Chris Palmer to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival

November 14, 2008 – 2:32 pm

LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. (November 14, 2008) — Longtime environmental filmmaker and President of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, Chris Palmer has been named the recipient of the 2009 International Wildlife Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Media. This prestigious award is presented to the individual whose life’s work best represents the Festival’s mission of promoting awareness and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellent film, television and other media. The award will be presented at the 32nd IWWF in Missoula in May 2009.

In addition to his work with the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, Palmer is the founder and director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. where he is also a Distinguished Film Producer in Residence.

In 1983, Chris founded the nonprofit National Audubon Society Productions, serving as president and CEO for 11 years. In 1994, he founded the nonprofit National Wildlife Productions (part of the National Wildlife Federation, the largest conservation organization in the United States) which he managed as president and CEO for 10 years, directing NWF’s launch into broadcast, cable, syndication, home video, new media, IMAX, and international markets.

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