October 4/5: Japan Wildlife Film Festival in Tokyo

Kurt Mundl is acknowledged world wide as a master of macro-cinematography: his “Shadowhunters”, a fascinating film on scorpions, won the prestigious Chicago award for best camera work. Here he reveals in his own inimitable style the splendor and beauty of that most colorful group of insects, the butterflies. (Production company: ZDF). This is one of the films presented at the
Japan Wildlife Film Festival in Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum and the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo) on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. The film festival, hosted annually by Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Nature Film Network, introduces prize-winning works from an international wildlife film contest in Toyama Prefecture.

The film contest in Toyama has been held biennially since 1993. Among the 21 films to be shown at the upcoming festival in Tokyo include BBC’s “Alien Empire: Replicators” that depicts the mysterious tiny flies that live in computers. The movie received the best film prize in Toyama in 1997. Other films include National Geographic Television and Film’s “The Ultimate Crocodile,” which shows the life of Nile crocodiles in Africa. It took home the best cinematography award in 2003.

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