03 May

April 28-May 5: Newport Beach Film Festival Featuring Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’

Newport Beach Film Festival

The Panthera produced film 'My Pantanal,' written and directed by Panthera's Managing Director, Andrea Heydlauff, has been accepted to the 12th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which began April 28th and will last through May 5th.

‘My Pantanal’ is a film about a boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a fazenda (ranch) in the Pantanal, the world’s largest and wildest wetland, in Brazil. Aerenilso shows us what it is like to be a Pantaneiro (a cowboy), riding his horse, doing his chores, and exploring this incredible landscape that is teeming with wildlife, including the jaguar. Aerenilso lives on a conservation ranch where the cowboys and Panthera's scientists are working together to show that ranching and jaguars can coexist in this magical place.

My Pantanal is the first film project fully produced by Panthera, and is part of our conservation media efforts. Panthera aims to create cost effective, relevant, and inspired media that is rooted in conservation for local, and for wider, audiences. My Pantanal has been recognized at numerous film festivals, in the US and internationally, and recently won a Best Short Film Award at the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and the Best Children’s Program Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival. This short film is also being produced in Portuguese so it can target its primary audience, people living in the Pantanal with jaguars.

Visit the Newport Beach Film Festival website for more information.

Learn more about Panthera’s Jaguar Project in the Pantanal

Learn more about Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative