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Nat Geo WILD Wants To Know If You're The Next Great Wildlife Filmmaker

02/02/2015 01:07 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2015

Do you want to be the next great wildlife filmmaker?

Nat Geo WILD is hosting its second annual WILD To INSPIRE film festival. The competition is calling for entrants to submit their original short films that feature exceptional wildlife stories in five minutes or less. Three entrants will be selected to have their films screened in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the winner will be flown to Africa to shoot on assignment for Nat Geo WILD.

Filmmaker Dan Duran won the inaugural festival last year with his short film "Wolf Mountain," which he created in film school with his classmates Sam Price-Waldman and Brendan Nahmias. Duran recently returned from a trip with Nat Geo WILD to Tanzania, where he documented conservation efforts in the Maasai Steppe landscape. He told The Huffington Post that although he'd never thought of himself as a conservationist, many environmental stories are just waiting to be told before it's too late.

"If people don't get their act together, I feel like there's a real risk of losing these national parks, of losing all this magnificent wildlife," he said. "There needs to be attention given towards conservation and poaching and overdevelopment. There's a lot at stake."

Take a look at his submission below.

You can submit entries to the competition until noon ET on February 9.

Wild To Inspire Film Festival
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