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13 March 2013

See our winning short film inspired by our wildlife sounds: Dave's Wild Life

You might remember back in October we launched a competition, together with IdeasTap, for filmmakers, photographers and animators to come and access our ridiculously extensive wildlife sound archive here at the Library. We asked entrants to come up with a concept for a short film which placed the sounds at the centre – it was all about the imagination and originality. In January 13, we short listed ten entrants who were given a cash prize to create their shorts. Finally, during our Spring Festival we announced the winner of the competition (drum roll please): Samuel de Ceccatty, with his brilliant short, DAVE’S WILD LIFE.


Samuel trained as a graphic designer before becoming a filmmaker, and now writes, directs and edits all of his films. Together with his producer and friend, Manon L. Ardisson, de Ceccatty set up Cat&Bear PICTURES, a London based production company, focusing on short films and music videos. Samuel has had his works shown on Vogue’s website, at the London Short Film Festival 2013, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2011 and won the ENO trailer competition organized by Mike Figgis.

As the winner of our competition, Samuel received a cash prize and had his film screened at our Spring Festival at our Future Shorts film event, and we hope to support him in his future endeavours.

His film is about a young guy who’s never given up hope of being a wildlife presenter (the next David Attenborough) and manages to see wildlife all around him in urban London. It’s really funny, innovative and original, which is exactly what we wanted. Congratulations to Samuel and we hope to see you and other filmmakers making use of our great and surprising resources at the Library.

Check out Dave’s Wild Life above and let us know what you think! You can also read our blog on how we can help filmmakers.

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