Lost in the Woods named best wildlife film for kids

BRISTOL, England—In the Wildscreen Film Festival’s gala event held in Bristol, England—an event attended by leading filmmakers from across the globe—Lost in the Woods: The Movie won the esteemed Wildscreen Panda’s Children’s Choice Award for the best children’s wildlife film worldwide. The coveted Panda Awards are considered the world’s most prestigious awards and the highest accolade a film can win.

“This is essentially the Oscars of the wildlife film industry,” said Laura Sams, who, along with brother and co-director Robert Sams, was at the event in Bristol, England, to accept the trophy. “Children judge this category, and apparently all the children on the ‘jury’ unanimously voted for Lost in the Woods

The sister/brother duo also wrote and performed most of the original music and unique character voices in the movie.

Produced by bestselling Michigan authors and professional wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, Lost in the Woods: The Movie is based on the husband and wife team’s award-winning children’s book, Lost in the Woods. “When we heard the news that we’d won, I almost fell off my chair!” Carl Sams exclaimed. “This is really big news! Our first movie, Stranger in the Woods: The Movie, was a finalist—we felt like we’d won making it that far!”

The 2006 Wildscreen Film Festival attracted programs from filmmakers worldwide, including some of the world’s largest film producers, such as the BBC, Granada, Discovery and National Geographic. The event, held every two years in association with the World Wildlife Fund (United Kingdom), applauds excellence in productions about the natural world, and increases global awareness and understanding of nature and the urgent need to conserve it.

Live video and photography from children’s book Lost in the Woods was used to produce the movie. Both tell the story of birds and animals who are concerned for a fawn they think is “lost.” Viewers learn that newborn fawns, who are born with no scent, spend their first weeks without Mom because her scent could attract predators. She comes back to nurse and care for him, but doesn’t stay long. Being alone is nature’s way of keeping fawns safe.

Rob and Laura Sams (Sisbro Studios) directed both award-winning movies, Lost in the Woods and Stranger in the Woods. “We were lucky to have been able to work with such a fine book with such fine photographs,” Laura said. “Hopefully, if we keep doing this, we’ll give kids the chance to get to know and love the natural world before we ask them to save it.”

For more information about Lost in the Woods: The Movie, visit www.carlsams.com or call 1-800-552-1867. To learn more about Sisbro Studios and the Wildscreen Festival, visit www.sisbro.com and www.wildscreenfestival.org.

From the Dec. 27, 2006-Jan. 2, 2007, issue

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