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Best North American Film (WCFF)

Our "Adventures of the American Pika" Film won a prestigious award: BEST NORTH AMERICAN FILM.

"The Adventures of the American Pika," a captivating film produced by Jere Folgert and Mimi Matsuda, made its grand debut at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) in New York City. This enchanting documentary not only enthralled audiences but also earned the prestigious Best North American Film award at the festival. Such an accolade is a testament to the film's remarkable storytelling and its profound impact on viewers. What an incredible honor!

The 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) took place in New York, NY, from October 19-26 at the Cinema Village Theater and other locations. This ten-day event featured a rich tapestry of activities, including film screenings, panel discussions, conferences, receptions, and field trips. Over 100 international documentary films were showcased, many of them world premieres, representing more than thirty nations. The festival attracted over thirty international producers and scientists, highlighting the global effort to bring wildlife conservation to the forefront of public consciousness.

Wildlife films play an essential role in bridging the gap between urban populations and the natural world. For many people living in concrete jungles, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of city life, direct encounters with nature are rare. These films offer a window into the wild, providing an immersive experience that brings the beauty, complexity, and fragility of ecosystems into sharp focus.

By showcasing the wonders of the natural world and the challenges it faces, wildlife films educate and inspire viewers, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for biodiversity. They highlight the urgent need for conservation efforts, illustrating the profound impacts of human activity on the environment. Through powerful storytelling and stunning visuals, these films can evoke empathy and a sense of responsibility, motivating audiences to support conservation initiatives and adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

Moreover, events like the WCFF serve as vital platforms for dialogue and collaboration among filmmakers, scientists, and conservationists. The exchange of ideas and knowledge during panel discussions and conferences helps to advance conservation strategies and raise awareness about critical issues. Receptions and field trips provide networking opportunities, fostering partnerships that can lead to impactful conservation projects.

In essence, wildlife films and festivals like the WCFF play a crucial role in reconnecting people with nature, promoting environmental stewardship, and driving collective action to preserve our planet's precious biodiversity.

This wildlife film is not just educational; it’s an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the great outdoors! Imagine embarking on a journey where survival is the ultimate game, and every day is a thrilling mix of strategy, community spirit, and high-stakes drama. The film whisks us away into a world where planning for the future means stocking up a pantry that would make any squirrel green with envy, and looking out for your neighbors is a daily act of heroism.

Composed of three captivating stories, each chapter unfolds the wild and whimsical adventures of our intrepid animal protagonists. These adorable yet tenacious characters live life with a purpose that would inspire even the most steadfast human, all while demonstrating a dashing blend of courage and ingenuity. Whether it’s outsmarting a sneaky predator or dodging a perilous situation that could spell doom, our furry friends showcase a mix of charm and resilience.

As we follow these rugged individualists, we’re treated to a showcase of their incredible strength and resourcefulness. Their lives are a testament to the power of perseverance and the beauty of nature’s grand design. With a blend of humor, heart, and high-octane action, this film not only entertains but also leaves us in awe of the sheer willpower and cleverness it takes to thrive in the wild. So sit back, relax, and get ready to cheer on our brave heroes as they navigate the unpredictable twists and turns of life in the wild!

Jere Folgert

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