MAFF 2015 Awards

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  • Festival jury:
  • Irjaleena Eriksson (Chairwoman)
  • Ilias Missyris
  • Kaari Saarma
  • Maire Toming
  • Rein Kuresoo
  • Robert Jürjendal

 

THE GRAND PRIX

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  • The Everglades - A Watery Wilderness
  • Germany, director Zoltan Török
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  • The winner of the Grand Prix is a remarkable film with excellent photography using carefully a variety of camera movements and majestic aerials of a very fragile waterland. Music and sound effects are well used adding to the power in captivating the viewer from the beginning to the end.
 

1ST PRIZE

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Category “Nature”

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  • America's National Parks – Yosemite
  • Germany, director Oliver Goetzl
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  • A captivating story about one of the most famous national parks of America. Many extremely demanding shots woven together with a good story make this film an enjoyable one and cast light to many intimate secrets of the great wilderness.


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Poached
  • USA, director Timothy Wheeler
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  • This is an extraordinary film of a phenomenon most of us refuse to accept in our societies. It does not exist, we say, and still it does. The film is a detective story into to the dark side of owning and collecting nature instead of understanding and loving it.
 

BEST DIRECTOR

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Category “Nature”

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  • Life on the Mother River
  • Estonia, director Remek Meel
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  • A personal, almost a family story supported with good photography, great storytelling, enjoyable music and and decent animation. An excellent example of efficient use of simple means with enjoyable result.


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • Planetary
  • UK, director Guy Reid
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  • The film delicately and cleverly leads a person lost in a lonely and separated, hurrying death train to unitedness with self, other living beings, and all else. A rare film, which, in addition to showing the problem, also gets to the root of it, and finds a way out.


BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

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Category “Nature”

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  • Polar Bear Summer
  • Germany, photographers Klaus Scheurich (DOP), Matthias Breiter, Alexandra and Steffen Sailer
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  • A remarkable wildlife film with high quality images that concentrate on its subject. Time-lapse photography and interspaced aerial views enable the viewer to get a complete picture of the vast and remote area that this film deals with, while the stunning photography has been cleverly matched with demanding sound effects enabling the viewer to have a close encounter with its main subject throughout the film.


Category “Man and Nature”

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  • The Secrets of the Hive
  • Austria, photographers Jörg Adams, Roland Breitschuh, Attila Boa
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  • A well-produced film with appetizing and inspiring camera work about the hidden world of wild and domesticated bees. A film providing inspiration and hope at a time when bees are facing a crisis.


Special Prize of the Jury

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  • The Wild Wet
  • New Zealand, directors Joshua Mayo, Moritz Katz
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  • A low-budget but gripping film about our oldest rainforest and its inhabitants.
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  • Baobabs Between Land and Sea
  • France, director Cyrille Cornu
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  • An inspiring film that deals with a widely unknown subject in a widely unknown place. The music track, diverse in its content, enhances the visual using both traditional and contemporary tracks combined with natural sounds, while conveying also an environmental message to the viewer during the credit roll after the end of the film.  
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  • Life on Us
  • France/Australia, director Pierre-Francois Gaudry
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  • This is a film that follows in the footsteps of a genre Lennart Nilsson started decades ago when the cameras could get close to the human body. It combines in a fascinating and visual way the body and the Earth.
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  • Gambling on Extinction
  • Germany/Canada, director Jakob Kneser
 
  • A first-class documentary about the killing of elephants and rhinoceroses due to falce beliefs and greed. The chain of murderers includes not only illegal hunters and traders but also the rich, who not only boast with their treasures but also invest in threatened species as a business.

 

Highly Commended Diplomas

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  • City Under the Sea
  • UK/France, director Guy Chaumette
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  • A film from an interesting point of view and with excellent close-ups about a beautiful underwater world.
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  • Insects Little Matters
  • Spain, director Alvaro Mendoza
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  • A film, which brings small beings closer and shows that small does not mean meaningless.  
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  • Making an Ancient Forest – Kalkalpen National Park
  • Austria, director Rita Schlamberger
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  • An inspiring film with stunning photography that has the power to captivate the viewer straight from the start.
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  • Africa's Wild West – Stallions of the Namib Desert
  • Austria, director Franz Leopold
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  • A hard-hitting presentation with dramatic moments, portraying the stallions' struggle for survival in a land where they don't belong.
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  • Wild Canada – Episode 2: The Wild West
  • Austria, directors Sacha Mirzoeff, Jeff Turner
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  • A well-balanced film with a good story and dramatized scenes, which keep the audience's attention.
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  • Whitsunday at Tammealuse
  • Estonia, director Rein Maran
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  • This film based on old beliefs is a pictoresque reminder of the past, and a way to pass over this tradition to new generations.
 
  • Defendant 5

  • Australia, director Heidi Lee Douglas

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  • In this film, problems caused by aggressive human activities, fortunately, find pro nature solutions.

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  • Ride in the Bottle

  • Hungary, director Zsolt Marcel Toth

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  • Why not ... make a humorous carneval of a serious matter, and, in this way, activate people to fight the pollution!

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  • The Farmer and His Prince

    Germany, director Bertram Verhaag

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  • An inspiring film about organic agriculture and healthy values.

 

Special Prizes

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Estonian Ministry of the Environment

  • Whitsunday at Tammealuse
  • Estonia, director Rein Maran


Matsalu National Park

  • The Ninja-Birds of Kakadu: Comb-Crested Jacanas
  • Japan, director Natsumi Kobayashi


Lääne County

  • Life on the Mother River
  • Estonia, director Remek Meel


Haapsalu

  • Life on the Mother River
  • Estonia, director Remek Meel


Tallinn Zoo

  • Gambling on Extinction
  • Germany/Canada, director Jakob Kneser​
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Photo: The Everglades - A Watery Wilderness

Photo: America's National Parks - Yosemite

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Photo: Poached

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Photo: Life on the Mother River

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Photo: Polar Bear Summer

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Photo: The Secrets of the Hive

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Photo: Baobabs Between Land and Sea

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Photo: Gambling on Extinction

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Photo: Africa's Wild West - Stallions of the Namib Desert

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Photo: Whitsunday at Tammealuse

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Photo: The Farmer and His Prince

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Photo: The Ninja-Birds of Kakadu: Comb-Crested Jacanas