David Lickley - USA
Shot in IMAX 3D, David Lickley's 40-minute documentary Born to Be Wild observes various orphaned jungle animals and their day-to-day behavioral interactions with the individuals who rescue them and raise them to adulthood. The film unfurls in two separate geographic spheres. Half of it takes place in the rain forests of Borneo, where celebrated primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas assists baby orangutans; the other half takes place on the arid savannahs of Kenya, where zoologist Dame Daphne Sheldrick works with baby elephant calves.
Ian Mune - NZ
The film celebrates the life of the Kiwi entertainment legend, sometime vice cop, Taranaki bandito, giggling newsreader and crooner Billy T James. The film explores Billy's extraordinary talent as musician, singer, comedian, actor, writer and artist. With humor and love, the film tells of Billy's meteoric rise to national fame and his tragic downfall into ill-health and financial collapse. Featuring digitally re-mastered footage of Billy's performances and never-seen-before archival images, Billy T's story is set alongside interviews with his family, friends and colleagues.
When Nuke falls ill and ends up in hospital, her daugh- ter Natasha returns home from London to look after her. Natasha finds Boy's diary gripped in the hands of her mother, who is lying near-comatose in the hospital bed. Intrigued by the diary's story of her mother's love affair with Boy, Natasha vows to find the former love interest and bring him to the hospital in the hopes he can revive her mother's will to live.
Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer
The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.
Roland Emmerich - UK/Germany
A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.
Kevin Macdonald – USA/Worldwide
A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.