MAFF 2005 Awards

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  • Festival jury:
  • Sven Jansson (Chairman)
    Irjaleena Eriksson
    Kaja Lotman
    Andres Sööt
    Peter van der Wolf

 

THE GRAND PRIX

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  • Farmer's Time on Earth
    Director Peter Gerdehag (Sweden) 

     
  • This film definitely makes us reflect on our short time on Earth. A most sensitive story with important aspects of the relations between human beings and other living parts of this planet.

     

1ST PRIZE

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Category “Sea and Shore”

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  • Reefs of Iron
    Director Sue Daly (UK) 

     
  • Exploring the natural history is not that easy, but exploring the underwater world under totally difficult and different conditions is a challenge on it's own. The jury found this film in all its aspects excellent. The combination of storytelling, photography, the editing and the music kept us watching till the bottom of the sea.


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • The Pearls of the Baltic Sea 5 – Hailuoto
    Director Petteri Saario (Finland) 

     
  • The sea connects and disconnects. In this film the sea does not only connect an island with the mainland but also its past with the present day. There is a harmony between the visuality and the message of the film, and it makes us understand more about the life of islanders and their great love of the island. A beautiful and warm film, which makes us stop in the busy world of ours.
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BEST DIRECTOR

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Category “Sea and Shore”


  • Secrets of the Adriatic
    Director Michael Schlamberger (Austria)
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    The difficult task of the director is to create a film of all the material and thoughts of the initial idea. Here the director faced different challenges than in a typical wildlife film. In addition to the realm of animals and plants, he had to keep an eye on a long and complicated history of the area and its cultural heritage. The result is a film that gives us a new understanding of the dimensions of a beautiful area and teaches us more about nature and our world.
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Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Garden of the Gods (Greece)
    Director Michael Schlamberger (Austria)
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    The jury decided to award the prize to the film, where mythology of Ancient-Greece is masterfully combined with nature in its diversity.

     

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

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Category “Sea and Shore”


  • Norway's Hidden Secrets
    Director Florian Graner (Germany) 

     
  • It is most difficult to find wildlife films with the most perfect photo quality. But this film really makes you understand that the oceans are not only blue...


Category “Man and Nature”


  • Appalachia
    Directors Steve Nicholls and Alfred Vendl (Austria) 

     
  • The jury values the photographer's skill to make unforgettable the ancient mountains, forests and all those to whom Appalachia is home, now and forever... 
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Special Prize of the Jury

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Category "Sea and Shore"

 

  • Talking with Fishes
  • Director Guy Chaumette (UK) 
     
  • The underwater world is mystic and for many people an uncertain area, but why? We often do not know and do not understand all these marine animals. The effort of the crew, the new approach, the touchy moments, the tension of this innovative portrayal, to find out do these animals feel, do they enjoy, recognize, learn or remember.
     

Category "Man and Nature"

 

  • Songs of Coastal Meadows
    Director Ago Ruus (Estonia)
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    This film shows how difficult it is to restore a valuable habitat while it is much easier to maintain the traditional way of land use.

     

Special Prizes

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Estonian Ministry of the Environment

  • Spring on the Herring's Gull Land
    Mare Albri (Estonia)

Matsalu National Park

  • The Boy, who adored the Wilderness
    Asgeir Helgestad (Norway)

Environmental Department of Läänemaa

  • Estonian Wilderness
    Tom Arnbom (Sweden)

Lihula Parish

  • Songs of Coastal Meadows
    Ago Ruus (Estonia)

Estonian Fund for Nature

  • Wooden Dollars of Primorye
    Eugeny Ferster (Russia)
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  • Catch & Denial
    Kurt Salo (Norway)

Lihula Museum

  • Short Tales out of Nature
    Sandor Zsila (Hungary)