The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) have teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, and to World Wildlife Day 2016.
“At a time when the elephant crisis can still be averted, it is essential to take action that empowers local engagement and personal commitment,” explained Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. “Our aim is to galvanize the power of media to inspire wonder, catalyze change and move the dial on elephant conservation.”
In welcoming this unique initiative with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said: “We are delighted to support this global Elephant Film Festival to amplify the global calls to stop the poaching of elephants and the illicit trafficking of elephant ivory. The Festival will also capture the voices of local people from communities who are living with elephants, and seek to support them in securing a sustainable livelihood.”
We have received more than 250 entries in 7 categories:
- Issues and solutions
- Elephant hero
- People and elephants
- Asian elephants
- Science and conservation
- African voices
Winners will be announced on 3 March at a high-level event at the UN Headquarters in New York to mark the World Wildlife Day. We will provide links to the finalist and winning movies as they become available.
Interested in hosting a World Wildlife Day film screening event? Let us know. We will provide you with free elephant programming from the International Elephant Film Festival and other resources to help you create your event.