TVO's The Water Brothers wins prestigious Panda Award for Best Newcomer at the 2012 Wildscreen Festival

TVO's The Water Brothers wins prestigious Panda Award for Best Newcomer at the 
2012 Wildscreen Festival 
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The TVO-commissioned nature 
documentary-adventure series The Water Brothers, produced in association with 
SK Films Inc., took home the BBC Earth Panda Award for Best Newcomer at the 
2012 Wildscreen Festival, held last week in the United Kingdom. Honouring the 
best production by a genuine newcomer to filmmaking, the award went to Tyler 
and Alex Mifflin, the talented first-time directors, producers and stars of 
The Water Brothers who explore the serious issue of the planet's water 
resources with boundless energy and enthusiasm. 
The Wildscreen Festival is an internationally renowned wildlife and 
environmental film festival held every two years in Bristol, England, and the 
festival's Panda Awards evening is often referred to as the "Oscars" of the 
natural history world. The 2012 Panda Award submission list included a 
record-breaking number of entries from over 46 countries. Jurors expressed 
that they were deeply impressed with the calibre and quality of submissions 
and the shortlisted nominees, all of which demonstrated both great talent and 
a positive future for natural history/wildlife filmmaking. 
"We'd like to congratulate Tyler and Alex on this prestigious honour and we 
are thrilled to have played a role in helping them share their passion for 
environmental issues with Ontario viewers," says Nancy Chapelle, TVO's 
Managing Director of Content and Programming. "TVO's role is to inform and 
engage people in the issues that matter, and we saw in The Water Brothers an 
excellent vehicle for raising awareness about the many concerns surrounding 
water. We look forward to broadcasting the second season of the series on TVO 
in March 2013." 
Jonathan Barker, CEO of SK Films, Executive Producer of The Water Brothers and 
a world leader in 3D nature documentary production accepted the award on 
behalf of Tyler and Alex. "The Water Brothers are in the middle of filming the 
exciting second season around the world and in Canada. They worked so hard on 
this series and are so passionate about water that they are garnering an 
excellent international reputation among water scientists and advocates. It is 
great to have TVO supporting emerging documentary filmmakers - and then to 
have David Attenborough say how thrilled he is that there is such filmmaking 
talent and commitment in the next generation is very rewarding. This group is 
so much more knowledgeable and savvy about our environment and they want to 
hear from, and be inspired and entertained by, their own generation, including 
practical solutions within our reach." 
Tyler and Alex Mifflin have just completed a climb of Africa's Mount 
Kilimanjaro as part of the Kilimanjaro Climb for Life initiative, aimed at 
raising awareness about the global water crisis. The climb will be featured in 
an episode on women and water for Season 2 of The Water Brothers. Get more 
information on the brothers' climb. 
Season 2 of The Water Brothers is currently in production, and the brothers 
will embark on many adventures such as sailing across the Pacific Ocean 
looking at ocean plastic and travel to destinations including Africa, India, 
Bangladesh and around North America. To stream episodes from the first season 
of The Water Brothers, visit 
Along with The Water Brothers television series, Tyler and Alex Mifflin also 
created the QUENCH mobile app to help cut down on plastic water bottle 
consumption by directing users to water fountains or refill locations in the 
Greater Toronto Area. The app is available for download from and TVO's App store and is sponsored by Brita. 
About SK Films
SK Films Inc. is a Toronto-based, multi-platform entertainment content 
provider and a leader in 3D film production and distribution. The company was 
founded in 1998 together with the late Robert Kerr, the visionary co-founder 
of Imax Corporation. Its nature film Flight of the Butterflies 3D is currently 
playing on IMAX / Giant Screens in select markets. For more information, visit 
About TVO
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of 
interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates 
curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged 
citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the 
Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and 
thousands of donors. For more information, visit 
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