MAFF 2014 Awards

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  • Festival jury:
  • Oliver Goetzl (Chairman)
  • Helen Arusoo
  • Alex Lotman
  • Priit Vesilind
  • Arvo Vilu
  • Murat Yilmaz

 

THE GRAND PRIX

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  • Wild Australia 1 – Desert of the Red Kangaroo
  • Germany, directors Thoralf Grospitz, Jens Westphalen
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  • In this very colourful film, we come really close to Australian wildlife. With the help of extraordinary photography and interwoven storylines, we witness animal behaviour that has never before been illustrated in such detail and beauty. One can feel the solid research behind the filmmaking. Feel yourself a Roo inside the pouch! 
     

1ST PRIZE

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Category “Nature”

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  • The Moor
  • Germany, director Jan Haft
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  • Again, Jan Haft’s art of filmmaking with wonderful photography, excellent narration and information, and skillful editing caught the Jury in a manner that made us realize the fascinating details of a less familiar habitat. 


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Chasing Ice
  • USA, director Jeff Orlowski
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  • A very important film, which gives a convincing answer to the question of whether global warming exists or not. Providing the answer required great effort and self-sacrifice. 
     

BEST DIRECTOR

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Category “Nature”

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  • Sophisticated Farmers: Leafcutter Ants
  • Japan, director Ichiro Yamamoto
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  • Ichiro Yamamoto presented a complex microcosmos in a smart and educational way that leaves the audience with new knowledge about the extraordinary ants. 


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Unnatural Selection
  • Austria, directors Steve Nicholls, Sarah Whalley
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  • A well executed, sensitive, and educational film about the unbelievable workings of evolution right in front of our eyes. 


BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

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Category “Nature”

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  • Namibia’s Desert Kingdom
  • Austria, photographer Martyn Colbek
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  • With outstanding photography, including excellent framing, Martyn Colbeck achieved to show the beauty of a wonderful habitat. 


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Enclosed by Water 1: Pellinki and Haapasaari Islands
  • Finland, photographer Petteri Saario
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  • A beautiful and simple story about how people have adapted to the surrounding Nordic nature and how Nordic nature has adapted to humans. 


Special Prize of the Jury

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  • The Desert Islands
  • Portugal, director Madalena Boto
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  • Brilliant photography and very fitting graphics add to the excellence of this film. 
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  • Carousel of Life – The Traditional Orchard
  • Germany, directors Annette Scheurich, Klaus Scheurich
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  • A wonderful piece of filmmaking showing with all its needed skills, like direction, photography, and postproduction, the beauty of a manmade habitat. 
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  • Spirit Creatures – Niassa’s Invisible Realm
  • South Africa, director Keith Begg
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  • A unique story about the meeting of humans and animals on equal grounds. 
     

Highly Commended Diplomas

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  • Great Spotted Eagle – A Bird Like No Other
  • Poland, director Ireneusz Chojnacki 
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  • A clear and good overview of the yearly cycle of an endangered bird species. Nice musical background. 
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  • Future Behind You
  • Netherlands, Namibia, director Frank Dorren 
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  • A film, which gives value to the traditional lifestyle of African native people. 
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  • Siblings are Forever
  • Norway, director Frode Fimland 
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  • A lovely story about life in a small farm in a distant mountain village. 
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  • Snows of the Nile
  • USA, directors Nate Dappen, Neil Losin 
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  • A well executed, low-budget film on a burning topic – climate change in the heart of Africa. 
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  • Hamilton’s Adventures – A Different View on Manatees
  • Germany, director Ulf Marquardt 
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  • A touching storyline helps to understand the threats that this very special but endangered species is facing nowadays. 
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  • Killer Whales – Fins of Change
  • Austria, director Ben Wallis 
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  • A intriguingly structured film, which helps to understand the influence of climate change on the Arctic fauna. 

 

Special Prizes

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Estonian Ministry of the Environment

  • Wild Baltics. Episode 2 – Enchanted Forests and Moors
  • Germany, director Christoph Hauschild 


Environmental Board, Matsalu National Park

  • Great Spotted Eagle – A Bird Like No Other
  • Poland, director Ireneusz Chojnacki 


Lääne County, Haapsalu

  • Hamilton’s Adventures – A Different View on Manatees
  • Germany, director Ulf Marquardt 


Tallinn Zoo

  • Vipera Life - A Serpent's Tale
  • Hungary, director Attila David Molnar 


Estonian Fund for Nature

  • Carousel of Life – The Traditional Orchard
  • Germany, directors Annette Scheurich, Klaus Scheurich
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Photo: Wild Australia 1 – Desert of the Red Kangaroo 

Photo: The Moor

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Photo: Chasing Ice