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Ivory trade exposé and Chris Packham earn top honours at Wildscreen

Published on Friday, 14th October 2016

A documentary exposing  the brutality and corruption of the global ivory trade, made with backing from Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen,  was named tonight as the 2016 winner of the international wildlife film and TV’s industry highest accolade - the WWF Golden Panda Award.

THE IVORY GAME - a Netflix Original,  produced by Terra Mater Film Studios (Austria) and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions (USA), with DiCaprio as executive producer - beat 43 other titles from eleven countries to lift both the best in festival trophy and the Panda Award for best  theatrical entry at this year’s Wildscreen – the world’s biggest festival of screen-based nature storytelling.

The same ceremony, held at Bristol’s Colston Hall also saw the British TV presenter, author and photographer CHRIS PACKHAM receive the festival’s Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement and the presentation of 20 other Panda Awards to productions and individuals – among them the US investigative reporter BRYAN CHRISTY and the veteran UK broadcaster SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, 90 this year, who opened the event.

Welcoming the results, Lucie Muir, CEO of the charity behind the biennial festival, said: “A major talking point at this year’s Wildscreen Festival has been the growing success of independents, not only at finding fresh ways to tell wildlife stories but also new ways to share them.  Our Golden Panda winner, The Ivory Game, is one example of this – as gripping as a thriller drama in style and soon to be shown by an on-demand channel with the unique ability to put an urgent conservation story in front of a huge global audience very speedily. Another is the festival’s recognition of Chris Packham, who embodies what Wildscreen stands for - an extremely talented storyteller who shares his personal passion for the natural world via film, television, photography and online networks and, so, ignites the same care and enthusiasm in very many others, especially younger people.”

The Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony 2016 was hosted by television presenters Steve Backshall and Liz Bonnin and attended by a capacity audience of industry representatives, celebrity guests, media and public.

To view the full list of productions nominated for Panda Awards 2016, and find out more about each production, including clips, please see: http://www.wildscreen.org/panda-awards/2016-wildscreen-panda-award-nominations/