Film submissions

Film submissions to the 2022 Pridelands Wildlife Film Fest juried competition are now open. At Pridelands Wildlife Film Fest, our work is solely focused on the documentation of wildlife species, natural history and conservation storytelling.

Our jury seeks to identify the best audio-visual productions which demonstrate scientific accuracy, ethical decisions made during production and demonstrate key efforts to improve our natural world. It also prioritizes a robust representation of perspective in each category.

Festival Judges

Jolene van Antwerp

Jolene is an editor and sound editor, her dream is to collaborate with passionate and dedicated storytellers to make memorable films that leave audiences forever changed. Jolene graduated from Tshwane University of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Film and Television Production (2011). She was accepted into the SABC Television Operations Internship Programme April 2012 – January 2013, thereafter she freelanced as an EVS operator for SABC Sport. In June 2013 she had the opportunity to work with renowned filmmakers and conservationists, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. She joined their team as an assistant editor at Wildlife Films under the mentorship of Candice Odgers. In 2015, Jolene started cutting her first documentary feature, Tribe vs Pride (2017), which won the Special Jury Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2017 (Wyoming, USA). She was also awarded a South African Film and Television Awards (2019) for Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature. In 2019 she completed a 4 part series Okavango: River of Dreams. Jolene was the episode editor for Chapters 1 and 2, and the series editor of all four chapters. Before moving on to her next project, Jolene edited a special director’s cut of the Okavango series, combining all 3 episodes into a 94min feature version which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. In 2020, she completed Jade eyed Leopard (narrated by Jeremy Irons). The final film was delivered in June and kicked off Big Cat Week on NatGeo Wild on the 7th of September 2020. In July 2020, Jolene decided to take a break from fixed frame projects and took on a new challenge, Virtual Reality, and Immersive Storytelling. Driven by her passion for impact-driven stories, this was the ideal opportunity for her to learn about this new platform of storytelling using advanced technology. She was offered the head of post-production at Habitat XR, a South African-based company that specializes in nature and conservation immersive storytelling. At Habita XR Jolene edited both 360 monoscopic and stereoscopic content. One of the highlights was editing 2 x 44 minute 180 degrees monoscopic film titled “Nature in Motion” which showcased in Oculus Venues. She also had the honour to edit the first 360 cinema piece for the new Dian Fossey Campus in Rwanda. After more than a year of learning this new format, her heart longed to return to editing traditional fixed frame documentaries. In July 2021, she joined forces with her mentor, Candice Odgers, and officially joined the Think Lemonade Productions team.

Natalie Cash

Since 2004, Natalie Cash has served as the Executive Producer in charge of video production at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an international conservation organization founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. Today, WCS works to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 14 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity. WCS also operates the largest system of urban wildlife parks in the world – Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium on Coney Island – educating four million visitors each year about the importance of conservation. With three decades of experience in the industry, Cash directs, writes and edits short-form programming about WCS projects and stories for multiple platforms. The films she produces for WCS help advance conservation and understanding of our natural world, advocate for stronger policy and raise funds to support this work. Her films have won awards at the International Wildlife Film Festival and New York WILD and have been selected as finalists at Wildscreen and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Cash is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and serves on the Board of the New York WILD Film Festival and the Advisory Council of Jackson Wild. Prior to joining WCS, she was a series producer and writer at the Emmy Award-winning documentary production company Pangolin Pictures where she worked on a diverse slate of documentary, children’s, nature and reality programming. 

Resson Kantai Duff

Resson Kantai Duff is the Deputy Director of Ewaso Lions, an organisation dedicated to promoting coexistence between people
and lions in northern Kenya. She graduated with a Masters in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and an undergraduate Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Nairobi.

She also serves on the board of the Conservation Alliance of Kenya. She previously worked as Head of Awareness at Save the Elephants and as a writer and editor for the International Institute for Sustainable Development – Reporting Services. Her passion has grown to revolve around deconstructing the prevalent narrative of conservation which has pit humans against natural resources. She engages conservation practitioners and the wider public in unpacking and decolonising conservation, giving Kenyans back a sense of ownership over their wildlife, culture and land. Resson is a Women for the Environment (WE Africa) Founding Fellow, and was also conferred the Wild Elements Innovator award in 2021.

Sarah Joseph

Sarah Joseph is an award-winning filmmaker based in Washington, DC. After earning her BSc in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from UC Davis and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Queensland, Sarah began a career at National Geographic in 2008. Since then, she has travelled the world making films on subjects ranging from 3D-scanning a Sumatran rhino in Indonesia to uncovering mummies in Peru. In her current role as a senior producer for the National Geographic Society’s Impact Media team, Sarah directs and produces films about people and nature. She is passionate about helping to create a more inclusive and equitable industry, as well as talking openly about mental health. Sarah mentors through the Fulbright-NGS Fellowship program, the Video Consortium, Jackson Wild, and others.

Sarah-Jane Walsh

Sarah-Jane Walsh is a Bristol based Blue Chip Natural History Director. In a past life Sarah-Jane was a Marine Biologist specializing in Climate Change and Coral Bleaching. Wanting to reach a bigger audience with conservation messages Sarah-Jane began working in the Wildlife Film industry and has since worked on Planet Earth II, Our Planet and A Perfect Planet. Sarah-Jane is currently working at BBC Studios on an upcoming Blue Chip landmark Series. Sarah-Jane specializes in leading teams in some of the most challenging environments including Underwater and Cold habitats.

Sophie Morgan

Sophie is an esteemed natural history TV producer and field director of many award-winning wildlife programmes. She most recently produced and directed Tiny World – Reef for Apple TV+, narrated by Paul Rudd, and produced on an upcoming wildlife series for Netflix. Other recent credits include BAFTA and EMMY award-winning/nominated series Blue Planet II (BBC) and Hostile Planet (Nat Geo). She’s developed and assisted several presenter-led series, including Natural World (BBC), River Monsters (Animal Planet), Talk to the Animals (BBC), and Operation Maneater (Channel 4). With a BSc in Zoology and hundreds of hours as a professional scuba/technical diver, she has deep knowledge of the natural world and vast experience managing crews and talent in challenging outdoor and oceanic environments. Sophie is a pro-active conservationist who uses original storytelling techniques to inspire people to care about the ocean and its inhabitants. She is passionate about using cutting edge filming tools and new perspectives to reveal a world that is inaccessible to many.

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Filmmakers must submit high-quality copies per entry, preferably online.

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Non-English language productions must include subtitles

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Please preview your entries before submission. Content with profanity, time codes, broken links or other defects will be disqualified.

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No refunds are applicable once payments are submitted.

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