Geneva / New York / Jackson Hole, November 17, 2021 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Jackson Wild and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP ) announced today that they will host an international film showcase to mark the celebration of United Nations World Wildlife Day in 2022.
This is the seventh edition of the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase. Along with the celebration theme “Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration”, the organizers will seek to highlight films that explore the threats to wild flora and fauna, their central importance to their habitats and ecosystems and for the communities that live nearby, and the many initiatives to conserve them.
Participating films will be screened throughout 2022 and will help raise awareness of the state of the world’s most vulnerable species, but also show the power of innovative and long-term conservation efforts.
CITES Secretary General Ivonne Higuero said: “Some 38,000 species are considered threatened by international trade and, without them, the habitats and ecosystems they support would likely themselves be in great danger. While this should alarm us, it is also essential that we remember that we have the power to change course. Conservation efforts have and can continue to bring endangered species of wild flora and fauna from the brink. We believe that the films participating in this year’s World Wildlife Day Film Showcase will go a long way to raising awareness of the urgent need to address these threats and to spread an important message of hope.
Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild said: “As we grapple with the accelerating threats of climate change that have widespread impact and the collapse of global biodiversity, the role of local stories that connect us directly to nature and the species that share our beautiful and resilient planet has never been more important. It is crucial that we work together now to transform and protect the natural systems of our planet in a regenerative and sustainable way.
Schedule and planned activities
The call for entries will close on January 7 and finalists will be announced in mid-February 2022. Winners will be presented at a high-level online celebration of United Nations World Wildlife Day on March 3 2022. The films will then be available free of charge. , on an online educational streaming mechanism worldwide.
Award categories and descriptions:
Species in crisis (long and short form):
Awarded to the film that most effectively explores current challenges and communicates solutions to environmental, socio-economic and sustainability issues facing endangered species of wild flora and fauna, their habitats and ecosystems.
The Web of Life (long form and short form):
Awarded to the film that most effectively presents the rich diversity and complex behavior of one or more endangered species, how these species affect their ecosystems, and the chain of ecological problems that will arise if the species is lost.
Stories of Hope (long and short form):
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of local and indigenous individuals or groups engaged in raising awareness or involved in the conservation and / or sustainable management of endangered species of wild flora and fauna and their ecosystems, and the functioning of these communities to save species from extinction.
Endangered people and species (long and short form):
Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economic and / or environmental interdependence with endangered species and what could be lost if the species becomes extinct.
Awarded for the best film focusing on endangered species lasting 5 minutes or less.
Additional award categories may be added prior to the announcement of the finalists to honor as many worthy films as possible.
There is no registration fee for submission. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2019 and must highlight an endangered species as defined by the IUCN Red List. Participants must identify the eligible species on the entry form. A streaming link to the full film should be made available for free, educational, either freely or on demand online streaming as part of the World Wildlife Film Showcase 2022: Endangered Species hosted by Jackson Wild on the platform. -Eventive shape. Submissions in any language are welcome. Programs in a language other than English must have English subtitles to be shown to judges and for streaming as part of the World Wildlife Day film showcase. Eligible applications must complete an online submission form via www.jacksonwild.org.