Desert of the Red Kangaroo
Germany, directors Thoralf Grospitz, Jens Westphalen
Matsalufilm is doing it again! 13th time in a row Matsalu Nature Film Festival (or simply MAFF) is taking place in Lihula, a small town just next to the Matsalu National Park. This time it will be again better than ever, simply because there are the newest films from more than 50 countries all over the world competing for the Grand Prix. During these 5 days the final choice will be made among the best of the best masterpieces and screenings of this final set will be available to every visitor.
Wildlife, nature, biodiversity, adventures, conservation, complex relationships between Man and Nature and other burning topics will compete. Since the very first time in October 2003 many of the high league directors, screenwriters and cameramen have made this festival their own. Oliver Goetzl, Peter Gerdehag, Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone, Ralf Kiefner and Jan Haft to name some few.
In this year's programme there are films like “City Under the Sea” by Guy Chaumette, “Speechless – the Polar Realm” by Richard Sidey, “America's National Parks – Yosemite” by Oliver Goetzl, “Life on the Mother River” by Remek Meel and many more. Still photographers have their party as well with lots of exhibitions, AV programs and workshops.
“Life on the Mother River” by Remek Meel
It’s not a chance, that during the festival week thousands of cranes, geese and other migrating birds can be watched in the surrounds (sometimes large flocks stop over just in the span of 1 km from the main venue). It’s carefully planned and hospitably exposed, so the visitors have to choose between the good and the best. Films or cranes or both...
Without a doubt this event should be in the schedule of each and every serious nature lover. No need to say, that several tour leaders and partners of Estonian Nature Tours have participated as exhibitors, jury members or just daytrip guides during the festival.