|FFC Filmmaker of the Year Award|
Filmmakers for Conservation congratulates National Geographic Television as the winner of the FFC 10th Anniversary Conservation Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Presented at the FFC Annual General Meeting at the Wildscreen Film Festival, this award recognized a filmmaker or company that has made a significant contribution to conservation efforts through the practice of their craft.
In 1965 National Geographic started a television revolution by introducing "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees." The new genre was based on three principles: a good story, remarkable images, and a compelling encounter with the natural world. This was the guiding light behind 45 years of conservation film-making, with an impact on audiences, governments and NGOs who were all inspired to act. NGT's recent film about the restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique inspired that nation's president to protect the endangered Mount Gorongosa by including it within the park. "Journey to Shark Eden," profiling National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala, helped to secure the protection of 200,000 square miles of oceans around the Northern Line Islands. And the three-part series on the National Geographic Society-sponsored "Megatransect" across Africa resulted in the creation of 13 national parks in Gabon.
For the FFC 10th Anniversary Award the board was looking to reflect a filmmaker or organisation's body of work and overall contributions to the environment and conservation in the media and film industries. We felt that National Geographic Television deserved to be saluted for 45 years of inspiring people, showing governments and NGOs what needs to be saved and for getting into the field to cover tough stories.
Congratulations to National Geographic Television in exemplifying the FFC ideal of "Using The Power Of Film And Media To Conserve Our Natural World".