Ben Morris French : Gala Dinner
With the delegates packed into Jackson’s Center for the Arts, welcome cocktails quaffed, and an electric atmosphere, the Gala was due to begin, drawing Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2017 to its end.
NHN Members were well represented amongst the award winners, with Terra Mater‘s The Ivory Game winning The Grand Teton Prize!
The Ivory Game also won Best Theatrical an Best Writing awards and TMFS’ ‘Tribe versus Pride’ also snapped up the Jury Award
Best Host-Presenter-Led went to David Attenborough’s Light on Earth (TMFS/Ammonite), Conservation and Editing awards were collected by The Hunt (Silverback Films) , and BBC Studios – NHU’s Planet Earth II pulled off a hat trick of awards (Original Music Score, Audioscape, and Visualisation).
Legacy Awards were awarded to Kris Tompkins and Greg Carr, highlighting the importance of conservation work for the Festival. Chasing Coral won Impact and Poignant moments peppered the ceremony.
We remembered those lost since 2015, including veteran filmmaker Kenyan Fixer Extraordinaire Jean Hartley. Walter Kohler on collecting The Grand Teton Award for The Ivory Game led the audience in a minute’s silence to remember a consultant on his team who was murdered in Africa while fighting the against the Ivory Trade. The ceremony closed with a key quote from the recently departed Alan Root.
2017 saw its first ever vegetarian menu at all sponsored Jackson Lake Lodge meals, and reusable water bottles for every delegate in the greenest festival to date. JHWFF 2017 was attended by the highest number of delegates than ever before, and had the most films submitted for competition.
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