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Audience at the NaturVision Film Festival 2014 in Ludwigsburg

NaturVision a nature and environmental film festival. It originally started in 2002 in Neuschönau in the Bavarian Forest and has been held in Ludwigsburg in Baden-Württemberg since 2012.[1] The venue is the Central Theater Ludwigsburg. Since 2014, there has also been a free open-air cinema during the festival days, a market with regional and sustainable sales stands, information booths and a science slam.[2]

The festival

Film competition

Festival director Ralph Thoms on the green carpet.

The heart of the festival is the International Film Competition. In addition to nature and wildlife films, the festival places a strong emphasis on environmental and sustainability topics. Thus, in addition to the “German Environmental and Sustainability Film Award”, the “German Wildlife Film Award” and the “German Biodiversity Film Award” are presented by NaturVision – prizes in other categories such as camera, dramaturgy, film music, children’s film as well as the audience award are part of the competition categories and the award ceremony.[3] In 2017, prize money totalling 46,000 euros was awarded for the first time in five prize categories.

Special topic

Every year, the festival is dedicated to a specific special topic, which is presented in films, lectures and special events. In recent years, the focus has been on topics such as “Soil & Water” or renewable energy. Since 2015, under the motto “Islands of the Future”, solutions for global problems have been sought and presented in a multi-year cycle.

Environmental Education

Another area of activity of the NaturVision Film Festival lies in youth environmental education. In the run-up to the festival, for example, school programmes are run in many towns in Baden-Württemberg, to which experts or filmmakers are invited. In the youth media workshops “Film and Talk”, experts show films on sustainable topics to school classes, and in the teachers’ workshops the basics of media work with children and young people are taught.[4] During the festival days, a children’s film programme for all ages will be offered in addition to the school programme and childcare. In the film competition, a special youth jury chooses its favourite and presents its decision at the big awards gala.[5] In 2014, NaturVision was also one of the founding members of the Association of Bavarian Film Festivals in order to fight for environmental education through the festival on a cultural-political level.[6]

Industry get-together and best-of events

The festival also functions as a meeting place for the industry, offering workshops and opportunities for filmmakers, media representatives and other cultural professionals to meet. Producers and filmmakers have the opportunity to get in touch with each other and with the audience. NaturVision is committed to supporting and promoting the genre of nature and environmental film. Best-of events, which take place mainly in Switzerland, serve this purpose.[7]

Photo competition “Natural treasures of Europe

Together with Euronatur, the magazine natur and Gelsenwasser, NaturVision launches the photo competition “Natural Treasures of Europe”. The results are summarized annually in the exhibition “Fascination of Nature”, which can be seen at various locations.


NaturVision was founded in 2002 by Ralph Thoms and took place every year in the Bavarian Forest National Park in Neuschönau. Due to the proximity of the venue to the border, there has been a cooperation with the Czech town of Vimperk since the beginning of the festival.

As early as 2008 – as part of the German-Chinese Year of Science and Education[8] – a cooperation with China began. In the workshops of the NaturVision Film Festival, an exchange between German and Chinese filmmakers took place for the first time.

In 2012, for financial reasons, the festival changed[9] and restarted in Ludwigsburg in Baden-Württemberg. Since then, it has been growing steadily in the metropolitan region around Stuttgart and in 2016 attracted more than 13,000 spectators. The venue of the festival is the Central Theater Ludwigsburg. The comprehensive supporting programme extends across the entire city – from the open air on Arsenalplatz to the NaturVision Science Slam, which was held in the Film Gallery of the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in 2015 and, from 2017, in the rooms of the Ludwigsburg State Archive.

The Bavarian Forest has been home to the NaturVision Film Festival since 2012, which takes place in the Hans Eisenmann House in Neuschönau. Here, in addition to the highlights of the festival in Ludwigsburg, films of particular interest to the region are presented in the HeimatSachen series. The special feature of the film days is the closeness to nature of the location; films about nature are presented in nature – more precisely, an open-air cinema set up in the forest. NaturVision is also involved in youth environmental education in the Bavarian Forest: the ideas competition “School Film: Naturally!” is organised together with Bayernwerk AG; a school programme before and during the competition invites pupils to learn about the environment and sustainability.

Patron and supporter

Hannes Jaenicke receives the NaturVision Special Award 2014

Since 2013, the patron of the NaturVision Film Festival has been Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen). For him, the main focus of NaturVision is on environmental education:

“The NaturVision Film Festival marks the important interface between media and environmental education – here, passions for film and for nature go hand in hand.”

Winfried Kretschmann[10]

The sponsor is also the German actor Andreas Hoppe, who is known among other things as Tatort commissioner. He is committed to animal welfare projects and the use of regional food. Another prominent guest and supporter of the festival is actor Hannes Jaenicke, whose production “Hannes Jaenicke: Im Einsatz für ….” (Hannes Jaenicke: In Action for ….) was awarded the first festival prize in 2014 was awarded the “NaturVision Film Festival Special Prize” for the first time by the festival management in 2014.



