Double award at documentary film festival


On Thursday April 17 this year it was once more time to uncork the champagne bottles and pour the fuzz over the ski slopes of Val d*Isère. There my film had been selected to compete with ten other documentary films based on adventure and discovery.

The film festival attracted more than 8,000 spectators. Chairman of the jury was the French actor/director Bernard Giraudeau.

I am happy to let you know that my film was awarded a double prize, including the first prize called "aigle d'or" as well as a prize to stimulate future productions.

Second prize and the public's selection went to the Australian Richard Fitzpatrick, a scientist renowned the world over for his work with sharks. Our two productions together actually took home all the trophies.

My documentary film is a long story which took six years to complete, recorded on the expedition trail in the Amazon forest and covering first contacts with completely unknown, hidden tribes.

THE HIDDEN TRIBES OF THE AMAZON was broadcast over France by the channel France 5 in January and February. It then made a record audience, more than three times the average viewing.

From the depth of my heart I wish to thank the many who have enabled me to terminate the film. And I will be recording more films from the Amazon in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Erling Söderström