ROSCAR Finalists Announced


Wild Talk Africa is proud to announce and congratulate the ROSCAR finalists for 2013. This year the festival received a record breaking 445 entries from 32 countries; almost double compared with the 267 entries that were received in 2011. With so many productions submitted, the organisers would like to congratualte the judges who had a momentual job in deciding the finalist nominations for the Roscars.  Wild Talk Africa would like to thank all the entrants to who submitted films to this years festival and proves how natural history persists as a growing genre. The award winners will be announced at the ROSCAR Awards Ceremony on the 25th July 2013 in Durban.
2013 ROSCAR Nomination list:

The Music Award

    •    Africa – Kalahari- BBC NHU
    •    Wild Scandinavia – Finland- Gulo Film Productions
    •    Secrets of the North Sea-Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
    •    The Green Universe- Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
The Best Sound Design Award
    •    Saving Rhino Phila– NHU Africa
    •    Untamed Americas: Forest- National Geographic Television
    •    The Silver of the Sea-Blåst Film AS
    •    The Fir Tree- Lars Ostenfeld Film
The Cinematography Award
    •    Natural World: Queen of the Savannah- BBC NHU
    •    Wild Scandinavia – Finland-Gulo Film Productions
    •    Life on Fire: The Surprise Salmon-Saint Thomas Productions
    •    Africa – Kalahari- BBC NHU
The Limited Budget Award
    •    Where the Wild Things Were- Amber Eames
    •    Karona: Water That Runs Through Forest and Rock- Michael Schranner
    •    Tales of a Sea Cow: A Mockumentary -Spierfilms
The Best Environmental Production Award
    •    Saving Rhino Phila - NHU Africa
    •    Superfish: Bluefin Tuna - Wild Logic LLC
    •    War Elephants - National Geographic Television
The Expedition/Adventure Award
    •    Around Iceland on Inspiration Ep 7 - Cooked in Africa Films
    •    2 Wings, Many Prayers – Sabido Productions
    •    Touching the Dragon - NHU Africa
The Short Film Award
    •    Amazing Grace - Makhulu
    •    Tuna - What's in your Tin? - Parker Scott Media
    •    The Fir Tree - Lars Ostenfeld Film
    •    The Beauty of the Irrational - The African Attachment
The Best Presenter Award
    •    Broken Tail – Crossing the Line Films
    •    Queen of Tigers - Mike Birkhead Associate
    •    Lucy Cooke's Freaks & Creeps: Devil Island - National Geographic Television
The Editing Award
    •    Wild West: High Noon - National Geographic Television
    •    The Green Universe - Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
    •    A Wild Dog's Tale - Table Mountain Films

The Best Script Award
    •    Life on Fire: The Surprise Salmon - Saint Thomas Productions
    •    The Unlikely Leopard - Wildlife Conservation Films
    •    Natural World: Queen of the Savannah - BBC Natural History Unit
    •    Amazon Alive - Part 1: Jungle of the Mind - Light and Shadow GmbH

The Best Series Award

    •    Africa – Kalahari & The Future - BBC NHU
    •    Untamed America – Mountains & Desert - National Geographic Television
    •    Danube - Europe's Amazon: From the Black Forest to the Black Sea & Forest, Flood, Frost - ScienceVision Filmproduktions GmbH

The Best Newcomer Award
    •    Where the Wild Things Were - Amber Eames
    •    Tales of a Sea Cow: A Mockumentary - Etienne de France, Spierfilms
    •    Life on Ice: An Adventure to Remember - Refah Seyed Mahmoud
    •    Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) - David Fedele

The Best African Production Award
    •    Dino Fish – Earth Touch
    •    2 Wings, Many Prayers - Sabido Productions
    •    Shoreline Series II (2) Ep 7 - Homebrew Films
The Campaign Award
    •    Amazing Grace – Makhulu
    •    Hunt for the Tiger Slayers - Media Production Center Wildlife Conservation Society
    •    There Will Always be Lions - Kira Godal
The 3D Award
    •    You, Plant – an Exploration - Terra Mater Factual
    •    Alien Deep: Fires of Creation - National Geographic Television
    •    Dragons Feast - NHU Africa

The Best Children’s Natural History Production Award
    •    This category is judged by school children. Results to follow when term starts.

Have a look at who judged this year’s entries - 59 preliminary round judges:

This year Michaela Strachan & Dairen Simpson will host the ROSCAR Awards.
Michaela has been a presenter for 25 years. Fans from the 80s will remember fondly ‘The Wide Awake Club’, while today you’ll find her gracing your screen on BBC’s ‘Springwatch’. Michaela’s quintessential English charm will be paired up with Dairen’s wild man act. More at home in the jungles of Belize, Dairen “The Trapper” Simpson will be winning over the two-legged varmints (humans) with his Dairen-isms and original character. Life according the Dairen: “Be true to yourself and f**k everybody else. I mean that’s basically the code that I live by. That’s what counts. Being true to myself.”

Wild Talk Africa is pleased to announce that a strategic partnership has been formed with The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM). A selection of natural history films have been chosen from 445 entries from across the globe, to be screened during 9 slots as part of the DIFF programme. These films were entered as part of Durban Wild Talk Africa’s ROSCAR Awards competition. According to Peter Machen, Manager of DIFF. “The Wild Talk Africa Film Festival selection offers the best selection of natural history films from around the world, which complements our huge variety of more than 200 factual and fiction films screened at the DIFF. This, no doubt will add to the dynamic and vigorous discourse that usually takes place during the festival both informally and formally in seminars and workshops, as well as in the media.”
Please visit the Durban International Film Festival website for venue and booking information:

To see the full DIFF 2013 programme visit here:

More details on the programme are up on the webite:
The delegate contact list now available for download as a password protected PDF, to those who have registered: