Flight of the Butterflies 3D picks up awards on its film festival migration

The Imax nature documentary coproduced by Canada and Mexico chronicles the migration of millions of Monarch butterflies. It is being screened at museums and large format theatres around the world.

A film about the plight of the Monarch butterfly is collecting numerous awards in its flight through the film festival circuit.

Canada-Mexico-U.K. copro Flight of the Butterflies 3D won the Best Immersive 3D/Large Format award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming last week. The festival is considered to be the equivalent to the Oscars in the natural history film genre, with 540 films competing this year.

The 3D film also made a clean sweep of the Giant Screen Industry Awards in mid-September, winning every award it was eligible for, for the first time in the event’s history.  The nature film won in the categories of Best Film, Cinematography, Score, Sound, Film for Lifelong Learning, Marketing by a Distributor, Film Launch by a Theatre and Educational Program.

The GSCA is the global association of Imax and other giant screen industry exhibitors, producers, distributors and suppliers.

Earlier this year the Imax film won the Grand Remi Awards for best film and video production at the Worldfest Houston International Film and Television Festival, the festival’s top prize.

The Canada-Mexico-U.K. coproduction is a hybrid docu-drama narrated by Megan Follows and starring Gordon Pinsent as Dr. Fred Urquhart, a real-life Canadian scientist who has spent his life studying, tracking and discovering the North American migration route of Monarch butterflies.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D received a $3 million grant by the U.S. National Science Foundation for its $12 million production costs and for its education outreach program.

It was shot in Mexico, the U.S and Canada.

The 44-minute, large-format film which is being shown in select large format theatres and museums is directed by Brit Mike Slee, produced by Jonathan Barker of SK Films, Rafael Cuervo of Mexico and written by Wendy MacKeigan of SK Films.