September is the time for two of the most important wildlife film festivals and of course, the Marco Polo Film Team will attend both of them. From September 05th – September 9th the Greenscreen Festival invites to visite the beautiful Eckernförde in Germany.
And on September 23rd until September 27th the Jackson Hole Wildlife Filmfestival will take place in Wyoming. Annette and Klaus Scherich were again members of the pre-jury and are now excited to meet all nominees and prize winners.
We are particularly pleased that the director Werner Herzog was honored at this year's Locarno Film Festival for his life's work. On this occasion also our film "The White Diamond" from 2004 was screened and Werner Herzog took the opportunity to invite Annette and Klaus Scheurich on stage.
This summer the Marco Polo Film Team ended up in the Caribbean due to the new ZDF/Arte production ‘Jamaica’s Cool Races’. We enjoy the easygoing lifestyle in Jamaica, where the typical pushcarts are almost the most important part in daily life. These hand carts are mainly used to transport items, but they are turned into moving restaurants in no time. And there are no limits to creativity. The carts are even used as racing cars for the great pushcart derby. That is an event we don’t want to miss.
From June 25th- 28th 2013 Annette and Klaus Scheurich will attend the “Sunny Side of the Doc” in La Rochelle, France– one of the most important international co-production rendezvous in Europe for documentaries.
Klaus and Annette are currently (8th to 11th April 2013) visiting the MIPTV in Cannes. The MIPTV is the most popular European specialized fair of the film industry and is celebrating the 50th anniversary this year.
From March 19th- 22nd Annette Scheurich will attend the “Asian Side of the Doc” in Kuala Lumpur – the annual international co-production rendezvous organized jointly by Bang Singapore and Sunny Side.
Filming the „Christmas Winter Wonderland” during the darkest winter since 50 years is not an easy task. But our film crew was chasing snow and sun all around Germany over the last months and we can say: we did it! The result can be seen on TV channel WDR by the end of the year.
From January 27th to January 30th 2013 Annette will attend the Realscreen Summit in Washington. Find more informations at:
From 27-November 30, 2012 Annette Scheurich will attend the "World Congress of Science and Factual Producers" in Washington. The Congress is one of the most important event for international film producers, editors and distributors to meet in a relaxed atmosphere.
From October 14th to October 19th Annette Scheurich served as a member of the Final Jury for the Wildscreen Film Festival. The Festival is internationally acknowledged as the most prestigious and influential event in the wildlife and environmental filmmaking industry. To qualify for an award nomination and screening, productions must have an aspect of the natural world as the central focus. 491 films from 46 countries were submitted in 24 categories to compete for the prestigious Wildscreen Panda Awards. Not an easy job for the jury to select the best among the large number of outstanding productions. After many hours of viewing and judging the winners were selected.
You can find them on the festival homepage:
Our five-part series “The World Greatest Balloon Adventures” will be screened from 19th- 23rd of November 2012 daily at 19.30h on Arte. Before that, a few selected guests and members of the press were invited to have a first look at the Venezuela episode. For this purpose on October 4th 2012 we invited to a press screening at the German-American Institute in Heidelberg. A completely successful evening and a pleasant anticipation for the broadcast!
From 6th to 10th September 2012 the Marco Polo film crew will be at the annual International Wildlife Film Festival “Green Screen” in Eckernförde, Germany. Annette and Klaus Scheurich will chair two seminars during the festival ("Pitching" and "Camera - Quo Vadis") and we are pleased that our films "Madagascar - You Beauty! and "Wild Faces of the Andes" will be screened. A third Marco Polo Film production "Baboon bandits – Monkey Alert in South Africa”" by author Herbert Ostwald is nominated for the prestigious "Audience Award".
Annette and Klaus Scheurich will attend the prestigious Wildscreen Festival in Bristol from October 14th –October 19th 2012.
On Thrursday 12th of July 2012 Klaus Scheurich is invited to the TELEFORUM “Naturfilm”, a workshop organized by the Educational Center BürgerMedien in Ludwigshafen. Klaus will give feedback to interested Filmproducers, specialized on wildlife and nature films. The workshop will take place at the Naturfreundehaus „Rahnenhof“ in Hertlingshausen.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of the legendary wildlife film maker Bernhard Grzimek Klaus Scheuich was hosted by two German radio stations on March 13th 2012. On WDR5 show “LebensArt” and on “Deutschlandradio Wissen” was interviewed about the development of wildlife film making and today’s demands on cinematographers and producers.
