examine our own life choices in regard to consumerism and career paths, we discover we all have a role to play in reducing these threats and keeping sun bears alive, wild and free.
Producer & Director: Sean Gallagher
Country: China | World Premiere
In the forests on the outskirts of Beijing, birds hang silently from the trees, lifeless, entwined in nets. Bird poaching has become a silent epidemic across China, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of migratory birds each year. They are caught each spring and autumn as they pass through the country, flying between Siberia and South East Asia, and are captured for the pet trade and for consumption as food. This documentary follows Gu Xuan, a young Chinese conservationist, determined to break this cycle of death and destruction on the bird populations he loves. In the nation’s capital, he single-handedly tracks down and confronts poachers as they illegally trap and sell birds. Risking his own safety in the face of abuse and intimidation, his determination and devotion to these animals drives him to continue, hoping for a day when they are fully protected.