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European Wildlife Film Awards

Film submissions Rules & Terms
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First European wildlife film competition

Prizes will be awarded for the first time in Febuary 2025

Filmmakers can submit their entries from March 1, 2024 until May 31, 2024. The first awards ceremony will take place in Hamburg's wildlife theatre in HafenCity in February 2025. All selected films will be presented there over the following year.

Award Categories

The European Wildlife Film Awards present the highest prize money for a nature film competition in Europe. The prizes are awarded in six categories. Five of the winners are selected by an independent jury. The winner of the Audience Award is chosen by the audience and will be awarded the following year.

Category Wildlife2025
Category Biodiversity2025
Category Nature Conservation2025
Category Audience Award2025
Category Best Story2025
Category Short Film2025
  • Best European Film: Wildlife

    This prize is awarded to the film that entails the most fascinating and impressive animal footage. The animals must be wild animals that are found in Europe.

    Endowed with 15,000 Euros

    Sponsor: German Wildlife Foundation

  • Best European Film: Biodiversity

    The prize is awarded to the film that shows the diversity of European flora and fauna in a special way, presents wildlife habitats, natural areas, landscapes or ecosystems and, if applicable, addresses their endangerment.

    Endowed with 10,000 Euros

    Sponsor: VILSA-BRUNNEN Otto Rodekohr GmbH

  • Best European Film: Nature Conservation

    The prize is awarded to an outstanding film that focuses on measures or people who are committed to the protection of nature and species. In addition to the problems of species extinction and the destruction of nature, solutions should also be shown.

    Endowed with 10,000 Euros

    Sponsor: German Wildlife Foundation

  • Audience Award

    The viewers of the competition award marks to the films shown. The film with the best overall rating wins the Audience Favorite Award. Every film shown as part of the competition program has the chance to win the Audience Award.The prize will be awarded for the first time in February 2026.

    Endowed with 5,000 Euros

    Award sponsor: N. N.

  • Best Story

    This award recognizes the best story in a film.

    Endowed with 5,000 Euros

    Sponsor: POPULAR GmbH

  • Best Short Film

    The prize is awarded to a short film that manages to present a topic in a special way in 1 to 15 minutes. Decisive factors can be originality, cinematic quality, a good story or special aesthetics.

    Endowed with 2,500 Euros

    Sponsor: Frankonia Handels GmbH & Co. KG


The submission period March 1 - May 31, 2024

Filmmakers can submit their films for the European Wildlife Film Awards 2025 via FilmFreeway. The entry fee is 35 euros. Short films are free.

Please take note of the conditions of participation!

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Independent prize jury

Each year, an independent jury of experts from the fields of film, media, nature conservation and science is put together. It decides freely on the selection of the award winners. We will present the members of the jury for the European Wildlife Film Awards 2025 here in summer 2024.