As a direct result of the Jackson Hole Conservation Summit in 2015 and 2017, Jackson Hole WILD and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have teamed up to inspire personal responsibility and stewardship for endangered creatures through international film festivals and film showcases across the world. In 2015, we hosted the International Elephant Film Festival, which has reached over 8,000 people in 70+ countries. Building off of this success, we are proud to introduce the International Big Cats Film Festival, which accepted entries through January 5, 2018, and will announce winners at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day, March 2018. Winning/Finalist Films are showcased extensively throughout the world, with specifically targeted areas to include African nations, China, the United States, Vietnam and Thailand, through screening events and local broadcast stations. Subtitled DVDs are available free to schools and libraries, free screenings for local NGOs and elephant stakeholders to incorporate into their own programming.
At a time when the ivory-driven elephant crisis can still be stopped, it is essential to take action that empowers locally-driven engagement with measurable impact. The Elephant Film Festival is a component of worldwide public outreach and engagement efforts to empower action and inspire a sense of personal responsibility and stewardship for elephant conservation and in creating an equitable and sustainable future.
Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. Our aim is to galvanize the power of media to inspire wonder, catalyze change and move the dial on the conservation of big cats.