WASHINGTON (Oct. 7, 2011)—National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) received four awards at this year’s Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, one of the world’s top competitions for wildlife and environmental film and television production. “Flying Monsters 3D,” a new giant-screen and digital 3D film produced by Atlantic Productions in association with Sky 3D and distributed by NGCV, took home the honors for Best 3D Film. “The Last Lions,” a feature-length documentary produced and distributed by NGCV and directed by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, received awards for Best Theatrical Film, Best Music and Best Editing.
“It’s an honor to have been recognized by Jackson Hole for these two films,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “We and the filmmakers are thrilled that the judges appreciated the amazing sensation of flying through the prehistoric forest with the pterosaurs in ‘Flying Monsters 3D.’ We agree: Both ‘The Last Lions’ and ‘Flying Monsters 3D’ are unforgettable, and hopefully audiences around the world will agree.”
In “Flying Monsters 3D,” which opens today in giant-screen theaters around the United States, world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough immerses audiences in a prehistoric world to witness the story of pterosaurs. These giant flying monsters were a mysterious group of winged vertebrates that ruled the skies while dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Applying the same state-of-the-art 3-D CGI technology used in “Avatar,” “Flying Monsters” also employs pioneering scientific techniques that reveal new details about pterosaurs. The groundbreaking new adventure film has already earned accolades, including a 2011 BAFTA Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and an IBC2011 Special Award for its innovative use of 3D. To see the release schedule for “Flying Monsters 3D,” go to http://flyingmonsters-movie.com.
“The Last Lions” was released by NGCV in February 2011. Written, photographed, directed and produced by renowned natural history filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, “The Last Lions” follows the life of an ostracized lioness and her cubs as they fight to survive — overcoming raging wildfires, marauding male lions intent on killing any cubs not of their lineage and an aggressive and competing pride of lionesses. The lioness and her cubs’ only defense is to escape to Duba Island, a tiny enclave in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Proceeds from the movie are re-invested in the future of lions in the wild through contributions to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive National Geographic program of on-the-ground conservation programs, public awareness, education and economic incentive efforts aimed at halting the decline of big cats around the world. For more information on the Big Cats Initiative, go to causeanuproar.org.
National Geographic Cinema Ventures
National Geographic Cinema Ventures is part of National Geographic Entertainment, a division of the National Geographic Society. Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Its mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Cinema Ventures produces and distributes 2D and 3D productions for the world’s largest screens.
National Geographic’s portfolio of nearly 25 films includes five National Geographic giant-screen films — “Sea Monsters; A Prehistoric Adventure,” “Forces of Nature,” “Roar,” “Lewis and Clark” and the blockbuster “Mysteries of Egypt,” which, at $102 million, is one of the highest-grossing films in the industry. The National Geographic distribution portfolio also includes “Yellowstone,” “Whales,” “Niagara: Miracles, Myths, and Magic,” “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets,” “Wild Safari,” “The Human Body” and “Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France.”