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80% of the world's extinctions have occurred on islands. In the 1990s, two surfer / biologists decided to do something about that.

Today, their company Island Conservation employs dozens of people around the globe, removing feral animals from islands, preventing extinctions
and making our world a little more hope-filled. I interviewed their chief scientist under a tree at the IUCN World Parks Congress, and the resulting film
 is part nature documentary, part fairy tale and chock full of blindingly beautiful, big-hearted science.

Bright Spots is the first film in a series of documentaries for children called "Twig". The series is designed for upper primary school classrooms,
and has accompanying teaching materials which fuse art and science into one lesson. The film and classroom activities will be available online in late 2016.


     
 
           
           
 
 
           
           
San Francisco Green Film Festival (San Francisco, USA, April 2016)

Carolina Environmental Film Festival (Chapel Hill, USA, April 2016)

Australian International Animation Festival (Wagga Wagga, Australia, May 2016)

St Kilda Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia, May 2016)

Melbourne International Animation Festival (
Melbourne, Australia, June 2016) : : : HONOURABLE MENTION: Best Australian Film

FreeRange Film Festival (Wrenshall, USA, July 2016)

Anibar Animation Festival (Peja, Kosovo, August 2016)


North Star Science Film Festival (St Paul, USA, September 2016)

Animasyros (Syros, Greece, September 2016)

Woodstock Museum Film Festivaal (Woodstock, USA, September 2016)

Factual Animation Film Fuss (London, England, October 2016)

Wildlife Vaasa Festival (Vaasa, Finland, October 2016)

Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2016) : : : FINALIST: Best Animation

Ekotop Film Festival Prague (Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016)

Sapporo International Short Film Festival (Sapporo, Japan, October 2016)

Antenna Documentary Film Festival (Sydney, Australia, October 2016)

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (New York, USA, October 2016)

Tasmanian Eco Film Festival (Hobart, Australia, October 2016)

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (Toronto, Canada, October 2016)

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 2016)

Animae Caribae (Trinidad and Tobago, October 2016)

The Wandering Reel Travelling Film Festival (touring smalltown North America, 2016 - 2017)

Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, USA, October 2016)

Eco Film Fest (Mexico City, October 2016) : : : WINNER: Best International Short

Surfing The Coldstream Festival (Yamba, Australia, October 2016)

Dungog Film Festival (Dungog, Australia, October 2016) : : : WINNER: Best Australian Animation : : : WINNER: Best Craft in an Australian Documentary

Kuandu International Animation Festival (Taipei, Taiwan, November 2016)

Noosa International  Film Festival (Noosa, Australia, November 2016)
: : : WINNER: Best Environmental Film : : :

Green Screen (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, November 2016)

Viten Filmfestival (Bergen, Norway, November 2016)

Green Film Fest (Belgrade, Serbia, November 2016)

The Vision Feast (New Zealand, November 2016)
: : : FINALIST: Best Animation

Chicago International Children's Film Festival (Chicago, USA, November 2016)

St Louis International film Festival (St Louis, USA, November 2016)

Cinanima (Espinho, Portugal, November 2016)

Children's Film Festival Seattle (Seattle, USA, January 2017)

Lookout Wild Film Festival (Chattanooga, USA, January 2017)

Barbados Film Festival (Bridgetown, January 2017)

Frozen River Film Festival (Winona, USA, February 2017)

Antarctis Film Festival (Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, February 2017)

Fleurieu Film Festival (McLaren Vale, Australia, February 2017)
: : : FINALIST: : :

Cinequest (San Jose, USA, March  2017)

Environmental Youth Forum (San Rafael, USA, March 2017)

Bellingham Children's Film Festival (Bellingham, USA, March 2017)

Little Big Shots (Melbourne, Sydney, plus Australian tour 2017)

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (Vancouver, Canada, April 2017)
 
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