04 Oct

Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’ Featured at 21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival


‘My Pantanal’ – a film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, about Panthera’s ongoing jaguar conservation initiatives in the Brazilian Pantanal – has been announced as an Official Selection of the 21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the only film institute in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary film genre.

A multicultural and intergenerational event, The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will be held October 12th-21st. ‘My Pantanal’ will be screened on Sunday, October 14th, at 1:25pm at Carmike Cinema 2.

General Admission Tickets for one screening are on sale for $5, and more ticket type passes including a Daily Pass and VIP pass can be purchased online. Get your tickets now.

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More on My Pantanal

‘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); and also won Best Children’s Program Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. It was a finalist at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and was also screened at 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.

Learn more about My Pantanal.