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Winner 2015 INFF (Innsbruck, AUSTRIA)

GRAND PRIZE OF THE CITY OF INNSBRUCK:

 

WORTH € 3.000 – (donated by the City of the Innsbruck)

Category: DOCUMENTARIES Nature

YELLOWSTONE

Oliver Goetzl
Germany 2015, 55 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
Monumental images, exciting cutting techniques and a lot of information – this is an example of nature documentary at its best …. allowing the audience to experience animal behavior unseen before: for example, a bison calf, having fought for survival in a torrential river, now, weak and yet fearless, fights off wolves. Not only have the authors delivered proof of their first-class camera technique, they also manage to tell touching wildlife stories.

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HONORABLE MENTION:

OKPIK’S DREAM

Laura Rietveld
Canada 2015, 73 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
Many filmmakers have tried and many have failed – attempting to create films about the Inuit. This filmmaker successfully builds emotional affinity and tells the touching story of dog breeder and musher Harry Okpik. In an icy landscape, she captures images of poetic beauty without downplaying the hardship of life in northern Canada.

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WORTH € 3.000 – (donated by the City of the Innsbruck)

Category: DOCUMENTARIES Environment

BANKING NATURE

Sandrine Feydel& Denis Delestrac
France 2014, 90 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
Whoever thought that capitalizing natural resources could be a solution for our ecological crisis knows better now: thanks to the investigative approach of the directors. It is clear that the protection of endangered species should not be left to multinational companies and financial consultants. Although the topic is highly complex, the film remains exciting to the very end. The development to profit from nature as revealed by the film is frightening.

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HONORABLE MENTION:

DAMANTION

Ben Knight & Travis Rummel
USA 2014, 87 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
This film shows that sometimes, technological solutions only have a certain half life. The authors take us on a trip showing U.S. water management from its beginnings in the 1920’s to the present.
Societal change has made it possible for rivers to reclaim their beds and open up new recreational space for people. An emotional mix of well-researched archive pictures and impressive landscape images. The film is proof that individuals can make a difference and change things for the better.

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CANON AWARD:

 

Canon XC10 4K Camcorder worth € 2.000 – (donated by Canon Austria)

Category: SHORT FILMS

MIRAGES

Wendy Pillonel
Switzerland 2014, 15 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
The poetic style of the film narrates the dread of a world without water. Highly demanding camera work stages a hostile dessert world, a fata morgana of convincing aesthetic power.

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Canon XC10 4K Camcorder worth € 2.000 – (donated by Canon Austria)

Category: ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

LUCENS

Marcel Barelli
Switzerland 2015, 7 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
With a lot of irony, the techniques of propaganda films are employed to turn messages upside down. In the simplistic animated cartoon style of the twenties, a caricature of the nuclear power program is presented and exposed to be wrong. The author creates a symbol of human arrogance and ignorance, narrated with humor und ease.

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TIROLER TAGESZEITUNG AWARD FOR YOUNG TALENTS:

 

Worth € 1.000 – (donated by Tiroler Tageszeitung)

Category: YOUNG TALENTS up to 25 years

A PASSION OF GOLD AND FIRE

Sebastien Pins
France 2015, 6 min

JURYSTATEMENT: 
This film is a wonderful portrait of a beekeeper. With impressive images and gentle montage, a very topical problem is covered. The film casts a very loving glance at a beekeeper whose comprehensive knowledge is about to be lost because he can’t find a successor.

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HONORABLE MENTION:

ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Sander van Iersel
Netherlands 2014, 12 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
An unusual look at nature right at your doorsteps: fast-motion shots make peas dance and snails race. With simple means, the enchanting details of a private garden are made an experience.

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Worth € 1.000 – (donated by Tiroler Tageszeitung)

Category: YOUNG TALENTS up to 19 years

WILDE NÄCHTE IM TEGELER FLIESS

Adrian Bothe
Germany 2014, 7 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
Here, someone is on the best way to become a professional nature filmmaker. With much patience, persistence and love for detail, this film shows wild nature at a place where you wouldn’t expect it: An idyll on the outskirts of Berlin.

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HONORABLE MENTION:

A WORLD DIVIDED IN TWO COLORS

Gabriela Martinez Garza & Jon Fernandez Lopez
Mexico 2015, 7 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
A film project of fifteen children and two adults. The film stands out with its very interesting and complex stop motion technique and covers a topic that concerns all of us. With a great amount of narrative talent the contrast between nature and the industrialized world is visualized.

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SPECIAL AWARDS:

 

Worth € 2.000 – (donated by Österreichische Hagelversicherung)

Category: Best Film on the topic of soil

1HA 43A

Monika Pirch
Germany 2014, 51 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
The director approaches soil with a respectful attitude and the aim to explore all of its functions and meanings. We follow her personal process of building a close relationship with her inherited piece of land. The film embraces all aspects related to the “culture” of soil: History, traditions, agricultural labor, ecology and biodiversity, economics, laws and regulations. The conclusion of the film is that soil is a scarce, non-renewable resource and its value lies beyond financial interests.

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Worth € 2.000 – (donated by Terra Mater Factual Studios)

Category: Terra Mater Audience Award

WASTE MANDALA

Alessandro Bernard & Paolo Ceretto
Italy 2015, 52 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
Voted by the audience of the 2015 Innsbruck Nature Film Festival.

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CL Companion 10×30 with PA-i5 Adapter for iPhone® worth 1.165 € (donated by Swarovski Optik)

Category: Best Cinematography

MAKING AN ANCIENT FOREST – KALKALPEN NATIONAL PARK

Rita Schlamberger
Austria 2015, 52 min

JURYSTATEMENT:
The cameraman successfully captures the both enchanting and spectacular atmosphere of a natural landscape. Dynamic hunting scenes of the forest animals make the film exciting. The very subtle interplay of real images and integrated animated cartoons immerses the audience in a magic world.

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