In celebration of Forests 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat has collaborated with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to organise the International Forest Film Festival (IFFF).
The overall theme of the Festival was Forests for People featuring films that accentuate the importance of forests, their relationship with people and the planet we share. Winning films were presented to delegates of all 192 countries at the launch of the International Year of Forests this past February, and will be screened worldwide.
The clips featured on this page provide a preview of the winning films. Please be advised that the load time of these clips depends on your internet connection speed.
Impeccable, creative cinematography aside, the wondrous thing about this study of a single sycamore fig, Africa’s queen tree, is that it’s a microcosm of the eco-complexity of the Earth at large.
Flat Dog Productions, Ltd.
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of individuals or groups committed to forest research and sustainability. Redwoods are one of Earth’s largest and oldest trees, shrouded in centuries-old secrets. In a major cross-platform event, National Geographic reveals their little-explored environment using high-tech aerial laser surveys and breathtaking imagery.
National Geographic Television
Awarded to the film that tells the story of the forest, captures the best or most moving personal experience with forests, whether it’s in your backyard, in the city or in the country, that mean the most to you. This environmental thriller follows the work of Yuri Trush, an expert tiger tracker called in to deal with a series of tiger attacks, pitting the dilemma of conservation against pressing needs of human survival.
Sasha Snow Film Production
Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economic or spiritual interconnectivity to forests. Green explores deforestation in Indonesia and the present extinction of the orangutans.
Awarded to the film that most effectively communicates solutions to environmental and sustainability issues facing forests and all its inhabitants, including people. This documentary demonstrates how natural carbon sequestration can rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems and restore their functions, to improve the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations.
Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)
Awarded to the film that most effectively showcases the rich diversity and complexity of the forest ecosystem. The full range of large and charismatic mammals and birds are captured in this film with fascinating insights into hunting, reproduction and other behaviour.
Parthenon Entertainment, Ltd., Nautilusfilm
Awarded to the best forest film of less than 15 minutes in length. In the Caribbean island of Dominica, Jerry Maka West, man of soil, works his garden in the island’s lush interior, his Zion, growing and preparing his food just as his grandparents once taught him.
Baumeister discovers that increasing respect for the region’s natural wonders can translate into hope for the future.
A Light & Shadow and NDR Naturfilm Production for NDR, Arte, ORF, Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. / National Geographic Channel International & Animal Planet
Every two seconds we lose forest areas the size of football fields, risking extinction of endangered species within our lifetimes. This Greenpeace film is a stark reminder of what we stand to lose if we don’t save our ancient forests.
Discover the untold story of Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate African farmer who battled with nature and man to become a pioneer in the fight against desertification.
1080 Film & TV, Ltd.