MAFF 2008 Awards

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  • Festival jury:
  • Ralph Thoms (Chairman)
    Mari Jüssi
    Urmas E. Liiv
    Göran Palm
    Zoltan Török

 

THE GRAND PRIX

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  • The Feast
    Directors Ralf Kiefner and Peter Spielmann (Germany)

     
  • A cool and complex natural history action movie about the sardine run on the shores of South Africa. A comprehensive natural phenomena is told in such a dynamic way that the jury watched it with excitement and astonishment. A perfect combination of modern editing techniques and classical wildlife film style. A film that hardly can be forgotten.

     

1ST PRIZE

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Category “Nature”

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  • Prince of the Alps
    Directors Klaus Feichtenberger and Otmar Penker (Austria)
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    A nature film about a deer calf with a moving storyline of a feature film. It also reveals that seemingly harmless human intrusion can have devastating effects on wildlife, something that we rarely see in natural history films but which is important.


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • The Return of the Musk Ox
    Director Vassili Sarana (Estonia) 

  • The tension between the film's subject and the filmmakers who have bravely put themselves into the story, truly captured our attention from the very beginning until the very last moment. Moreover, the story was interwoven with brilliant music. 
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BEST DIRECTOR

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Category “Nature”


  • Polar Bears – Living on Thin Ice
    Director Thomas Behrend (Germany)

     
  • Thrilling, fascinating, amazing storytelling – there are no words to describe it.
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Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Valuable Weeds
    Director Oh Kyu Ik (Korea)

    A difficult and unattractive subject that the director managed to tell in a bright way. He succeeded to destroy the preconception about these plants and turned the jury into weed lovers. 


     

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

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Category “Nature”


  • The Crayfish in the Jam Jar
    Director Jan Haft (Germany)
     
    The poetic cinematography in The Crayfish in the Jam Jar reveals the hidden beauty of daily things usually remaining unnoticed. The tools of a cinematographer are used in a very intelligent way that is rarely seen in documentaries.


Category “Man and Nature”


  • The Return of the Musk Ox
    Director Vassili Sarana (Estonia) 

     
  • Through the impressing scenes of The Return of the Musk Ox the viewers get the real feeling about tough forces of a harsh environment. One even starts to feel the cold and the wind in front of the screen thanks to the pictures of a highly skilled cameraman. 
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Special Prize of the Jury

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  • Jellyfish – Leathal Beauty
    Director Florian Guthknecht (Germany/France)

  • This film changes the stereotypic views about the little known jellyfish. Thanks to the entertaining storytelling, the jury was amazed to realize that it's not all about the brain... 
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  • Waterlands
    Director Mark Percival (UK)

  • A very educating and informative film about the last waterlands in Britain. The strong environmental message is told through excellent camerawork.
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Highly Commended Diplomas

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  • Breaking the Ice, Arctic Style
    Director Kurt Salo (Norway)

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    This film is an excellent link between the history of oceanography and modern days’ climate change research. At the same time it gives a deep and intelligent view on how extraordinary Nansen's expedition was.


  • When Tisza is in Flower
    Director Scabolcs Mosonyi (Hungary)


  • A dramatic film with a good concept that illustrates the short life cycle of mayflies in the Tisza river of Hungary.


  • Fish on!
    Directors Liivo Niglas, Diane Perlow and Frode Storaas (Estonia/Norway/USA) 

     

  • "Fish On" is a heart-warming observational documentary of local traditions and the fragile salmon ecosystem through the eyes of native American people.
     

Special Prizes

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Estonian Ministry of the Environment

  • On Wrong Land
    Director Kari Kemppainen (Finland)

Matsalu National Park

  • The Crayfish in a Jam Jar
    Director Jan Haft (Germany)

Lääne County Government

  • The Kingdom of Elk
    Director Rein Maran (Estonia)

Environmental Department of Läänemaa

  • The Crayfish in a jam Jar
    Director Jan Haft (Germany)

Estonian Fund for Nature

  • Waterlands
    Director Marc Persival (UK) 

Haapsalu

  • The Fields of Demeter
    Director Knut Krzywinski (Norway)