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Indian wildlife film bags award at UN fest

Jul 04, 2018

The UN sponsored International Big Cat film festival awarded ‘Gyamo - Queen of the Mountains’’ as the best film in covering wildlife issues.

 

New DelhiIndian wildlife conservation film “Gyamo-Queen of the Mountains” produced by Riverbank Studios, written & directed by Doel Trivedy and Gautam Pandey wins top honors at the UN-sponsored International Big Cats Film Festival organized by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival On the World Wildlife Day celebrated on March 3, 2018.

Over 200 entries were submitted for the international competition, and they were reviewed by 60 preliminary judges over seven weeks after which they determined the 16 finalists. The short list then was passed on to the final judging panel, which selected the winners from among the 16 finalists were announced at the high level celebrating world wildlife day.

The winning film under Local Voices category is about Gyamo, a snow leopard and her 2 cubs, who haven’t been seen since a big male snow leopard appeared in her area. The wildlife filmmaker duo Mike and Gautam return to Ladakh to pick up trail and find the cubs. Exploring the amazing landscape of Ladakh they discover there are many challenges that surround this endangered cat and threaten their very home.

The true stories about big cats went beyond simply being visually mesmerizing and engaging. They show the challenges facing these iconic species, and they feature the front-line heroes and the solutions that are necessary if we are going to be able to save populations of big cats around the world.

Another film, looking for Sultan was a finalist in issues and Solutions category at the same festival. This film has touched many serious conservation issues including India’s highest landfill on the outskirts of Leh. Feral dogs are another largely unaddressed by extremely serious issues that directly threatens India’s wildlife. In this film there are sequences of an endangered brown bear being surrounded by a pack of dogs.

Celebrating this great success, Mike Pandey, India's greatest wildlife filmmaker at Riverbank Studios said, “Gyamo...Has been one of our toughest calls... challenging hostile terrain...and an elusive big cat...critically endangered and just a handful struggling for survival. We needed the film to high light the multifarious challenges the snow leopard is facing”.

 

 

 

 

 

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