  • Grand NaturVision Film Award – 1st prize: “Life Size Memories”, Director: aus Reisinger, Frédérique Lengaigne. Austria 2011.
  • Grand NaturVision Film Award – 2nd prize: “Wild Germany – Saxon Switzerland”, Director: Henry M. Mix. Germany 2011.
  • German Environmental and Sustainability Award: “Raising Resistance”, Director: Bettina Borgfeld, David Bernet. Germany / Switzerland 2011
  • NaturVision Camera Award: “The Colours of the Desert – The White Uyuni”, Camera: Adrian Bailey. Austria 2013.
  • NaturVision Children’s Programme: “SOS Sevan”, directed by SunChild Eco-Club of Noratus. Armenia 2011.
  • NaturVision Young Talent and Amateur Film Award: “Grandmother and the Wolf”, Director: Andreas Schnögl. Germany 2011.
  • Special Award of the City of Ludwigsburg and NaturVision Youth Jury Award: “Bottled Life”, Director: Urs Schnell. Switzerland 2011.
  • NaturVision Honorary Jury Prize: “Undercover against the Timber Mafia”, Director: Michaela Kirst. Germany 2011.
  • NaturVision Audience Award: “Highway through the Rocky Mountains – Autumn”, Director: nst Arendt, Hans Schweiger. Germany 2012.


  • Grand NaturVision Film Award – 1st prize: “The Unlikely Leopard”, directed by Dereck & Beverly Joubert. South Africa 2012.
  • Grand NaturVision Film Award – 2nd prize: “Wild Germany – Lusatia”, Director: Henry M. Mix. Germany 2013.
  • German Environmental and Sustainability Award – 1st prize: “Der letzte Fang”, directed by Markus C.M. Schmidt. Germany 2012.
  • German Environment and Sustainability Award – 2nd prize: “Auf leisen Pfoten – Spaniens letzte Luchse”, Director: Klaus Feichtenberger. Austria 2012.
  • NaturVision Camera Award: “Streifzug der Zebras”, Camera: Adrian Bailey. Austria 2013.
  • NaturVision Best Story: “The Arctic Giant”, author: Peter Lauridsen. Denmark 2013.
  • NaturVision Children’s Film Award: “Hassani und seine Walhaie”, Director: Frank Feustle. Germany 2013.
  • NaturVision Newcomer Film Award: “San Agustín – Ebbe im Plastikmeer”, Director: Gudrun Gruber, Alexander Hick, Michael Schmitt. Germany 2012.
  • NaturVision Special Jury Prize: “Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu’s Dream”, Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer. Germany 2012.
  • NaturVision Youth Jury Award: “Die Weltretter 3.0”, Director: Jana Lemme. Germany 2012.
  • NaturVision Audience Award: “Der letzte Fang”, Director: Markus C.M. Schmidt. Germany 2012.
  • NaturVision Honorary Award: “One Man’s Desert”, directed by Fan Zhiyuan. China 2011.


  • Grand NaturVision Film Award – 1st prize: “The Great Caucasus – Russia’s Roof of the World”, Director: Henry Mix. Germany 2014.
  • Grand NaturVision Film Award – 2nd prize: “Hummeln – Bienen im Pelz”, directed by Kurt Mündl. Austria 2013.
  • German Environment and Sustainability Award – 1st prize: “Wie wird die Stadt satt? – Der Kampf um die Nahrungsmärkte der Zukunft”, Director: Irja Martens. Germany 2013.
  • German Environment and Sustainability Award – 2nd prize: “My Aunt from Fukushima”, directed by Kyoko Miyake. Germany 2013.
  • NaturVision Camera Award: “Carousel of Life – The Orchard Meadow”, Camera: Alexandra Sailer, Steffen Sailer, Klaus Scheurich, Boas Schwarz. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Best Story: “The Second Wave”, author: Folke Ryden. Sweden 2013.
  • NaturVision Music Film Award – 1st prize: “Mythos Kongo – Fluss der Extreme”, music: Oliver Heuss. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Music Film Award – 2nd prize: “The Great Caucasus – Russia’s Roof of the World”, music: Jörg Magnus Pfeil. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Children’s Film Award: “Newton – Der Nashornranger”, Director: Frank Feustle. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Newcomer Film Award: “Mit anderen Augen – die Geschichte von Pferd und Mensch”, Director: Lena Leonhardt. Germany 2013.
  • NaturVision Special Jury Award [Category: Biodiversity]: “The Conquerors – The King Crab”, Director: Nicolas Gabriel. France 2013.
  • NaturVision Special Award: “Hannes Jaenicke im Einsatz für Elefanten”, Director: Judith Adloch, Eva Gfirtner. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Youth Jury Award: “Die Letzten ihrer Art – Rettung der Goldkopflanguren”, Director: Hannes Schuler. Germany 2013.
  • NaturVision Audience Award: “Superhirne im Federkleid – Kluge Vögel im Duell”, Director: Volker Arzt. Germany 2013.