For the last time in the foreseeable future, members of the Marco Polo team climb into a basket and head for the skies. Filming for the fifth in our “The World`s Greatest Balloon Adventures” series takes us to Venezuela and its mysterious Tepuis or flat-top mountains. And to crown the series, we’re accompanied by charismatic, award-winning film-maker, Werner Herzog. He’s fascinated by these unique natural formations, for all the world like mountainous islands, that first inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his sci-fi novel “The Lost World”. Unlike in the book, however, our team is unlikely to encounter dinosaurs – but there are definitely other exciting adventures awaiting them in the next three weeks…
The Marco Polo Film Team is pleased to announce two new awards for “Baboon Bandits –Monkey Alert in South Africa”. Herbert Ostwald’s documentary was awarded the prize for “Humanism” at the „Green Vision International Environmental Festival“ in St. Petersburg. And at the “Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival“ the film received the award for „Best Documentary on Wildlife & Environment“. The statement of the jury is: ” The jury found the film funny, affectionate and very watchable whilst at the same time delivering real insights into baboon behavior.”
Congratulation to all participants!
Commissioned by Vienna based Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH the Marco Polo Film Team is currently filming on the Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Atacama desert. Here - 5.000 meters above sea level – ALMA, the world’s most modern and most complex observatory is situated. Filming the “Eyes of the Atacama”, as ALMA is also termed by astronomers, is a further highlight of our 2011 activities: the sheer adventure of space research in one of the most extreme parts of the globe.
Only a few days ago „Baboon Bandits – Monkey Alert in South Africa“ won the audience award at the NaturVision Film Festival, now “Caravan of the Books – Kenya’s Mobile Camel Library” has been selected for the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) 2011. The documentary will be shown alongside an exclusive selection of films from all over the world matching this year’s festival theme “Education is a Human Right”.
We are delighted to have been awarded two grand prizes for our ZDF/arte production “Chillies to the rescue - Easing the Human-elephant Conflict”. The Ekotop Festival 2011 awarded Herbert Ostwald’s film the International Jury prize, shortly after it garnered the Environment and Sustainability prize at the Darss Naturfilmfestival 2011.
Congratulations to all concerned!
Wild animals, the golden light of Africa and spectacular hot-air balloon rides – this September our ZDF/arte production “Flying on the Wind” took the Marco Polo film crew to Kenya. From the vantage point of a hot-air balloon we were able to capture on camera some of the most stunning landscapes anywhere in the world. There was a special reunion between our protagonist, Phil Dunnington, and world-famous animal photographer, Alan Root, whom he taught to pilot hot-air balloons forty years ago. Africa is an adventure in itself, and this next episode in the series also has some fascinating stories to tell.
Our film “Baboon Bandits – Monkey Alert in South Africa” wins the audience award at this year’s NaturVision Film Festival. Congratulations to Herbert Ostwald and the whole team!
Baboon Bandits – Monkey Alert in South Africa
German Version: Affenalarm – Die Pavianpoilzei am Tafelberg (45‘, ZDF/ ARTE 2011)
Writer and Director: Herbert Ostwald
Camera: Klaus Scheurich, Boas Schwarz, Herbert Ostwald
Editor: Stefan Kolbe
Composer: Mark Joggerst
Sound Design: Florian Ebrecht
Narration: Philipp Schepmann, Juliana Ahlemeier
Commissioning Editor: Ann-Christin Hornberger
Producer: Annette Scheurich
Just returned from filming in South Africa, Sri Lanka and Switzerland, Klaus Scheurich is back behind the camera here at home. He and other cameramen are working on a project for the ZDF second German TV channel called “ZDF Animals”, filming the unexpectedly wide variety of animal species in the grounds of the ZDF broadcasting studios and around the Lerchenberg area of Mainz, where ZDF is located. He’s caught hare, goldfinches and peacock butterflies in his lens, even filming on the roof of the ZDF building, where they have five beehives producing the ZDF’s own honey!
The new season of Germany’s Nature Film Festivals picks up speed and again several of our films are among the nominees. It all starts with the NaturVision Film Festival in late July with our film „Baboon Bandits – Monkey Alert in South Africa“ being nominated in two categories at once („Best Environmental Film“ and „Best Story“). In September the Green Screen Wildlife Film Festival and the Darsser Nature Film Festival will present „Chilies to the Rescue! – Easing the Human-Elephant Conflict“ and „The Black Forest - Wilderness With a View“. A list of all nominated films can be found on the festivals‘ homepages, respectively.
May 16th and 17th will see the TV premiere on ARTE of two of our productions: “Black Forest – Wilderness with a View” and “The Vosges – Rugged Beauty”. Black Forest will be broadcast on Monday 16th May at 7.30pm, and The Vosges will follow next day, also at 7.30pm.
