NATURE, BONES OF TURKANA Receive 13 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards

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Winners of the 35th Anniversary International Wildlife Film Festival have been announced. The films will be honored during the festival, held May 5 to 12 in Missoula, Montana.

In total, PBS programs won 13 awards, including the top honor of "Best of Festival" for NATURE "Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey." Another NATURE episode, "My Life As a Turkey," joins "Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey" in receiving four awards each. In addition, BONES OF TURKANA received three awards. PBS congratulates NATURE and BONES OF TURKANA for this recognition.

Below is the recap of PBS wins, followed by the official festival selections of PBS films -- eight in all.

NATURE "Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey" traces the incredible journey of Broken Tail, a charismatic tiger cub killed after an escape from an Indian tiger reserve. - Best of Festival - Best of Category: Human/Wildlife Interactions - Best Script - Merits for Cinematography and Story

NATURE "My Life As a Turkey" is the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto as he raises a family of turkey chicks. - Best of Category: TV Program $250-$500k - Best Sound Mix - Best Editing - Merits for Animal Behavior and Music

BONES OF TURKANA follows famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, his family and colleagues as they work to unravel the mysteries of human evolution. The program premieres on PBS Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). - Special Jury Award - Best of Category: TV Program $500k+ - Merit for Animation

NATURE "Radioactive Wolves" examines the lives of the wolves and other wildlife thriving in the “dead zone” around Chernobyl. - Best of Category: Ecosystem

NATURE "Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers" treks deep into Alaska’s bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals as they struggle to make a living in five dramatically diverse Alaskan ecosystems. - Best of Category: Presenter/Host (tie with BBC's "Great Barrier Reef")

Official Festival Selections: NATURE "Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers" NATURE "Raccoon Nation" NATURE "My Life as a Turkey" NATURE "Radioactive Wolves" BONES OF TURKANA NATURE "Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey" NATURE "River of No Return" NATURE "Salmon: Running the Gauntlet"