Film & Video

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Images are powerful tools that inspire and empower understanding of our world. GLOBIO was founded by a photographer who saw firsthand the role film and video could play in education and engaging audiences to learn and take positive action. Our Film & Video Program works to create original content that can be used by GLOBIO and by our global partners, in exactly that role, to educate and influence.


Apes Like Us

The Apes Like Us channel on YouTube is the visual heart of our great apes education outreach. It has the opportunity to reach millions of global viewers on multiple device platforms with a visually powerful message about the value and importance of great apes surviving on our planet.

Not yet self-funding the channel does, via steadily increasing viewership, generate a supplementary revenue stream to offset production and administrative cost associated.


Documentary Films

In 2017 GLOBIO began working with Oscar-nominated director Skye Fitzgerald of Spinfilms to support other story-tellers. That in turn led to GLOBIO, through its Apes Like Us project, to explore creating and producing longer form film documentaries, which could tell more complex stories less suited to broadcast on our YouTube channel. The potential to tell stories in a longer documentary format, 40-90 minutes, and create educational materials the can be used to support the films is opening new opportunities for our work to seen and used by audiences in formal and in-formal education ‑ expanding on our effort to engage a wider audience in Connecting Species, People, Planet.

Our current documentary film projects** include one by Apes Like Us Films, and fiscal sponsorship of the latest film by Spinfilms.

**GLOBIO is not currently looking create or fiscal sponsor any new film projects. In 2020 we will re-examine our project load. If you have a project you would like us to consider please contact us at after March 2020.

Before They’re Gone

Our first internal documentary film is a collaboration between Emmy-winning producer Tracy MacDonald and Apes Like Us creator Gerry Ellis. As co-producers/co-creators on this first film they are exploring the role of inspirational women in great ape survival and conservation, both as pioneers and a new generation of role-models.

More about the film and the co-producers at Before They’re Gone

Hunger Ward

HUNGER WARD is to be the final documentary in a trilogy of films about the global refugee crisis. The project builds on Spinfilms’ previous two films: 50 Feet from Syria and LIFEBOAT. In 2016, 50 Feet from Syria was voted onto the Oscars Shortlist. In 2019, LIFEBOAT was nominated for an Academy Award. The film has also been nominated for a National Emmy for best Current Affairs Documentary. Together the first two films of the Refugee Trilogy have garnered dozens of international awards.
Learn more about Spinfilm.

Film & Video News

Baby Ape Forest Schools – Not your typical daycare

Baby Ape Forest Schools – Not your typical daycare

  In the last few weeks, we've celebrated several international holidays: International Day for Women, World Wildlife Day, and International Day of Forests. What better way to celebrate than taking a look at something that incorporates all three: Baby Ape Forest...

Coronavirus and Our Fellow Great Apes

Coronavirus and Our Fellow Great Apes

Key to our Apes Like Us program is exploring the impact of threats to all great apes; disease is one of the greatest of those threats. In the past two decades multiple accounts of ape deaths due to disease have raised alarm amongst scientist. Rarely does that threat...

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