Monday, September 10, 2012

Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival Announces Science Media Award Winners

Tornado Alley, winner of Best Immersive Program
Jackson Hole, WY, USA -- The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has announced the finalists selected for its inaugural Science Media Awards Competition. Internationally renowned as the largest and most prestigious competition of the natural history genre, this latest initiative creates the first comprehensive international forum to celebrate excellence in communicating the wonders of science to public audiences. This year’s entries included 280 films entering more than 450 categories to compete for 18 special awards.  More than 80 international judges screened an aggregated 1500+ hours in order to determine the finalists. Programs were selected from over 400 entries by a prestigious jury including: David Dugan, William Grant, Richard Hutton, Valentine Kass and Alison Leigh and celebrated a gala event hosted at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Winners of the prestigious international competition are:

CONTENT CATEGORIES:
Best Earth & Environmental Program, sponsored by One World One Ocean (Including Geology, Paleontology, Energy, Oceanography, Weather, and Climate)

FLYING MONSTERS 3D
Atlantic Productions & SKY3D with National Geographic Entertainment

Best Life Sciences Program, sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Including Biology, Bio-diversity, Ecology, Genetics, and Genetic Engineering)
PRIMEVAL NEW ZEALAND
NHNZ with NHK, Television New Zealand and New Zealand on Air

Best Medical Science Program, sponsored by Science Channel
NOVA: SEPARATING TWINS
Presented by electricsky.com, A WTFN Production for NOVA

Best Physical Sciences Program, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy (Including Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics, Chemistry, and Nanotechnology)
CURIOSITY: DID GOD CREATE THE UNIVERSE
Darlow Smithson and Discovery Channel

THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS WITH BRIAN GREENE: WHAT IS SPACE?
A NOVA Production by 32-12 Media, with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel

Best Technological Sciences Program, sponsored by Discovery Channel
CONCORDE: FLYING SUPERSONIC
Darlow Smithson and Smithsonian Channel

Best Human and Social Sciences Program, sponsored by Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
THE GRAMMAR OF HAPPINESS
Essential Media and Entertainment and Smithsonian Channel

PROGRAM CATEGORIES
Theatrical Program, sponsored by Fujifilm Optical Devices
HIDDEN BEAUTY
Blacklight Films

Best Limited Series, sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios
AUSTRALIA: THE TIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE
Essential Media and Entertainment

Best Short, sponsored by the Wyoming Film Office
THE MAKING OF THE FITTEST: NATURAL SELECTION IN HUMANS
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Holt Productions

Best Immersive Program, sponsored by National Geographic Television
TORNADO ALLEY
Graphic Films and Giant Screen Films

Best Institutional Media Installation, sponsored by Denver Museum of Nature & Science
THE CHANGING CLIMATE SHOW
Science North

Best Immersive--Fulldome Program, sponsored by Global Immersion
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond our Sun
Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston

Best Interactive & New Media, sponsored by Scientific American
Bear 71
National Film Board of Canada
Best Nonprofessional Program, sponsored by Animal Planet
GROWING UP WITH GADGETS
Casey Kanode

Best Host or Presenter, sponsored by QUBE
Australia: The Time Traveller's Guide, Episode 2
Essential Media and Entertainment
Host/Presenter: Dr. Richard Smith

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
Best Visualization, sponsored by Panasonic Solutions
PLANET YOU 3D
Terra Mater Factual Studios
Cinematography: Johannes Poetscher and Christoph Groppenberger
Science Visualization Team: Reinhold Fragner, Rudi Erlach and Alfred Vendl

Best Editing, sponsored by Sony Electronics
THE BONES OF TURKANA
National Geographic Television
Edited by: Maggie Noble

Best Writing, sponsored by American Association for the Advancement of Science
FABRIC OF THE COSMOS WITH BRIAN GREENE: QUANTUM LEAP
A NOVA Production by Spine Films, with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel Written by: Josh Rosen, Julia Cort and Joseph McMaster.
Based on the book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene

In addition, Special Jury Award, sponsored by Sony Electronics was awarded to:
IMMORTAL
December Films & Pemberton Films


For more on the Science Media Awards, visit www.jhfestival.org

About JHWFF: Recognized as the event premier of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled industry gathering. Hosted biennially in Grand Teton National Park, over 650 international delegates participate in an exceptional slate of leading-edge equipment presentations, seminars and state-of-the-art screenings. Also presented biennially, the Jackson Hole Symposium brings together 350 public and institutional media professionals to celebrate the finest science media programming.
The Festival’s international board members include: Animal Planet, Arete Media, BBC Natural History Unit, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Disneynature, Discovery Channel, FUJIFILM Optical Devices, Inc., Giant Screen Films/D3D Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MacGillivray Freeman Films/One World One Ocean, National Geographic Television & Film, The Nature Conservancy, Nature for WNET New York Public Media, NHK Japanese Broadcasting, NHNZ, Ltd., nWAVE Productions Distribution, Off the Fence Productions, Panasonic Solutions, Principal Large Format, Sony Electronics, TERRA MATER Factual Studios, and UNIVERSUM/ORF Natural History Unit.