Saturday, April 13, 2024

‘Tadpoloes’ Documentary Short Film Selected As Jackson Wild Finalist


BARE ambassador Maxwel Hohn and his creative partner Russell Clark’s 2020 documentary short, “Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration” has been selected as a Jackson Wild finalist in the 2021 Animal Behavior Short Form and Ecosystem Short Form categories.

Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration” was a self-funded passion project, fueled by four years of filming at a secret location on northern Vancouver Island.

Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration
Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration

The Jackson Wild Media Awards is an annual international media competition considered to be the highest bar of achievement in natural history filmmaking.

More than 750 entries from nearly 30 different countries were submitted. A panel of 150 international judges who together screened over 3,000 hours of media selected the finalists. In addition to “Tadpoles,” other finalists this year include BBC’s Natural History unit, Apple TV, David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet, Netflix, and Howard Hall.

Hohn, who shot the film, said:

“We are humbled to have our film alongside so many inspiring productions. Our story of the western toad tadpole seems to have really connected with people all over Canada, and the world. It’s being played in schools, it’s been given over a dozen film laurels, it caught the attention of TV production companies, and most importantly, it’s kept people entertained in a unique way.”

Clark, who wrote and edited it, said:

“The film really connected to people’s childhood memories of toads and tadpoles. It touched a nerve with the public and with the natural history film industry. To see it as a finalist at Jackson Wild is a huge honour.”

The winners will be announced September 30th, 2021, and you can check out the full documentary below.

Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.