  • German Environmental and Sustainability Award: “Der letzte Raubzug”, directed by Jakob Kneser. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Wildlife Film Award: “Wild Brazil – The Wild Heart”, Production: Terra Mater Factual Studios. Germany 2015.
  • NaturVision Film Award Biodiversity: “Bees – A Changing World”, Director: Dennis Wells. Germany/Austria/USA 2015.
  • NaturVision Camera Award: “Wild Canada – The High North”, Camera: Jeff Turner, Justin Maguire. Austria 2014.
  • NaturVision Best Story: “Triumph of the Tomato”, author: Maria Magdalena Koller. Austria 2014.
  • NaturVision Music Film Award: “Wenn ein Garten wächst”, Music: Thomas Höhl. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Children’s Film Award: “Jessica – Das Indianermädchen vom Amazonas”, Director: Alexander Preuss. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Special Jury Award: “Wilde Slowakei”, Director: Jan Haft. Germany 2015.
  • NaturVision Youth Jury Award: “Bees – A Changing World”, Director: Dennis Wells. Germany/Austria/USA 2015.
  • NaturVision Audience Award: “Wilhelminenhof – Obstbauern mit Biss”, Director: Vivien Pieper, Johannes Bünger. Germany 2014.
  • NaturVision Honorary Award: Kurt Hirschel for his life’s work


  • German Environmental and Sustainability Award: “Wastecooking – Kochen statt Verschwenden”, directed by Georg Misch. Austria 2015.[17]
  • NaturVision Wildlife Film Award: “The Journey of the Snowy Owls – A Winter’s Tale”, Director: Klaus Weißmann. Germany 2015.
  • NaturVision Film Award Biodiversity: “Das Yellowstone Rätsel”, Director: Manfred Corrine. Germany 2015.
  • NaturVision Camera Award: “Back to the Primeval Forest – Kalkalpen National Park”, Camera: Jiri Petr, Michael Schlamberger. Austria 2015.
  • NaturVision Best Story: “Where our weather is created”, Author: Rolf Schlenker. Germany 2016.
  • NaturVision Music Film Award: “Magic of the Moors”, Music: Jörg Magnus Pfeil, Siggi Mueller. Germany 2015.[18]
  • NaturVision Children’s Film Award: “Lotumi und der rote Tanz”, Director: Frank Feustle Germany 2015.
  • NaturVision Newcomer Film Award: “Passion for Planet”, Director: Werner Schuessler, Director: Jan Haft. Germany 2016.
  • NaturVision Youth Jury Award: “Wild Germany: Lake Chiemsee”, directed by Jan Haft. Germany 2015.[18][19]
  • NaturVision Audience Award: “On the Trail of the Coastal Wolves”, Director: Richard Matthews. Germany 2007.


  • German Environmental and Sustainability Award: “Insects – Superheroes on Six Legs”, directed by Björn Platz. Germany 2016.
  • German Wildlife Film Award: “Ethiopia – In the Highlands of the Wolves”, Director: Yann Sochaczewski. Germany 2017.
  • German Film Award Biodiversity: “Natura Urbana – die Brachen von Berlin”, Director: Matthew Gandy. Germany, Great Britain 2017.
  • NaturVision Special Award The City and the Sea: “Black Tears of the Seas”, Director: Christian Heynen. Germany 2017.
  • NaturVision Special Jury Prize: “Islands Like Paradise: The Reign of the Sun”, directed by Matt Hamilton, Paul Reddish. Austria 2017.
  • NaturVision Camera Award: “Biene Majas wilde Schwestern”, Director: Jan Haft. Germany 2016.
  • NaturVision Best Story: “Small People – Big Trees”, directed by Vadim Vitovtsev. Russia 2016.
  • NaturVision Film Music Award: “Budapest Inferno – The Secret of the Molnár János Cave”, Music: Peter Rusko, Marton Szekely. Hungary 2017.
  • NaturVision Children’s Film Award: “Anna und die wilden Tiere – Das Tannenzapfenentier”, Director: Ben Wolter. Germany 2016.
  • NaturVision Newcomer Film Award: “Dog Soldiers”, Director: Lena Leonhardt. Germany 2016.
  • NaturVision Youth Jury Award: “Insects – Superheroes on Six Legs”, Director: Björn Platz. Germany 2016.
  • NaturVision Audience Award: “Von Bananenbäumen träumen”, Director: Anthe Hubert. Germany 2016.

Individual references

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  8. Federal Ministry of Research and Education:Final Report of the German-Chinese Year of Science and Education.(PDF) Retrieved March 12, 2015 (2009/2010).
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  11. Laureate 2013, PDF.(PDF) Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  12. Award winners 2014, PDF.(PDF) Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  13. Laureate 2015, PDF.(PDF) Retrieved 17 February 2016.
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