FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX (price of €1.000)
Awarded to the best film in terms of cinematography, originality, storyline, music/voiceover and degree of impact.
BEST SHORT FILM
Awarded to the best film in terms of cinematography, originality, storyline, music/voiceover and degree of impact with a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Awarded to the film with the best achievement in cinematography.
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD
Awarded to the film that provides the best insight into the behavior of, or interactions between, animals.
Awarded to the film that most effectively raises awareness regarding animal issues.
VAN LAWICK CONSERVATION AWARD*
Awarded to the film that most effectively contributes to raising awareness of current and relevant conservation issues.
PEOPLE & NATURE AWARD
Awarded to the film that most effectively explores the social, cultural or economic relationship between humans and nature.
BEST FILM FOR CHILDREN
Awarded to the film that most effectively inspires children (and youth) to appreciate the natural world.
AWARD FOR BEST NEWCOMER
Awarded to the best film produced by a first-time filmmaker.
AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION
Awarded to the best self-financed, non-commissioned film about nature, environment and/or animals produced independently of TV stations or other third parties.
The award for the best film chosen by the festival audience.
* Hugo van Lawick (1937 – 2002) was a Dutch nature filmmaker who made more than 40 films and won 8 Emmy Awards. Hugo contributed a lot to knowledge about nature conservation with his films. He was the first Dutch filmmaker to release nature films in theaters (Serengeti Symphony and The Leopard Son). Hugo was married to Jane Goodall and together they lived in Africa. Goodall’s research and Van Lawick’s films contributed much to knowledge about chimpanzees. Therefore, to honor his legacy, WFFR is attaching his name to the Conservation Award since 2019.