“Rhinoceroses, The Curse of the Magic Horn” continues its successful career on the wildlife festivals calendar.
After ending up as finalist in the Italian Festival “Stambecco d’Oro” and being nominated as best wildlife documentary by Méningoute Festival, in France; this documentary, produced by Explora Films and directed by Fernando González-Sitges, has just achieved the Best Spanish Production award by Telenatura Festival 2012.
Telenatura is a wildlife festival organized by the University of Navarra and the Planetarium of Pamplona and is one of the most prestigious festivals focused on wildlife documentaries. Telenatura has become a key event to the documentary film industry all around the world for ten years now. More than a hundred productions from 24 countries participated in this year’s edition of the Festival. Thee main award went to the Austrian film “Danube” and the Spanish “Tierra y Agua” by Pedro Poveda received the best amateur documentary award.
This prize as “Best Spanish Production” is another award in Fernando González-Sitges’ filmography, a prize he also won back in 2010, for “Elephants, the Twilight of the Giants”, another Explora Films production.
González-Sitges declares to be “very thankful and honoured for the award” and points out that “Still having such a prestigious festival is a kind of miracle, taking into account the progressive disappearance of almost all main wildlife festivals in Spain” and the fact that “this thing is possible just due to the effort of the entire TeleNatura staff “.
With more than 30 years of experience under his belt and a lot of awards behind, Fernando is one of the most prestigious documentary filmmaker in the international scene. His more than fifty productions have been broadcasted by plenty of TV channels around the world and have been awarded by the most important wildlife festivals.
“Rhinoceroses, The Curse of the Magic Horn” tells, through three different stories, the variety, habits and threats of all species of rhinoceroses that still live on the planet: the White, the Black, the Indian, the Javanese and the Sumatran rhinoceroses. It is a documentary which attemps to raise a voice against the illegal rhino horn trade in Africa and Asia, as well as its consecuences for the survival of these species.
Explora Films has become the main wildlife documentary producer in Spain. Explora was selected as one of the main documentary film companies all over the world by the specialized magazine “RealScreen”, which placed Explora in their annual Global 100 listing of the top independent production companies, being the only Spanish producer in that list.