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2008 Wildscreen Film Festival Panda Awards (Bristol, England)

MILFORD, Mich. - In the Wildscreen Film Festival’s gala event held this week in Bristol, England – an event attended by leading filmmakers from across the globe – The Riddle in a Bottle was one of three finalists for the esteemed Wildscreen Panda’s Children’s Choice Award for the best children’s wildlife film world-wide. 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 an excited Laura Sams who, along with brother and co-producer Robert Sams, was at the event in Bristol, England. “With a generous grant from the Save our Seas Foundation, we purchased camera equipment and spent two years capturing footage from Michigan to the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean,” she continued. In addition to starring in the movie, the sister/brother duo wrote and performed most of the original music and character voices.

The Riddle in a Bottle, just released, and the new children’s book A Pirate’s Quest, based on the movie, are published by best-selling authors and professional wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick. The movie joins the couple’s products that include the New York Times Best-selling “In the Woods” series of children’s books and award winning movies teaching children gentle lessons of nature.

“We are thrilled The Riddle in a Bottle, our third movie, was a finalist!” Carl Sams exclaimed. “Our second movie, Lost in the Woods: The Movie, won the Panda Award in 2006 and our first movie, Stranger in the Woods: The Movie, was one of four finalists in 2002. We’re a very small company (only 7-people). We’re proud just to be in the arena with the BBC, Animal Planet, and big names like that and amazed that we can come out on top,” he continued. “The humor, music, and beautiful footage in The Riddle in a Bottle make it a powerful tool for educating children about nature and clean water.”
Wildscreen is heavily supported by the largest names in wildlife filmmaking including the BBC, Five, Animal Planet, Panasonic, and scientific institutions such as the Natural History Museum, as well as Conservation International. 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 the global public’s awareness and understanding of nature and the urgent need to conserve it.
Throughout the The Riddle in a Bottle, siblings Laura and Robert Sams, called The Riddle Solvers, struggle to solve a mysterious riddle from the ocean found floating in a magic bottle on an inland lake. They receive clues from sea turtles, tide pool creatures, pond animals and even a singing pirate who share how moving water plays an important role in their lives. This lively mix of mystery, music, humor and vivid animal footage helps children understand how they are connected with oceans no matter where they live.

Bama’s Journey, Nicola Lankester (UK), commissioned by Al Jazeera International, won the Wildscreen Panda’s Children’s Choice Award. Extreme Stars: Sports Stars, BBC Natural History Unit (UK), was the other top finalist.

For more information on The Riddle in a Bottle visit www.apiratesquest.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 respectively.


For Immediate Release

Date: October 28, 2008

Carl R. Sams II


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