Congo Basin and Bushmeat Highlighted at 2003 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Conservation efforts in Central and West Africa are being highlighted by design and by default, at this year’s Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 22-27 September. Two bushmeat films and the IMAX special “Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees” are being honored, and a special forum will recognize Congo Basin conservation efforts.
"Say No to Bushmeat", a 9-minute documentary created as part of CI’s public awareness campaign in Ghana, has been selected as a finalist in the "Best Non-Broadcast" category. Written and edited by CI Senior Producer Flavia Castro, and produced by CI's International Communications Department, the film was shot in the markets of Accra and Kumasi, as well as the Ghanaian countryside. For more information, visit www.conservation.org.
“Ape Hunters”, an hour-long film directed and produced by Jeremy Bristow for BBC-Wales, is a finalist in the “Best Environmental Program” category. It highlights the perspective of people who kill and eat apes, and those who have to live with them, challenging Western attitudes with tales of apes destroying crops of people living on the edge of famine. “Ape Hunters” has won at least four other environmental filmmaking awards in the past year.
For the first time ever, the Film Festival will present Conservation Action Awards at a special evening celebration on Saturday, September 27. The Congo Basin Forest Partnership will receive a Conservation Action Award for their efforts to conserve and sustainably manage the biodiversity-rich forests of Central Africa. President Omar El Hadj Bongo will also receive a Conservation Action Award for his decision to set aside over 10,000 square miles to create a system of 13 National Parks in Gabon [note: WCS facilitated the park designation process].
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: www.jhfestival.org