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ALTAYFILM

natural history documentaries

 
 

PRESENT PRODUCTIONS

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BADASS BEARS

IN PRODUCTION FOR NDR / ARTE

Distributed by ZDF STUDIOS

1 x 50 min. - DELIVERY 2023

 

Deep in the forests of Transylvania, the clocks turn slower. Here, at the very edge of Europe, the nights are still dark, the winters cold and the paths tangled. Behind snow-covered Carpathian peaks, hidden in the dark pines, a millennia-old cult has survived to this day - a bear cult.

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BEARS OF BURDEN

 

 

IN PRODUCTION FOR MDR / NDR / BR / ARTE

Distributed by Albatross World Sales

1 x 50 min. - DELIVERY 2023 

We often see bears as dangerous, aggressive thieves. But are bears all bad, or is there a lot more to the bear than meets the eye? This remarkable film reveals the challenges bears must overcome, to show just what amazing survivors they are, from spending half their lives in a troubled, hungry sleep, to the rest of the time hunting ingeniously for food. From the Arctic, where giant polar bears go without a meal for months on end, to the fish-rich coasts of the Pacific Ocean, where patient brown bears await a flood of salmon, sometimes feasting, at other times driven to attack their own. And in the enigmatic forests of the Sea of Japan, the Asiatic black bear may find itself pursued by a deadly foe – the tiger.

CACTUS HOTEL

IN PRODUCTION FOR WDR / ARTE / SVT

Distributed by Albatross World Sales

1 x 50 min. - DELIVERY 2022 

In a place where only sand should be, the icon of the American Southwest stands like a statue in the hot desert landscape. The mighty saguaro cactus is like a precious luxury hotel for many desert dwellers. With daily “Check-Ins” and “Check-Outs”, fiestas, fights, new life and death, the busy residents and part-time occupants all bring with them amazing survival skills, hunting thrills and housing ideas. They are an unusual band of neighbors, some fly, some crawl, some hop and a few even dances under the moonlight. Let’s step inside the lobby, take the elevator up to the penthouse suite and look around this wild “desert resort”. 

PAST PRODUCTIONS

 
 

Based in Berlin and Leipzig (Germany), Altayfilm produces natural history documentaries all over Planet Earth. 

 

We make epic and beautiful films for a wide range of broadcasters and distributors, including BBC, National Geographic, Doclights/NDR Naturfilm, WDR, MDR, ARTE, FRANCE 5, Channel One Russia, Terra Mater, Albatross World Sales and others. 

 

Our projects typically require dynamic research and planning, followed by extensive periods of time in the field. The results are breathtaking stories from the natural world, filmed with finesse and produced in dramatic style.

 

Our name derives from the remote Altai Mountains in Central Asia, a part of the world where we established ourselves as filmmakers. Whilst we now undertake filming expeditions on other continents on Earth, we continue to work in Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and throughout Asia, where we love to capture some of our planet's wildest and least told stories. 

HENRY M. MIX

HENRY M. MIX

CEO

YANN SOCHACZEWSKI

YANN SOCHACZEWSKI

MANAGING DIRECTOR

BOAS SCHWARZ

BOAS SCHWARZ

PRODUCER

MARLEN HUNDERTMARK

MARLEN HUNDERTMARK

CINEMATOGRAPHER

MIRCO TRIBANEK

MIRCO TRIBANEK

EDITOR

ABOUT US

FOOTAGE LICENSING

 

need footage?

We have wildlife and nature footage from Europe, North America, Russia, Mongolia and other regions of the world available for licensing. 


footage@altay.film