And the film festival prize goes to ... a hero-leopard
The annual all-Russia environmental festival was held in St. Petersburg. In 2017, the Year for Ecology in Russia, the conduction of the Festival is regarded as an important and significant event for the country. Over 100 films from all over Russia were received by the Festival administration. The level of the event was very high and the competition severe. The documentary telling a life story of the Amur leopard and its neighbors shot by the Zov Taigi (Call of the Taiga in Russian) studio on the request of WWF was unanimously chosen by the significant jury as the best one.
According to Vasily Solkin, the film editor, head of communication at WWF Russia Amur branch, «I have spent a lifetime dreaming to shoot such a film. Maybe I am too pompous, not unlike myself even, but it is true. This film is my swan song. It contains the best shots made by Gennady Shalikov, Oleg Kabalik, and myself. The documentary has been already well-received in numerous festivals; got several awards, was broadcasted on federal channels. But the Meridian Festival prize has touched me above all as the jury consisted of the real coryphées of the national non-fiction films».
Among other Festival’s high prizes of WWF is a documentary “Enchanted” shot by the Zabaikalsky Province TV on WWF’s request. It was the best in the made-for-TV category.
The broadcasting of the winning films will be organized in many cities across Russia.