From 21st to 24th June 2011, the 22nd ”Sunny Side“ will be held in La Rochelle – one of the biggest documentary film fairs in Europe. Annette and Klaus Scheurich will also be there, presenting the latest productions of the Marco Polo Film AG.
On Wednesday evening, 11th May, 2011, Annette and Klaus Scheurich were hosted by Joerg Troeger at the Germany American Institute (DAI) in Heidelberg. In a discussion with the former SWR public broadcaster cultural editor, they talked about ”Wolves, Giant Squie and Elephants”, with fascinating insights into their nature documentary work.
Mongolia, the Alps and now, Sri Lanka! The third part of our ZDF/Arte production “Flying on the Wind” was a fantastic experience and yielded truly amazing footage. Our hot-air balloon floated over Sri Lanka’s tropical jungles – an unforgettable sight!
“Caravan of the Books - Kenya`s Mobile Camel Library” was awarded as “Best Children’s and Youth Film” at the ökofilmtour 2011. The film by writer and director Herbert Ostwald tells the story of the world’s only existing Camel Library that carries books to nomads in Northern Kenya. The documentary about this special library, inquisitive children and the origins of a book in the heart of Africa has impressed both, jury and audience of the festival.
We are honored and congratulate Herbert Ostwald on the award.
In February filmmaker Herbert Ostwald and the Marco Polo Film Team were filming in South Africa. For the documentary „Monkey Business – The Table Mountain Baboon Police“ we followed marauding baboon troops causing sincere problems in Cape Town. They steal handbags, hijack restaurants and open cars. – despite all efforts of the special force called „Baboon Police“. Even the team car was raided by the monkeys. The exciting documentary will be aired on Arte by the end of 2011.
In January, the Marco Polo film team once again found itself airborne in the call of duty. This time, the shooting of the second part of the ZDF/Arte production took us to the Alps. The result was a stunning visual hot-air balloon adventure set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop that had everyone looking forward to Part Three. And we leave for Sri Lanka mid-March to start filming it.
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
The Marco Polo Film Team visited this year's Wildlife Film Festival in Eckernförde. Entertaining films about nature, wildlife and ecology combined with exciting discussions with Wildlife Film enthusiasts and colleagues made it an enjoyable four-day event at Germany's Baltic Sea coast. Annette Scheurich chaired the panel about international cooperation possibilities. Well-known producers, commissioning editors and filmmakers discussed the opportunities and limitations of international coproduction for Wildlife Films.
Participants of the Panel discussion: Ralf Blasius (Off the Fence), Dr. Kristina Hollstein (ZDF Enterprises), Olaf Grunert (Arte), Dr. Walter Köhler (ORF/ Universum) and Tim Martin (BBC)
Our production “Caravan of the Books - Kenya’s Camel Library” was awarded 2nd prize in the category “Best Story” at this year’s NaturVision film festival in the Bavarian Forest. Casual and funny as always Herbert Ostwald, the author and director of the documentary, tells the story of the only Camel Library in the world. Its mission is to bring books and thereby education to the children of nomads in the Kenyan semi-desert.
In addition to Herbert Ostwald, who received the award, the entire Marco Polo Film Team came to the Bavarian Forest for the three-day festival. We are very happy about the award.
[Translate to Englisch:] Ein tierisch fesselndes Programm
Helga ist die Katzendame eines NDR Naturfilm Zuschauers aus Minga. Keine einzige Minute unseres Films über die Wildkatzen wollte die 13 jährige Katzendame verpassen. Gespannt verfolgte sie das tierische Treiben ihrer wilden Verwandten und blieb bis zum Abspann sitzen. Wir freuen uns sehr über die vielen Zuschauerreaktionen und möchten uns für Ihr Interesse ganz herzlich bedanken.
[Translate to Englisch:] Interview mit Annette Scheurich zum Film "Wildkatzen - Versteckt in Deutschlands Wäldern"
Zur TV-Premiere unsers Films über Deutschlands Wildkatzen beschreibt Produzentin und Regisseurin Annette Scheurich eindrucksvoll ihre Beobachtungen während der spannenden Dreharbeiten. Bitte folgen Sie dem unten stehenden Link. Das Interview finden Sie im Video "Auf der Lauer". Viel Spaß beim Schauen!
From February 11th till 18th Annette and Klaus Scheurich attended the
Berlinale, which celebrated it’s 60th birthday this year.
