Wild Africa Nominated for Best Theatrical Film at Jackson Hole

Wild Africa Nominated for Best Theatrical Film at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Evanston, IL (August 21, 2017) – BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films are proud to announce that Wild Africa has been nominated for Best Theatrical Film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. This year, there were more than 900 category entries and nearly 600 films overall, making 2017 the biggest competition year in JHWFF history.

Wild Africa is one of the most ambitious 3D nature films ever to premiere on the giant screen. It fuses Hollywood techniques with the best in nature filmmaking and storytelling. The production team worked with camera and housing specialists to film in highly challenging conditions not previously attempted – underwater 3D and 4K, 100% humidity, temperatures of over 120F and altitudes of 19,000 feet.
“I’m delighted to see this recognition for Wild Africa, especially by such a prestigious festival, and against such tough competition,” said Neil Nightingale, Creative Director of BBC Earth.  “It underlines the feedback we’ve been consistently receiving from theatres – that giant screen audiences are really enjoying  this film and it’s immersive journey through the wildest spectacles in Africa”.
“We’re thrilled to see Wild Africa receive this nomination,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films.  “Judging by the response of theatrical viewers of this film in museum giant screen cinemas worldwide, it is clear that this is a special documentary.  We’ve seen some venues beat their forecast by 200%.  We’re very proud to be a partner on this film.”
Winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of international judges, and will be announced at the Grand Teton Awards Gala in Jackson Hole on September 28th.
Wild Africa is distributed by Giant Screen Films and BBC Earth in all theatrical formats.
BBC Earth is a global factual brand which seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatric releases for cinema and giant screen films and online on BBC.com.
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.
Recognized as the premier event of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled biennial industry gathering. Hosted biennially in Grand Teton National Park, over 650 international delegates participate in an exceptional slate of leadingedge equipment presentations, seminars and state-of-the-art screenings.
The Festival’s international board members include: Animal Planet, BBC Natural History Unit, Cineverse/VER, Discovery Channel, Disneynature, FujiFilm Optical Devices, Gorongosa Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Tangled Bank Studios, National Geographic Channel International, National Geographic WILD, National Geographic Society, National Parks Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy, Nature/WNET, Off the Fence Productions, PBS, Sony Electronics, Terra Mater Factual Studios and UNIVERSUM/ORF, Vulcan Productions, WGBH, and World Wildlife Fund.