Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’ Selected as Finalist for Best Children’s Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
‘My Pantanal’ – a film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, about our ongoing jaguar conservation initiatives in the Brazilian Pantanal – has just been selected as a finalist (one of three films) in the Best Children’s Program category at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The Festival is internationally renowned as the largest and most prestigious competition of the nature genre, and this year a record 510 films from over 30 countries were submitted for 22 category awards. The 2011 award winners will be selected by a distinguished panel in Jackson Hole preceding the five-day industry conference held in Grand Teton Park at the Jackson Lake Lodge October 3-7, and will be announced at a Gala celebration on Thursday, October 6th.
‘My Pantanal’ is a film about a boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a fazenda (ranch) in the Brazilian Pantanal - the world’s largest and wildest wetland that is home to the highest density of jaguars. Aerenilso shows what it is like to be a Pantaneiro (a cowboy), riding his horse, doing his chores, and exploring the incredible landscape of the Pantanal that teems with wildlife, including the jaguar. We hear and see life on the Pantanal through his viewpoint – the pride of being a Pantaneiro, the concern of leaving the land, his love of the landscape, his desire to explore, and how he is mesmerized by the beautiful and almost mythical jaguar. Sadly, jaguars have been hunted by people in the Pantanal, but Aerenilso’s ranch is different. He lives on a conservation ranch where the cowboys and Panthera's scientists are working together through the Pantanal Jaguar Project to show how 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 the Best Children's Natural History Production Award at the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival (where it was also nominated for Best Short). My Pantanal was also the winner of the Best Children’s Program Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. This summer the film was additionally accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival. My Pantanal is currently being produced in Portuguese so it can target its primary audience, people living in the Pantanal with jaguars.