[Translate to Englisch:] Sendung am Montag, 04.01.2010, 18.45 bis 19.45 Uhr
Das Ehepaar Scheurich war immer schon naturverbunden. Ihr Anliegen ist es für die Schönheit der Natur und die Artenvielfalt zu werben. Dazu haben sich Annette und Klaus Scheurich autodidaktisch das Filmen beigebracht. Auf der Jagd nach Motiven haben die beiden schon so manches Abenteuer erlebt und einige davon werden sie uns sicherlich in der Landesschau verraten.
Annette and Klaus Scheurich were guests of the SWR1 slot „Leute“ on November 17th, 2009. You could have heard the interview from 10 am till 12 am. If you missed the interview you can hear it again:
On November 6th, 2009 the Marco Polo Film Team was filming for their latest documentaries “Black Forest – Vosges” for arte at the glass blowing workshop Dorotheenhütte in Wolfach/ Germany. While filming they were interviewed by journalists of the local press. You can find the article in German here:
Annette Scheurich is visiting the "World Congress of Science and Factual Producers" in Melbourne/ Australia from December 1st to 4th, 2009. Please write to email@example.com it if you would like to meet Annette Scheurich. More information about the congress:
Together with author Rosie Koch Annette Scheurich is pitching a new film project at the annual Pitching-Session of the Documentary Campus at the “DOK Leipzig” Filmfestival on October 25th, 2009 You can find more information about the festival and the pitching event here:
Every two years wildlife film makers, including Annette and Klaus Scheurich, are meeting at the Wildlife Filmfest in Jackson Hole, this year from September 28th till October 3rd. Marco Polo Film again donates the award „best film in the category earth science“. In addition Klaus Scheurich was chosen as a jury member for the award “best cinematography”. More about the festival:
On September 24th, 2009 Annette Scheurich is exploring the black forest within a special location tour, organized from the „Medienfördergesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (M F G)“.
Annette Scheurich, Peter Fera, Jennifer Gesslein and Boas Schwarz presented on September 11th, 2009 the Film „Operation Deep Sea – Shedding Light in the Darkness in front of an sold out hall. We would like to say thank you to the spectators for all the good feedback! If you are interested in seeing the trailer, please find it in the menue item “Trailer”. More information about the festival:
As experienced film makers Annette and Klaus Scheurich are presenting the daily bussiness of a film production company in front of members of the Lions Club in Karlsruhe on August 4th, 2009. Mainly its about the cooperation with TV-companies, co-productions, working out new ideas and formats and so on. Additionally they will present the Marco Polo Film Trailer.
Annette Scheurich and Jennifer Gesslein visited the „International Festival below the green roof of Europe“ at the Bavarian Forest nature park from July 17th till 19th, 2009. Please find more information about the festival here:
Many experts on communicating science meet from June 4th till 6th, 2009 in Milan. Annette Scheurich is invited to speak about the topic „film at the museum“. Please find more information about the conference here:
The second symposia of this year´s Documentary Campus on May 23rd and 24th will take place in Manchester, Great Britain. This time with the slogan: „Faster, Leaner, Keener, Meaner – Survival of the Fittest in Factual“. Annette Scheurich is invited to talk about her experiences as executive producer in making nature and wildlife documentaries for the international market. More information about the event here:
Annette Scheurich visites the Realscreen Summit in Washington D.C. from February 1st till 4th, 2009. More information about the summit here:
Klaus Scheurich presents our two films „Operation Deep Sea – Shedding Light in the Darkness“ and „Bikini – Paradise in the Danger Zone” at the International Documentary Film Festival in China from December 1st till 5th, 2008. More information about the festival here:
ORF and SRG-SSR idée suisse organise in cooperation with IRT a symposium in Bregenz.
Subject: "The Future of HD: Introduction in Production and Postproduction".
Date: 26./27. Februar 2008
As invited speaker Klaus Scheurich gives a talk about "High Definition from a producers point of view".
Our film "Bikini - Paradise Restricted" was awarded the prize "best film about water" at the Green Vision Festival in St. Petersburg.
As one of the guests Klaus Scheurich will join the discussion on local woodlands in the “SamstagABEND” talk show on September 27 th, 2008 on SWR.
As a nature filmmaker he talks about his association with local forests and exotic jungles. Impressive natural wonders can not only be found in far-off regions, but also in our own environment and Klaus Scheurich tries to reveal these in his films.
The nature and environment film festival “Atlantis” will take place in Wiesbaden, Germany from October 3 rd to 12 th, 2008. For the first time, two films will be awarded € 3000 for the best 45 minutes and € 5000 for the best feature-length film:
Annette Scheurich is part of the five-member jury consisting of filmmakers and experts who will select the winners.