Images from Around the World Gather in Toyama at the 2011 Japan Wildlife Film Festival

Echo – an Unforgettable Elephant

Originally written for the Vol.5-No.6 edition (August 2, 2011) of the Toyama Hot News e-newsletter.

From Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th, the Nature Film Network will hold the 10th Japan Wildlife Film Festival in Toyama, with the Toyama International Conference Center as the main venue. This festival has been held in Toyama every other year since 1993, and is now considered one of the three largest nature film festivals in the world, along with the Wildscreen Festival in England and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in the United States.

This year, the festival received a record 459 submissions from 53 countries and regions. 35 films have been chosen to be shown on the big screen with subtitles or dubbing. Final award winners will be selected at the festival.

The films span a diverse range of regions and subjects. To describe just a few, “Echo – an Unforgettable Elephant” is a British film about elephants in Kilimanjaro, “Yanomami” is a Japanese film about an indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest, “Spirit of the Arctic” is an American film covering the different regions of Alaska, and “A Thousand Suns” is an American film about the rural farmers of the Gamo Highlands in East Africa. Other filmmakers are from France, Germany, Austria, South Africa, Hungary, New Zealand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Taiwan, Korea, Estonia, and Belgium.

In commemoration of this 10th film festival, there will also be a “Best of the Best” compilation – eighteen films that have won awards in past years’ festivals.

An English-language website for the Japan Wildlife Film Festival is available: http://www.naturechannel.jp/Ehome.html.

Source (article and photo): Toyama Just Now

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