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Featured video: Winner (Category: 12 minutes and under) Plight of the Barn Swallow
Note: The full film festival (additional 15 videos) will follow after.

The second annual Paws and Claws Film Festival is excited to showcase wildlife-inspired films shot in Canada and the United States!

mission.gifPresented by the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC), the call for film entries kicks off on June 1, 2012.

Submitted films will be profiled on the BC SPCA Wild ARC website, and public voting on finalist films in the three entry categories will be held both online and at a live screening event on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

Recipients of both the *People’s Choice* and *Judges’ Choice* Awards in each of this year’s categories will be announced at Wild ARC’s Paws and Claws Dinner Auction on November 3, 2012. Check out the Paws and Claws Dinner Auction for more information.

Meet the 2012 Winning Films

The Paws and Claws Film Festival wound up with its annual Dinner Auction on Saturday November 3, 2012.  It was another splendid event, made even more special by the filmmakers who attended to accept their awards in person.

Here are the results of both awards in all three time categories.  Be sure to check out the film synopses for more information about the films and the talented people behind them – and visit our Youtube playlist to watch the films!

Congratulations to the People’s Choice winners!

Congratulations to the Judges’ Choice winners!

A Special Merit Award

While many films submitted to our 2012 competition highlighted animal welfare or conservation issues, one film in particular resonated with the judges with respect to its educational value. The film is Thrill of the Catch, directed by and filmed by Jarrett Corke, Brendal Davis and Aurelie Godin.  Presented in an unbiased manner, it provides a thought-provoking look at the shark derbies held in Nova Scotia.  These are annual events that may be unknown to most people.  Jarrett, Brendal and Aurelie received a special award certificate for this insightful film.  Please be sure to watch the film!

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