Jointly presented by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & United Nations/CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Winners to be announced at a high-level event to coincide with the global launch of World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in NYC, on March 3, 2018. To host a BIG CAT free screening event in your community, click here.
Cheetah, Clouded Leopard, Jaguar, Leopard, Lion, Puma, Snow Leopard, Tiger Films entered must highlight one or more of these species. Submission is free, and you may enter multiple categories.
Issues and Solutions Awarded to the film that most effectively reveals current issues and challenges and communicates solutions to the environmental, socio-economic and sustainability issues associated with big cats around the globe. Conservation Awarded to the film that effectively celebrates innovative approaches and noteworthy achievements of individuals or groups committed to the conservation of big cats.
People and Big Cats Awarded to the film that most effectively coveys the complex relationship between big cats and humans.
Science and Behavior Awarded to the film that greatly deepens our understanding of the science behind big cats and their behavior through its storytelling.
Micro-movie (under 5 minutes) Awarded to the Public Service Announcement (PSA), music video, media artwork or advocacy film that most effectively communicates an appreciation or understanding of big cats or their conservation issues. Limited to media under 5 minutes in length. Local Voices Recognizing excellence for big cats storytelling in projects produced by citizens of range states.
Left to Right: Snow Leopard, Lion, Tiger | Photos by Julie Larsen Maher
"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.
The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival are pleased to join hands again to organize an international film festival, this time for the world’s big cats, to raise global awareness of the critical challenges facing these iconic species. The film festival is part of the celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day 2018. It gives us a unique opportunity to raise public awareness through motion pictures and story-telling. The Festival will generate the level of attention big cats all deserve to ensure they are with us for generations to come.
At a time when the crisis can still be averted, it is essential to take action that promotes local engagement and personal commitment. Our aim is to galvanize the power of media to inspire wonder, catalyze change and move the dial on the conservation of big cats. We encourage wildlife movie makers around the world to submit their excellent works. Big cats have never come under the international spotlight as a group. But they will soon. Together, we will make the biggest impact."
-Lisa Samford, Executive Director John Scanlon, Secretary-General Jackson Hole WILD CITES