Leopard Legacy

In fabulously beautiful as well as dramatic images, nature filmmakers Will and Lianne Steenkamp tell in Olimba, Queen of the Leopards about life between hunting, territorial struggle and sacrificial motherly love. It is the true story of one of the most graceful and shyest cats on the planet, a 'leopard queen' in her kingdom on the banks of the Luangwa.

For three years, the Steenkamps lived and filmed on the Luangwa. Day after day, they followed the female leopard's every move and filmed the daily routine of this big cat's survival up close.

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Director: Will & Lianne Steenkamp

After more than a decade in the wildlife and environment television industry, Will and Lianne Steenkamp started out on their own, which was the beginning of an adventurous journey that brought about character-led, behavioural driven wildlife films with captivating stories. Having received international recognition for their films including an Emmy nomination and winner of ‘Best Science and Behaviour film’ at the CITES/Jackson Hole International Big Cats Festival, they continue to reach wide audiences. Their work has broadcasted worldwide on channels such as BBC, National Geographic, Smithsonian, ORF, Arte, WDR, RTL, NDR and many more.
Through their films Will and Lianne aim to not only raise conservation awareness, but also to assist scientists and conservationists in the field. Their non-profit Foundation (The Vanishing Kings Foundation) raises much needed funds for desert lion conservation and education, with which they also initiated and co-funded the first in-depth book about desert lion ecology, which Will & Lianne co-authored with lion biologist Dr Philip Stander.
Will holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of the Free State, and Lianne holds a BA degree in Audio Visual Media from Utrecht University.

Austria South Africa
52 Min.
Director: Will & Lianne Steenkamp
Script: Will & Lianne Steenkamp, Alan Miller
Cinematography: Lianne Steenkamp
Editing: Alan Miller B.F.E.
Music: Roman Kariolou & Johannes Ratheiser
Narrator: Noma Dumezweni
Editor: Gernot Lercher ORF Universum
Producer: Kurt Mayer Film e.U., Into Nature productions
Awards: Best Cinematography 2021
Nominations: Best Cinematography 2021,
Best Postproduction 2021
Website URL: www.kurtmayerfilm.com