May 5, 2013 2:30 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
MISSOULA - The winners of the 36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival were honored Friday at the Roxy Theater during a First Friday ceremony. Several of the top award-winning films were shown again on Saturday.
The 2013 IWFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Marine Conservation & Media was awarded to Howard & Michele Hall whose aquatic film work has dramatically expanded our understanding of ocean environments. The Halls have received seven Emmy Awards and numerous other honors, and they have also authored many books and articles about their incredible experiences diving in the world's oceans.
The IWFF also recognized Mateus Mutemba of the Gorongosa Restoration Project as the recipient of the 2013 Hero Of The Year Award. Mateus is the Park Administrator of Gorongosa National Park, and has been with the project for over six years. The rehabilitation of Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique represents one of the great conservation opportunities in the world, according to a news release.
Below is a list of the other rewards given out by the IWFF.
Save Our Seas® Award - Hot Tuna (2012), Rick Rosenthal
This is the story of the tuna, one of the fastest, most powerful and most intelligent fishes in the sea. It's also the most highly prized, worth more than its weight in silver, and is being fished to the brink of extinction.
Best Cinematography - a tie - The Last Lions, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011
From the lush wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta comes the tale of a lion mother who must battle against the odds to protect her cubs.
Best Cinematography - a tie - Siberian Tiger Quest, Mike Birkhead and Joe Loncraine, 2012
In a remote forest wilderness in Russia, one man dedicated five years of his life to living in immense solitude in order to capture on film for the first time multiple families of Siberian tigers. Before he departs from this demanding task, he shows another filmmaker his art of observation and tracking, so that these amazing creatures can continue to be filmed.
Best Score - Kangaroo Dundee, Andrew Graham-Brown, 2013
This is the story of an Australian outbacker who founded a baby orphan kangaroo center to prepare these marsupials for the hazards of the wild.
Best Editing - The Last Lions, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011
Sound Design - The Last Lions, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011
Best Film - The Last Lions, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011
(photo courtesy IWFF)